NEO MBA IBMEC: A Watershed Moment in the Brazilian MBA Marke

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In the year celebrating 30 years since the Brazil’s first MBA in Finance, Ibmec/RJ once again innovates by launching the NEO MBA, with a globalized curricular structure focused on executives with management experience, and which allows students to customize their academic program according to their schedules and professional aims.


With the advance of globalization, there have been changes in the labor market and in the needs expressed by companies and executives. This new reality directly affects the current management model and Ibmec is ready to offer programs that are well suited to this new concept.


Based on the best schools worldwide, the NEO MBA is geared toward executives with at least five years of management experience who are looking for professional development and skills leading to directorial positions.


With the new format, students will be able to graduate with a NEO MBA in Business, Finances, Project Management and Controllership. Therefore, the core module disciplines incorporate a global and contemporary approach, addressing issues that managers will face in a competitive market.


According to Renata Nogueira, Ibmec/RJ’s general coordinator of executive education, “Ibmec/RJ reinvents and reformulates the concept and format of all its MBAs, with the goal of offering students more flexibility and a more dynamic format. The NEO MBA is a cutting edge program, working at the level of key business schools worldwide.”


The idea is to provide a new dynamic that allows students more autonomy in the formation of their curriculum. As such, the course is divided into modules where the student will have both elective and required classes, in addition to applied projects generating practical experience and a relationship with the market. Another innovation: some of the elective courses will be taught in English.


Each semester students will register for their desired courses, choosing the days and the frequency that best suits their schedules. This represents a paradigm shift, as there are still programs being offered in Brazil with set courses and times.


The NEO MBA allows students to study according to their schedules, as long as they complete the course load at the earliest in one year, and at the latest, three years. Another new feature is that scholarships are offered to those interested in participating in the selection process.


Together with the courses that can be taken in English, Ibmec also offers students executive programs (international) that include studying in foreign universities and institutions. MBA students have already been to Babson, the Disney Institute, Boston College, and others.


According to Flávia Bendelá, Ibmec/RJ’s MBA general coordinator, “Today we are the only institution in Rio de Janeiro accredited by AMBA (the international MBA accrediting association recognized in more than 200 countries). This accreditation grants students recognition of their diplomas in other partner institutions worldwide.”


Students who have already completed the MBA at Ibmec/RJ may apply to supplement their academic course should they be interested in migrating to the NEO MBA. In these cases, the student’s school transcript will be evaluated. Those interested in participating in the Ibmec/RJ’s NEO MBA selection process can register and obtain more information at


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