General General information about the programme
Type of programme and cycle of education:
Bologna Master’s study programme of Commerce (2nd cycle)
Duration of studies:
2 years (120 CP)
Abbreviation of the academic title:
mag. magister/magistrica poslovnih ved, used after the name
in Celje, Ljubljana, Maribor and Nova Gorica.
Study programme modules:
Main goals of the programme
- Global Marketing
- Accounting and Controlling
- Corporate Finance
The study programme enables students to gain expert knowledge and qualifications to:
- extend and improve knowledge in the fields of economics, finance, auditing, accounting and marketing in order to develop competences for handling and solving complex business problems,
- have the appropriate foundation of knowledge for further specialisation,
- develop skills and capabilities for effective research and in-depth expert and scientific work in the chosen field,
- continue studies in the 3rd cycle, pursue permanent, professional and personal growth, and gain various professional titles (experienced financier, experienced tax agent, experienced internal auditor),
- understand the global economic, political, social and cultural environment.
With the acquired knowledge and competences, graduates of the master’s study programme will be immediately employable upon completion of studies. They will be able to work:
- in senior and management positions in profit and non-profit organisations and in state administration,
- in advisory organisations as analysts and advisors in various fields, as internal auditors, tax advisors, etc.,
- in smaller (their own) companies, where, as owners, they will be required to have the relevant skills and knowledge to run a company and manage risks,
- as advisors and analysts in banks, public administrations, research institutes and higher education institutions.
The studies are aimed towards acquiring extensive knowledge and skills in the field of operation of organisations in a domestic and international environment, in risk assessment and decision support systems.
We place particular emphasis on developing the skills and knowledge to control changes and your career by encouraging flexibility, critical thinking, presentation skills, team work and the integration of theoretical knowledge. Graduates of our master’s programme are able to apply their expert knowledge to the operation of a specific organisation and environment. Based on their knowledge of the areas of operation, they are qualified to plan, organise, manage and supervise an organisation as a whole, as well as its individual parts and functions.
Assessment and Grading
Assessment and grading are intended to monitor progress towards the goals of the programme, which include regular studying and attaining the appropriate level of knowledge and competences.
Due to the varying contents and methods of approach of each course, detailed ways of assessing and grading knowledge are prescribed in the syllabus and are adapted to the characteristics of each course and its goals.
The grading scale for exams and other assessments is as follows:
||Grade in %
||Excellent knowledge with negligible mistakes.
|9 -very good
||B -very good
||Considerable knowledge with some mistakes.
||Knowledge with minor mistakes.
||Knowledge fulfils minimal criteria.
||Knowledge does not fulfil minimal criteria.
If grades for elective courses from foreign university study programmes cannot be converted to a grade from the FCBS grading scale, the original grade will be accredited and annotated with “accredited”. The Senate of the FCBS regulates the conversion of grades from assessments abroad.
Accreditation of knowledge and skills acquired prior to enrolment
The Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences can accredit fully or in part the knowledge and skills acquired prior to enrolment in the master’s programme, depending on whether they match fully or in part the general and subject-specific competences and contents of the Commerce programme.
Knowledge and skills acquired through formal or non-formal education or from experience can be accredited. When applying for accreditation, students should submit a written application with official certificates and a summary of the study programme or other written certificates that ascertain the level of knowledge acquired. The level of accreditation is suggested by the lecturer of the course in question; the lecturer gives a grade and ECTS credit point evaluation. The accreditation is granted by the Committee for Postgraduate Studies.
Documents required for accreditation:
- school reports and other certificates of knowledge acquired outside the higher education institution;
- evaluations of products, services, publications and other work that corresponds with the candidate’s chosen study programme; the evaluation is performed by the course lecturer;
- certificate of knowledge assessments for certain courses, even if the exams are not in the study programme;
- articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals or contributions to conferences as long as they correspond with the contents of the candidate’s chosen study programme; the evaluation is performed by the course lecturer;
- reports on applied research and advisory projects as long as they correspond with the contents of the candidate’s chosen study programme; the evaluation is performed by the course lecturer;
- a certificate from the organisation of work experience in the candidate’s chosen field of study. Accreditation will only be granted for work experience in which the broadening and application of theoretical knowledge was required. The evaluation is performed by the course lecturer.
Based on these documents and evaluations, the Committee for Postgraduate Studies accredits partly or in full the acquired knowledge for individual courses, seminar papers and other study requirements, in accordance with the methods of approach in individual courses.
The above criteria apply to knowledge acquired in Slovenia as well as abroad.
Requirements for Progression
In order to progress to the 2nd year, students must fulfil study requirements equal to 40 ECTS credits. Conditional progression is possible for students who failed to attain the required number of credits for legitimate reasons, such as: motherhood, long periods of illness, poor social conditions, outstanding athletic achievements, etc. Candidates should submit an application with additional documents demonstrating their eligibility for conditional progression to the Committee for Postgraduate Studies.
During the course of their studies, students can repeat a year once and change a module once. Students can only repeat a year if they fulfilled at least half of their 1st year study requirements and attained 30 credit points. After changing a module, students must fulfil all requirements of the new module regardless of their work and assignments for the previous module. Students can choose to study two modules simultaneously and fulfil the special requirements of both. The topics of both modules can be linked in the master’s thesis. Students should complete their studies within the period prescribed in the study programme. Based on legitimate reasons, this period can be extended by one year. Students can also progress to the 2nd year and complete their studies sooner than prescribed in the study programme.
Provisions for Transfer between Programmes
Transferring from other master’s study programmes to the Commerce programme is possible if the candidate fulfils the requirements for enrolment. Candidates should submit attested certificates of fulfilled study requirements at the previous higher education institution and official statements from confirmed and valid syllabuses for courses and any other fulfilled assignments. Acting on a proposal from the Head of Postgraduate Studies, tThe Committee for Postgraduate Studies decides on the request. The transfer is based on accreditation of exams passed in the previous study programme. These exams must correspond with the number of ECTS credits and the contents of courses and other study assignments.
Study Programme Implementation Details
The part-time study programme is organised consecutively. Each course starts with lectures or other prescribed forms of work and continues until all planned forms of work have been completed and examinations can be carried out. Contact times make up 70% of the part-time studies academic year.
Distance learning or a combination of regular studies and distance learning can be introduced for students who are unable to attend lectures for legitimate reasons.
Students can spend part of their degree course abroad. Candidates should submit a request to the Committee for Postgraduate Studies to determine the duration of the exchange and the assignments to be completed abroad and accredited.
The Senate of the FCBS can introduce a part-time master’s study programme at the central FCBS unit in Celje and at the centres for part-time undergraduate studies in Ljubljana, Maribor and Nova Gorica.
Requirements for Completion of Studies
In order to complete their studies, students must fulfil all requirements prescribed in the study programme and write and defend a master’s thesis, thus earning at least 120 ECTS credit points.
Graduates of the postgraduate Commerce study programme at the FCBS receive the title of Master of Business Studies (MBS). If required, the title will be altered in accordance with the Bill of professional titles.