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Saint Petersburg State University Graduate School of Management

The Graduate School of Management, GSOM (Russian: Высшая школа менеджмента Санкт-Петербургского государственного университета, ВШМ СПбГУ) is one of the 22 schools (faculties) of Saint Petersburg State University. It was founded in 1993 as School of Management (Russian: Школа менеджмента) later renamed to preserve consistency into Faculty of Management (Russian: Факультет менеджмента). In 2005, it was chosen to become a part of the National Priority Project in Education aimed at creating two leading business schools in Russia (the other one is Skolkovo Moscow School of Management).[1] Within the framework of the project, the school was transformed into GSOM and granted the Mikhailovka estate in Petergof to create a campus.


  • 25 May 1992: The University's Academic Council votes for creating the School of Management
  • 4 November 1992: The University signs a cooperation agreement with Haas School of Business
  • 25 January 1993: The University Rector signs an order on opening the School
  • 1 September 1993: The School starts teaching. It counts six professors and 33 bachelor students. The first dean is elected Prof. Yu. V. Pashkus (Russian: Ю. В. Пашкус). The School is supervised by an International Advisory Board chaired by John E. Pepper, Jr., CEO, Procter & Gamble.
  • 1994: The first two chairs appear: Management Theory and Public Administration.
  • 1995: The School opens a Career Center.
  • 1996: The School is renamed into Faculty. Another chair, Finance, is opened. The Faculty receives a new facility in Volkhovsky Pereulok.
  • 1997: The Faculty congratulates its first 27 graduates. Upon Prof. Pashkus's death, Valery Katkalo is elected the dean. Admission is broadened with:
    • Specialist's degrees in Management, Marketing, HR;
    • Master's degree in Management;
    • Candidate of Sciences' degree in Management.
  • 1998: The Faculty opens two more chairs: HR and Strategic Management & Marketing.
  • 1999: The Faculty greets its first 19 Masters and opens an English-speaking ECTS-compliant program, Master of International Business, in cooperation with four Nordic business schools.
  • 2000: The Faculty launches its first MBA program, two new chairs: International Management and Information Management, Management Consultancy Center, and Publishing Center.
  • 2001: The Faculty greets its first 22 graduates in Public Administration.
  • 2002: The Faculty opens its new premises in Volkhovsky Pereulok, greets its first 27 MBA graduates and launches its first research journal. An alumni association is created.
  • 2003: The Faculty launches its second research journal, the Russian Management Journal (Russian: Российский журнал менеджмента, РЖМ).
  • 2004: The Faculty creates its R&D institute, signs an agreement with four European business schools to create an International Executive MBA (IEMBA) program, and joins AACSB.
  • 2005: Most programs have transferred to the Bologna model, the Faculty starts offering Doktor Nauk's degree.
  • 2006: The Faculty joins CEMS and EFMD and launches an Executive MBA (EMBA) program. President Vladimir Putin lays a cornerstone into the foundation of the school's new campus in Mikhailovka, a former royal estate in Petergof.
  • 2007: The Graduate School of Management is created by uniting the Faculty and Institute of Management, with a new Advisory Board headed by Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov.
  • 2008: GSOM launches corporate education programs in cooperation with Fuqua School of Business, joins PIM, and gets accredited by AMBA (Executive MBA) and EPAS (Bachelor's).
  • 2009: GSOM joins GMAC and launches a Dual-Degree Executive MBA program in cooperation with HEC Paris.[2]


  1. Bachelor's degree:
    • International Management
    • Financial Management
    • Marketing
    • Information Management
    • HR Management
    • Logistics
  2. Master's degree:
  3. Master's dual-degree:
    • within the MIB, MITIM, MCF programs
    • CEMS Master in International Management (CEMS MIM)
    • HEC-Paris
    • School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  4. Executive Education:
    • Executive MBA
      • Dual-Degree Executive MBA in English
      • Executive MBA in Russian
    • Corporate Education
    • Open Programs
    • Professional Development Programs
  5. Candidate's and Doctor's degrees[3]

Faculty and structure


The Director of the General School of Management St. Petersburg University is the Russian banker Andrey L. Kostin - President and Chairman of the Management Board of VTB Bank.

Advisory Council

GSOM is supervised by the Advisory Council chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. Among its members:


  • Finance and Accounting (headed by Prof. Alexander Bukhvalov)
  • IT in Management (headed by Prof. Tatiana Gavrilova)
  • Marketing (headed by Prof. Sergey Kouchtch)
  • Operations Management (headed by Assoc. Prof. Yury Fedotov)
  • Organizational Behavior and Personnel Management (headed by Prof. Vera Minina)
  • Public Administration (headed by Assoc. Prof. Olga Patokina)
  • Strategic and International Management (headed by Prof. Valery Katkalo)[5]

Faculty and Students

GSOM employs 65 full-time faculty members and over 150 professors from other faculties of the University and international business schools, as well as leading management practitioners.[6] They teach 1,122 students: 651 undergraduate, 251 graduate (221 at Master's, 40 at Candidate's), 155 MBA, 65 at professional development programs.[7]

Premises and Facilities

GSOM is headquartered in Arthur B. Schultz building at 1-3 Volkhovsky Pereulok which houses the administration, library, publishing house and all the post-graduate programs.[8] Graduate programs are located in GSOM's first building at 16 Dekabristov Pereulok. In 2006, the school was given a former royal suburban estate Mikhailovka in Petergof to reconstruct it and create its campus. The long-neglected property was found in a very poor condition, and despite the federal funding of billions of rubles, it is still under development.[9]

GSOM has some dormitory premises on Vasilievsky Island, close to the school buildings. Yet, it appears to be insufficient, and some students have to commute from the University dormitories in Petergof.

Rankings and Accreditations

In 2012 GSOM obtained institutional accreditation EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System). Today it is the first and currently the only in Russia and CIS business school, which gained this international accreditation. The quality of educational programs is approved by program accreditations: AMBA (Executive МВА) and EPAS (Bachelor).

GSOM SPbSU is a member of global associations of the leading business schools: EFMD, AACSB, CEMS, PIM, EABIS, GBSN, GRLI.

The university's master in international management program was ranked 56 in the "Masters in Management Ranking 2014" by Financial Times.

According to EdUniversal ranking since 2008 GSOM SPbSU is the first among Russian business schools, and in 2013 EdUniversal agreed for the second time that GSOM SPbSU is the best among business schools of Eastern Europe. “Izvestia” newspaper ranking (2011, 2012, 2013), based on the interviews with MBA graduates, awarded GSOM as the first among Russian Business Schools.[10]

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