The world's most stimulating, most challenging and most rewarding Executive MBA program

IMD Executive MBA
Global MBA

- We are 100% focused on real-world executive development

- We offer Swiss excellence with a global perspective

- We have a flexible, customized and effective approach








Who should attend

IMD's Executive MBA program is for fast-rising, internationally experienced executives.


Why pick the IMD Executive MBA?

You want to develop, learn more about business, the world around you, and about yourself. Join the world's most rigorous, most challenging and most rewarding Executive MBA program.

We offer a world-class EMBA steeped in real world learning to strengthen your career:

  • Unique opportunities to challenge yourself
  • Learning you immediately apply to your company
  • Personal leadership development and coaching
  • Exposure to diversity of thinking, culture and industries
  • A highly flexible and integrated program format
  • World-class Faculty with direct industry exposure


    Program structure and duration

    The IMD Executive MBA is a modular program consisting of two stages: the Foundation Stage and the Mastery Stage. You can choose both the timing of the Foundation Stage and of the Mastery Stage modules.

    The Foundation Stage comprises two parts: first, Foundations for Business Leadership, a 20-day intensive program at IMD, and second, a five-week distance learning module - Advanced Management Concepts. The GMAT or other aptitude tests are not required.

    Taking place over the course of one year - and starting either in April or November - the Mastery Stage combines three face-to-face core modules at IMD, three Discovery Expeditions and distance learning / online content which takes place between the core modules and Discovery Expeditions and spans the full year. During the distance learning portion you will work on a series of in-company, group, and individual assignments.

    Timing is flexible, spreading nine weeks out of the office and approximately 50 weeks of distance learning over a minimum of 15 months.

    Financial Times  2012 – 2016: open programs worldwide: 1
    Financial Times 2008 – 2016 executive education outside the US: 1
    Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2014: 15
    The Economist’s EMBA Ranking 2013: 10
    Bloomberg Business: 19
    Poets & Quants 2014 Best EMBA Ranking: 11
    Starting Dates:
    Pre-requisites: 20 residential module @ IMD + 5 week virtual module. Intakes in January, April, August or October
    Followed by the EMBA: 1 year modular (6x1 week modules + 50 weeks distance learning). Intakes in April or November.
    Length of Course:
    One-year modular Executive MBA preceded by a flexible pre-requisite foundation stage
    Application Deadlines

    Our participants

    The IMD Executive MBA program is for fast-rising, internationally experienced managers who aspire to lead. On average, an Executive MBA participant is 41 years old, has 16 years of prior work experience, and speaks several languages. Participants are key employees for their companies and come from a wide range of industries, functions, nationalities and business experiences.

    Valuable assets

    The 50-55 exceptional people we select for each IMD Executive MBA program are smart, motivated achievers in the mood to learn and willing to share their knowledge. As such, the most valuable assets of the program are the knowledge and insights you gain from, and with, your classmates. You will also build valuable relationships for your company and your career.

    Typical class profile:

    55 | Class enrolment

    41 | Age

    25 | % Female participants

    30 | Nationalities and industries

    16 | Years of work experience

    Pulling together a powerful group of executives who are keen to learn

    Our admissions criteria aim at securing the highest caliber of participants. There is no one 'ideal' profile of an IMD Executive MBA candidate, since we strive for diversity in the class. The program is designed for individuals age 35 and up with at least 10 years of business experience, strong management experience, consistent career progression and outstanding leadership potential.

    Admission is based on 6 main criteria:


    Professional achievement
    Career progression, with a strong preference for global experience and responsibility. We look at how your responsibility has increased, the breadth and depth of the knowledge you have acquired in the workplace, and the impact you have made on your organization.

    Leadership potential
    Are you an effective leader? Do you have what it takes to become one? We look for: vision, courage, initiative, maturity, curiosity and self-confidence.



    Intellectual ability
    Undergraduate university degree or equivalent. The GMAT or other aptitude tests are not required for admissions. Entry into the Mastery Stage of the program is dependent on the assessment taking place at the end of Advanced Management Concepts.


    International outlook 
    In order to maintain the highly international outlook of the IMD Executive MBA program, we look for candidates with: cultural sensitivity, time spent living or working outside own country, international scope of career, knowledge of foreign languages.



    English language proficiency
    English is the language of instruction. You must have a strong command of both written and spoken English.



    The support of your company
    The IMD Executive MBA program requires a serious commitment from you and your sponsoring organization, which must be willing to become a "laboratory" for your learning. The financial support of your organization is a matter to be resolved between you and your company.

    GMAT, TOEFL or IELTS: Not Required
    Application form (including essays)
    Sponsor’s recommendation and two additional recommendations
    Transcripts and diplomas (with translation if necessary)
    2 passport photos
    1 business card

    Below you will find an overview of the costs for tuition and other expenses. All costs in addition to tuition are estimates, and are intended to act as a guideline only. 

    Tuition fees

    The fee for the program is CHF 105,000. This includes tuition, learning materials and a three-course lunch served at IMD on weekdays.

    Payment timingSum

    Deposit (non-refundable) upon acceptance of admission

    CHF 10,000

    Foundations for Business Leadership (payable 30 days upon acceptance)

    CHF 25,000

    Advanced Management Concepts - distance-learning module (payable one month prior to starting)

    CHF 15,000

    EMBA fees

    CHF 55,000


    CHF 105,000


    • Additional Total Estimated Expenses: 25,000 CHF


    Financial aid and payment options

    IMD's Executive MBA Program does not offer any financial aid or scholarships directly from IMD.

    However, our advisors can best inform you on where to apply for funding or loans depending on your country and status. Advisors will also provide you with the necessary admissions documentation to apply for the funding or loans. Advisors are also available to create your flexible or staggered tuition payment plan.



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    P.O. Box 915
    CH-1001 Lausanne, Switzerland
    Telephone: +41 21 618 0700


    EMBA Program Partner: Dariu Dumitru:, +41 21 618 0276

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