- 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.
AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fee for the program is CHF 105,000. This includes tuition, learning materials and a three-course lunch served at IMD on weekdays.
Deposit (non-refundable) upon acceptance of admission
Foundations for Business Leadership (payable 30 days upon acceptance)
Advanced Management Concepts - distance-learning module (payable one month prior to starting)
- 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.