University of Geneva
European MBA

Founded in 1559, UNIGE campus has 40% international students, and 60% international teaching staff, representing 153 nationalities.

With around 18,000 students, UNIGE is the second largest university in Switzerland and its numbers are constantly on the rise. UNIGE offers more than 290 programs and more than 300 continuing education programs covering a wide variety of fields such as exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, economics law, and much more. Over 100 of its programs are taught on a bilingual or fully English platform. UNIGE experienced faculty is keenly aware of the need for today’s managers and business leaders; they use materials that help participants reflect upon learnings in the context of their organizations and that can be applied to their organization daily challenges.

UNIGE MBA Programs
Key principles: Multidisciplinary, Quality, International Dimension, Partnerships
The International Organizations MBA (IOMBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA) at UNIGE, offer both full-time and part-time tracks with a cutting-edge curriculum at the intersection of business and international public affairs. UNIGE MBA programs were first developed in two distinct market demands; they experienced myriad of changes over the last couple of decades to keep pace with the ever-evolving market demands, and the strategic advantage of its location with a specialized focus on International Organizations (IOs). Geneva is home to more than 20 major international organizations.

UNIGE MBA programs help participants gain in-depth knowledge and skills to integrate various levels of the organization, an experience which represents an important catalyst for our participants to move up the ladder or to reflect on or change their career paths. It is a challenging but also rewarding once in a lifetime learning experience.

Created in 1992, IOMBA is a unique program designed to attract world class future managers of International Organizations (IOs), International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Transnational Corporations (TNCs) from around the world. It offers part-time and full-time programs that can be completed in 2 or 3 years, leading to a Certificate (CAS), Diploma (DAS), or the MBA Degree.
IOMBA Program Structure (full-time): a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules, a 3-month practicum and MBA Project, to be completed in one year.
IOMBA Program Structure (part-time): a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules in blocks of 3 modules combined with virtual courses, and MBA Project, to be completed in 2 or 3 years.
CAS/DAS structure Program Structure: 4 to 12 modules as selected by participants, in a block-style or individual format over 1 or 2 years.

UNIGE EMBA, created in the late 1990s, is structured to ensure that participants gain leadership training through active participation, and a corporate executive perspective. It provides executives with a first-class general management education without interrupting their careers. It teaches participants to build foundational skills and confidence to expand their capacity to lead and face cross-functional challenges. UNIGE EMBA carefully selects the participant mix through a rigorous 4-step selection process to ensure a high quality peer-to-peer exchange.
EMBA Program Structure: a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules and an In-Company MBA project, available in 2 formats -
1) Traditional structure: 24 modules scheduled on alternate week-ends (Fridays 2pm-9pm & Saturdays 8am-1pm), to be completed over 2 or 3 years.
2) Blocked format: 6 blocks of 3 modules combined with virtual courses, and MBA Project, to be completed over 2 or 3 years.
Participants can interchange modules between the traditional and blocked formats.

Present at various MBA Fairs & Forums (see websites)

Program Info

Type of Course: 
One-year Full-time MBA
2-3 years Part-time MBA

Accreditation: AMBA

University of Geneva: 2nd Most International University in the World (Times); 56th Leiden Rankings; 66th Shanghai Rankings, 85th QS World U Rankings

Starting Dates:
• One-year Full-time MBA & Part-time: September
• CAS & DAS: flexible - on a rolling basis
EMBA: Part-time: End of August

Length of Course:
• Full Time: 10 months + 3 month practicum + MBA project
• Part Time: 2-3 years + MBA project
EMBA: Part-time 2-3 years + MBA In-company project

Application Deadlines
IOMBA (full-time & part-time): Nov. 15, Mar. 1, May 30
IOMBA (CAS & DAS): flexible - on a rolling basis
EMBA: May 1

Student Body

Ratio of applicants to places: 3.5:1
Number of nationalities: 37
Percentage of international students: 60%
Africa 2%
America 10%
Asia 9% 
Australia 2%
Eastern Europe 7 %
Europe 62%
Middle East 4% 
South America 4%

Men/Women Ratio: 70:30
IOMBA Average Age Range: 25 - 35
EMBA Average Age Range: 35-45

Length of Work Experience:
IOMBA Average 5 years
IOMBA Minimum 3 years
EMBA Average 12 years
EMBA Minimum 3 years at a managerial position



  • Bachelor Degree
  • GMAT Min 600 applicable to full-time or part-time tracks
  • TOEFL 100/IELTS 7.0 for non-native English speakers
  • Two references
  • Essays

  • Bachelor Degree
  • Cover Letter
  • Recommendation letter
  • Interview


IOMBA (full-time / part-time)
Application fee: CHF 75
Enrollment/Registration fee CHF 1’500
Tuition fees CHF 36’500

Enrollment/Registration fee: CHF 5’000
Tuition CHF 26’200
Living expenses - estimate (housing, insurance, food, public transportation, miscellaneous): CHF 23’000 per year



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For further information:

IOMBA Contact:
IOMBA Website:
IOMBA Program Director: Prof. Tina Ambos
IOMBA Program Manager: Philippe De Castro

EMBA Contact (Traditional format)| (blocked format)
EMBA website:
EMBA Program Directors: Prof. Sebastian Raisch & Prof. Markus Menz
EMBA Program Manager: Sun Zuchuat

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