IMD Executive MBA

Switzerland - USA - China - India - Kenya

IMD Executive MBA

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

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IMD is a top-ranked business school. We are the experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education.
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IMD is a top-ranked business school. We are the experts in developing global leaders through high-impact executive education.

  • 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;

    General overview

    Admissions Criteria

    Company Sponsors

    Companies and organizations that have sponsored multiple IMD EMBA participants:

      • Length: 15 months minimum, modular/part-time
      • Format: 9 weeks residential, including modules in Switzerland as well as in China, Silicon Valley in the US, and options for India, Kenya, Brazil & Vietnam. Distance learning projects and assignments in between modules.
      • Intakes: 4 intakes per year, start in January, April, August or October
      • Time requirement: Typically 10-15 hours per week, variable.
      • Fee: CHF 105’000, flexible instalments
      • Diploma: MBA degree, accredited by AACSB, EQUIS/EFMD, AMBA
      • Focus: General Management, Leadership, Innovation
      • Methodology: Action-learning, real-world projects and assignments, 1-to-1 coaching, reflective feedback, classroom sessions, international expeditions
      • International students: 90%
      • Sponsors: 131+ companies sponsor multiple students in the IMD EMBA
      • 1998: EMBA program launch
      • CAREER PROGRESSION: 10+ year’s professional achievement including clear career growth. Class average is 15 years’ experience.
      • LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: vision, courage, entrepreneurial, initiative, maturity, curiosity and self-confidence
      • MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: teams, project, P&L responsibilities, budgets
      • PROVEN INTELLECTUAL ABILITY: minimum undergraduate degree or equivalent. Class average 50% post-graduate degree.
      • INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK in career via working, living and/or studying internationally
      • SUPPORT of your company for assignments & time away
      • No GMAT or GRE required
      • Large Corporations: IBM, ABB, Boeing, Worldmark, Novartis, Microsoft, Michelin, Saudi Aramco, Sony Ericsson, Shell, Philip Morris, A.P. Moller-Maersk, Nestle, Philips Lighting
      • Specialized Multinationals: Hilti Corporation, Bobst, Kühne & Nagel, Kudelski, Alfa Laval, Teva Pharmaceutical, EDF – Electricité de France, Logitech Europe, SAP, Odebrecht, Hoffmann-La Roche
      • Financial Institutions: Gazprombank, HSBC, Zurich Insurance, Danske Bank, Frimex Investments, Pictet & Cie, Credit Suisse, Commerzbank Nederland, ABN AMRO Bank Deloitte, Bank Muscat, Merrill Lynch, UBS
      • Public Institutions And Ngos: WWF, ICRC, University of Bahrain, ETH Switzerland, WHO
      • Family Businesses: Lego, Audemars Piguet, Novo Nordisk, Trimet, PMT Italia, Nippon Elevators
      • Small Or Highly Specialized Companies: Urasia Capital, Green Rig, Bunge, Maersk Oil, Alpiq, Six Group
    • Salary today***: USD 272’000. Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2016 report;
      Salary increase***: 43%, three years post-program. Financial Times EMBA
      Ranking 2016 report;
      13 year career acceleration via top-ranked schools’ MBA programs; 5 year
      career acceleration from second-tier schools - LinkedIn study by WEForum
      17 month expected ROI period to companies sponsoring EMBA candidates –
      Executive MBA Council (EMBAC) industry report 2015;
      1.5 YEAR post-graduation career evolution
      Looking at the graduating class of June 2015 and tracking their career in
      January 2017:
      50% report a major career transition in their careers;
      IMD Executive MBA
      33% change organizations; Alumni tend to not change country or industry;
      Job title changes include:
      Manager to
      Global Lead
      Manager to
      Head to
      Head to
      Regional Director to
      General Manager
      Director to
      Managing Partner
      VP to
      VP to
      Managing Director
      5 YEAR typical career evolution
      Looking at the class of 2011 and tracking their career into 2016.
      Alumni tend to not change country or industry;
      50%+ change company and are promoted to senior management or higher
      Seniority evolution:
      Job Level
      2011 ®
      Senior Management or Board
      58% ®
      Middle/Upper Management
      42% ®
      0% ®
      Same country
      Same industry
      Same company
      100’000 active alumni; 45 alumni clubs around the world;
      1100 EMBA alumni; 83+ nationalities represented among EMBA alumni;
      15% women EMBA alumna;
      75% EMBA alumni in senior management (or higher) positions today;
      8-10% EMBA alumni working independently or in new start-up;
      Top company countries from 80 countries represented
      Switzerland: 35%; Denmark: 8%;
      United States, The Netherlands and Germany: 5% each;
      Russia, United Kingdom and France: 3% each;
      Brazil, Norway and Italy: 2% each;
      Top industries represented from 80 industries:
      Banking 8%;
      Industrial Machinery and Equipment, Pharmaceuticals, and Financial
      Services: 6% each;
      Telecommunications, Management and other Consultants, and Shipping: 5%
      Electric and Electronic Equipment, Food and Beverage, Oil/Gas/Mining: 4%


      IMD Rankings

      #1           open programs worldwide, Financial Times 2012 – 2016

      #1           executive education worldwide, Financial Times 2012 – 2015

      #1           alumni network usefulness (all IMD) outside USA, Economist 2014

      Financial Times / EMBA Ranking 2016 by categories as rated by 2013 Alumni

      #2           worldwide for corporate strategy

      #2           worldwide for general management

      #4           worldwide for entrepreneurship

      Financial Times EMBA Ranking 2016

      #2           worldwide for international faculty

      #3           worldwide for work experience rank

      #3           worldwide for international students

      #9           worldwide for salary today

      #20         worldwide 3-year average ranking. 

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.The 50-60 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:

  • 50-60 Class enrolment
  • 39-41 Age
  • 25% Female participants
  • 30 Nationalities and industries
  • 16 Years of work experience
  • Director - typical job level
  • 5-10 years of management experience
  • 3-5+ countries worked/studied/lived in


Admission is based on 6 main criteria:

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.

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 timing Sum

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

Additional Total Estimated Expenses: 25,000 CHF

EMBA fees CHF 55,000

Total CHF 105,000

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.


Ch. de Bellerive 23
P.O. Box 915
CH-1001 Lausanne, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 21 618 0700


EMBA Program Partner: 
Viktor Lolev, +41 21 618 0702

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