University of Geneva


University of Geneva

Executive MBA (EMBA) & International Organizations MBA (IO-MBA)

University of Geneva
The University of Geneva, designed for participants wishing to build foundational skills and confidence to expand their capacity to lead and face cross-functional challenges, offers full-time and part-time MBA programs : Executive MBA Program Structure: part-time with a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules and an In-Company EMBA project; over a dozen specializations available during the 2nd year; courses available in 2 formats - Block (5 trips to Geneva) or Bi-weekly (every 2 week-ends). International Organizations MBA Program Structure: full-time & part-time with a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules and an MBA project.
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The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is highly regarded by all reliable University Rankings Tables, particularly for its international mix of both students and teachers. This international mix is particularly important to the university given the demographic of the city of Geneva. There are over 29,000 foreign civil servants working, 174 different states represented and 33 international organisations. 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 programmes and more than 300 continuing education programmes covering a wide variety of fields such as exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, economics law, and much more. Over 100 of its programmes 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 organisations and that can be applied to their organisation daily challenges.

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 a myriad of changes over the last couple of decades to keep up with the ever-evolving market demands, and the strategic advantage of its location with a specialised 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 organizations, 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. The IOMBA offers a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by faculty from worldwide leading universities as well as recognized professionals from IOs and NGOs. It offers part-time and full-time programs that can be completed in two or three years.
IOMBA Program Structure (full-time): a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules, a 3-month practice in a IO or NGO 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 2 or 3 modules combined with blended learning (online) modules, and MBA Project, to be completed in two or three years.

Program cost: CHF 39'500.-

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 EMBA project, available in two formats -

1) Traditional structure (bi-weekly): 24 modules scheduled on alternate week-ends (Fridays 2pm-9pm & Saturdays 8am-1pm), to be completed over two years. This format is ideal for the local manager wishing to gain leadership training through active participation and a corporate executive phylosophy.
2) Condensed structure (block format): 5 blocks of two courses combined with blended learning (online) modules, and an EMBA Project, to be completed over two years. This format is ideal for the international student who is conscious of travel time, as well as the local Geneva student with a demanding full-time workload.

After completing the first year of the EMBA, students may join the International Management program (block format) or the Entrepreneurial Leadership program (bi-weekly), both featuring as traditional MBA curriculum. Students may also pursue their studies in one of 15 specialisations in English or French. English Specializations in: Aviation, Commodity Trading, International Management, Modern Management for Non-Profit Organizations, and Strategic Marketing.

Block format programs: Aviation, Commodity Trading, and International Management.

Program cost: CHF 34'500.-

Present at various MBA Fairs & Forums (see websites)

Programme 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); 75th Leiden Rankings; 59th Shanghai 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 years + EMBA In-company project

Student Body

Ratio of applicants to places: 3.5:1

Number of nationalities: 37

Percentage of international students: 60%

Men/Women Ratio: 70:30

IO-MBA Average Age Range: 25 - 35

EMBA Average Age Range: 35-45

Length of Work Experience:
IO-MBA: Average 5 years | Minimum 3 years
EMBA: Average 12 years | Minimum 3 years at a managerial position



  • Bachelor Degree
  • GMAT or GRE: Min 500 points for both the full-time and part-time tracks
  • TOEFL 100/IELTS 7.0 for non-native English speakers
  • Two references
  • Essays
  • International Exposure


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Cover Letter
  • Recommendation letter
  • Interview
  • Strong command of English


IOMBA (full-time / part-time)
Enrollment/Registration fee CHF 1,500

Visa Services: CHF 1,000

Tuition fees CHF 37,000

Enrollment/Registration fee: CHF 5,000

Tuition CHF 29'500

 Living expenses - estimate (housing, insurance, food, public transportation, miscellaneous): CHF 23,000 per year


The UNIGE MBA Programmes are designed for aspiring Business Leaders with functional or sectorial leadership experience seeking a career change or professional development opportunities and put their practice in perspective. Thus, this postgraduate education welcomes participants who come from various professional backgrounds from industry to services and from public to private sectors.



  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience
  • International exposure
  • GMAT or GRE – 500 points


The program starts in the first week of September each year. Completed applications for the 2019/20 class will be considered in accordance with the application and decision dates given in the table below.


2019 / 2020 intake

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

Application deadline

15 November 2018

1 March 2019

30 May 2019

Admission decision by

15 December 2018

15 March 2019

15 June 2019

Applicants acceptance by

15 January 2019

15 April 2019

22 June 2019




Candidates are requested to register and apply online through the IO-MBA application form. A completed application includes information concerning your educational and professional background and international experience.To complete and submit an online application, the following documents have to be uploaded:

  1. Motivational cover letter *
  2. Complete academic and professional resume (CV) *
  3. Copy of university diploma & grade transcript *
  4. Copy of passport or ID card *
  5. Passport style photo in electronic format (.jpg) *
  6. Official GMAT or GRE results **
  7. Professional reference letter **
  8. Academic reference letter (1) **
  9. Copy of official TOEFL results (2) **
  10. Copy of AVS Card or Swiss health insurance card (3) **


Applications may be considered after the Round Three deadline on a space available basis only.


Executive MBA

  • Because of its reputation for excellence, admission to the EMBA Program is highly selective.
  • Admission to the program is based on the candidate's application file; potentially qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Great importance is attributed to the quality of academic record, personal motivation and relevance of the professional experience.


  • University Degree, or equivalent (i.e. Bac+3,... )
  • Pertinent work experience - 3 years minimum in a managerial position (excluding training sessions)

Required skills

  • Strong command of both written and spoken English
  • Computer office tools (spreadsheet, word processor, presentation tools)
  • Basic Accounting understanding (balance sheets/income statement, P&N, EBITDA) or ability to assimilate numbers and concepts


1 May 

Late applications may be admissible upon space availability (subject to CHF 200.- late application fee - non-refundable)


The application process includes 4 steps which normally takes 3-5 weeks.

  1. Validation of application & documents submitted online
  2. Quality check of the application / dossier
  3. One-hour interview with one of the EMBA alumni for candidates whose application is approved in Steps 1 & 2. It is normally conducted in person; it may be done via skype, if necessary
  4. Review of validated applications and final decision by the Directing Committee

Notification is sent to candidates by email.


The following documents must be downloaded during the application process: (we advise you to prepare the documents in pdf format -except for your photo in jpeg format- before you start the application process):

  • Cover Letter *
  • Letter of recommendation from your current employer *
  • Complete resume *
  • A copy of your University diploma(s) * / **
  • Copy of your University grade transcripts **
  • Copy of your Secondary Studies Diploma (High School, Maturité, Bac...)
  • Work certificates or letters/contracts from past employers *
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • If Swiss residents, a copy of your "AVS" card or Health Insurance card
  • A copy of your work permit, if applicable
  • A passport / portrait photo (jpg format) - picture criteria

Mandatory items which must be uploaded in order to validate your application.

** We will need notarized copies of these documents in case of accpetance


Educational expenses (estimate in Swiss francs)


Tuition & Career Services


Enrolment Fee


Visa Services


Total Educational Expenses


The enrolment fee is CHF 1,500. As of day one of the programme, should a participant decide to withdraw, 50% of the entire tuition fees are due. Should a participant leave the programme during the academic year, 100% of the tuition fees are still due. Should a participant not obtain his/her degree, tuition fees are not reimbursed.


The overall cost of the EMBA may vary depending on the specialization selected in the 2nd year.

Ex.: Total cost for an EMBA in International Management or Entrepreneurial Leadership (traditional MBA curricula): CHF 34,500.-

The above fee includes enrollment & matriculation fees, mandatory course materials & exams, and participation to most activities organized within the EMBA Program - divided as follows:


Enrollment / Matriculation - payable upon acceptance

This non-refundable fee guarantees your seat in the program

 CHF   5,000

1st year - 12 core courses

 CHF 14,750

2nd year - 12 courses in International Management (IM) or Entrepreneurial
Leadership (EL) Traditional EMBA tracks

Or Specialization - see for costs & payment conditions

 CHF 14,750

Individual EMBA modules (for non-EMBA students; IM or EL only)

 CHF   1,700





"This EMBA program has been an intensive experience that offered me the opportunity to work with many interesting people from various backgrounds all along the programme's modules. The balanced combination of hard and soft modules broaden my leadership skills and positively change my way of managing my company. Its international dimension addresses every facet of doing business across borders: finance, marketing, culture and so on. In a word, the EMBA provided by the University of Geneva is an intense intellectual and emotional challenge." Sébastien POMMARET - EMBA alumnus 2015-2017

I came to IO-MBA with five years of experience working in trade for development programs in Canada and abroad. IO-MBA has been one of the best decisions and most enriching experiences of my life. IO-MBA has come at a pivotal moment in my career, allowing me to grow as a professional and to fullfil a lifelong dream of working for the United Nations. I am now working on trade and labour issues at the International Labour Organization, to support global initiatives that improve working conditions in developing countries. (Katherine Mc Gregor, 2016-2017 student)

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