IMD - Institute for Management Development Executive MBA
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IMD - Institute for Management Development Executive MBA


Ch. de Bellerive 23, Lausanne, Switzerland

Phone: 41216180111




IMD EMBA focuses on leadership and entrepreneurship development.

IMD EMBA has a very balanced class of senior executives from different industries, no industry prevails;

IMD EMBA is the most senior EMBA in the world, the average age in the class is 39-43 y.o.;

 IMD EMBA has developed unique international modules – “Discovery Expeditions”, that give massive opportunities for participants to gain expertise on business across the world through company visits, networking events with the local elite as well as completing consulting projects based on real business. And most importantly our participants translate those learnings to their own company and work context. 3 destinations are traditionally the Silicon Valley, China and –chose 1 out of 4 – Kenya, India, Brazil, Israel, Peru; 

IMD motto is “Real Life. Real Impact”. At EMBA it implies company assignments, meaning creating new value for the participant's individual company and his/her career. Participants use their company as the "laboratory". They focus on marketing, finance, strategy, digital transformation, and organizational design challenges. They try out new ideas, gather input and feedback, and go back to refine and develop a full-fledged business proposal, strategy or execution plan. The assignments are introduced in a cumulative way through a cycle of execution and reflection, integrating step by step what they learn on the leadership stream and in the discovery expeditions. 

IMD EMBA in the Economist Rankings:

#5 in general EMBA rankings

#1 in career development

#1 in salary (on average 127% increase in salary after graduation)



SPONSORS: 130+ companies sponsor multiple students in the IMD EMBA

1998: EMBA program launch


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MBA programs

Executive MBA (EMBA)
Duration of program
15 months minimum, modular/part-time
CHF 115’000, flexible instalments

Starting dates 15 months with only 9 weeks out of office (flexible Part Time program)

Deadline (s) no later than 30 days prior to a given starting date.


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

DIPLOMA: MBA degree, accredited by AACSB, EQUIS/EFMD, AMBA

FOCUS: General Management, Leadership

METHODOLOGY: Action-learning, real-world projects and assignments, 1-to-1 coaching, reflective feedback, classroom sessions, international expeditions

Student profile

  • Full-time
  • Executive


Number of students: 3 classes per 60 pax per annum

Average age: 40

Average Years of Work Experience: 16

Percentage of women: 25%

Average GMAT score: GMAT is not required

International: 25 nationalities and 28 industries in a class on average


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