The skills to know, The confidence to act, The humility to lead.

IMD is a leading global business school based in Switzerland. Our MBA program goes beyond providing a business education. We help ambitious, internationally-minded people become tomorrow's global leaders. IMD offers innovative and action-based learning that can be applied to business challenges immediately. This is IMD's "Real World. Real Learning" approach. The IMD MBA is a selective and transformational general management program. Over one year, participants develop leadership based on technical competence, self-awareness and moral judgment. We cater to a select group of 90 experienced, mature and globally minded individuals and we offer real-life, solid education recognized for its direct applicability and impact. The program joins intensive building blocks and integrative projects with personalized studies and opportunity for reflection. Our projects offer a chance to assess and implement corporate strategies for global companies and to explore the potential business consequences of political and cultural obstacles. The personal and leadership development stream builds the ability to assess, navigate and shape organizational contexts, increasing self-awareness and the ability to inspire group performance. Optional sessions with a trained psychoanalyst offer a further opportunity to become a more effective leader ready to assertively shape the future.

Both during the program and after graduation, IMD's highly supportive Alumni Network, spread over 140+ countries, is an invaluable source of information about a broad range of industries, roles and hidden opportunities. We train over 9,000 executives at IMD each year, so over 70% of these alumni are already in upper management positions and/ or at the board and committee level.

IMD MBA graduates are highly sought-after, experienced individuals who are ready to make a sustainable impact. During the program, they receive personalized guidance to help evaluate career options and ensure their next move is consistent with their overall career goals.

IMD's choices continuously earn us the highest praise for offering an educational experience that is second to none and our executive education has been ranked First for four consecutive years.

Programme Info

Full time MBA Program
Starting dates:  January
Length of Programme:  11 months
Courses held in:  English
Application deadlines:
February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1 and September 1
Accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
#1 for return on investment (Forbes 2011 & 2013)
Starting dates:  January
Length of Programme:  11 months
Courses held in:  English
Minimum years of work experience:  3 years

Student Body

Number of nationalities: 
Average Age Range: 28-33
Average Age:  31
Length of Work Experience:
6-12+ years:  78%
3-5 years:  22%

Geographical regions represented:
32% Western & Southern Europe
9% Easter Europe
35% Asia
10% Latin America
5% Africa / Middle East
6% North America
1% Nordic countries
2% Oceania

Work sectors represented:
38% Manufacturing Industry
13% Consulting
8% Telecom & Hi-Tech
17% Service Industry
5% Public Sector
19% Financial Services



  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • GMAT or GRE
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience
  • Strong command of written and spoken English


Tuition and fees: CHF 85,000
Application fees:  CHF 350


Address: Ch Bellerive 23, Lausanne, Switzerland

Telephone: +41 21 618 0298

Telephone: +41 21 618 0393