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General Description

The IMD difference

The right people
The IMD MBA Program is one of the most demanding and intense learning experiences offered today. Given the high quality and number of applications that we receive for only 90 seats, the IMD MBA program is probably one of the toughest to get into. Everyone goes through a full day assessment center where we evaluate hard skills, interpersonal and communication skills and the applicants ability to work in cross-cultural teams. In addition each accepted candidate goes through a full background check conducted by an independent agency.

The right program
The key program features that differentiate the IMD MBA program are a focus on responsible leadership and general management, a personal approach to leadership development and a focus on hands-on learning. All participants divide into small teams, supported by faculty, to complete a 10-day Discovery Expedition to a country facing a difficult business environment, 9 weeks of International Consulting Projects, and Start-up Projects.

The right place
The MBA faculty interacts with senior executives on an on-going basis in IMD open enrollment programs and bring this experience into the MBA classroom. Many of the 60 full-time faculty members, made up of 20 different nationalities, are recognized world authorities in their fields. Since participants come from some 70 countries around the world to attend our MBA or other senior executive programs, IMD is recognized as a highly stimulating and enriching global maelstrom. Thus we bring to Lausanne a cultural diversity that cannot be matched by a short duration exchange program or multiple campuses.

The right reasons
IMD can credibly claim to offer participants the exhilaration of self-discovery and of developing their creative and leadership abilities. We deliberately keep the IMD MBA small and selective, we limit the class to 90 people each year because we believe that world-class business leaders cannot be mass-produced. We follow each participant throughout the program, providing very personalized leadership training with a view towards practicality and reality. The aim of the IMD MBA program is to develop global leaders who have a significant positive impact on their businesses, communities, and the global economy, and who lead with high levels of responsibility and integrity.


  IMD MBA IMD Executive MBA
Duration11 months15 months
Graduation monthDecemberJune / November
Available for employmentSeptember (on-campus recruting)
Number of students9053
Average age3140.5
Average years of work experience715
% International students98
% Women3016
Average GMAT score620-750

Contact Details

Chemin de Bellerive 23
PO Box 915
CH-1001 Lausanne
Tel: +41 (0) 21 618 03 39

Information updated in March 2018