Get started with your application
The IMD Executive MBA program has several starting dates each year. As competition is high for places in the program, we recommend that you start the application process as soon as you and your company are sure of your decision.
Your application should include:
- Completed and signed application form
- One sponsor's letter of recommendation
- Two general letters of recommendation
- Official transcript from most recent university degree
- Application fee (CHF 200)
When should I apply?
As soon as we receive applications, we review them and make acceptance decisions. This means that the class can fill up even several months in advance of the date it actually starts. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early. Typically, we respond to all applicants within 3 weeks.
What type of letters of recommendation do I need?
We ask for three letters of recommendation, written in English. One letter should come from your sponsor, while the other two should come from individuals qualified to comment on your professional achievements and your career potential. The sponsor's letter should be completed and signed by an executive who personally knows you and is familiar with the company's future plans for you.
One of our key criteria in deciding whether to accept someone to the Executive MBA program is whether they will be able to contribute to the learning of everyone else in the class. The letters of recommendation give us an extra assessment of your overall personality, your business achievements, and your leadership capabilities, and as such are a critical part of the application. All information provided in the recommendation letter will be kept strictly confidential.
Will I go through an interview? Can I come and meet your team and visit your campus?
Candidates may be asked to come to IMD for an interview or to take part in a telephone or virtual interview. If an interview is required, you will be notified after we review your completed application. The Admissions Committee will conduct your interview and will make a final decision afterward.
Even if you do not have an interview at IMD, we encourage you to visit to learn more about the school and the Executive MBA program. We endeavor to provide campus tours, and classroom visits whenever feasible, and can certainly arrange a meeting with either the program director or the program manager. You are welcome to visit at any time in the process.
In fact, we often recommend that you come and see us before you submit your application. That can help you decide if the school and the program are right for you, and it can help us determine together if you are likely to be right for the program. We believe it's a good idea to do this before you've done your negotiations with your company.
When do I need to pay?
Please pay the program fee within 30 days of the invoice date and no later than the commencement of the program. If you register within 1 month of the start of the program, you must settle the invoice immediately without exception. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.
What happens in the last few weeks before the program start?
Up to six weeks before the program start date, a Program Coordinator will contact you with information on hotels and pre-program preparation. Please note that IMD reserves enough rooms for each participant on the program. If accepted, you understand that you must be completely free of professional duties while attending this program and that you must attend all scheduled sessions and activities.