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IMD Executive MBA Program Overview

Prepare for the future you want 

You can take your Executive MBA in 15 months or spread your learning over a longer period of time depending on your work commitments. Whatever pace of learning you choose, you will only be away from the office for 9 weeks.

Business themes run across the entire program and are addressed through different angles as your knowledge and experience grow.

You apply what you learn at each step through company assignments, the leadership stream, discovery expeditions and a crisis management simulation.

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Discovery expedition locations are subject to change. Modules run in a different order whether you attend the June or November session of the mastery stage. You also get to choose from multiple locations so this graph illustrates one possible choice.

Your first step

Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL)

You start off your learning journey by joining us on campus at IMD for 20 days of accelerated learning on business fundamentals. Foundations for Business Leadership is your first module of the IMD Executive EMBA program but also runs as a stand-alone program.

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Your second step

Advanced Management Concepts (AMC)

This 5-week online learning module goes deeper into the topics you cover during FBL and prepares you for the rigor and execution focus of the mastery stage. You also develop your ability to manage your time via distance learning, an important skill to acquire for the remainder of the program.

Topics:  strategy, finance, marketing, decision analysis & critical thinking

An average workload of 20 hours per week is estimated, which allows you to meet your professional commitments in parallel.

Your third step

Mastery stage

Your focus now shifts to mastering the execution of your new skills at the organizational, individual and global level. This 12-month journey combines 6 face-to-face modules with distance learning in between.

  • Apply concepts to the reality of your organization – Company assignments
  • Become a more reflective, self-aware and strategic leader  – Leadership stream
  • Gain expertise on business practices across the world – Discovery expeditions
  • Discover new career options – Executive career management module

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