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Pulling together a powerful group of executives who are keen to learn

Our admissions policies aim at securing the highest caliber of participants. There is no 'ideal' profile of an IMD Executive MBA candidate, since we strive for diversity in the class.

The program is designed for those 35 and older, with a minimum of 10 years business experience.. On average, an Executive MBA participant is around 41 years old and has around 16 years of prior work experience. We look for talented men and women with strong management experience, steady and rapid career progression and outstanding leadership potential.

Admission is based on the following criteria:

Professional achievement

Career progression, with a strong preference for global experience and responsibility. We look at how your responsibility has increased, the breadth and depth of the knowledge you have acquired in the workplace, and the impact you have made on your organization.

Leadership potential

Are you an effective leader? Do you have what it takes to become one?

We look for:

  • Vision
  • Courage
  • Initiative
  • Maturity
  • Curiosity
  • Self-confidence

Intellectual ability

You must have demonstrated intellectual ability through both of the following:

  • Undergraduate university degree
  • Entry-level assessment *

Participants who fail to meet the rigorous academic requirements and the professional integrity of the EMBA program may be dismissed at any point during the program. Students who are dismissed during the Mastery Stage of the EMBA are not reimbursed any portion of their tuition fees.

*The assessment takes place in the Advanced Management Concepts of the EMBA Foundation Stage. If you have completed the Foundation Stage prior to 2012, you will be required to follow the Advanced Management Concepts module prior to the Mastery Stage. Within two years of successful completion of the Advanced Management Concepts exams, participants must start the Mastery Stage of the program.

The GMAT or other aptitude tests are not required for admissions.

International outlook

In order to maintain the highly international outlook of the IMD Executive MBA program, we look for candidates with:

  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Time spent living or working outside own country
  • International scope of career
  • Knowledge of foreign languages

English language proficiency

English is the language of instruction. You must have a strong command of both written and spoken English.

The support of your company

The Executive MBA program requires a serious commitment from you and your sponsoring organization, which must be willing to become a 'laboratory' for your learning. See Company Sponsorship for further information. The financial support of your organization is a matter to be resolved between you and your company.

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