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We look for the best group of 90 mature and globally minded classmates you can learn from and share knowledge with.

Amongst the participants, there are approximately 40 different nationalities. The majority have 4-9 years of work experience in a variety of sectors and are between 27 and 34 years old.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • GMAT (80% of our MBA participants score between 620 and 750)
  • A minimum of three years full-time work experience
  • A strong command of written and spoken English
  • At least one language in addition to English

To discover if your profile has a good initial fit with the IMD MBA Program, complete our Assess your chances form.


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1. Online Application

The MBA online application should be submitted along with supporting documents on the following deadlines: February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1 and September 1 for the program starting the following January.
* If you are a citizen of a country that requires a visa process, we recommend that you apply for one of the first three deadlines.If you wish to attend one of the Assessment Days abroad, you will need to apply for the first two deadlines.

Your written application must demonstrate strong academic ability, solid career progression, international outlook, responsible decision-making, business achievements and real leadership capacity.

Three recommenders should complete our online form telling us about your personality, business achievements and leadership capabilities. At least two should come from business-related sources.

2. Assessment Day

Within 6 weeks after each deadline, we inform you if we would like to meet you for the on-campus Assessment Day. We will also have two Assessment Days abroad on May 6 in Singapore and May 24 in Sao Paulo. For these Assessment Days you need to apply by April 1st deadline.

Lasting a full day, the assessment consists of a personal interview, an impromptu presentation, and a case study discussion. We will have an opportunity to assess your intellectual capabilities, integrity and ability to work with others. You have a chance to evaluate us, meet participants and possibly attend classes.

3. Final decision

Within 2 weeks from the Assessment Day, we will contact you with our final decision.

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Tuition & Fees

Details Sum
Application CHF 350 non-refundable, payable by credit card
Tuition CHF 60,000
Fees CHF 25,000

Pricing includes: all teaching materials, personal coaching, travel and accommodation for International Consulting Projects and Discovery Expedition, four-course lunch at IMD five days per week, joint events with executives at IMD.

Personal Expenses

Immersion program: CHF 750
Pre-program lectures are required for those who do not meet the objectives of our on-line self assessment Accounting and Finance test.

Approximate living expenses for a single person: CHF 36,000.
This estimate includes housing CHF 18,750 and living expenses CHF 17,250


Payment timing Sum
1st installment/deposit: upon acceptance of admission CHF 15,000
2nd installment: 30 September CHF 15,000
3rd installment: 28 February CHF 40,000
4th installment: 30 April CHF 15,000
All above payments are non-refundable and are due irrespective of loan disbursement dates.
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Every year, IMD supports about half of the MBA class by granting them scholarships or loans. The total amount of scholarships available each year is around CHF500'000 and CHF 1.3 million for loans.

The maximum financial aid awarded per admitted candidate is CHF 65,000.

As we cannot provide financial aid for everyone, we strongly recommend that you seek alternative sources where possible. Here are some options for external funding.


We work with a Swiss bank to provide loans to candidates who demonstrate no alternative sources of funding. In order to apply you need to: 

Candidates with financial need are encouraged to submit their loan requests as soon as they receive an IMD MBA offer in order to accelerate a pre-assessment of their financial needs. The deadline to apply for loans is October 30 and November 15 for the September deadline applicants.


IMD offers a variety of MBA scholarships and applicants may apply to several simultaneously, however only one scholarship can be awarded per candidate. Scholarships are granted subject to nomination by the scholarship selection committee, acceptance into the program and confirmation of your intention to participate in the program by paying the advance deposit of CHF 15,000.
In order to apply please ensure that you :

All essays should reflect your personal point of view expressed in your own words, if necessary supported by proper citation.

IMD reserves the right not to award a scholarship if the criteria are not met to the satisfaction of the jury/sponsors.

The deadline to apply for any scholarship is September 30.

List of Scholarships

MBA Class Scholarship for Emerging Markets  - CHF 200'000 (to be split between the winners of the scholarship)

For citizens of developing countries to enable young leaders who meet the following criteria to earn the IMD MBA degree.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application
  • Good academic results (GMAT)
  • Strong reference letters
  • Steady career progression

Staton Scholarship (x 1) CHF 50,000

For applicants from South America (with the exception of Brazil), on condition that the candidate returns to South America for at least three years after graduation.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application and submit a 750 word essay on:
    The role of entrepreneurship in moving my country forward and my contribution to that goal.

IMD MBA Future Leaders Scholarships (x 3) CHF 30,000

For applicants who demonstrate exceptional leadership understanding.

  • Submit a 750 word essay on:
    It has been said that success in business requires flexibility to be responsive, but also commitment to a recognized set of values. Discuss using your personal and professional experience.

IMD MBA Alumni Scholarships (x 5) CHF 30,000

One scholarship is awarded to a citizen, but not necessarily current resident, of each region: Asia, Africa/Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Western Europe/North America/Oceania

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application and submit a 1,000 word essay on:
    Identify one issue in your region / country which you consider a priority to address. Why would you choose this issue? How would you, as a business leader, personally address it and ensure your action has a sustainable impact?
    Essays should be personal and visionary, and include a clear description of how the solution could be implemented in a sustained manner.

Nestlé Scholarship for Women (x 1) CHF 25,000

Preference is given to women from developing countries*.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application and submit a 750 word essay on:
    Many have argued that greater diversity in the Top Management team of an organization is good for profits and customers. What would you recommend as ways to achieve greater diversity?

*Employees of Nestlé and its subsidiaries are not eligible

Jim Ellert Scholarship (x 1) CHF 20,000

Preference is given to citizens from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the South-Eastern Asian Peninsula.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application and submit a 500 word essay on:
    Why I would like to do an MBA at IMD?
    The quality of the admission application will also be taken into consideration

Stewart Hamilton Scholarship (x 1) CHF 20,000

For applicants who demonstrate an understanding of corporate governance and corporate responsibility.

  • Demonstrate financial need by completing our Financial Aid Application, read the case study 'Hollinger and the Downfall of Conrad Black' and submit a 750 word essay on:
    What failed in the Hollinger corporate governance system and what are your personal learnings from this case study?

IMD MBA Merit Scholarships (x 5) CHF 10,000

Awarded at the discretion of IMD's Admissions Committee at the time of offer to applicants who demonstrated exceptional qualities throughout the admissions process.

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Event types

Campus visits: visit the IMD campus and meet with the current class
Virtual visits: join a virtual campus tour or Live Chats from anywhere in the world
Worldwide fairs: find out more about us and other top MBA programs
Info Sessions: attend a presentation in your city hosted by our Alumni or the MBA Office team


Place Date Time Registration
Virtual Information Session 26 May 15:00 - 15:45 CEST Register
Virtual Information Session 30 June 15:00 - 15:45 CEST Register


Place Date Time Registration


Place Date Time Registration
Sao Paulo 24 May, 2016 19:00 - 21:30 Masterclass
London 2 June, 2016 18:00 - 22:00 QS MBA Fair
New York 20 June, 2016 16:00 - 22:00 MBA Fair
Shanghai 24 August, 2016 18:00 - 20:00 MBA Info Session
Monterrey, Mexico 25 August, 2016 18:00 - 20:00 MBA Info Session
Singapore 25 August, 2016 18:30 - 20:30 MBA Info Session
San Francisco 30 August, 2016 18:00 - 20:00 MBA Info Session
Tokyo 30 August, 2016 19:30 - 21:00 MBA Info Session
Dubai 30 August, 2016 18:00 - 20:00 MBA Info Session
Frankfurt 8 October, 2016 TBC E-fellows MBA Fair

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