Enjoy maximum flexibility to learn while you work

You can earn your global Executive MBA in 15 months or spread your learning over a longer period of time depending on your work commitments. 

Your learning journey consists of a Foundation Stage and a Mastery Stage.

Whatever you choose, you will only be away from your office for 7- 9 weeks maximum depending on your Foundation Stage option.

New: fully virtual Foundation Stage available. Find out more about GMF.


Flexible starting dates

7 starting dates each year for the Foundation Stage and 3 for the Mastery Stage

Select your learning pace

4 international locations: IMD campus in Switzerland, Silicon Valley & 2 Discovery Expeditions

Limited time out of the office

Applied learning through company assignments, leadership & crisis management training, Discovery Expeditions and much more


Powerful partnership: the IMD EMBA is organized in association with the University of Lausanne (UNIL) 

Choose from 2 Foundation Stage options before entering the EMBA Mastery Stage
EMBA journey
Executive MBA journey
Choose from 2 Foundation Stage options

Foundation Stage Lausanne

3 weeks face-to-face plus 5 weeks online 

Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL)
3 weeks face-to-face at IMD campus, Lausanne

Fast-track your understanding of key business fundamentals. Master the core functions of a complex organization.
Streams: marketing, finance & accounting, business model innovation & entrepreneurship, strategy & industry analysis, operations & supply chain management

View full details of Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL)

Advanced Management Concepts (AMC)
5 weeks online
Online learning requires approx. 15 hours per week.

Go deeper into the topics covered during FBL with this five-week distance learning module.
Streams: strategic thinking, finance, marketing, artificial intelligence


New fully virtual Foundation Stage - GMF

20 weeks online and in live virtual classroom

Launch your IMD Executive MBA without the need to travel for the first stage of your EMBA.

In the light of ongoing travel restrictions, IMD has created a new fully virtual foundation stage - Global Management Foundations (GMF).

This 20-week journey enables you to launch your IMD Executive MBA without the need to travel for the foundation stage.

The highly interactive, virtual learning experience offers you all the capability-building of Foundations for Business Leadership (FBL) plus Advanced Management Concepts (AMC), together in one comprehensive program.

You will engage directly with faculty and other participants in an exciting, dynamic virtual format, delivered directly to you online. The new GMF prepares you to successfully access the EMBA Mastery Stage. Get full details from your EMBA Program Advisor.

Learn more about Global Management Foundations (GMF)

Mastery Stage

Your focus now shifts to mastering the execution of your new skills at the organizational, individual and global level. This 12-month global Executive MBA 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

More on the EMBA mastery stage

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