Duration 15-19 months modular learning, (7-9 weeks out of office)
When to start 7 intakes per year
Location Lausanne campus plus discovery expeditions in international locations
Get ready:
  • Master management skills in highly diversified environments
  • Become a more reflective, self-aware leader
  • Apply learning through personalized business assignments

Start of a profound transformational journey

The transformative core of the IMD Executive MBA is what makes it truly unique among EMBA programs offered by top business schools. You will go far beyond your current situation, discovering new dimensions of yourself as a reflective leader, powerfully effective, delivering much greater impact at the personal, professional levels and beyond.

Master new management skills

Master management skills in highly diversified business, social and political environments

Develop a creative mindset
Develop the mindset of an entrepreneur: be creative, take risks and manage the unknown with confidence
Expand your leadership skills
Become a more reflective, self-aware and strategic member of a general management team
Grow your career
Create new value for your organization and discover more career options
Get ready to join the highest caliber of participants

There is no one ‘ideal’ profile of an IMD Executive MBA candidate since we strive for diversity in the class. The program is designed for individuals aged 35 years or above with at least 10 years of relevant professional work experience, strong management experience, consistent career progression, and outstanding leadership potential.


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Average age


Years of work experience

How the program works

The IMD Executive MBA is a modular program consisting of a Foundation Stage and a Mastery Stage, giving you the flexibility to choose the format and timing that works best for you.This blended, flexible modular curriculum allows you to combine personal development with daily life. 

  • 15-19 months total depending on your work commitments 
  • 7 starting dates per year
  • 7-9 weeks out of the office in total (depending on your Foundation Stage choice)
Foundation Stage

Option 1: Foundation Stage at Lausanne campus

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

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


Option 2: Fully virtual Foundation Stage

20 weeks online and in live virtual classroom

Global Management Foundations (fully virtual)

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

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.


Mastery Stage

The Mastery Stage is a 12-month blended learning module which requires only 6 weeks out of the office.

IMD Mastery is constructed with different modules: from personal leadership, to business management assignments,towards building a global perspective. These themes combine to create solid, integrated learning.

You will also participate to 3 global Discovery Expeditions. They will deepen your global business understanding through major themes like: entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, transformation and much more.

Get details about the IMD Executive MBA program
Take your business further, grow as a leader and make your contribution to a bigger and better future.
  • Master management skills in highly diversified environments
  • Become a more reflective, self-aware leader
  • Apply learning through personalized business assignments

Discover more about IMD’s Executive MBA program