Typical IMD MBA profile

Join a unique, high caliber group of 90 individuals with solid prior work experience, complementary skills and backgrounds and a far-reaching international outlook. Our IMD MBA program participants have demonstrated their potential and desire to make a difference and are committed to learning from each other.

Typically, about half of our MBAs have partners, many of whom will join them for this important year and often children come too. Our integration advisor will ensure that your partners find their bearings quickly and smoothly, kicking off with workshops, information sessions, and networking activities.

Our participant services will help you in your relocation to Lausanne as well as visa and program logistics so that you can focus on your learning journey.

Life at IMD Business School

Spend a year on a campus located in one of the most beautiful and central areas in Europe. Just a stone throw away from Lake Geneva, with a view over the Swiss mountains, Lausanne offers an abundance of cultural and sports activities. The region is one of the globe’s fastest growing science and technology hubs and is home to global blue chip companies with close links to international institutions.

All IMD Business School programs and services focus on real-world challenges faced by executives. We attract outstanding faculty who combine thought leadership and practical experience. You will benefit from a unique global experience which combines intense learning, new challenges and leadership experientials with global executive networking, a personalized approach, and quality support.

Extra-curricular activities cater for a variety of interests and offer further opportunities for new experiences. Starting with the traditional January Polar Bear Jump into the Lac Léman, various clusters develop insights into specific topics, a social committee organizes class outings from ski trips to summer barbecues, and sporting events typically include the annual MBA Regatta, regular football matches or the Lausanne 20k marathon.

What MBA alumni say

The IMD MBA provided an innovative platform to gain a practical understanding of today´s constantly changing operating conditions. The experience is an eye-opening journey in self-discovery and self-improvement.

Zina Sanyoura

MBA 2008, Lebanese
Executive Director, Private Markets Specialist, Switzerland

A partner's perspective

From the beginning, we understood that the IMD MBA program would be a unique year for all. My husband was challenged and was able to make a successful career change before graduation; my daughter attended a local school and learnt two additional languages; and personally, a pause in my career was a life-changing opportunity to reevaluate my own goals and think about the next steps.

Irina Barabanova

MBA Partner 2016