Online Programs - Frequently asked questions

How long are the online programs?

Our online programs take place over either 5 or 8 weeks, dependent on the topic. You must meet the weekly deadlines for submission of assignments to successfully complete the program.

How frequently do the online programs run?

Each 5-week program is offered up to four times per year, with each 8-week program offered twice per year. For precise dates please refer to the individual program.

How much time do I need to allocate to study?

On average, each week’s learning requires 4-6 hours of study.

Do I need special software or other tools?

No special software is needed. You simply need a good broadband internet connection. You will receive a compatibility test link before the program starts to ensure you can access the materials.

Can I learn on the go?

Yes, the IMD Impact App is a mobile companion that allows you to access your IMD Learning Materials on the go and easily follow your learning journey. The app is available on iOS and Android.

Must I attend the online sessions at a fixed time each week?

No. The video sessions are pre-recorded. The structure is highly flexible, which means that you access the material in your own time and study at your pace. For the group assignments, you will need to find a common time that works for all your group members.

Typical class size

We typically segment all participants into cohorts of up to 50 participants to ensure a truly personal learning experience in an internationally diverse group.

Typical class profile

These programs are designed for ambitious executives who want to get ahead in business. Participants usually have on average 6-10 years of experience managing projects of business units at a regional or country level.

Will I be able to see the profile of the other participants during the course?

Yes, a lot of emphasis will be placed on interaction throughout the program. You will build connections with the other participants and will also have opportunities to work on assignments and other activities in small groups.

Program content

How do I learn?

You learn via readings, videos, case studies, individual assignments, virtual group work, a summative assessment/capstone project and with personalized feedback from an IMD professional learning coach. You receive new teaching materials each week which build on the previous week’s learning. On request, your program advisor will give you the latest course overview for the program of your choice.

Faculty and program coach

The program is designed and delivered by IMD’s world-class teaching Faculty. Your professional learning coach will interact with you to ensure you can successfully apply the learning to your specific business context.

Do I get individual coaching?

Throughout the duration of your online learning journey you will receive one-to-one support from your professional learning coach, including regular feedback on your weekly assignments. You also receive feedback and grading on your final assessment. By the end of your program, you will have demonstrated your ability to embed the program learning in your specific business context.

Is there a program schedule I can see?

The program brochure provides you with an overview of the learning journey. Once you have been accepted into the program you will have access to the detailed program syllabus.

How am I graded?

You will be graded on your individual assignments, your online participation, and your final evaluation/assessment.

Do I receive IMD certification?

If you successfully complete all the weekly assignments within the deadlines and the capstone project / summative assignment, you receive IMD certification. If you do not successfully complete your individual assignments, do not hand in your assignments on time or are not successful in your final evaluation/assessment you will not pass the program and will not receive certification.

General

What is the fee?

Duration5-weeks8-weeks
Individual ParticipantCHF 1'950CHF 2'950
IMD AlumniCHF 1'750CHF 2'750

IMD Corporate Learning Network (CLN) members receive a number of complimentary seats in addition to a wide range of further benefits and services. If you are applying via your corporation, please check internally that you are eligible to apply before submitting your application.

Scholarships

IMD does not provide scholarships or discounts.

Payment deadline

Payment must be made before the program starts.

Registration deadline

The registration deadline varies per program. Please find the 2018 deadlines below:

Strategy Execution

Session dateDeadline
October 29 - December 21

Disruptive Innovation

Session dateDeadline
October 29 - December 21

Building Business Sustainability

Session dateDeadline
October 22 - December 14

Changing Employee Behavior

Session dateDeadline
October 1 - November 23

Business Finance  

Session dateDeadline
October 15 - December 7

Strategic Partnerships

Session dateDeadline
September 24 - November 16

B2B Pricing Strategy

Session dateDeadline
October 8 - November 30

Strategic Thinking 

Session dateDeadline
October 29 - December 21

Inspirational Leadership

Session dateDeadline
October 29 - December 21

Marketing Management

Session dateDeadline
October 1 - November 23

Digital Disruption

Session dateDeadline
October 8 - November 30

Leadership Essentials

Session dateDeadline
October 29 - December 21