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IMD Business School


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 20, 2023.

School Data

Annual Tuition: CHF80,000

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: CHF80,000

Acceptance Rate: 28%

Full-Time Enrollment: 87

Median GMAT: 670

International: 98%

Female: 36%

Male: 64%

Average Age: 30

Application Deadlines: January 15, 2023 | February 15, 2023 | April 15, 2023 | June 15, 2023 | August 15, 2023 | September 15, 2023 | October 15, 2023

The IMD MBA: What You Need To Know

The IMD business school, based in Lausanne on Lake Geneva, likes to call its MBA a “one-year leadership development program” which aims to transform students’ careers. MBA Dean Omar Toulan is confident that the program will develop leaders who challenge what is and inspire what could be, while transforming organizations and contributing to society. The idea, he says, is to do it through reflective and responsible leadership.

“Reflective and Responsible Leadership means that we don’t create leaders; we help develop skills & the ability to make tough/difficult decisions and communicate them. Today’s challenging environment places even more importance on the value of effective leadership. Addressing this challenge is at the core of IMD’s mission and our aim to foster the development of reflective and responsible leaders,” says Dean Toulan.

As a school that specializes in executive education, the MBA is designed to give students a personalized leadership experience, developing students into responsible leaders who can sustainably impact society.

A strong support system is provided through the 1:2 faculty-to-student ratio and 20 sessions with a psychoanalyst.

As for curriculum, the personalized leadership development experience integrates classes, live business cases, personal coaching and company projects across the globe. Students are assigned personal career coaches who help them understand their leadership style and find a suitable job after they graduate. Mentorship is a strong element; students are assigned alumni who can advise them in their career journey.

The program learning journey is supported by four pillars – first, it focuses on developing reflective and responsible global leaders. Next is the experiential element of the program, where over 40% of learning takes place outside the traditional classroom, giving students actionable insights that they can directly apply. This personalized approach of the school aims to help students better understand what drives them and the environment they will best thrive in, while simultaneously learning the skills they need to bring sustainability to their careers.

A focus on sustainability is a red thread throughout the program, with new experiential activities, labs and debates as well as partnerships designed to develop students’ ability to make a positive impact. For two weeks they travel to different countries to explore global challenges and innovative solutions and a variety of labs and experiential exercises are organized in partnership with the WBCSD, such as a 2-day COP simulation.

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Contact Information

IMD MBA Office
Chemin de Bellerive 23, PO Box 915
1001 Lausanne, Switzerland
Admissions Office:
+41 21 618 0298
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From IMD Business School:


2022 marked the 50th anniversary of The IMD MBA a one-year, full-time personalized and experiential learning journey where you gain the knowledge you need to maximize your career impact, succeed in a rapidly evolving world, and make a sustainable impact in your organization and society.


Throughout the year, you will develop reflective and responsible leadership skills and improve your ability to make complex and ethical decisions using a critical and holistic approach.

Personalized leadership and career development coaching will leverage your unique experiences, help you understand your purpose and accelerate your success. 


Our campus is located in Lausanne, Switzerland, a thriving center for med-tech, neuro-tech, deep learning, and startups. In this innovative and global business environment, our MBA gives you the opportunity to connect with thought leaders and world-renowned organizations.

Surrounded by lakes, vineyards, and mountains, Switzerland is the leading country for innovation and is also a leading global FinTech hub. Numerous multinational companies have chosen to base their headquarters in this vibrant region, from the traditional finance and banking sectors to pharma and luxury goods as well as industry leaders such as Cisco, Nestlé, Philip Morris and Medtronic.

About 9,000 executives, from multinationals around the world, choose IMD to continue their learning development. The intimate nature of the MBA program will see you build strong bonds with your fellow students and become part of this lifelong international network and alumni community.  

The Program

Over one year, you will master the essential knowledge and skills needed to bring sustainability to organizations and your career. The experiential element of the program – which includes innovation and digital analytics labs, global expeditions and longer-term project work with real startups and multinationals – will give you actionable business insights that you can apply directly. Guiding your learning journey, our diverse and experienced faculty bring a wide spectrum of backgrounds, talents and cultures into each class, and can address your individual viewpoints due to...

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