MAS Executive MBA 2019

The EMBA is structured to ensure that participants gain leadership training through active participation and a corporate executive philosophy. They build foundational skills and confidence that will help them cope with future cross-functional challenges.



August 2019 - June 2021
90 ECTS credits
576 Teaching hours
76 Distance teaching hours
2-year cycle • Offered in 2 formats --> Bi-weekly: Friday (14h-21h) & Saturday (8h-13h) | or Block: 5 blocks of one week (full-day courses) + 2 blended learning modules per year




Blended learning


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University of Geneva


Early bird deadline

28 February 2019

Registration deadline

15 July 2019
Early bird: reduction of CHF 500 on the matriculation fee upon acceptance in the program


CHF 34500.-


  • Prepare participants for senior management challenges and responsibilities
  • Help develop and strengthen general management skills and reflect on one’s practical activities
  • Develop projects based on professional experience including training and practical experience
  • Ascertain organizational strategies and solutions; develop negotiation skills; control and assess management tools; benefit from exchanges between participants


Business leader and professional, engineer and technician from the public or private sectors, wishing to build foundational skills and/or update their knowledge, or seeking career change and/or professional development opportunities

Learning outcomes

  • Prepare participants for contemporary senior management challenges and responsibilities
  • Enable them to become successful and responsible leaders through a real-world learning experience
  • Learn how to develop and implement efficient operational solutions, while simultaneously ensuring the strategic renewal of their organizations
  • Reflect on their professional and personal development, to identify their full potential, and to hone their social and communication skills
  • Provide a platform for the participants to develop their professional network


1st year - mandatory*: 12 core modules in Business Administration and Management (BAMA)

  • Business Economics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Interactive Strategizing
  • Investment Decision Making
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Organization Design
  • Risk Management
  • Self-Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • In-company MBA Project

*Core modules may NOT be taken individually

2nd year: choice of one of the selected Specializations in bi-weekly (BW) or block (BL) format, in French (FR) or English (EN):  

  • Aviation Management (EN - BL)
  • Commodity Trading (EN - BW & BL)
  • Entrepreneurial Leadership (EN - BW)*
  • Modern Management for Non-Profit Organizations (EN - BW)
  • Gestion des ressources humaines (FR - BW)
  • Gestion et management dans les organismes sans but lucratif (FR - BW)
  • International Management (EN - BL)*
  • Management de projets (FR - BW)
  • Management dans les institutions de santé (FR - BW)
  • Management des institutions sociales (FR - BW)
  • Supply Chain (FR - BW)
  • Strategic Marketing (EN - BW)

*Traditional EMBA track


Prof. Judith SCHREMPF-STIRLING, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM), University of Geneva


Lorine BARRIER, Gloria LEONI and Sun ZUCHUAT-JI, University of Geneva


The Executive MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)
Collaboration virtuelle, quid des jeux de pouvoir entre managers et subordonnés, Prof. Thomas Fischer
Established in 1992, the University of Geneva’s Executive MBA (EMBA) is Geneva region’s most prestigious general management program. The Geneva EMBA enables aspiring midcareer
professionals to advance their careers and personal skills without interrupting their career. The program’s demanding curriculum includes courses on the foundations of general management as well as specialized courses, some of which are unique for the Geneva EMBA. Selected thought leaders and senior executives complement our world-class yet accessible faculty. Thanks to our unique blend of innovative teaching methods and strong alumni network, the participants gain highly relevant knowledge and expertise to cope with future management challenges. The Geneva EMBA is an ambitious but also rewarding once-in-a-lifetime learning experience!


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19750 CHF


The 1st year of the EMBA includes 12 core modules: Business Economics | Financial Accounting | Financial Policy | Human Resources | Investment Decision Making | Interactive Strategizing | Management Accounting | Marketing | Organization Design | Risk Management | Self-Leadership | Strategic Management

+ the EMBA In-Company Group Project



Uni-Mail | University of Geneva


14750 CHF


Traditional EMBA track - Entrepreneurial Leadership (bi-weekly), or

one of the Specializations in English or French (Sep. 2020 - Jun. 2021).

List of EMBA Specializations: Aviation Management (EN-block format) | Commodity Trading (EN-bi-weekly & block formats) | Gestion comptable et financière (FR) | Gestion dans les Organismes Sans But Lucratif (FR) | Management de Projet (FR) | Management des Institutions Sociales (FR) | Management Stratégique des institutions de Santé (FR) | Ressources humaines /FR) | Supply Chain (FR) 


See Specialization page for course calendar & planning.

NOTE: Starting 2020, the EMBA cost will be modified as follows:

1st year: CHF 21’750 (CHF 16’750 tuition + CHF 5’000 matriculation/enrolment fee)

2nd year: CHF 16’750 (traditional EMBA track - Entrepreneurial Leadership).

The total cost depends on the specialization selected.


Each course is subject to an assessment that may include one or more of the following:
Individual in-class exam | take-home assignment | individual or group in-class presentation | individual or group Online quiz or assignment
100% attendance in class, and active participation are expected.

Pedagogical method

The students’ learning experience is enhanced by corporate work projects, in-class discussions, and presentations that build on their previous experience. The EMBA program encourages lively interaction between students and professors and stimulates the sharing of knowledge through group work.

Diploma awarded

Upon successful completion of both years and the EMBA In-Company Project, participants receive the Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, delivered by the Faculty of Geneva School of Economics & Management (GSEM) at University of Geneva.

Admission criteria

  • University Degree: Bachelor or equivalent (i.e., Bac+3,...) *
  • Pertinent work experience - 3 years min. in managerial level (excludes training sessions)

Required skills

  • Strong command of both written and spoken English
  • Computer office tools (spreadsheet, word processor, presentation tools)
  • Basic Accounting understanding (balance sheets/income statement, P&N, EBITDA) or ability to assimilate numbers and concepts

Steering committee

Judith Schrempf-Stirling, GSEM, University of Geneva
Marcelo Olarreaga, GSEM, University of Geneva
Gilbert Prost, Prof. Emeritus, GSEM, University of Geneva

Number of participants

Max. 40 students

Detailed fees

Total Program Cost*: CHF 34'500.-

This includes:

  • Matriculation/Enrollment fee (CHF 5'000.-) +
  • 1st year program tuition (CHF 14'750.-) + 
  • 2nd year program tuition* - traditional EMBA tracks** (CHF 14'750.-)

The 2nd year EMBA modules may be followed individually | Fee: CHF 1'800 / module

** International Management (IM-block) or Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL-bi-weekly)

Application: 4-step selection process


Note: starting 2020, the EMBA cost will be modified as follows:

Total Program Cost*: CHF 38'500.- 

  • Matriculation/Enrollment fee (CHF 5'000)
  • 1st year program tuition (CHF 16'750) 
  • 2nd year program tuition* (CHF 16'750 - traditional EMBA track**)

*The total cost depends on the specialization selected.

** Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL-bi-weekly)

Application: 4-step selection process


2 formats are proposed: A) Bi-weekly (BW): 12 courses organized every two week-ends | Fridays 14.15 - 21.00 & Saturdays 08:15 - 13.00 ; some modules are scheduled on 3 consecutive full days - Thursday, Friday & Saturday. | B) Block (BL): 5 blocks of 2 modules (08.30 - 18.00) + 2 blended learning courses per year.


CORONAVIRUS - latest updates - University of Geneva

"This EMBA program has been an intensive experience that offered me the opportunity to work with many interesting people from various backgrounds all along the programme's modules. The balanced combination of hard and soft modules broaden my leadership skills and positively change my way of managing my company. Its international dimension addresses every facet of doing business across borders: finance, marketing, culture and so on. In a word, the EMBA provided by the University of Geneva is an intense intellectual and emotional challenge." Sébastien POMMARET - EMBA alumnus 2015-2017

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