MBA Executive MBA 2021

The EMBA strives to develop successful and responsible leaders through active participation in a real-world learning experience and corporate executive philosophy; it aims to enhance their leadership skills and advance their careers through classroom learning with interactive personal development.



August 2021 - June 2023
90 ECTS credits
576 Teaching hours
76 Distance teaching hours
2-year cycle • Offered in 2 formats --> Bi-weekly format: Friday 2.15pm-9pm & Saturday 8.15am-1pm | twice a month and Block format: 8.30am-6pm | 3 blocks of 2 modules per year + e-learning courses




Blended learning


+41 (02)22 379 81 12


Uni Mail, University of Geneva


Early bird deadline

1 March 2021

Registration deadline

15 June 2021
Late applications may be accepted upon space availability; subject to CHF 200.- late application fee.


CHF 38'500.-

This includes: CHF 5'000 matriculation/registration fee (non-refundable) + CHF 16'750 1st year tuition + CHF 16'750 2nd year tuition (with EL, traditional EMBA track) 

The total program cost may vary depending on the selected specialization.


  • Become successful and responsible leaders through a real-world learning experience
  • Prepare for the contemporary senior management challenges and responsibilities
  • Learn to reflect on professional and personal development to identify one’s full potential
  • Help enhance social and communication skills
  • Learn to develop & implement efficient operational solutions, while simultaneously ensuring the strategic renewal of the organizations
  • Help develop and widen one’s professional network


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

  • Sensible and responsible leadership skills to help build team confidence and motivation
  • Efficient communication skills to help minimize conflicts and to better manage team dynamics
  • Foster emotional & social intelligence skills to enhance interpersonal relationship with peers and employees
  • Implement and renew efficient processes and operations within the organization
  • Reflect on one's professional and personal development, to identify one's full potential
  • Boost one's mindset and find creative solutions to further team contributions


Bi-weekly format: twice a month, end of August-end of June | Friday afternoon/evening & Saturday morning (some modules on 3 consecutive full days)

Block format: 3 x 1 week on campus per year | 6 modules onsite + 6 modules online


  • Business Economics
  • Effective Communication / Negotiation
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Policy
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Organization Design
  • Risk Management / Operations
  • Self‐Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Strategic Thinking, DecisionMaking, and Communication

*Subject to modification


Traditional EMBA track

Bi-weekly format: Friday afternoon/evening & Saturday morning

  • Business Law & Taxation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Organizational Ethics
  • Digitalization & Smart Data
  • Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Identifying, Analyzing and Exploiting Opportunities
  • Investment Decision Making
  • Managing Stakeholders
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Team Engagement
  • PDP: Change Management
  • PDP: Creative Problem Solving
  • PDP: Influencing with Emotional Intelligence / Coaching


Block format: Aviation, Commodity Trading, International Organizations

Bi-weekly format: see listing: 

*Subject to modification


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


Lorine BARRIER and Gloria LEONI, University of Geneva


The Executive MBA is fully accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2006
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 mid-career professionals to advance their careers and enhance their 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, our 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!


Uni-Mail | University of Geneva


21750 CHF


The 1st year of the EMBA includes 12 core modules:

Business Economics | Effective Communication / Negotiation | Financial Accounting | Financial Policy | Human Resource Management | Management Accounting | Marketing | Organization Design | Risk Management / Operations | Self-Leadership | Strategic Management | Strategic Thinking, Decision Making, and Communication

+ the EMBA In-Company Group Project


Uni-Mail | University of Geneva


16750 CHF


Traditional EMBA track:  Entrepreneurial Leadership (bi-weekly): Business & Society | Business Law & Taxation | Change Management | Creative Problem Solving | Digitalization & Smart Data | Doing Business in Emerging Markets | Identifying, Analyzing, and Exploiting Opportunities | Influencing with Emotional Intelligence / Coaching | Investment Decision Making | Managing Stakehlolders: Analysis / Communication / Cultural Intelligence | Responsible Leadership | Team Engagement

or one of the Specializations in English or French .

List of EMBA Specializations: Asset Management (FR) | 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) | International Organizations (EN) | Management de Projet (FR) | Management des Institutions Sociales (FR) | Management Stratégique des institutions de Santé (FR) | Ressources humaines (FR) | Supply Chain (FR) 


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 to validate the modules.

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, or equivalent (i.e., Bac+3, Bachelor)
  • Work experience – 3 years min. in a managerial position
  • Strong command of English (written & spoken)

Required Skills:

  • 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 (Director)
  • Marcelo Olarreaga, GSEM, University of Geneva
  • Gilbert Probst, Prof. Emeritus, GSEM, University of Geneva

Number of participants

Max. 35 students

Detailed fees

Total Program Cost *: CHF 38500.-

This includes:

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

* The total cost depends on the specialization selected.

** Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL / bi-weekly)

Invididual EL modules: CHF 1'800 / module (for non-EMBA students)

Online application: 4-step selection process


2 program formats are proposed *:

A) Bi-weekly format: Friday 2.15pm-9pm & Saturday 8.15am-1pm | twice a month

B) Block format: 8.30am-6pm | 3 blocks of 2 modules per year + e-learning courses

* Courses may move online depending on the Covid evolution

"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 program'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. Sébastien POMMARET - EMBA alumnus 2015-2017