The University of Geneva (UNIGE) is highly regarded by all reliable University Rankings Tables, particularly for its international mix of both students and teachers. This international mix is particularly important to the university given the demographic of the city of Geneva. There are over 29,000 foreign civil servants working, 174 different states represented and 33 international organisations. Founded in 1559, UNIGE campus has 40% international students, and 60% international teaching staff, representing 153 nationalities.
With around 18,000 students, UNIGE is the second largest university in Switzerland and its numbers are constantly on the rise. UNIGE offers more than 290 programmes and more than 300 continuing education programmes covering a wide variety of fields such as exact sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, economics law, and much more. Over 100 of its programmes are taught on a bilingual or fully English platform. UNIGE experienced faculty is keenly aware of the need for today’s managers and business leaders; they use materials that help participants reflect upon learnings in the context of their organisations and that can be applied to their organisation daily challenges.
UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA MBA programs
Key principles: Multidisciplinary, Quality, International Dimension, PartnershipsThe International Organizations MBA (IOMBA) and Executive MBA (EMBA) at UNIGE, offer both full-time and part-time tracks with a cutting-edge curriculum at the intersection of business and international public affairs. UNIGE MBA programs were first developed in two distinct market demands; they experienced a myriad of changes over the last couple of decades to keep up with the ever-evolving market demands, and the strategic advantage of its location with a specialised focus on International Organizations (IOs). Geneva is home to more than 20 major international organizations.
UNIGE MBA programs help participants gain in-depth knowledge and skills to integrate various levels of the organizations, an experience which represents an important catalyst for our participants to move up the ladder or to reflect on or change their career paths. It is a challenging but also rewarding once in a lifetime learning experience.
EXECUTIVE MBA (EMBA)
UNIGE EMBA, created in the late 1990s, is structured to ensure that participants gain leadership training through active participation, and a corporate executive perspective. It provides executives with a first-class general management education without interrupting their careers. It teaches participants to build foundational skills and confidence to expand their capacity to lead and face cross-functional challenges. UNIGE EMBA carefully selects the participant mix through a rigorous 4-step selection process to ensure a high quality peer-to-peer exchange.
EMBA Program Structure: a total of 90 ECTS credits including 24 modules and an In-Company EMBA project, available in two formats -
1) Traditional structure (bi-weekly): 24 modules scheduled on alternate week-ends (Fridays 2pm-9pm & Saturdays 8am-1pm), to be completed over two years. This format is ideal for the local manager wishing to gain leadership training through active participation and a corporate executive phylosophy.2) Condensed structure (block format): 5 blocks of two courses combined with blended learning (online) modules, and an EMBA Project, to be completed over two years. This format is ideal for the international student who is conscious of travel time, as well as the local Geneva student with a demanding full-time workload.
After completing the first year of the EMBA, students may join the International Management program (block format) or the Entrepreneurial Leadership program (bi-weekly), both featuring as traditional MBA curriculum. Students may also pursue their studies in one of 15 specialisations in English or French. English Specializations in: Aviation, Commodity Trading, International Management, Modern Management for Non-Profit Organizations, and Strategic Marketing.
Block format programs: Aviation, Commodity Trading, and International Management.
Program cost: CHF 34'500.
Present at various MBA Fairs & Forums (see websites)
Ranking: University of Geneva: 2nd Most International University in the World (Times); 75th Leiden Rankings; 59th Shanghai Rankings
Starting Dates: Part-time | End of August
Length of course: Part-time 2 years + EMBA In-company project
Ratio of applicants to places: 3.5:1
Number of nationalities: 37
Percentage of international students: 60%
Men/Women Ratio: 70:30
EMBA Average Age Range: 35-45
Length of Work Experience: EMBA: Average 12 years | Minimum 3 years at a managerial position
The UNIGE MBA Programmes are designed for aspiring Business Leaders with functional or sectorial leadership experience seeking a career change or professional development opportunities and put their practice in perspective. Thus, this postgraduate education welcomes participants who come from various professional backgrounds from industry to services and from public to private sectors.
Late applications may be admissible upon space availability(subject to CHF 200.- late application fee - non-refundable)
The application process includes 4 steps which normally takes 3-5 weeks.
1.Validation of application & documents submitted online
2. Quality check of the application / dossier
3. One-hour interview with one of the EMBA alumni for candidates whose application is approved in Steps 1 & 2. It is normally conducted in person; it may be done via skype, if necessary
4. Review of validated applications and final decision by the Directing Committee
Notification is sent to candidates by email.
HOW TO APPLY
The following documents must be downloaded during the application process: (we advise you to prepare the documents in pdf format -except for your photo in jpeg format- before you start the application process):
* Mandatory items which must be uploaded in order to validate your application.
** We will need notarized copies of these documents in case of accpetance
The overall cost of the EMBA may vary depending on the specialization selected in the 2nd year.
Ex.: Total cost for an EMBA in International Management or Entrepreneurial Leadership (traditional MBA curricula): CHF 34,500.
The above fee includes enrollment & matriculation fees, mandatory course materials & exams, and participation to most activities organized within the EMBA Program - divided as follows: