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International Executive MBA

With international markets becoming increasingly dynamic and the influence of different contexts, cultures, and consumer needs are growing steadily, business leaders are faced with enormous challenges.

The generalist International Executive MBA (IEMBA) Master’s degree program has been tailored to meet these challenges. It prepares executives for demanding tasks in a global environment. Areas of particular focus are leadership methodology, international business, and business ethics.

This degree program is a unique combination of innovative leadership training, special emphasis on business ethics, strategy-oriented training in international business, and the use of interdisciplinary segments such as action learning, a study trip, a reference case study, and a team-based business simulation week.

At a glance

Qualification : Executive Master of Business Administration ZFH (60 ECTS)

Start : 20.08.2021

Duration : 4 semesters

Costs : CHF 48'200.00

Comment on costs : 

The fee includes all travel and accommodation expenses for the study trip abroad, all accommodation expenses for the intensive Business Simulation week in Switzerland, as well as all program fees and charges, including textbooks and other teaching materials.

Location : 

The module seminars take place in the classrooms and lecture halls of the ZHAW School of Management in Law in Winterthur / (Zurich). Separate arrangements are made during intensive study weeks and a study trip abroad.

Language of instruction : English

International Executive MBA

Objectives and content

Target audience

The IEMBA program is aimed at business leaders in small, medium-sized, and large companies, young professionals with strong leadership potential, and English-speaking executives from all over the world.


After completing the program, participants will be able to do the following:

  • Lead groups that are demographically and culturally diverse and make sound and timely decisions even under pressure
  • Identify, evaluate, and analyze general (advanced) management problems of a multi-dimensional nature
  • Plan and implement international business strategies
  • Design and implement internationalization strategies and processes
  • Anticipate strategic and operative problems as well as general and financial risks arising from international business activity, and be proactive in developing effective solutions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Consider the business ethics perspective in their management decisions
The IEMBA program helps me to simply get a different perspective of the industry I am working in.

Marc Steinmann, IEMBA Student


Participants are required to have a minimum of five years of professional experience as well as some leadership experience. They first receive a foundation of in-depth business administration knowledge on which to build more advanced competencies in the focus areas. These are leadership and networking (Global Leadership and Relationship Management), international business processes (International Business), and business ethics (Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility). The management training program combines individual and organizational leadership based on a well-founded, practically oriented leadership methodology, which also incorporates intercultural aspects. Additional interdisciplinary segments use methods of instruction that are geared to real-world needs.

The IEMBA program consists of the following modules:

  • Foundation Module
  • Advanced General Management (6 ECTS)
  • Leadership and Decision-Making (6 ECTS)
  • Organizational Behavior & Global Relationship Management (6 ECTS)
  • Business Ethics & Corporate Responsibility (6 ECTS)
  • International Business Environment (6 ECTS)
  • Strategy and Internationalization (6 ECTS)
  • Value-Chain Internationalization & Risk Management (6 ECTS)
  • Application and Integration (6 ECTS)
  • EMBA Thesis (12 ECTS)


In teaching the IEMBA program, instructors combine theory and practice. In particular, this synergy is created by means of the following methods:

  • Interactive impulse lectures
  • Class and group discussions
  • Group projects and application exercises
  • Working with case studies
  • Written assignments

In addition, the following innovative program segments are used:

  • Case study used to demonstrate and try out specific concepts and tools
  • Action learning situations using specific everyday business issues as provided by participants
  • Study trip aimed to enable participants to experience other cultures, become familiar with business in the core markets of Swiss commerce and industry, and build a network of business contacts
  • International Business Simulation, a business game that participants play for one whole week of intensive study and during which they are put to the test to apply the skills they have acquired in a crisis management scenario.


  • Part-time course of study taking place for a period of 18 months on Fridays and Saturdays (all day), except during vacation periods
  • The Master’s thesis is usually produced in the period following this period, i.e. in Months 19-24
  • An intensive week of instruction takes place in Semesters 2, 3, and 4
Program Overview IEMBA
Program Overview IEMBA

Enquiries and contact




To be admitted to the IEMBA program, candidates must usually have a university degree. In order to ensure that the class as a whole contributes to the success of its members, the following requirements apply:

  • University degree (usually);
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills, Level C1 (may also be provided during the assessment process)
  • Assessment (interview as well as other assessments, if necessary) by the program management
  • Letter of recommendation from employer or from another competent person of authority

Information for applicants

We invite every potential candidate to an individual appointment, where we provide you with further details concerning the program and can address your personal situation. You will also have the opportunity to ask any unanswered questions.

Request an individual appointment: - Registration form

Start Application deadline Registration link
20.08.2021 20.07.2021 link to individual contact form

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