International University in Geneva

Be prepared to become a top manager specialized in business administration, in multinationals, international organizations and governments

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is designed for young professionals interested in pursuing a career in business management. The MBA provides a comprehensive introduction to today’s global business environment: what are the key challenges facing companies? How are businesses successful at an international level? Why are business ethics and social responsibility crucial?

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September November March May
  • Courses
    14 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Learning in a dynamic environment in Switzerland with a multicultural student body and faculty with “real world” experience;
  • Providing practical skills to advance personal and professional goals;
  • Exploring the latest business theories and practices;
  • Gaining insight into global businesses, their management and operations.
Graduation Ceremony 2015

Program Details

In addition to core business courses with a focus on quantitative problem solving, the MBA trains young professionals to be future top managers with courses in theory and practice: operations and project management, leadership and organizational behavior, global entrepreneurship and venture initiation, strategic financial management and corporate social responsibility.


The Master of Business Administration is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the major principles of economics, economic policymaking and the role of the firm in the economy. It discusses the role of the financial system, (un)employement and international economic flows between the domestic economy and its international environment and provides the theoretical basis for understanding the economic importance of firms, international trade and international capital flows.
  • ACC 514 – Accounting This course is the study of accounting principles and procedures essential to the preparation of financial statements with emphasis on the corporate form. This class prepares students for more advanced studies such as Management Accounting, Financial Management, Financial Modelling , etc. by introducing the concepts and procedures underlying determination and presentation of information for financial decisions by investors and other decision makers.
  • QMB 513 – Quantitative Methods in Business This course will explore business applications of quantitative techniques, including forecasting and applications of linear regression and correlation.
  • MGT 605 – Strategic Supply Chain Management This course is concerned with optimising the global supply chain and leveraging it as a value-creating strategy to gain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. It addresses issues related to sustainability, risk management and the challenges of establishing trust and collaboration amongst supply chain partners.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • NEG 615 – International Negotiations Negotiation skills are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in management and diplomacy. This course covers cross-disciplinary theoretical underpinnings and, through interactive methods and simulations, the practical aspects of skillful negotiation in a global environment.
  • MGT 657 – Operations and Project Management This course introduces students to the practices, concepts and techniques used in operations within manufacturing and service organizations. It teaches the fundamentals of Project Management and covers Quality Management concepts and tools.
  • MGT 610 – Leadership and Organizational Behaviour Students study a range of important variables that affect the behaviour of people inside an organization including leadership styles, the process of effective management, interpersonal communication skills, motivation, effective presentations and organization design, as well as the dynamics of conflicts in organizations. This course involves a high degree of participation and project work with adult learning techniques such as action learning and learning contracts.
  • FIN 510 – Corporate Finance This course is intended to familiarize students with principles of corporate finance and investment decisions. It develops students' understanding of fundamental topics in modern corporate world such as cost of capital, financial valuation, investments, risk-return, mergers and acquisitions and other financial tools. The theory is presented within a context which motivates students and equips them with practical tools for financial decision making and valuation; the skills they will require in their future careers.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • MGT 666 – Small Business Management This module focuses on small business leadership, management and governance., It coaches students how to leverage the unique character of a start-up, identify and finance growth opportunities, negotiate with prospective partners and later establish collaborations and continually apply leadership skills for management that inspires. The course will also explore structures and complexities specific to family owned enterprises. Students will acquire new perspectives on how to identify good investments, manage risk and make sound business decisions that support small business growth via different approach. An unique mentoring program is integrated in the study which highlight the practical side of the subject.
  • ACC 622 – Management Accounting This course explores the use of managerial accounting information for internal planning, decision-making, performance, evaluation and control. It stimulates the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand, evaluate, and take action on the many financial and non-financial reports used in managing modern companies.
  • MKG 667 – International Marketing Students will learn to devise an international marketing plan taking into account the overall international economic situation, the growing interaction of governments, international institutions, the global legal environment, the different cultures, etc. It emphasizes the challenges the international marketer is facing today in dealing with the complexity of globalization, internationalization and the impact of the modern technologies.
  • MGT 645 – Corporate Governance Effective governance is of eminent importance for the sustainability of corporations as for the long-term success of nations. The course introduces different models of governance applied across the world and weighs their pro's and con's through a variety of case studies.
Trimester 4 Credits
  • MGT 650 – Digital Transformation Digital transformation is a fundamental driver of competitiveness for firms in a variety of industries. Digital transformation is not only about mastering technological change, but it involves and affects all aspects of the organization. Students will lean various methodologies and apply them to real cases and simulations.
  • BUS 698 – Corporate Strategy (Capstone Course) This course examines the objectives and strategies of senior management for the attainment of corporate goals. The course takes an interdisciplinary and strategic approach to the firm's corporate policy. The interrelationship between the policies of international firms and the global business environment is analyzed. Emphasis is given to understanding the influence of the framework and issues of strategic decisions on the overall performance of the firm.

Distinguished Speakers

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer Unilever Graduation ceremony, 2014

Pedro Simko

Director Publicis Europe
Graduation ceremony, 2015


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IUG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

The International University in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MBA

MBA graduates have gone on to executive positions in multinationals, family businesses, international organizations and governments.

Career services

The International University in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IUG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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