Overview

Applicants
Acceptance Rate
Years Work Experience
7
Average Age
31

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
640 - 690
GPA
-

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
February 1

Regular Application Deadline
September 1

Rolling Admission Deadline
September 1

Round 1
February 1

Round 2
April 1

Round 3
June 1

Round 4
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
2:1
Total Faculty
45

93
Full-time
13
Female
7
Part-time


Students Say

Situated in Lausanne, Switzerland, IMD International is "a life changing experience" for business students who want an "intense one year program with special focus on leadership." This "very prestigious" program offers "international exposure," "diversity," and a "focus on soft skills and leadership capability." IMD has a reputation as the "best" of one-year MBA programs, and it is "famous for hard work." "With ninety students we have a small but strong community at the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva," one student says. The "convenient location" in central Europe provides "access to local network in a still growing country" as well as proximity to France, Germany, and other major European economies.

IMD students "come from multicultural backgrounds and most [have] experience in industry, not financial markets." Most have "an average of six years working experience" and bring "that level of successful work history with them into lively and constructive dialogues between fellow students and professors." This is an "amazing opportunity to spend time with a small group from thirty-nine different nationalities." The "very high quality" and "really top-notch" faculty come "with extensive experience and fit the school profile." "The professors not only taught us in class, they also led us on real business projects with real companies that had real problems," one student attests. Professors tend to have a "close relationship" with students, and are "responsive, easy to access and have a coffee chat, and well prepared for the classes." As one student raves, "It seems that every member of the faculty is an extraordinary pillar in their industry."

"Family" is the way students at IMD describe their relationship with professors and administration. Students quickly get to know the faculty and staff "on a personal level." This is "probably driven by [the] small size" of the program. The administration "does the job" and is "always helpful." IMD requires very "intensive study," but that only brings everyone closer: "The mood at the school is one of camaraderie and bonding through hard work." "Class size is ninety, which makes it a very intimate experience." Applicants should note that this is "a rather expensive program," but, if you can pay the "hefty sum," "it is one of the fastest MBAs to pay back the investment."


Specialities of faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Required

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Connected classroom: We have recently installed Cisco’s telepresence technology in both our facilities in Lausanne and Singapore, IMD faculty are now able to teach virtual sessions seamlessly and without traveling.

School's environmental commitment 2:
Travel: We calculate our carbon footprint from travel and we transfer the amount into a sustainable investment fund.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Waste management and the environment: We use waste from the restaurant to create biogas; We recycle coffee grounds and use them as fertiliser; We are replanting trees on the campus and also have created a natural prairie.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$120,140
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
82%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
79%
School Facilitiated
21%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

31%
Marketing
29%
Consulting
16%
General Management
10%
Finance/Accounting
6%
Operations/Logistics
5%
Information Technology
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

97%
International
2%
Southwest
1%
Northeast

Students Say

Although the school has a small class size, students say there is a "strong alumni network." One student notes that despite a small alumni body, "they are very active/ proactive and occupy very high positions with lots of recruiting and networking power." That said, many students wish the school would "provide more networking opportuni- ties" and say that "improving the career services offering" should be a priority. Students do love the "discovery expedition" where students travel to "a different location such as Singapore, New York or Sao Paulo to learn about the specifics of doing business in those areas." Seventy-five percent of recent graduates work in Industry, 22 percent in Manufacturing, and 14 percent in Consumer Goods. Ninety-three percent of grads "changed function, industry, or geography" within three years of graduating. The Top Ten hiring companies were Amazon, DuPont, Google, Johnson & Johnson Services, McKinsey & Company, Nestlé, Royal Dutch Shell, Samsung, Siemens, The Boston Consulting Group.

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 31%
Consulting 29%
General Management 16%
Finance / Accounting 10%
Operations / Logistics 6%
Information Technology 5%
Other 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consulting 26%
Technology 24%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 19%
Manufacturing 12%
Financial Services 8%
Consumer Products 5%
Petroleum / Energy 2%
Other 2%

Prominent Alumni

Soren Skou
CEO, AP Moller-Maersk

Diego Molano Vega
Former Colombian Minister of ICT

Khadija Hasanova
Chairman of the Executive Board, JSC Bank Respublika, Azerbaijan

De la Rey Venter
Executive Vice President of Joint Ventures at Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Sep 30

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$37,752

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$28,268

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
58%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
25%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
58%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
25%

New Students Receiving Loans
43%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$60,280
Tuition (Out-State)
$60,280
Fees (In-State)
$25,117
Fees (Out-State)
$25,117

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$36,168
Academic Expenses
$0

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
90
Part Time
0%

Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

97.00%
International

23% female
77% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The "highly intelligent," "experienced," and "international" students can be summed up as "amazing unicorns." Students here are unique, but if you have to generalize, the student body is "mostly competitive and have pretty open . . . and liberal mind[s]." As an international program located in Europe, the student body is very "ethnically diverse students (thirty-nine nationalities in a class of ninety)." Many students have "worked in different countries" and "speak several languages." Life on campus tends to revolve around work: "We work or are in class from 8:00 A.m . to 10:00 P .m ., six days per week." While "workload leaves little time for activities," "when we party, we party very hard and had a lot of fun." Students enjoy "hiking trips, sporting activities, wine classes, par- ties, cultural activities, [and] museum visits." Overall, this is "an extremely rigorous and high-pressure experience that bonds us like family."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
MBA Office
MBA Office

Address
Ch de Bellerive 23
PO Box 915
Lausanne, Switzerland, 1001
Switzerland

Phone
011 41 21 618 0298

Fax
011 41 21 618 0615

Email
mbainfo@imd.org


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