Geneva School of Economics and Management - University of Geneva


Providing comprehensive academic education

From the Bachelor’s degree to the Doctorate, via the Masters, Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) provides comprehensive university education covering all areas of management and business administration. Its degree programmes are divided into two successive cycles: the Bachelor’s over three years, followed by the Master’s over three or four semesters. The first provides a general, multidisciplinary training whilst the second enables a specialisation to be obtained in a particular discipline.

In addition to the Bachelor’s degree in business administration, GSEM offers five Masters with various specialisations. Thus, students can expand their knowledge in the disciplines of management (international management or marketing), accounting and control, finance, statistics and international trading.

Compatible with the university systems of 45 European countries, these programmes incorporate the latest academic developments, taking account of economic realities and of the expectations of professional environments.

Offering continuing education

With two MBAs and some twenty executive programmes, GSEM Geneva offers a wide range of continuous education courses enabling any professional to enhance his/her skills in the various fields of management and business administration.

Executive programmes are the fruit of close collaboration between the academic and professional spheres. The diversity of the parties involved, who are drawn both from the University and from different business sectors, enables a high level of expertise to be achieved and the programmes to be tailored to market requirements.

To maintain a research centre

Research constitutes a core activity of GSEM. It covers all areas of management, and results each year in the publication of numerous works, articles, contributions to collective programmes and papers for scientific conferences.

Research projects undertaken at GSEM have the benefit of substantial financial grants from the FNRS, NCCR FinRisk, the Swiss Finance Institute, the CNRS and various international bodies.

The professors also provide academic continuity through their supervision of doctoral theses, of which there are currently over forty.

To encourage student mobility

In keeping with the spirit of the Bologna agreements, GSEM encourages student mobility and inter-university cooperation. By virtue of the special relationships it enjoys with other universities throughout the world, the Faculty is continually expanding the range of possible exchanges available to students.

The GSEM exchange programmes offer students a unique opportunity to undertake part of their course at a partner institution, in Switzerland or abroad. Such stays constitute a vital training stage for students aspiring to a career with an international dimension. They also provide the opportunity to discover a different culture, to develop knowledge of a foreign language, to experience different teaching methods and, sometimes, to acquire a specialization not provided by their programme.

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Executive MBA

Campus or Online Full time 2 years February 2017 Switzerland Geneva

The Executive MBA program (EMBA) at University of Geneva (UNIGE) provides executives with a first-class general management education without interrupting their careers. [+]

Executive MBA The Executive MBA program (EMBA) at University of Geneva (UNIGE) provides executives with a first-class general management education without interrupting their careers. It is designed to balance theory and practice, and analytical thinking and action, and is structured to ensure that participants gain leadership training through active participation, and a corporate executive perspective. 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. Its teaching staff is keenly aware of the need for managers and business leaders to develop and implement efficient operational solutions to complex situations. UNIGE EMBA is accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). Students are led to develop their autonomy, intellectual capacity and practical skills, and acquire the necessary tools to achieve their professional goals. They also learn to use their analytical and strategic skills to develop new solutions to complex problems rather than simply adopting ready-made solutions. Faculty: The diverse origins and backgrounds of the faculty members and students guarantee an international perspective and cross-discipline input. Interaction between participants and faculty and group is highly encouraged; group work stimulates knowledge sharing. 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. New Block Format: In order to satisfy the demands of the international population, UNIGE EMBA now also offers block format courses in addition to the traditional bi-weekly program starting September 2016. This new format includes the same course offer as the bi-weekly program, but in a concentrated schedule. This block format is ideal for international participants from far horizons (i.e., Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, etc.). PROGRAM STRUCTURE The full EMBA program cycle (both the bi-weekly and block formats) includes 24 modules and an In-company MBA project, and lasts 2 years. 12 Core courses including Self-Leadership make up the the 1st year curriculum. Upon successful completion of the first year modules, students obtain a "statement of completion" and may continue their studies by joining the International Management program (traditional MBA curriculum), or one of the proposed Specializations offered in French or English. Block format Specializations are also available in the 2nd year: the Trading & Aviation Management programs. Upon successful completion of both years, including the In-company MBA project, graduating students receive the Master of Business Administration Degree. 100% participation is expected to validate the modules; each course comprises 24 class hours. For each class hour, students should count an additional 1 to 2 hours for reading, preparation, case study and evaluation. 1) Bi-weekly format (traditional): twice a month, on Friday afternoons (2pm-9pm), and Saturday mornings (8am-1pm); some courses are organized over 3 consecutive full days; to be completed over 2 years 2) Block format (concentrated model): 6 blocks of 3 modules (8.30am-5.30pm) with 6 online courses; to be completed over 2 years. Ideal for international participants. MBA THESIS (IN-COMPANY PROJECT) Students receive personalized evaluations and feedback throughout their program, including feedback and coaching from former students. Each program module is subject to an assessment. EMBA assessments include final exams, presentations, and/or project reports, and may be conducted individually or in groups. As part of the assessment requirement, students carry out a group project (3-4 students per group) in their area of specialization, which could be implemented in their businesses. These projects are conducted in close collaboration with the sponsoring company, which is usually the student’s workplace. Students act as consultants and their findings and recommendations should be applied by the sponsoring organization. GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Upon completion of the first year, participants receive a Certificate of Completion and continue their course study in "International Management" or in one of the proposed Specializations Note: Executive MBA studies last 2 years. Requests for an extension are subject to approval by the MBA office; a CHF 2000 Extension Fee will apply for each extra year; (max. 5-year cycle) [-]


International Organizations MBA

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years February 2017 Switzerland Geneva + 1 more

Offered as a one-year intensive MBA as well a part-time program (2 to 3 years), the IOMBA offers a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by an international faculty from worldwide leading universities as well as recognized professionals from International Organization, International (IOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). Located in the heart of Geneva within a stone’s throw of many United Nations organizations and other prestigious international institutions, the program provides opportunities to students to pursue their career in an IO, an NGO or Transnational Corporation. [+]

International Organizations MBA Full-time (1 year) or Part-time (2-3 years) Program As a one-year intensive MBA as well a part-time program (2 to 3 years), the IO-MBA offers a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by an international faculty from worldwide leading universities as well as recognized professionals from International Organization, International (IOs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). This long-standing program (13th edition) offers 24 cutting-edge modules covering political and economic environment of multilateral organizations as well as managerial challenges existing in an international non-for-profit organization. Located in the heart of Geneva within a stone’s throw of many United Nations organizations and other prestigious international institutions, the program provides opportunities to students to pursue their career in an IO, an NGO or Social enterprises. A unique program like the IO-MBA calls for students who wish to learn skills that go beyond “business as usual.” Our candidate profile include professionals who: believe that international collaboration is the key to resolving global challenges. view partnerships between the public and private sectors as a growing area of mutual opportunity for business and international development are currently working in the private sector and are looking to transfer their skills to a career in the international development or public sectors are looking to acquire skills and experiences that will help them advance into a management role within their current non-profit or international organizations Full-time MBA in a nutshell: 24 modules over 10 months from September to June + a 3-months practicum in an international organization, NGO or in the private sector. Fully accredited program. In association with prestigious universities. The IO-MBA program was developed as a multidisciplinary curriculum in consultation with renowned scholars, high-level officials from international and non-governmental organizations and business executives. It connects the organizations’ context with contemporary management tools and techniques. Objectives Master advanced management skills and practices commonly used in intergovernmental, public and non-profit organizations Analyze fundamental concepts of change management in complex organizational settings Explore risk analysis and decision-making mechanisms specific to international institutions and cope with international challenges Gain project management skills within the international development context and set up innovative solutions Strengthen leadership and team management skills and learn to apply intercultural negotiation techniques Develop a professional network to share knowledge and expertise all around the world Teaching Method The IO-MBA Program features state-of-the art teaching methods, including a mixture of lectures, case studies, and practical assignments. Participants work in small multi-cultural and multi-professional groups that reflect the dynamic professional context within international organizations. Audience Participants are from over 20 different countries and come from professional diverse backgrounds. Having worked in IOs, NGOs, NPOs, or in public and private sector, participants have an average of five years of work experience. IO-MBA counts over 250 alumni working in diverse sectors in international development, including business, government, NGOs and social enterprise. IO-MBA Overview List of modules: 1. Introduction to the IO & NGOs 2. Practice of International Relations 3. Leadership and Strategic Change in the UN 4. Sustainable Finance 5. Leadership and Management in NPOs 6. Governance and Management challenges in the UN system 7. Designing Development Projects 8. Performance and Resource Management in NPOs 9. International Trade 10. International Law and its Effects on IOs and NGOs 11. Business & Society 12. Cross Sector Partnerships 13. Social entrepreneurship & Business Plan 14. Communication, Fundraising and Advocacy 15. Risk Management 16. Managerial Accounting 17. Self-Leadership 18. Change Management 19. Team Leadership 20. Effective Communication 21. Conflict Resolution in Business & Politics 22. Global Strategy 23. Doing Business in Emerging Markets 24. Managing Across Cultures APPLYING TO THE IO-MBA The International Organizations MBA program is designed for individuals who aspire to a managerial position in an IO, NGO, or Social Enterprise, and for existing managers who wish to enhance their skills with a view to taking on greater responsibility in their own organization. Given the unique nature of the program, and its small class size, we expect successful applicants to the program to have: An undergraduate degree and demonstrated intellectual capacity. A good undergraduate degree from a university recognized as equivalent to the standard of the University of Geneva is required. Professional experience and management potential. Participants are expected to have a high level of maturity and leadership ability, as demonstrated by their work experience. The contribution of participants from diverse career paths is crucial to the success of the program. International exposure and communication skills. The International Organizations MBA prepares alumni for international jobs anywhere in the world. Accordingly, we seek applicants with proven ability to excel in a multicultural setting and with proven fluency in English. APPLICATIONS Applications for the IO-MBA 2017-2018 are open. Full-time program: from September 2017 to June 2018 / Part-time program: open enrollment [-]

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