EMBA Executive Master in Business Administration

The USI EMBA is a modular, advanced master in management degree, taught in English, by exceptional international faculty at the Università della Svizzera Italiana. Participants meet once a month in Lugano for four days, from Thursday to Sunday, over a period of fifteen months. The program’s flexible format allows managers and executives to complete all the courses while working full time. The degree ends with the opportunity for participants to apply their new knowledge and skills: under the guidance of a professor, they carry out a three-month-long keystone consulting project.

USI EMBA distinctive features:

distinguished, international faculty with extensive experience: both from leading international business schools and from strategic company consulting around the world

personalized learning experience: thanks to the small class size of fifteen to twenty participants, exchanges between participants and faculty are meaningful and tutoring ensures that each individual gains the maximum from the courses

tailored advanced courses: the class participants will together select four options from a range of possible courses

the balance between theory, concepts and applied learning: permanent and guest instructors share their knowledge and guide participants in the practical application of new concepts and competencies

outstanding location: a breathtakingly beautiful setting for inspired learning


USI EMBA participants are managers and business leaders with significant professional experience, gained either locally or internationally, from all types of organizations, companies, and institutions. You must hold a bachelor degree (in any one of a range of disciplines), be inspired by acquiring knowledge, insight, and understanding relevant to your current and future positions and be motivated by the passion to succeed and the desire to further your competences, skills, and careers.

While you will all have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and knowledge, you will share a willingness to learn and grow from exchanges with other participants and faculty as well as be enthusiastic about contributing to the improvement of your organizations. This combination of diversity and passion ensures that discussions in the classroom and during group work provide new angles and perspectives for all participants.


All of our highly experienced and qualified academics have international backgrounds and experiences across Europe and beyond. The USI EMBA faculty members are selected for their excellence in teaching and applied research, their experience working with business and governments and, last but not least, their teaching in executive education programs at top business schools.

They are experts in helping executives apply the latest management theory to their work and they take a multidisciplinary approach to their subjects, encouraging participants to do the same. Additional external faculty from well-reputed business schools offer a number of the advanced courses and teach a few core courses.


Candidates need a minimum of four years of full-time work experience; evidence of leadership experience or potential; letters of recommendation and a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. In special cases, applications based on professional qualifications may also be considered. Candidates will also be invited for an interview as part of the admission process.


The application file should include:

  • Completed application form
  • CV or resume
  • Essay motivating the candidate’s decision to do the USI EMBA
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from supervisors or colleagues
  • University (Bachelor) degree transcripts


The cost of the Executive MBA is CHF 45000. This includes tuition, all program and project related fees, course materials, coffee breaks and program launches. For participants requiring accommodation during the modules, the University has preferred rate agreements with some hotels located near the campus. Tuition fees do not include accommodation, books, travel to-and-from Lugano. Meals not specifically listed above need to be covered by the participant. The program fee is payable in three installments. The first installment of CHF 2000 is due immediately after confirmation of admission to the program. The second and third payments of CHF 21500 are due in May 2015 and May 2016.

Flexible Payment Plan

Self-sponsored students may apply for the option of spreading the payment of their tuition over a period of up to three years at 0% interest.


Duration: 18 months

Start date: March 2015, October 2016

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Last updated January 31, 2019
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18 months
45,000 CHF
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