Program overview

The E/MBA in Sustainable Business is a unique program in Switzerland combining E/MBA education with a deep dive into business sustainability. It is ideal for participants and professionals looking to build on their existing experience to make a real impact on business.

This program blends two programs into one, the E/MBA and the Diploma in Sustainable Business, resulting in a holistic learning experience that will transform how you define business and yourself in leading change and innovation for a better world. Practically, you will take all foundation courses from the E/MBA program, and continue with the specialization in sustainability. The result is a program that shapes you into a self-aware, knowledgeable, and sustainability-conscious business practitioner.

  • You will undertake a personal transformation journey that will enable you to know yourself better, to explore your personal purpose, and to nurture your capacity to lead yourself and others towards a better world. You will be immersed in a multi-faceted learning space that fosters your personal growth through soft skills courses, mentoring, and reflective practices.
  • You will get exposed to unconventional thinking beyond business-as-usual and will explore an outside-in perspective which redefines business strategies as being driven by sustainability challenges. You will discover innovative concepts and tools for tackling global issues related to the economic, environmental, and social impact of business.
  • You will bring together insights from business and sustainability and will apply them in a consulting project with fellow course participants. You will accelerate your professional growth and will have the chance to make a positive contribution to a real organization within the program.

BSL Signature Features

  • Small classes of up to 20 candidates with personalized attention and support from professors
  • Professors who are seasoned and currently active business practitioners and experts in their field
  • International and diverse environment with students from 60 nationalities

Program Options

Option 1: E/MBA in Sustainable Business – Full-Time Program (1 Year)

  • We recommend this option to professionals who seek a career transition or want to take a break from work and fully focus on a year and a half of dynamic learning immersion
  • The program consists of all foundational E/MBA courses (6 months) and a specialization in sustainability through the complete Diploma in Sustainable Business program (6 months)
  • The Consulting Project (replacing the traditional thesis) is completed during the program

Option 2: E/MBA in Sustainable Business – Part-Time Program (2 Years)

  • We recommend this option to working professionals in or outside of Switzerland who desires to keep their employment and study part-time, which means attending classes every few weeks
  • The program consists of all foundational E/MBA courses (1 year) and a specialization in sustainability through the complete Diploma in Sustainable Business program (1 year)
  • The Consulting Project (replacing the traditional thesis) is completed during the program


What specializations are available?
The only specialization available at the MBA level is Sustainable Business.
What is the language of instruction at BSL?
All courses at BSL are given in English.
What TOEFL score do I need to apply at BSL?
As part of the selection process, successful applicants are interviewed to assess their level of English and their chances of success in the particular program. As a guide, you will need a level of English as follows:
MBA/ EMBA programs: IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 90, TOEIC: 800 (one test required only).
The BSL TOEFL code is 0018.
Does BSL offer scholarships?
BSL provides scholarships for selected programs on a case by case basis. For further information please refer to Tuition Fees & Scholarships.
Do I need to take the GMAT to enter the MBA or EMBA program?
GMAT score is not required for MBA and EMBA admission, as we prefer to assess your chances of success in the BSL environment through an interview. All MBA and EMBA candidates are interviewed by the Program Director before joining our program.
Does BSL offer any online courses?
BSL does not have online courses for the simple reason that learning and practicing management must be learned with other people together in groups and in classes. It can best be learned with the guidance of teachers who themselves work in business. Such “live” practice is not possible online.
What is the meaning of ‘accreditation’?
Institutional and program accreditations ensure that a school and its programs offer a high-quality level of education. Only 10% of business schools are accredited (have undergone the rigorous accreditation process). BSL was the first business school in Europe to achieve full ACBSP accreditation for all of its programs in 1996. Institutional accreditations such as AACSP and EQUIS validate the viability of a school, whereas, program accreditations, such as AMBA (only for MBA programs) and ACBSP (for all business programs including the doctorate level) validate the continuous high quality of the programs delivered. For more information on BSL’s accreditation, see Rankings and Accreditations.
Why is BSL not on the Swiss ENIC list?
The Swiss ENIC system currently lists only Swiss state‐owned universities and cannot list private institutions such as IMD or BSL.
What are the estimated living expenses in Lausanne?
BSL advises students to budget a minimum of CHF 2500 per month for expenses related to food, accommodation, local travel/commuting, school textbooks, social/entertainment, and medical insurance.
Estimated costs – please note these are estimations of monthly costs which vary depending on the student’s budget and lifestyle:
  • Monthly accommodation estimate: CHF 1000 – CHF 2,500
  • Monthly food expenses estimate: CHF 600 – CHF 800
  • Monthly travel expenses estimate: CHF 100 – CHF 250
  • Monthly medical insurance estimate: CHF 300 – CHF 500

Please note that every student in Switzerland must be insured by a medical and accident insurance company in Switzerland, even if you already have an international travel insurance. (BSL can help you find an insurance company if you do not already have insurance in Switzerland).

Where could I live in Lausanne?

Please refer to the housing and accommodation page

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Last updated March 15, 2019
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Feb 2020
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