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 International University in Geneva

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.

Courses Descriptions

Trimester 1 credits
  • ACC 514 – Accounting Fundamentals A study of accounting concepts, methods and their significance to management. This course does not require previous accounting knowledge.
  • MKG 605 – Marketing Management Students gain knowledge of marketing management by learning to think strategically and developing marketing plans by aligning marketing initiatives with market opportunities. During the course, students are required to develop marketing plans through the use of case study analyses.
  • QMB 513 – Quantitative Methods in Business This course will explore business applications of quantitative techniques, including forecasting and applications of linear regression and correlation.
  • ECO 607 – Global Economics This course examines the function of the economy and the role of the firm in the economy. The course underlines the macro-economic principles in order to understand domestic and international policy issues, international trade policies and economic growth.
Trimester 2 credits
  • NEG 615 – Cross-Cultural Negotiations In this course students develop negotiating strategies and tactics applicable in a global setting. The interrelationship between culture, communication and business is analyzed and appropriate approaches formulated.
  • MGT 657 – Operations and Project Management This course introduces students to the practices, concepts and techniques used in operations within manufacturing and service organizations. Topics include product and process design, demand forecasting, production and work-force planning and quality control.
  • MGT 610 – Leadership and Organization Behavior 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 – Principles of Corporate Finance Principles of Corporate Finance is intended to familiarize MBA students with principlesof 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, trade-offs and optimization of capital structure. The theory is presented in decision-making context which motivates students and equips them with practical tools for financial decision making and valuation, the skills they will reuqie in their future careers.
Trimester 3 credits
  • TEC 630 – Innovation & Technology Innovation is a strategic priority for companies' survival and growth. An efficient innovation management is crucial for every organization not only for new products but also for services and processes that can drive down costs, improve productivity and increase customer satisfaction. Technology is also an integral part of many strategic decisions and future plans for developing new products and services, achieving operational excellence and competitive advantage. In this course, students will be introduced to Innovation domain through case studies, explore Innovation processes and strategy. Then they will examine a number of business model disruptions in technology-driven industries and review several key/emerging technologies as well as enterprise information technologies as resources for Innovation. And finally they will explore how to link an organization's technology strategy with the business strategy through innovation.
  • MGT 666 – Global Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation The course objective is to develop a pragmatic knowledge-base for some of the primary factors that lead toward the creation of a successful business. Creating a viable business plan is a key component that will be studied. Considerable time is allocated to understanding many key aspects of being a successful entrepreneur, highlighting selected characteristics underlying that success such as management, marketing, finance and strategic planning.
  • ACC 622 – Managerial 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.
  • FIN 635 – Strategic Financial Management Financial management focus on financial management strategies and their effects on various organizations. The close relationship between investment banking and capital budgeting in a company, investment appraisal, strategic finance and risk management are examined.
Trimester 4 credits
  • BUS 698 – Corporate Strategies (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.
  • BUS 650 – Ethics, Strategy and Social Responsibility This course examines CRS issues from the perspective of different aspects of corporate operations including strategy, accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing, organizational behavior and operations management, It includes lectures, case studies and student research projects and presentations.


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 € 150.- or USD 140.-
  • 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
  • A GMAT test score (The University's GMAT code number is 0130)
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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