Executive MBA - Europe

Executive MBA-EU

Please note: There are no scheduled future start dates for this program at this time. 

Our Executive MBA-US program welcomes new cohorts every fall. For more information, contact Keaton Allen, Director of Global Recruitment, at keaton.allen@thunderbird.edu or +1 602 978-7964.

Delivered in Geneva, Thunderbird’s Executive MBA-Europe program is designed for seasoned working professionals from across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as those on the east coast of the United States. This program goes beyond the traditional MBA, offering you comprehensive instruction in all global management disciplines while building your cross-cultural communications and negotiations skills, your ability to adapt quickly to changing environments and your awareness of global political and economic factors in business. Runs concurrently with Thunderbird’s Executive MBA program in Arizona, with multiple shared learning experiences.

Thunderbird’s Executive MBA-Europe program is delivered in partnership with The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, which is based in Geneva. Five courses are taught by their faculty and most of the modules are held on their campus by Lake Geneva. Students have the option to earn an Executive Certificate and alumni status from The Graduate Institute as part of the partnership. Our current Executive MBA-Europe cohort will graduate in May 2014.

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Credit hours: 49 (55 if language classes are needed)
Program duration: 20 months, with one cohort intake every fall
Program format: One-week modules (Saturday to Saturday) held every 5-10 weeks
Work experience requirements: 8 years, with 3 years in management
Second language proficiency: Not required for admission, but required before graduation. If you enter the program without a second language, you will take language courses as part of your degree. 


Average age: 39
Male/female ratio: 66% male / 33% female
Average # of nationalities represented: 13
Average years of work experience: 15, with 8 years in management
Commuting from outside Switzerland: 58%
Industries represented: Consumer products, energy, financial services, government/NGOs, industrial products, health services/pharma, professional services/consulting
Functional areas represented: Marketing, consulting, human resources, talent management, entrepreneurship

Statistics based on two most recent cohorts