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Executive MBA – the postgraduate degree in general management for business executives

Details of the programme


Management training with an
international reputation

The University of St.Gallen’s Executive MBA (EMBA) is the oldest and most successful postgraduate general management degree programme in the German-speaking world. For over 30 years now, international managers have been placing their trust in the expertise and experience of central Europe’s largest business administration faculty. The part-time EMBA at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) aims to give students the capabilities needed to assume challenging managerial positions in a wide range of industries and market environments. And the university has certainly achieved its goal: the Financial Times ranks HSG’s School of Management as one of Europe’s top four business schools, and an extensive alumni community of over 20,000 graduates is one of the most active and influential business networks in the world.

The ideal platform for you to take your career to the next level, broaden your horizons and drive forward your company with fresh new insights. Apply for one of the two EMBA options today.

Training with added value


Module blocks lasting between one and two weeks

No classes between


Course structure promotes effective learning

Practical content


Scope for networking

Opportunities to specialise


Thesis with a
practical focus

Personal development
and coaching

One Executive MBA – two paths to success

The University of St.Gallen offers its EMBA in two formats. Besides the German-language programme – which takes place mainly in St.Gallen – HSG also provides another option with an international focus: the International Executive MBA. The two programmes differ in terms of the language of instruction, place of study, teaching staff, and the number and choice of compulsory and elective modules.

Executive MBA
Language German
  • St.Gallen
  • BRICS countries
Core Courses
Elective Courses
80 days On campus 10 days Self-study + Thesis
18 months
CHF 67,000
Further details
Executive MBA
  • St.Gallen
  • BRICS countries

The EMBA HSG is the number one German-language postgraduate business programme. EMBA students work in a range of industries and are predominantly based in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany and Austria. The programme is taught primarily at HSG’s Executive Campus. Programme graduates are among central Europe’s most sought-after executives.

International Executive MBA
Language English
  • St.Gallen
  • Shanghai
  • Los Angeles
  • Beijing
Core Courses
Elective Courses
70 days On campus 20 days Self-study + Thesis
18 months
CHF 76,000
Further details
International Executive MBA
  • St.Gallen
  • Shanghai
  • Los Angeles
  • Beijing

The IEMBA, the international version of the EMBA, looks beyond regional markets, with a strong focus on the acquisition of international management skills. Contact time is split between St.Gallen, Los Angeles in the USA and Shanghai and Beijing in China. Graduates are ideally placed to succeed in a constantly evolving international environment.

Apply now

Use our online form to apply for one of our EMBA programmes.
Here you will find further information on Application Process, Requirements, Deadlines and Scholarships.

I am convinced, that the general topic of economics is underestimated in its importance for management!

Dr. Josef Ackermann
President of the board of directors, Bank of Cyprus

Student profile

53% Head of Department
13% Director
13% Project Leader
9% Bord of Directors
6% Team Leader
2% Owner/Partner
2% CEO
2% Other
Education Field
Business Administration
Humanities & Social
Natural Science
Job Area
22% General Management
13% Sales
9% Business Administration
4% Accounting
4% Controlling/Quality
4% Engineering
4% Information Technology
2% Corporate Finance
2% Legal
2% Marketing & Communication
2% Operations
2% Strategy
2% Supply Chain
26% Other
36% Switzerland
20% Germany
6% Italy
4% Belgium
4% Brasil
4% Bulgaria
4% Denmark
4% India
4% Russia
2% Austria
2% France
2% Greece
2% Kenya
2% Syria
2% Sweden
2% Ukraine
Company size
62% Large company
23% Medium-sized company
15% Small company
Education Level
47% Master
28% Bachelor
11% PhD
15% Other
The student data stem form August 2016

30 years of the EMBA:
A tradition of innovation

The knowledge and practical expertise provided on the University of St.Gallen’s EMBA is based on 30 years of experience. Launched in 1987, HSG’s postgraduate degree in business administration (NDU) – the precursor to today’s EMBA programme – began with 42 students. Now, more than 2,200 graduates hold this first-class qualification.

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The perfect environment for successful learning

The business faculty is situated on HSG’s Executive Campus – a perfect place to study. Set in a quiet location and surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside, students have access to the latest facilities, spacious lecture theatres and seminar rooms as well as comfortable quiet areas that facilitate rapid learning progress. The Executive Campus’s on-site hotel provides international students with comfortable overnight accommodation.

Become part of an exclusive network

HSG graduates are members of an extensive global network of over 25,000 alumni, all of whom have access to an interactive online database with the contact details, employer information and career status of all alumni. The 2,200-plus EMBA graduates also benefit from first-class professional development events. HSG’s alumni network is regarded as one of the largest, most active and most influential business networks in Europe.

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Apply now

Use our online form to apply for one of our EMBA programmes.
Here you will find further information on Application Process, Requirements, Deadlines and Scholarships.

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