The Executive MBA

The Executive MBA (EMBA) at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) is one of the oldest and most popular postgraduate general management degree programmes in the German-speaking world. The aims of the programme are to provide participants with in-depth management expertise, support their personal development and create networking opportunities for the next generation of executives. On the EMBA, you will be thoroughly prepared for a management position in Switzerland, Germany or Austria – in any industry or market environment.

Executive MBA Overview

Language German
Start Spring and Autumn
  • St.Gallen
  • Abroad
Core Courses
Elective Courses
18 months
85 days On campus
+ Self-study
+ Thesis
CHF 67,000
Your Application

Programme Structure

EMBA 59 – Start Autumn 2020

The EMBA HSG is designed with work, family and leisure time all in mind. During the 18-month programme, participants complete 11 core courses and five elective courses in modules lasting between one and two weeks. The breaks of several weeks between modules, and the weekends, allow participants time to complete self-study and most importantly fulfil their family and professional commitments.

Module 1

Course 1 5 days
Sustainable Business Transformation

Module 2

Course 2 5 days
Rechnungslegung & Finanzierung
Elective Course 5 days
Select from our offer of elective courses. You choose five elective courses.

Module 3

Course 3 5 days
Ökonomie & Datenkompetenz

Module 4

Course 4 5 days

Module 5

Course 5 5 days
Controlling & Performance Management
Elective Course 5 days
Select from our offer of elective courses. You choose five elective courses.

Module 6

Course 6 5 days
Strategisches Management

Module 7

Course 7 10 days
Internationales Management

Module 8

Course 8 5 days
Strategie in einem dynamischen Umfeld

Module 9

Course 9 5 days

Module 10

Course 10 5 days
Integrierte Organisations­entwicklung

Module 11

Course 11 5 days
Integrative Abschlusswoche
Off campus break of 4-6 weeks in between modules

Course Structure

The programme’s key general management topics are covered in 11 core courses in which participants acquire broad-based knowledge in areas such as finance, strategy, marketing or leadership. To cater for individual areas of interest and needs, participants also select five of the 11 elective courses on offer. These are designed to build on topics addressed in the core courses and provide an opportunity for in-depth study.

Core Courses

14. – 18. September 2020, St.Gallen
Sustainable Business Transformation
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger
21. – 25. September 2020, St.Gallen
Rechnungslegung & Finanzierung
Dr. Stefan Jaeger, Prof. Dr. Peter Leibfried
23. – 27. November 2020, St.Gallen
Ökonomie & Datenkompetenz
Prof. Dr. Johannes Binswanger
All Core Courses
11. – 15. January 2021, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Torsten Tomczak, Prof. Dr. Sven Henkel
15. – 19. February 2021, St.Gallen
Controlling & Performance Management
Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller, Dr. Thorsten Truijens
19. – 23. April 2021, St.Gallen
Strategisches Management
Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos, Prof. em. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens
7. – 16. July 2021, Ausland
Internationales Management
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett
20. – 24. September 2021, St.Gallen
Strategie in einem dynamischen Umfeld
Prof. Dr. Björn Ambos, Prof. em. Dr. Günter Müller-Stewens, Prof. Dr. Christoph Lechner
25. – 29. October 2021, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein
31. January – 4. February 2022, St.Gallen
Integrierte Organisationsentwicklung
Dr. Lüder Tockenbürger
7. – 11. March 2022, St.Gallen
Integrative Abschlusswoche
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger

Elective Courses

19. – 23. October 2020, St.Gallen
Recht & Management
Prof. Dr. Roland Müller
26. – 30. October 2020, St.Gallen
Technologie- & Innovationsmanagement
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gassmann
12. – 16. April 2021, St.Gallen
Coding für Führungskräfte
Prof. Dr. Damian Borth
All Elective Courses
17. – 21. May 2021, St.Gallen
Sustainability als Wettbewerbsvorteil
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger, Barbara Kux, MBA (Hons.)
31. May – 4. June 2021, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Antoinette Weibel
14. – 18. June 2021, St.Gallen
Marketing II
Prof. Dr. Marcus Schögel
21. – 25. June 2021, St.Gallen
Michael Utecht
9. – 13. August 2021, St.Gallen
Business Analytics & Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Johannes Binswanger
16. – 20. August 2021, St.Gallen
Finanzielle Führung
Prof. Dr. Klaus Möller
30. August – 3. September 2021, St.Gallen
Corporate Governance
Prof. Dr. Kuno Schedler
18. – 22. October 2021, St.Gallen
Verhandlungsführung & Konfliktmanagement
Dr. Klaus Lassert
6. – 10. December 2021, St.Gallen
Leadership at the Top
Dr. Petra Kipfelsberger
28. February – 4. March 2022, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik

Practical Thesis Work

The programme’s strong practical focus is reflected in the thesis element of the degree which requires you to analyse a professional challenge you are currently facing, or develop a business plan for your own company. This allows you to put what you have learned straight into practice and benefits both you and your employer. You also have the opportunity to work on a thesis as part of a team – enabling you to profit directly from the knowledge and experience of your peers. 

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EMBA HSG Scholarships

We provide support to applicants with outstanding potential. Find out about the various scholarships available to EMBA HSG participants.

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