The International
Executive MBA

The IEMBA programme is aimed at executives operating in an international market environment. Taught in English, participants acquire skills and expertise that are now absolutely essential for the management of international companies and doing business in a constantly changing international environment. As well as differing in terms of the language of instruction, teaching staff, and programme and course structure, the place of study for the IEMBA is another difference: two of the modules take IEMBA participants to Los Angeles (University of California, Irvine) in the USA and Shanghai (Antai Business School) and Beijing (Tsinghua SEM) in China.

International Executive MBA Overview

Language English
Start Autumn
  • St.Gallen
  • Shanghai
  • Los Angeles
  • Beijing
Core Courses
Elective Courses
18 months
70 days On campus
20 days Self-study
+ Thesis
CHF 76,000
Your Application

Programme Structure

IEMBA 7 – Start Autumn 2019

The 18-month IEMBA HSG programme comprises 11 core courses and three elective courses. 70 days of contact time must be completed on campus at the university or one of its partner universities, as well as a further 20 days of preparation and follow-up work. Modules last for one or 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
Starting Week
Free Weekend
Course 2 5 days

Module 2

Course 3 5 days
Corporate Accounting
Elective Course 5 days
Select from our offer of elective courses. You choose four elective courses.

Module 3

Course 4 5 days
Economics for Executives

Module 4

Course 5 5 days
International Management

Module 5

Course 6 5 days
Corporate Finance
Elective Course 5 days
Select from our offer of elective courses. You choose four elective courses.

Module 6

Los Angeles
Course 7 5 days
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in California
Free Weekend
Course 8 5 days
Marketing (in a digital world)

Module 7

Course 9 5 days
Next Level Leadership

Module 8

Course 10 5 days
Integrative: Management Accounting
Free Weekend
Course 11 5 days
Integrative: Organisational Development
Off campus break of 4-6 weeks in between modules

Course Structure

A feature of the IEMBA HSG’s core and elective courses is the special emphasis placed on combining comprehensive general management expertise with the challenges of the modern world of work. The core courses such as Economics for Executives, Corporate Accounting, and Strategic Management are complemented by courses focusing on personal development. Elective courses enable participants to specialise in areas of personal interest or specific fields of work – courses offered include Business Law, B2B Marketing and Sales, and Social Media Management.

Core Courses

5. – 9. August 2019, St.Gallen
Starting Week
Prof. Dr. Karoline Frankenberger
12. – 16. August 2019, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Karoline Frankenberger
14. – 18. October 2019, St.Gallen
Corporate Accounting
Prof. Dr. Flemming Ruud
All Core Courses
4. – 8. May 2020, St.Gallen
Economics for Executives
Prof. Simon Evenett, PhD
11. – 15. May 2019, China
International Management
Prof. Dr. Tomas Casas i Klett
6. – 10. July 2020, St.Gallen
Corporate Finance
Prof. Dr. Stefan Morkötter
7. – 11. September 2020, Los Angeles
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in California
Dr. Richard Sudek
26. – 30. October 2020, St.Gallen
Next Level Leadership
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Jenewein
8. – 12. February 2021, St.Gallen
Integrative: Management Accounting
Dr. Thorsten Truijens
15. – 19. February 2021, St.Gallen
Integrative: Organisational Development
Dr. Lüder Tockenbürger

Elective Courses

7. – 11. October 2019, St.Gallen
Corporate Governance
Prof. Dr. Martin Hilb
25. – 29. November 2019, St.Gallen
Business Law for International Managers
Prof. Dr. Markus Müller-Chen
20. – 24. January 2020, St.Gallen
Negotiations & Conflict Management
Dr. Klaus Lassert
All Elective Courses
9. – 13. March 2020, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Dietmar Grichnik
9. – 13. November 2020, St.Gallen
Business Analytics und Artificial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Johannes Binswanger
30. November – 4. December 2020, St.Gallen
B2B-Marketing & Sales
Prof. Dr. Christian Schmitz
18. – 22. January 2021, St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Karoline Frankenberger, Barbara Kux

The Digital Classroom

All participants are equipped with an iPad Pro, giving them access to an app which functions as the programme’s central hub. It provides simple and quick access to all course documents and handouts, presentations, timetables and examination results. The app is also used for elective course registration and administration, as well as contact with programme administration and teaching staff.

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. 

Information on the 
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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