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About The School

Founded in 1990, in just 40 years, IMD has earned a place amongst Europe’s most elite business schools. With a class generally of just 90 students, (this year it’s 104 and they are said to expand to 120 the following year) most with around 7 years of work experience, you’ll find an older, closer cohort here than at many other top business schools.  However, it is said that IMD intends to make the class younger, moving from the 31-year-old average for the Class of 2022 to “settl[ing] at 28-29” much like other top 1-year MBA programs.

The school prides itself on its personal touch (the professor to student ratio is 1:2), strong links to the business community and hands-on approach to learning. Switzerland is a world leader in FinTech, as well as home to a number of multinational headquarters of consumer products, finance, luxury and healthcare companies, and IMD MBA students benefit from proximity to this ecosystem. About 30% of the course is delivered in an experiential manner, with consulting projects with companies, simulations, and other ‘outside of the classroom’ learning opportunities. The school’s digital, entrepreneurial and global environment allows students to develop relevant, comprehensive leadership skills – empowering them to make a real difference in an ever-changing world.

The school, which is located in the Swiss city of Lausanne, a city situated on Lake Geneva, boasts lake and mountain views and a plethora of outdoor activities at easy reach. Many students are active in sports like skiing, biking and sailing. The MBA partner integration programme is a unique selling point for MBA participants with partners and families, and underscores the highly personal, community-driven approach of the programme. 

Strengths And Specializations

General Management, Technology, FinTech, Entrepreneurship


Incoming Class

Number of applicants – N/A

MBA Class size – 104 

Annual tuition  – €93,014

Post-MBA Careers

12% Consulting 

8% Finance 

80% Industry 

Avg. Base Salary – €106,315

Salary Increase – 67% 

Employment in 3 months – N/A

IMD Rankings


Avg. Work Exp. – 7 

Average GMAT – 680

Int’l Students – N/A

Female Students – 35% 

Deadlines Feb 1, May 1, July 1, Sept 1; 2022


1) Describe a situation in which you failed as a leader. What did you learn from it? (limit 300 words)

2) (optional)Is there any additional information that is critical for the Admissions Committee which has not been covered elsewhere in this application? (, health, grades, etc.) (limit 50 words)

How do you intend to finance your MBA at IMD? How much of your total budget estimate will you be able to provide without loans or scholarships?(limit 50 words) 

 4) What other programs are you considering? Of the programs you are considering, what can IMD bring to you as a differentiator?(word limit 100) 

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