USI EMBA participants are managers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and start-uppers with significant professional experience from all types of organizations, companies and institutions gained either locally or internationally. They recognize the importance to understand and master the implications of big data, digitalization and sustainability in the global economy.
You must hold a bachelor’s degree, be willing to develop new knowledge, insight and understanding relevant to your current and future positions. We seek candidates with a passion to succeed, who are motivated and desire to improve their competences, skills, and career paths. In special cases, we will consider applications based on professional qualifications.
All our students share a willingness to learn and grow. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences enhance classroom discussions and group work contributions resulting in the development of new angles and perspectives.
USI EMBA prepares a new class of agile entrepreneurs and executives, attentive to new trends and prospects. We infuse our participants with the skills needed to become inspiring and creative leaders capable of effectively meeting the demands of the present without compromising the future and the opportunities this future holds. Our curriculum nurtures their ability to proficiently think out-of-the-box, to create forward looking strategies and successfully implement them.

USI EMBA class profile averages typically reflect:

  • 8 or more years of work experience in many sectors (Banking/Financial Services, Telecom, Industry, IT, Public Utilities, Public Administration, Engineering, Transportation, Energy, Real Estate and so on…).
  • 6 or more years in a managerial position.
  • From 29 to 55 years of age.
  • A bachelor’s degree from many disciplines (Economics, Business Administration, Computer Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Law & Political, Natural Sciences, Healthcare, Communication, Business & Technology and so on…) or the equivalent.
  • 20% of the participants started their own business.
  • 20% work for big companies (multinational and public).
  • 20% work for small and medium enterprises.
  • 20% work for Banks or financial institutions.
  • 10% are freelance consultants.
  • 10% work in the public sector.



Admission Requirements

Candidates need a minimum of four years of full-time work experience; evidence of leadership experience or potential; letters of recommendation and a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. In special cases, applications based on professional qualifications may also be considered. Candidates will also be invited for an interview as part of the admission process.

Application Package

The application file should include:

  • Filled application form
  • CV
  • Essay showing the candidate’s motivation to attend the EMBA program
  • 2 Letters of recommendation from supervisors or colleagues
  • University (Bachelor) degree transcripts

The USI EMBA 12 starts in September 2023 and continues through March 2025. Classes are held in Lugano every month, for fourteen months and are taught in self learning and on site. One day in self learning and two consecutive days on site: Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 17.30pm.

The program consists of eleven core courses, one of these will be abroad (California), three advanced courses and a three- month project work at the end of the program.

Classroom teaching is combined with online learning. The courses will begin with one day in e-learning delivered before the module on site starts. After each course there will be the open book assignment.


The program operates on a rolling admissions policy. Since class size is limited, candidates are advised to apply as early as possible. The course is starting on 22 September 2023.

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Candidates meeting the admission criteria will be contacted for an interview (virtual or on site) a week after the admissions office has received the completed application package.


Fees and flexible Payment Plan

The fee for 2023-2025 edition ( EMBA12) is 52.000 CHF plus 2.000 CHF of Enrollment Fee of Università della Svizzera italiana, for a total of 54.000 CHF.

In addition, by paying the tuition fee in one lump-sum, participants will benefit from a 10% discount.

Please note that the discount does not apply to scholarship holders. 

For participants requiring accommodation during the modules, the University has preferred rate agreements with some hotels located near the campus.

Tuition fees do not include accommodation, books, travel to-and-from Lugano, travel and accommodation expenses (module abroad )

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Open Days

USI EMBA opens its doors for a complete presentation of its new program at Executive Center.

This is an opportunity to learn about the master, application requirements, and details regarding financial aid and scholarships.

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