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 10 starts in September 2021 and continues through March 2023. 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 & Sunday from 8.30am to 17.30pm.

The program consists of eleven core courses, one of these will be abroad (California, USA), 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. The courses will be taught one per month for two consecutives days: Saturday & Sunday. 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. For the course starting in September 2021, the final deadline for submitting applications is August 31, 2021.

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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.


The cost of the Executive MBA is CHF 52’000.
This includes tuition, all program, and project-related fees, course materials, coffee breaks, and lunches.

The program fee is payable in three installments:
The first installment of CHF 2’000 is due immediately after confirmation of admission to the program.
The second payment of CHF 25’000 is due in September 2021.
The third payment of CHF 25’000 is due in September 2022.

Flexible Payment Plan

Self-sponsored students may apply for the option of spreading the payment of their tuition over a period of up to three years at 0% interest.

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 in California).

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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.
USI EMBA gives you the right tools to take your career to the next level.

In today’s world, entrepreneurs and executives must face two new factors that affect political and economic environments, alter social relations and deeply impact businesses, their operations and their processes:

Digital Revolution: The advent of big data, machine learning, and new technologies require new organizational approaches and competencies.

The need to create and maintain a sustainable society for future generations must be integral part of a successful business strategy.


Professor Gianvito Lanzolla

Gianvito Lanzolla is Professor of Strategy at Cass Business School, City University London, which he joined in April 2006. He currently serves as the Head of the Faculty of Management and he is the Founder and Director of the Cass’s Digital Leadership Research Centre (DLRC). Before joining Cass Business School, Professor Lanzolla served on the faculty of the London Business School. Over the years, Professor Lanzolla has had several visiting appointments at leading business schools including Hyderabad’s Indian School of Business, Berlin’s ESMT and University of Bologna.







Each function, in every organization, must understand their implications and apply the appropriate transformations to obtain a competitive advantage in their markets.
In today’s environment simply closing the managerial skills gap is not enough anymore. In order to prosper in this new reality an innovative and visionary approach is required. It is essential to question the validity of existing models with a pioneering, and not merely adaptive, spirit, and develop new paradigms. EMBA10 embraces this spirit of innovation and is constantly evolving to ensure the highest education standard to the participants.


1 course per month
3 days:
1 day self-learning
2 days Saturday and Sunday, in Lugano


Core courses will be integrated with a digital and sustainable part, aimed at understanding how these trends influence each function in the organization, and generally the impact on a business strategy.

Core Courses:

Artificial Intelligence & Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Business Analytics
Financial Performance Measurement and their use
Digital Marketing
Operation Management
Leading Digital Transformation

Advanced courses:

3, chosen by the class, among:
Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Machine Learning (Ml) For Business
Leading and Organizing Digital Transformation
Risk and Governance For The Digital Age
Sustainability Management
Valuing the Intangibles
Leadership and Corporate Accountability

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