USI EMBA participants are managers, entrepreneurs, business leaders and start-uppers with significant professional experience, gained either locally or internationally, from all types of organizations, companies and institutions.
You must hold a bachelor’s degree (in any of a range of disciplines), be willing to acquire knowledge, insight and understanding relevant to your current and future positions. We seek those who are motivated and have the passion to succeed, as well as the desire to improve their competences, skills, and careers. In special cases, we will consider applications based on professional qualifications.

While you will all have diverse backgrounds, experiences and knowledge, you will share a willingness to learn and grow from interacting with other participants and faculty members. You will also share your enthusiasm about contributing to the improvement of your organizations. This combination of diversity and passion ensures that discussions in the classroom and during group work provide new angles and perspectives for all participants.

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 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 March 2021 and continues through October 2022. Classes are held in Lugano every month, for fourteen months and are taught over three consecutive days, beginning on Thursday morning at 8.30am and continuing until Saturday at 17.30pm.

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

During the core curriculum, two courses will be taught in parallel: one in the morning and the other one in the afternoon for three consecutive days, from Friday through Saturday. Courses will begin with a 3-day block and continue, one month later, with the next 3-day block. Two blocks make up a module. Halfway through each module there will be time to reflect on the learning acquired and work on the assignments for the module’s two subjects. The advanced courses will generally be done over just one block, i.e. three days.

Above is an illustration of the process for completing a module, i.e. two courses over two blocks. C1 and C2 represent two core Courses.


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 March 2021, the final deadline for submitting applications is February 14, 2021.

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Candidates meeting the admission criteria will be contacted for an interview a week after the admissions office has received the completed application package.


2The cost of the Executive MBA is CHF 52’000.
This includes tuition, all program, and project-related fees, course materials, coffee breaks, program lunches and one class dinner per module.

The program fee is payable in four installments:
The first installment of CHF 2’000 is due immediately after confirmation of admission to the program.
The second, third and fourth payments of CHF 16’666 are due in March 2021, March 2022 and September 2023.

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.

“Early Bird” discount

Students who apply to our program before 20.10.2020 will automatically be eligible for our Early Bird discount of CHF 7’000 from your fees for 2021/2022.

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).