Choosing an MBA program – how to CLARIFY your priorities

This is part of the second element of our unique CLARIFY headings, enabling you to focus only on MBA programs that meet all your personal needs!

We offer a series of articles exploring an appropriate location for you to acquire your MBA. This page is about MBA provision in Switzerland but make sure that you consider other locations in:

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Mainland Europe
  • Mainland Europe Spain
  • Mainland Europe France
  • South East Asia
  • Australia and New Zealand

There is so much choice of location because the MBA - or Master of Business Administration - is recognised worldwide and is widely considered to be a major step towards a successful career in business management. Irrespective of the industry or profession that you are in, regardless of where you come from or where you plan to settle, an MBA can help you develop your managerial potential.

Why Switzerland?

It may be small and mountainous but Switzerland has a strong economy and attracts major companies from all over the world. Global brands as diverse as McDonald’s, Procter and Gamble, Nissan and Yahoo, for example, all base their European activities in Switzerland. You may also be interested in Switzerland’s famed schools of catering and hospitality management.

The country offers a low-tax regime at the heart of the European Union (EU) and the Eurozone, yet not constrained by EU membership or by the ups and downs of the common currency. The transport infrastructure is outstanding and the quality of life is extremely high, with Geneva and Zurich consistently ranking among the best cities in the world in which to live and work. A multilingual workforce and a strong, stable banking sector complete what is a commercially compelling picture.

MBA in Switzerland

Among the many business schools in Switzerland, take a look at the following:

  • ETH Zurich – EMBA with focus on international supply chain management:
  • IMD International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne:
  • International University in Geneva:
  • University of St Gallen:
  • SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich:
  • Université de Genève, International Organisations MBA:
  • University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (Basel)/Edinburgh Business School:
  • University IFM Geneva - Institute of Finance and Management:
  • European University Geneva and Montreux:
  • Les Roches School of Hotel Management – MBA Hospitality Management:
  • Glion Institute of Higher Education – MBA International Hospitality Management:
  • Webster University Geneva:

Looking ahead

The presence in Switzerland of so many multinational corporations has quite an effect on the career development opportunities available to Swiss MBAs, if simply in terms of the quality of networking. Even if you are not planning to remain in Switzerland on completion of your MBA, having a large number of head offices on your doorstep gives huge scope for learning about organisations, making contacts and getting hands-on experience.

Don’t stop now!

We have considered here some of the key issues in MBA provision in Switzerland. Continue to CLARIFY your MBA objectives by working through all the other Location links and the remaining CLARIFY headings to identify the best routes to achieving your MBA:


You can proceed in any order you like and take as long as you need to explore each area thoroughly.


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