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The IMD Business School is located in Lausanne, Switzerland and is considered one of the leading programs in Europe. The school, which was formed in 1990 as a union between two institutions, does not belong to any university.
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Key Admission Stats – IMD MBA:
Average GMAT of admits: 670
Average Age of admits: 31


Tips for applying for IMD MBA:

  • Must show leadership.

  • Want to see international orientation as demonstrated by working & living outside of home country / international focus in career / knowledge of languages.

  • Important to show career progression (promotions).

  • Average work experience of admitted students is 7 years.

  • Better to apply early.

  • School uses outside screeners to check application accuracy.


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What is IMD Looking for in a Candidate?
See what traits make you more likely to get accepted into IMD’s MBA Program.

Trait Importance (4 is highest, 1 is lowest)
Leader/Manager 4
Team Player/Relationship Builder 2
Smart 3
Initiates 2
International/Cultural 3.5
Creative 2
Presentation Skills 2
Persuasion Skills 2
Community/Society 1
Risk Taker 1
Business Skills 1
Source of career plan/prog choice 2
Promotions 3
Credible Names 1
Story is unique 1

Vocaz has developed this information through Vocaz employees who worked with the IMD MBA admissions committee, thousands of hours of research, and by helping hundreds of applicants apply to IMD. Vocaz knows IMD, and we can help your strengths shine through your application. Contact us today.


IMD MBA – Areas of Academic Strength:
General Management, (International Management)


The IMD MBA Culture - Common perceptions:

  • Small (90) and highly-international class.

  • Intense, little free time.

  • Older students with more work experience (min. 3 yrs, avg. 7 yrs).

Advantages of the IMD MBA:

  • Emphasize hands-on, practical learning ("Real World. Real Learning.").

  • Focus on personal leadership development.

What else is special about the IMD MBA?

  • High percentage of graduates take jobs in Industry, as opposed to Consulting or Finance.

  • Offers individual leadership coaching with psychologist.


Who is likely to particularly enjoy the IMD MBA?

  • People with significant work experience.

  • People interested in working in Europe.


More about IMD MBA program:
The school offers a one-year MBA program (January through December), with only 90 students, and its key strengths are general management, industry and international management.
The average age of students is relatively high, they come with substantial work experience and many graduates turn to industry jobs. The program is very intensive (classes six days a week, and once a month on weekends as well!), emphasizes leadership and experiential learning, and offers students individual leadership coaching by psychologists.
Alumni include the following individuals, with current or past positions in parentheses: Paul Bulcke (CEO of Nestle in Switzerland), Christopher Martin (Founder and CEO of Xenva in the UK), and René Müller (CEO of GMC Software AG in Switzerland).


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