Executive MBA

Frequently asked questions


  • What type of Visa/Permit do I need to study at HEC?

    Our Executive MBA programme is designed for working professional. Therefore, a student visa cannot be requested for the programme.

  • Do you provide any Visa assistance?

    We do not provide any assistance for the visa/permit application.

  • Are there pre-readings that I can do before starting the programme?

    Before the introduction week, you will be requested to do a few readings that will be sent to you two to three weeks in advance.

    During the programme, assignments and readings required for each course will be provided in due time by the professor, generally two to three weeks in advance.

  • Do I need a computer?

    Yes, some courses require a computer for your assignments and work.

    The student version of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) will be free during your studies at HEC Lausanne.

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  • How long is a class day?

    Class days start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays every other week.

    In addition, tutorial sessions (optional, but highly recommended) and elective workshops are regularly organised in the evenings of weekend class from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • What is the format of the exams?

    Each course will be evaluated. The format of the exam varies according to the professor’s decision. It could be a written exam, an oral exam/presentation or assignments throughout the course.

  • When do I have exams?

    Exams take place in the end of each course. Exam hours are included in the programme schedule and do not necessitate extra presence on campus.

  • Where is the module abroad?

    The Abroad Module takes place in one of our partner universities and usually lasts 5 days.

    The objective of this module is to get the experience and expertise that the chosen partner university can offer to our participants.

  • How much time outside of class will I need to dedicate to the programme?

    The time spent studying outside the classroom varies from participant to participant. Based upon our participants’ feedback we estimate you should spend in average 2 hours of individual work for one hour in class.

  • What happens if I have to miss a class?

    It is in your responsibility to catch up the class with your classmates and professor.

  • Are there many books to buy for the courses?

    Most of the course documents (course slides, cases, readings, etc.) are electronically provided.

    The estimated cost for compulsory books is between CHF 400 and CHF 500. Copies of these books are available for loan at the HEC library.

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  • What are the admission criteria?

    Our admissions policy aims at securing the highest caliber of participants.

    All candidates must fulfil the three entry criteria below:

    • Hold a university degree or equivalent;
    • A minimum of 7 to 9 years of professional experience;
    • Fluency in English.
  • I do not have any business & management education background. Is it a problem?

    No, our participants come from diverse educational backgrounds. Therefore, our curriculum is designed in a way that anyone could follow the courses from the start.

  • Is it possible to be admitted without a university degree?

    No, our admissions criteria are strict and extensive professional records cannot replace a university degree.

  • How good must my english level be?

    You must have an English level that corresponds to the B2-C1 European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Language tests (e.g. TOEFL) are not required but proof of fluency will be tested during the admission interview.

  • When should I apply?

    We operate on a rolling admissions process, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner you receive the admission decision.

    Since class size is limited and you will be in competition with other candidates, it is advised to apply as early as possible.

  • Can I interrupt my admission process at anytime?

    Yes. Before the payment of the first instalment upon receipt of the acceptance letter, you can interrupt or postpone your admission to the programme.

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  • How much are the tuition fees?

    The tuition fees are CHF 45,000.

    Fees include tuition and examination fees. Travel expenses and meals during the programme are not included.

  • Do you have a flexible payment plan?

    Total tuition fees are payable in three instalments during the length of the programme.

    A schedule of instalments can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Do you provide any sponsorship or have preferential bank loan?

    No, we do not provide any sponsorship or preferential bank loan rates.

    However, a couple of foundations offer loans at favourable rates to support education projects.

    In Switzerland, for example, you can get in touch with EDUCA SWISS or Splendit.

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