FAQ

The program

When does the program start?
The full-time program (one-year intensive), the program starts on theĀ first week of September each year.

How much work is involved in the International Organizations MBA program?
The International Organizations MBA program is very intense, and requires a high level of commitment. The general rule is for every 1 hour in class there are 2 hours of preparation. With an average of about 20 contact hours per week, participants can expect to spend about 60 hours a week on program related activities.

How accessible are the Faculty to the participants?
Very much so. With small classes (between 20 and 25 students) and an unparalleled faculty/students ratio, we feel that the International Organizations MBA program offers participants a great advantage in the accessibility of its Faculty and network of professionals in international and nongovernmental organizations.

Will the International Organizations MBA program help me find a practicum?
Yes. A practicum in an International Organization, NGO or Transnational Company is an integral part of the program, and is facilitated through our network of organizational contacts. However, the responsibility of securing a practicum position lies with the student.

Do participants have to study a language?
The program in taught entirely in English, so participants are not required to study another language. However, due to its privileged location, Geneva is an ideal place to master the French language. International Organizations MBA program students can benefit from intense summer courses in French offered by the University of Geneva, as well as year-round courses tailored for their specific needs (beginners/advanced beginners/intermediate level). French courses are not included in the IO-MBA tuition fees. Furthermore, participants may select (with prior approval) to take elective courses taught in French from a vast course offering at the University of Geneva.

Applying

Is it possible to get admitted to the International Organizations MBA program without significant work experience?
A minimum of 3 years of work experience is requested. However, double degrees may be accepted with less work experience provided they have a very strong academic record.

Can I apply if I have not previously completed any business courses?
Yes. The International Organizations MBA program is designed to accommodate participants from diverse backgrounds. Those who join our program without any prior knowledge in a given area (Economics for example) will have to spend more time in the first few weeks of the courses catching up on the fundamentals, but after that prior knowledge tend to be unimportant. In general, because of the diversity of our participants, most will find that they have an initial advantage in some courses and an initial disadvantage in others.

How many applicants do you accept?
We admit around 20 people each year to the International Organizations MBA program. We believe that forming quality managers for IOs, NGOs, and TNCs requires a high faculty/participant ratio and a good support services infrastructure that simply cannot be offered on a mass scale.

When should I apply?
If you attend the IO-MBA as a full-time program and although our final application deadline is May 30, we review applications as soon as they are complete, and make offers starting December. In light of the limited number of places available on the program, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as soon as they have decided to apply.

Should I apply online?
If you’re applying to the full-time or part-time program, please apply on-line. If you’re applying to the CAS/DAS, please download the application form and send it to the IO-MBA administration, together with the required documents.

How can I re-login to my online application?
When you created your application account, you provided us with a username (email address) and a password.
To re-log in into your application, please do the following:

  1. go to “Apply to IO-MBA”
  2. scroll down to the bottom of the page
  3. click on “login to your application” on the login page
  4. enter your email and password.

I forgot my password. What can I do?
If you forgot your password, and also cannot find the account creation confirmation email with your password, you can still do the following:

  1. go to “Apply to IO-MBA”
  2. scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on “login to your application”
  3. on the login page, click on “password reminder”
  4. on the password reminder page, fill in the same email address you gave us when creating your account, birth date, and mother’s maiden name.

Does the IO-MBA offer deferred admissions?
The IO-MBA does not accept applications that are submitted in anticipation of entrance beyond the next immediate academic year. However, in certain extraordinary situations we will allow accepted applicants to defer their admission for a period of one year, once they pay the IO-MBA commitment fee.

Deferral requests must be made in writing to the IO-MBA Admissions Office. If the deferral request is denied, the applicant must choose either to matriculate in the class to which admission has been offered or to reapply for admission at a future date.

Do accepted applicants need to pay anything to reserve their deferred place on the program?
Yes. All accepted applicant must pay a commitment fee to reserve their place in the class, and deferred applicants are not exempt from this rule. This commitment fee is fully deducted from the tuition fees. However, if an accepted applicant chooses not to attend after reserving a place in the program, the deposit is forfeited.

What is the IO-MBA policy for reapplications?
We maintain all admissions materials for two years. After that time, an entirely new application, including official test scores and transcripts, must be submitted again.

Applicants wishing to reapply within two academic years must submit a cover letter requesting reactivation of their file; an updated CV; a statement explaining how their experiences and plans have changed since the original date of application.

Applicants who were previously denied are also expected to submit additional materials they think might enhance their application (improved test scores, increased international exposure, new recommendations, revised essays, etc.), and explain why their qualifications are stronger than they were at the original date of application.

Applicants who are reapplying should do so by the first round deadline in the year they plan to enroll.

Previous offers of admission and financial aid are not guaranteed for a future year.

GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL

Where is it possible to take the GMAT?
The GMAT can be taken year-round in Switzerland and around the world. Please follow this link to look for dates and register online.

Where is it possible to take the GRE?
The GRE can be taken year round in Switzerland and around the world. For testing dates and locations, please click here.

Is it possible to get admitted without taking the GMAT or GRE?
No, either the GRE or the GMAT is required of all applicants.

What is the minimum acceptable GMAT score?
500 points on the GMAT or the GRE equivalent

For how long is my GRE or GMAT score valid?
We accept scores up to five years old.

I have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once. Which score do you use?
We will use your highest score.

Is a TOEFL score required?
A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, no older than 2 years, is required of all applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which the language of instruction was English

What is the minimum acceptable TOEFL score?
A score of 600 on the paper-based exam, 250 on the computer-based exam or 100 on the internet-based exam is required.

What is the International Organizations MBA program school code for test score reports?
Our GMAT institution code is 651-QT-72
Our GRE Institution code is 5374
Our TOEFL institution code is 0771

Preparing for the program

Do accepted applicants need to pay anything to reserve their place on the program?
Yes. When applicants are made an offer of a place on the International Organizations MBA program, they need to pay a non refundable commitment fee of 1500 CHF to reserve their place in the class. This fee, which is normally due 4-6 weeks after the receipt of the offer letter, is fully deducted from the total fees.

Can one pay in installments?
Yes. The tuition fee can be paid in several installments depending on the agreement made with the IO-MBA admission office.

Is French an entry requirement for the International Organizations MBA program?
No. The International Organizations MBA program is taught entirely in English, and French is not an entry requirement.