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International MBA (IMBA, Executive MBA)

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Nature :
Program delivering a degree
Diplôme national
Campus location :
Entry level :
Bac + 3
Program duration :
Part-time 11 months (September-July).
Accessible as :
Employee training

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Program overview


Think Large Think International

The iaelyon IMBA is a unique executive program, entirely taught in English over 11  months. International guest speakers, professors and practitioners come to share their  knowledge and expertise with a culturally diverse classroom. De veloped around a flexible  part-time format, with classes taught on Fridays and Saturdays, the IMBA offers the  opportunity to follow courses all the while keeping a full-time  job, thereby minimizing any  potential disruption for candidates and employers.

Recruited on an international scale, participants come from
varied cultural backgrounds  and benefit from different academic and professional experiences ; the diversity of a  multicultural and multidisciplinary group helps to provide a comparative approach. Seminars are interactive with modern teaching methodologies including in-class  case studies, references to concrete professional situations, in class role-playing and  interactions between peers and lecturers. Participants are not  only exposed to best  management practices, they are also complementary and learn from one another.

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Video: The IMBA on Campus Channel - March 2016
Interview IMBA participant

Interviews IMBA participants


Specific Features

  • A program entirely taught in English by iaelyon and international professors and practitioners
  • A part-time program compatible  with a professional activity: courses taught on Fridays and Saturdays
  • A study abroad trip (Cambridge)
  • A real business case in collaboration with a company
  • An individual coaching offered to all  participants
  • A specific IMBA Alumni Network
  • The IMBA is part of the  Best MBA recommended  by Eduniversal

4 good reasons to choose iaelyon

  • A 60 year old University-based School of Management located downtown Lyon in the Part-Dieu Business District
  • 7,000 students with a network of over 45,000 Alumni across the world
  • Sound corporate connections embedded in the DNA and activitie s of the School: iaelyon originally created to meet the needs of the Business Communit
  • A strong international focus with over 150 international partners in 51 countries and 40% international students on site

Entry requirements

Admission conditions


Our program is dedicated to executives; therefore applicants must possess:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree (equivalent to 180 ECTS of  Higher Education in European Standards) 
  • A minimum of 5 years work experience 
  • A very good command of Business English


  •  Applicants must provide:
    • A complete application form
    • A detailed motivation letter 
  • Selected applicants will then undergo individual interviews in English either face to face or by videoconference before final admittance in the  program. 
  • Program fees: 13,500 Euros

  • Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
  • Beginning of seminars: first week of September
  • Possibility to do the IMBA over a two year period (please ask the Academic Director)

Enrolment procedures

PROGRAM FEES: 13 500 Euros


Program description

The objective of the IMBA is to better prepare participants to be effective global  managers who understand the overall environment, organization, employees and  customers. Participants will inherently learn to be more effect ive cross-culturally because of the international diversity of their classroom. 

The IMBA curriculum does not only put the emphasis on the theoretical and  practical aspects of management. It encompasses how these techniques should be adapted and applied in various parts of the world.

Strong focus on:
  • Apply strategic and analytical thinking
  • Make decisions and solve problems
  • Understand international socio-economic issues
  • Work in teams and implement a communication strategy
  • Adapt personally to culturally diverse situations
  • Carry out personal and career developments
  • Develop organizational awareness
  • Understand overall organizational complexity
  • Enforce leadership


International MBA (IMBA) - Semester 9

International MBA (IMBA) - Semester 10

Contact details

+33 (0)4 78 78 71 88 or contact.iaefc@univ-lyon3.fr

IMBA Program Coordinator:
Ms. Alexandra EHRHOLD

IMBA Academic Coordinator:

iaelyon School of Management
Université Jean Moulin

6 cours Albert Thomas
BP 8242
69355 Lyon cedex 08 (FRANCE)

Program coordinator

Prof. Ulrike Mayrhofer

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Last updated: October 23, 2017