Admitted to ie Global EMBA and IMD EMBA


Brad312

Hello everyone,
I am lucky enough that I was admitted to both programs I applied (ie Global EMBA and IMD EMBA). My background is in engineering and I have approximately 15 years of experience. My future career plans are to stay within my current industry and go into general management within Western Europe.
Both schools seem to have really great programs. Because of travel restrictions I was not able to visit any of the schools but I did attend several online events. As of right now I'm leaning towards IMD. The school seems to have a great reputation for what my career goals are. I like the structure of the program. Because of COVID, they introduced the GMF which is a 6 month online program that replaces the foundation stage, which required face to face interaction at the school. The mastery stage includes a trip to the Silicon Valley to pitch a startup to venture capitalist and also a crisis management workshop. They both look like really cool experiences along with the other discovery expeditions. The complete program would last ~20 months with a pretty big break between the GMF and the mastery stage (just how the schedule turned out).
ie's program is also very interesting with really cool international trips. According to my research ie has a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, which I also find really interesting. The biggest different in terms of program structure with IMD is that it is only 15 months long. It is also significantly cheaper (80k euro Vs. 115 CHF for IMD). Both seem to be very well equipped to handle the shor term challenge of conducting the programs remotely.
The class profiles also seem very similar with an average age of 40 years for both. IMD might have slightly smaller alumni network only considering the graduates of the EMBA programs (although I'm not entirely sure) but the number of people who have participated in their executive education is extremely high. Anyway, I'm not asking you to choose for me ;) but I was wondering if there any factors I am not considering. Thank you!

Hello everyone,
I am lucky enough that I was admitted to both programs I applied (ie Global EMBA and IMD EMBA). My background is in engineering and I have approximately 15 years of experience. My future career plans are to stay within my current industry and go into general management within Western Europe.
Both schools seem to have really great programs. Because of travel restrictions I was not able to visit any of the schools but I did attend several online events. As of right now I'm leaning towards IMD. The school seems to have a great reputation for what my career goals are. I like the structure of the program. Because of COVID, they introduced the GMF which is a 6 month online program that replaces the foundation stage, which required face to face interaction at the school. The mastery stage includes a trip to the Silicon Valley to pitch a startup to venture capitalist and also a crisis management workshop. They both look like really cool experiences along with the other discovery expeditions. The complete program would last ~20 months with a pretty big break between the GMF and the mastery stage (just how the schedule turned out).
ie's program is also very interesting with really cool international trips. According to my research ie has a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship, which I also find really interesting. The biggest different in terms of program structure with IMD is that it is only 15 months long. It is also significantly cheaper (80k euro Vs. 115 CHF for IMD). Both seem to be very well equipped to handle the shor term challenge of conducting the programs remotely.
The class profiles also seem very similar with an average age of 40 years for both. IMD might have slightly smaller alumni network only considering the graduates of the EMBA programs (although I'm not entirely sure) but the number of people who have participated in their executive education is extremely high. Anyway, I'm not asking you to choose for me ;) but I was wondering if there any factors I am not considering. Thank you!
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Duncan

Unless you are focussed on the Spanish speaking world, IMD would be a better choice generally. It's a way more prestigious school and the quality of students and faculty will be higher. I am not sure if you have identified which schools would be the best for your goals. IMD is certainly a better for the classic general manager: one in a medium size or large organisation. IE is certainly positioned for owner managers. 

Unless you are focussed on the Spanish speaking world, IMD would be a better choice generally. It's a way more prestigious school and the quality of students and faculty will be higher. I am not sure if you have identified which schools would be the best for your goals. IMD is certainly a better for the classic general manager: one in a medium size or large organisation. IE is certainly positioned for owner managers. 
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Brad312

Thank you for your answer Duncan. Waht you said is consistent with my own research. I have a few more days to make up my mind but as of right now, I think I will choose IMD. The caliber of the participants seems really and I really like the fact that IMD only focuses on executive education. This gives them a lot of insight into what executives need to be successful. Thanks again for your input.

Thank you for your answer Duncan. Waht you said is consistent with my own research. I have a few more days to make up my mind but as of right now, I think I will choose IMD. The caliber of the participants seems really and I really like the fact that IMD only focuses on executive education. This gives them a lot of insight into what executives need to be successful. Thanks again for your input.
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