Financial Aid / Scholarships

ScolarshipThe IO-MBA program and the University of Geneva have introduced a new scholarship program in September 2016 entering into force from the 2017-2018 intake. This partial scholarship program has the objective to encourage and facilitate the participation of candidates coming from low and middle income countries:

Type Condition Amount of the scholarship Remaining fee to be paid
Priority Countries Scholarship

Reduction on program fees for participants coming from AND living in a country with a low-to-medium HDI*

‘Statement of honor’ describing your personal financial situation, copy of your passport, proof of residence. This scholarship is depending on the availability of funds.  7’900CHF  31’600CHF

* Based on the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI):  http://hdr.undp.org/en/composite/HDI

This special scholarship is available on a limited number and candidates who are willing to apply for it are encouraged to submit their application by 15 November (Round 1). Scholarships are based on a combination of academic merit, financial need, and availability of funds. Please note, that in addition to that, candidates have to take into consideration the costs related to their living expenses in Geneva (accommodation*, transport, meals, etc.). Living expenses in Geneva are estimated at  around 1’650CHF per month.

**Cost for a room in a student apartment depending on availability. There are also individual studios available for 850chf/month. A few rooms and studios are booked every year for IOMBA students. If you are interested, please contact us after submitting your application.

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience
  • International exposure
  • GMAT or GRE – 500 points (minimum)

Deadlines

The program starts in the first week of September each year. Completed applications for the 2017/18 class will be considered in accordance with the application and decision dates given in the table below.

2017 / 2018 intake Round One Round Two Round Three
Application deadline 15 November 2016 1 March 2017 30 May 2017
Admission decision by 15 December 2016 15 March 2017 15 June 2017
Applicants acceptance by 15 January 2017 15 April 2017 22 June 2017

Applications may be considered after the Round Three deadline on a space available basis only.

The application process

Candidates are requested to register and apply online through the IO-MBA application form. A completed application includes information concerning your educational and professional background and international experience. To complete and submit an online application, the following documents have to be uploaded:

  1. Motivational cover letter *
  2. Complete academic and professional resume (CV) *
  3. Copy of university diploma & grade transcript *
  4. Copy of passport or ID card *
  5. Passport style photo in electronic format (.jpg) *
  6. Official GMAT or GRE results **
  7. Professional reference letter **
  8. Academic reference letter (1) **
  9. Copy of official TOEFL results (2) **
  10. Copy of AVS Card or Swiss health insurance card (3) **

Hard copies of these documents – including the official transcripts – must also be sent to:

University of Geneva – GSEM Executive
International Organizations MBA (IO-MBA)
Admissions Office
Uni Mail
Boulevard du Pont d’Arve 40
CH-1211 Geneva 4
Switzerland

* Mandatory to validate and submit your online application

** Can be sent in a later stage by email to iomba@unige.ch

(1) If you are not able to reach a current or former Professor, a second professional reference letter can be sent instead.

(2) Only for applicants whose native language is not English, or for participants who did not receive an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in which the language of instruction was English.

(3) Only for candidates leaving in Switzerland (if available).


Detailed information for your application

1. Motivational cover letter

In your cover letter, please make sure you explain your motivations to take part in the IOMBA and you answer the following points:

  • What role do you see for International and Non-Governmental Organizations in shaping the world agenda?
  • Describe a challenging situation where you were faced with a cultural barrier and how you dealt with this challenge.

The cover letter should not exceed 3 pages or 1’500 words.

2. Complete academic and professional resume (CV)

A complete academic and professional resume contains a detailed chronological listing of all educational institutions you attended from elementary school onwards (name and city of the institution, years, degrees awarded) as well as a complete list of your professional work experience and relevant information.

3. Copy of university diploma & grade transcript

Applicants are requested to enclose photocopies of degrees or diplomas already obtained, as well as official transcripts listing official record of all courses taken and examination grades received, together with the grading scale and an explanation of its meaning. The official transcripts must be sent to the IO-MBA Admission office (see address above) in a sealed envelope, directly by the Conferring University.

All international educational credentials and transcripts should be provided both in their original language and with a certified English or French translation.

4. Copy of passport or ID card

5. Official GMAT or GRE

All applicants must complete the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). As several of the programme’s core courses require a high level of quantitative and analytical skills, a high GMAT score or GRE will enhance your chances of being admitted, but a high score does not guarantee admission into the programme and a lower score does not preclude admission. Please note that official results must be sent directly to the IO-MBA admissions office from the Pearson VUE (a business of NCS Pearson, Inc. who administers the GMAT® test). If you have already taken the GMAT, we encourage you to enclose a photocopy of your score report with your application package. We will accept GMAT scores that are up to five years old. Our institution code for reporting your GMAT score is 651-QT-72. If you will be submitting a GRE score, please send us the original result as soon as available.

The GMAT can be taken year-round in Switzerland and around the world. Please follow this link to look for dates and register online. An interesting guide entitled ‘How to Study for the GMAT’ is available here.

The GRE can be taken year round in Switzerland and around the world. For testing dates and locations, please click here.

To help you choose the appropiate test, here is an interesting article

6. Passport style photo in electronic format (.jpg)

8. Professional reference letter

An professional reference letter is required. The reference comes from a professional acquaintance (indicating the applicant’s suitability for international work).

Reference letters can be sent either by post or by email.

By post: For paper based reference, the referee should place it in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and return the form directly to the applicant for submission with his/her application package. The referee can also directly send it to the IO-MBA Admissions Office.

By email: For electronic reference, the referee should email directly the reference letter to iomba@unige.ch

7. Academic reference letter*

An academic reference letter is required. The reference should come from a current or past professor (assessing the applicant’s academic ability to succeed in this program).

The academic reference letter can be sent either by post or by email.

By post: For paper based reference, the referee should place it in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and return the form directly to the applicant for submission with his/her application package. The referee can also directly send it to the IO-MBA Admissions Office.

By email: For electronic reference, the referee should email directly the reference letter to iomba@unige.ch

*If you are not able to reach a current or former Professor, a second professional reference letter can be sent instead.

9. Copy of official TOEFL results (if needed)

The International Organizations MBA programme is taught in English. Consequently, 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 the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. A score of 600 on the paper-based exam, 250 on the computer-based exam or 100 on the internet-based exam is required. Informational materials are available from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541. You may also request materials via their website at www.ets.org Our institution code for reporting your TOEFL score is 0771. Alternativelly, you may also submit a IELTS score instead of the TOEFL.

10. Copy of AVS Card or Swiss health insurance card

Only for candidates leaving in Switzerland (if available).

Should you have any question regarding your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help you!

iomba@unige.ch

+41 (0) 22 379 89 71

****  GSEM EXECUTIVE POLICY: CONDITION OF ADMISSION ****

Français :
GSEM Executive se réserve le droit de ne pas ouvrir une formation/diplôme/ certificat si le nombre d’inscrits est insuffisant.
 
English :
GSEM Executive reserves the right to cancel the start of a Diploma/Certificate should it fail to reach the minimum number of students required to conduct the class.