About the Program

The USI EMBA is a modular, Advanced Master in Management degree, taught in English, by an exceptional international faculty at the Università della Svizzera italiana.

Classes are taught partially online for one day, and on site in Lugano for two consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday, on a monthly basis and for a duration of fourteen months. The program is comprised by twelve core and two advanced courses.

The Entrepreneurship module will be held in California, United States, where students will have the opportunity to absorb Silicon Valley’s culture of Innovation.

The curriculum will conclude with a three months keystone consulting project, under the guidance of a professor, and culminate in the defense of the resulting thesis.

Roads to Disruption

In today’s world, entrepreneurs and executives must face two new, yet significant, factors that affect political and economic environments, alter social relations and deeply impact businesses, their operations, and their processes.

The first one is the Digital Revolution. The advent of big data, machine learning, and new technologies require new organizational approaches and competencies.

The second one is Sustainability. The need to create and maintain a sustainable society for future generations must be an integral part of a successful business strategy.

Each function, in every organization, must understand their implications and apply the appropriate transformations to obtain a competitive advantage in their markets. In today’s environment simply closing the managerial skills gap is not enough anymore. In order to prosper in this new reality an Innovative and Visionary approach is required. It is essential to question the validity of existing models with a pioneering, and not merely adaptive, spirit and develop new paradigms.

Università della Svizzera italiana’s Executive Master’s in Business Administration program embraces this spirit of innovation and is constantly evolving to ensure the highest education standard to the participants.

USI EMBA Distinctive Features

  • Innovative content, focus on digital transformation, change and sustainability
  • Distinguished, world- class faculty and guest speakers with extensive experience: both from leading international business schools and from strategic consulting companies around the world.
  • Weekend format: Lessons will be held Saturday and Sunday. In this way, Executive MBA participants can continue working fulltime while they study, simultaneously advancing their careers and their professional and personal development.
  • Personalized learning experience: thanks to the small class size of twenty participants, exchanges between participants and faculty are meaningful and tutoring ensures that each individual gains the maximum from the courses.
  • Highly international student profile, 12 years average of working experience
  • Personalized career development services
  • Study in thriving Lugano, Switzerland, at the center of Europe’s cultural and business hubs


The USI EMBA 10 starts in September 2021 and continues through March 2023. Classes are held in Lugano every month, for fourteen months and are taught partially online and on site. One day in asynchronous and one transformational weekend: Saturday & Sunday from 8.30am to 17.30pm.

The program consists of twelve core courses, one of these will be abroad (California, USA), two advanced courses and a threemonth project work at the end of the program.

Classroom teaching is combined with online learning. The courses will begin with one day in e-learning delivered before the module on site starts. The courses will be taught one per month for two consecutive days: Saturday & Sunday. After each course there will be the open book assignment.

Core courses

  • Digital Transformation
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources Management
  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • Operations Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Negotiation

Advanced courses

Truly International Faculty

All of our highly experienced and qualified academics have international backgrounds. The USI EMBA faculty members are selected for their excellence in applied research, experience working in the private and public sectors and their teaching roles in executive education programs at top business schools.

They are experts in helping executives apply the latest management theory to their work and they take a multidisciplinary approach to their subjects, encouraging participants to do the same. Additional external faculty members from renowned business schools offer a number of advanced courses.


Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at USI, Dean of the Faculty of Economics


Professor of Operations Management at USI. PhD (MIT Sloan), M. Sc. (MIT), M. Sc. (USP)


Professor of Strategic Management at USI. Co- Founder of the USI EMBA. PhD (Copenhagen), M. Sc


Professor of Organization and Management at USI. PhD (Bologna), M. Sc. (Bologna).


Visiting Professor of Quantitative Methods. PhD (London Business School), M. Sc. (LSE). Kostis …


Professor of Financial Management and Accounting PhD ( University of St Gallen)


Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship and Negotiation PhD ( IESE Business School, Barcellona)


Full Professor of Marketing, Dean of the Faculty of Communication PhD ( Bocconi University)


Full Professor of Finance, PhD ( Neuchatel University)


Visiting Professor of Digital Transformation, Digital Leadership Research Centre CASS Business School, PhD in Strategic Management