Switzerland is plentiful in Business Schools, and good ones, that is. World rankings, accreditation, and certification are objective ways of measuring a business school’s credentials. Thus, we reviewed the quality of education and of the programs when researching finding which ones are the best.

Disclaim: The following list of higher education institutions does not represent a ranking.

IMD Business School

Source: IMD Business School

IMD is an independent business school with Swiss roots and global reach. They aim to be an expert in developing leaders and transforming organizations to create ongoing impact. IMD offers various business management programs, including one on Leading the Family Business (LFB) for all members of the family-owned businesses as well as senior non-family executives and board members.

IMD is recognized as one of the best business schools in Switzerland and in the world. It’s been ranked in leading positions by Forbes, Financial Times, The Economist, and others; it’s been in the TOP 3 for 7 years in a row for executive education worldwide, First in Open Programs (2012-2018), and its MBA was ranked #1 one-year program outside of the U.S.

Universität St. Gallen School of Management

Source: the University of St. Gallen

HSG is another qualitative university for studying business. It has been ranked fourth in the Financial Times’ latest European Business Schools Ranking for two years now and is the HSG is the highest-ranked public university and the best-rated university in Switzerland and the entire German-speaking region of Europe.

They promote integrative thought, responsible action, and an entrepreneurial spirit of innovation in business and society. According to its official page, the University of St.Gallen earned the seal of approval for Tripe Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB, and the AMBA.

Université de Lausanne – HEC Lausanne

Source: @unil on Twitter

HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne (UNIL) boasts qualitative training and research that is internationally recognized in various rankings and scientific journal publications. Furthermore, according to the official website, this Swiss business school has program accreditation by EQUIS and AMBA.

The University of Lausanne stands in a prominent position among the higher education institutions in Switzerland, according to The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In particular, the EMBA program is ranked in the Financial Times world rankings.

Université de Genève – Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM)

Source: Geneva School of Economics and Management – UNIGE on Facebook

With more than 17’000 students of some 150 different nationalities, the University of Geneva is Switzerland’s second-largest university. The University enjoys a strong international reputation for the quality of its research since it is a member of LERU, an association of some of the most renowned research universities in Europe.

As the school states, the GSEM is included in the quality assurance system by the Swiss Agency of Accreditation and Quality Assurance (AAQ), and its Executive MBA and the International Organizations MBA programs are accredited by The Association of MBAs (AMBA). Furthermore, the school is a member of AACSB and EFMD.

ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-​MTEC)

The Department of Management, Technology, and Economics conducts basic and applied research in management, economics, innovation, system dynamics and risk. In addition, D-​MTEC offers lectures in management and economics to many Bachelor’s and Master’s programs at ETH Zurich.

ETH Zürich is consistently ranked among the top universities in the world by THE World University Ranking, QS World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of the World Universities. The Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (D-MTEC) is one of the smaller departments within ETH Zurich, but equally qualitative.

University of Zurich – Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics

Source: The University of Zurich

The University of Zurich offers a variety of programs and specializations and incidentally, the ones with a good reputation are Economics and Banking, and Finance. The Business Administration department’s areas of expertise encompass all aspects of business administration, including accounting, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, operations research, organization, and strategy.

UZH is another research university in Europe and offers the widest range of study courses in Switzerland. UZH is ranked as the 3rd university in Switzerland and 69th worldwide, according to QS University Ranking. As reported by the university, Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics programs have earned accreditation from AACSB  and EQUIS.

Geneva Business School

Source: @gbsnews on Twitter

Geneva Business School offers business programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels in English with campuses in Geneva, Barcelona, and Madrid. GBS is ranked among the top 100 global business schools, according to CEOWORLD magazine, a global business, and technology magazine

As the school states, their programs are accredited by IACBE and it is certified by Swiss quality label eduQua.

EU Business School

Source: eruni.edu

EU Business School offers foundation, bachelor’s, master’s, MBA, and doctoral programs focusing on business administration, international business, marketing, finance, and enterprise, among others, with campuses in Barcelona, Geneva, Montreux, and Munich.

According to EU Business School, it has been certified by eduQua quality label, and its programs are accredited by ACBSP and IACBE, both CHEA-recognized program accrediting bodies. Furthermore, the school has partnerships with universities such as the University of Derby and the University of Roehampton to offer accredited degrees.

Rushford Business School

Source: Rushford Business School on LinkedIn

The Rushford Business School is the official name of the Business School of James Lind Institute. This institution offers higher degree programs and online master’s degree programs in Business and Management, targeted to students worldwide. It prepares students for pharmaceutical, clinical research, healthcare industries through firsthand experiences by implementing mock sessions via online training platforms.

According to their official site, through its parent school (James Lind Institute), Rushford Business School is certified by Swiss quality label eduQua and is a member of  ACBSP and  IACBE, among others.

International University in Geneva (IUG)

Source: International University Geneva (IUG) on Facebook

The International University in Geneva is an academic institution specializing in business education and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Administration, International Relations, Digital Media, Computer Science, and International Trade.

All undergraduate programs lead to a double degree: students graduate with a specialized degree from the International University in Geneva and a BSc (Hons) in Business Management from the University of Plymouth (UK).

According to IUG, is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) an accreditation agency referenced with the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR); furthermore, its programs are accredited by the ACBSP.

Business School Lausanne

Source: Business School Lausanne on Facebook

Business School Lausanne is a business school offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. their learning programs to address fundamental changes of working in the 21st century such as digital transformation, economic trends, societal structure, and environmental concerns.

According to the official site, BSL’s programs are accredited by ACBSP, an accreditation organization recognized by CHEA.

 

 

29 Comments
    1. Hi Nasir,

      Although it has ‘Swiss’ in its name, SMC University is not actually from Switzerland and was not accredited from the Higher Education Commission of Switzerland. Instead, from what we found, the SMC Education Group was accredited as a Higher Education Institution by the Malta National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE).

      However, they do claim to deliver ‘Swiss quality education’, so it might be a good alternative for students interested in distance learning given their status of an online business school.

      Good luck!

    1. Hi Youssef,

      The Swiss School of Business and Technology is accredited by ATHE and Eduqua (Swiss quality label for further education institution), but not from the Swiss Higher Education Funding and Coordination Act (HEdA). Hence, why it is not allowed to call itself a University.

      You can read more about their accreditations here: https://ssbt.ch/accreditation/

      We hope to have been of help.

      Good luck!

  1. Hello, I have an inquiry concerning graduate school, is it possible to get a scholarship for international students?

    Thanks in advance,

    Angela

  2. Kindly advice for a school known as IBAS . International bussiness school of Switzerland. Is it a reputable name. What about value of education . Specially MBA . Is it real or fake MBA ?. Also whab about accreditation . Specially from a legal association or governmental state?

    1. Walid,

      Choosing a university is never easy and takes a lot of thought and research into it. After doing this, it’s best to use your own best judgment.

      As for IBAS, it is a private school that does not have cantonal or national accreditation. Read here about their accreditations: http://www.ibas.education/index.php/features/accreditation

      However, its programs (including the MBA) are accredited by the Swiss Private School Register (https://www.swissprivateschoolregister.com/?id=2&L=2)

      We wish you the best of luck on your road to getting your MBA!

    1. Hi Funmi,

      The Swiss School of Business and Management is certified by the EduQua, the Swiss national quality assurance body. However, we didn’t find it ranked in any university rankings.
      We hope we have helped you.

      Good luck!

  3. Hello Team,

    Kindly advise on Swiss School of Management especially their MBA and Doctorate degrees. Are they accredited by the Swiss Government? I have also searched for them among top ranking Business Schools and Universities in Switzerland but they do not appear. Kindly advise.

    Regards,

    OA

    1. Hi Olubunmi,

      Swiss School of Management is a private institute of higher education that has been certified by many accrediting bodies around the world. EduQua, the Swiss quality label is one of the accrediting bodies that certified this educational institute. The reason you might not find it on the Swiss rankings is that this university is based on Italy.
      We hope we have been of help.

      Best of luck!

    1. Hi Hossam,

      What advice do you need us to give you? We’re ready to help you.

      Best wishes.

  4. Hi! Is the MBA program ran by Business school of Basel a good one? I see their accreditation from their website, but how about its quality of education? Thanks!

    1. Hi Clara,

      As far as we know, the University of Basel doesn’t offer MBA programs.

      Best wishes.

    1. Hi Godwin,

      Swiss School of Business and Management doesn’t only have a campus in Geneva but also in Zagreb and Moscow. SSBM Geneva is certified by the Swiss national quality assurance body, EduQua.The Bachelor and MBA programs are validated and rewarded by the University of Chichester and delivered by London Graduate School.
      We hope to have helped you.

      Good luck!

  5. Hi,

    I am interested in a Master Program (Hospitality Management). I see that UIBS offers this program in Zurich. Is this a good school? What are your thoughts? Is this an accredited school? Thank you for your help?

  6. Is Swiss school of business management certified by relevent authorities to provide DBA/PhD ? Any other good online PhD/ DBA options available ?

  7. Hello Team,
    do you know anythig about Rushford business school?
    They have MBA program that I’m intrested in, but I can’t find any information about this school except their web-site.
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Daria,

      As far as accreditation goes, Rushford Business School is certified by EduQua, a Swiss quality label for further education institutions, and other labels through its parent school(James Lind Institute).

      However, if you have any specific questions regarding your situation or the program itself, we advise contacting the school directly.

      Best wishes!

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