MBA/Executive MBA in International Business

The MBA/Executive MBA double degree program from HWZ and USQ will provide you with competencies for management both in your local environment as a manager in an international context. Extend your leadership potential now.


Information Session


Go one step further in your life and career and imagine that you will have successfully completed your double degree MBA/EMBA at the HWZ

  • You will have acquired valuable knowledge about international management and business.
  • You will have enriched your personal management capabilities.
  • You have built up a powerful network of contacts.
  • You will have earned two degrees: a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and an Executive Master of
    Business Administration (EMBA) from HWZ with specialisation in International Business.
  • You may have a ticket to a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in your pocket.

For many of our alumni, the MBA was essential for their way to the top. Have a look at the following factors for success in this program.

The MBA/Executive MBA double degree program from HWZ and USQ will provide you with competencies for management both in your local environment as a manager in an international context. Extend your leadership potential now.

Together with our Australian partner USQ (University of Southern Queensland, Australia), our program gives you both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from USQ, and an Executive MBA compliant with the new Bologna system in Europe, conferred by the HWZ.

Double Degree Program

  • EMBA = EXECUTIVE Master of Business Administration


  • MBA = MASTER of Business Administration (USQ) (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

Academic Degree

«Master of Business Administration (MBA), conferred by USQ» and «Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA) from HWZ and the ZFH»




Max. 80% workload recommended, 100% possible


Bachelor’s degree / Two years of leadership experience / Fluent English language skills (test required or native speaker)

Location / Course day

Zurich; Sihlhof (three-minute walk from Zurich’s main train station);
Course day: Saturday


2 years

Course start




Tuition Fee


Structure & Content

The MBA/Executive MBA double degree program from HWZ and USQ is designed as a part-time program with a duration of two years. It consists of 12 modules (11 modules at HWZ, one project week abroad in the Asian-Pacific area).

Details on the structure and the modules can be found in the brochure.


Course Director

Prof. Dr. Michael A. Grund

Prof. Dr. Michael A. Grund leads the MBA program since 2010. Since joining HWZ in 2006 he heads the Center for Marketing and is course director of the Executive MBA – Marketing. Before his appointment at the HWZ he spent many years as Head of Marketing Intelligence at TDC Switzerland AG (sunrise). He is the author of articles in journals, anthologies and encyclopaedias, and a lecturer at tertiary institutions and universities. In addition, over the last 20 years he has been involved in an advisory capacity in various practical and research projects for well-known companies.

Partner USQ

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

  • USQ is a fully accredited Australian Government University which has been in operation since 1967.
  • More than 25’000 students study with USQ. Of these, 75% study by distance education, in Australia and throughout the world.

Accreditation and recognition

  • USQ is accredited with the Distance Education Training Council (DETC), an American public service organisation dedicated to identifying quality distance learning institutions. Read more about USQ’s latest success in USQ News.
  • USQ is accredited with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
  • USQ is a recognized university by Swiss ENIC and CRUS (Rectors’ Conference of the  Swiss Universities).

Results of accreditation and achievements

  • Quality assurance and accreditation is done by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the last (excellent) review has been done in 2009.
  • In 2001, UNESCO ranked USQ as the number 1 distance university among 140 institutions.
  • In 1999, a jury from the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) judged USQ the best dual-mode University in the world, by awarding it the Institutional Prize for Excellence for its global education initiatives and expertise in providing flexible learning opportunities.

Further aspects

  • Independent surveys prove that USQ students have a very high overall satisfaction rate with the standard of courses and support offered to them.
  • USQ graduates record higher than average employment rates.
  • The Australian Good Universities Guide ranked USQ among the top ten Australian universities for graduate employment rates and positive graduate outcomes.



Portrait Michael Grund

Prof. Dr. Michael Grund, Course Director

+41 43 322 26 19

Portrait Britta Zepf

Britta Zepf, Program Operations Manager

+41 43 322 26 33

Master Office

General information on the HWZ and the Master program can be obtained from the master office.

Registration & Information

HWZ University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration
Lagerstrasse 5
CH-8021 Zürich
Phone: +41 43 322 26 88
Office: 609, 6th floor

Office hours

Mo – Fr
8.00 – 12.00 / 13.00 – 17.00
8.00 – 12.00