Executive Diploma in ICT Management

University of Fribourg - iimt
City, country:
Fribourg, Bern area, Switzerland
Fulltime and parttime
Dipl. (Diplom)
4 semester(s)


The ICT-market is experiencing ever increasing change and upheaval. Basic changes in technology and regulations are forcing ICT companies to strive for a faster rate of innovation. The iimt Executive Programmes are designed to enable the parallel pursuit of professional activity and studies. The modular structure of the programmes gives the students the possibility to start at different periods of the year and can be completed part-time (2 or 3 years) or full time (1 year), excluding the final thesis.

The Executive Programmes are designed as a series of modules organised around different subject areas with one, two or three modules in each subject. Each module covers a level of increasing difficulty. The theoretical knowledge that is provided in the beginning is followed by the focus on the solution of practical problems, and on specific knowledge in selected topics of ICT Management.

By completing an Executive Diploma, students receive 60 ECTS-Credits including the internationally recognised Executive Diploma in ICT Management of the University of Fribourg.
Petra Heumesser Head of Executive Programmes

Job description and target group

Students who successfully complete a course in any of the subject areas are awarded an iimt certificate, which may be recognised should a participant wish to register for the iimt Executive MBA or Executive Diploma at a later date.

The Executive Diploma in ICT Management is aimed at graduates with at least three years of professional experience in the field of ICT. Candidates should have a degree from a recognised University or University of Applied Sciences or may be admitted on the basis of substantial practical experience in the ICT sector.


Powerpack Leadership:
  • Strategy & Innovation Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Organisational Behaviour & HR Management
Powerpack Finance:
  • Management Accounting & Control
  • Managerial Finance
Powerpack TIP:
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • ICT – Information Security
  • Information Management & Decision Support
  • Process & Excellence Management
Powerpack Economics:
  • National & International Economics
  • Law in ICT

Practical relevance

Course content is equally divided between the acquisition of theoretical/methodological knowledge, case studies and group discussions. These case studies comprise non-compartmentalised, interdisciplinary, and factual approaches to current issues. The case study method is used throughout, enabling participants to apply new insights gained from contemporary business contexts, while offering participants distinctive advantages in their future professional careers.

Besides the case studies, guest speakers, computer simulations, and faculty-student interaction provide a real-world experience. Participants are given innovative problem-solving skills to diagnose and solve a wide variety of managerial problems. In the final stage, participants in the Executive MBA and Executive Diploma Programmes are required to undertake a project and write up their findings on a topic of their choice pertaining to the ICT sector. Some participants might wish to use this opportunity to base their project on a specific issue faced by their own company and, for example, present a paper analysing the issue in detail.

Admission/Entrance requirements

CHF 28’000,-

Admission Requirements:

  • Candidates for the Executive Diploma require at least three years’ professional experience in a management position in the field of information and communications technology or utility and to have obtained one of the following qualifications:
    • licence (Bachelor/Master) recognised from a University or University of Applied Sciences or
    • other diploma recognised as equivalent.
  • Exceptionally, after examination of their application, candidates may be admitted to the Executive Diploma on the basis of long practical experience in information and communications technologies or utility technologies.
  • Candidates admitted to the Executive Diploma who obtain an overall grade average of 5.0 or higher in the examinations may be admitted to the Executive MBA programme.
Language of instruction:
  • For the classes, English is the sole language of instruction. Participation in iimt courses therefore requires a strong knowledge of that language.
  • Printed material distributed by the instructors is generally written in English.
  • Examination questions are in English and answers must be provided in English.
  • EMBA or Executive Diploma Project may be written in English, German, French, or Italian.

Languages and semester abroad

semester abroad:
International environment and networks:
Faculty and participants alike benefit from extensive group work, providing opportunities for them to get to know each other, exchange ideas, and build up a network of colleagues throughout the industry. Being part of the University of Fribourg, students benefit from a multicultural environment, where French and German meet.

The more than 20 nationalities and 130 companies the students are coming from increase flourishing networking opportunities on national and international levels. Moreover, a strong iimt alumni network aims to promote social relationships, personal development, and professional contacts between current and former graduates, while building contacts with key players from the ICT sector.

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The University of Fribourg, which was founded in 1889, is the only completely bilingual University in the whole of Europe. Both the city of Fribourg and the University represent a meeting place of two different cultures: French and German.Building upon this cultural diversity, in December 1995, the University of Fribourg established the international institute of management in technology (iimt), as part of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Founded on the demand of the telecommunications industry, and in cooperation with the University of Fribourg, the Programme for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Management was established.

In 2005, the iimt launched a second Executive Programme in Utility Management because of the upcoming liberalisation. Originally grounded in the market of liberalisation, the iimt has accumulated a broad and long experience in knowledge transfer for liberalised network-based markets. The Executive Programmes in ICT Management have been designed specifically for managers and specialists from the ICT industry or from related fields, and place strong emphasis on the fundamentals of management of ICT companies. The institute has a wide network of contacts in over 30 Universities and other renowned institutes in Switzerland and internationally.

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