International Institute in Geneva

Prepare the students as new generation of managers who understand data and are fluent in data-driven decision making to solve real problems with Big Data in today’s digital world.

It is commonly accepted that data drives the 21st century. In today's world, everything is data-driven. Companies have more information about their business environment than ever before. And increasingly, they are recognizing the value of data to better understand the market and outpace competitors. In all sectors of the economy, companies urgently need analytics professionals to interpret this data and drive business transformation and growth. Business analytics, data analytics and decision making are nowadays closely related. Successful companies all over the world are looking for young talents to bring their ability to drive growth futher thanks to data.


Our Msc in Business Analytics and AI at the International Institute in Geneva is a practical program that echoes current data trends to train the next wave of data-savvy professionals.


Students have the opportunity to pursue a second degree at Boston University master’s degree program in an abbreviated time frame upon successful completion of the IIG’s master’s degree. Students will complete no less than 8 required courses to fulfill the requirements of the Boston University master’s degree.



  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September January
  • ECTS Credits

Key Benefits

  • Multi-disciplinary program blending technology and business
  • Good balance of theory and practice with case studies and hands on exercises with real data
  • Explore the latest technologies and practices in Big Data, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Learn one of the key skills employers are looking for the most, Cloud Computing, and add more value to your Masters by earning Amazon Web Services certificate  
  • Developed, advised and delivered by data analytics experts with industry and academic experience
  • Gaining insight into global businesses, their management and operations
  • Optional double degree with Boston University
  • Study tour to Silicon Valley 
  • Teaching on campus
Graduation Ceremony 2015

Program Details

In addition to business courses, the core curriculum in Business Analytics and IA trains young professionals to be future leading data scientists, analysts and top managers with courses in database fundamentals, data preparation, exploration, visualization techniques and communication/storytelling skills. The program also includes Artificial Intelligence/Machine learning methods for advanced analytics by using software technologies like SQL, Tableau, Python, and PowerBI, NumPy, Pandas, and KNIME.





IT and Data professionals with Cloud Computing skills are in high demand. Through our partnership with AWS Academy, we also deliver Cloud Computing content with a series of lab exercises that teach how to conduct Big Data analysis with practical, real-world examples. This will help our students to prepare to take an AWS Certification exam which is one of the most valuable certifications in the market and will open doors to a huge range of opportunities.  


The Master of Business Analytics and AI is composed of 10 courses taken over one year. 

Course Descriptions

Fall Credits
  • TEC 610 – Introduction to Big Data Analysis The digital revolution continues to transform the world and generates massive amounts of data in all areas of business, science, government, and social media. With more readily available data and the advancements in machine learning/AI, organizations in private and public sectors, governments and consultancy companies are seeking individuals, data scientists, who can explore/analyse/ visualize these data to derive insights, make better decisions and solve real company problems. This course is an introduction to the rest of the program, and it should be used to understand the “Big Picture”: fundamentals of database modelling and design, how to access, integrate, organize, prepare, and transform data for data analytics. Students will have the opportunity to practice data discovery, visualization and analytical techniques through case studies and hands-on exercises using some commercial applications/tools with real data.
  • ECO 610 – Global Economics & Development This course aims to examine the working of a national economy and the critical role that businesses play in it. It provides insights into the workings of economic policy and the issues discussed in current policy debates. It studies business cycles and the impact of policies on short-term fluctuations. It then turns to the longer term by examining economic growth and its drivers. It studies development and the strategies pursued by successful developing countries. It analyses the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to a better understanding of the need for multilateral and regional economic cooperation and national economic policies for sustainable development. The course provides an understanding of challenges confronting the global economic order, impacts of the trade and investment policies, the role of financial system and the regional market integration. 
  • TEC 645 – Programming for Data Analytics and AI The course introduces the most commonly used Python packages for data science. It also provides a tour of some of Python’s essential syntax and semantics, built-in data types and structures, function definitions, control flow statements, and other aspects of the language. The acquired knowledge of Python is applied to Text Mining, which is the process of examining large collections of text corpora to identify relationships, trends, or patterns. Text mining uses natural language processing techniques to transform unstructured information, normally found in text documents, into data suitable to drive machine learning algorithms. The course covers the fundamentals of text mining, the analysis of unstructured data, sentiment analysis, recommender systems, chatbots, and social networks. Along the way, students acquire hands-on experience using relevant Python packages and other software tools in real-world case studies.
  • MGT 657 – Logistics & Project Management This course provides a systematic overview of design, control and improvement of operations, projects, logistics and supply chain related management issues. It renders the rationale and practices of optimizing the global supply chain and leveraging it as a value-creating strategy to gain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The project management key success factors will be presented, examined, discussed, and applied by the students on concrete projects. In the meantime, it addresses issues related to sustainability, quality management, and the challenges of establishing trust and collaboration amongst operation partners.
  • RES 700 A – Introduction to Research This module is designed to provide students a solid understanding of the research process with a foundation in research methods and techniques. It will introduce students to how to identify research questions, develop hypotheses, design research, and collect and analyze data. Students will also be introduced to different research designs, such as qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches.
Spring Credits
  • TEC 650 – Artificial Intelligence and Applied Machine Learning The steady growth of artificial intelligence applications has radically penetrated human lives and business organizations. Companies have recognized relevant business opportunities deriving from AI adoption aimed at driving competitiveness, reengineering products or services, or rethinking business strategies. This course is intended to equip data practitioners with practical and theoretical tools for maximizing their impact in the business environment through advanced analytics. It covers organizational and operational challenges related to usage of machine learning in firms, and provides real case studies coming from Manufacturing and Retailing industries.
  • TEC 660 – Cloud Computing and Data Analytics Cloud Computing is a new model for enabling ubiquitous access to shared pools of resources over the Internet. This course is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing, and support. Moreover, the course includes activities, demonstrations, hands-on labs, digital videos, and knowledge checks. Students will learn how to analyze extremely large data sets, and to create visual representations of that data, using a case-study approach. By the end of this course, they will also be able to select and apply machine learning services to resolve business problems.
  • TEC 635 – Data Visualization & Storytelling We are living in an age of information overload. The vast amount of data we continuously generate can easily become a barrier to fast decision making instead of an enabler. By using effective exploration, visualization and storytelling techniques we can, instead, convert enormous data feeds into meaningful, clear and thorough visual stories that can enable the right business decision at the right time. This is why Data Visualization and Storytelling are among the vital skills that both business analysts and managers at all levels need to acquire to win in the current “Big Data” era.This course covers data exploration and visualization techniques, elements of cognitive and colour theory and provides a practical methodology to move from business questions to impactful visual stories using modern data visualization tools (Power BI). Students will practice their knowledge on real-world data through a number of business case studies.
  • MGT 630 – Turning Idea to Success Innovation can no longer be viewed as a sideshow. It is the way to do business and a key driver of sustainable growth. This module is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to turn innovative ideas into successful businesses. Students will learn the importance of innovation for businesses, different types of innovation, how to identify and evaluate potential business opportunities, develop effective business plans, understand the importance of customer validation in business planning and execute on those plans to achieve their goals. The module will cover key topics such as innovation, business development, and business plan development, with a focus on practical application.
  • RES 700 B – Research planning and preparation This module is designed to help students to plan and prepare their research projects(Capstone) by developing a clear, concise research proposal with problem statement, key research questions, research methodology, literature review, proposed outcomes. The research proposal forms the ‘gateway’ to the research (Capstone project) itself and the aim is to ensure that students are well planned to implement their Capstone projects.
Summer Credits
  • RES 700 C – Research Thesis / Capstone All graduate students at the IIG are entitled to complete a research thesis. Master’s thesis provides an opportunity for students to engage in high-level research focusing on an area of specialization within their program. In their thesis students apply the knowledge they have acquired in the Research Module (Introduction to Research Methodology RES 100A) while exploring the topic of their choice.

Distinguished Speakers

Paul Polman

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer Unilever Graduation ceremony

Pedro Simko

Pedro Simko

Director Publicis Europe
Graduation ceremony


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IIG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

An International Network

The International Institute in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MSc-BA

Your Career with your MSc-BA

Data science/analytics is now a critical skill for every manager in digital age. Such skill help individuals to pursue career as business intelligence consultant, marketing analyst, data solutions architect, business analyst, big data analytics, chief data officer, and other relevant positions.

Career services

Career services

The International Institute in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to learn how data analytics techniques are used as business intelligence to drive decision making and digital strategies;
  • Students will be able to learn techniques to effectively produce actionable reports and visualizations from data sets (structured/unstructured);
  • Students will be able to learn how to achieve advanced data analytics with AI/machine learning and big data;
  • Students will be able to learn how to develop a roadmap to implement data-driven digital transformation for creating value;



Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IIG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates only:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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