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IE Business School Facts

  • IE students come from 80 different countries & cover 68 Nationalities
  • The majority of IE students are fluent in two languages upon completion of the MBA
  • IE offers support to their student entrepreneurs, helping them write their business plans
  • Of the 52 core IE MBA faculty, half are from outside Spain and represent 20 nationalities
  • Over the course of 13 months, IE MBA students will complete 500 practical case studies
  • There are 37,000 IE Alumni members working in more than 100 countries
  • Ranked 1st Business School in Europe by the Financial Times, 2012
  • The IE campus is in the centre of the capital city of Spain, Madrid
  • The Economist ranks IE 1st worldwide for their Distance Learning International EMBA
  • IE MBA is ranked 1st Worldwide by the Wall Street Journal

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Types of MBA at IE

International MBA Program (Full-Time, English &/or Spanish, 13 months)

IE Business School's top-ranked full-time International MBA is designed for professionals looking to consolidate their management experience. Students come from many different backgrounds, creating a truly international experience, and allowing you to build a truly global network of contacts.

  • Format: Full-time
  • Profile: Professional graduates with 5.2 years of experience (on average)
  • Length: 1 year (13 months)
  • Intakes: April and November
  • Languages of instruction: English and Spanish (Bilingual)*
  • Admissions Period: Rolling Admissions Process. No deadlines
  • Campus: Madrid
  • Optional bilingual opportunity by taking the Core Period in Spanish and the Elective period in English or vice versa.

Global Executive MBA (Blended, 13 months)

IE Business School's Global Executive MBA is designed for experienced executives looking to add new erspectives to their already vast management knowledge. The part-time blended format means you can earn a top-ranked executive MBA without putting your career on hold.

  • Format: Blended
  • Language: English
  • Intake: June and November
  • Duration: 13 Months
  • Location: Madrid, Shanghai, Providence, São Paulo and Online

Global MBA+ (12-15 months, English or Spanish, Various formats)

IE Business School’s Global MBA+ provides you with a host of personalization options. Students can choose from a range of formats, the language of study, as well as a specific area in which to specialize. IE’s Global MBA+ is a ground-breaking step towards a fully customizable MBA.

  • Format: Blended, face-to-face (part time) or a combination that suits you
  • Profile: Graduates with an average of 4.5 years of experience and an average age of 29, who have passed the IE admissions tests - ieGAT (or equivalent: GMAT or GRE)
  • Language: English, Spanish or Bilingual
  • Personalization: 8 specialized Modules to choose from
  • Duration: From 13 to 17 months, depending on the format and Module chosen
  • Application deadline: Rolling admissions process. No closing date

Executive MBA+ (12-16 months, English or Spanish, Various formats)

IE Business School’s Executive MBA+ is a new concept in Executive MBAs providing you with a host of personalization options. You can elect from a range of study formats as well as a variety of specialized areas on which to focus your studies, in addition to a choice of language of study.

  • Format: Blended, face-to-face (part time) or a combination that suits you best
  • Profile: Professionals with an average of 10 years experience, an average age of 35, and a minimum of 3 years experience in positions of responsibility
  • Language: English, Spanish or Bilingual
  • Personalization: 8 specialized Modules to choose from
  • Total program duration: From 11 to 17 months, depending on the format and Module chosen.
  • Application deadline: Rolling admissions process. No closing date

IE Brown Executive MBA (15 months English, Blended)

The IE Brown Executive MBA is a top-ranked part-time blended MBA that combines IE Business School's expertise in practice‐oriented management education with Brown University's excellence in the humanities, social sciences, engineering and life sciences.

Basic admissions criteria:

  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent (this requirement may be waived in some cases).
  • On average, 10 years’ work experience and a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in a management position.

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IE is one of the world's top higher education institutions. A pioneer in business education, IE Business School trains tomorrow’s business leaders, shaping them with an innovative approach and acting as a catalyst for the creation of new businesses. IE is located in Madrid, a global and vibrant city. With more than 90 nationalities represented on campus at any given time, the IE Experience is a truly international one.


IE Business School's MBA programs (International MBA, Global MBA+, Executive MBA+, Global Executive MBA and IE Brown Executive MBA) have been met with worldwide acclaim, featuring highly in the FT, Economist, and Business Week business school rankings, and cementing IE's reputation as a global leader in business education. Catering to the real needs of the corporate world, IE Business School offers a number of formats (full-time, part-time, and Blended learning, which combines face-to-face periods with online interactive learning) to ensure utmost flexibility in its programs.

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Application Essay Questions

Work Experience Section

  • Please draw an organizational chart on a separate sheet indicating what position you hold in the company (start from the chairman down to the individuals reporting to you).
  • Please describe your job, stating your responsibilities and tasks. State the position of the person you report to.
  • Are you responsible for achieving objectives? Please state their nature.

Essay Questions

  1. What is your motivation for you to study a Master degree? Describe how you believe a Master degree fits with your future career objectives.
  2. What are your reasons for applying to IE ?
  3. Have you applied to any other schools? If so, please state which ones.
  4. What contribution could you make to a highly dynamic and interactive program?
  5. Which of your personal characteristics could be considered valuable for teamwork?
  6. Which of your personal characteristics would you like to improve through the program?
  7. What, in your opinion, have been your most important achievements?
  8. Please indicate other extra-curricular activities, internships or voluntary work relevant for Admissions.
  9. What are your aspirations a) Personal b) Professional c) Financial

Application Deadlines

There are April and November intakes.

"IE Business School operates on a ROLLING ADMISSIONS PROCESS. As such, there is NO EXPLICIT DEADLINE for applications for a particular intake. However, given the limited number of places in the program and the diverse student body, we recommend that you initiate the application process as far in advance as possible, roughly one year in advance of the desired program intake. This is especially important if you plan on applying for a scholarship as only accepted students may apply for a scholarship."

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