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02. International MBA
IE Business School
The Pre-program

Taking place in the weeks preceding the MBA, the pre-program allows you to polish your quantitative skills before beginning the International MBA core. The pre-program’s online format allows you to prepare for the course without having to relocate until classes begin in November.

The MBA Program

The International MBA is divided into five teaching periods during which the subject matter becomes progressively more detailed and challenging. The program is taught exclusively in English although you may choose to take elective courses in Spanish during the third period should you wish to capitalize on the unique opportunity presented by pursuing an MBA in Madrid. Intensive Spanish language courses are available as an extra curricular activity from September through to May in order to prepare the Spanish novice for these electives should you wish to take them.

The first period aims to converge the skills of students from different academic backgrounds and equip you with the tools you will use throughout the program. This period also includes an introduction to entrepreneurial studies - a cornerstone of IE’s approach to business education.

The second period analyses ‘basic areas’: the foundations on which business activity rests. You will analyze the most advanced management techniques of modern business.
In this period, your ‘soft skills’ will continue to be developed upon through workshops on coaching, feedback and training, strategic communication, and networking as part of the ACCELERATE program. Feedback, peer- and self-assessment are essential for continuous personal and professional development, and ACCELERATE refines your capacity for observation, analysis, and active listening to become a more effective coach and leader.

Period three focuses on the implementation of actions and strategies in organizations from a global perspective, placing particular emphasis on the changes resulting from rapidly advancing information and communication technologies. Classes move into the ‘advanced areas’ of management as you study value creation from strategic sourcing all the way to customer acquisition and retention. The ACCELERATE program continues with a focus on powerful presentations and persuasive public speaking.

Concluding the MBA core, the fourth period helps you to develop a global vision of management, looking at the world through the eyes of general managers – internally with a focus on effective organization and change management, and externally by considering the role of business in society. In this period, you will also refine your negotiation skills – particularly in challenging cross-cultural settings – through a dedicated module on negotiation techniques.

After the summer holidays begins the fifth and final period. In this elective period, you will round up your academic experience by deepening your knowledge of particular areas or sampling from a broad selection of cutting-edge electives. With a choice of more than sixty electives you can freely mix courses in English and Spanish, turning your MBA into a fully bilingual program should you wish to and take advantage of IE’s unique location by gaining a command of the world’s second most important business language: Spanish. Should you prefer, you may continue your studies entirely in English. Regardless of the language, this period of specialization permits you to immerse yourself in the most innovative trends in all functional areas and a wide range of sectors.

Apart from the electives there are additional ways of personalizing the academic part of your MBA experience in the fifth period: you may participate in the IE Venture Lab to channel your entrepreneurial energy developing an independent, corporate, family, or social venture. The International MBA program also offers exchange programs, where you undertake part of your studies at partner institutions around the world including Tuck, Tufts, ESSEC, NUS, and IIM, to name but a few.

The International MBA currently offers two dual degree programs either in international affairs at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, or in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at either the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics in Cambridge, Massachusetts or at the MIT- Zaragoza Logistics Center in Zaragoza, Spain. These programs enable you to obtain two advanced degrees from leading institutions in less time than would be required if each were pursued separately.

The International MBA at IE offers you something more than the average MBA program. You will receive a second-to-none business education complimented by the cultural experience of studying at an international school, with a truly international student body, all against the backdrop of Spain’s capital city. The International MBA at IE affords you the opportunities, inspiration, and experience necessary for international professional success.

International MBA
Graduation Taught language
MBA English
Course options
Full time
Requirements / Application

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • At least three years of work experience
  • Application form + 2 letters of recommendation + 2 essays
  • GMAT (average: 680) or IE Admission Test
  • Personal Interview
  • Certificate of proficiency in the English language (where applicable), eg: TOEFL (minimum: 250).

  • Application Process

    1. Application Form
    The application form provides the Admissions Committee with fundamental information when it comes to evaluating each candidature. It is therefore essential that this provide detailed information on relevant academic and professional achievements, together with concerns, aspirations and motivations that could play a role in your admission.
    The application form is available online.

    2. GMAT or IE Admissions Test
    We require a valid GMAT or IE Admissions Test score.

    3. Interview
    Having evaluated the application form and additional documentation, the Admissions Committee may invite you to attend an interview.
    The interview has a dual purpose: first, to examine in greater detail the data provided in the application on academic and professional background and motivation, and second, to ascertain that your profile will stand you in good stead for the structure and demands of the program.

    4. The Admissions Committee’s Decision
    Following the interview, your application will be subject to a final analysis by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will evaluate all aspects of your candidature as a whole and will subsequently communicate its decision in writing to you.
    Program Emphasis
    IE’s objective is to train leaders in the fields of entrepreneurship, business management and corporate counsel - leaders who create collective value by instigating competitive business projects without losing sight of their responsibilities and commitments to their environment.

    IE seeks to turn all of its students into entrepreneurs, equipping you with wide-ranging vision, and train them in the most cutting-edge management techniques. You don't need to start a company to be an entrepreneur - entrepreneurship is a mindset! Entrepreneurs are innovative, they are not afraid of challenges, they see the world with different eyes, and they are constantly a step ahead of the pack. IE is ideally positioned to instill and foster an entrepreneurial spirit, founded by a group of entrepreneurs more than thirty years ago, we believe that entrepreneurship is a motor for innovation, growth, the creation of wealth, and - most importantly - the improvement of social well-being.
    Tuition / Fees
    48,000€ plus 1,100€.
    Important Dates
    IE operates a rolling admissions process. We therefore do not have any deadlines for receiving applications. However, we recommend that you apply up to a year in advance in order to guarantee yourself a place on the intake of your choice.
    Duration of study
    The International MBA lasts 13 months.
    MBA, graduate
    Admissions Department
    + 34 91 568 96 10
    + 34 91 568 97 10
    María de Molina, 11, 13, 15
    28006 Madrid
    International MBA students come from a variety of backgrounds and are expected to have a good Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

    Average Age 29
    Age range 23 - 33

    Average work experience 5 years

    Male : female ratio 3 : 1
    EU / Europe 25%
    Non EU / Europe 10%
    North America 10%
    Other America 34%
    Asia & Australasia 7%
    Africa & Middle East 2%
    % international students 88%

    Partner Universitie

    Tuck School, Dartmouth College
    The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
    MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Wharton, University of Pennsylvania
    Fudan University.
    And many others.

    Recruiter's Guide

    A large number of businesses, consulting firms and headhunters look to IE Business School year after year in their search for top professionals, attracted by the quality of our students and alumni. The Careers Management Center handles 3,500 job offers each year as well as organizing many activities designed to further increase the career prospects of IE graduates, and aid companies in their recruiting efforts.

    The mission of the IE Careers Management Center is to equip you with the full set of skills needed to successfully manage your post-MBA career, and to foster contact between corporate recruiters and the IE community.

    All this gets done through individual career planning, market research and networking.

    As an alumni living out of Spain, you will be able to access all these careers services online through an interactive password-protected web page. A virtual library is also available, providing access to a large number of electronic resources.

    From the moment you start your master program you will have access to the Careers Management Center website. Here you will find all the information you need on the different activities designed to help you find a position and/or improve your current work situation. We also provide additional focused information related to your search for work.

    The Careers Management Center organizes the Annual International Job Fair, one of the largest of its kind.

    In addition, the Careers Management Center offers students the opportunity to participate in employment fairs and field trips to leading firms, keeping students informed on the different employment fairs that take place around the world, and helping to organize trips to attend this type of event in groups or individually whether they be local or abroad.

    The Careers Management Center also organizes presentations by leading firms, aimed at catering for the needs of both students and recruiters. Thus allowing students and firms to establish professional relationships that actively promote mutual knowledge and understanding, and the initiation of a selection process.
    Financial Aid
    There are many scholarships available to students studying at IE as well as other financial aid options, for more information please consult IE’s website.
    Career perspective
    IE Business School's graduates are in great demand by some of the world's strongest multinationals, cutting edge start-ups, consulting firms, and financial institutions as well as many NGOs and not-for-profit organizations.
    Over the past three decades, many of IE Business School's graduates have gone on to assume top positions in some of the world's most important corporations while others have established new enterprises, opened new markets, and generated collective wealth in their communities.
    We help train you to fully exploit the skills learned to rise to the challenges you will face in the labor market. We will also provide you with the information you require on the different professional options open to you on completion of your International MBA program at IE Business School.
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