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Executive MBA (Global) – 2 degrees, 3 continents, 14 months

The Executive MBA is the product of a powerful partnership between two prestigious Business Schools: The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and the WU Executive Academy of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and will start annually in spring.

Participants of the program receive two MBA degrees, an American and a European. The program belongs to the elite circle of MBA programs to be four-times accredited (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA) and is top-listed in international rankings:
• Financial Times Ranking (2011): # 38 worldwide
o Work experience of participants: # 6 worldwide
o International students: # 16 worldwide
o Career progress: # 20 worldwide
• Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung MBA Ranking (2005): # 1 Alumni satisfaction in the German-speaking countries
• Handelsblatt MBA Ranking (2006): Among the Top 50 MBAs worldwide

The WU Executive MBA program focuses on general management and leadership issues and taught in English. Emphasis is placed on the impact of globalization, the development of appropriate corporate strategies, the management of change processes and the acquisition of solid financial management skills.

During 14 months and only 40 working days off-the job, participants work on three continents and earn degrees from two leading business schools in America and Europe. Ten four-day modules are taught in Vienna and are accompanied by two-week pre and post module distance learning phases. The program also includes three international residencies to Eastern Europe (St. Petersburg, Russia), Asia (Guangzhou, China & Bangalore, India) and America (New York & Minneapolis, U.S.A.).

The didactic design, consisting of pre-, core- and post-module work, ensures an efficient transfer of knowledge while participants develop their professional career. The pedagogical approaches are diverse, ranging from interactive case studies to business simulations and formal presentations.

A particular highlight of the program is the virtual team project. Here, participants develop business plans with other Executive MBA students from Warsaw (Poland), Guangzhou (China) and Minneapolis (USA). All teams gather to present their results at the end of the program in Minneapolis.

10 Good Reasons for Choosing this MBA

Triple Crown Accreditation
The WU Executive Academy’s Executive MBA belongs to the elite circle of MBA programs to be triple accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).

Dual Degree
The Executive MBA combines the resources and knowledge of two leading business schools worldwide: the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). Participants in the program benefit from this powerful partnership as they earn two degrees from both schools.

World-Class Faculty
Our instructors consist of both international faculty and top executives. Besides WU Vienna and the Carlson School, in recent years professors from the University of South Carolina (U.S.A.), the Indian Institute of Management (India), the St. Petersburg State University (Russia), the Lignan University (China) and Simon Fraser University (Canada) provided the latest scientifically-based knowledge and in-depth views of state-of-the-art application of management models.

Truly International Program
The exclusive program setting, with cross-cultural teams, top faculty and international residencies, reflects the reality of doing business today.

International Residencies on 3 Continents
In the course of the 3 residencies in 4 countries (Russia, India, China, U.S.A.) and 3 continents, participants gain in-depth knowledge of business theory and practice in emerging and mature markets. Numerous company visits give the participants the unique opportunity to gain insider information on local management strategies.

Worldwide Alumni Network
As an Executive MBA graduate, you become part of the two vast alumni networks of the WU Executive Academy and the Carlson School. Cross-cultural business relationships give alumni and their companies access to an extended global network and a set of exclusive alumni services.

Outstanding Peer Group
The diversity of the carefully selected participants, with their varied backgrounds and perspectives, contributes so much of the richness and quality to our open-enrolment programs. Working with like-minded international colleagues to generate new ideas, reflect on one’s current work and exchange insights adds immeasurable value to the program.

Flexible Format
The specific structure of our MBA programs is designed to suit the personal needs of hard-working executives. Therefore, the modular structure allows managers to participate in a world-class MBA program while developing their individual careers.

Excellent Value for Employers
The value of recruiting and retaining top talent is key for truly forward-thinking companies. Supporting their managers in pursuing an MBA at the WU Executive Academy is rewarded by highly motivated talent who bring the full force of their knowledge and abilities to bear on behalf of the employer’s goals for the future.

State-of-the-Art Technology
On our programs, participants benefit from state-of-the-art, technology-based learning methods. MBA participants have access to “Learn@WU”, one of the leading e-learning platforms with more than 45,000 e-learning materials and over 32,000 users.
Graduation Taught language
Executive Education English
Course options
Part time
Requirements / Application
- First university degree equivalent to bachelor
- Minimum of 5 years work experience
- Fluency in English
- 2 Letters of recommendation
- Application documents
- Interview with the academic director
Program Emphasis
The Vienna Executive MBA Program builds a deep understanding of major functional areas, while emphasizing the skills and abilities needed to recognize and adapt to emerging trends and to leverage new and changing technologies. Most importantly, the Program prepares managers and senior professionals to become more effective leaders in the complex business environment.
Tuition / Fees
€ 42,000 (total)
Important Dates
Our program starts annually in April.

Application period: September - February
Duration of study
14 months
Executive MBA, graduate
Sabine Prillmann
WU Executive Academy
+43 1 313 36 4327
+43 1 313 36 790
Nordbergstraße 15
1090 Vienna
Diversity of students is critical to the success of our program. This is true regarding country of origin and residence, companies, education, age, work experience, and much more.

Average Age: 38 years
Age range: 28–48 years
Average work experience: 10 years and more
Percentage foreign students: 50 %
Percentage woman students: 30 %

Note: Figures include all cohorts of the Vienna Executive MBA to date. Statistics and graphics refer to the date when the participants entered the program.
Financial Aid
We offer assistance on long term loans and provide bank contacts. Full details are available at financing.
Career perspective
The complimentary strengths of the WU Wien/Carlson School partnership make the Vienna Executive MBA Program an outstanding opportunity to prepare managers for a leadership role in the global economy of the 21st Century.
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