IESE Business School

IESE Business School Spain
In 1957 the first steps were taken towards the creation of IESE, which was founded in 1958 in Barcelona as the graduate business school of the University of Navarra. Initially, the school offered an array of executive education programs for managers, at a time when the concept of executive education was scarcely known outside of the United States. The establishment of these programs, aimed mainly at experienced business leaders, constituted a landmark in the history of executive education in Europe. Since then, more than 32,000 people have taken part in such programs.

Europe's First Two-Year MBA

The school launched its MBA program in 1964, under the guidance of an advisory committee set up by Harvard Business School and IESE. It became the first two-year MBA program in Europe, drawing students from all over the world. The Harvard-IESE Committee continues to meet annually to discuss matters of mutual interest and relevance.

Courses Offered

a) The International Bi-lingual MBA

The IESE MBA program takes an integrated, multidisciplinary and practical approach to business issues featuring group work in multinational teams and class-room sessions centered on case discussions and lectures.  Ethics, entrepreneurship, e-business and communications skills receive marked emphasis. With students from over 55 countries, the program is highly international in character and content. 

  • Length of program: 19 months (September-June; October-June)
  • Number of students: 430 (average 215 intake per year)
  • Applications to places: 7:1
  • Average age upon entering: 27
  • Average years of work experience: 4,2
  • Students from abroad: 80% (56+ countries represented)
  • Female students: 28%
  • Student-Teacher ratio: 4:1
  • Average GMAT score: 673
  • Program Highlights: Bi-lingual, exchange program, corporate internship

b) The Global Executive MBA

In June 2001, IESE launched its Global Executive MBA.  Offered in seven, 2-week modules over 16 months, the Global Executive MBA deals with globalization and e-business issues in a general management context, as well as teaching the management of people for success in today’s economy. Five of the seven modules take place at IESE in Spain, (Barcelona & Madrid), one module in Shanghai at the China Europe International Business School, and another in Silicon Valley in co-operation with leading high-tech companies.The program offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the dynamic and distinctly different business cultures of Asia, Europe and the United States.

In September 2008 IESE launched a new monthly format to its Global Executive MBA. Imparted in six modules of 3 months each, participants only have to leave the office for one week every month for greater flexibility. This format lasts 22 months and is based in Barcelona, Madrid, Hyderabad (India) and New York. When not meeting in-session, participants are linked virtually to the school and each other through a state-of-the-art technology platform.  Participants share ideas and interact with faculty and classmates in an interconnected global community through live chats, on-line case discussions, asynchronous bulletin boards and the latest video-conferencing techniques.  

Participants have on average 12 years of professional experience and hold responsible positions with major corporations and new business ventures around the world.

  • Countries represented: 27
  • Participants from abroad: 88 %
  • Average age:38
  • Average years of work experience:12 (7 at management level)

Some companies represented: American Express, Apple Computer, Accenture, AUDI, BASF, EADS, Johnson & Johnson, Mattel Europe, Nokia, Volkswagen, Porsche.

c) Executive MBA

The EMBA is a part-time program with a clear international focus, offered at IESE's Madrid and Barcelona campus.more than 25 years ago, IESE created an Executive MBA program to meet the needs of working executives. IESE has an extensive network of alumni who hold high-level positions in Spain and around the world.

The Executive MBA at IESE is internationally-focused and bilingual (Spanish-English). Course material is provided in both languages and two program formats are offered to accommodate our students' personal and professional differences: weekly and bi-weekly. The program is offered in the IESE campus in Madrid (weekly and bi-weekly format) and in Barcelona (weekly). The last intensive week will be held at the China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

IESE Quick Facts

  • IESE MBA was ranked #1 in Europe (The Economist -UK, 2009)

  • Bilingual program: Spanish and English.
  • Intensive use of case method.
  • International week at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai (China).
  • Team work: Students from each year are divided into heterogeneous teams comprised of students with differing experiences and professional backgrounds.
  • IESE's Global campus is a technological platform of e-learning complimented by classroom education.

IESE has campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, a center in New York City and offices in Munich and Sao Paulo. IESE offers programs on four continents, in countries including Spain, Germany, Brazil, China, the United States, India, Kenya and Poland.

IESE Business School

2020 MBA Research Guide - Choose your MBA

"I attended three MBA Tours in US and Canada. I could just scratch the surface compared to what the guide has included. Thank you guys for the amazing book"

F1GMAT's Comprehensive MBA Research Guide will teach you how to select MBA programs through a bottom-up approach. 

Articulating your Post-MBA Goals and Career Path is the FIRST step. Which program will give you that hike in Salary, Switch in Career, Change in Location or Job Satisfaction?

We cover them all through our extensive analysis. 

Pages: 506

+ How to Choose the Best MBA Program: Factors to Consider
Define Post-MBA Goals
Pick your Path: Generalize or Specialize
Use Moral Algebra Method 
Use Multi-Attribute Utility Theory
Understand the Top 5 Risks
Measure MBA Career Service Team's Effectiveness
Use Bookending to Calculate MBA Admission Chance
Use Net Present Value to Calculate MBA Return on Investment
Don't Fall for the Mere Exposure Effect
Best Practices to find the truth in MBA Information Session or MBA Tour

Comprehensive MBA Research Guide:
Top MBA Programs by 19 Specializations:
+ General Management
+ Finance
+ Consulting
+ Marketing
+ Strategy
+ Operations Management
+ Supply Chain Management
+ Luxury Management
+ Information Systems
+ Hospitality Management
+ Accounting
+ Energy
+ Non-Profit
+ Wine
+ Sports
+ Sustainability
+ Leadership Development
+ Military &
+ International

+ Top MBA Program Ranking
Top 20 MBA Programs - Tuition Fee  
Top 31 MBA Programs in United States – Total Cost & Salary

Top 60 MBA – GMAT and GPA (Average & Median)
Top 20 European MBA Programs - Tuition Fee, Total Cost & Salary    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Based on Actual Salary Increase)    
Top 20 European MBA Programs (Short-term return on investment)    
Top 20 Affordable European MBA Programs    
Top 10 MBA in UK – Salary & Fee   
Top MBA Destinations Based on Happiness Index    
Top MBA Destinations based on Innovation Index    
Top 10 MBA Job Markets based on Cost of living and Purchasing Power    
Top MBA Destination: By Economy    

+Comparisons - Top MBA Programs
Wharton vs. Columbia MBA
MIT vs. Stanford MBA  
Haas vs. Ross MBA    

Kellogg vs Ross MBA    
Booth vs Wharton MBA    
MIT Sloan vs Tuck MBA    

IIMA vs. ISB   

Harvard vs. Stanford MBA

+ MBA in France (2018)
Top Industries in France   
Top MBA Programs in France  

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in France
External Funding 

+ MBA in the UK (2018)
Top Industries in the UK   
Top MBA Programs in the UK

  Class Profile   
  Post-MBA Salary

Scholarships in the UK
External Funding 

New Visa Rules: Post-Brexit

+ Germany: Industry Trends, Post MBA Jobs and Salaries (2020) (NEW!)
  • Manufacturing  
  • IoT and IIOT   
  • Technology   
  • FinTech   
  • Management Consulting   
  • Post-MBA industries (German Top Schools)   

Download F1GMAT's MBA Research Guide (2020)

Navigate F1GMAT

F1GMAT Services (MBA Applicants) 

F1GMAT's Books

MBA Salary(Latest Salary Data)
MBA Admission Interview Tips



MBA Application Essays

MBA Recommendation Letter

GMAT Tutorials

GMAT Question Bank

Top MBA Programs

Get F1GMAT's Newsletters (Best in the Industry)
Included in the Newsletter:

  • Ranking Analysis
  • Post-MBA Salary Trends
  • Post-MBA Job Function & Industry Analysis
  • Post-MBA City Review
  • MBA Application Essay Tips
  • School Specific Essay Tips
  • GMAT Preparation Tips
  • MBA Admission Interview Tips
  • School Specific Interview Tips
  • Funding Guidance and
  • Special Consultation Service (only for Subscribers)

Subscribe to F1GMAT's Newsletter