Esade Business School

Interview with Esade MBA Admissions DirectorIn the second part of the interview, Cristina shares how the ESADE MBA Admissions team choose the ideal candidate.

How do you choose an ESADE MBA candidate?

Admission process: Candidates submit their application, which is then reviewed by the MBA Admissions Committee

• The Committee makes a shortlist of candidates who are called to an Official Interview. This may be held on our Barcelona campus, in the candidate’s region of residence, or exceptionally via video conference.

• On the basis of the interview, the Committee reviews the full application again and reaches a final decision regarding his or her admission. From the moment the candidate submits his or her application materials (GMAT scores, English proficiency exams, etc.), the process lasts four to six weeks in all.

• Non-academic qualities

In addition to fulfillment of the application requirements, the Committee asks itself three key questions about MBA candidates:

i. Do they show potential for leadership? In other words,...

Interview with Esade MBA Admissions DirectorIn the first part of the interview with Cristina Sassot –ESADE’s MBA Admissions director, we find out the biggest misconception about ESADE Full-time MBA, the program length options, the curriculum structure and alternatives to specializations.

What is the biggest misconception about the ESADE full-time MBA program?

The ESADE full-time MBA is not a traditional MBA. Traditional MBAs prepare students to take existing leadership positions in large and well-established companies. Non-traditional MBAs, like The ESADE MBA, help students find ways to create new opportunities, in large-established companies, or entrepreneurial organizations.

How can you do that?

By challenging the status-quo and thinking beyond what exists, to create what might be. As an example, a number of our graduates have created the position of Director of Partnerships in companies such as Square and FormLabs, acknowledging the importance of working with others and thinking in ecosystems.
The structure of The ESADE MBA has also been transformed to reflect this mentality....

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ESADE MBA1. What is the biggest misconception about ESADE MBA programs?

Probably, that you have to speak Spanish to start an MBA at our school; you don’t need to have studied Spanish at all before arriving to ESADE. You take your classes in English but will learn Spanish throughout, so you’ll be fully able to speak it by the time you graduate.  Before class starts, we offer a summer crash course in Spanish for absolute beginners, just before Welcome Week.

2. Spain's Economy is 12th largest in the world. But from 2007 onwards, Spanish economy began to slow down. Has the state of the economy affected the job prospects for ESADE MBA Students?

We have been very lucky in that the economy has not affected the number of students looking to study MBAs. In such economic turmoil, the more academically prepared you are, the better, so an MBA is the string to your bow that you need to help you get ahead.  Our longstanding relationship with some of the biggest companies across a wide variety of sectors has meant that we are...

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Esade Business SchoolESADE is an independent nonprofit university institution, founded in 1958 in Barcelona by a group of entrepreneurs and Jesuit Society members.  Since 1995, it has formed part of the Ramon Llull University.

ESADE is one of the founding members of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS). ESADE is also a member of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), The Association of MBAs (AMBA), The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the Latin American Council of Business Schools (CLADEA) and numerous other academic and professional associations.


The Full Time programme can be completed in 12, 15 or 18 months, depending on the individual student’s needs.  Students are able to adapt the programme to tie in with other obligations and can change the course length once started.  There are two streams; English...

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