Admission Process

IESE's Global Executive MBA is a selective program that seeks first-rate participants from different professional and cultural backgrounds. Applications for places on the program are studied in the order in which they are received. Bearing in mind that the number of places is limited, you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible.

Nonetheless, we encourage you to contact us before doing so. We will assign you an “admission mentor”, who will analyze your CV in the early stages of the information gathering process and help you determine whether the program is right for you.

Successful applicants may postpone their participation in the program for a year as of the date on which it is next due to begin.

Requirements for applicants

  • At least ten years' professional experience, including significant managerial experience.
  • Strong career progression.
  • A university degree or an equivalent qualification.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Proven ambition.
  • The commitment needed for a rigorous academic program.

Requirements for applications

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Two letters of reference. Referees are encouraged to use the online reference form available via the Embark application. One of your letters of reference should be from your current immediate supervisor. The other may be from a past or present employer, a customer, etc.
  • University transcripts. You must submit your original transcript from each institution that has awarded you an academic qualification. Each transcript must show the program of studies you followed, your results and the qualification you obtained. Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • A letter of support from your company, stating that your employer is aware of the commitment you would be making in terms of the time and travel the program entails.
  • A clear copy of your current passport.
  • A digital photograph of yourself.
  • GMAT: depending on your profile and CV, the admissions committee may ask you to perform a Graduate Management Admission Test. You may be exempt from doing so if you have ten or more years' experience, depending on your academic and professional background. Requests for exemption will be strictly appraised, on an individual basis, by the admissions committee.
  • English language test: compulsory for applicants who are not native speakers of English, unless they can show that they have worked in an English-speaking country for at least two years.

You will be required to make a non-refundable deposit of US$130 when you submit your online application form.

Pre-admissions committee

Should your mentor wish to confirm your suitability for the program, they may call a pre-admissions committee meeting to study your application.

If that is the case, a meeting involving at least three committee members will take place. Any such meeting will always include the academic director, the executive director and your mentor.

The pre-admissions committee's decisions will be based on the same criteria as the admissions committee applies (see below).

If the pre-admissions committee's decision is positive, your mentor will encourage you to proceed with your application. If the decision reached is negative, however, your mentor will ask you to withdraw from the process until you meet the necessary criteria.

Admissions interview

Once you have submitted your application, along with all the documentation requested (see above), your mentor will arrange for you to have an interview with another member of the admissions committee.

Admissions committee

Admissions committee meetings take place on the basis of the number of applications to be dealt with.

The admissions committee comprises at least four members, always including the academic director, the executive director, an applicant's mentor and the person who conducted their admissions interview.

Each committee member dealing with your application will have studied it and the report on your interview beforehand.

The criteria for admission to the program are as follows:

  • Academic merit.
  • Your team leadership and business management experience.
  • Your professional and personal achievements.
  • Your impact on your company and society.
  • Your interpersonal and public communication skills in English.
  • Your analytical skills (numerical and logical alike).
  • Your goals and reasons for applying for a place on the program.
  • Your availability to follow the program, and your ability to pay the enrolment fees and cover your living expenses.

After studying your application, the committee will either offer you a place on the program or turn down your request, in writing, within a week of your admissions interview.

Licinia Melilla
Marketing and Admissions Manager