Structure and Calendar

To make it easier to fit in with your professional and personal life, IESE offers the Global Executive MBA program in a modular format. It is divided into modules and comprises a mix of on and off-campus learning to minimize time out of the office.

Format at a glance

The bimonthly format offers you the flexibility you need while time between modules allows you to absorb and apply what you have learned. Global Campus, IESE’s proprietary distance-learning platform, keeps you connected with your classmates and professors between residential sessions in order to reduce work disruption and build a supportive community.

One Class, Two Tracks

The Global Executive MBA is a one class, two track program. Participants can choose to begin their program with an emphasis on either Europe or the Americas. As the program progresses the two tracks fully integrate, further enhancing the diversity of the class. For more information on the track structure download the Program Brochure on the right hand side of this page.


Participants are expected to be fully dedicated during the residential sessions and devote an average of 15-20 hours/week between them.

Bimonthly Structure
Core Program: Five 2-week sessions and one 1-week session
Elective Modules: Two 1-week sessions
Final Week: One 1-week session and graduation 
Total of 14 weeks over 16 months
Workload between residential sessions around 20 hours per week
Starts February 2017. Ends May 2018

A Module Consists of 3 parts:

  • Pre-Residential: Preparation time. The Pre-Module gives you the time to grasp fundamental business principles before you attend residential sessions.

Depending on your background, your various skill levels may differ from those of other participants. This period gives you time to learn (or refresh) fundamental concepts.

  • Residential: Classroom learning and teamwork. These sessions are made up of teamwork, case study discussions, lectures and workshops. The experience is enhanced by company visits, guest speakers and networking events.

Analysis and discussions of real-world case studies, interactive team activities, lectures and workshops bring everyone face to face during residential modules.

  • Post-Residential: Real-world application and home-based work. In between residential modules, you get the chance to apply what you have learned at your place of work. You can connect with each other online to analyze cases, engage in discussions with professors and collaborate on projects.

Exams are also part of this segment

Licinia Melilla
Marketing and Admissions Manager

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