IE Business School

BusinessWeek, which ranks on the basis of graduate satisfaction and a reputation poll of EMBA directors, ranked IE’s mainstream International Executive MBA program fourth, up from sixth in 2009. The Financial Times ranks IE eighth in the world, down one spot from seventh in 2010. The Wall Street Journal, which last ranked EMBA programs in 2010, gave IE a 24th place showing.

Most surprisingly, however, no EMBA program did better in BW’s 2011 survey of graduate satisfaction where IE Business ranked ahead of every other school whose graduates were surveyed by BusinessWeek. As one Class of 2011 grad put it, “IE truly has a wonderful program. The negatives are the student support services that are lacking for such a world-class program. The professors and fellow students are of the highest caliber, which makes up for any challenges faced by support services. The program requires 40 hours of work per week, and if you want to understand what it is like to be a CEO, then IE’s Executive Program will give you the taste of what it is like.”

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions
Application Fee: $164
2012 Tuition & Fees: $73,760 for International Executive MBA program

Average Months of Work Experience: 132
GMAT Required: No.
Acceptance Rate: 57%

Enrollment: 336
International: 83%
Female: 17%
Mean Age: 37 for International Executive MBA program

Classes Meet: Alternate weekends with Internet sessions
Length of Program: 13 months

Students From These Sectors:

  • Consulting: 10%
  • Consumer Products: 4%
  • Financial Services: 19%
  • Government: 5%
  • Manufacturing: 13%
  • Media/Entertainment: 3%
  • Non-Profit: 6%
  • Petroleum/Energy: 16%
  • Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology/Health Care: 5%
  • Real Estate: 3%
  • Technology: 4%
  • Other: 12%