4. IE Business School

4. IE Business School

Maria de Molina, 11
Madrid, Spain, 28006 
Admissions: +34 91 568 96 00
Email: admissions@ie.edu
Website: http://www.imba.ie.edu
Apply: http://imba.ie.edu/admissions_requirements.php

Few schools offer as many Executive MBA options as Spain’s IE Business School. Just consider these:

-The Global MBA+ and Executive MBA+,fully customizable MBA programs  with an additional specialization module, that are compatible with professional and personal commitments and can be followed from any place in the world.

– The Global Executive MBA, is a program for executives with more than 10 years of experience that follows our Blended learning  methodology, combining online periods and face-to-face periods in Spain, USA, Brazil and Singapore.

-The IE Brown Executive MBA, a program taught in connection with Brown University, which combines management with liberal arts, and combines online periods with face-to-face periods in Spain, USA, and South Africa.

Let’s first deal with the basic classes in English. There are two options here, ranging from a 13-month program to a 16-month program costing about $98,906. Unlike many of its highly ranked rivals, these are blended programs with residential sessions and online learning. The average age for the English blended program is about 36, with 12 years of work experience.

Latest Up-to-Date Executive MBA Rankings:

2014 Poets&Quants: 4
2013 BusinessWeek: 7
2014 U.S. News & World Report: NR
2013 The Economist: 2
2013 Financial Times: 15

Rankings Analysis: IE shot up ten places in the the Poets&Quants’ 2014 ranking of the world’s best Executive MBA programs to finish in fourth place. Much of the rise was due to a change in our methodology. We dumped The Wall Street Journal’s 2010 ranking, now four years old and outdated, and replaced it with the debut 2013 assessment of EMBA programs by The Economist. The British magazine’s very high No. 2 ranking for IE helped it greatly in our composite ranking.

  • Jim

    I just completed the IE Executive MBA and I am constantly shocked to see it ranked highly. The professors and academics are abysmal. It is an easy way to buy a degree without effort or learning.

  • BryanJensen

    My year at IE in blended executive has been exhilarating and almost too demanding. Not only have I felt they have high quality teachers on staff, but since my program was blended we’ve had teachers drawn from some of the top global schools (Harvard, MIT, NYU, LSE). As well teachers with practical experience of top multinationals. I feel like they’ve done well to deliver us an experience to stretch us to new directions and current best practices in my field (integrated marcomm).

    • JohnAByrne


      Thanks very much for weighing in. Would you mind telling us what you believed most impressed you about the program and what you would change about it?
      Thanks very much.


      • BryanJensen

        Most impressed:
        • High expectations, but human: They have expected a lot but have nurtured a supportive family-like camaraderie with admin, staff, teachers and students. Willing to be flexible with deadlines.
        • Quality, diverse colleagues: have learned a lot from my international colleagues of whom most are very high caliber.
        • Receptive program head: who seems genuinely open to our feedback.
        • Every-day business application focused (barring a couple high-theory profs). Case-based teaching mostly a better thing, I think.
        • Blended program: actually quite nice—learned far more and made tighter relationships than I thought this format could deliver. Helps IE bring in a lot of diverse quality teachers, too.
        • Madrid: I love the city. So livable for its size.

        What to change:
        • Life stress: A friend (IE-Brown program) warned me but it didn’t sink in till lived. I’m torn between being impressed with high expectations and the reality that is very hard to juggle and perform at top simultaneously with professional demands.
        • Up/down dependability of some colleagues: a minority, (for reasons of will, skill, or professional demands), have been hard to count on in team projects and for high quality contributions in the online studies.
        • Videoconferences: this part (barring a few innovators) has been the weakest part of online teaching facet. Forums are much better—though not possible to manage well along with readings in the daily time demand they forecasted for us.
        • Working teachers: profs who are solely or largely dedicated to the academic process (though with quality brand companies in their background) have tended to be better (more available and skilled in pedagogy) than those who are juggling high demand careers at such companies while also teaching (though they know their stuff).
        • Sometimes could treat profs better: The current state of adjunct profs is very business savvy, but sometimes their independence translates into less-than-timely availability (since they’re teaching in several places simultaneously).
        • Career services: Okay but could be a little better.

        • JohnAByrne

          Thanks for that candid description of the program. Really appreciate it. Good luck to you!

          • BryanJensen

            You’re welcome, John. Thanks for the work you do.

      • mm

        There should be something wrong wuth this mba because i see that there are many applicants from my country and they are mostly accepted. I know some of them from my university, and they are not so brilliant or i have not seen them so stressed because of the gmat or toefl…apparently it is easy to get in that mba. It is not the same like insead, imd, judge, oxford, etc all of them 1 year program but apparently much more difficult to be accepted..