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IESE Business School Profile

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IESEThe University of Navarra’s IESE Business School offers students a truly international MBA experience. The main campus is centrally located in Barcelona, with ample access to the rest of Europe. Additional campuses and associated offices are located in New York, Madrid, Sao Paulo, and Munich.

IESE Business School Profile

For students interested in earning a bilingual MBA degree, IESE Business School offers an intensive pre-program crash course in Business Spanish, as well as regular courses in Business Spanish throughout the first year of the program.

Students who complete these courses as well as two second-year electives conducted in Spanish will receive a bilingual MBA degree.

The cornerstone of the IESE philosophy of leadership is that to be a strong leader, you must be able to lead people well. The school’s relatively small size makes for a warm, collegiate atmosphere where students are constantly challenged to improve themselves on both an individual and professional level.

The school’s strong alumni network and career placement records lend support to the notion that an IESE MBA is an excellent starting place for a truly global career. 

Curriculum Overview

As with most U.S. schools, the IESE MBA program is a two-year full time program. The school holds to the Case Method for most courses, offering students a chance to research and analyze prepared cases, debate their solutions within a team structure, and discuss and defend their positions with the professor and the full class.

The first year at IESE is spent almost entirely on core program requirements, as well as a capstone project in which students devise a useful solution to a problem faced by a real company, through their own research into the issue.

During their second year, students are able to choose from more than 70 different electives, as well as participate in an International Exchange Program or participate in one of IESE Business School’s Overseas Modules in New York City, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, or Nairobi. 

Important Dates & Application Deadlines

IESE Business School considers applications in four rounds. Deadlines have not yet been announced for 2016 entry, but they will likely fall in early October 2015, and January, March, and May 2016. 

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Tuition Cost

The tuition fee for the IESE Business School full-time MBA program is €71,000, plus a program support fee of €3,200 and a mandatory health insurance fee of €800.

IESE does not provide on-campus housing, so all students must live off-campus. The cost for students’ living expenses while completing their MBA is estimated to be between €1,690 and €2,290 per month. 

Employment Info

IESE Business School prides itself on providing an excellent education to a diverse body of students, with a wide range of career goals. The post-graduation employment report reflects this diversity. Within three months of graduating, 90% of IESE students have a job.

Graduates found careers all over the world, and in a number of different sectors.

22% of graduates went into Strategy/Management consulting, with an average salary of €99,682. 18% of students went into finance, with an average salary of €96,898. Other popular choices included Retail & Consumer Goods (11% of graduates, €74,246 average salary), Healthcare & Pharma (12% of graduates, €92,354 average salary), and the energy sector (9% of graduates, €72,202 average salary). 

Class Profile

290 students in an average class year

26% women, 74% men

85% international students

56 countries represented

Average age: 28

Average GMAT score: 680

Median years of work experience: 4

Date Founded

1958 – One of the first graduate management schools in Europe 

Admissions Director

Itziar de Ros,

Admissions Director & President of the Admissions Committee

+ 34 93 253 42 00 

School Address & Contact Info

IESE Business School – Barcelona Campus
Avenida Pearson, 21
08034 Barcelona, Spain

+34 93 253 42 00

Links to school websites

IESE MBA Program

IESE MBA Admissions Blog

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