China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

The CEIBS campus in Shanghai - Ethan Baron photo

The CEIBS campus in Shanghai – Ethan Baron photo

China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)

699 Hongfeng Road, Pudong

Shanghai 201206

People’s Republic of China


Phone: +86-21-2890 5890



Established in 1994, China Europe International Business School is a non-profit joint venture between China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Co-operation and the European Commission. The main campus, in Shanghai, was designed by the Chinese architect, I.M. Pei, who designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre in France. The school also operates programs in Beijing, Shenzhen, and Africa (Ghana).

CEIBS, upon opening, began delivering what was the first executive education program in the country. The following year, 1995, saw the school open its first MBA and executive MBA classes. In 2004, CEIBS became the first Mainland China business school to receive EQUIS accreditation, and five years later, it was accredited by AACSB.

Modeled after top U.S. MBA programs, the CEIBS MBA has a core curriculum similar to that in most elite American and European MBA programs. Students can choose a general focus on management, or concentrate in one of three areas: finance, marketing, or entrepreneurship.

CEIBS has developed strong ties with overseas business schools, including many in the U.S. Among the fruits of those relationships are coordinated degrees with Cornell University (MBA/Master of Management in Hospitality); the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law (MBA/Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy); and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MBA/Master of Public Health).

Starting in 2015, CEIBS began offering a one-year MBA option, which puts students into core courses with 18-month students, and front-loads electives into the latter part of the year. However, the school warns that students in the year program have less time for career development and extracurriculars.

About 400 companies recruit at CEIBS. Some 60% of MBA graduates take jobs in multinational firms, with 40% hired by Chinese companies, according to CEIBS career services.

Admissions: 18-month program; 12-month program

First application deadline: Nov. 11, 2015

Second application deadline: Jan. 13, 2016

Third application deadline: Mar. 23, 2016

2013-2014 Tuition: $62,500

Application Fee: $200

Estimated (by CEIBS) living expenses: $13,000 (18 months)

Typical Class Size: 200

Median GMAT: 690

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 640-740

Full-Time MBA Enrollment:

International: 43%

Female: 33%

Average Age: 29

Average Years of Work Experience: 5.7

Pay & Placement:

Average Base Salary:

Foreign MBA graduates working in China: $61,600

Foreign MBA graduates working outside China: $86,500

Mainland China MBA graduates working in China: $57,600

Mainland China MBA graduates working outside China: $100,000

Other Guaranteed Compensation:

Foreign MBA graduates working in China: $16,000

Foreign MBA graduates working outside China: $15,000

Mainland China MBA graduates working in China: $13,000

Mainland China MBA graduates working outside China: N/A

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 75%

Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 96%

  – From CEIBS, Bloomberg Businessweek


2014 Poets&Quants Best International Business Schools: 13

2015 Financial Times Global MBA: 11

2014 Bloomberg Businessweek Best Full-Time International MBA Programs: 17

2014 Economist Full-Time MBA: 84


Program Structure

In a global and constantly changing environment, business leaders must be equipped with extremely broad skills. They must be able to adopt both global and local perspectives, capable of dealing with complexity and change, and skilled at leading innovation. They must be able to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders in order to generate a shared vision and enthusiasm for their firms’ activities. By delivering solid business training and encouraging independent thought, team collaboration and open communication, CEIBS provides its graduates with the essential tools for success in many career paths.

The 67-credit full-time program consists of compulsory courses totallling 49 credits and elective courses totaling 18 credits. It is designed to lay a solid foundation of management fundamentals while providing the flexibility to tailored programs to fit individual interests and career ambitions. Students can choose to focus on general business management, or select one of three concentrations in Finance, Marketing, or Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, students have the option to take part in the school’s impressive international exchange program with the world’s top-tier business schools, and/or to gather experience during a summer internship.

Cross-Functional Curriculum Integration

The most challenging business problems cut across functional lines of responsibility. To solve them, managers must be competent in cross-disciplinary analysis, solution generation and communication. The new CEIBS curriculum includes several applied integration modules that require students to innovatively and systematically solve practical business problems using knowledge and skills they’ve acquired in earlier business courses. The modules are spread throughout the MBA curriculum to reinforce and build upon each stage of learning.

China Focus

One of CEIBS’ most significant features is its clear China focus, encapsulated in our positioning statement: “China Depth, Global Breadth”. CEIBS teaches the most advanced international business theories while attaching great importance to the practical application of these skills in China. Basic Chinese language competency is compulsory for foreign students in order to improve their marketability in China’s dramatically growing economy. Those who do not speak Chinese when applying for admission will be required to attend a Chinese pre-course in the summer before MBA classes begin.

Compulsory courses like “China HR” ensure that CEIBS graduates are equipped to handle this most difficult aspect of managing in the Chinese marketplace. ‘China Within the World’ emphasizes important economic, political, cultural and trade issues that impact those who do business in and with China. In addition, the school dedicates significant resources to staging ‘China Discovery Week’ each year – an intensive lecture series that aims to deepen students’ understanding of China’s business environment and offers an opportunity to analyze perspectives on China’s history, international relations and economic development.

Flexibility and Choice

CEIBS’ current MBA curriculum gives you the flexibility to personally tailor the second year of your studies. In the autumn of Year Two, you can choose to go on international exchange or stay at CEIBS to study with a large number of inbound students from the world’s top business schools. You also have the option to complete the degree in 18 months or lengthen it to 20 months in order to pack in more study options. There is also a one-year option available.

Teaching Methods

Although teaching methods vary by subject, lectures and case studies come alive thanks to our professors’ extensive experience in the business world. Many cases are selected from top schools such as Harvard, IMD, etc. Others are taken from CEIBS’ own pool of China-specific cases written by faculty and staff of the Case Development Centre. In addition to mainstream textbooks, teaching materials are drawn from a variety of current sources such as academic journals, magazines, and videos. Some courses are delivered in interactive formats including simulations, guest speeches, and seminars.

Language Courses

Chinese, French and Spanish language courses are offered as a service to the CEIBS community as a whole: First-year CEIBS MBA students, faculty, staff and, if space is available, spouses.

– Chinese Language Course

As Chinese language competency will greatly facilitate international students’ MBA study and future career in China, Chinese language courses will be offered at basic, intermediate and advanced level throughout the first academic year.

– French and Spanish Language Course

French and Spanish language courses are offered at beginner’s level. CEIBS has the right to cancel the course if the total number of registered students is fewer than six. The other requirements are the same as those of the Chinese language course.

Students are not recommended to learn more than two foreign languages at the same time while they are enrolled in the MBA program. Students who desire additional language learning may arrange this at their own expense. 

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