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IE Business School

School Data

Annual Tuition: €32,500

Acceptance Rate: 25%

Full-Time Enrollment: 440

International: 91%

Mean Age: 29

Median GMAT: 670

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 600-770

Female: 31%

Male: 69%

The profile was last updated on September 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact our general manager.

Application Deadlines
IE Business School operates on a rolling admissions process. As such, there is no explicit deadline for applications for a particular intake.

When it comes to business school rankings, the general belief is that they are pretty stable over time. The top schools rarely move in any big fashion and it’s almost impossible to crack into a top ten position. But that general rule doesn’t apply to Madrid’s highly innovative IE Business School.

Little more than a decade ago, in 2002, the school was ranked 35th on The Financial Times’ global MBA list and ninth in Europe behind Italy’s SDA Bocconi, Britain’s Oxford and Cambridge, and Spain’s IESE. Six years later, IE cracked the top ten of the FT ranking, placing eighth worldwide and third in Europe behind only London Business School and INSEAD. Ever since, IE Business School  has ranked as high as sixth and never lower than eighth place worldwide.

The rise can largely be attributed to a highly market-oriented strategy that caught some rivals by surprise. IE doesn’t play by the normal rules of academia. The school’s leadership is entrepreneurial and innovative, pioneering degrees and programs that meet the demands of the marketplace–not of tenured professors who despise change. The school was among the first in the world, for example, to offer an online MBA program.

IE offers a full-time, one-year MBA program in Madrid, Spain. To help students discover their unique talents, up to 40% of the IE International MBA can be tailored to the students’ professional and personal goals, and there are many opportunities to work with real companies in both the corporate and startup world. Throughout the program students are trained in Professional Fitness, which focuses on career strategy, world-class leadership and workplace behavior. The academic curriculum provides students not only with standard MBA courses but also classes that go beyond business, such as Critical Management Thinking and Innovation and Design. Finally, students can choose one of two innovation Labs and a vast range of electives, consulting projects, international study-travel opportunities, and dual degrees options with Yale, MIT, Brown, or Tufts.

As an institution founded by entrepreneurs, IE believes that business school should be a place for talented professionals to cultivate the entrepreneurial thinking needed to bring meaningful change to existing companies or new ventures. Therefore, IE offers students the chance to apply for admission to its own internal startup incubator, the Venture Lab, where students have a dedicated space to work and can get academic credit for creating their own businesses.

The school also boasts what is arguably the most prestigious Global MBA Online degree available, entering four cohorts a year of 32 students each, three in English and one in Spanish.

Rankings Analysis: As noted earlier, IE has managed to do what very few business schools have done: crack into the top ten of a widely watched global MBA ranking. PoetsandQuants’ composite ranking for the school is revealing. When you combine all the results of the most influential rankings in the world, IE still comes out very high–fourth among schools outside the U.S. That ranking does not include the recently published 2015 list by The Financial Times which saw IE slip three spots to a global rank of 12. IE showed very well in both Businessweek and Forbes 2013 rankings, placing second and fourth, respectively.

As one Class of 2012 graduate told BusinessWeek on the magazine’s survey: “IE Business School is unique because it’s a global top-ten school but the students, alumni, and faculty are down-to-earth, interesting, and genuinely nice people. The personality of IE is what really drew me to their MBA program over the others I was considering. I also like the entrepreneurial spirit at IE. My experiences there taught me how to solve problems creatively, a skill that is useful both in a big firm setting and in small firm/start-up business environments.”


Contact Information

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Madrid, Spain 28006
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IE Business School shapes leaders who drive innovation and change in organizations. Recognized as one of the top business schools in the world based on international rankings, IE Business School has an urban campus in Madrid and delegations on the five continents. The school has a faculty comprised of more than 500 professors who currently teach students from 128 countries at a graduate and post-graduate level, as well as deliver Masters in Management, MBAs and Executive MBAs, Masters in Finance, and Doctoral and Executive Education programs.

IE Business School is constantly innovating in order to remain a driving force in education and to develop leaders of change. They are made of knowledge and novelty, trial and error.

The school elevates and revolutionizes teaching methodologies to be at the forefront of an ever-changing environment.

If you would like to experience a community of academics and life-long learners from across the globe, IE Business School will power your growth.

Master in Management

The Master in Management at IE Business School is 10-month customizable program which provides recent graduates with the best education in business management. Composed of 2 periods of core business modules, and a third period of specialization that will deepen knowledge in a specific area according to interests and professional goals. It is available in both Spanish & English. More than just an academic program the MIM allows students to network, develop their business plan and enjoy living in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Full-Time, 10 months, intakes February and September.

Quick Facts:

Language: English, Spanish or Both

Format: Full-Time

Intakes: February & September

Length: 10 Months

Avg Experience: 1 Year

Location: Madrid

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 IE Business School’s top-ranked full-time International MBA is designed for professionals looking to consolidate their management experience. Students come from many different backgrounds, creating a truly international experience, and allowing you to build a truly global network of contacts.

The IE International MBA is designed for those who can think outside the box and challenge conventional thinking. To increase your competitiveness, in just one year the program helps you act upon your ideas and offers ongoing feedback that focuses on you and your individual career aspirations. IE’s innovative pedagogy pushes traditional classroom boundaries in order to be most effective and relevant to you and your career in an evolving world of business.

To help you develop faster, 40% of the program can be tailored to your individual personal and professional goals. Furthermore, the program emphasizes important universal skills, such as critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.

The IE International MBA encourages all students to develop their entrepreneurial thinking so that they can be competitive in any industry or new venture.

Quick Facts

Length: 1 Year

Language of Instruction: Spanish, English or Bilingual

Campus: Madrid

Profile: Unconventional thinkers with 5 years of experience on average

Start Date: 2 Intakes: September And January

Format: Full Time

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MBAs Part Time:

EMBA Inglés

Aware of the needs of companies today, we want to help you acquire the necessary multidisciplinary knowledge you will need to successfully manage at a senior executive level. This MBA not only seeks to increase your business acumen but also foster the interpersonal skills and the international perspective that the market demands.

Quick Facts

  • Format: blended (60% online sessions / 40% face-to-face periods)
  • Language: English
  • Intake: September and April
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Location:  2 mandatory one-week periods in Madrid, 7 weekends every six weeks in Madrid,  3 optional face-to-face weeks in Madrid and abroad: Advanced Leadership Week, Global Network for Advanced Management, Global Immersion Week.

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Email: exmba.admissions@ie.edu

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