Poets&Quants Top Business Schools

IESE Business School at the University of Navarra


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: December 7, 2022.

School Data

Annual Tuition: €99,500

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: €99,500

Full-Time Enrollment: 350

Median GMAT: 670

International: 85%

Female: 38%

Male: 62%

Average Age: 29

Application Deadlines: Early Decision - September 6, 2022 | Round 1 - October 11, 2022 | Round 2 - January 10, 2023 | Round 3 - March 14, 2023 | Round 4 - May 2, 2023

The IESE MBA: What You Need To Know

In any discussion of IESE, “integrity” and “impact” are often mentioned. This is a business school that takes very seriously the idea that business leaders can have a huge effect on the world. This MBA program, ranked the No. 1 MBA in the world in 2021 by The Economist, was launched in 1964 as the first two-year MBA in Europe.

Based in Barcelona but with outposts in Madrid, Munich, New York, and São Paulo, IESE also has a global outlook. Its class size is around 350 students on average each year, and students are given the flexibility to complete their MBA in 15 or 19 months depending on their needs. The first three terms teach Foundations for Effective Leadership, followed by summer corporate internship and entrepreneurial experiences.

The MBA is topped off in terms four and five with the Consolidate Transformation section, which helps students to broaden their horizons. Students can take Overseas Modules of up to four weeks in Sâo Paulo, New York, Shanghai or Nairobi, and up to a whole term in one of IESE’s 30 exchange partner schools.

Application materials include official transcripts, GMAT/GRE scores, an English test, and mandatory online essays.

Along with traditional business courses, IESE includes a unique and unconventional core curriculum such as a business ethics course, with options to take others in the same ballpark such as Stress Management and Well-being. This is unique to IESE because very few MBA programs look to explicitly instill business ethics values in their students. There’s no lack of electives, with around 100 options and even the option to choose concentrations in International Business, Finance, Data Analytics & Digital Business and Entrepreneurship & Innovation, to earn a specialization along with their MBA.

Katherine Berezowskyj, IESE MBA 2018

When I began my MBA I never thought I’d become co-captain of the women’s rugby team, but through my time at IESE I’ve found myself taking on more leadership roles.

I have been working in France for five years, so I was looking to continue my international exposure, and while I considered U.S. schools I was looking for a different sort of community, and IESE ticked the boxes. I am looking for a career change, so I was looking for a two-year course.

Also, I wanted a school with a good reputation that will be recognized if I do decide to go back to the U.S. I also got a great impression from the recruitment team. We had in-depth conversations and they were very candid and honest.

IESE MBA Rankings Data

IESE MBA Employment Stats

IESE has not published in its employment report its top employers, preferring to list all of the firms that hired the school’s graduates.

Relevant Features:

Tech Surge Continues At Spain’s IESE, But Consulting Still Rules

IESE’s Brion: Demotions & Loss Of Power Kill Trust

https://prdt.iese.edu/l/501101/2022-02-18/3lqdnkIESE’s Inaugural MiM Class Gets Underway

2019 MBAs To Watch: Mariana Kaplan Pereira, IESE

Preparing Myself For A Global Career: Reflections Of IESE Alums

2019 Best 40 Under 40 Professors: Christian Eufinger, IESE Business School

IESE: Where Small Global Classes & Case Studies Are A Beautiful Thing

Meet IESE Business School’s MBA Class Of 2020

At IESE, Preparing For The AI Revolution

Contact Information

IESE Business School - Barcelona Campus
Av. Pearson 21
Barcelona, Spain 08034
Admissions Office:
Barcelona +34 93 253 42 00
School Social Media:

From IESE Business School:

IESE Business School is a trailblazer in leadership development whose globally renowned MBA is aimed at people with inquisitive minds and global outlooks who aspire to leave a positive mark on the world.

IESE’s Full-Time MBA – ranked the #1 MBA in Europe (The Economist), and the #10 in the world, #3 in Europe and #2 in International Experience (Financial Times) – is delivered in Barcelona and led by faculty from 30-plus countries with PhDs from the world’s top schools. Its general management approach, bilingual immersion and ethical focus permeate every facet of the program, setting it apart from other MBAs.

The program’s highly customizable format offers the option of 15- or 19-month tracks and a broad array of electives, as well as the chance to take part in internships, overseas modules and exchange programs. Students can further tailor their MBA by choosing a core area of concentration: international business, finance, data analytics and digital business, or entrepreneurship and innovation.

MBA cohorts include around 350 students, who learn to explore leadership and business challenges from every angle. In Year 1, they explore the foundations of effective leadership and management, and those in the 19-month track also complete a corporate, entrepreneurial or social internship.

In Year 2, students delve deeper in their explicit areas of interests by choosing from 130-plus electives. They can also gain international exposure by taking part in an overseas module or exchange program in one of IESE’s 30 partner schools. 


Garine Arabian, IESE MBA 2022
The IESE MBA experience is unique as you are constantly surrounded by people who genuinely care. This family-like environment combined with the vigorous academic program makes it a life changing experience.

Johanna Johlinius, IESE MBA 2021
IESE encouraged me to step into uncharted waters and to trust the process. The program is designed to challenge you, help you break out of your comfort zone and guide your journey of self-discovery. Your responsibility is to be proactive and to leverage the excellent resources available. It was during the...

Read More