International MBA | IE Business School

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International MBA

An environment for unconventional thinkers

  • 11-13 months
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  • MBA
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  • Professional
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  • English and Spanish
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  • Full-time

Admissions Process

To initiate your admissions process for the International MBA, you will need to have completed the following:

• A Bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university or equivalent.
• A minimum of 3 years of professional post-graduate experience.
• The application form completed in English or Spanish, depending on the preferred language track.

Given the differing professional demands of each individual, IE Business School offers a rolling admissions process. As such, there are no submission deadlines for any particular intake. However, given the limited number of places in the program and the diverse student body, it is highly recommended you present your application approximately 1 year prior to program commencement, especially as seats fill far prior to the program start.

Entrance Exam
At IE we accept three entrance exams the IE Global Admissions Test, GMAT and GRE. If you’re planning on taking the GMAT we encourage you try out IE´s GMAT simulation tool and see how you score in the exam!

For additional information about the application requirements and the entrance exam please check our International MBA Admissions Process.

Online Application

The online application is your cover letter

The admissions process starts upon your submission of the online application along with the supporting documents.

The application provides the Admissions Committee with key foundations when it comes to evaluating candidates. It is therefore essential that you use this opportunity to present information based on thorough examples that you think make you a unique addition to the IE family regarding relevant academic and professional achievements, together with concerns, aspirations and motivations that are aligned with the IE culture and core values.

You are able to work on or review your online application at any time, as the content will only become available to the Admissions Department upon submission.

It will take roughly 3 weeks for the Admissions Committee to review your file and provide you with initial feedback.

For additional information about the Application requirements, Entrance Exam and Language certificate please download the International MBA Admissions Process document


The interview examines the data provided in the application in greater detail and evaluates whether your profile will meet the demands of the program and add value within the class discussion and group work.

Should the Admissions Committee grant you an interview upon the review of your application, you will be contacted to schedule an interview in person, whether in Madrid or in your country through one of our offices. In the case you are based in a country where we do not have an office and you are not able to come to Madrid for the interview, we can also schedule a skype interview for you.

However, if you are close by and have the opportunity to come on campus, we highly recommend it, as you can combine it with a face-to-face event and imagine your International MBA experience here in Madrid!

Final Decision

Following the interview and upon review of your entire application, the Admissions Committee will make its final decision based on the evaluation of your candidature as a whole. A final decision communication is typically 3 weeks after the interview has taken place, considering all documents have been received. As mentioned earlier, the decision will be based on all the different aspects of your profile, as well as how your profile is aligned with the IE core values and learning environment. 

If the Admissions Committee feels you do not meet the profile we are looking for, then you will directly be denied admission to the program. Should this occur, you will only be eligible to reapply after 2 years have elapsed.

  • Your admission is valid for the intake you have applied and the following.
  • Once you are admitted, the next step is to pay the Place Reservation and the Contribution to IE Foundation in order to ensure your place.

Your personal data will be entered into a file belonging to Instituto de Empresa S.L. for the purpose of sending you information on its activities.

You consent that all communications may be made by electronic means. 

You can exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancelation and opposition in accordance with current legislation (Data Protection Act 15/1999, December 13th) by requesting to do so, in writing, addressed to Instituto de Empresa at Calle María de Molina, 13, 28006, Madrid, or by e-mail to

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