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

Program Structure

IE’s strong commitment to innovation means that our programs are constantly reviewed and modified in order to remain aligned with current trends and market needs. The International MBA is a one-year highly flexible program that allows you to pursue your professional objectives in a customized experience. The program consists of a core period focused on helping you acquire business acumen, followed by an elective period which can be personalized according to your aspirations and your ultimate post-IMBA goals of transforming an existing business, creating a new business, or impacting society through business.

The entire program follows a learning-by-doing approach. This approach extends to the integrative exercise at the end of the year, aimed at culminating your learning experience feeling already familiar with the real business challenges of today. Explore the value proposition of our International MBA through its core, the elective period and innovative methods to maximize your entrepreneurial mindset.

Next intakes are:

  • November 2014
  • April 2015
  • September 2015
  • January 2016
  • September 2016


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Pre - Program
Pre- Program

Getting into the right mindset before the program starts

Around one month before the actual program start of the International MBA, students attend several mandatory online classes to build a strong base from an academic and careers perspective. As an optional part, students can choose to attend a free Spanish Crash-Course that is held on IE’s campus in Madrid.

IMBA Opening Day Courses
Core Period
Core Period

Business Acumen

Through the Core Period you will gain critical insights into Management Fundamentals, Skills and Integration that will help you develop a well-rounded understanding of business. This part of your program will focus on topics related to Entrepreneurship, Critical Management Thinking, and Innovation. After completing the Core Period, you will have a strong business acumen knowledge to excel within increasingly complex organizations on an international scale or in dynamic young start-ups.

Prof. Lee Newman: Positive Leadership in the Workplace Liz Fleming: The new Entrepreneurship Law in Spain Courses
Elective Period
Elective Period

Personalization period through a flexible program

The elective period allows you to personalize your International MBA program based on individual needs and interests by choosing from a variety of options which will shape a path that is aligned to your professional goals.

Note: Some of these options may vary according to the intake

Integrative Exercise & Graduation

Integrative Exercise

During the last part of your program you will be able to implement all what you have learnt in your International MBA through an integrative exercise or final exam. In addition to the current options of presenting a case in front of a panel or present your venture lab project, you can also choose to present a social impact project or participate in a business management simulation. This will provide you the opportunity to personalize your program until the very last instance of the program in your final evaluation.

Team Work

Students of the International MBA are divided into small workgroups, which are carefully formed to ensure maximum diversity. These kinds of groups are not fixed and will change over the course of the core part for each period of the program to maximize the opportunity of working with different peers.

Interactive Learning and the Case Method

As part of the International MBA, student will have access to a wide range of multimedia tools: simulators, interactive graphics, videos and podcasts, completely interactive case studies and technical notes, as well as online investment tools, such as Bloomberg, housed in IE’s very own Trading Room. Overall, each area of business is studied using practical cases, most of which deal with the real problems that may arise in different company contexts.

What is a case study Multimedia Cases - IE Learning Methodologies

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