Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership - The program

Accelerate your trajectory

Companies—yours included—are under constant pressure to innovate and stay competitive, and to do this they’re scrambling to identify and grow their next generation of leaders. They need their leaders to be business innovators who stay current on the latest tech, develop coherent improvement strategies, and who have the leadership skills to run the innovation processes and transformation efforts required to execute these strategies. To accelerate your career path, you must become a tech-savvy business leader armed with the practical ability to innovate.

The Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership is a pathway for mid- and senior-level business professionals to “up-skill” and become the innovators and digital transformers that their companies so desperately need. It is a part-time, 13-month program that is cutting-edge, robust, and designed to mesh with the intense work schedule of a successful business professional. It is divided into 3 modules, with courses and collaborative projects that will give you hands-on experience in business innovation and leadership so you can boost your career.
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This 13-month program is both online and face-to-face— in other words, it’s liquid. We align and combine the best of technology, pedagogy and our world-class faculty, so you can experience multi-layered learning in a multi-faceted environment.

  • Online periods
    1 Online periods

    Online periods

    Through our virtual campus, you get a challenging and highly interactive educational experience. The well-structured, faculty-led sessions fit into the modern professional’s busy schedule and can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. Engage with other global professionals in synchronous and asynchronous sessions including interactive small groups where you work on real-world, industry-based case studies.

    • Live Sessions – On Saturdays, you will connect to live video conference sessions engaging with your peers and professors in real time, discussing previously established topics for the week. These sessions are truly an extension of the traditional classroom experience, allowing you to negotiate and collaborate with your classmates in the same space, despite connecting from all over the globe.
    • Asynchronous online discussions – The forums allow you to participate in the faculty-led asynchronous sessions every week from Monday to Thursday. Professors will moderate these written discussions about chosen topics in order to achieve the learning objectives.
  • Face-To-Face Periods
    1 Face-To-Face Periods

    Face-To-Face Periods

    Get to know your diverse classmates even more through all-day workshops and classes that further develop your soft skills and teamwork.

    • Roughly 4 weeks of full-time course work and networking with your peers and other top executive in Madrid & Shanghai, spread throughout the academic year.

Career enhancing collaborations

At IE School of Human Sciences & Technology we are at the forefront of technological innovation, which is why with this program you will benefit from the collaboration with companies that lead this technological disruption in today's world.

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What does "Part-time" mean?

How many hours a week will I have to invest in studying?

You'll dedicate 20 hrs a week on average to successfully complete your Master's.

Will I have to travel to Madrid?

Yes. You'll get to enjoy the beautiful city of Madrid for a total of 4 weeks during your studies to complete our program's face-to-face portions.

Will I have Residential Periods outside Madrid?

Yes, in this Master you will spend a week in Shanghai. Check the calendar.

How much time will I get to complete Online Forums?

You'll have from Mondays at 2:00 pm (Madrid time) to Thursdays at 10:00 pm (Madrid time).

When do Live Videoconferences take place?

All Live Videoconferences take place on Saturdays, from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Madrid time).

Will I get to meet my fellow students before traveling to Madrid?

Of course. Our program is designed so you can meet your classmates, even if it’s digitally, and start working with them right from the beginning.

Digital Transformation Executive Master Program Key Areas


    Learn about the current and emerging digital technologies enabling radical improvements in business processes + innovation methodologies (Agile, Lean, Design Thinking,…) and how to lead them within companies.


    Understand how data analytics and digital tech are being used to disrupt sectors of the economy and transform business functions. Learn to develop results-focused innovation and transformation strategies.


    Develop practical leadership skills to overcome organizational obstacles to innovation and to drive successful transformations within functions or businesses.

Explore the Executive Master in Digital Transformation & Innovation Leadership


Students from around the world come together for intense residential periods combined with ongoing classes and projects in the digital campus.

Four 1-week residential periods

Three take place at IE University’s campus facilities in Madrid, and one takes place in Shanghai, during which you’ll have practical classes, interactions with top executives experienced in innovation leadership, and company visits to experience real-world transformation projects and results.

Work-study-life balance

Between the 4 residential periods, you’ll return to your job and continue studying in our online campus, taking classes via live video, online forums, and carry out practical projects in teams.

Real-world applications

The program culminates with your own digital transformation journey to lead change in the next step of your career.