Global Executive MBA - The Program

Four top international institutions. One Executive MBA.
Today’s executives need more. Being an expert in your field is no longer enough. Our Global Executive MBA provides you with a transformational learning experience, connecting you to a network of high-achieving global leaders. This 15-month blended program will challenge you, change you, and inspire you to reach new limits.

The Global Executive MBA will provide you with the tools you need to excel in the C-Suite, but also take you one-step further into the global arena. Our interactive online learning periods provide you with the flexibility to balance your demanding work schedule and challenge you to stay engaged with your fellow classmates, while our intense residential weeks push you to network, study and learn from the best at our partner institutions in four global cities: Madrid, London, Singapore and Los Angeles.

Welcome to your journey of transformation

The Global Executive MBA presents the course content from three unique perspectives, allowing for an innovative and integrated educational exploration.


This program goes far beyond the boundaries of traditional MBAs to give you a global view of the business world. With four residential periods in four continents, alongside the innovative educational offering of a top-ranked business school, the Global Executive MBA prepares you for business success at an international level.


The Global Executive MBA provides you with the necessary tools for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. Our professors challenge you to redefine the way business is done by exposing you to innovative business solutions happening in real time around the world. Learn as a cohort to adapt these concepts to your respective companies, while constantly sharing feedback and best practices.


At IE Business School, we provide you with the tools you need to drive real change. The Personal Advisory Program is designed to help you leverage strengths and improve weaknesses, developing your professional potential to take on new challenges. Additionally, our Talent & Careers Department offers in-depth career assessment, helping build a comprehensive personal campaign to launch a successful job search.

Global Executive MBA Program Structure

The Global Executive MBA is a 15-month program, divided into three terms, that blends interactive virtual learning with comprehensive face-to-face sessions.

The online learning periods take place in our state-of-the-art virtual campus, which includes access to the WOW Room—a space for live, interactive video conferences. This is complemented by online forums that encourage lively debate and discussion, featuring resources like multimedia documents. Overall, the virtual campus acts as an online meeting point complete with all the advantages of a traditional classroom.

The face-to-face periods, on the other hand, take place in Madrid, London, Singapore and Los Angeles, allowing you to experience the reality of the modern business world by being immersed in the heart of the action. These eye-opening trips will help you broaden your international network as you share insights with other highly driven business professionals.





















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Global Executive MBA - IE Rankings

Get to know more about our Global Executive MBA placement in international rankings.

  • 12th

    Executive MBA

    QS 2021
  • 7th
    In Europe

    Global Executive MBA

    QS 2020
  • 14th

    Executive MBA

    Financial Times, 2021
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The Global Executive MBA is world-class education that seamlessly blends with your busy work schedule. Develop and apply the most cutting-edge global business practices online and in real time, while also attending international network-expanding residential weeks in four continents around the world.

Three weeks before meeting in Madrid for the official kickoff, your Program Management Team will give you a virtual welcome on the online campus, and provide you with initial information about the Global Executive MBA. They will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have before arriving to Madrid.

After welcoming you to the online campus, you will dive into Fundamentals of Financial Accounting in a short course where you will virtually meet your Financial Accounting professor. You will familiarize yourself with basic accounting concepts and refresh or update your terminology, while making first contact with fellow program participants. Leading up to the two residential weeks in Madrid, you will take part in a video conference to explore the online tools and technology you will use over the next 15 months. Alongside this, the Program Management Team will introduce you to the case method, our cutting edge teaching methodology and our online forums, which facilitate debate and discussion during the program. With all this, you will be ready and prepared for touch-down in Madrid.

The first term gets underway with a two-week residential period at IE Business School’s campus in Madrid. The transformational process begins right away, as you attend workshops on team building, presentation skills, negotiation and building resilience.

After arriving on campus you will meet your facilitator, who will accompany you and your team throughout the entire program. They will provide support through in-person meetings, tips for improved team dynamics,comprehensive feedback and more. You will also meet the professors you will work your first-term professors, helping you lay a solid foundation for each course before you go online.

Once your first face-to-face session has ended, you will move on to our innovative virtual campus where you will unlock essential negotiation, collaboration and interaction techniques with your group and class.

The second face-to-face session takes place in London, where you will spend a transformational week at IE’s Center for Governance of Change. During this week, you will focus on geopolitics and its relationship with business. Professors from IE University and Oxford University will illuminate how companies have navigated the complex relationships between international forces and challenge you to predict how current international events will dictate the future of business.

1st Term Courses:

Leading people in Global Organizations

Learning how to manage and motivate people at a global level is becoming extremely necessary as companies continue to grow and globalize. This course focuses on human behavior and its impact on leading people in global organizations. Topics include managing self and career, global leadership and management, emotions and culture, vision, persuasion and influence, successful team building, change, and strategy. Our class sessions combine case study, videos, articles, online discussions, and assessments.

Financial Accounting

In this course, students work to understand the language of business and learn to interpret and understand the impact of economic events on the balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flows. Students become familiar with measurement theories underlying the financial statements and are able to demonstrate a general understanding of the financial reports. This course illustrates the differences in various financial reporting environments and their influence in the functioning of capital markets. Students also develop an awareness of the ethical dilemmas in financial accounting and recognize how financial statements communicate economic events to external parties (e.g., shareholders, investors, creditors, etc.) and the impact this information has on these different groups.

Marketing Management

This course enables students to comprehend the marketing process from analysis to implementation with the aim of gaining a holistic vision of the marketing field. Students begin by learning the basic marketing concepts, such as segmentation, differentiation and positioning, and the key elements of the marketing mix in order to design and implement a consistent and successful marketing plan. From these foundations, students develop the skills of critical and analytical thinking, allowing them to create marketing analysis, monitor marketing plans and solve marketing-related challenges.


This course provides students with a thorough understanding of the internal and external factors that shape a firm’s ability to create value. Students gain tools to analyze industries, firm resources, and competitive positioning, both on and individual and the corporate level. The course instills a strategic mindset that enables students to go beyond a simple application of tools and enhance their own strategic decision-making skills.

Economic Environment and Country Analysis

The course covers the most important economic theories and concepts that relate to the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment of businesses. Students learn concepts that allow them to have a more formal vision of why and how different economic policies operate and how each policy has a series of implications on macroeconomic levels and how these implications differ depending on the country. Students learn how to understand the economic situations relevant to them and their regions and develop a framework that they can use to analyze new economic environments related to their businesses.

Skill-building workshops

Case method

Ethics workshop

Online training

The second term is primarily virtual with one face-to-face residential period in Singapore,* at Singapore Management University. Here, you gain insights into the booming Asian market from SMU professors, while meeting Global Executive MBA alumni working in the region. You will attend company visits and meet executives who will illustrate the most important characteristics of business in Singapore—an important entry point to the Southeast Asian market.

2nd Term Courses:

Financial Management

This course provides students with a strong foundation in finance and learn how firms can manage their funds and flourish. Students learn how to calculate and run projections of free cash flow statements, evaluate an investment project profitability using common investment criteria, how to manage a company’s net working capital: inventory, payables and receivables and produce forecasts of the future financial needs of a business.

Strategy Implementation

The main objective for students in this course is to understand the central elements that influence the success of the implementation of a new strategy, such as the culture, the role of the top management team, the organizational design, the coordination strategies between different functional areas of the firm and other mechanisms to achieve organizational alignment.

Cost Accounting

The aim of this course is to understand how cost accounting systems collect and classify costs and assign them to cost objects. Students discuss the goals of a cost accounting system and learn how to measure the cost of designing, developing, producing, selling, distributing, and servicing particular products or services. Finally, students look at how the activities of an organization affect its costs and how to use data provided by a cost accounting system to make more informed business decisions.

Managing Communities of Work

Managers and owners around the world are failing to understand a crucial concept: when people work together, they form communities. Effective leadership therefore requires much more than just nimble management of human resources; it demands political skill. This course provides students with a set of analytic tools that encourage them to think strategically and politically about how companies can be organized to motivate both individuals and communities more effectively.

Digital Innovation

Students learn the critical elements in achieving digital transformation in organizations. The aim of this course is for students to identify and differentiate key elements in information systems and learn the importance of information technology in today’s business climate. Students learn to identify and understand the economic, social and technological factors that are at the heart of digital revolution by seeing firsthand the outcome of digital transformations taking place at high-level companies all over the world.

In this term, you will travel with other Global Executive MBA participants to the UCLA Anderson School of Management*. During the online sessions, you will work closely with your group in our WOW Room’s virtual classrooms. No matter where you are in the world, our online campus provides you and your classmates with an interactive platform that provides the experience of a traditional classroom setting.

During the face-to-face week at UCLA, you will participate in workshops, sessions and company visits. This is where you gain key insights into the dynamic world of business in California, including up-and-coming perspectives on the entertainment industry, healthcare industry and the buzzing startup scene. Professors from UCLA shine the spotlight on important concepts through real-life lessons and success stories. You also have the chance to further expand your network by connecting with former Global Executive MBA participants.

Afterward, you will begin your final online period, where you will bring together everything you have learned. The final face-to-face residential takes place back at IE Business School in Madrid, where you will finish up your core courses, attend workshops and present your final exam.

3rd Term Courses:

*Note: the order of the face-to-face weeks may vary.

Corporate Finance

This course builds on the Financial Management course and challenges students to gain a deeper understanding of the capital structure. Students look at the main considerations affecting the payout policy of a firm. They become adept at gauging the value of a company by learning how to compare buyback and dividends, how to apply a basic DCF framework, how to choose the most fitting multiple to value specific firms and becoming familiar with the general best practices in business valuation. To dive deeper into the practical side of corporate finance, students learn how to examine companies in emerging markets, including how to apply a country-risk premium and ensuring they are adjusting for different elements in the cost of capital to perform a cross-border valuation.

Management Control Systems

In this course, students learn to identify the main features of management control and how are taught the essential steps in the typical management control process. Students become fluent in assessing the congruency between corporate strategies, corporate structures and information systems. They learn how to design performance measurement systems consistent with the firm’s strategy and structure that will leverage the firm’s strengths.

Marketing, Strategy & Plan

This course builds on the knowledge acquired in Marketing Management and explores the implementation of marketing decisions. Students will gain an understanding of the principles of marketing strategy and the role of marketing in the modern corporation. The primary focus of the course is the basic elements of the marketing mix, defining and segmenting a target market for goods or services and then integrating product, price, promotion and distribution to offer a superior marketing mix leading to a long-term competitive advantage. The final objective of this course is to discuss how to design a marketing plan that combines all of these elements in a comprehensive manner. Decisions about product, price, promotion/communications, and placement should not be considered in isolation and should be consistent with the short and long-term goals of the firm.

Corporate Governance, Ethics & Sustainability

Business operates in both a market and a nonmarket environment, the latter being the space where the formal and informal rules governing market competition are set and enforced. Successful corporate strategy aligns the firm’s capabilities with the demands of both its market and nonmarket environment. This course allows students to understand how non-market forces arise and affect the management of business and challenges each student to analyze and proactively manage the non-market environment through integrated market and non-market strategies.

Global Operations & Supply Chain Management

In this course, students look at the strategic role of operations management and how the design of processes can enhance the strategy of a company. They learn to create systems that align with the organization’s strategy and ensure quality, inventory management, and optimal planning and logistics. The course walks students through supply chain configurations and processes for different types of businesses and teaches them the latest mechanisms to increase collaboration and integration. Students learn to make logistics and supply chain decisions through the lens of innovation, gaining insights on how top companies are managing their operations.

Managerial skill-building workshops

Final Exam


During the Global Executive MBA, you will have access to a number of incredible initiatives that complement your core academics and pave the way to continued success.

Personal Advisory Program

Work side by side with a leadership coach to focus your skills and experience to achieve your goals. Inspired by Marshall Goldsmith’s proven coaching techniques, you will meet with your coach throughout the program to establish and measure personal and professional milestone accomplishments.

Group Facilitation Expert

Collaboration across the globe is a key component of driving success on the world stage. Throughout the program, your group facilitation expert will guide you as you work with three international groups of dynamic peers. This guidance will help you to confront the challenges that arise, equipping you with the tools to ensure lasting real-world success.

Company Visits

During the residential weeks, the Global Executive MBA gives you the unrivaled opportunity to visit some of the most important companies in the world. These visits are strategically planned by our academic team to create a holistic educational experience that takes place at key points during the program. With this firsthand insight, you can explore the driving factors that have catapulted them to the top of their market and apply these new learnings to your own professional context.

A glimpse of some of the companies Global Executive MBA students have visited in the past:

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