Global Online MBA - The Program

A top-ranked MBA empowering global leaders in their journey through transformation and disruption.


The Global Online MBA will improve your business acumen, enhance your digital expertise and push you to disrupt traditional business while developing your global perspective. We offer a diverse, flexible and customizable course—allowing you to complement your studies with your professional and personal life and learn on your own terms, as you gain the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful global leader.

Following IE Business School’s unique approach to learning, our expert professors deliver a wide range of simulations, videos, multimedia, exercises, group and individual sessions, and high-impact modules within their online courses. This way, participants benefit from an enriching learning environment, being exposed to different formats, pedagogies and class dynamics—mirroring the real business world.

The program’s shortest version will begin in September or February and finish 17 months later. However, participants can also opt to lighten their workload after two terms and pick up the third term later on. Alternatively, with the third option, you don’t have to pause—you simply spread the course out over 24 months, selecting just three electives in your third period and taking the other three in an additional fourth period. By moving your electives and extending your studies, not only do you ease up the workload, but you also expand your network as you will start your fourth-period electives with a new intake. And here’s the key part: Participants, no matter their course duration or format, always graduate together.

Get ready to study alongside diverse and driven professionals eager to differentiate themselves in today’s competitive digital world. This program is for international trendsetters with disruptive mindsets who want to challenge the status quo and rewrite the rules of business in an era of constant change.
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In this new reality, we understand it’s not always possible to attend class in person. That’s why we developed our Liquid Learning approach, which seamlessly adapts to individual needs and provides equal access to world-class education—whether on campus or online wherever you are.

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The Global Online MBA focuses on three key areas:
Innovation & Disruption

Innovation & Disruption

It’s no longer enough to simply keep up in the business world. Nowadays, the most successful C-suite professionals don’t follow trends—they set them. Through the flexibility of the Global Online MBA, you will be empowered to expand your mindset, try out new concepts and transcend the traditional mold, preparing you to break boundaries in your industry. See where your disruptive ideas take you by designing a pioneering business plan during the program’s Innovation Capstone Project.



Staying one step ahead of the game in an ever-changing business environment requires a new kind of business leader. Do you have what it takes?

Throughout the program, you will participate in courses like Critical Thinking, Influence and Persuasion, Leading through Emotions, Negotiation and Building High-Performance Teams, among others, taking your decision-making, problem-solving and leadership skills to new heights.



Explore diverse managerial styles and discover how to develop a holistic strategy to drive your company forward at breakneck speed. With these foundations, you will gain the tools and skill set needed to disrupt your industry and inspire others to do the same.

Top Online MBA - IE Rankings

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

  • 1st

    Online MBA

    QS 2021
  • 2nd

    Online MBA

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The Global Online MBA Program Structure

The structure of the MBA depends entirely on your personalized selection. If you choose the fully Blended Methodology, you will study three face-to-face periods on campus and three core virtual periods. The course kicks off with the first immersive on-campus period, and the second wraps it up. If you choose to study 100% online, your kick-off, face-to-face and wrap-up periods will be formatted virtually. Our Liquid Learning Methodology ensures that no matter where you are, your education doesn’t need to be put on hold.

The online sessions consist of seven modules over the three periods. Combining real-time virtual conferences and asynchronous forums, you will engage in group discussions in a dynamic educational environment of diverse, international professionals

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* The program’s shortest version will last 17 months. However, if this option is too dense for your professional responsibilities, during the third term you can move all or half your electives into an additional term, finishing the program in 24 months.

Before the first face-to-face period in Madrid, you will participate in a pre-program in the online campus to familiarize yourself with basic business concepts. Helping students better prepare for the program, the pre-program consists of the Financial Accounting & Analysis, the Data Analytics and the Economic Environment courses and is available 3 weeks prior to the program opening.

IE Business School’s unique approach to virtual, multi-platform learning consists of a variety of simulations, videos, multimedia, exercises, interactive group and individual sessions, and high-impact online learning modules to help you make the most of your educational experience.

Pre-Program Financial Accounting and Analysis



The first period begins with a face-to-face week in Madrid, and then we take things online. The first period for those completing the program online begins with a virtual face-to-face week. The face-to-face weeks are intensive 7-day periods of transformational learning. Through seminars, forums, workshops and conferences you’ll solidify previously learned knowledge and techniques while opening yourself up to a whole new world of disruptive innovation.

First face-to-face week

In this first face-to-face week, you will network with your cohort and build the foundation for a 17-month life-changing journey. We will also lay the groundwork for intense leadership transformation through workshops. You will gain key skills such as effective communication and teambuilding, which will come in handy throughout the program. During this week, you will participate in the following workshops:

*Those who are 100% online will participate in the face-to-face week activities virtually from wherever they are on the globe.

Careers & professional development


Communication for success

Building high performance teams


Social Entrepreneurship

Industry Specialized Conferences

Core Virtual Period One

The core virtual periods are designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Take part in asynchronous online discussions as well as in live, interactive video conferences allowing you to engage with new ideas and other program participants. This flexible and dynamic format is the perfect platform to explore, challenge and debate.

The academic component begins with SETTING THE CORE. During this first period, you will be immersed in the core elements of management, learning how to run economic analysis and exploring the foundations of finance. The period then focuses on key leadership methodologies, how to define corporate and competitive strategy and incorporating data analytics into decision-making.

Financial reporting and analysis

This course introduces corporate financial reporting from a global perspective. Its primary objective is to prepare students to read, analyze and interpret financial statements and it focuses on the use of accounting as a tool for decision-making with analytical, creative and critical thinking.

The course is organized in three main parts. The first part is devoted to the fundamentals, introducing the key concepts and principles behind the accounting system and the financial statements. It also includes an appreciation of the influence of the institutional context (IFRS and local GAAPs). The second block focuses on how companies report financial information regarding specific transactions, such as sales or investments. The emphasis is on managers’ financial reporting decisions and how these decisions influence the data available in the financial statements. The last part offers a broad overview of how different stakeholders (e.g., analysts and lenders) use financial statements for decision-making. The approach goes beyond the fundamental ratio analysis and analysis of the statement of cash flows by considering other elements such as pro forma measures, the influence of the environment in which financial statements are prepared, and the ethical implications of accounting decisions.
The course uses a combination of lectures, multimedia materials, independent readings, exercises and case discussions. While the exercises give the opportunity to practice the technical concepts, the cases aim to integrate the knowledge acquired and apply it in a real context.

Economic environment and country economic analysis

The course will cover the most important economic theories and concepts that relate to the macroeconomic and microeconomic environment of businesses. At the end of the course, students will comprehend these concepts and tools of economic analysis, have a more formal vision of why and how different economic policies, such as labor, fiscal, monetary or trade policies operate and will assess the implications of different macroeconomic contexts in different countries. As the course is taught using the case method, with real data of different countries, students will learn to interpret economic reality from an applied and critical perspective at the same time.

Leading people and teams

In this course, participants will develop their analytical skills with respect to individual, interpersonal and group dynamics. The course will highlight the importance of developing key leadership competencies like leading change, inspiring action, aligning resources, motivating, persuading, giving feedback, facilitating creativity and complex problem solving within virtual, globally distributed teams, and building a sustainable organizational culture. The course will also facilitate self-awareness and career management of the participants. Participants will learn by applying concepts and frameworks to case situations and by engaging in self-assessment, simulations, in-depth discussions, and group exercises.


This course examines why some firms perform better than others. The course will introduce the main concepts, theoretical frameworks and analytical tools that will allow participants to understand how firms gain and sustain a competitive advantage, as well as the key elements of a successful strategy execution. Through an in-depth discussion of cases and articles, participants will familiarize with challenging strategic decisions. The final aim of this course goes beyond a simple application of the theoretical tools and frameworks. Its main objective is to instill a strategic mindset that will enable participants to derive a deep understanding of how to shape firm competitive behavior in order to enhance performance in different contexts.

Marketing management

In a changing and increasingly competitive environment, marketing becomes the core of companies. Despite the changes that occur in the market, the marketing process does not change. This process consists of identifying the needs and desires of consumers, evaluating the competitive environment, selecting the most appropriate target audience and offering a relevant value proposal, developing a customized marketing strategy and implementing it correctly. To ensure the success of the marketing strategy it is essential to know the models and tools that allow us to understand and meet the needs of consumers better than competitors in order to be able to offer appropriate products and services, at an appropriate price, available through the best distribution channels and communicated in a way that motivates the action and get satisfied and loyal customers.

Management accounting

The need of economic information for making decisions is crucial in organizations. The role of management accounting is to provide managers with the useful information they need for different aspects of their daily management, both in the short and long-run. For that purpose, we will focus on the main source of information related to cost estimation. We will review the different behaviors of costs to understand the relevance for decisions like launching products or services, cost reduction, pricing, income statement calculation or analyzing customer profitability analysis.

The second period includes the optional Global Immersion Week for students who want to further develop their international networks.

Once the core business section is complete, you will shift focus to the BUILDING VALUE period. Here, you learn how to devise a business strategy that yields results. To do this, you will explore financial issues, key operational management skills and the ins and outs of launching a start-up or driving innovation within a corporation.


During the second face-to-face or virtual face-to-face week, you will participate in the following workshops:

*Those who are 100% online will participate in the face-to-face week activities virtually from wherever they are on the globe.


Teambuilding II

Creativity & Ideation

Change management

Industry Specialized Conferences

Transformation with a purpose

Networking I

Business, Government and 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 by a broad range of stakeholders such as governments, regulators, and NGOs. Successful corporate strategy aligns the firm’s capabilities with the demands of both its market and nonmarket environment. This course systematically examines the political, regulatory, societal, cultural, and natural factors that shape business’ nonmarket environment. Participants learn how to analyze and proactively manage the nonmarket environment through integrated market- and nonmarket strategies.

Virtual Period Two

Take part in asynchronous online discussions as well as in live, interactive video conferences allowing you to engage with new ideas and other program participants.

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation course is designed to equip students to confidently help conceive, lead and execute digital transformation initiatives. The course main goal is to prepare today’s manager to absorb, digest and understand the evolution of digital technologies, and to draw conclusions about the impact and the potential effects of such technologies within industries, companies and individuals. Achieving competitive advantage is not just about having the technology; it also takes attitudinal changes, extensive redefinition of roles and functions, training, etc. The course will develop a culture of attention towards digital technologies by looking and discussing real examples and cases across different industries. We will develop a set of knowledge and expertise about the digital world that are required for general managers. We will examine the application of digital technologies for different purposes, including their implications for communications, business processes, and services.

Corporate finance

This introductory finance course covers fundamental concepts in corporate finance. The goal is to give you a set of tools and analytical frameworks. The emphasis will be put on financial decision making. The course is based on real life examples. More especifically, the course will cover: how to analyze investment decisions in a company; how to estimate the cost of capital of a company, popular criteria for decision making as NPV and IRR, how to think about financing decisions and capital structure, dividend policies.

Creating value through operations

Operations are transformation processes that add value to organizations, both of physical products (manufacturing) and of services. In this course, students will learn about the interaction of operations management with the rest of the functional areas of the organization and with the economy as a whole. Students will gain insights and specific skills on key operational areas such as system and process analysis and design, quality and inventory management, planning and project management. Emphasis will be made on global operations, on the impact of innovation on product life cycles, operations automation, and lean processes, and on environmental and sustainability aspects of operations.

Start-up Creation

The course provides the student an experience to grasp and develop key mindsets, knowledge, and tools that enable them to align personal aspirations, skills, and experiences with the identification and development of startup opportunities. Students will understand in a practical way how the Lean Startup methodology is key to design business models and reach to a Product-Market fit. As team and financing are essential aspects in the startup success, students will recognize potential team issues and develop leadership skills to manage a startup team, as well as comprehend key financing sources for start-ups and scale-ups by taking into account both entrepreneurs and investors’ perspectives.

Corporate entrepreneurship

The course provides the student an understanding of the corporate entrepreneurship paradox -finding the right balance between the core business and the new businesses-, and the role of the intrapreneur within a corporate culture. Corporations are facing multiple threads and continuous changes in the market, that’s why analyzing the sources of corporate innovation and how it generates transformation at the local and global level is mandatory. Students will have the chance to design and develop a corporate innovation project to experience and understand the challenges involved.

Entrepreneurial Venturing Coaching

Learn how start-up venturing works. Identify and validate market opportunities, and acquire insights into keen entrepreneurial methodologies. Obtain a solid foundation in the financial and the managerial side of start-ups.

The third period is all about customization, with its array of engaging electives to choose from. Beginning online and ending with a final week in Madrid*, you’ll have the chance to explore six elective courses, all designed to tackle the latest trends in the business world. By being able to choose from a range of courses focusing on areas such as economics, finance, HR, IT and communications, you’ll be able to gain insight into the topics that directly impact your career.

Elective areas of study:
• Communication & Media
• Control
• Design & Management
• Economics
• Entrepreneurship
• Finance
• HR & Skills
• Human Sciences & Technology
• Information Systems & Technology
• Marketing
• Operations
• Strategy

In this period, you will also work with a mentor on your Innovation Capstone Project, for which you can choose from the Entrepreneurship or Intrapreneurship track.

Should you be too busy to complete the course in the standard 17-month time frame, we also offer the possibility of extending the program to 24 months, allowing participants to spread out the electives of the third period. But don’t worry—either way, participants will always graduate together.

*100% online participants will explore their executive courses virtually.

Your future. Your education. You decide.

Beyond the Global Online MBA

Several enrichment initiatives take place during the program as career-building complements our core academic offering.

Career Transformation Program

The Career Transformation Program takes place throughout your time with us, giving you the opportunity to participate in individual career coaching. You will meet with a career coach three times throughout the MBA, defining personal and professional goals and outlining strategies to meet these goals.

Through mock interviews, one-on-one sessions and CV evaluations, your coach will assess your profile identifying strengths and weaknesses spanning across your soft and hard skills. Through these personalized interactions, our Careers Team will help you set short-term and long-terms goals, learn more about your motivations and capabilities and help you lay the building blocks of your future.

Innovation Capstone Project

You can personalize your journey by taking one of two tracks to the final exam:

The Start-Up Entrepreneurship Track

Develop a business plan from scratch and pitch it to a group of investors.


The Corporate Intrapreneurship Track

Evolve a business opportunity within a corporate context and pitch your plan to a board of directors. A coach will be assigned to guide you throughout the process.


The Global Immersion week is an optional face-to-face week where Global Online MBA participants travel to different international destinations to meet other Blended MBA cohorts. There, you will gain a working knowledge of local business practices through lectures & panel discussions from world-class professionals. Previous Global Immersion Week destinations include: San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Miami, Shanghai, Mumbai.

* In order to attend the Global Immersion Week, students will place a bid on their preferred location and later, will be allocated a destination by the Selection Committee based on their performance and motivational essay, as well as the number of spaces available. Kindly note that not all students receive their first choice.
You will also get the opportunity to analyze local success stories through direct interaction with managers during company visits.

Some companies visited:
  • ARUP
  • Amazon Web Services
  • BMW
  • Google
  • PayPal
  • Starbucks
  • Uber
  • Waze


Life during the Global Online MBA

Is networking difficult if I enroll in a Blended program?

The networking opportunities have been one of the many pleasant surprises of this program. I was amazed at how quickly bonds were formed between students in my cohort, despite us being based all over the world. I found the entire experience to be very immersive and I kept in constant contact with my peers. Thanks to this program, my network has expanded greatly in a very short period of time.” – Amin Elbashir

How many hours of study are required per week for the Global Online MBA?

The Global Online MBA requires between 20 and 30 hours of your time per week, depending on your expertise in any given subject. This includes preparing for class, participating in the online forums and group work.

What can I expect from face-to-face sessions?

Face-to-face sessions include all-day workshops and networking events, which occur nearly every night. They are very intense, but also extremely fun!

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed by their participation in forums and videoconferences, live presentations given in the virtual campus, assignments, case studies and quizzes.

What can I expect from videoconferences?

You can access the videoconferences anywhere in the world from your personal computer, tablet or mobile phone. Live videoconferences start at 11:00hr and 16:00hr (CET). Remember that your attendance is compulsory, so if you need to miss a session, inform your professor immediately. All sessions are recorded for future reference.

Can I choose which subjects I take?

All subjects are compulsory.

How big are the workgroups?

Each group has 5-7 members, all from diverse backgrounds. In the first two terms, groups are assigned by the Academic Department. In the final term, students will choose their own groups for the final project.

How does the forum work?

Forums are open from Monday to Thursday. Professors will post questions to generate discussion and everybody is required to participate.

How is the February intake different from the September intake?

There is no difference between the programs!

Life after the Global Online MBA

Will I have access to the IE Career Portal?

Absolutely! Our Blended students have access to all of our Career Services from the moment that they start the program.  You’ll also take part in personal coaching sessions throughout the duration of your MBA.

How will I keep in contact with my classmates once the MBA is over?

Our students usually keep in contact after the Global Online MBA. As you’ll spend most of the time interacting with your peers online, communicating in the future will be no problem at all. Make the most of expanding network; chances are you’ll have a local travel guide in cities all over the world.

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