International MBA - Your JourneyReinvent the World
LET’S START BY EXPLORING YOUR ACADEMIC JOURNEY
We are a community of thinkers, doers and change leaders, who aren’t afraid to take learning into our own hands, and want to take an active role in continuously improving our lives and the world.
The beginning of the program is rooted in business fundamentals, but our students are given the edge over graduates from other MBA programs by completing courses covering entrepreneurship, leadership, innovation and sustainability topics. After the Core Period, it is all about CHOICE, where students build experience through integrative thinking and project-based learning. The labs and elective periods allow for a truly customizable journey towards each students’ passions and goals.
You will have all the tools, know-how and support to design your own journey. This will be an amazing ride, so let’s get started right away. Are you ready?
This is completed online during the month prior to the start of the program, and is designed to ensure that all students in the cohort are at the same level on some foundational concepts when they arrive. At this time, you can also sign up for optional Spanish classes to get you ready for your landing in Madrid.
BUILD YOUR CONNECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
Feel the power of our electric community. Spend time getting to know your classmates and other students at IE from the very beginning of your program. Networking from the get-go will allow you to discover new insights and perspectives and explore different cultures.
Just before the Core Period starts and after the Opening Day Ceremony, you will participate in a week-long program orientation – an exciting experience that provides a fun, useful and outside-the-box way to start building your network and find out everything you have to know about IE. There are also some foundational classes that focus on innovation, ideation, communication and entrepreneurial skills.
PARTICIPATE IN CLUBS
Participating in a club will help you learn about industry trends, specific technologies, and career opportunities. No matter what sparks your interest, we have you covered. IE clubs are instrumental to the IE experience!
MASTER THE PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS
At the heart of any MBA program lies a curriculum in business management, strategy, economics and finance. In the Core Period, our International MBA blends the mastery of these business fundamentals with courses covering general management perspectives, sustainability, and ideation. At the same time, you will start your transformational journey of leadership development, the key element that gives IE students the edge over other MBA graduates.
DISCOVER THE LEADER IN YOU
At the start of your Core Period, you’ll have the unique opportunity to move beyond your previous experience to explore new areas and initiatives. Discover your leadership style with our Transformational Leadership Program, take part in the Women in Business Initiative, travel abroad for an exchange and kick-off your own business with the Venture Lab.
EXPERIENCE INTO ACTION
The highly innovative Lab Period promotes a disruptive approach to business education by fostering an integrative, project-based learning experience, working with real companies on real projects. You will work with a team and a mentor at the top of their game to create a business solution in just five weeks. In the Start-Up Lab, creators will have the chance to work on their ideas. Transformers will hone their strategy and innovation skills in the Business Impact Lab; Disrupters will work with top tech companies on the TechLab and Heroes will be drawn to the Social Impact Lab. The Doers in the cohort will get right down to it by applying to an Internship anywhere in the world.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR LEARNING
Get the 360-degree birds-eye view of business while also focusing on what you are passionate about – it’s completely up to you. Our Elective Period offers a choice from more than 120 electives, which you can cluster based on your individual interests and career focus. We provide nine concentration areas, enabling you to use electives to complement your IMBA Core Courses and pave the way to your dream job. But perhaps you’d rather join one of our International Exchange programs and take your experience global?
You can further customize your IMBA by choosing a program extension, it’s all in your hands!
You can also choose to extend your IMBA, deciding whether you’re ready to join the long exchange program, or whether you’d like to participate in an internship first, or even take a break. Giving you specific hands-on experience that will support your career change involving a change in industry, sector, region and/or role. You can also choose to complete a second concentration.
Start planning and discover your career path
Our Talent & Careers team will help you define a career strategy through personalized advising sessions alongside general and specific sector classes to provide you with the necessary training tools to help you understand what career you want and how to get there.
FIND PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES & TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR NETWORK
Our International MBA will give you that competitive edge you need to succeed professionally, get ahead of the competition and find your place amongst our global IE network.
These are the first steps on your longer journey effective and transformational leadership. We are here to help you navigate the twists and turns of the business world, so stay connected!
AFTER THE IMBA, YOU WILL:
to dive headfirst into your career with all the business knowledge and skills in finance, analytics, strategy and entrepreneurship, among others, that you attained and perfected throughout your journey.
Be fluent in...
the modern language of business, with an enhanced capacity to think and plan strategically, capitalizing on opportunities for both you and your organization.
Have acquired a transformational mind-set...
ready to drive change and lead innovation wherever you go after the program.
resilience, exploration & discovery, managing and using uncertainty to respond disruptively.
Be committed to growth...
and transformation, and seeing challenges as an opportunity to create more and better impact.
as a source of value and connect to others with empathy.
Be part of...
A robust global network of over 60,000 alumni in more than 140 countries worldwide, that will support you as you shape the future.
cross-functional and cultural team, managing conflict and uncertainty effectively while filter information for importance and priority. You will truly appreciate diverse cultural norms.
NEXT UP: YOUR JOURNEY BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Imagine the thrill of meeting someone from a new country every weekend. Having a myriad of events to attend each night. Imagine having access to state-of-the-art technology. Having a space where your entrepreneurial creativity can thrive. With more than 132 countries represented, 6,000 students, 140 clubs and 500 events, life at IE is all this and much more. You’ll have inspiring opportunities to get involved in everything from big business and tech, to music, food and travel.
MADRID FOR YOU
Madrid is one of the most popular cities in Europe for Gen Z travelers, and is one of the most student friendly cities in Spain, with a great, affordable public transport network, cool underground culture and fabulous nightlife. But Spain’s capital is also home to international companies of the stature of Google, Microsoft and Apple, creating a myriad of opportunities for a professional experience.
Our International MBA takes place in the heart of Madrid, placing you right in the center of the action in this bustling, breathtaking global city. Madrid is in a league of its own and provides the perfect backdrop for rounding off a unique educational experience.
The resources are there to for your benefit. Make them your own!
WOW Room: Where we break down traditional educational models, and revolutionize the virtual classroom environment.
Area 31: A cutting-edge workspace where entrepreneurial ideas come to life.
IE Library: A center of academic exploration and discovery. A place for boundary-pushing and rule-breaking.
IEU Creativity Center: Where we enjoy what life has to offer, get inspired and practice mindfulness.
IE trading room: Get into the world of professional money management at this home away from home for finance students.
Nurture your entrepreneurial spirit
IE’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center gives you access to investors, mentors and a worldwide network of successful entrepreneurs who can help you make your big ideas a reality. Area 31, IE’s in-house incubator, even gives you a dedicated workspace where you’ll encounter start-ups at all stages of development, and you will find a number of options and services, depending on your needs.
How do you give back? Our students may come from all around the world, but they all share a commitment to leave the world a better place than they found it. In classes like Social Entrepreneurship and Business & Environment Strategy for CEOs, students explore traditional and novel approaches to solving enduring social and environmental challenges. You will have the chance to collaborate with key players in the world of Social Responsibility, through initiatives such as:
- Joining Net Impact, the largest student club at IE
- Organizing events with the IE Charity Club
- Competing in the Impact Weekend Social Start-up Competition
- Attending or volunteering at the annual Social Responsibility Forum
- Connecting, learning, and realizing progressive ideas for a better world at The Impact Hub
IE CAMPUS LIFE SPOTLIGHT
Lolita TaubInternational MBA
Mehrad JaberansariInternational MBA
Andrey Pereira FlorencioInternational MBA alumni
Martin BoehmDean of IE Business School
The Student Services office ensures that your arrival to Spain and IE Business School is as relaxed and easy as possible. Visas and other relocation necessities, such as securing accommodation, finding a doctor, or starting a mobile phone contract, can sometimes be very time-consuming and complicated, and the Student Services office is dedicated to making these things as painless as possible.Want to learn more?
Outside the classroom at our school, there are more than 60 clubs for sports, hobbies, and professional interest, and we have a dedicated Campus Life office to help with all student-led initiatives. Whether you like football, photography, consulting or cooking, there are ways to come together with other students who share your interests. The most popular clubs for our International MBA students are: IE Women in Business, IE Energy Club, IE Net Impact Club, IE Private Equity and Capital Markets Club and IE Out & Allies Club
Strong alumni relations are the key to strong business relations, friendships, and lifelong learning opportunities for our graduates. The Alumni Association fosters lasting relationships among the global IE Community in order to reinforce our strong values, mission, and spirit.Want to learn more?