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Through its two programs, the MBA and Executive Education programs, ESADE Business School fosters the development of management skills.

ESADE Business School together with ESADE University Faculties are the two education areas of ESADEmarker, incorporated to the Ramon Llull University. ESADEmarker has over 6,000 students among its training centres in Barcelona, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Casablanca.

ESADEmarker has signed collaboration agreements with over 100 universities world-wide.


MBA Programmes

18-month or Full-time MBA

For professionals with minimum of two years' work experience who are looking for management training with a clear international focus and the opportunity to share their experience with students from different countries. The programme is offered in English and Spanish.

  • Key figures:
    • 18-month programme
    • 80 electives subjects
    • intake of 115 students
    • student profile: an average age of 28 and 5 years' professional experience, 70% of the students are from overseas, from 30 different countries
  • link multimedia brochure

One-Year MBA

For professionals with an educational background in economics or business studies, with more than five years of professional experience, programme in English.

  • Key figures:
    • 10-month programme
    • 80 optional subjects
    • student profile: an average age of 32 and 7 years' professional experience, 100% of the students are from overseas

Part-Time MBA

For active professionals with a minimum of three year's experience, compatible with full-time work.

  • Key figures:
    • 20-month programme
    • 80 optional subjects
    • intake of 120 students
    • student profile: an average age of 29 and 5.2 years' professional experience

Executive MBA

This MBA is taught at the school campuses in Barcelona and Madrid. The program format is especially designed so that students can reconcile their management commitments.

  • Key figures:
    • 18-month programme


2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Exec. MBA (2007) Part-time MBA
BusinessWeek International programs 6 7 7 4
Economist 35 34
Financial Times international rankings 18 21 24 27 35 71
WSJ International program 1 1 2 3
Financial Times Ranking of the Rankings 10

  • 2nd: World's best business school for its social and environmental emphasis (Ranking: The Aspen Institute, Beyond Grey Pinstripes, 2006 )

Executive education

Custom programs

ESADE's Executive Education conducts customized programs that are tailored to the company's needs. ESADE has provided such programs to executives for more than three decades for both small to mid-sized companies as well as multinationals. The Customs Program Design Team consists of ESADE faculty members and also of senior executives from the client's firm.

Open programs

Executive masters

Professional masters cover the field of finance, operation, and sales and marketing

Master in Financial Management:

ESADE's Master in Financial Management covers finance techniques and concepts.

Master in Operations Management and Services Management:

This Master's programme provides a forum for academics and professionals working in the operations field.

Executive Master in Sales and Marketing:

The EMMS programme is designed for working executives. It has a mix of residential modules and distance learning sessions, enabling the students to develop a career path while continuing to work. The EMMS programme aims at tackling key issues in marketing and sales management.


  • 3rd best international business school for open and custom-designed courses for businesses (Ranking: América Economía, October 2005)
  • 5th best European business school and 16th world-wide for custom designed courses (Ranking: BusinessWeek, October 2005)
  • 11th best European business school and 30th world-wide for open and custom-designed courses (Ranking: The Financial Times, May 2006)

International Outlook

Key figures

  • more than 70% students are foreign students
  • over 50% of students applying for the Exchange Programme
  • 10% opt for the Double Degree
The remainder, together with the students taking the One-Year MBA, get international exposure through the Global Residency week at Georgetown University.

International Week

Students go to one of ESADE's partnering schools for one or two weeks, where they intensively study key themes in the business world under the direction of local faculty members. There are partnering programmes at:
  • Babson College at Wellesley, Massachusetts. Focus on entrepreneurship themes.
  • BiMBA at Peking University. Focus on Chinese culture and ways of doing business, both from a Chinese and Western perspectives.

Double degree

This option caters to those aspiring to an international career. Candidates begin the course in Barcelona by focusing on the foundations of business strategy and management and on improving their Spanish and/or English. Students meeting the requirements of both institutions will receive the Double Degree conferred by ESADE and its partnering business school.

Europe Partners

U.S. Partners

Latin American Partners

  • ESAN, Lima, Peru
  • EGADE-ITESM, Monterrey, Mexico
  • INCAE, Alajuela City, Costa Rica
  • ITAM, Mexico City. Mexico
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Viña del Mar / Santiago de Chile, Chile

Exchange programme

The Exchange programme offers students the opportunity of taking a stage of their MBA at one of the partnering schools. Students study at one of the 58 business schools worldwide that make up ESADE's exchange network.


United States


Latin America

  • Departamento de Ingeniería Industrial (DII), Universidad de Chile. Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Brasil
  • Escuela de Administración de Negocios para Graduados (ESAN). Lima, Perú
  • Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA). Venezuela
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). México
  • Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM). México

Australia/New Zealand

  • Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of New South Wales. Sydney, Australia
  • Melbourne Business School, The University of Melbourne. Australia
  • The University of Otago School of Business, The University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand


The Middle East/Africa

  • The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University. Israel
  • The Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. South Africa
  • Wits Business School, The University of the Witwatersrand. Johannesburg, South Africa

International accreditation

  • AACSB International: ESADE is the first business school in Spain and the seventh in Europe to receive recognition from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business honoring ESADE's management training programs.
  • EQUIS: ESADE is recognized by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and is the first school in Spain - and one of the very first in Europe - to be awarded accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
  • Association of MBAs: ESADE MBA programs have received recognition from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).
  • Executive MBA Council [536082]: member of the Executive MBA Council, an international association whose aim is to foster excellence in Executive MBA programmes.

Career services

One of the most important decisions candidates will have to make during the MBA programme is choosing a future career.Support to candidates falls under three main heads: employer relations, advice and gGuidance and the Career Resource Center (CRC).

Employer relations

The Career Services Employer Relations team is in contact with the international business community. In 2005, Career Services managed over 4,000 internship and job advertisements from 1,500 organizations around the world. ESADE publicises vacancies via on-campus Talent Recruitment Events and the student employment portal.

Advice and guidance

The Advice and Guidance team helps candidates develop and meet their professional objectives and has developed the Career Management Programme for that purpose.

The Career Resource Centre (CRC)

The CRC houses the following resources:

  • databases to perform industry research
  • trade directories to find specific company information including Bloomberg
  • company archives including annual reports and company brochures
  • a library covering all career development aspects
  • business-specific and job market-related press and magazines
  • vault and WetFeet Guides
  • resources for working abroad including work permit information

In addition, the CRC is available on-line through the MBA student portal, which enables students to manage their internship/job search and applications. Through the portal, students can access internship/job offers as well as many of the CRC's career development resources.

ESADE alumni association

The Association's creation was finalised with the ESADE collaboration agreement protocol, and its official recording in the Registry of Associations on October 9, 1989.

The Association is governed by the General Assembly and the Executive Board. The General Assembly meets at least once a year. One of its functions is to appoint the Executive Board, the Association's executive body.


  • contributing to the improvement of alumni professional skills
  • favouring social relationships and cooperation among members
  • orienting members in the development of their careers
  • establishing relations with similar associations
  • close collaboration with ESADE, and endowing its degrees and diplomas with prestige

Association figures

  • Spain's most important voluntary membership professional group
  • Europe's second in the business school sector
  • 9100 active members

ESADE and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

The Aspen Institute has recognised ESADE's efforts in incorporating CSR issues into its MBA curriculum and ranked the school second in the world in its biennal survey "Beyond Grey Pinstripes" . This ranking celebrates the top 30 schools among the 600 full-time MBA programs across six continents invited to participate in the survey.

The ranking assesses schools across four criteria:
  • student opportunity: measures the number of courses with social and environmental content
  • student exposure: indicates the percentage of course time dedicated to considering social and
environmental issues
  • content: reflects the degree to which courses illustrate the value of integrating social and environmental considerations into business decisions
  • research: is indicative of the number of relevant articles published in leading peer-reviewed management journals


External links

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