ESADE Business School – Barcelona, Spain

February 19th, 2013 by

An International Academic Institution.

ESADE Business School - Barcelona, Spain

Key Differentiators

ESADE’s mission is to train students to become competent professionals who are completely aware of the social responsibilities in the business world.  ESADE promotes education and research through their business school with a commitment to intellectual rigour, critical analysis and academic excellence.  The majority of ESADE’s almost 40,000 alumni are ambassadors of these core values in over one hundred countries and hold top-level posts in companies, public administration and the non-profit sector.

More than 70% of the students at ESADE are foreign students, and over 50% apply to ESADE through the Exchange Program.  ESADE also offers an “International Week,” where students study abroad to partnering schools for 1-2 weeks under the guidance of faculty.  The two college in partnership with this program are Babson College at Wellesley in Massachusetts and BiMBA at Peking University in China.

ESADE provides students with career support in employer relations, career guidance, and resources.  The employer relations department helps students get internships and job interviews.  An advice and guidance team helps students establish and meet their educational and career goals.  A Career Resource Center (CRC) provides valuable job-hunting information for students.  The center has the following resources for students:

  • Databases for research
  • Trade directories on specific companies
  • Company archives with annual reports and brochures
  • A career development library
  • Press articles and magazines related to job markets and businesses
  • WetFeet Guides – a guide to “personalized, insider answer that help you get your dream job”
  • Information on working abroad, such as permit information

ESADE strives to maintain and deliver quality education with an international focus and holistic approach towards a professional skills set.  Throughout the years, ESADE has forged ties with business, economic and social sectors as a platform for education and innovation.

ESADE Business School’s goal for it’s students is to improve skills and knowledge through training, conduct research innovative research in the field of management, and participate in the improvement of organizations to promote greater social welfare.



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The Full-time MBA Program is 12-18 months and covers the areas of accounting, finance, global management, entrepreneurship, economics, marketing, and many others.  A mandatory Spanish language program is also included.

A variety of elective courses are offered to broaden the scope of focuses and promote diversity academically and professionally.  Approximately 50 courses are offered in the areas of finance, marketing, operation and innovation, business policy, human resources, information systems and social sciences.

The full-time MBA also incorporates an entrepreneurship program into it’s curriculum.  The course consists of a conceptual introduction to entrepreneurship and it’s fundamentals and a business plan development course.  Students also attend of series of lectures.

The end of the program offers internships as a tool to enable career changes in new areas or countries for students.  Additionally, a global outlook exchange program allows students to study abroad and increase their international exposure.  Both of these features are only available in the 15 or 18-month programs.

The ESADE Executive MBA Program is offered at campuses in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.  The program was formulated around 5 key points:

  1. International Training – Schools in France, China, India, and the US are integrated into three study abroad periods that include meetings with top companies globally.
  2. Flexibility  – The program allows students to choose from weekly or nightly classes.
  3. Business development project – Company projects are welcomed, worked on and evaluated by the staff.
  4. Career services – Personalized advice is given to students to aide in the development of new career goals and challenges in job strategy, career planning, coaching and recruiting
  5. Networking – ESADE provides students with a vast network of industry contacts and networking events.

The program is part-time and is 16-months long.  The weekly format begins in September and classes occur on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.  The nightly format begins in January and classes occur every other week on Friday all-day and Saturday mornings.

The curriculum is divided into four phases:  Company-setting and function, strategy-value and business, development in complexity, and intensification.  The first three phases contain the core concepts of ESADE’s EMBA program, covering company, strategy and development.  The fourth phase is made up of a set of optional courses allowing students to specialize their EMBAs.

The Global Executive MBA Program in partnership with Georgetown mimics the complexity of global business environments through combining multi-disciplinary courses within business modules.  The program promotes diversity in discussion, uses residencies to apply and learn new skills, and integrates international perspectives throughout all courses.

Executive MBA Curriculum Structure

An innovative module design integrates core MBA-courses and networking events into a curriculum of live case studies, industry simulations and consulting-style projects.  Residency modules allow students to apply their learned knowledge in a live business environment.  Additionally, participants will work on a master’s project based on individual research, a business plan or consulting project.

There are six different residency modules in Washington, D.C., Barcelona and Madrid, Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Bangalore, Beijing and Shanghai, and New York City that have all been designed to establish a foundation of fundamental business concepts and allow students to apply their newly learned skills set.  Each module first focuses on the global political economy, followed by industries and firms, and finally management systems.




Global MBA Rankings
Although Forbes and US News do not rank MBAs globally, they were included for their impact in the US


Job Integration Rate
According to Bloomberg Businessweek’s International Business School Ranking

  • High:  98% job offer three months post-graduation


Social Media Presence



General Information

Esade Business School
Av. Pedralbes, 60-62
08034 Barcelona