Ready to Start my MBA at IE

After being in Madrid for almost 10 months, I had the chance to visit some of the best Business Schools here, so after a good research and meetings, I took the decision to apply to the Executive MBA at IE Business School.

IE Business School is one of the best Business Schools at the moment, considered a top ten institution by different publications like: Financial Times, The Economist and Forbes.

I applied for the Executive MBA (EMBA) at IE. But what does an EMBA means?, the EMBA is essentially a part-time MBA, but the average student profile is slightly different. These programs are aimed at experienced executives who prefer not to take a career break  and require significant business experience to gain admission.

Unlike the full-time MBA programmes, EMBA students are able to implement and practice what they learn in the classroom in their job as they learn and there are greater opportunities to learn from classmates as the profile is different.

The EMBA assumes a basic competence in the fundamentals of business for instance Marketing, Finance, Management, HR, but also focuses more in Strategy, soft skills and networking.

This programme is for professionals who are already specialists in a field or industry and need to hone their general management skills to continue up the corporate ladder.

EMBA programme have several advantages for me, knowing I need more career-broadening management training:

  • The programme feature a well-constructed curriculum of several courses in each of the major business disciplines.
  • It doesn’t require permanent relocation.
  • I will earn my Masters degree in 10 intensive months (every single weekend).

But EMBA also requires:

  • Full commitment as I work and study at the same time.
  • To put in 80 to 100 hours a week between job and school.
  • My employer has agreed to give me off from work to attend classes.

So next September 21st, I will be attending a welcome seminar and then same weekend to crack on with the classes.

One thought on “Ready to Start my MBA at IE

  1. Carlose,
    Congratulations on admission to IE. I think your assessment of what the IE EMBA requires is on target. Balancing family, work, and EMBA is going to be a challenge. You have approximately 30 days to prepare. May I recommend that you think about the adjustments in your life you will have to make and start working to make those changes now.

    I recommend conversations with your immediate supervisor at work, your peers at work, your direct reports, and your family/significant other. There is a high probability that they do not understand what your life is going to be like while you are participating in the EMBA program.

    Good luck and enjoy.

    Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
    Professor of Accounting
    Founder of

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