Esade MBA


Region: Europe

Country: Spain

City: Barcelona, Madrid

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With world-renowned architecture, 300+ days of sun every year, and an enviable quality of life, Barcelona is one of the most desirable European cities to live in – as well as a global hotspot for business education. The city is home to several leading business schools, perhaps none more prestigious than Esade. From its humble beginnings in a small building in the upmarket Sant Gervasi district of Barcelona, Esade has since flourished into one of the most revered business schools in Europe.

The international makeup of Barcelona is reflected in Esade’s student population, which numbers more than 10,000 and represents 126 different nationalities across both the business and law school. Esade’s international outlook is also reflected in its 120+ partnerships with business schools all over the world, providing its students with invaluable exchange opportunities. Students of Esade are spread across its three campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, and Sant Cugat (located just outside of Barcelona), where you’ll also find the Esade Creapolis, a technology and innovation park showcasing the strong ties that the school has with the business community.

The Esade MBA courses come in three different formats: Full-Time, Executive, and Multinational. Its full-time program is recognized by the Financial Times as the #1 MBA for Women in Europe and #7 overall. It is highly flexible, with the option to complete the program over 12 months, 15 months, or 18 months, as well as a wide range of electives allowing you to focus on the topics that really interest you.

The Executive MBA holds similarly lofty rankings, rated as #9 in Europe by QS and #4 by The Economist. With international experiences that include a diverse cohort, overseas study tours, and an optional exchange, Esade’s EMBA provides you with the tools you need to become a global leader. The Multinational MBA, meanwhile, is targeted at aspiring Ibero-American business leaders and takes place across several major business hubs throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

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Esade was founded in 1958 in Barcelona and is one of the oldest business schools in Spain


Esade has a business school, law school, and executive education branch


The Financial Times rates Esade as the #8 best business school in Europe


The school has more than 4200 international students enrolled in all programmes, coming from 126 different countries


Esade is a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a global network that is committed to integrating social responsibility, ethics and sustainability into education
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