Executive MBA


  • Directors: Xavier Garcia and Laura Guitart
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Language: Spanish
  • Fee level: €12,000
  • Start: September, 2023
  • Applications for the 2022-2023 are open

The Executive MBA (EMBA) is a face-to-face programme taught over a single academic year, which provides professionals with a broad point of view in management, business managerial skills and techniques in the current competitive, increasingly changing and complex environment.

The Executive MBA is a face-to-face programme taught over a single academic year, from September to July, which provides experienced professionals (entrepreneurs, businesspeople, general managers and middle-management staff in any company area) with a comprehensive, integrated understanding of the management techniques and executive skills involved in business organization and administration in today’s complex, competitive and dynamic market.

The programme attracts professionals from around the world. A typical class profile has a percentage of international students of over 90%. The official language of the master is Spanish and good command of the language is needed.

The objective of this programme is to provide training that enhances the careers of the new leaders needed in today’s society. Our teaching staff comprises renowned university professors and working professionals with long and successful track records. Our methodology is practical, active and highly participatory, using case studies, debates, tutorial sessions, expert lectures and simulations. The structure of this demanding Executive MBA is broken down into nine modules, which will ultimately lead students through the completion of a successful business plan.

Lectures take place from Monday to Thursday from 18,30h to 21,30h and occasionally on Friday at the same time and Saturday from 9h to 14h. This allows students to combine lectures with their professional life.

There are 25 student vacancies every intake. The small classes ensure a personal approach and direct contact between lecturers and students.

The teaching staff from the Executive MBA is formed mostly by lecturers who are company executives with extensive practical experience in renowned companies and organisations. Furthermore, the fact that the programme belongs to a public university fosters the cooperation between real professionals and researchers with an outstanding trajectory in the academic world.

Professors from the University will provide students with the significant theories and trends, knowledge which is essential for future leaders; while CEOs, managers, entrepreneurs and other executives will offer the practical experience that they have gained in their organizations.

This master’s programme is targeted at professionals with extensive experience – entrepreneurs, business owners, senior executives and middle managers in a variety of company areas – and professionals who want to gain a deeper understanding of management systems in the private sector.

Whether you aim to reach leadership roles in your organization or expand beyond your technical specialization, the Executive MBA will allow you to take a step forward in your career.

To be considered for the MBA programme, applicants must have:

  1. an official degree;
  2. at least three years of full-time working experience in relevant positions;
  3. a good command of Spanish;
  4. strong leadership skills, global perspective, functional expertise and innovation;
  5. the aptitude to succeed in a rigorous academic programme.

Academic Programme

The programme consists of 60 credits divided into nine different modules divided into subjects. The nine modules are:

  1. Management
  2. Financial-Economic
  3. Legal
  4. Skills
  5. Operations
  6. Marketing
  7. Human Resources
  8. Praxis
  9. Business Plan

In the Master’s Academic Programme it can be found all the subjects that are part of each module.

The programme requires students to attend one year of face-to-face lectures and attend at least 80% of the scheduled class hours in order to be assessed.

Students must enrol in all the subjects of the programme and pass them in the same academic year.

Executive MBA Methodology

The methodology that defines the Executive MBA programme is highly participatory in nature. It builds on the contributions of business professionals (executives and consultants) as well as the input of renowned academics.

Examples include:

  • – classroom debates;
  • – practical case studies;
  • – small-group and individual tutorials;
  • – lectures given by visiting experts;
  • – the preparation of a business plan.

The various formats for assessment range from a final examination to the completion of a practical business case study, depending on the subject and the teaching staff. Each subject has a set programme, which students will receive at the beginning of classes, and this programme will clearly state the assessment method to be used.

Overall, 75% of the final grade will be based on the average mark obtained from the subjects and the remaining 25% will be for the business plan.

The 2022-2023 academic year began on September, 2022 and will end in June 2023. Lectures take place from Monday to Thursday from 18,30h to 21,30h and occasionally on Friday at the same time and Saturday from 9h to 14h. The Business Plan Presentations, which can be face to face or online, will be held in September. Check out the planned class schedule for the entire course.

As a member of the Executive MBA class, you will join a group of experienced professionals ready to take their careers to the next level. You will share a classroom with a diverse group of talented entrepreneurs, businesspeople, general managers and middle-management staff. Our students have a wide range of academic backgrounds, although most of them come from Business Management. The remaining students hold degrees in the fields of Engineering, Law, Economics, Psychology, Human Resources, etc. Every year, the Executive MBA brings together around 25 students of many different nationalities, mainly from the Americas region, but also from Europe and Asia.

Get to know more our students HERE.

Our programme provides a diverse approach to training, so there are several potential work areas, including General Management, Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources or Consulting.

The Executive MBA is addressed to those professionals who already have relevant working experience but aspire to more ambitious positions in organizations. So students who successfully complete the master will acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to undertake new responsibilities and manage teams and high-level organizational resources.

Amongst the professional positions obtained by our alumni at leading companies are the following: head of corporate communications, head of accounting, sales manager, operations manager, administrative manager.


The tuition fee for the academic course 2023-2024 of the Executive MBA is €12,000. There is also an administrative fee of €70. The fee is the same for all students. In January 2023 we are going to announce prices and scholarships for 2023-2024 academic year.

Once the candidates are admitted to the programme they will have 15 days to pay 10% of the tuition fee as a deposit to guarantee their place in the Programme.

When they enrol, students can choose to pay in one of two ways: they can pay the remaining 90% in one lump sum or pay just 50% of this, leaving the remaining 40% to be paid later.


The UB Business School has launched a scholarship programme for the academic year 2023-24 targeted at Executive MBA students with an outstanding profile and the necessary skills to become leaders who will influence the future of business.

  • European Talent Scolarships

    The program awards this 3,000 scholarship to candidates who hold a nationality from one of the Member States of the European who demonstrate excellent professional experience, entrepreneurial initiative and innovative vision.

  • Business Woman Scholarships

    The program awards this €3,000 scholarship to promote women’s careers and their transition to leadership and senior management positions, contributing to the decrease of gender differences in management backgrounds.


1. In order to apply for a scholarship, candidates must complete the following application form and send it by e-mail to business.school@ub.edu before June 15, 2023.
Candidates may apply for more than one category, but only one scholarship will be awarded per candidate.

2. The list of selected candidates will be published on the programme’s website.

You can find information about the scholarships offered on the website of the University of Barcelona.

Eduard Alemany Romagosa

EMBA Lecturer

Eloisa Alonso Sanmartin

EMBA Lecturer

Lluís Alsamora Esteban

EMBA Lecturer

Juan Carlos Bailach Aspa

EMBA Lecturer

Vicenç Bosch Güell

EMBA Lecturer

Josep Maria Canyelles Pastó

EMBA Lecturer

Margarita Cogolludo Latorre

EMBA Lecturer

Concepció Curet

EMBA Lecturer

Josep Conesa Ballestero

EMBA Lecturer

Jordi Damià Rey

EMBA Lecturer

Sergi Estragues Sabaté

EMBA Lecturer

Roger Font Espriu

EMBA Lecturer

Xavier Garcia Marimon


EMBA LecturerResearcher

Laura Guitart Tarrés


EMBA LecturerMSc in Business Research LecturerPhD in Business AdvisorResearcher

Isabel Molas

EMBA Lecturer

Maria Carme Isanta Isanta

EMBA Lecturer

Manu Arjó

EMBA Lecturer

Ramon Montanera Mateu


EMBA LecturerMSc in International Business Lecturer

Cristina Palá-Vicarregui

EMBA Lecturer

Merche Regany Terradellas

EMBA Lecturer

Victor M. Rodriguez Ardura

EMBA Lecturer

Sara Sampedro Escuer

EMBA Lecturer

Miquel Serrano

EMBA Lecturer

Maria Luisa Solé Moro

EMBA Lecturer

Joan Tugores Ques

EMBA Lecturer

Antonio Valdivia Úbeda

EMBA Lecturer

Alfons M. Viñuela

EMBA Lecturer


In order to apply online, you must follow the following steps:

Application and admission


Check that you meet the admission requirements for the Executive MBA.


Applicants seeking admission to the Executive MBA programme must complete the application form here.

The application period remains opened until June 15 of 2023.


Attach the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Statement of interest
3. Photocopy of national ID document or passport
4. Transcript of records (for the purposes of application, a simple copy is accepted; at enrolment, the original certificate or a certified copy will be required)
5. The name of two professionals or colleagues who support your application. They will receive automatically an email with basic questions about your profile
6. Online video pitch (max 5 min) or interview with the programme directors

The following topics should be addressed on the video:

– Presentation of your academic and professional career
– Why you want to enrol on the Executive MBA at the UB Business School
– What your employment status during the academic year will be


Students who are admitted to the programme must complete the enrolment procedure in October, coming in person to the UB’s Faculty of Economics and Business. At the time of enrolment, they must present the originals or certified copies of any photocopied or scanned documents submitted with their applications.

More information about enrolment: Enrolment UB-specific master’s degrees and postgraduate courses

Documents required

Students with degrees from Spanish universities:

  • – original or certified copy of degree certificate and academic transcript
  • – photocopy of national ID document (DNI)

Students with degrees from universities outside Spain*:

  • – original or certified copy of degree certificate and academic transcript (note that any document in a foreign language other than English must be officially translated and legalized by the diplomatic authorities)
  • – photocopy of passport or foreign residents’ national identity document (NIE)

*For further information: Admission procedures for students holding a degree certificate awarded abroad