Executive MBA


  • Directors: Santiago Forgas and Xavier Garcia
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Language: Spanish
  • Fee level: €11,700
  • Applications: From January 2018

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 October 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 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 in 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.

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

Our students have many different profiles and backgrounds. However, they all share our vision of excellence. The University of Barcelona is the leading university in southern Europe and its Economics faculty is the third biggest in Spain. It therefore comes as no surprise that many students enrol in the UB’s Faculty of Economics and Business to pursue their graduate studies.

The Executive MBA class of 2018-2019 brings together a group of 22 students. As many as 73% of all students are international students. Overall, 11 different nationalities are represented.

The Executive MBA at the UB Business School is a professional degree with students having 7 years of working experience on average. Members of the class of 2019 were employed in the following industry sectors prior to enrolment: Logistics (14%), Real State (14%), Consulting (14%), Banking (10%), Sales (10%), Consumer Goods (10%), Human Resources (10%), Engineering (9%) and Other (9%).

Students on the Executive MBA typically have an academic background in Business(55%), Social Sciences (18%), Engineering (14%), Architecture (9%) and Physics (4%) from universities such as University of Texas Austin, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad de Barcelona, Universidad de Belgrano and Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

Overall, the gender breakdown within the Executive MBA class of 2019 is 73% male students and 27% female students. On the other hand, the average age of the students is 30 years old.

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 Executive MBA is €11,700. There is also an administrative fee of €70. The fee is the same for all applicants.

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 in January.


The European Talent Scholarships offered by the UB Business School is a scholarship scheme aimed at European students of the Executive MBA programme with an outstanding profile and the skills needed to become a leader that will have an influence on business in the future.

Students may apply for a grant of 50% of the tuition fees of the Executive MBA programme at the University of Barcelona (fees are not included).  Only two grants will be awarded.

Scholarships are awarded to candidates with an EU citizenship that have already been admitted to the Executive MBA. Applicants must have a successful professional career in business, entrepreneur initiative and innovative vision. The committee’s decision is unappealable.

[Grand Resolution | Round 1]

[Grand Resolution | Round 2]


1. Applicants should send an email to business.school@ub.edu with the following documents attached:

  • – Motivation letter in which you state the reasons for your application, your professional career and outstanding achievements.
  • – A short essay (500 words maximum) about the following topic: “What are the main personal attributes and professional skills that a leader must have in order to become a successful top manager?”

2. The list with the successful candidates will be published on the Executive MBA website


  Deadline for applications Publications of results
1st round May 2nd, 2018* May 16th, 2018
2nd round June 30th, 2018 * July 14th, 2018

* Applicants must have requested admission to the programme at least 20 days before the deadline

** If a candidate that has been awarded a scholarship does not register before October 15th, the scholarship will be passed on to another applicant.


You can find information about available scholarships at the Universitat de Barcelona’s website.

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Cristobal Avilés

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Juan Carlos Bailach Aspa

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Josep Bertran Jordana

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Vicenç Bosch Güell

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Vicenç Bosch Sans

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Josep Maria Canyelles Pastó

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Margarita Cogolludo Latorre

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Concepció Curet

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Josep Conesa Ballestero

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Jordi Damià Rey

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Sergi Estragues Sabaté

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Roger Font Espriu

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Xavier Garcia Marimon


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Maria Carme Isanta Isanta

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Alexey Komlev

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Ramón Montanera Mateu

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Cristina Palá-Vicarregui

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Merche Regany Terradellas

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Victor M. Rodriguez Ardura

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Sara Sampedro Escuer

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Maria Luisa Solé Moro

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Joan Tugores Ques

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Antonio Valdivia Úbeda

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Alfons M. Viñuela

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APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED. In order to present your application you will have to follow these steps:

Application and admission

Applicants seeking admission to the Executive MBA programme must complete the application form  and attach the following documents:

  • 1. Curriculum vitae;
  • 2. Statement of interest;
  • 3. Photocopy of national ID document or passport;
  • 4. University degree certificate (for the purposes of application, a simple copy is accepted; at enrolment, the original certificate or a certified copy will be required);
  • 5. 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);
  • 6. The name of two professionals or colleagues who support your application. Automatically they will receive an email with basic questions about your profile
  • 7. Online video pitch (max 5 min) or interview with the programme directors
  • On the video you should address de following topics:
  • – Presentation of your academic and professional career
  • – Why do you want to do the Executive MBA at the UB Business School
  • – What will your employment status be during the academic year

Applications are open from January 8th to June 17th and are divided into the following admission rounds:

  • 1st round: from January 8th to February 11th
  • 2nd round: from February 12th to March 25th
  • 3rd round: from March 26th to May 6th
  • 4th round: from May 7th to June 17th

*If there are available spots, there will be an extraordinary 5th round on September



Application Deadline Academic Resolution

Payment deadline (10%)

1st round

11/02 22/02


2nd round 25/03 05/04


3rd round 06/05 17/05


4th round 17/06 28/06


*Application rounds are subject to the number of places available.

Applicants will receive a resolution by email on the established dates. Short-listed candidates might be invited to an interview with the programme directors, if the programme directors determine to do so.

Once a candidate is admitted to the programme they will have 15 days to pay a deposit of a 10% of the tuition fee in order to reserve their enrolment in the programme.


Students who are admitted to the programme must complete the enrolment procedure in late September, 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.

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