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9 European MBAs to Boost your Career


Nowadays, many universities around the world have started offering post-graduate students more and more possibilities to study an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration degrees). MBA degrees first appeared in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century in order to satisfy the need for a scientific approach to management in a country that was in the process of industrialising itself. In fact, the very first school to offer MBA diplomas was the Tuck School of Business, the graduate business school of Dartmouth College, located in the American state of New Hampshire in the year 1900.

At present, MBAs have reached such popularity that they have become some of the most in-demand graduate programmes, and there are currently many prestigious schools that offer students unique MBAs that will certainly help them find a good employment opportunity in the busy world we live in today.

In this article, EDUopinions will talk about some of the best MBAs you can choose in order to give your future career a boost.

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1. Trium Global Executive MBA

Targeted at experienced executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who are willing to further their education, this unique MBA degree combines the expertise of three prestigious business schools; HEC Paris School of ManagementNew York University Stern School of Business and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Nevertheless, students who choose to follow this programme will also have the opportunity to study in California and also at NYU Shanghai.

The programme of this degree is divided into six different modules that will help students broaden their vision of the world and master the key aspects of international management:

  • Business in the Global Political Economy
  • Technological Disruption and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Corporate Strategy
  • Strategy and Finance for Global Executives
  • Changing Asia in the Global Marketplace
  • Making It Happen

By enrolling in this programme, students will not only gain a better understanding of international economic, political and social policies but will also be able to learn with world-class professors and receive an excellent education at top-ranked faculties that will open them many doors for the future.




The IE-SMU MBA seeks to educate business professionals to excel in their sectors and equip them with the work experience they need for the world of business through a project-based learning methodology. It is called the IE-SMU MBA because it is a programme that combines the management fundamentals offered by IE University – a private Spanish institution with campuses both in Madrid and Segovia, with the unique curriculum of the Singapore Management University (SMU).

One of the main characteristics of this exclusive MBA is that it offers a unique learning environment, combining five face-to-face residential periods in the campuses of Madrid and Singapore with interactive online modules. In order to be eligible for studying this MBA, candidates must meet these four criteria:

  1. Have a minimum of three years of relevant professional experience
  2. Have a solid academic record
  3. Be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate university
  4. Present a complete application form.

In order to be admitted, candidates must first submit an online application along with the relevant supporting documentation. Then, they will have to pass a special interview that will evaluate whether their profiles meet or not the demands of their programme. Following the interview, the Admissions Committees make their final decision after carefully reviewing the applications in their entirety and evaluating the different candidatures as a whole.




3. École Polytechnique Paris Executive Master



This MBA is offered by the École Polytechnique, one of the most prestigious and selective French Grandes Écoles that specialize in the scientific and engineering domain. The school is nowadays located in the Parisian suburb of Palaiseau, though it was first established in the Latin Quarter in 1794, during the turbulent times of the French Revolution by Gaspard Monge, a prominent mathematician who pioneered in the fields of descriptive and differential geometry.

One of the main characteristics of this course is that it seeks to educate its students with the ability to design and manage business models all while maintaining a strong technological focus in its programme, which has a duration of 14 months. In fact, this MBA is designed for professionals with an average of 15 years of experience who work full-time. Therefore, its programme has been split into 12 modules of 4 – 5 days spanning over 14 months in order to give students the possibility of furthering their education without forcing them to leave aside their external obligations.

Of the 12 modules that make up the programme of this MBA, 9 of them take place in France, whilst the other 3 are to be studied in Asia, another European country and in the USA. Furthermore, the courses of this degree are taught in both English and French, so participants are required to have a good dominion of these two languages.



4. EMLYON Business School Executive MBA



The prestigious EMLYON Business School, affiliated with the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was originally established in the homonymous city, capital of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in 1872. It possesses the triple accreditation of the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the AMBA (Association of MBAs) and the EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System); and has other four campuses located in Saint-Étienne, Casablanca, Paris and Shanghai.

The EMLYON Business School offers, among other formations, two MBAs: the Full-time MBA and the Executive MBA, addressed to professionals with working experience of at least 7 years. The programme has an extension of 20 months (with three days of class per month), but the possibility of completing it in only 10 months is also offered. Students who choose this MBA will have to take core courses focusing in Business Transformation, Business Techniques and Team Makers Projects and then choose between the specializations of Corporate Executive, SME Enterprise Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship.

In order to be eligible for this MBA, candidates must also be in possession of an English proficiency certificate (TOEIC, TOEFL or IELTS), and provide two recommendation letters along with the application form).




5. ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA – European Track



The ESSEC Business School, originally founded in 1907, currently counts with four campuses located in France (concretely, in Cergy-Pontoise and the Parisian district of La Défense), Singapore and Morocco, and is attended by approximately 5,200 students. But something that distinguishes this French grande École is the variety of Executive MBAs it has to offer, including the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA – European Track.

Considered in 2018 as the 17th best EMBA worldwide by The Economist and the 10th Best Joint EMBA program by the QS Global EMBA Rankings, this exclusive EMBA offers:


  • An executive-friendly format with a total of 67,5 academic days extending over a period of 18 months


  • Flexibility for the student to design his or her own learning experience through Advance Immersion Modules (AIMS) that take place both in the Paris and Singapore campuses, as well as in the German city of Mannheim. Nevertheless, students will also go on study trips to the USA, and other places in Europe and Asia


  • The opportunity to meet the participants of the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA – Asia-Pacific Track, which will provide students with diverse business perspectives and increased networking opportunities


  • Exposure to a combination of real business with the most recent research insights


  • A Leadership Development Track


  • An integrated Career Advancement Track that includes workshops, career events and individual coaching


  • A Strategy Project carried out in groups


Nevertheless, one must take into account that it is quite difficult to access this degree, for a minimum working experience of 12 years is required among candidates, and only 40 of all the applicants are admitted to it.



6. EDHEC Global MBA



This Global MBA, offered by the EDHEC Business School, one of the 80 business schools that hold the Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, is considered as the 3rd best MBA in France and among the best 100 MBAs in the world by the Financial Times and The Economist. The degree is taught in English in the Nice campus (the school’s other five campuses are located in Lille, Paris, London and Singapore), and has an extension of 10 months.

The programme of the EDHEC Global MBA is designed for professionals with at least 8 years of working experience, and includes core courses specialising in Marketing, Management, Accounting, Finance, Cyber-Security and Data Analysis, among other disciplines, combined with Leadership Development, a tailored MBA project and specialization tracks such as International Finance, Global Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Digital Innovation, that take place in London, Singapore, the Silicon Valley and Paris, respectively.



7. The London Business School’s (LBS) MBA Programme



The London Business School (LBS), an institution originally established in 1964, is a constituent college of the University of London, a federal university founded in 1836. With campuses both in the British capital and in Dubai, the LBS currently offers “the world’s most flexible MBA”, which students can choose to finish in either 15, 18 or 21 months. Studying an MBA at the London Business School is bound to be a very rewarding experience, for students are also able to choose the core courses that are more convenient for the career path they would like to follow and will be presented plenty of opportunities for exchange programmes and internships in countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and the USA. Following the LBS’s MBA programme will not only provide you with an excellent education (LBS faculty members are also experienced practitioners who consult to financial institutions, corporations and government agencies worldwide after all), but will also enable you to get more acquainted with global perspectives, for you will meet lots of people from many different countries with whom you can form life-long networks!



8. ESADE Business School Full Time MBA



Focusing on innovation and digitalisation that respond to the market’s demands and on the training of creative and disruptive leaders, this MBA programme that declares itself to be for future “creative activists” and to support diversity and gender equality in the business world is offered by ESADE Business School, a private institution belonging to the ESADE (abbreviation for Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas in Spanish) also affiliated to the Ramon Llull University. The school, which has also received the Triple Crown accreditation by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, has campuses in both Barcelona and Madrid. The Full-Time MBA that is offered in this institution also enjoys notable flexibility (students can choose to complete it in either 12, 15 or 18 months), and its contents are exclusively taught in English. Furthermore, this MBA has been classified by the Financial Times list of Top 50 MBAs for women as the best in Europe and the 11th best worldwide. Other advantages of studying your MBA at the ESADE Business School include having the possibility to apply for student loans that may cover from 50% to 100% of your tuition fees and the chance to benefit from interesting partnership scholarships if you’re willing to study part of your degree abroad!



9. Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics



Also known as “The Blue MBA”, this course is offered by Copenhagen Business School (CBS), a public institution located in the Danish capital that is considered as one of the most prestigious business schools in the world. This Executive MBA also enjoys nowadays a unique reputation in the maritime industry, and it seeks to teach the students who take it a holistic view of shipping that integrates commercial, technological and financial aspects as well as maritime law and supply chain management. Concretely, the degrees programme focuses on aspects such as market understanding, leadership, information technology, globalisation, environmental issues and strategic planning, so that young professionals may become acquainted with a meticulous insight into shipping economics and the application of modern management theories in the maritime sector. In order to apply for this course, candidates must provide the CBS with three different forms:

  • An application form
  • A recommendation form
  • A sponsorship form

These 9 different MBAs that we have described in this article will definitely help you launch your career if you choose to dedicate yourself to the business world. Nowadays, studying at a top school, accumulating work experience, and participating in exchange programmes, internships and seminars are crucial for finding a good job in the future.



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