Located in the vibrant Mediterranean city of Barcelona, Spain, ESADE Business School is a top ranked business school attracting highly talented candidates on the one hand and top recruiters on the other.

The ESADE MBA offers each student the flexibility to customise his/her learning journey to 18 months, 15 months or 12 months. The MBA offers a broad range of electives, real-world challenges and access to ESADE Business Labs to explore the topics that fascinate you. 

The ESADE MBA is ranked 8th in Europe by MBA Center.

The application process

Step 1 : Complete your application form 

The first step in your application process is to complete the Online Application Form. You will be asked to register. You can then save your application form to submit it later.

  • Your CV
  • Essays and mini essays
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • University/college transcripts
  • A recent, passport-sized photograph with white background (e.g., CV/resume picture). Maximum file size: 50 kb. Format: JPEG
  • A scan of your identity card (Spanish citizens) or your passport (EU and non-EU nationals) 

APPLICATION TIP: you can complete your application form without final GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS English exam result – simply include the date you plat to sit the test.

Step 2 : Admissions jury, official notification of admissions, and interview 

Your application will be considered by our admissions team once all the required documentation is submitted. Applicants can check their status through the student portal on a regular basis to make sure that their file is complete. Documents will be shown as “received” after being validated by the Admissions Team.

After submitting all your documents you may be shortlisted for an interview, which is a mandatory requirement for ESADE admission. Selected applicants are interviewed by an associate director of admissions.

Official interviews for the ESADE MBA programme can be conducted in person either in Barcelona or at one of our international off-campus admissions events. Alternatively, if you cannot attend an admissions event or visit the campus in Barcelona, the interview can be done via Skype. 

Step 3 : Final decision

 After the official interview, your application will be considered by the admissions committee, which comprises faculty members and the entire admissions team. The decisions of the admissions committee are final. You will find the final decision from the admissions committee in your Student Portal.

Due to the confidential nature of committee decision-making, we regret that feedback on rejected applications is not given. 

Who is ESADE looking for?

Each year ESADE receives thousands of applications, but only admits less than 190 students into its renowned MBA program. With an emphasis on diversity and innovative energy, the ESADE MBA teaches students to act creatively, seize the opportunity, challenge conventional wisdom, and develop innovative leaders who work responsibly and put new ideas into practice.  

With this in mind, the average admitted student has a strong GMAT score of around 660 and 5,7 years of work experience. However, the admission committee is fast to point out that there is no standard magical formula for admission. Instead, you should show WHY you will be an asset to the ESADE MBA program and how you fulfill their search for students with diverse, creative and innovative backgrounds.