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About IE Business School

IE was founded as a business school for executives and has grown into IE University, with six different schools offering degrees at the undergraduate and master’s levels. IE was founded by a young entrepreneur to offer a unique learning experience tailored to those who already have some experience in the business world.

IE continues to innovate as the world changes, developing a holistic approach to learning that incorporate innovation, humanities, social impact and sustainability at the core of all learning. IE’s Liquid Learning model adapts to the current needs of the students and the world we live in. The program leverages technology to foster a fluid approach to learning.

IE Business School develops the Next Best You by supporting you as you continue to define your purpose and build skills. Experiential opportunities and a diverse cohort with an entrepreneurial mindset enrich your learning experience.

IE’s flagship International MBA is an accelerated program open only to those who have three or more years of work experience. Students can begin the program in September or January and choose from three different lengths: 11-, 15- and 19-month programs allow students to adapt to their professional career and personal development preferences. The MBA is also offered in two language tracks: English only or English and Spanish.

IE Business School is located in the heart of Madrid, Spain, and has a network of 30 international offices, which support admissions, careers and alumni relations.

Strengths and Specializations

Entrepreneurship, with a focus on pro-social ventures, international management and information technology.

Typical Class Profile (2023)

MBA Class Size: approx. 400

Avg. Work Experience: 6 years

Avg. Age: 29-30

Avg. GMAT: 680

International Students: 88% 

Female Students: 49% 

Tuition: €82,300

Post-MBA Careers

Career Sectors: Technology 28.4%; Financial Services 21%; FMCG 17.9% Consulting 15.8%

Avg. Base Salary: $172,982; Salary Increase: 108% (source: FT Rankings 2024)

Top Recruiters: Amazon, Deloitte, Accenture, McKinsey, Celonis, Bayer, PwC, Hilti, Uber, EY, Delivery Hero, Abbvie

IE Rankings


Two Intakes: January and September each year

Deadlines for 2023-2024: Rolling deadlines but it is highly recommended that you apply approximately one year to six months prior to program commencement.


1.“Express Yourself”: Personal essay

“This section is important in understanding who you are, not just as a student but also as a person in order to grasp the value that you could add to our program. Take this as an opportunity to showcase your unique attributes and personality. There are three formats you can choose to express yourself: a video (max. 3 minutes), a PowerPoint presentation (max. 10 slides), or a written essay (between 250-650 words). Please pay special attention to punctuation, structure and content.”

The question is:

What is the most important thing that you would like us to know that is not in your resume or application?

For a video, they suggest the following platforms: YouTube, Vimeo, Prezi or Slideshare

2. Video Essay: You will be asked two video questions to demonstrate why you would be a valuable asset to the IE community

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View our team’s Tips on How to Craft IE’s MBA Personal Essay: Express Yourself 

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