Global EMBA Programs

A global EMBA program gives the students a chance to get both a degree as well as international experience at the same time. Students are often given the opportunity to take classes in multiple countries and/or continents by business schools who have more than one campus and/or has a partner school abroad.

The programs often combine experiences in both developed and emerging markets as well as gives the students the tools they need to make an impact on a global, rather than local, scale.

The reason global EMBA programs were developed are that the world of business and commerce has rapidly changed due to modern technology but also due to changes in geopolitics and this globalization creates new demands for leaders and business leaders, no matter where they are located. Naturally, that also creates a need for a very different kind of executive MBA program, a more multicultural and cross-border focused one, and that is exactly what the global EMBA programs strive to be.
Some of the top ranked global EMBA programs in the world at the moment are:

Program Snapshot

Duke’s 18-month Global EMBA starts in their North Carolina campus and takes students through Asia, Latin America and Europe, before returning to the US. The program begins in July and ends in December of the following year.

Class Profile (Class of 2020)

-Class size: 94

-Age Range: 26-54

-Work experience: 5-28 years

-% of Women: 47%

-% of International Citizenship: 22%

-Countries represented: 24

Application Process

Duke offers 6 application rounds in October, December, January, March, April and May. After May, students may still apply on a case-by-case basis.

Application requirements consist of a transcript, 2 short answer questions and 1 essay, a business resume and a letter of recommendation. Duke accepts EA, GRE and GMAT scores. Waivers are given on a case-by-case basis.

Tuition Cost

The $149,500 tuition cost covers books, class material, lodging and meals.

Program Snapshot

The 14 month program is a partnership between ESADE and Georgetown. During these 14 months students will spend time in The United States, Spain, Brazil, Qatar, India and China.

Class Profile

-Average Age: 40

-Average Work experience: 16 years

-% of Women: 46%

-Countries represented: 20+

 

Application Process

The application consists of a CV, personal statement, 2 recommendations, academic records, letter of employer support and an interview (for those who are invited).

Applicants must have a minimum of 10 years of work experience.

Tuition Cost

The tuition fee of $154,200 includes books, hotel accommodations and food, and travel within each module.

Program Snapshot

IESE’s GEMBA, which takes place over 16 months, gives students the chance to learn in 6 different cities on 3 continents. The program starts in April (2021).

Class Profile

-Class size: 55

-Average Age: 39

-% of Women: 32%

-% of International Citizenship: 22%

-Average Years of Work Experience: 15 years

-Countries represented: 30+

Application Process

IESE offers 4 deadlines throughout the year, in May, July, October and November. Application requirements consist of 2 letters of reference, university transcripts, a letter of company support, a copy of your passport, a digital photograph and a GMAT or EA test. Waivers are given on a case-by-case basis. Those who are not native English speakers are also required to complete an English language test also.

Tuition Cost

The tuition fee of €119,000 includes tuition, course materials, most meals, access to the Business Center, library and other resources.

Program Snapshot

INSEAD’s GEMBA allows students to learn across their three campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi in 14-17 months.

Class Profile (Class of 2021)

-Class size: 230

-Age Range: 33-45

-Average Years of Work Experience: 14 years

-Countries represented: 63

Application Process

INSEAD have different deadlines based on different location. Check their website for more information.

Application requirements include essays, 2 letters of recommendation, college or university diplomas, a CV and a digital photograph. Non-native English speakers must also submit one of the following tests: PTE/TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS. An INSEAD EMBA Assessment, GMAT or EA, is also required.

Tuition Cost

INSEAD split their fees up for each location. The GEMBA Asia tuition fees are SG$196,000, the GEMBE Middle East tuition fees are US$135,000 and the GEMBA Europe tuition fees are €125,500.

Program Snapshot

IE’s GEMBA spans 15 months. During this time, students will learn online, and in London, Madrid, Singapore and Los Angeles. Studying will take place in UCLA Anderson, SMU and IE campuses.

Class Profile

-Average Age: 40

-% of Women: 32%

-Average Years of Work Experience: 15 years

-Countries represented: 22**

Application Process

IESE offers 4 deadlines throughout the year, in May, July, October and November. Application requirements consist of 2 letters of reference, university transcripts, a letter of company support, a copy of your passport, a digital photograph and a GMAT or EA test. Waivers are given on a case-by-case basis. Those who are not native English speakers are also required to complete an English language test also.

Tuition Cost

The tuition fee of €119,000 includes tuition, course materials, most meals, access to the Business Center, library and other resources.

Program Snapshot

Trium’s 18 month Global EMBA starts in London (LSE), then takes students to Silicon Valley, Paris (HEC), New York (NYU), Shanghai (NYU Shanghai) before returning to Paris and London.

Class Profile

-Class size: 65

-Average Age: 40

-Average Years of Work Experience: 16 years

-Countries represented: 32

Application Process

The application process consists of a preliminary assessment form, an interview, an application form (which includes transcripts, TOEFL and GMAT/GRE- not always applicable) and a second interview.

Tuition Cost

The tuition of $185,150 includes tuition, lodging for the Silicon Valley and Shanghai modules, lunch and group dinners and required materials.

Program Snapshot

The 20 month program takes place over 3-4 countries, two of which being Shanghai and Los Angeles. The program starts in September.

Class Profile

-Average Age: 38

-Average Years of Work Experience: 16 years

-Countries represented: 12

Application Process

The application includes 2 essays, 2 recommendations, academic transcripts and an interview (for those who are invited).

A minimum of ten years’ full-time working experience, including minimum 6 years management experience

Program Snapshot

Darden’s Global Executive MBA takes place over 21 months. Students will participate in 4 global residencies during the program. Global residency destinations will likely include Brazil, Argentina, China, Germany, Japan, Ghana, Israel, India, Estonia, Australia, Cuba and Vietnam.

Tuition Cost

The cost of Darden’s GEMBA is $174,300 for domestic students and $174,700 for international students. The fees cover the comprehensive fee, program fee, meals and lodging, Darden case fees and the international fee (for international students).

Program Snapshot

Columbia offer two different GEMBA programs, their EMBA-Global Americas and Europe program offers students the chance to study in both London and New York. A partnership between London Business School and Columbia Business School. The second program, EMBA-Global Asia, is a partnership between London Business School, Columbia Business School and University of Hong Kong. Classes are held in London, New York and Shanghai. Both programs are a duration of 20 months and begin in May.

Class Profile

-Class size: 106

-Average Years of Work Experience: 12 years

-Countries represented: 36

-% of Women: 28%

Application Process

The application consists of an application form, a CV, an organization chart, academic transcripts, GMAT or EA score, TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable), two references, a signed statement of employer support and a copy of the applicants passport.

Candidates must also have sufficient experience and fluent English.

Tuition Cost

Tuition cost for the Americas and Europe Program is $201,720. This fee includes accommodation, meals (breakfast and lunch), career support, extra-curricular activities and facilities.

Tuition cost for the Asia Program is $189,600. This fee includes accommodation, meals (breakfast and lunch), career support, extra-curricular activities and facilities.

Program Snapshot

During the 15 month program, students will spend time in Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Bangalore and Mumbai.

Class Profile

-Average Years of Work Experience: 16 years

-Average Age: 39

Application Process

Applicants must hold a bachelor (or equivalent) degree from a full-time program, a minimum of 10 years of work experience and a TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable).

There are two application deadlines, one in October and one in January.

Tuition Cost

The tuition fee is $125,000