The IE International MBA is a full-time programme comprising eleven areas covered over a period of 13 months. The pre-programme Although the full programme commences in November, candidates that may need to polish their numerical skills can attend an “online pre-programme” during the months of September and October.
This online programme is designed to familiarise them with the analytical and quantitative reasoning tools that will play a key role in upcoming courses, without their having to come to Madrid until the full programme starts. Students may also attend an intensive Spanish course during September and October.
The full-time programme The full-time programme is divided into five teaching periods during which the subject matter becomes progressively more detailed. The programme is bilingual, with the first two periods taught exclusively in English to allow non-Spanish speakers to become familiar with the language.
Intensive Spanish language courses are available to students as an extra curricular activity from September through to March. The first period aims to converge the skills of students from different academic backgrounds and equip them with the tools they will use throughout the course. This period also includes an introduction to entrepreneurial studies – a cornerstone of IE’s approach to business education. During the first period a leadership development programme will take place to enhance teamwork skills and facilitate interaction among the participants.
One of the modules of the residential module is an "Outdoor Training" session where students will compete in teams to foster creativity, team spirit and physical well-being while enjoying the mountains of Sierra de Guadarrama in the north of Madrid. Teams will have the opportunity to practice interpersonal skills that will be key in future job relationships, and to learn more about their colleagues and develop their IE network.
The second period analyses what are known as the ‘basic areas’, dealing with the most advanced management techniques available in modern business activities. The second period also includes the Coaching Workshop experience. The main objective of this workshop is to help the students improve their coaching and training in informal situations where there may be limited time and information.
The workshop helps develop a capacity for observation, analysis, active listening and feedback. Period three focuses on the implementation of actions and strategies in organisations from a global perspective, placing particular emphasis on the changes resulting from rapidly advancing information and communication technologies. During this period some classes are taught in Spanish and some in English.
Throughout the first three periods practical workshops supplement the lecture and seminar process. These workshops are designed to build the kind of skills that form part of the profile of today’s business executives. In September students attend the “World Reality Seminar”, a series of lectures and workshops designed to equip students with an understanding of the economic and cultural aspects of doing business in the world’s most important markets. The final period affords students the opportunity to select elective courses from around fifty different alternatives. This period of specialisation permits students to immerse themselves in the most innovative trends in all functional areas and a wide range of sectors.
The International MBA Programme also offers participants the opportunity to undertake part of their studies at partner institutions around the world: Anderson School of Business UCLA (USA) Coppead (Brazil) CEIBS (China) Helsinki Business School (Finland) IIM Calcutta (India) ITAM (Mexico) ITESM Monterrey (Mexico) IESA (Venezuela) Loyola University (USA) Manchester Business School (UK) SDA Bocconi (Italy) South Florida (USA) Southern Methodist University (USA) Universidad del Pacífico (Peru) Universidad Pontificia Católica (Chile) University of Washington (USA) Norwegian School of Management (Norway) University of North Carolina (USA) Essec (France) WHU Koblenz (Germany) Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile) Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) Students taking this option begin classes at their chosen institution after the World Reality Seminar, returning to Instituto de Empresa to sit their final exam.
The IE International MBA does not require any specific prior experience in the areas covered. Subjects are introduced progressively so as to be accessible to students from varying academic backgrounds. In total the International MBA Programme covers 1,100 hours of class work during which over 500 practical case studies are examined. The schedule for the first three periods is from 9.00h to 15.00h, Monday to Friday.
Three sessions of one and a half hours each are held each day, plus an hour of teamwork. Students have a mid-morning break of half an hour. Students are encouraged to use afternoons and evenings for teamwork, research projects, preparing cases, consulting databases and reference materials. Students can also undertake complementary activities, which include:
· Spanish Lessons:
In order to enable students to gain maximum benefit from the Spanish experience, Instituto de Empresa offers extracurricular Spanish lessons at two levels: Elementary level, for those with very little knowledge of the language, and advanced level, for those who want to improve their fluency with speaking lessons.
· The “Business and Directors” conference cycle, led by senior managers from a wide range of high profile organisations, and designed to keep students in close touch with the ‘real’ business world. These conferences are used to analyse and explain the activities of the speakers’ companies and the sectors in which they compete.
· Presentations by companies that visit Instituto de Empresa to speak about their activities, corporate culture, and job opportunities.
· During the elective period, schedules are more flexible, with both morning and afternoon classes varying according to the courses selected by each student.
The working and studying language for the International MBA is almost both English and Spanish, Students must speak and write English fluently