Admissions Process

Admissions Process
Candidates are given ample opportunity during the MSc admissions procedure to demonstrate the following aptitudes and capabilities:
Superior Academic Capacity
Potential for Professional Impact
Personal Motivation
Global Mindset
Application Documents Completed

Please note that we will only begin processing your application once all steps have been completed and all documentation has been submitted to the MSc Admissions Office.


On-line Application Form

Candidates must submit a completed on-line application form.

Please note that no application forms will be accepted by post or email.

You will be asked to register and may save your Application Form to submit it at a later date.

Your completed application form will be used to gauge your potential for professional impact and your personal motivation.

Please note that after completing your on-line application form, you will need to access the portal again in order to submit the following required documentation. 



All applicants must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). While we do not have a minimum GMAT or GRE score required for admission, our average class scores are 660 (GMAT) and 160/162 (GRE).

The GMAT and the GRE are administered in centers all over the world and are entirely in English. Candidates must make their own arrangements for the test and should have the original score report sent directly to ESADE by the organization that administers the test.

• ESADE’s GRE code is 5761

• ESADE's GMAT codes are: 
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in Finance is: 93M-3K-22
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in Global Strategic Management is: 93M-3K-24
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is: 93M-3K-14
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in International Management is: 93M-3K-62
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in Marketing Management is: 93M-3K-80
      • ESADE's GMAT code for the Master in Business Analytics is: 93M-3K-26

ESADE will accept GMAT and GRE test scores taken within the last five years.

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Official Academic Certificates

Academic certificates (transcripts and / or undergraduate degree)

One of the basic prerequisites for applying for the MSc programmes is an undergraduate degree equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree. Applicants are required to submit official university transcripts and diploma (if the degree granted is not shown on the transcripts). These certificates must be issued in the original language. Any documents which are not in Catalan, Spanish or English must be submitted with an official translation into one of these languages.

Scanned copies can be accepted during the admissions process.

Admitted candidates will be required to send originals or certified copies of the transcripts and diploma. In order to obtain the official university degree of the Master in Science these documents must meet the requirements detailed in this document, which also includes the answers to the most frequently asked questions.


Language Accreditation

All participants must have substantial knowledge of English: native English speaker or minimum score of TOEFL (IBT 100 or CBT 250), IELTS (7.0, Academic test), Cambridge (Proficiency) or Academic Pearson (68).

ESADE only accepts official TOEFL scores send directly to ESADE from ETS. Our institution code is 0507. Cambridge and IELTS certificates are also accepted and must be originals or certified true copies.

If you are a native English speaker or you have completed your Bachelor's Degree in English, you may be exempt from the requirement to take a language test. If your bachelor degree was taught entirely in English (+ 120ECTS), please send us a certificate from your university (i.e., diploma supplement) stating the language of instruction. 



The submission of two recommendation letters is required as part of the application process. These can be from professional and/or academic referees. Your recommendation letters will be used to evaluate global mindset and personal motivation.

You will need to introduce your referees' information in your on-line application form and they will be automatically required to fill in an on-line recommendation letter. 


Photos (submitted in the on-line application form)

Recent passport-sized photograph with white background (i.e., CV/resume picture).

Maximum file size: 50 kb

Format: JPEG


Passport (submitted in the on-line application form)

Spanish citizens will need to upload copy of their identity card. As for EU and non-EU nationals, copy of passport is required.


Application Fee

In order to process your application, the €135 application fee must be paid by credit card at the end of the on-line application. Please note that no cheques or wire transfers will be accepted and that this fee is non-refundable.


Application Documents Considered
Your file will be considered by our admissions team once all the required documentation is submitted. Please check your application portal on a regular basis to make sure that your file is complete. 
Personal Interview Conducted

After submitting all your documents you may be shortlisted for an interview, which is a mandatory requirement for your admission. All selected applicants are interviewed by an Associate Director of Admissions.

Official interviews for the ESADE MSc Programmes in Management can be conducted in person either in Barcelona or at one of our international off-campus admissions events. Alternatively, when the candidate cannot attend an admissions event or visit the campus in Barcelona, the interview can be done via Skype.

Admissions Committee Concluded
Your application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee which, once concluded, will award final decisions regarding all applications. The decisions of the Admissions Committee, comprised of faculty and the entire admissions team, are final.
Admissions Decision Communicated
The Admissions Committee will communicate its final decision by email.