FAQs

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

One of the basic prerequisites for applying to the Master of Science programmes is an undergraduate degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

If your university studies enable you to access postgraduate programmes in the country they were awarded then you can access the MSc Programmes at ESADE.
No. Professional experience is not an admission requirement of the MSc Programmes in Management.

MSc Programmes in Management are designed for young graduates without professional experience (internships are not counted as professional experience) or with minimal professional experience (under two years). The MSc programmes capitalise on previous knowledge by approaching it from a practical perspective and specialising in an area of interest. You also develop a range of personal and professional skills which will boost your career opportunities.

MBA programmes from world-leading business schools, such as ESADE, are aimed at professionals with at least two years of full-time professional experience. In fact, the average of our students is five years. MBAs are for graduates from any discipline who want to receive in-depth training in management. There are some MBA programmes that do not require a minimum of two years of professional experience: however, these tend not to appear in rankings or on recruiters' shortlists.


Consult the Admission Requirements section for more detailed information

LANGUAGES

No. Spanish is not required to be admitted nor to take part in the MSc Programmes.
Yes. You can attend Spanish classes during the year to learn a basic or more advanced level. These classes are voluntary and can last from one trimester to the whole academic year. 
Yes. Unless it is your mother tongue, or you have studied a minimum of three academic years at an English-speaking university.
The following accrediatations are valid: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge ESOL Examinations, and PTE Academic.
Check here for the requirements of each.
Unless you are opting for the CEMS MIM, no accreditation for other languages is necessary. However, please present other accreditations you may have because knowledge of foreign languages is highly valued in the admission process.

Consult the Admission Requirements section for more detailed information

CEMS-MIM

For non-native English speakers, proficiency in English language at an advanced level is required.

Native English speakers must also be proficient in one of the following foreign languages: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Afrikaans, Farsi/Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian/Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

You must submit the application for the MSc Progammes in Management: all programmes have the same application and there is a special section for CEMS MIM candidates.
An interview is compulsory for all candidates as it helps us clarify your suitability. Most of these interviews are held via Skype, although if you are visiting the campus, you can also have the interview then.
During the second trimester of the programme, you will be asked to indicate your preferences and as places on the exchange programme are limited, these will be assigned according to academic merit from the first semester.

ADMISSION PROCESS

You should begin the admission process as soon as possible given that there are very few places on these programmes; the Committee starts assigning places around October and finishes in June. If you wait until the final months, all the positions may be filled. You do not need to wait until you have all the supporting documents to submit your online application. Remember that the admission process is lengthy and there are several steps that do not depend entirely on your availability:

Gather all the documentation required: academic record, university certificate, etc.

Take the GMAT/GRE: if you wait too long to take the GMAT, you may find that tests are not available in your city before the deadline. Also bear in mind that if you are not satisfied with your score, you must wait a period of time before you can resit the exam.

Take a level test of English: some are available twice or three times in a year. If you choose the TOEFL, you may find the same availability problem as with the GMAT/GRE.

Apply for a visa: if you need a vista to come to Barcelona please apply as soon as you are accepted into the programme. The visa process is usually lengthy and must be done entirely in your home country.

Find accommodation in Barcelona

As we run a rolling admission process, please check the staged application deadlines to discover when you should complete your file and when you will receive a decision. The sooner you apply the better. You do not need to wait until you have all the supporting documents to submit your online application.

The process begins when you submit your application and pay the process fee. The steps you must follow are:

Submit your admission application (online application)

Send the required documentation (during the admissions process we will accept scanned copies of your documents.  Once you are admitted we will request originals).

Take the GMAT or GRE admissions test. 

Carry out a personal interview (if selected for interview).

After completing your on-line application form, submitting all the required documentation and having your official interview, the Admissions Committee will assess your application and we will let you know their final decision. This process takes approximately one month.  

 

Your letter of acceptance includes instructions on how to make the deposit payment to reserve your place.
Yes - but do not send the two applications. Simply submit your application to your preferred programme and indicate your second choice.
It is not mandatory, as we can conduct interviews via Skype - but where possible, we recommend candidates take their interview in person.

GMAT / GRE

The GMAT and GRE are admissions tests. You may prepare for them at any certified GMAT or GRE centre near you by taking one of their preparatory courses. Some students choose to download material from the internet and take the exam without further guidance.
Use our GMAT simulator to practice for your test.
  • The average GMAT is 660 (total score) for all ESADE Masters except for the Master in Finance and CEMS MIM.
  • The average GMAT is 670 (total score) for the Master in Finance and CEMS MIM.
  • The average GRE is 160/162 for the verbal and quantitative sections for all programmes.

ONLINE APPLICATION & CHECKING STATUS

The instructions are in the same online application. So please read them carefully before completing the application. For more information you can always contact the Admissions Office.
Don't worry. If you are in your final year at university, you will not be able to send an official copy of your degree until shortly before the programme start date. This does not interrupt the admission process but you must submit your degree certificate once you have it.

FINANCING AND GRANTS

Yes. You can apply for academic merit and need-based grants. We also organise an annual business plan competition with grants for these programmes as awards. If you would like more detailed information, please visit the scholarship section of this webpage
You should submit your grant applications together with your application documents and these will be considered only after you have been admitted to the programme. A grant application does not exempt you from reserving your place in the period indicated in your letter of acceptance.

REGISTRATION AND STARTING THE COURSE

Courses start in September. Check the academic calendar that you will receive once enrolled. Please note that some candidates will be required to enroll in the Business Integration Path or in a Pre-Programme before the start of their MSc Programme depending on their academic background. The assistance will be mandatory for these candidates, who will be informed about it in their Admission Letter. 
Please, check the dates with Programme Management before booking any flight. 
The first phase of the programme is made up of five compulsory subjects, so registration is automatic. Once at ESADE, you will register for the remaining subjects after a tutorial with the programme director.
The Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your country.