ESADE Business School is a college and graduate school located in Barcelona, Spain. The ESADE MBA is highly coveted because of the flexible curriculum and the global exposure it provides to students. ESADE emphasizes essential “soft skills” such as critical thinking and the ability to work collaboratively with others. Located in Barcelona Spain, ESADE draws students from all over the world. Barcelona is the second-largest city in Spain, behind Madrid, and was chosen as the fourth-best city in the world for doing business in 2009. The business school has three campuses in Spain. Two campuses, namely, Sant Cugat Campus and Pedralbes Campus are situated in Barcelona and one campus is located in Madrid. 


The ESADE MBA ranks 34th globally in the Financial Times Global business school rankings.

The MBA offers you the flexibility to customize your learning journey to 18 months, a streamlined 15 months, or a 12-month fast track. If your end goal is a career in banking or consultancy, or you are especially interested in new technologies, Career Acceleration Programmes at ESADE give you a fast lane to success.

ESADE Business School has a network of over 63,000 alumni across the world and there are several notable names associated with the business school.

The tuition fee for the program is €73,800. Living expenses are approximately  €1,100 – €2,300.

Generous scholarships are offered to outstanding international candidates on a merit basis. 

  • Asian Business Scholarship
  • ESADE for Families Scholarship
  • ESADE MBA Students Fund: Leadership Scholarship


The MBA cohort typically represents a wide array of industries and professional backgrounds, providing a truly global learning experience.

The class of 2021 at Esade has 182 students. About 96% are international or non-Spanish students. The average work experience for the full-time MBA is 5.5 years which ensures that students contribute richly to classroom learning by bringing forward their varied industry experience. 

39% percent of the class has an educational background in business & Management, while 22% pursued degrees in engineering, 5% each in humanities and law, and 5% each in science and healthcare, arts, and other majors.

The average GMAT score for the incoming class is 660. Females in the class are about 41%.

Source – The Official Website


You can start your MBA on campus in October or join the school in January after completing some online courses.

The program structure is divided into three main phases, with one main goal in mind: to develop creactivists – ​”creative activists” capable of driving lasting change.

Electives + Final Master’s Project – 30 ECTS

You deepen your knowledge and sharpen your focus by choosing electives from the Advanced Management Topics (24 ECTS) and showcase new knowledge and skills with the Final Masters Project (6 ECTS) with the one-to-one support of faculty and expert tutors.

The Final Master Project (worth 6 ECTS) is carried out for two weeks in June and it has the format of a consultancy project. You will work in groups on a challenge assigned by the Master Project coordinator, and you’ll be supported by faculty at every stage.

In-Company Project (Final Master Project)

Take on the role of a consultant to a participating company, addressing a real business challenge in strategy, marketing, innovation, operations, organizational behavior, or finance. The new Final Master Project is an integral part of the Esade MBA program. It’s an opportunity to get hands-on, put your knowledge to the test and prove to top companies that you can add value. 

Other case competitions

  • Rotterdam School Management PE Case Competition 
  • HULT Global Case Challenge
  • SICC-Sofaer International Case Competition 
  • Global Prize – AT Kearney Global Case Competition 
  • Copenhagen Business School Case Competition
  • ICC@M – International Case Competition @ Maastricht University 
  • Solvay Business Game 


Each year, ESADE achieves high employment rates over 97% of each MBA class. 

The mean salary for the outgoing class of 2020 was $143,721. Many students started their own companies this year, while many students joined startups and new ventures.

The majority (44%) of the ESADE MBA graduating class of 2020-2021 found employment in Europe itself. 

These are the key placement statistics.

Source: The official career report


Enrique Lores, CEO HP

Ramon Laguarta, CEO Pepsi

Gabriel Juan Escarrer Jaume, CEO of Meliá Hotels International


Admission Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree

GMATExecutive Assessment, or GRE score

• English language skills

All participants who are not native English speakers or have completed their Bachelor’s Degree in English must have one of the following certificates:

  • TOEFL: +100 (Esade’s code is 0884)
  • IELTS: 7.0 Academic test
  • Certificate in Advanced English: B+
  • Certificate in Proficiency in English: C+
  • Academic Pearson: +68

Letters of Recommendation

2 letters of recommendation are to be submitted before the application deadlines. 

Application Fee: €135

Application Deadlines

The deadlines for the 2022-2023 intake are tentative.

Essay questions


  1. Which aspects have you improved on during your academic and professional career so far? Which tools or values have helped you achieve this? (3000 characters maximum including spaces)
  2. How will your background, values and non work-related activities enhance the experience of other ESADE MBA students and add to the diverse culture we strive for at ESADE? (Note: The goal of this essay is to get a sense of who you are, rather than what you have accomplished). (3000 characters maximum including spaces) 
  3. What are your motivations in pursuing a full-time MBA at this point in your life? Describe your mid-term and long-term visions for your post-MBA career path. What is it about ESADE that you think will help you reach your goals? (3000 characters maximum including spaces)
  4. Complete two of the following four questions or statements (3000 characters maximum including spaces)
  • I am most proud of…
  • People may be surprised to learn that I…
  • What has your biggest challenge been and what did it help you learn about yourself?
  • Which historical figure do you most identify with and why?
  1. Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include gaps in employment, your undergraduate record, plans to retake the GMAT or any other relevant information. (3000 characters maximum including spaces)