Core Modules

The Global Executive MBA program is of a unique, blended format. Blended learning programs are composed of distance learning during preparation and consolidation stages. The core program is structured in six eight-week core modules with on-campus weeks held in Barcelona, New York, Munich, Silicon Valley and Asia.

Participants are required to complete two additional elective modules, plus the final week, in order to graduate.

The program concludes on IESE’s Barcelona campus, where participants showcase their projects and faculty members bring the learning together before graduation.


Each core module encompasses a series of core courses on the essentials of global business, including leadership tenets, financial accounting, entrepreneurship and digital transformation. In Module 4, you will work on a business plan off-campus.

    • Module 1 – Laying the Foundations
    • Module 2 – Expanding Business
    • Module 3 – Improving Business
    • Module 4 – Managing Value Creation
    • Module 5 – Driving Innovation
    • Module 6 – Leading Across Borders
    • Module 7 & 8 – Electives Modules
    • Final Week & Graduation

Each module comprises three distinct phases:

  1. Pre-residential
    Prepare for what’s ahead. Revitalize your knowledge and understanding of core business concepts.
  2. Residential
    Explore concepts in the dynamic context of teamwork, case-based debate, lectures and workshops on campus. Take it further with company visits, events and guest lectures.
  3. Post-residential
    Apply new concepts, share feedback and analysis, and collaborate on projects.