Executive MBA (EMBA) 

18 MAY 2021
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27 APR 2021

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The Executive MBA is a personal and professional transformation. A unique experience in Barcelona, Spain, which will make you a multifunctional manager with skills and abilities for decision-making, managerial development and prepared to lead change.

  • MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • EMBA
Next edition
Classes start
19 October, 2021
Classes end
17 December, 2022 (To be confirmed)
Program ends
31 March, 2023 (To be confirmed)
Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm
ECTS credits
29100 €

The Executive MBA is an official master's degree in the best business school endorsed by the rigour and excellence of the Pompeu Fabra University, one of the best in Spain and Europe.

It is designed from an innovative value proposition. Prepare yourself for managing companies and making decisions that provide transformative solutions for society, the economy and knowledge. The program will make you re-evaluate your professional skills to quickly adapt them to a variable and competitive reality that is a constant challenge.

Throughout the Executive MBA you will work on a professional challenge, a project that you will define from the beginning under the supervision of a mentor who will help you identify the development of skills and key knowledge that you must acquire during the EMBA. The mentor will help you identify experts, companies, or activities that can enrich your knowledge and your project through the latest trends in training (MOOC, OpenCourseWare, etc.).

The EMBA program is taught by professionals from leading companies and internationally renowned professors from the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University and the business school, who have designed their subjects by using the flipped learning methodology.

Why choose this program


Elite faculty

The MBA program is taught by professionals from leading companies and professors with years of experience and recognized international prestige from the Department of Economics and Business at Pompeu Fabra University.


Create your own Executive MBA

The EMBA offers a cutting-edge program in which you can design the itinerary you prefer, adding content on innovation, sustainability, soft skills, leadership, managerial development, skills development, social and business transformation, etc.


Individual project from day one

You will experience the challenge and responsibility of developing a business plan by yourself in the business school. The project is worked on from day one and it will be the driving force behind your Executive MBA.


After 23 courses its success and excellence is guaranteed

More than 500 professionals from companies such as CaixaBank, PwC, Cuatrecasas, HP, SDG Group, ACCIÓ, Boheringer, Novartis, and IBM have had the experience of training with our MBA.


MBA Challenge: you will solve a challenge from a real company

La Fageda, the Oncological Foundation of Catalonia, the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital or the Josep Carreres Foundation, among others, have already entrusted their cases to our participants.

Who is it for?

The Executive MBA is aimed at university graduates with an average work experience of 9 years (minimum experience required is 3 years) and who currently occupy a position of responsibility or wish to boost their professional career.

The program is designed to also respond to businessmen and entrepreneurs who want to provide strength to their business project or who want to make it grow.

The Executive MBA is also suitable for companies seeking to develop the talent and skills of their executive and management teams.

Admission and enrolment


We are an Institutionally Accredited Centre by the Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU Catalunya). This accreditation certifies all official university master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model. AQU Catalunya guarantees the quality of higher education, its international recognition, and its approach to social and labour needs.

On January 2021 the Executive MBA has obtained the AMBA accreditation by the Association of Masters in Business Administration (AMBAs & BGA), that recognizes the academic quality and reputation of UPF-BSM.


AMBA logoAQU-10297-EN


The Executive MBA is structured over 18 months in which students will participate in core and optional subjects.

We have identified a set of key competencies that favour the professional development of the participants: leadership, communication, co-operation, adaptive thinking, decision-making, and autonomous learning. You will work on these competencies in an integrated and transversal way throughout the Executive MBA.

The MBA is taught in Spanish, but subjects in English can be chosen from among the electives.

The program also consists of an individual project that is defined in the intensive initial week (from 9 am to 7 pm) and is developed throughout the Executive MBA.

Note: The final offer of the elective subjects and the language may be adapted depending on the academic planning. 

Intensive week: project to develop

Fundamentals for Learning

We promote group cohesion and networking from day one to facilitate the best learning experience in a collaborative environment.

Sector Trends

We will review the latest trends in different markets and sectors to help you decide the project that you will define and develop throughout the Executive MBA.

From the Idea to the Individual Project

You will participate in creativity workshops to shape the idea which you will develop into your individual business project.

Leadership and Management Development (transversal subject throughout the Executive MBA that begins this first week)

You will analyse and practice the skills necessary to obtain results through and with people: ethics and sustainability, cooperation, adaptive thinking, self-knowledge and autonomous learning, personal leadership and leadership models and styles (online and remote included), teamwork, dealing with and management of conflicts in the organization, crisis management, negotiation, motivation, communication and skills to lead meetings, and presentations and business communication skills, emphasizing especially practical exercises and role playing. This course also includes a block focused on the acquisition of skills and competencies so that you can make successful public presentations, as well as individual and personalized coaching sessions with an expert coach in profiles like yours. You will also have individual and personalized sessions with a career advisor from our Careers Department specialized in EMBA profiles, so that you can manage and develop your professional career in accordance with your objectives and concerns.

Core Subjects First Trimester

Competitive Strategy and New Business Models

You will come to know the management of the company bringing together the set of functional areas, and connecting the immediate perspective with the long-term perspective. You will analyse the adaptation of the company to its environment, proposing solutions to interpret competitive situations and the evolution of markets. You will understand the impact of organizational change and examine strategic implementation.

Quantitative Methods for Decision-Making

This subject refers to quantitative techniques that help business owners to make decisions in complex situations. In it, you will deal with, among others, complete linear programming, multi-criteria models, queue and network management, and decision models.

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Business Economics

You will know and understand the economic foundations of business activity through the analysis of proposals, decisions, and the evolution of the company from the economic perspective, and the exchange and contractual relations between all the agents involved.

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Core Subjects Second Trimester

Marketing Management

You will learn in depth to carry out analysis prior to the development of a marketing plan and the different applications of market research. You will also discuss marketing management, and the elements that define the marketing strategy and help carry out the marketing plan.

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Management Accounting

You will learn to calculate the costs of the products, services, departments, activities, and processes of any company, as well as to develop budget and management control.

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Management of Logistics and Production Processes

Referring to product design and process selection in production and service companies, through this subject you will delve into total quality management (TQM), capacity planning and localization methods, stock management, forecasting, time series analysis, independent demand, economic batch, and dependent demand: MRP and JIT, among other topics.

Strategic and Digital Marketing

At its core is the analysis of the global and particular aspects of product, market, and channel strategies in consumer, industrial, and service markets. Therefore, you will analyse strategies and complete marketing plans of different companies, sectors and environments, and their relationship with the general strategy of the organization.

Leadership and Team Management

Recognizing the competitive advantage par excellence that the role of people currently has in the company, you will delve into the planning and organization, selection, training and promotion, analysis and assessment of jobs, and performance and remuneration systems evaluation. Elements that allow the operation of this area to be understood and a policy appropriate to the needs of the company to be designed.

Core Subjects Third Trimester

Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

The tools for analysing a company's operations are used to align its outputs with the strategic options of senior management. The different levers available to the Production Management to improve processes are analysed. Specifically, topics such as operations in service companies, purchasing systems, and international operations, among others, are covered. You will understand the strategy and methods of aggregate planning, short-term scheduling, project planning and control, distribution network logistics, transportation planning, information systems and applications for operations management, interaction with other functional areas, and integration into the strategy.

Corporate Finance

The purpose is to master different planning tools and project feasibility analysis, as well as the analytical techniques of financial statements in the study of annual accounts. You will be able to diagnose the economic-financial situation and evolution of the business, and you will prepare and interpret provisional balances, generated cash-flows, and treasury budgets. The alternatives for accessing financial resources are also studied and the various investment options available to senior management are studied in depth: stock market, financial futures, financial options, and alternatives to investment in fixed income.

Management of International Companies

This subject deals with the opportunities and threats that come with running a company in different countries. You will learn, among other topics, the process of internationalization of companies, competition in globalized environments, the meeting of cultures, and collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.

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Outdoor Training

In the context of the transversal subject Leadership and Management Development, in this third quarter the Executive MBA includes a weekend of disconnection in a mountain hotel, in which team-building activities will be undertaken with the aim of identifying roles and leaders, and improving managerial and team management skills.

Core Subjects Fourth Trimester

Financial Markets

You will delve into the key points of investment and financing, and their relationship with macroeconomic aspects, as well as the criteria for inserting financial concepts into strategy and business planning.

Digital Company and Technologies

This subject describes the main information technology and telecommunications resources at the service of the company. You will understand the processing of information and the repercussions in the functional areas and in the processes of the organization, the decision support systems, and integration with the strategy and its relationship with the human team.

Business and Entrepreneurship Simulation

Its purpose is to put you in touch with business decision-makers. You will decide on the future trajectory of the organization managing the allocation of resources in a scenario of several exercises to achieve your objectives. You will also develop managerial skills and the ability to work in a team.

Elective Subjects

Budget Control and Management Control
Company Valuation (in English)
Fintech, Cryptocurrencies and New Players
Study trip (Londres)
Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Business Transformation
Innovate to Transform
Strategic Risks and Corporate Governance
Behavioral Science for Managers (in English)
Key Factors for the Success of a Start-up
Entrepreneurship and Development of New Business Models
Study trip (Stockholm)
Digital transformation and Data Analytics
Technological Disruption in Organizations
Bussines Analytics & Data Economy
Decision Making Based on Game Theory
Viewing Information for Decision Making
Marketing &communication
Creative Branding for Business
Social Media, E-commerce and Digital Media Planning
Study trip (Roma)
Cultural Change in Digital Environments
Business Communication Skills (in English)
Talent Management
RSC and Sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Sustainability
Social Entrepreneurship
Intercultural Management

Complementary activities

The Executive MBA also includes the possibility of participating in practical, and personal and professional growth activities such as:

  • The Outdoor Training is a weekend of disconnection in a mountain hotel, in which team building activities are carried out with the aim of identifying roles and leaders, and improving managerial and team management skills.
  • The International Study Trips which are work trips in which you will visit the stock market and companies with the aim of learning about new international markets. We have previously visited Shanghai (China) or London (United Kingdom), among others.
  • The MBA Challenge is a four-day competition in which you will have the opportunity to work on a real challenge from a large corporation. Companies such as La Fageda, the Oncological Foundation of Catalonia, the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, or the Josep Carreres Foundation have already entrusted their cases to UPF-BSM participants.


BSM Inside is a transversal and interdisciplinary module, common to all master's and postgraduate degrees at UPF Barcelona School of Management, which has been conceived to work on a set of key competencies for professional development in conjunction with the real needs of today's organizations.

This module extends throughout the academic year and is made up of 3 areas of knowledge that constitute the identity traits of the UPF-BSM: Communication; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and Planetary Well-being and Humanities.

All the subjects of the BSM Inside module are 100% online and have been designed as self-learning subjects: from the first day of the subject until the end of the term you will have all the teaching materials available on the eCampus and you can work with the material and the different activities that it contains at your own pace, according to your availability and in a self-organized way.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Máster Universitario en Administración y Dirección de Empresas official Master's Degree, issued by the Pompeu Fabra University.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the degree. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.


Academic directors

Susana Domingo Pérez

Head of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Area
Senior Lecturer BSM


Oriol Amat Salas

Academic Adviser

Llorenç Bagur Femenías

Vice Dean for Faculty of UPF Barcelona School of Management
Director of the Associated Centre (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Barcelona School of Management
Associate Professor BSM

Ramon Bastida Vialcanet

Vice Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer at UPF Barcelona School of Management
Senior Lecturer BSM

Alfons Cornella Solans
Susana Domingo Pérez

Head of the Strategy and Entrepreneurship Area
Senior Lecturer BSM

Marcos Eguiguren Huerta

Senior Lecturer BSM

Oscar Elvira Benito

Senior Lecturer BSM

Jordi de Falguera Martinez Alarcon

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Ana Maria Freire Veiga

Postdoctoral Contract UPF-BSM

Josep Maria Galí Izard

Vice Dean of Executive Education
Senior Lecturer BSM

Manel Jiménez Morales

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Gaël Georges Marcel Le Mens

Full Professor UPF-BSM

Carolina Luis Bassa

Senior Lecturer BSM

Xavier Marcet Gisbert

Adjunct professor BSM

Mercè Martín Vicente-Ruiz

Lecturer BSM

Elisabet Matoses Freixes
David Menoyo Vilalta
Oriol Montanyà Vilalta

Lecturer BSM

Ester Oliveras Sobrevias
Luz Parrondo Tort

Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM

Xavier Puig Pla

Senior Lecturer BSM

Marc Ribas Ros
Emma Rodero Antón

Associate Professor UPF-BSM

Gem Romero

Head of Strategy at LOLA MullenLowe Barcelona.

Joan Anton Ros Guasch

Senior Lecturer BSM

Mar Sánchez Rubio
Enrique Schonberg Schwarz Letzen

Management Development Program from IESE Business School.PhD candidate.

Daniel Serra de la Figuera

Full Professor UPF-BSM

Ernest Solé Udina

Senior Lecturer BSM

Antonio Valls Roig

Lecturer BSM

Lluís Vicent Safont

Senior Lecturer BSM

Fàtima Vidal Ayuso

Teaching Assistant BSM

  • Jeffrey Breyer
    Director, Effective Coaching.
    Bachelor's in Anthropology , University of California, Berkeley.
  • Valentí Camps
    PADE-Top Management Program from IESE Businesss School
    Adjunct professor at ESCI-UPF
  • Jordi Damià
    Partner at Setesca.
    Telecommunications Engineer at the UPC.
  • August Mabilon Puig
    Associate of SDG Group.
    Management Development Program from IESE.
  • Josep Maria Raya
    PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona.
  • Christian Rodriguez Fornos
    Founder of BYHOURS, Urban Secretsm Netip Consulting, Chocolate Studio, among others.
    Board Member in Barcelona Tech City and Hawkers Group. Professor and university mentor on innovation and digital ecosystem issues.
  • Carlos Ribera
    Partner, SDG Group
    Telecommunications Engineer at the UPV.


The Executive MBA combines basic content, that which is considered essential for any professional who wishes to carry out a managerial role, with specific content, which is customized together with the mentor according to the participant's personal skills and professional project.

The program also includes the possibility of participating in practical, and personal and professional growth activities, such as Outdoor Training, International Study Trips or the MBA Challenge:

The Outdoor Training is a weekend of disconnection in a mountain hotel in which team building activities are carried out with the aim of identifying roles and leaders, and improving managerial and team management skills.

International Study Trips are work trips that you will take to other countries to discover new markets and visit companies.

The MBA Challenge is a four-day competition in which you will have the opportunity to work on a real challenge from a large corporation. Companies such as La Fageda, the Oncological Foundation of Catalonia, the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital or the Josep Carreres Foundation have already entrusted their cases to UPF-BSM participants.

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The professional challenge

At the beginning of the program you will define the individual project that you will work on during the Executive MBA. It must respond to a real business challenge and allow the development of business analysis and diagnostic skills, as well as formulate viable proposals for its implementation. Its objectives define the knowledge and academic content that is learned in the Executive MBA.


The figure of the mentor

The mentor is key in the learning model, acts as a guide and challenges your thinking and ideas. They will also help you to identify teachers, professionals, projects, companies, and reference activities with which to contrast and enrich your project.


Tutoring and monitoring

During the Executive MBA you will have the monitoring of the Academic Management team to offer you support and ensure your correct progress in the development of skills.


Collaborative learning and real case studies

The diversity of profiles enriches learning through a shared and interdisciplinary viewpoint. In the classroom, an inclusive learning process is put into practice in which the active participation of all classmates is promoted in the form of dialogue and exchange of ideas around the resolution of the different real practical cases.


Flipped learning

In the classroom we will explore the topics in depth to create more learning opportunities. They are work sessions that you will prepare in advance so that you actively participate in the construction of knowledge.


The Executive MBA program consists of different evaluation systems according to each subject: exams, group assignments, individual assignments and the individual project.


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The Executive MBA is a large-scale project that will mark a turning point not only in your knowledge, but also in your personal and professional life.

It will be a few months of work and transformation that will open the doors to the future you want. From the relationships and networking that you will weave with your colleagues to the professional leap you are looking for, the Executive MBA and the personalized advice that you receive from our Careers Department will form the path that will lead you to meet the leadership goals you pursue.

Student profile

The Executive MBA ecosystem is made up of national and international professionals with years of experience and a relevant track record.

The diversity of profiles and sectors represented in the Executive MBA (entrepreneurs, managers, financiers, consultants, heads of area or department, engineers, team managers, scientists, doctors, professionals in the pharmaceutical industry, the banking sector, etc.) is a great added value to the learning.



Average age


Average experience


International students


Holding management positions


Recommendation for the program

Career opportunities

The Executive MBA is a professional springboard for making a leap in your career, whether you are looking to grow by changing companies or are pursuing management development in your current company.

Our Career Department puts at your disposal the UPF-BSM Job Bank and a Career advisor to help you and support you in a personalized way to achieve your professional growth goals.

If you are an international student and you do not have a European passport, our Careers Department will also help you find a business project that matches your profile, experience, and career. We can make an agreement between the company and the university, so that you incorporate a European professional experience on your CV and also obtain income that helps you live in Barcelona.

  • CEO, Board of Directors, or General Management of companies and organizations of any kind.
  • Venture Capital Manager, Private Equity Manager, and Strategic Consultant.
  • Management positions in any of the functional areas of a company: marketing, finance, human resources, production, etc.
  • Entrepreneur on your own project thanks to the broad business vision that the MBA gives you to carry it out successfully.
  • Intrapreneur: undertake projects within your organization.

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

The Executive MBA is aimed at university graduates with an average work experience of 9 years (minimum experience required is 3 years) and who currently occupy a position of responsibility or wish to boost their professional career.

The program is designed to also respond to businessmen and entrepreneurs who want to provide strength to their business project or who want to make it grow.

The Executive MBA is also suitable for companies that want to develop the talent and skills of their executive and management teams.

Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.

Although it is not essential, a good level of English is highly valued by the Admissions Committee.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.

Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1517.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Talent Scholarship

Apply for one of our Talent Scholarships, specifically awarded to master students who can demonstrate an exceptional academic, professional or personal trajectory.

Partner Talent Scholarship

If you are a graduated from one of the UPF Barcelona School of Management partner universities you can apply to the Partner Universities Scholarships.


Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Social Value Scholarships

UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.

Grants and discounts

MUBA - Executive MBA (EMBA)

Certain programs at UPF Barcelona School of Management offer specific financial aid to incoming students, funded by collaborating entities.

Alumni discounts

If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.

UPF Employee Discounts

If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.

Early Bird discount

Discount available to applications submitted before the stated deadline.

UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount

If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).


Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).

Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

Application for admission
You are applying for admission to the program:
Official Master’s Degree in Business Administration
Modality: Presencial
Language: Spanish
Price: 29100
Admission fee: 120
We will deduct this amount from the total registration fee if your application is accepted. If your application is rejected, we will reimburse you.