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ESADE Business School is a college and graduate school located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is part of ESADE (Catalan: Escola Superior d'Administració i Direcció d'Empreses, Spanish: Escuela Superior de Administración y Dirección de Empresas) and associated with Ramon Llull University. ESADE has been awarded the triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

ESADE Business School
MottoInspiring Futures.
TypePrivate Business School
DeanAlfons Sauquet
DirectorEugènia Bieto Caubet
Av. Pedralbes, 60-62,
Barcelona 08034
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41°23′29″N 2°06′42″E / 41.3914°N 2.1118°E / 41.3914; 2.1118Coordinates: 41°23′29″N 2°06′42″E / 41.3914°N 2.1118°E / 41.3914; 2.1118



The ESADE project was conceived in the spring of 1954 by a group of Spanish professionals and entrepreneurs who later founded the university. The school signed an agreement with the Jesuits (Societas Iesu) in October 1958 and started offering its first academic programs in a small building in the district of Sant Gervasi, Barcelona.[2] In 1958, ESADE was ultimately founded. Two years later, in 1960, executive education programmes were introduced. In 1964 the college's MBA programme was established. A year later, in 1965, ESADE's Barcelona campus (Av. Pedralbes) opened (Building I). In 2001, the school inaugurated its campus in Madrid (Chamartín), and two years later its campus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both are primarily used for Executive Education. In 2009 ESADE opened a new campus in Sant Cugat (Barcelona) as well as ESADE Creapolis, a technology park based on open innovation and situated on the new Sant Cugat campus.[2]


Building 3 at Esplugues avenue

ESADE Business School offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a doctoral program.

MSc Programmes in ManagementEdit

  • Master in International Management
  • Master in Global Strategic Management
  • Master in Finance
  • Master in Marketing Management,
  • Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Full-Time MBAEdit

The ESADE Business School offers an accelerated, customizable full-time MBA programme. Students can choose among a 12, 15 and 18-month track.[3] The 12-month program is completed with classes from September to September, while the 15- and 18-month programs allow for either summer internships, exchanges with other MBA programmes worldwide, or both. In the first eight months students are divided into three sections, with whom they complete a significant portion of their studies in a team format. In the remaining terms, classes are completed on an elective basis. The student body is highly international, with 95% international students who represent 48 nationalities.[4]

Executive EducationEdit

ESADE Business School offers a range of programmes aimed at executives and experienced professionals. These programs include Executive MBAs, Executive Master Programmes, Open Programmes, and Custom Programmes. The Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) is taught in cooperation with the McDonough School of Business and the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. The course follows a modular structure, with modules taught in the United States, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, India, and Russia. ESADE also offers an International Executive Master in Marketing & Sales (emms) in partnership with SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan (Italy).

PhD in Management SciencesEdit

The ESADE Business School offers a PhD programme that consists of two parts:

  • A Master in Research (MRes) (duration: 1 year)
  • A supervised research period (duration: 3 – 4 years)

International RankingsEdit


  1. ^ "ESADE Annual Report" (PDF). ESADE. Retrieved July 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ a b "ESADE History". ESADE. Retrieved July 2013. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ ESADE Full-Time MBA
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External linksEdit

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Financial Times - Master in Management[5] 6th 12th 9th 8th 11th
The Economist - Master in Management[6] - - - 10th
Financial Times - Master in Finance[7] 2nd 2nd 6th 13th 14th
QS - Global MBA 2018 & 2019 [8] 17th 13th
QS - Masters in Business Analytics 2019 [9] 5th
QS - Masters in Finance 2018 & 2019[10] 6th 7th
QS - Masters in Management 2018 & 2019[11] 3rd 3rd
QS - Masters in Marketing 2019[12] 4th