28 months
28200 EUR/year
28200 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MBA in Global Executive Management at Central European University (CEU)  distinguishes itself as the EMBA for the Open World―a rigorous, research-based mid-career managerial degree program that confidently integrates progressive Open-Society values into its curriculum, in view of their pivotal importance as success factors for entrepreneurs, managers and leaders in the post-industrial economy.

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CEU Executive MBA is the program tailor-made for accomplished working managers willing to elevate their professional profile from operational expertise to strategic leadership. The program’s innovative structure allows participants to earn a US-accredited MBA degree in just 10 convenient 4-to-9-day residencies, scheduled over 28 months.

The MBA in Global Executive Management at Central European University (CEU)   advances CEU’s intellectual and institutional objectives by:

  • Providing a new, promising avenue of promoting Open Society values in the business community, countering setbacks that these values have suffered in the political realm;
  • Establishing a unique meeting platform of mid-career professionals from Europe and beyond;
  • Leveraging professional expertise and a network of Executive MBA participants to enhance the career prospects of all CEU students;
  • Supporting high-quality management research by providing CEU faculty with access to organizations, empirical data, and managerial practice.


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

On successful completion of the CEU Executive MBA program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a broad, strategic view of business competitiveness in view of evolving economic, social, political, environmental and technological trends.
  • Articulate and execute strategic courses of action that respond to complex business and broader societal demands.
  • Lead, develop and manage people, teams and units beyond functional/unit level specialization and know how to mobilize the strategic, tactical and operational resources of their organization to create sustainable value for multiple stakeholders.
  • Leverage state-of-the-art techniques for making decisions in complex business contexts (including a detailed understanding of sources and uses of data and management tools in decision making at all levels of activity).
  • Develop critical self-understanding, leadership and interpersonal improvement in an international multicultural context and to act with integrity.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 28 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


100 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • At least eight years of professional experience, including at least three years of documented leadership/managerial experience. From the eight-year criterion, we will make rare exceptions in the case of individuals with particularly impactful leadership experience, for instance founding an organization, startup etc.

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification.

  • Evidence of steady career progress throughout the professional career, as documented by the up-to-date Vitae of the candidate. Note that as a general rule, CEU Executive MBA only accepts candidates with at least eight years of professional experience and three years of documented managerial / leadership experience.

  • At least two references.

  • A cover letter explaining interest in the EMBA for the Open World.

  • A non-refundable application fee of EUR 30.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28200 EUR per year during 28 months.
  • EU/EEA

    28200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28200 EUR per year during 28 months.

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


CEU offers need-based scholarships of up to 12,000 euro for highly qualified candidates from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia or North Africa, in case their management compensation significantly departs from Western salaries. The need-based scholarship program allows participants from middle-income countries who do not earn Western income levels to attend CEU Executive MBA at a price point similar to that of local programs in these locations. 

In addition, a number of highly competitive merit-based scholarships include the Open World Scholarship, available for participants worldwide as well as our country-specific scholarships set up with a number of highly prestigious institutional partners.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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