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IESE Deferred MBA Overview

August 1, 2023




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What is a good GMAT score for IESE MBA?

Short Answer – The average GMAT score at IESE is 690 for the last entering class. If you score above 690, you have a fair shot and you will receive an encouraging response to your profile evaluation from the admission committee. 

Long Answer – There is no such thing as a safe score, higher is always better. In our years of consulting experience, we have seen our clients with 640 getting selected into top schools like INSEAD and on the other hand, someone with a 770 getting rejected too. A good benchmark that we advise all our clients to beat is the average GMAT score of the last entering class as mentioned in the Class profile published every year. Scoring above the average gets you a fair shot; 

“The higher your score, the better is it for your interview or admission chance.” 

If you plan to apply with a score that is below the average, then you are starting a fight with one hand tied behind your back or, let’s say, you are starting a few yards behind your competitors. You can definitely catch up in other sections of the application by writing outstanding essays or performing really well in an interview later. But it is always nice to start ahead of the competitor. A higher GMAT score helps one gain a competitive advantage.

“What if you are from the over represented Indian or Asian Pool?”

The over-represented candidate pool of Indian or Chinese applicants usually goes through a rigorous preparation process for GMAT, with a lot of Indian applicants scoring quite high. Hence, the overall competition and the Average score for this diaspora goes up by a few notches. That is why we recommend candidates within the most over-represented profiles to shoot at least 20 points higher than the school’s class profile average. 


Average Employment Salary after IESE MBA?

The average salary at IESE for the last graduating class was €92,500. 95% of the class was employed with 3 months of graduation with majority of class going into consulting (33%), Finance (21%) and technology (18%) oriented functional roles. 

IESE, the business school of the University of Navarra, is committed to developing business leaders who strive to make a deep, positive and lasting impact on the people, companies and societies they serve.

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€ 99,500 

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€ 2,590

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Tuition Fees & Scholarship at IESE

The Tuition fees for IESE MBA is € 99500 and an additional  2,590 € in living cost. 

A number of scholarships are available to incoming IESE students. IESE scholarship applications should be completed and submitted within the MBA application form to the Admissions Department.

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IESE Application Essays

  • If you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Please give example of both your strengths and weakness. (500 words)
  • What do you consider your most significant life achievement? (250 words)
  •  What do you want to be remembered for? (word limit 300 max)
  • What figure do you admire the most and why? (250 words)

IESE Recommendation Ques.

    • How do the candidate’s performance, potential, or personal qualities compare to those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide specific examples. (300 words)
    • Please describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (250 words)
    • What do you consider to be the candidate’s principal strengths/talents? (No word limit)
    • What do you consider to be the candidate’s weaknesses or areas that need improvement? (No word limit)

Application Process & timeline

We strongly advise all our clients to have a proper excel sheet or a timetables mapped out.
Once you are done with GMAT the entire application process usually take 4-6 weeks

Step 1

GMAT / GRE Score

2-3 months.

If you are not sure about what score to target then look at the average score of the schools you want and shoot above the average. 

Step 2

Profile Evaluation

 1-2 weeks.

Get your profile evaluated from a professional consultant and figure out what schools you can target based on your profile

Step 3

Application Prep

3-4 weeks at least. 

Start writing at least 1 month in advance of their 1st deadline. First application usually takes the longest.

Step 4

Interview Prep

1 week

School will notify you and give you roughly 1 week to schedule your interview. Ideally, start your prep ASAP and Do some mock interviews.

FAQs about IESE

IESE’s MBA is a full-time 15- or 19-month program that has a general management focus with a strong emphasis on global business, entrepreneurship and ethics. The program is offered at IESE’s world-class campus in Barcelona, with elective modules offered in New York, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Kenya.

The program takes place on the school’s main campus in Barcelona.

The program stands out for its strong international character, with students who hail from more than 60 countries and faculty members who reflect 27 different nationalities. It also offers a unique bilingual dimension (English/Spanish). IESE students accepted into the program typically have 5 years of work experience on average, speak more than one language and are seeking careers in global business or to start their own companies.

First you have to create an account at hec.edu/applytomasters and then begin to fill in your application. You are able to submit an application when:

· your application form is 100% complete

· you have uploaded all the required documents

· you have paid the application fee of €110

The program has a comprehensive general management focus with the objective of preparing talented professionals to take on leadership roles in global organizations or start their own companies. In addition, students can concentrate on a particular area by taking electives, which are offered during the second year.

The first year of the program provides a solid business foundation with a focus on essentials such as economics, finance, operations, IT, global strategy and leading people in organizations. These areas are explored within a coherent, integrated framework.

During the second year of the program, students select from more than 130 electives covering diverse business areas. During the second year, they also carry out the Corporate Internship in the summer and have the opportunity to participate in the International Exchange Program and International Modules in New York City (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Shanghai (China).

Does IESE have a grade non-disclosure policy?

Yes, IESE employs a grade non-disclosure policy. The school only admits MBA candidates who have a proven track record of outstanding academic and professional achievement, as well as cross-cultural awareness and leadership potential. For this reason, recruiters are not permitted to ask students about grades during an interview.

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