GEMBA FAQ

Admission

Can I pay the tuition fee in instalments? Is there any financial aid available? Can I apply for a bank loan?

Participants can pay the tuition fee in three instalments. CEIBS has also entered into an agreement with the Shanghai branch of China Merchants Bank, which allows Chinese mainland Global EMBA participants to apply for bank loans.

How do I reapply for your Global EMBA programme?

If your application is not older than 2 years, you do not need to submit another application package. The materials will be transferred to this year's admission once you inform us that you wish to apply again.

Do I need an organisational sponsorship to enrol?

An organisation's sponsorship is regarded as a demonstration of a student's ability to commit to full participation in the programme. All candidates thus need to obtain approval from current employers to take two working days off each month to attend classes. We encourage financial support from employers but do not require it.

What's the required admission test, Executive Assessment like?

Candidates are encouraged to take the Executive Assessment. The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Because it was designed specifically for experienced professionals, it requires modest preparation, takes only 90 minutes to complete, and includes flexible rescheduling options. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. Learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting gmac.com/ea.

Is there any difference between an online application and a paper application?

No preference will be given to either online applications or paper applications, though online applications will be dealt with more expediently.

Is there any advantage to applying early?

If the applicant has a valid GMAT score and has submitted the complete application package to the Global EMBA office, a decision will be made about the interview within 30 working days upon the receipt of all materials. In this case, the interview may be scheduled before the application deadline.

How much weight does the interview have in the selection process?

The overall assessment of candidates is made after the Admission Committee reviews the admission test or GMAT score, application materials and the interview results. It is strongly recommended that the applicant clearly describes his/her career path and vision in the essay part of the application package so that the Admission Committee can have a clear picture of the applicant's career development.

I have many years of work experience; can I apply for a waiver for the admission test?

The CEIBS Global EMBA programme is a master's degree programme. Every applicant has to take the Executive Assessment by GMAC. The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals. It focuses on the skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. And it requires modest preparation. Candidates can take the assessment year-round at over 600 conveniently located test centers around the world. 

How can I prepare for the Executive Assessment?

The Executive Assessment was specifically designed to evaluate the skills you have already acquired during your career. It focuses on the skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA program: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. And it includes just three short 30-minute sections with a total of 40 questions. Extensive preparation is not necessary, but we do strongly suggest that you review the question formats and practice using the sample questions listed HERE.

Who should write my recommendations?

The CEIBS Admission Committee requires two letters of professional recommendations, with one from the applicant's current supervisor preferred. We prefer recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitude for, or accomplishments in, management. Thus, work-related recommendations are more valuable than academic ones.

I only have an associate degree. Am I qualified to apply for the Global EMBA?

Each year, we admit a small number of candidates who hold only an associate degree but have outstanding management experience in high-calibre managerial positions. Please submit a résumé to the Global EMBA office highlighting your career achievements. The admission committee will consider these achievements in assessing your application.

When does the Global EMBA programme start? When should I apply?

The Global EMBA starts in September every year, with a rolling based admission, meaning candidates can submit applications ANY TIME. The CEIBS admissions office will arrange an interview for you in about 2 weeks after your application is received. And you can schedule to take the Executive Assessment (the required test for admission; details HERE) at your own convenience. With the completion of that, you will be notified of the admission result in about 2 weeks. As admission to the programme is highly competitive, applications that are submitted close to the opening tend to be assessed against a much larger and more competitive pool, and therefore we encourage you to apply as early as possible for your best chance of admission.

What are the application qualifications and admission processes?

Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or above and at least ten years working experience including a minimum of seven years at the managerial level. After submitting the application with the required documents, we will arrange candidates to take an interview, either in person in CEIBS's main campus in Shanghai or through Skype. Candidates need to register and schedule to take the Executive Assessment (details HERE) by themselves and have score report sent to us. With the completion of that, you will be notified of the admission result within 2 weeks.

Programme Introduction

Must participants write a thesis?

Participants must attend each course and pass the examination. Our programme does not require participants to write a thesis; instead they have to complete a group research project related to business practice. It is important to note that it will not be easier to complete a research project than a thesis.

Is the CEIBS Global EMBA degree recognised by the Chinese educational system?

CEIBS Global EMBA participants are conferred with a Master's degree in Business Administration upon graduation, which is recognised by the Academic Degree Committee of the State Council, People's Republic of China.

When was the CEIBS Global EMBA programme launched?

CEIBS is the first institution to offer a Global EMBA programme in the Chinese mainland. In 1995, CEIBS started to offer its Global EMBA programme in Shanghai. Today, programme is offered in Shanghai and Zurich. The Global EMBA commences in September every year.

What sets CEIBS' Global EMBA programme apart from other EMBA programmes in China?

There are many outstanding business schools and Global EMBA programmes in China. Each programme has its own characteristics. CEIBS is characterised as having an exceptionally high teaching quality. The quality of teaching is considered as the lifeblood of our school. Over the past decade, CEIBS has maintained high-standard entrance examinations and strict management in teaching. CEIBS professors are not only knowledgeable, but also experts at teaching. Many have won prestigious teaching awards.

Among our international, but China-focused, faculty many have been teaching in China for almost two decades. They have a profound understanding of Chinese companies and the country’s business environment, which allows them to cover all the key learning points within intensive 4-day modules. There are currently about 70 permanent faculty members at CEIBS, which lays a solid foundation for further improvement of the teaching quality. Additionally, the school has been constantly strengthening its efforts on research and case-writing over the past decade.

Due to its persistence in high teaching quality, our school has attracted a great number of accomplished entrepreneurs and business managers. Among our Global EMBA students, there are not only top managers of major companies in key industries, but also entrepreneurs from high-growth start-ups. These participants provide a precious resource for peer-learning.

How does CEIBS differ from other business schools?

The mission of CEIBS is to become a China-focused world-class business school. CEIBS differs from other domestic business schools in its global perspective; and it differs from other world-class business schools in its strategic focus on China. The global perspective guarantees its world-standard operation while its China focus sets the school apart from other world-class business schools.

What's the difference between Global EMBA and MBA?

The Global EMBA (GEMBA) programme is based on the full-time MBA programme, but tailored in its curriculum, course coverage, teaching methodology and schedule to meet the special needs of senior executives. The programme allows senior business managers to pursue an MBA degree on a part-time basis.

Another major difference between the two programmes lies in their respective participants. At CEIBS, GEMBA participants have average work experience of over 14 years while MBA students generally have 5-6 years of work experience. Therefore, even for the same course, the requirements for GEMBA students are much higher than those for MBA students. Secondly, the intense schedule for GEMBA participants requires stronger learning and time management abilities. Lastly, as many GEMBA participants have earned outstanding achievements and even formulated a set of their own managerial methods, it is equally important for them to unlearn old habits. Consequently, this requires a strong mentality and maturity from participants.