Approximately 150 students will be admitted to the programme.
To apply for CEIBS’ MBA programme, all candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
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Each year we offer four rounds to apply in, typically starting in September and ending in May (exact dates vary each year). No preference will be given to applicants based on which round they apply in, but all applicants are advised to apply as early as possible to guarantee a space and to be more competitive for scholarships. To view the most recent application deadlines, please click here.
All application documents may be submitted online through the dedicated application portal. A completed application will include the following:
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The CEIBS Admission Test is an option that CEIBS provides to applicants in lieu of the GMAT. The CEIBS Admission Test is similar in style to the GMAT except that it does not have the AWA Section and IR Section. You need to submit your application before the test dates along with a non-refundable MBA application fee and mark the CEIBS Admission Test in your application to take the test. After receiving your application, CEIBS MBA Admissions Office will inform you of the test details by email one week before the test. You can only take the CEIBS Admission Test ONCE per year and the test score is valid for 2 years. Click the link for more details about the CEIBS Admission Test.
Yes, we require an interview for all short-listed applicants. The interview panel will be comprised of CEIBS faculty, alumni and senior admissions officers. In most cases, applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers. Each interview is approximately 30-40 minutes long and will be conducted in English. Interviews will be offered at CEIBS campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, or online (for overseas applicants).
CEIBS offers a wide range of scholarships and fellowships for both domestic and international students who possess outstanding leadership or demonstrate financial difficulty. For more information about our scholarships, please click here.
In addition to scholarships, CEIBS Talent Loans (interest free) are available to all students in the form of interest subsidy. Normal student loans are also provided by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China for mainland Chinese students and by Prodigy Finance for international students. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
In addition to planning for MBA tuition, students can refer to the table below to understand the approximate cost of living throughout the 12-16 month journey.
Dorm Fee (single room*): 3,000 RMB/month
Meals and miscellaneous: 5,000-8,000 RMB/month, including meals, health insurance, transportation and social fees.
Int’l exchange: 30,000-60,000 RMB/3-4 months
Overseas module: 10,000-25,000 RMB/trip lasting 5-10 days
China modules***: 2000-5000 RMB/module (Note: For those who attend the module in Gobi desert, the cost will be around 20,000 RMB)
* Based on renting a single room dorm on campus for 16-19 months. Students can choose to live on or off campus in Shanghai. Typically, 80% of MBAs live on campus in single occupancy dorm rooms. Each room is equipped with a single bed, air-conditioning, bathroom and internet connection.
** Tuition is waved at the overseas institution based on the reciprocal nature of the exchange. The expense varies based on location and duration but serves as a rough guide for travel and living expenses.
*** Expenses are mainly from flights, accommodation, insurance, transportation and meals.
During the 16-month MBA study at CEIBS, we offer free Mandarin courses catering for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Based on the current schedule, 2.5-hour classes will be held throughout the first academic year. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, we have a Career Development Centre (CDC) dedicated to help CEIBS’ students to effectively manage their career development post MBA. The CDC office provides a broad range of services to help with students’ career development from the beginning of the programme, such as career counselling, workshops, and mock interviews, internships and practicum, industry briefing, on-campus company presentations, etc. The CDC office is also responsible for arranging on-campus job fairs to connect students with companies. For More details, please click here or download our career report here.
Participants pay their tuition fee in three instalments – an initial payment of 10% of the total fee, followed by two subsequent instalments of 50% and 40% respectively. 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.
If your original application is within the last two years, you do not need to submit another application package. The materials will simply be transferred to the current year's admission once you inform us that you wish to apply again. Though we may ask you to update us on any significant changes regarding your career/personal development that may have occurred between applications.
An organisation's sponsorship of a student is regarded as a demonstration of that student's ability to commit fully to the programme, with the active support of their employer. However, while we encourage this kind of sponsorship, it is not obligatory. Currently, around 40-50% of current GEMBA class participants have such a sponsorship arrangement.
While sponsorship is not mandatory, we do require all candidates to obtain permission from their current employers to take two working days off each month to attend classes.
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. You can learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting gmac.com/ea.
Each year, the Global EMBA programme attracts a large, talented and diverse pool of applicants. With each successive round of admissions, the list of applicants grows and competition for places becomes more intense. Therefore, there is an advantage to applying early, as you will most likely find yourself competing against a smaller pool of candidates.
The overall assessment of candidates is made after the Admission Committee reviews their EA admission test or GMAT score, other application materials, and the results of their interview. While each of these elements influence the final decision, the interview part does carry additional weight, as it gives the committee a clearer understanding of the candidate’s personality and unique qualities beyond what is written on paper. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that each candidate takes the time to consider their interview style and technique beforehand, so they can exhibit their personal strengths and capabilities to the fullest.
Equally, 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, which can then be addressed in more detail during the interview.
The CEIBS Global EMBA programme is a master's degree programme. Every applicant must take the Executive Assessment exam 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 programme: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. Fortunately, it only requires modest preparation, and candidates can take the assessment year-round at over 600 conveniently located test centres around the world.
However, there is an exception to this rule. We will allow candidates who already have a GMAT score to submit this as part of their application, instead of taking the Executive Assessment exam. Please note that this GMAT score must have been obtained within the past five years prior to the candidate’s application. Furthermore, candidates should be aware that if they do not take the EA exam, and instead submit their existing GMAT score, they will incur a 2,000 RMB application fee.
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 programme: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. It is made up of just three 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.
The CEIBS Admission Committee requires two letters of professional recommendation. It is preferred that one of these comes from the applicant's current supervisor. We also prefer recommendations from people who can speak directly about your aptitude for, or accomplishments in, management. Accordingly, work-related recommendations are more valuable than academic ones.
Each year, we admit a small number of candidates who hold only an associate degree but have outstanding 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 when assessing your application.
The Global EMBA programme starts in November every year.
You can review our latest Admission Deadlines here.
The CEIBS admissions office will arrange an interview for you within about two weeks of your application being received. You can arrange to take the Executive Assessment (the required test for admission) at your own convenience. Once these steps are complete, you will be notified of the admission result within roughly two weeks. As admission to the programme is highly competitive, applications that are submitted during the later admissions rounds tend to be assessed against a much larger and more competitive pool of candidates. Therefore, we encourage you to apply as early as possible, to secure your best chance of being successfully admitted to the programme.
Candidates should have a bachelor's degree or above, and at least ten years' working experience, including a minimum of seven years at a managerial level. After submitting your application with the required documents, we will arrange your interview, to be conducted either in person on CEIBS's main campus in Shanghai, or through Skype/Zoom. Candidates will also need to register and schedule to take the Executive Assessment by themselves, and have the score report sent to us. After the completion of these steps, you will be notified of the admission result within two weeks.
Our programme does not require participants to write a thesis; instead, they are tasked with completing a group research project – known as the Capstone Project – which will tackle a real-world business challenge or scenario. It is important to note that the Capstone Project represents a similar degree of difficulty as a thesis.
All 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.
CEIBS was the first institution to offer a Global EMBA programme on the Chinese mainland. In 1995, CEIBS started to offer its Global EMBA programme in Shanghai.
There are many outstanding business schools and Global EMBA programmes in China. Each programme has its own unique characteristics. CEIBS is characterised as offering an exceptionally high quality of learning opportunities delivered by its world-class teaching staff. The quality of teaching is considered to be the lifeblood of our school. Over the past decade, CEIBS has maintained its high-standard entrance examinations and strict management practices overseeing the educational content across all its programmes. CEIBS professors are not only highly knowledgeable in their respective fields, they are also experts at teaching. Many of our faculty members have won prestigious teaching awards.
The Global EMBA maintains a strong commitment to diversity among its students, with executives from different nationalities, industries, functional backgrounds and company types, allowing each student to step outside their everyday work environment and see business challenges from a whole new perspective.
Personal and professional self-development is also one of the core pillars of the Global EMBA programme. Participants will be continually challenged and inspired through immersive, experiential leadership exercises, that will help them understand their own leadership style and blind spots.
The mission of CEIBS is to maintain and improve its standing as a China-focused, world-class business school. CEIBS differs from other domestic business schools in its global perspective; it differs from other world-class international business schools in its strategic focus on China. This combination of strengths allows CEIBS to cultivate the next generation of business leaders who are equally capable and comfortable in China and global-facing roles.
The Global EMBA programme is based on the full-time MBA programme, but tailored in its curriculum, course coverage, teaching methodology and schedule to meet the specific 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, Global EMBA participants have average work experience of 15 years, while MBA students generally have 5-6 years of work experience. Therefore, even for the same course, the content taught in the Global EMBA classroom will be much higher than that for MBA students. Secondly, the intensive schedule for Global EMBA participants requires stronger learning and time management abilities. Lastly, as many Global EMBA participants have earned outstanding achievements in their careers, and may even have formulated a set of their own managerial methods, it may be necessary for them to 'unlearn' certain habits. Consequently, this requires a strong mentality and maturity from participants.
To prepare highly competent, innovation oriented managers and executives who are capable of leading and growing their organizations in the increasingly dynamic African economic environment and who are capable of negotiating the forces of globalization and international competition and cooperation for the benefit of their organizations.
CEIBS Executive Education offers a wide spectrum of programmes to meet different needs of different companies at different growth stages. These programmes are customer-oriented, designed for senior executives as well as for functional managers. Details about all programmes are available on the website.
All former participants are delivered updated programme information by CEIBS.
In addition, we suggest you contact CEIBS customer service officers to make known training needs of your company or your own and learn about features of the programmes. With profound knowledge of the programmes and the faculty, CEIBS customer service officers and account managers are ready to help choose the most suitable programmes for companies. Our past experience shows that many training managers or potential participants who had chosen programmes themselves adjusted their initial selections eventually with the help of CEIBS account managers to better meet their needs.
A completed application form must be received by CEIBS customer service team four weeks or more prior to the programme's start date. All applications will be processed in the order of receipt and any applications received after the deadline will only be considered on a seat-available basis.
Once the application is accepted, an Executive Education Programme Confirmation and Payment Advice will be sent to the participant.
Programme fee should be paid 15 working days or more prior to the programme's start date. Instant payment is required in case an application is received within 15 working days prior to the programme's start date. The fee covers tuition, lunches, teaching materials, stationery and interpretation (if any).
The invoice of programme fee will be handed out to the participant individually during the programme.
In case a cancellation of a confirmed place is requested within 15 working days prior to the programme's start date, or the confirmed participant fails to attend the programme, a cancellation fee amounting to 20% of the programme fee will be charged. If a confirmed participant is unable to attend the programme, his/her transfer to another CEIBS programme can only be arranged within the same calendar year. The replacement of a confirmed participant requested within 15 working days prior to the programme's start date will only be considered on a seat-available basis.
CEIBS Executive Education programmes often last for 3 to 5 days on end in the forms of lecture, case discussion, group presentation, business simulation, and others.
The participants will face great challenges for their energy and attention during the whole process. The insufficiency in making proper psychological preparation may cause difficulties in understanding the essence of the professors' lectures and getting actively involved in class discussions.
We suggest that the participants advise their colleagues in advance that phone calls and e-mails may not be replied during the programme.
To companies selecting participants or to individual managers being selected, to participate in CEIBS programmes is a significant investment. Anyone busy handling some emergencies may only achieve part of the expected outcomes from the training.
Most professors prepare for the participants pre-reading materials which include cases and extensive reading materials. CEIBS programme coordinators will mail the materials to the participants several weeks in advance. The participants are required to read the materials carefully beforehand; otherwise, group discussions and class discussions can hardly proceed given the limited time the professors leave for reading cases in class. With a view to the fact that case teaching is an integral part of the programme, we have prepared for you the Guide for Learning at CEIBS with focuses and tips for case study to maximize your learning achievements.
The daily schedule is as follows:
Read carefully in advance and take with you the pre-reading materials (if any).
Read carefully the Logistics Guide and Reply Sheet sent to you by the programme coordinator about two weeks prior to the programme's start date.
Take your business cards with you.
Yes. This programme has two tracks.
As agreed with IESE, we plan to admit up to three PhD candidates.
Following European regulations established under the Bologna Treaty, candidates for the IESE-CEIBS PhD must first complete the MRM as a pre-requisite for admission to the PhD Programme. In other words, this programme requires your commitment to five years of full-time study.
To protect the environment, we have replaced the hard copy of the programme application form with an electronic version. Please contact CEIBS customer service teams in Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen for the electronic version.
Note: Application procedures may differ for different multi-module programmes. Please refer to the webpages for introduction of each multi-module programme.
CEIBS Executive Education programmes often last for 3 to 5 days on end and include lectures, case discussions, group presentations, business simulations, or other activities. The participants will face great challenges to their energy and focus during programmes. Inadequate mental and academic preparation may cause difficulties in understanding the essence of the professors’ lectures and getting actively involved in class discussions. We suggest that participants advise colleagues in advance that they may not be able to respond to phone calls and e-mails during the programme.
For both companies selecting participants and for individual managers being selected, participation in CEIBS programmes represents a significant investment. Participants who are unable to fully dedicate themselves to the programme because of continued work-related duties during the course may not achieve all of the expected benefits of the training.
Most professors prepare pre-reading materials for the participants that include cases and extensive reading materials. CEIBS programme coordinators will mail the materials to the participants several weeks in advance. All participants are required to carefully read the materials beforehand; otherwise, group discussions and class discussions can hardly proceed given the limited time that professors allocate for reading cases in class.
The daily schedule is as follows.
First session 09:00-10:30
Morning tea 10:30-10:45
Second session 10:45-12:30
Third session 14:00-15:30
Afternoon tea 15:30-15:45
Fourth session 15:45-17:30
The schedule may change as required by professors, and the arrangement of the evening session will depend on individual programme requirements.
For any participant who has special dietary requirements, please inform the programme coordinator for special arrangements.
CEIBS Executive Education offers a wide spectrum of programmes to meet the diverse needs of different companies at various stages of growth. These programmes are customer oriented, and are designed for senior executives as well as for functional managers. You may use Programme Finder, a tool on the Executive Education section of the CEIBS website, to do a search based on your positions, learning objectives and business size. It offers you an opportunity to select your favourite programmes. Another option is to contact our customer service supervisor and customer manager to outline your company – or individual – training requirements, and learn more about specific CEIBS programmes. With in-depth knowledge of CEIBS programmes and faculty, they are experts at helping your company find the most suitable programme – or having one tailor made to meet your needs.
Holders of a Diploma/Degree from institutions in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan or any other area outside China can apply in any of the following forms:
Exchange of the Ministry of Education (only applicable for Chinese applicants), provide a copy of the Certificate of Accreditation to Foreign Academic Degree/Diploma issued by the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange.
Five years of working experience is a minimum requirement. For example, those who will have five years of working experience by September 2015 are eligible to apply for 2015 CEIBS FMBA Programme.
In addition, applicants must have at least two years of managerial experience, i.e., leading a company or a team for a certain project. We suggest that applicants showcase their working experience and managerial expertise in the essay part (of the application form) and recommendation letters so as to help the Admission Committee better assess their leadership potential.
Only those who currently work in the financial industry or in corporate finance functions can apply for the FMBA Programme. We do not give priority to some sub-sectors over others in the financial section.
No. There is frequently an explosion of knowledge in the financial industry. Thus, we need to reconstruct each student’s knowledge of the financial system, regardless of his/her major at the undergraduate level.
An organisational chart can help the Admission Committee better understand your position in an organisation. We have no special format requirements. Thus, you can either use the existing organisational chart of your company or draw a new one on your own, but don’t forget to mark your position on the chart.
Generally, the interview notification is sent within one week after you pass the test.
Each interview takes approximately 40 minutes. The applicant will be interviewed by two senior interviewers. The face-to-face talk involves the applicant’s work experience, views on management, and personal competencies.
CEIBS FMBA Programme offers highly-intensive and high-quality modules. Four days of intensive learning per month is within the upper limit for a part-time programme. To ensure “Financial Depth”, lecturers won’t spend much time imparting basic financial knowledge. Instead, students are required to complete a great deal of pre-course reading, prepare for case studies, and even spend evenings holding group discussions.
The CEIBS FMBA Programme has first-rate faculty in all management disciplines, particularly in finance. CEIBS’ professors of finance, accounting and economics have personally designed compulsory courses and launched specific finance-related elective courses for the programme.
CEIBS has also established strong connections with the finance sectors; various business leaders will be invited to CEIBS events as guest speakers and share their experiences with students.
Customisation is the most important quality that sets the CEIBS FMBA Programme apart from the rest. It can be seen not only in terms of curriculum design, but also in regard to applicant selection. The programme targets senior and middle-level managers in financial institutions and those in other industries whose work involves financial management. The most relevant financial courses will be offered on the basis of the industries that the students are involved in, while the general management course will be tailored to incorporate content and cases in relation to the financial industry.
The admission process emphasises applicant background in order to identify the top echelon that best represents the elite of financial institutions and in financial divisions of other industries. The interaction between the most talented students and experienced instructors will ensure an unparalleled learning experience with long-lasting benefits.
It is difficult to predict how likely you are to be admitted to our PhD programme. Many factors impact admission decisions, such as the qualifications of other applicants, the number of new students that can be accommodated, and the number of professors that share your research and scholarly interests. All components of the application package, including the application, letters of recommendation, personal statement, academic record (i.e., transcripts), and other items required by the programme are considered.
Sorry, we will only accept TOEFL.
Applicants who fall into any of the following three categories will be eligible for a waiver of TOEFL:
• Applicants whose native language is English.
• Candidates whose secondary school, university/master degree studies were conducted entirely in English, or who have worked for at least five years in an English-speaking country
• CEIBS MBA alumni.
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) are compulsory for all the applicants. We will not consider results from tests taken more than five years prior to date of entry. Results should be sent directly to IESE, using IESE's code: 0736 for GMAT and 3607 for GRE. And meanwhile, please ask the GMAT/GRE office to publish your score through their website so that we can receive them as soon as possible.
The minimum GMAT score for admission is 720.
There is no specific requirement imposed by our programme.
During the MRM phase in Barcelona, Spain, CEIBS will arrange scholarship funding for students admitted under the Coordinated Programme, including tuition fees (to be paid to IESE) and living expenses.
During the PhD phase, students are expected to return to China to work full-time on their dissertations at CEIBS under the guidance of their advisers. They will be financially supported by CEIBS for a maximum of three years – subject to annual reviews of their performance – to help them pay for living expenses in China.
We at CEIBS started our joint PhD programme in late 2011, under our umbrella project for the EU Delegation. The pilot programme will focus on China-relevant research in business development, entrepreneurship, and business finance. Thus, we are targeting PhD candidates who plan to pursue future career goals in management research in China.
You will be eligible for application if you are:
• Under 35 years old
• A university degree holder
• Proficient in both oral and written English
• Committed to five years of full-time study and a future academic career in China
CEIBS will offer pre-enrolment scholarship for outstanding FMBA applicants who apply and are enrolled. The scholarship should be applied for in advance. The Scholarship Review Committee will review all scholarship applicants based on educational and professional background, personal accomplishments, interview performance and potential contribution to the Finance MBA programme.
CEIBS has also entered into an agreement with China Merchants Bank, China Construction Bank and Bank of China which allows Chinese mainland students to apply for bank loans.
If the programme you will attend is offered in Shanghai, we suggest that you stay in the CEIBS Student Residence on our new campus. Inaugurated in August 2013, CEIBS Shanghai Campus (Phase III) has passed indoor air quality testing conducted by the most authoritative agency in Shanghai, in conformity with the US' LEED system for energy conservation and environmental protection. Based on the concept of simplicity and convenience, each room, which occupies an area of 20 square metres, is equipped with a comfortable single bed and a private bathroom, with free wireless broadband Internet access available.
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If there are no vacant rooms available in the CEIBS Student Residence, you may stay at one of the many nearby hotels. Our programmeme coordinator will email you the Logistics Guide & Reply Sheet around two weeks before the programme begins, and this will include information on the hotels available for booking so that you may make your own choice. The programme coordinator can help you with booking, but rooms shall be subject to confirmation by the hotel. Each participant is required to pay the room rate and all other expenses incurred during his stay. The shuttle bus offered by the hotel takes you to CEIBS every morning and back to the hotel after the course. (During check-in, please ask the hotel's reception desk for detailed information about their shuttle bus. Please note that shuttle bus service shall be subject to confirmation by the hotel.)
Hotels adjacent to CEIBS include:
If the programme you will attend is not offered in Shanghai, our programme coordinator will email you the Logistics Guide & Reply Sheet around two weeks before the programme begins, and this will include information on the hotels available for booking so that you may make your own choice.
If there are no evening lectures, you are encouraged to make your own arrangements for dinner. The two dining halls at CEIBS Shanghai Campus, Sanquan Restaurant and Brix 12, are open till 20:00pm. There are also many restaurants nearby. For details, please visit dianping.com
CEIBS is situated in the Pudong New Area and you can get downtown by: