Top 10 Executive MBA Programs in Europe 2020 |

Top 10 Executive MBA Programs in Europe 2020

By Linda Mohamed

Updated February 2, 2021 Updated February 2, 2021

IESE Business School has taken the top spot from London Business School as the best European business school for an executive MBA in the QS EMBA Rankings by Region 2020.

Released today, the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2020 reveal the top executive MBA programs around the world and in specific regions, helping you find the perfect program near you.

Take a look at this year’s top 10 executive MBA programs in Europe.



EMBA Rankings by Region 2020: Europe




Business School









IESE Business School – University of Navarra


Global Executive MBA


Barcelona, New York (NY), Silicon Valley




HEC Paris


Executive MBA






London Business School


Executive MBA





Chicago (Booth)


Executive MBA


Chicago (IL), London, Hong Kong






Global Executive MBA


Fontainebleau, Abu Dhabi, Singapore




Saïd Business School


Executive MBA






IE Business School


Global Executive MBA






ESADE Ramon Llull University


Executive MBA


Barcelona, Madrid




Judge Business School


Executive MBA






Warwick Business School


Executive MBA




10) Warwick Business School



Kicking off the top 10 best European EMBA programs is the Executive MBA from Warwick Business School with an overall score of 77.

The program received high scores for thought leadership and executive profile and a near-perfect one for career outcomes.

Warwick’s EMBA students have the incredible opportunity to learn in London, the financial capital of the world. The program offers four optional specializations – Healthcare, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Leadership – that help graduates advance in their preferred industry.

Full tuition fees amount to £47,045 (US$58,778.37).

9) Judge Business School



In ninth placce is the executive MBA from Judge Business School, located in Cambridge.

The Judge EMBA received an overall score of 79.7 and high scores for employer reputation, thought leadership and career outcomes.

The 20-month program is delivered over 16 weekends and four week-long sessions, making it an ideal choice for most busy executives who can’t afford to take too much time out of the office.

The program costs £72,800 (US$90,954.09).

8) ESADE Ramon Llull University



Moving one place up from last year’s rankings, ESADE’s EMBA came in eighth in the 2020 European top 10 with an overall score of 81.6.

The program also received high scores for diversity employer reputation and career outcomes.

ESADE’s EMBA is know to have small and highly international cohorts. The program costs €65,300 (US$73,682.34).

7) IE Business School



IE Business School’s Global Executive MBA is next on our list, receiving an overall score 81.7. In fact, the program has soared up the global ranking too from 20th place in 2019, to 13th globally this year.

The 15-month program is divided into three phases and combines three mandatory residential weeks in Madrid with three distance learning modules.

IE’s Global EMBA received very high scores for employer reputation and career outcomes, and it’s one of the most international on the list with a diversity rate of 89.9.

The program costs €72,200 (US$81,468.07).

6) Saïd Business School



Sixth on our list is the Oxford Executive MBA program at Saïd Business School, which received an overall score of 86.3.

The program scored well in all indicators, with especially high scores for thought leadership and career outcomes.

Saïd’s EMBA is set out across 16 week-long modules, most of which run from Monday to Friday and with two taking place internationally in destinations such as India, China and the United States.

The cost of the program is £91,350 (US$114,135.74).




Halfway through the 2020 European top 10 this year is INSEAD’s Global Executive MBA program, earning a very high overall score of 86.9.

The 15-month program is delivered across three campuses in Europe (France), Asia (Singapore) and the Middle East (Abu Dhabi), with highly international and multicultural classes.

INSEAD’s Global EMBA received a perfect score for employer reputation and high scores for thought leadership and career outcomes.

Tuition fees amount to a total of SG$190,000 (US$141,139.50).

4) The University of Chicago Booth School of Business



In fourth place is the Executive MBA Program offered by Chicago Booth, based in London’s financial district.

The 21-month program is highly international, with 78 percent of students commuting to the London campus from outside the UK.

The program costs US$167,000.

3) London Business School



London Business School’s Executive MBA program has dropped down from first place to third in this year’s Europe 2020 ranking – but that doesn’t mean the program isn’t still a formidable one, earning an overall score of 87.5 and a near-perfect score for employer reputation.

The 20-month program can be taken at their HQ in London or in Dubai, allowing executives to choose whatever suits their career plans. Fees are amongst the highest on the list, but upon graduation alumni can benefit from a 55 percent salary increase.

Tuition fees amount to £98,500 (US$123,120.75) for the London program and US$128,600 for the Dubai program.

2) HEC Paris




Just missing out on the top spot is HEC Paris, whose Executive MBA program received an overall score of 91.9 and high scores for employer reputation, diversity and career outcomes indicators.

HEC’s EMBA is ideal for executives who want to start their own business: according to the school’s data, 55 percent of EMBA graduates become entrepreneurs after graduation.

The program is highly international. Full tuition costs amount to €82,950 (US$93,612.97).

1) IESE Business School



Landing the top spot for the best European executive MBA program in 2020 is Barcelona’s IESE Business School. The program received an overall score of 93, and high scores across all indicators, including employer reputation and diversity.

IESE’s EMBA is 19 months long with 300 case studies, three international weeks and 1,500 hours of individual study and teamwork. Graduates can benefit from an estimated 67 percent salary increase.

The program costs €119,000 (US$134,317.69).

This article was originally published in June 2020 . It was last updated in February 2021

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