CEU Business School offers students the unique opportunity to earn an American MBA degree in the heart of Europe. Its programs educate leaders and entrepreneurs who transform organizations into innovative, responsible enterprises that bring value to the world into engines of prosperity, opportunity and market growth in emerging and established economies.
CEU Business School was founded in Budapest, Hungary in 1988 by a group of visionaries, including philanthropist and investor George Soros. It is a pioneering institution being the first business school in the Central and Eastern European region to grant American business degrees. Today, it is a recognized leader in advancing management education. Employers consistently ranked it as the top business school in Central Europe.
Education at CEU Business School represents a dynamic and proven balance between latest theory and practice. The CEU learning experience involves case studies, application of the latest technology, boardroom simulations and action learning projects in the field. Students maximize their potential by being part of a diverse and engaged community, drawing on the experience of fellow MBA candidates — high achievers from various countries and cultures — as well as CEU Business School faculty and top executives and entrepreneurs from regional and multinational organizations.
Faculty members at CEU Business School have earned degrees or taught at institutions such as Yale, Harvard Business School, MIT, New York University, Wharton, ESSEC, London Business School, Princeton and other leading universities. Students also benefit from the industry and entrepreneurial experience of lecturers who have held top executive positions at well-known multinational companies, consulting firms and financial institutions. Many have also founded highly successful startup ventures.
Full-Time, One-Year MBA Program
CEU Business School’s Full-Time, One-Year MBA program is special. It has been carefully structured as an accelerated, rigorous learning experience that can catapult students’ careers. The program emphasizes modern leadership, global innovation and entrepreneurship. It applies sophisticated management theories and perspectives to real-life business situations in fast-changing emerging economies. The program covers best practices in finance, marketing, organizational behavior and other key fields. The program also stresses professional ethics and conducting business according to the highest standards of integrity. There is a great deal of freedom in the curriculum for students to tailor the program to their individual career goals and interests.
Executive MBA Program
CEU Business School’s Executive MBA (EMBA) program is designed for managers and entrepreneurs who want to thrive in the complex world of contemporary global business. Its schedule of weekend courses that occur roughly every other weekend over a 22-month-long period enables students to advance their careers without interrupting their professional work commitments. The program combines a rigorous set of core courses that provide knowledge and skills in key functional areas such as finance, marketing, operations management and organizational behavior, with exposure to such key current topics as sustainability in business, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property.
Why CEU Business School?
• Earn an American MBA degree in the heart of Europe
• Be part of a truly international student body and faculty
• Become a responsible leader
• Take advantage of various dual degree and exchange programs with renowned institutions in Western Europe, the US and Asia
• Action Learning: work with a student consulting team on real challenges facing companies
• Hands-On Entrepreneurship: create a startup company as part of new special course in the CEU InnovationsLab, the Business School’s business incubator
• Business in a Global City: travel to New York City in an intensive week-long course option
• Tech-Enabled Learning: students receive iPads; the majority of all assigned course materials are digital
• Enjoy rich cultural and social life in beautiful Budapest at a lower cost than in most capital cities
Name of School: CEU Business School
Programme Title: Full-Time, One-Year MBA programme; Executive MBA; IMM Global Executive MBA
Ranking: The No.1 Business School in Central Europe and #18 in Europe overall by international and regional employers
Accreditation: Association of MBAs
Type of Programme:
Full-time, One-Year MBA programme
Executive MBA (weekend-format)
IMM Global Executive MBA; Executive MBA (modular with a multi-campus venue)
Part Time/EMBA Programme Structure: Executive MBA: Classes run intensively from Friday afternoon to Sunday noon on alternate weekends; IMM Global Executive MBA: 5 two-week residential sessions in six different countries.
Length of Course: Full-time MBA: 11 months; Executive MBA: 22 months; IMM Global Executive MBA: 20 months
Starting Dates: Full-time MBA: September; Executive MBA: March; IMM Global Executive MBA: March
Application Deadlines: rolling
Number of nationalities:
Students from close to 100 nationalities at Central European University and over 50 nationalities in the Business School. No dominant national culture.
Men: 69% Women: 31%
Age Range: 24-52
Average Age: 34
Other: 39% (Law, Finance, Computer Science, Marketing & PR)
Length of Work Experience:
3-5 years 20%
5-10 years 32%
10+ years 48%
Minimum years of work experience: Full-time and Executive MBA: 3 years; IMM: 7 years
University degree: Bachelor's
GMAT: average 630
Min TOEFL CBT 230, PBT: 570, IBT: 88
Min. IELTS: 6.5
Min. Cambridge Proficiency: C, Cambridge Advanced: B
Language fluency: English fluent
Full-time MBA: 13,000 EUR (includes tablet and all assigned material)
Executive MBA: 16,000 EUR (includes tablet and all assigned material)
International Executive MBA: 55,000 EUR (including meals and accommodation)
Living costs: EUR 600/month (including accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance)
The CEU Leadership Scholars program is designed for talented, high-potential leaders who are committed to enhancing growth and prosperity in developing regions of the world. Up to ten CEU Leadership Scholars for the One-Year MBA program are selected each year for the full scholarship. For further details, please contact the School.
Tuition Reduction of 15% is granted Alumni of all CEU Degree Programmes.
Address: 30-34 Frankel Leó út, 1023 Budapest, Hungary
Dean: Prof. Mel Horwitch
MBA Programme Director: Prof. Zoltan Buzady