About IESE Business School

Global scope. Transformational impact. Spirit of service.


IESE is the graduate business school of the University of Navarra. Founded in 1958, the school is one of the world´s most international business schools, with campuses in Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, New York and São Paulo. Consistently ranked within the top ten worldwide, IESE Business School has pioneered business education in Europe since its founding.

For sixty years, IESE has sought to develop business leaders with solid business skills, a global mind-set and a desire to make a positive impact on people and society. The school distinguishes itself in its general-management approach, extensive use of the case method, international outreach, and emphasis on placing people at the heart of managerial decision-making.

In the last five years, IESE has positioned itself as number 1 in the world in Executive Education programs, according to the Financial Times ranking.

The school´s activity is structured around three pillars of leadership development: a general management perspective, a global scope and human and ethical values.

IESE, like all the centers and schools of the University of Navarra, is an initiative of Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church with activities on every continent.

Outstanding Faculty and Research

IESE’s faculty consists of 192 professors from around the world: 117 full-time professors, 68 external collaborators and 7 visiting professors. Their dedication to teaching, the impact of their research and their experience working with companies around the world are central to IESE’s continued success in providing excellence in management education.

IESE academic expertise is grouped into 11 distinct academic departments that cover the broad spectrum of global business. Each department delivers world class research and specialist knowledge rooted in a solid ethical base to make a positive and deep impact on the way the world does business.

Programs with a Global Scope

IESE provides both degree programs, such as the Full-time MBA, Executive MBA and Global Executive MBA, as well as numerous Executive Education programs (including open-enrollment programs and those developed specifically for companies), in addition to a PHD program, among others.

Every IESE program provides an international experience, with participants and faculty coming from all over the world and classes run from every corner of the globe. Our programs encourage participants to develop a global mindset, learn to lead in international, culturally diverse environments and to pursue success with a conscientious sense of purpose beyond profit.

Humanistic View of Companies and Leadership

Inherent in everything IESE does is a focus on people – on the personal and professional development of every individual partaking in the IESE experience – as the primary driver of positive change and impact on business and society.

For IESE, sustainable and long-term global prosperity can be achieved through a humanistic approach to business. This helps business leaders to influence companies and society positively, shaping the world for future generations. IESE strives to ensure that professionalism, integrity and a respect for others, are at the core of everything it does.

Alumni Network

IESE’s alumni are an international community of more than 50,000 business and nonprofit professionals and entrepreneurs spanning over 100 countries. Every year the Alumni Association organizes hundreds of education sessions and reunions, enabling networking and making IESE an ongoing and valuable experience for alumni.