The Executive MBA Program is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The program is designed to provide a postgraduate (master’s) level education in Business Administration and is offered to executives who desire to further their specialization in Business Administration. The flexible teaching timetable aims to enable students from miscellaneous backgrounds to attend classes. Furthermore, a variety of teaching methods are employed in order to facilitate learning, such as workshops, soft skills development sessions, and business seminars. The courses are taught exclusively in English.
Why choose the IHU Executive MBA
Learn from top-class, internationally renowned academics and professionals;
Collaborate with experienced colleagues from other countries and/or industries;
Experience a ‘hands-on’ environment focused on a practical approach to learning;
Establish a valuable network of life-long contacts.
Who can apply
To be considered for the EMBA, candidates are required to have:
An undergraduate degree from a recognized University;
A minimum of three years of full-time work experience gained after graduation;
Proof of English competence [a recognized certificate of proficiency of C1 level, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score].
The core courses
The Executive MBA core courses offer a thorough understanding of the key functional areas within a company and an appreciation of their critical interactions and their impact on the organization as a whole. Core courses enable students to understand key concepts and apply practical skills directly relevant to their careers.
Management of Organisations
The Global Business Environment
Global Capital Markets
Quantitative Methods and Decision Analysis
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Technology and Operations Management
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
The elective courses
The program offers a rich choice of electives in diverse areas. Participants can choose four electives across, relevant to their current and future career orientation.
Social Media and Digital Marketing
Advanced Company Valuation
Family Business Management
Risk and Crisis Management
Managing Human Capital
Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
Business to Business Marketing
Commercializing Science and Technology
Supply Chain Management
Banking Legal Environment
International Company & Trade Law
Credit Analysis for Bank Loan Decision Making
The electives list is continuously updated to reflect contemporary business issues and student interests. Some of the elective courses may not be offered in a particular year, depending entirely on student demand.
The Business Consultancy Project
As a part of the IHU EMBA program, students submit an individual 10,000-word business project on a subject relating to their study and career.
The objective of the EMBA project is to provide insights, analysis, and conclusions grounded in academic discipline but also relevant to management. Projects are undertaken within a sponsoring organization under the supervision of a member of the academic faculty.
The Field Trip
The EMBA field trip provides participants with the opportunity to explore first-hand the business practices in different South-Eastern European countries. Groups of four students visit an organization in Greece and/or the region. The exercise not only helps to integrate the theory with a practical application but also places an important emphasis on the international aspects of politics, economics, and business in the region. Read more about the past Field Trip projects.
Professional Skills Development
The IHU provides Executive MBA students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional soft skills to enhance performance and manage complexity.
Managers are often concerned with individual or group responsibility for career development. The IHU EMBA offers a range of training sessions covering the exploration of work-related issues, development of new perspectives, negotiating skills, effective management of change, planning implementation, and personal development. These are all skills that are considered important in high-pressure and rapidly changing work environments.
The Professional Skills Development program has obligatory attendance and consists of four all-day seminars, during the scheduled weekends of the EMBA program.
Business Environment Seminars
The Business Environment seminars are an integral part of the learning process. These aim to give students an overview of the economic, social, and cultural factors that influence or threaten business opportunities and practices.
They illustrate how business entities manage to develop and implement successful strategy and entrepreneurship tactics within a demanding and competitive global business context.
They are business-oriented and are led by top managers in leading organizations.
The postgraduate studies for the Executive MBA program, which lead to the acquisition of a master’s degree, is a 24-month program taught over a long weekend (Fri-Sun) once a month. The program curriculum requires the attendance of taught courses for four academic semesters and the submission of a master’s dissertation. In total there are sixteen weekends of classes. The remaining 5 months of the program are dedicated to the Field Trip Project and work on the Business Consultancy Project (dissertation). Teaching takes place, on-campus in Thessaloniki, once a month, except in April, August, and December.
The program starts every January and operates on the following schedule:
Friday 13.00 – 20.00
Saturday 9.00 – 17.00
Sunday 9.00 -15:00
Examinations take place during these weekend periods.
Fees & Financing
The program fees for the Executive MBA have been set at 4,500€ per year (a discount for excellence is offered). The fees are payable in four installments every six months. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK – OAED program.
If you have been accepted into the EMBA program, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first installment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).
Partial scholarships are available for exceptional candidates, where financial needs and exceptionally professional and academic records can be demonstrated.
Executive MBA – Excellence awards for the academic year 2021-2022!
The Executive MBA announces the ‘Excellence awards for the academic year 2021-2022 by providing a 25% tuition discount to candidates who hold a university degree of 7.5/10 and above, and a 40% tuition discount to candidates who are rated in the top 5% of graduates of the academic year of their graduation (written evidence from the graduating University is required).
The Next Executive MBA class starts in January 2023.
More information about the applications’ submission deadline will be announced soon.