Executive MBA

IBD Business School

Program Description

Executive MBA

IBD Business School

The Executive MBA Programme has been co-designed by IBD Business School and Ashridge Executive Education of the U.K. Currently, the programme is jointly offered by IBD and SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. Created with practising managers in mind, the Executive MBA is designed for individuals whose careers are already well advanced and who desire to achieve more. It is for both seasoned professionals and executives at the peak of their career and mid-level managers wishing to accelerate their way to the top.

The curriculum of this programme features a complementary blend of solid theoretical foundations with hands-on business experiences and in-depth focus on people issues in organisations. The 12 modules cover all the important managerial functions embedded in a critical analysis, economic globalisation, business strategy and innovation. The modules culminate in a Master’s Project, providing an opportunity to develop further knowledge, synthesis, research and analytical skills, and to apply them to business situations of interest to programme participants. Meanwhile, through various Personal and Leadership Development (P&LD) and Mentoring activities, participants receive substantial support, for the duration of their studies, in achieving their career goals beyond the MBA.

An Executive MBA diploma is granted by IBD Business School. Through co-designing the programme with Ashridge, the diploma reflects the quality requirements of the UK Code for Higher Education. Additionally, participants receive a post-graduate certificate issued by SWPS University according to the Polish law.

Why should you choose this Executive MBA?

Best International Lecturers in Poland

The programme is taught by world-class faculty – distinguished professors and experienced management practitioners coming from different countries in Europe and North America and representing renowned academic institutions, as well as major corporations. They are all international experts in their respective fields and have been selected because of their ability to deliver a dynamic learning experience and latest material in an engaging, practical, down-to-earth way.

28 Years of Experience in Management Education

Having operated in Poland and other Central and Eastern European countries since 1990, the IBD Business School is a leading executive development institution in the area of management education, consulting and applied research. The School offers several MBA programmes that reflect the needs of businesses in a globalised world and the growing role of digital business models. It caters for the most demanding and ambitious managers wanting to propel their careers.

Focus on Soft-skills Development

The Executive MBA programme develops managers’ soft skills through team coaching and mentoring. The Personal & Leadership Development activities spam the entire programme duration. IBD has many years of experience in developing managers’ competencies. This is further strengthened by SWPS University, which is a leading institution in Poland in the area of psychology applications in business. Additionally, graduates receive an internationally accredited High-Performance Leadership certificate.

Innovative Study Mode and Teaching Methods

The programme allows for flexible study, combining residential sessions, run once every two months, with advanced e-learning methods. The state-of-the-art e-learning platform provides a rich and versatile teaching and learning environment for class work between the residential sessions. This study mode minimises the number of working days spent on campus.

UK Business Education Quality Standards

Since the programme is co-designed with Ashridge Executive Education, it meets the highest standards of British business education, as embedded in the UK Quality Code for Higher Education. Ashridge has over 50 years of experience in improving the practice of management and organisation effectiveness throughout the world.

International Module in England

The Module on „Information Management” is delivered at Ashridge House near London. In addition to academic instruction related to Module subject, the visit to Ashridge allows EMBA students to participate in guest lectures delivered by representatives from the British business community and in a local company visit.

EMBA Award

Students who successfully complete the degree requirements of the EMBA Programme will receive a diploma jointly issued by IBD Business School and SWPS University, certifying the rights and privileges appertaining to the qualification of Executive Master of Business Administration. Through co-designing this programme with Ashridge Business School (now Ashridge Executive Education HULT), our diploma reflects the regulations and directions contained in the UK Quality Code of Higher Education. Additionally, graduating students will receive a Certificate of Post-graduate Studies issued by SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in accordance with the regulations set out by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. The certificate is issued in the Polish language.

The Executive Master of Business Administration award is globally recognised within the business field as a certification of advanced business management knowledge and skills valued by employers worldwide. The possession of such award enables the recipient to assert his/her professional standing and opens the avenues towards accelerated career progress.

Together with an MBA diploma and Post-graduate Certificate, IBD Business School and SWPS University will issue academic transcripts containing a list of all the modules taken and a number of credit points awarded (UK Credit Points in the case of the EMBA diploma and ECTS in the case of the Post-graduate Certificate). Additionally, the IBD’s EMBA transcript will show the names of the lecturers, the title of the Master’s Project and the name of its supervisor, as well as the contents and number of hours devoted to Personal and Leadership Development. Thus, an employer or an admissions committee for further studies will be able to thoroughly assess the knowledge and skills of the EMBA diploma holder.

Admission Process and Fees


The Programme fee is 50 000 PLN. It covers:

  • All tuition, coaching and mentoring
  • Essential teaching materials (required textbooks, cases, articles, simulations, etc.)
  • International module at the Ashridge Executive Education
  • Transport between Warsaw and IBD Campus in Serock
  • Joint IBD and SWPS EMBA diploma, as well as a certificate of post-graduate studies issued by SWPS University and transcripts

IBD Business School offers attractively-priced accommodation and meals during the residential meetings at Green Park in Serock. A single-occupancy room with free breakfast and dinner costs only 120 PLN per night. Students can book accommodation on a night-per-night basis, or purchase a discounted accommodation and meal package for the entire programme duration. On request, we issue invoices for one fee including the tuition and the accommodation package.

This fee does not cover transportation, accommodation and board costs associated with attending the international module at the Ashridge House in England nor the application fee of 300 PLN.

Flexible Payment Schedule

Our payment schedule takes into account your payment preferences and financial needs. While there are advantages to paying for your education in a one-time payment, we are pleased to offer an instalment system. The tuition fee can be paid in four equal instalments, each amounting to 13 250 PLN and payable at the beginning of each semester.

Application Process

IBD Business School invites applications from all qualified Polish and international candidates. We strive to make our application process as straightforward as possible; however, the rigorous Admissions Criteria we apply to ensure that each candidate will be studying alongside a diverse group of capable and highly motivated classmates, require the application process to be well-planned and carefully conducted. At the same time, our EMBA Team is ready to help the applicant throughout the application process: from his/her first enquiry until the application is complete.

Admission requirements:

  • First degree – bachelor’s or master’s
  • 5 years of managerial work experience (or 3 years with GMAT)
  • English competency test: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, CAE or equivalent (not applicable in certain cases)
  • Successful interview conducted in English

The admissions process is composed of the following steps:

  • Filling out and submitting an application form together with the required transcripts and certificates
  • Securing references
  • Participating in interviews
  • Taking admissions tests, if required
  • If admitted, confirming participation in the programme

Application form

Candidates must submit a complete application form to be considered for the Executive MBA programme. The form can be submitted in hard copy (mailed to us or dropped off at our office) or online, by mailing it to emba@ibd.pl.

Transcripts and certificates

Applicants are required to enclose any educational transcripts and degree certificates. Scanned copies are acceptable temporarily, especially when applying electronically; however, submitting the originals will still be required before accepting applicants onto the programme. Transcripts and certificates issued in other languages than English and Polish must be translated by sworn (certified) translators.

English language ability

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of strong English language skills via either the TOEFL IBT (score of 100+), IELTS (minimum score of seven), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test (minimum score of 60) or Cambridge English: Advanced – CAE (level C1) test.Your spoken language skills will be assessed during your admissions interview and in some cases, (e.g. evidence of working in English on a daily basis) you will not be required to take one of the language tests cited above. If you have not already taken the tests, please check with us before booking them.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

If you have less than five years of relevant professional experience, you’ll be required to take the GMAT test. However, even if you meet the five-year work experience, the Programme Director may ask for GMAT in certain circumstances.Please check with us before booking your GMAT test.


We ask that you provide two references, using the IBD reference form available below. They are an important part of the admission process and help us to understand how other people view you and the contribution you have made in an organisational, professional or personal context. We require at least one professional reference.

The second can also be a professional reference, but this is not mandatory. You may choose to use a mentor, coach, peer or someone with whom you work closely. Your references may be supplied after you have submitted your application.


Once IBD Business School has reviewed your completed application, and if the Admissions Committee decides to take your application further, you will be invited for an interview either in person or by video call (Skype). The interview will be conducted by the Director of MBA Programmes or his designate.

Application deadlines

Applications must be submitted no later than one month prior to the start of the programme.

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