Executive MBA is a program for senior and upper-level executives with achievement record, leadership potential, and intellectual curiosity. Take your time to explore how ALBA can fuel your career, broaden your perspective, and help you grow as a leader of organizational renewal in the era of Digital Transformation.
Our unique program is offered in modular, weekend format over 20 months and supported by a dedicated staff aimed to facilitate senior and upper-level executives with heavy management workload. To experience real-time transformation, you will learn from the senior faculty of Alba with pedigree in executive education in Greece and abroad. To build your global outlook and cutting edge skills, you will also learn from top business educators from the premier business schools in Europe and the US. Learning together with participants from diverse functional and industry backgrounds, you will tap into different strengths and perspectives and enjoy a strong network of peers.
We recruit candidates who demonstrate drive for intellectual growth, leadership potential, team spirit, and communication and interpersonal skills. We seek candidates with experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects). More important than your tenure, is your professional achievements and performance when assessing your application.
We welcome applications from:
You may find here more information about the Program's Intended Learning Outcomes.
Current Student Profile
Strategic and Digital Transofrmation perspective: The Alba Executive MBA Program has a modular structure that evolves around five Strategy themes: Big Picture Challenges, Business Fundamentals, Development of Personal and Organization Capabilities and, finally, Renewing the Business. All 5 themes contain courses that engage with Digital Transformation from a strategic point of view.
Unparalleled depth in Leadership and Innovation: While leadership courses are mushrooming, the unique feature of our EMBA is a program-long combination of coaching, 360-degree assessments and team activities, aimed to help you foster your own authentic leadership approach. At the same time, our EMBA features an unusually holistic innovation view which spans technology-based, marketing-driven, process-based, and business model innovation.
Efficient and convenient: Our modular format runs in 36 weekends, twice a month over 20 months (with long breaks). Modules feature a variety of teaching methods including interactive, case-based discussions, cutting-edge academic knowledge, and in-class exercises. Actionable learning takes off with take-home assignments (and not exams) to help you embed the new knowledge in your business.
Alba’s seal of quality: With our undisputed track record in executive education, you will experience Alba’s senior faculty’s stellar class performance and top-notch expertise. Having won the respect of academia abroad, we are also able to attract top business thinkers from leading schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, INSEAD, IMD, SDA Bocconi, Duke, Darden etc., with a goal to spark your intellect and ignite your curiosity.
Harness a network of accomplished peers: Our professors are not the only source of learning. You learn from the experience of peers who have work experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects) and share a passion to grow and potential to succeed.
Tap our thought leadership.
The pursuit of world-class research defines ALBA's institutional blueprint. The current faculty team has produced several books and book chapters, thousands of academic conference presentations, and hundreds of journal articles, which help us generate new ideas and tools for use in the classroom. But it is not just quantity, however. We take pride that 34% of our research output appears in the World Elite and Top journals according to the Association of Business Schools (ABS), a record no other academic institution in Greece and, in fact, very few in Europe can match.
Harness our entrepreneurial pedigree.
ALBA is the #1 business school in Europe in terms of entrepreneurship based on the awards received in the prestigious EBPYC (European Business Plan of the Year Competition).
Experience real time value.
Revitalize your intellect in the weekend and return empowered in the office on Monday. With their executive education expertise in Greece and abroad, our senior faculty create a challenging learning environment in the classroom. In fact, at ALBA we take pride that we do not focus on teaching but on learning: provoking debates, collaborating in teams, and generating solutions to real problems. Our visiting faculty from top US and EU business schools will ignite your curiosity and demystify the latest management thinking and tools.
Enjoy Flexibility and premium service.
You run a tight schedule and we run a rigorous program. To meet both ends, our program is delivered in weekends twice a month with long breaks around Christmas and summer holidays. Moreover, a dedicated staff member will help you navigate the program logistics. We also offer free textbook delivery to your home or office, catered meals and snacks every class day, and mentoring by our senior faculty.
Look back and exclaim: “Those were the best days of my life!”
… our alumni say for over 20 years and as a matter of fact they‘ve got to be right!
Since its founding, ALBA strives to foster a stimulating academic environment sustained by teamwork, intellectual curiosity and close ties among faculty, students, staff and alumni relations. In this intimate environment, we create a tightly -knit community of engaged, enthusiastic and energetic students who seek to transform their lives and their organizations. It is exactly this Business Unusual spirit that has inspired more than 3000 alumni who look back at their time at ALBA with incessant affection and unwaning dedication.
The Executive MBA Program is a broad, general management acceleration program. The curriculum has been designed to provide participants with the business acumen, and the skills and competencies needed to enhance their leadership development. It includes a portfolio of courses and seminars that orchestrate case studies, discussions, simulations, in-class assignments and lectures by world-class professors.
Classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays (maximum 2 weekends per month), while the Program’s courses are completed in a carefully planned sequence of 20 months.
The school reserves the right to reexamine the structure of all academic programs and proceed to any necessary changes in the total year schedules.
Having won the respect of academia abroad as a Graduate Business School, ALBA has been able to attract top business thinkers from leading schools, especially for its Executive MBA Program (EMBA), with a goal to spark the students’ intellect and ignite their curiosity.Academic Director
Dr. Kyriakopoulos is Professor of Strategy and Marketing and Associate Dean of Academic Programs Enrollment. His research centers on innovation explored with the lenses of improvisation, market learning, embedded ties, and marketing resources. His work has received scholarships and research grants while his research has appeared in leading international journals.alba profile link
Tuition Fees for September 2020:
€29,000 payable in installments throughout the duration of the program.
This includes books delivered to your home or office and comprehensive catering during the class days. This does not include your accommodation nor your flight expenses for the international field trip. You should estimate around 1000€ for this trip.
Sponsorship from companies: Grow your senior leadership talent
Since the founding of ALBA, many of our students have been funded by their companies. These enterprises select and sponsor leaders on the belief that an EMBA program can help them develop strategic skills and lead their company’s quest for growth and innovation.
If your company acknowledges the rewards of these investments in developing future leaders, you can sponsor fully or partly the tuition. Alternatively, if you want to tie your investment in EMBA to certain achievements by sponsored employees, then you may offer forgivable lending. In this case, a portion of or the full loan can be forgiven or deferred for a number of years as long as certain conditions are met.
Please note that our EMBA is not designed for a typical manager who is up for promotion. Rather, it is a program for the elite 1-2% of your organization selected in your senior talent development or succession planning program. For example, if you are grooming someone for C-suite role (e.g. CMO, COO) or specialized leaders (e.g. factory manager) for a broader leadership role (e.g. leading a daughter company or leading the setup of a new company overseas), then EMBA can be just the right investment for the future of your company.
ALBA Corporate Members are entitled to special discounts on tuition fees.
Volume discounts will be also offered to companies who will sponsor more than one employee.
As the EMBA’s credo is “challenge your thinking, lead for growth and renewal”, we assess candidates with the following criteria:
Formal criteria: Degree and management experience
You should have a minimum of ten years substantial work experience, of which at least three years of management experience. That also means you should be currently employed or self-employed. You are also required to hold a bachelor’s degree. *
You are expected to provide 2 letters of recommendation. Finally, you should provide evidence of excellent command of the English language (e.g. Proficiency or TOEFL or IELTS or a bachelor's degree from a university where all courses were taught in English). In case the aforementioned do not exist, a personal interview will judge the level of command.
How do we assess your potential for leadership? We look for clear evidence of achievement and progression. You should demonstrate a record of successful leadership which includes pursuit of a goal, motivating people to achieve this goal, the articulation of common purpose. We also assess the communication and interpersonal skills which are crucial to successful leadership.
While success is important, how you have succeeded is no less important. Our EMBA students should have developed themselves but also helped others develop. Successful applicants are reflective, thoughtful leaders who are intrigued by new knowledge as a means to make a difference in their organization.
* Exceptional cases, where no bachelor's degree exists, but is complimented by substantial senior management experience and professional achievements, will be seriously considered.
Our EMBA accepts applications all year round & candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Though our admission process is straightforward and expedited, it takes some time to plan and prepare for the application. Therefore you are advised to start early the process to avail time for preparation.
To learn more about academic policy, course credit policy, fees policy and rules for student conduct read the Student Handbook
Candidates must submit:
Antonina Kalkavoura is the Director of the Corporate Affairs Department and the Director of the Executive MBA. She holds a BSc degree from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Department of Philology, an MBA degree from ALBA Graduate Business School and an MSc degree in Banking & Finance from Hellenic Open University. She has an extensive experience in managing academic programs within the School, with her previous position being the Director of Academic Programs.
We urge applicants to request further information or to come for a meeting at our downtown campus, in order to better understand their profile and motivations.
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