Executive MBA

Developing leaders who think and act differently


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Executive Education in Benelux


accredited Business School (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS)

Ambitious, driven, and ready to grow your career? Join us on our campuses in Ghent and Brussels – inspiring spaces where academics, executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders come to learn, network, share insights and develop new ventures.

You’ll learn the tools and knowledge that will accelerate your career even further. And you’ll develop the confidence and mindset to take the leap into your future.

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Detailed programme

Over 18 intensive, hands-on months in your Executive MBA, you’ll explore the full management spectrum. You’ll gain cutting-edge skills, in-depth knowledge, practical experience and an international outlook you need to make your mark in today’s fast-paced business world.

Element 1: Core Curriculum
“The courses are very diverse, which enriches your experience, and gives you a wide horizon.” - Sarkis Kawoukjian, Executive MBA Participant. (Watch Sarkis' full testimonial here)

Lay the foundations

  • Data-based Decision Making
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Accounting

Develop key management capabilities

  • Operational Excellence
  • Marketing Management
  • Sustainability Management
  • People and Culture

Transform your business

  • Digital Transformation
  • Strategy
  • Strategic Management Accounting
  • Business Simulation

Element 2: Electives & Specialisations
Our electives provide you with the choices to personalise your MBA experience. You can also specialise in the following fields:

  • Strategy & New Business Models
  • Digital Business Transformation
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Element 3: Develop your leadership potential
“You can immediately implement the leadership and team management tools, and that is super powerful.” - Yashfeen Saiyid, Executive MBA Participant. (Watch Yashfeen's full testimonial here)

As part of your international leadership development, you'll visit Singapore or South Africa on your first international trip. Regular seminars and coaching will encourage you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, build your confidence, and help you become a better leader.

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Impactful Communications
  • Building Resilient Teams

Element 4: Your entrepreneurial mindset track
“Vlerick Business School plays a very important role in educating, inspiring and helping generations of entrepreneurs.” - Tim Van Hauwermeiren, Vlerick Executive MBA Alumni and CEO of argenx, Ghent.

Explore the fascinating world of Silicon Valley, a hotbed for new tech companies, during your second international trip. Study the approach entrepreneurs use to identify opportunities. Develop the mindset and skills to innovate within a business or to start and grow a new venture.

  • Idea Development
  • Value Proposition
  • Business Model
  • Investor Pitch
  • Creating Impact

Element 5: Your Knowledge-in-Action Project (KIAP)
“My project involved creating a start-up community within my company and led to a new position for me as an innovation manager.” - María García Salmones, Vlerick Executive MBA Alumni.

Create an immediate return on your investment in your MBA. The KIAP is your opportunity to take everything you’ve learned and apply it to a real business situation. Choose to tackle a strategic challenge your company is facing – or create a business plan for a new venture.

Your Career Advancement
“The MBA helped me to break out of a technical specialist role. It allowed me to create the opportunities and network I needed to be able to take that next leap.” -  Sara Braet, Vlerick Executive MBA Alumni.

Every element of the Executive MBA is designed to get you closer to achieving your professional goals – from expanding your knowledge in classes and gaining international experience on trips to honing your skills in projects. You also have regular opportunities to take part in events to help accelerate your career, including:

  • Career Events
  • Coaching
  • Dedicated Careers Team

Why this programme

An Executive MBA from Vlerick is a unique experience that allows you to take the next leap in your career. Once every four weeks, you spend Fridays and Saturdays on campus, gaining full hands-on experience. The rest of the programme is flexible and self-paced.

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  • Transform how you lead, and how you look at the world in your leadership and entrepreneurship tracks
  • Engage differently with the global world of business during your core management curriculum and international trips
  • Pursue new interests and ambitions in your electives and specialisations  
  • Transform into the role of a consultant or entrepreneur in your Knowledge-in-Action project who is focused on change, impact, and results
  • Join a global community and make new connections along the way, whether in class, during events or trips, and with our alumni
  • Get personalised career support, access guidance, coaching, and self-assessment tools that deepen your knowledge of yourself and empower you in your career journey

Discover why you should study at Vlerick and why you should do your MBA in Belgium.

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Career benefits

Get support from our career services team

Whatever your ambitions, our career services team is here to help you achieve them. They’ll be by your side throughout the programme – giving you advice and support and helping you identify opportunities to advance. They’ll also encourage you to take part in:

  • Career coaching 
  • Networking opportunities – with organisations and our more than 25,500 alumni
  • Mentorship programmes to empower and inspire you

Build deep connections on your Executive MBA

"The power of the Vlerick network is beyond doubt. During my MBA, I made the contacts that later made it possible to raise capital." - Roeland Pelgrims, Vlerick Executive MBA Alumni, Co-Founder & CEO, Antwerp.

While you’re studying for your Executive MBA, you become part of our global community of 25,000 alumni, which spans more than 100 countries. Through our diverse alumni network, you can build professional connections, open up career opportunities and discover new talent.

When you graduate you can choose to continue your Vlerick alumni membership – and keep enjoying its benefits.

Who should attend

“There is a sense of community and belonging to the pool of future leaders with similar objectives and values” - Katarína Gatialová, Vlerick Executive MBA Participant. (Watch Katarína's full testimonial here)

We hand-pick participants from diverse professional, social and cultural backgrounds. So when you join the Executive MBA at Vlerick, your experiences will contribute to the rich blend of specialisms and perspectives in each class group. You’ll expand your network, gain fresh insights from a wide range of industries and develop a truly international mindset. It’s the perfect way to expand your horizons – and it’s just one of the reasons this programme is the ideal MBA for working professionals.

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Practical info

Start date: 18 October 2024
Duration: 18 months
Location: Ghent, Brussels 
Frequency: Every four weeks
When: Friday & Saturday
Class hours: 8 a.m. - 6.30 p.m.

There is only one start date for our Executive MBA programme each year – and it’s in mid-October.

The Executive MBA – how long does it take?

Over an 18-month period, you attend classes and learning activities on campus on Fridays and Saturdays, every four weeks. These in-person sessions alternate between Brussels and Ghent. In addition to this face-to-face learning, you’ll need to schedule approximately 10-12 hours a week to prepare for classes, complete projects, and study for exams. When you’re studying certain topics, however, you may need longer – particularly if you’re getting to grips with a subject for the first time. Taking an Executive MBA means making an intense time commitment to the programme.

The Executive MBA typically finishes in April, with graduation in July. To guarantee a high-quality, personalised experience, we have a strict limit on the number of participants we accept each year.

Fees and financing

The tuition fee for the Executive MBA intake is €49,750 (for 18 October 2024 start).

This includes: 

  • Full tuition  
  • Textbooks and course materials 
  • Residential seminars abroad 
  • Group and individual coaching  
  • Full personal development track including personal career guidance 
  • Activities on study trips to Asia, Africa and the USA, excluding accommodation, flights and visas
  • Use of campus facilities 
  • Food and drink when you’re on campus
  • Alumni membership during the programme 
  • One year’s full online access to the Financial Times 

If you need financial help to do the Executive MBA, you can apply for a loan, scholarship or grant towards your tuition fees.

Cost of accommodation

From high-budget business hotels, through to cost-effective weekend rentals and hostels, there are plenty of accommodation options in Brussels and Ghent. The great news is that accommodation costs in both cities are generally lower than in many other European cities – like London or Paris.

Additional costs for the Executive MBA

In addition to your MBA course fees, you will also need to pay for flights and accommodation for your international trips.

Financing your MBA

Grants and scholarships 

For the Executive MBA, there are five scholarships:

  • The Innovative Entrepreneurship Scholarship
  • The Social Impact Scholarship
  • The Female Empowerment Scholarship
  • The Diversity Scholarship
  • The International Experience Scholarship

Looking for ways to finance your Executive MBA? Email grants@vlerick.com – or set up a call with us.

Country-specific options 

There may be financing options available in your home country. You may be able to get a grant or scholarship to help towards your studies – and you may get a tax reduction on the cost of your Executive MBA programme. 

If you’re a German citizen, you can apply for a scholarship from Deutsche Bildung

Loans for Executive MBAs

You could also explore getting a loan to cover your programme fees. Please get in touch with your bank to find out more – or contact us for more information.

Funding for Flanders-based SMEs 

If you work at a Flemish SME, you could use the KMO-portefeuille to partially fund your programme. You can apply for the subsidy before you pay for the programme. Find out more about funding your Executive MBA.

There are four steps to applying for your Executive MBA programme at Vlerick: 


1. Check your eligibility 

You must meet the following Executive MBA eligibility requirements:

  • A degree from a recognised university
  • At least four years’ full-time and relevant work experience

Check your eligibility in as little as five minutes using our simple tool.

2. Submit your application 

Use our application tool to create a profile and provide all relevant details. We process Executive MBA applications on a rolling basis – so it’s best to apply as soon as you can.

3. Go through the admissions process 

We’ll get in touch a few days after you submit your application.
If you meet our criteria and we feel the Executive MBA programme is a good fit for you, we’ll invite you to an MBA entrance exam and interview. Admissions tests take place online, via Zoom.

4. Get your results 

Within two days of your test, we’ll let you know our decision. If you’re successful, we’ll offer you a place on the programme. If not, we’ll give you individual feedback. You have two opportunities to take the admissions test in the same academic year.

Success stories

Balasoiu Anda Mihaela (1)

I remember myself from a year ago. I am a different person now. I gained confidence, thanks to all the different tools and methods that Vlerick applies, for example, to help us with our leadership style.

Saiyid Yashfeen (2)

The Vlerick culture makes you grow, makes you learn, and experiment. When I discuss my challenges with fellow students, I realise that we all face similar situations, and having those discussions is super enriching.

Hanet Cedric (2)

I get exposed to an international context. That gives me a broader perspective on my own business and the role of my business in the broader global market.

Gatialová Katarína (1)

Culture awareness and diversity are so important. And in our group, we have multiple nationalities, different ways of thinking and also a good gender balance.


Steve Muylle

Steve Muylle

Professor of Digital Strategy and Marketing

Steve Muylle creates business impact with actionable insight about digital technology.

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Katleen De Stobbeleir

Professor of Leadership

Katleen De Stobbeleir is inspired by leaders who stand up and speak – and she is passionate about those who have the courage to sit and listen.

Veroniek Collewaert

Veroniek Collewaert

Professor of Entrepreneurship

Veroniek Collewaert explores – and improves – relationship dynamics between investors and entrepreneurs.

David Patient

David Patient

Professor of Leadership

David Patient explores the effects of managerial communication, power and influence.

Get in touch!

Sihame Ghaddab

Sihame Ghaddab

Customer Relationship Manager – European, Executive and Online MBA

Frequent asked questions

What is an executive MBA? How is it different from a Full-time MBA?

If you’re weighing up the advantages of an executive MBA vs. an MBA, this section will help you.

An Executive MBA is a part-time MBA programme. They’re typically designed for experienced working professionals who don’t want to put their careers on hold while they study. By contrast, a Full-time MBA is designed for people who have a small amount of work experience, and who can dedicate a year or more to full-time study.

On an executive MBA programme, you’ll dive into all the same disciplines as a Full-time MBA – but have the flexibility to schedule your studies around a demanding work schedule.

The Executive MBA from Vlerick is a transformative 18-month programme. Throughout your studies, you’ll attend classes at our beautiful Ghent and Brussels campuses on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. These face-to-face sessions take place once every four weeks, and alternate between Brussels and Ghent.

We also offer two other part-time/Executive MBAs:

  • European Executive MBA – A 15-month learning journey that blends on-campus and online learning with immersive learning in sustainable organisations in some of Europe’s leading business cities
  • Online MBA – 100% online, self-paced, highly interactive learning, with the option to complete your degree in 15 or 18 months. 

What level of English is needed to follow this programme?

Our Executive MBA programme is delivered entirely in English. So to follow this programme, you must be able to read, write and discuss in good, professional English.

You’ll also find that across Brussels and Belgium, English is widely spoken – so a good level of English will be useful to you off campus too.

What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score needed to apply for this programme?

If you have a GMAT or GRE score, we will certainly consider it. However, we have developed our own application assessment – the VBAT. The VBAT is a more holistic approach that considers your experience, motivation and ambitions.

You can book a no-obligation call with us to find out more.

Is it possible to apply for an Executive MBA without a Bachelors degree?

No – you need to have a Bachelors or Masters degree from a recognised university to apply for an Executive MBA at Vlerick. You’ll also need to have a reasonable amount of professional experience under your belt. We usually mandate a minimum of four years’ working experience.

Do graduates of the Executive MBA programme get a degree or a diploma?

Yes – when you successfully complete this Executive MBA programme, you’ll have a recognised and valuable Masters in Business Administration degree from a top-ranked business school.

Does the Executive MBA include work placements?

We offer high-quality career guidance to help you make your next move. Our Executive MBA programme features a comprehensive, optional career development track that includes:

  • A personalised development plan
  • Group coaching
  • The option to choose electives 
  • Networking opportunities
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Career workshops, coaching and resources
  • Executive coaching

Through this guidance and the whole Executive MBA experience, many of our alumni have made the connections they need to make their next move. Others have started or scaled their own businesses. And some have discovered passions for sectors and specialisations that have opened up new realms of opportunities.

While we don’t directly find jobs for our MBA participants, we provide the guidance, support and opportunities for you to make your next leap.

Does the Executive MBA provide opportunities to work with organisations?

As part of the Executive MBA, all participants do a Knowledge-in-Action project. This is where you take everything you’re learning at Vlerick and apply it to a real-life business challenge. It’s your opportunity to deliver a strategic project, supported by our expert faculty. This could be a project for your current company, or another organisation – or if you’re considering entrepreneurship, it could involve creating a business plan for a startup, buy-out, or buy-in.

How is the Executive MBA programme graded?

Your progress will be assessed a number of different ways throughout this programme, including:

  • Exams
  • Papers
  • Project work
  • Group work
  • Presentations

Assessment is continuous – rather than just happening at the end of the Executive MBA programme. This means you’re always aware of how you’re performing.

How long does the Executive MBA programme take to complete?

Vlerick’s Executive MBA programme takes 18 months to complete. If you have more questions about our Executive MBA, please book a video call with us. We’d love to help.

How much time do Executive MBA participants spend in the classroom or working on projects each week?

Doing an Executive MBA means making a significant investment in time. You’ll need to dedicate an average of 10 to 12 hours per week to your studies for this programme. Face-to-face learning sessions for the Executive MBA take place on Fridays and Saturdays every four weeks – from 8 a.m - 6.30 p.m. These sessions alternate between our Brussels and Ghent campuses.

Can working professionals study for an Executive MBA?

Absolutely, yes. In fact, our Executive MBA programme has been designed specifically for people like you. It can fit around your demanding schedule, so you can balance your career, studies and personal life. Our Executive MBA is a great executive MBA for working professionals. You may also want to consider our Online MBA and European Executive MBA:

European Executive MBA
Online Executive MBA

Book a video call with us if you’d like to find out more about our Executive MBA programme. We can’t wait to hear from you.

How many start dates are there each year for the Executive MBA programme?

Our Executive MBA programme starts once a year, always around mid-October.