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Executive MBA

Gain the confidence, insights and skills to flex, future-proof – and grow into a broader leadership role


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Ambitious, driven and ready to fast-forward your career? But can’t take time out from your professional life to study? That's where Vlerick's triple accredited (AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS) Executive MBA comes in.  

Our programme is designed to work around your schedule. Join us on our campuses in Ghent and Brussels – inspiring spaces where academics, executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders come to network, share insights, develop new ventures and take their thinking to new levels. 

You’ll live and 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 – as an inspirational leader and agent for change. 

Detailed programme

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

Get a full overview of the programme structure here.

Lay the foundations 

  • Financial Accounting 
  • Decision Sciences 
  • Economics 
  • Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility 
  • Financial Management 
  • Strategic Management 
  • International Management (including trip to Asia/Africa and the US)

Build your management capability 

  • Marketing Management 
  • Operations Management 
  • Management Accounting 
  • HR Accounting 

Transform your business 

  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Innovation Management 
  • US trip 
  • Digital Strategy  

Customise your learning journey 

The EMBA is designed to transform you into the leader you want to be – which is why you can tailor your programme to your specific objectives. Through three electives, you can deepen your knowledge of one specific subject – or broaden your perspective by choosing courses from several different areas. 

IMEx – Integration Management Exercise 

Discover your strengths and redefine your limits in this intensive, highly challenging business simulation. IMEx gives you and your teammates a real management issue to solve – and puts your collaborative skills, creativity and leadership to the test.  

Knowledge-in-action project

This is where you start to see a real return on your investment in your MBA. The knowledge-in-action project is your opportunity to take everything you’ve learned and apply it to a real business situation. You can choose to tackle a strategic challenge your company is facing – or create a business plan for a start-up, buy-out or buy-in.

Your leadership potential

Regular seminars and coaching will encourage you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses, build your confidence and help you to become a better leader:

  • High Impact Communication (residential seminar)
  • Leadership Development & Change Management
  • Building Effective Teams (residential seminar)
  • Negotiating to Create Value
  • Peer & Individual Coaching
  • Career Self-Management 

Your career

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

  • Career coaching and using our career self-management tool
  • Company presentations
  • Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship programmes
  • Distinguished speaker series 

Why this programme

  • Shape your knowledge: Choose electives that allow you to dive deep into one or two subjects – or keep your focus broad and wide
  • See an immediate return on your investment: Put your skills and knowledge to the test by tackling a strategic challenge in your organisation  
  • Gain an international perspective: Share insights and experiences with a diverse group of classmates and faculty – and get first-hand experience of how they do business in the USA, Asia and Africa
  • Become a more effective leader: Develop your people management skills and get critical feedback and coaching that will turn you into a more confident leader
  • Get individual career support: Access guidance, coaching and self-assessment tools that will motivate you to take your professional ambitions to even greater heights  

Career benefits

Whatever your ambitions, our careers 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 go further. They’ll also encourage you to take part in: 

  • Career coaching and using our career self-management tool 
  • Company presentations 
  • Networking opportunities 
  • Mentorship programmes 
  • Distinguished speaker series 

Who should attend

We welcome participants from diverse professional, social and cultural backgrounds. It’s an approach that contributes a rich blend of specialisms, experiences and perspectives to our class groups. When you join the EMBA at Vlerick, you join a select group of peers. With them, you’ll expand your network, gain fresh insights from a wide range of industries and develop a truly international mindset. 

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Practical info

Start date: 13 October 2023
Location: Ghent, Brussels 
Frequency: 3-weekly
When: Friday & Saturday
Class hours: 8 AM - 6.30 PM

Fees and financing

The tuition fee for the Executive MBA intake 14 October 2022 is €47,850 

This includes: 

  • Full tuition  
  • Textbooks and course materials 
  • Four residential seminars abroad 
  • Group and individual coaching  
  • Full personal development track including personal career guidance 
  • Activities on study trips to Asia/Africa and the US  
    (Excluding accommodation, flights and visa) 
  • Use of campus facilities 
  • Food and drink (when you’re on campus and in classes) 
  • 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 use a loan, scholarship or grant towards your tuition fees. 

Financing your MBA

 Grants and scholarships 

  • The female leadership grant: Research shows that a company with a gender diverse board performs better financially. Yet only one in five board members in EU-listed companies are female. That’s why we offer the Vlerick Female Leadership Grant – so we can help more women prepare to take on senior roles and redress the balance. 
  • The social impact grant: Societies across the world are powered and shaped by people who care –and whose business abilities and thinking are channelled into making life better for everyone. Vlerick is passionate about empowering these amazing individuals to have even greater impact. 
  • The innovative entrepreneurship grant: The world needs innovation and entrepreneurship like never before. It needs business leaders who can think differently -and who can anticipate and influence change to move society forward. That’s why we want to help outstanding innovative entrepreneurs to have even greater impact. 

To find out more, please contact your MBA Customer Relationship Manager or email grants@vlerick.com 

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. 


You could also explore getting a loan to cover your programme fees. Please get in touch with your bank to find out more – or email sihame.ghaddab@vlerick.com 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 – so there’s no need to wait to apply. Find out more here.  

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


1. Check your eligibility 

What you need:

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

2. Submit your application 

Use our application tool to create your profile and start completing your application. We process applications on a rolling basis.

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 admissions test and interview. Your admission test will 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 – and you can retake your admissions test once more in the same academic year.

Success stories

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I have completed a lot of training in my career, and the level of personal attention you receive at Vlerick is beyond anything I've received anywhere else. 

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Some people think an MBA is only about accounting or finance. It's a lot more than that. An MBA is an opportunity to explore what you want to do in life - and it gives you the instruments to do it.  

EMBA 2020

On the one hand, you have courses about frameworks, techniques and theory. But you need the courage to actually do these things. The leadership courses and self-development empower you. Thanks to that I could create my own start up community and my own company. 

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I have learned to negotiate. I have learned to deal with difficult situations. I have learned to understand what people want and how to get them on board. Without these skills, you cannot lead.