Executive MBA

Executive MBA
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Start- and course dates
November 8, 2023
Tilburg Campus
24 months
€ 51600 (exempt from VAT, application before 01-07-2023) / € 53600 (exempt from VAT, application after 01-07-2023)
Study load
16-18 hours per week
Full time/part time
Study trip
Study trip

Take charge of your own career with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

As a senior or executive manager, you’re no stranger to drive and ambition. You have a solid foundation in leadership, and now you’re ready take that next step. The English-taught Executive MBA lets you boost your effectiveness in times of extraordinary transitions and their accompanying uncertainties. All based on a sound understanding of business. Chart a course to your desired future and make a positive difference along the way.

Why take the EMBA at TIAS School for Business & Society?

  • #1 Executive MBA program in the Netherlands – The Economist’s “Which MBA?” ranking
  • #2 worldwide in career progress – Financial Times’ 2022 Ranking
  • #16 worldwide in career development – 2022 QS World University Rankings, Executive MBA
  • Financial Times top-ranked business school for executive and in-company education
  • Internationally recognized AMBA (Great Britain) and AACSB (United States) accreditations
  • Directly applicable scientific and practical knowledge

Executive MBA participant profile

Participants in the Executive MBA are senior and executive managers. Their big picture perspective and their keen judgment are critical in making sound strategic decisions. Now they’re ready for the next step in their development, to serve as leaders in the transition to sustainability in the broadest sense. On average, participants have at least fifteen years of relevant work experience in a variety of professional environments.

Our participants include:

  • Directors/business owners
  • Senior executives in the second and third tiers of major organizations
  • Managing directors or management team members at medium-sized organizations
  • Regional directors and country managers
  • Senior project leaders
  • Highly specialized, mission-critical individual contributors

Executive MBA admission requirements

We strive for well-matched groups of driven participants. For this reason, we apply admission requirements. We ensure the group is small enough for personalized attention, but also large enough for a rich exchange of experience and ideas. The enrollment process includes an interview with the Academic Director. We expect:

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, at least 3 of which in a leadership role.
  • A relevant Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.
  • Successful completion of the TIAS Competency Test for participants without a PhD or Master’s degree.
  • An adequate score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam or the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), depending on your level of English proficiency.

Executive MBA facts & figures 

Check the facts & figures of the Executive MBA participants »

In their own words: our participants on the Executive MBA 

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    Bas van Vugt
    Executive Director at Rabo Investments

    ‘’I think the combination of business and society is quite powerful.’’
    ‘’You can’t lead an organization from a purely business perspective anymore. Businesses are required to take an active role and stand, and to be part of the solution for large societal issues. This takes a different kind of leadership.’’


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    Thijs Evers
    Manager Engineering at Bilfinger Tebodin

    “The Executive MBA has definitely given a boost, to me and my career''.


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    Maaike Blom-Bronkhorst

    ‘’What I was looking for and what I found in the program: professors who do not get the theory from a book, but who bring experienced knowledge that you can apply directly in your own practice. My scope has broadened, which is noticeable in my daily work. I ask different questions, I am more inquisitive.’’


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    Rob van Dijk

    ''The Executive MBA of TIAS teaches you to look beyond profitability, but also at the impact you make as a person, and as a leader at your organization.''

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    Mike Burgers
    Head of Customer Care & Digitization at Moba Groep

    ''TIAS is committed to new leadership. At TIAS things are more personal and smaller-scale. They dedicate a lot of time and effort to learning from one another, with plenty of interaction during and outside of classes. And to stewardship; doing what’s most beneficial to society. How do you deal with power structures? How do you treat your colleagues? What’s your approach to the environment and society? That requires new leadership. They’re really committed to that at TIAS.''


Future-proof yourself with the Executive Master of Business Administration

Changes come fast. To anticipate them, organizations must become quicker and more agile. So they need capable leaders with keen judgment, a clear vision and insight into every aspect of the business. Leaders who can weigh and navigate the interests of multiple stakeholders in their decision-making, who are aware of the critical importance of building coalitions in leading change, and who have the confidence to lead them through periods of uncertainty. The TIAS Executive MBA trains precisely this kind of leader.

English-taught EMBA program: leadership and transition

In the Executive MBA, you develop a sound understanding of business. You improve your technical and management skills and reinforce both your professional competencies and your personal skills. Expand your horizons and your awareness by applying your new skills, knowledge, and insights to real-world cases. Intensive attention to personal development and leadership qualities further strengthens your resolve, credibility and self-confidence. This enables you to become the leader you want to be and generate impact for your own future, your organization and the world it operates in.

How will the Executive MBA benefit you?

  • You get a complete picture by gaining deeper knowledge and insights into your own field and broader knowledge of other fields, including through exchanges with your fellow participants.
  • You grow both personally and professionally thanks to the program structure and the space it provides for your own development.
  • In the trip to Rwanda, you see with your own eyes what it’s like to do business under completely different conditions and work with Rwandan business owners.
  • You’re able to serve your organization as a leader in the transition in the broadest sense, thanks to responsible leadership.
  • You can transform organizations for a positive impact on society.
  • You enjoy a major boost in self-confidence and freedom from doubts about your own abilities.
  • You gain insight into your own drives, leadership styles and strengths and weaknesses, and discover the future you want to create for yourself and how to create it.


Executive MBA program at TIAS

The Executive MBA at TIAS consists of three themed blocks that provide an overview of the basic principles of business administration. The program is designed to further your academic and personal development, your leadership qualities and your social awareness. Practical concepts and challenging working methods stimulate new ways of thinking, which you can put directly into practice. You finish each block with a module that combines the knowledge from earlier modules.

International module

The program includes a trip to Rwanda. In this module, you discover the many ways that business and society are intertwined and interact. Along with fellow participants, you serve as a consultant for a Rwandan business. In the process of scouting, scoping and analysis, you gain insight into the limitations and possibilities of the local infrastructure and the broader culture and historical context. This trip is invaluable because you physically and mentally step out of your familiar world. The trip fits seamlessly into the curriculum, and is a relevant extension of your classroom learning.

Leadership in the EMBA

Leadership is an integral part of the Executive MBA. This unique approach combines workshops geared towards developing skills, deep awareness and experiential learning. Our instructors guide you in developing and honing your core competencies and working towards your personal goals. In this way, the Executive MBA creates an environment for both professional and personal growth.

Structure of the Executive MBA

The Executive MBA consists of the following blocks and modules.

The Role of Business in a Complex World

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Economics
  • Quantitative Tools
  • Corporate Finance
  • International module: Creating Shared Value in an Emerging Market Context
  • Integration: Doing Business in a Complex World

Positioning for Long-Term Value

  • Marketing Management
  • Human Behavior in Organizations
  • Operations Management
  • Corporate and Business-Level Strategy
  • Sustainable Innovation
  • Integration: Entrepreneurship

Change for Impact

  • Strategy Implementation
  • Leading Change
  • Corporate and Business-Level Strategy
  • Integration: Strategic Leadership in an International Environment
  • Capstone Project

Consultation with the Program Adviser

Contact our Program Adviser for further information on this EMBA program. We’ll be happy to answer your questions on the program contents, group composition, financing, admission requirements and more. After the consultation with the Program Adviser, if you decide to move forward with your EMBA, you’ll receive an enrollment invitation from us.

Outcome: Executive MBA diploma

After successful completion of your studies, you receive the title of Master of Business Administration (MBA). In addition, the TIAS program boasts both international (AMBA) and institutional (AACSB) accreditations. These accreditations form the legal basis for granting the Master of Business Administration degree.

Costs Executive Master of Business Administration

The costs of the Executive Master of Business Administration are € 51600 (exempt from VAT, application before 01-07-2023) / € 53600 (exempt from VAT, application after 01-07-2023).

The program includes:

  • Enrollment, registration and administration costs
  • Required literature, textbooks and course materials
  • Catering packages (lunch, coffee/tea and soft drinks) during lecture periods, meals during residential sessions
  • Overnight accommodations including breakfast*
  • The substantive program of the international study trip**
  • Access to the online learning environment

* Accommodation during residential overnight sessions enables you focus all your attention on your studies. The Program Adviser can give you further information on the benefits of overnight accommodations as well as cost savings if you decide not to.

** Travel expenses for the international module are not included.

Benefits of the Executive MBA for your organization

  • Ample attention to personal leadership means that when the going gets tough, participants can see both the forest and the trees.
  • With insights into new business models and innovation management, participants help future-proof their organizations.
  • Participants develop themselves into valued and confident advisers and sparring partners for the C-suite.
  • Participants are better at inspiring their teams and employees, so they can reach their objectives.
  • Participants apply scientific concepts and models directly to their own organizations, through a combination of work and study.
  • In the final Capstone Project, participants apply their new skills, knowledge and insights to a project in their own organization under the guidance of our world-class instructors. This way, they make a meaningful difference for their organization, often with a measurable impact on the bottom line.


TIAS offers potential scholarships for excellent candidates with a strong academic background and leadership qualities who improve group diversity. A limited number of scholarships are available. To determine your eligibility, please contact the Program Adviser.

Financial support options for the Executive MBA

So you’ve found the right program for your learning objectives and ambitions. But how do you finance it? Several options are available. Your employer may play a role, but the law also offers attractive options that you can use yourself. TIAS explains these for you below.

Read about the options »

Meet the faculty of the Executive MBA

Academic Director

Roemer Visser
Executive Professor


Filip Caeldries
Full Professor
Frans Pannekoek
Adjunct Professor
Tijs Rotmans
Adjunct Professor
Michael Corbey
Full Professor
Carla Koen
Full Professor
Rudy Moenaert
Full Professor

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Michelle Fevola
Michelle Fevola
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 19

EMBA Online Q&A Sessions

EMBA Online Q&A Sessions - An informal setting to ask your questions about the Executive MBA program.
May 25 - Dec 7 2023

TIAS Online Information Event

Want to know more about our programs? Sign up for our information sessions on Wednesday, June 7.
Jun 7 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM, Online

EMBA Inspiration Session: "Leadership and the Magic of Language"

Get inspired by Executive Professor Roemer Visser and find out more about the TIAS Executive MBA.
Jun 22 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Tilburg Campus
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