Executive MBA

Executive MBA
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Start- and course dates
May 23, 2024
Tilburg Campus
November 7, 2024
Tilburg Campus
24 months
Start May: € 56600 / Start November: € 59600 (exempt from VAT)
Study load
16-18 hours per week
Full time/part time
Study trip
Study trip

Define your own personal pathway 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. A solid grasp of business allows you to speak the language of the various functional disciplines, allowing you to have candid conversations within your organization that add value. Reach your full potential, make a positive impact on your immediate environment and chart a course to your desired future.

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

  • #1 in the Netherlands in career progress - Financial Times’ 2023 Ranking
  • #7 worldwide in career development – 2023 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
  • 88% of the graduates either gained a promotion at their company or achieved a new job at a different company during their studies and/or within 1 year after graduation.

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 fourteen 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 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 others through periods of uncertainty. This enables them to strengthen the impact of their organization. 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.
  • Combine all of your new skills, knowledge, and insights in different areas by applying them to real-world cases during Live Performance Challenge weekends.
  • You grow both personally and professionally thanks to the intensive leadership program.
  • 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 drive change within your organization: business and society is fully integrated in the curriculum rather than a stand-alone module.
  • 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.
  • You’ll get a chance to expand your network. The unique modular structure allows you to both create a deep bond with your own cohort and connect with participants in other cohorts.
  • 88% of the graduates either gained a promotion at their company or achieved a new job at a different company during their studies and/or within 1 year after graduation.

Executive MBA program at TIAS

The English-taught Executive MBA at TIAS combines a sound academic program with a uniquely integrated leadership program. The program promotes integrated and critical thinking, so you can make a difference for yourself, your organization and the world around you. The program is designed to deepen your knowledge base, increase your business acumen, and develop your leadership qualities. The combination of academic concepts and practical tools offered in varied assignments and working methods encourages you to think differently and embeds what you have learned. This allows you to put your newly acquired knowledge to good use and make an impact immediately, rather than waiting until after graduation.


The modular structure of EMBA offers participants the opportunity to complete the program at an accelerated pace or take a break if necessary. Participants can also graduate at their own pace as they get to decide when to start their Capstone Projects. For more information, please contact your Program Adviser.

BizzTrek Rwanda

This four-day exploration of the business environment in Rwanda is an essential part of the program. Through maximum immersion in the local (business) environment, you get to discover the many ways that business and society are intertwined and interact. This journey is invaluable. Stepping into a different context expands your mind and touches your heart. It’s an unforgettable experience.

Leadership in the EMBA

Leadership is an integral part of the Executive MBA. TIAS’ unique approach combines workshops geared towards developing skills, deep awareness, experiential learning and peer-to-peer coaching. The fixed peer-to-peer coaching groups meet five times throughout the EMBA and are supervised by a coach. This allows you to achieve optimum personal growth. Our coaches will supervise 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

TIAS’ Executive MBA comprises four themed stages that together provide a comprehensive view of business administration from both an operational and strategic perspective. Each stage concludes with a Live Performance Challenge Weekend, where you will put your knowledge to the test in a real client case. You conclude the EMBA with a Capstone Project.

Optimizing Business Performance

  • Managerial Accounting and Control
  • Operations
  • Managerial Finance
  • Data analytics
  • Leadership workshops:
    - Negotiations
    - Peer-to-peer coaching

Leading in a (Post) Global World

  • Strategy
  • Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Doing Business in a Complex World
  • BizzTrek Rwanda
  • Leadership workshops:
    - Inclusive leadership
    - Intercultural Competence
    - Peer-to-peer coaching

Building Sustainable Businesses

  • Marketing Management
  • Sustainable Innovation Management
  • Creating Shared Value
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership workshops:
    - Responsible Leadership
    - Peer-to-peer coaching

Leading Transformation

  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Leading Change
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Leadership workshops:
    - Transformational Leadership Trail
    - Change Leadership
    - Peer-to-peer coaching

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 (Great Britain) and institutional AACSB (United States) accreditations. These accreditations form the legal basis for granting the Master of Business Administration degree.

Costs Executive Master of Business Administration

Start May: € 56600 / Start November: € 59600 (exempt from VAT).

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.

For more information about the costs and possibilities of participating in stage(s) of the EMBA. Please contact the Program Adviser.

Benefits of the Executive MBA for your organization

  • With ample focus on personal leadership, participants develop into leaders who can hold their own in difficult situations.
  • 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 »

Admission Executive MBA

You will find all of the admissions requirements listed on the application portal and listed below.

The final stage of the application process will be an online interview with the EMBA Academic Director, Roemer Visser.

Executive MBA Admissions Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 of which in a managerial or leadership role.
  • Successful completion of the TIAS Competency Test for those without a Master’s or PhD.

Please feel free to reach out to the Program Advisor for any questions about the EMBA admissions requirement and process.

Meet the faculty of the Executive MBA

Our faculty is deeply rooted in society and science. Because of this connection, they know better than anyone how to translate academic theories, models and principles into current developments and issues.

Roemer Visser, Associate Professor and Academic Director: ‘At TIAS we create space for reflection and that discovery to figure out: ‘What is truly important for me. How can I make it happen and what's going to be the next step?’

Academic Director

Roemer Visser
Associate Professor


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

CV assessment

If you have read our requirements and want to validate whether you meet them. You are invited to request a profile review with our Program Adviser, who can provide guidance on the admissions process and how to give your application the best chance of success.

CV assessment  or apply online.
Michelle Fevola
Michelle Fevola
Program Adviser
+31 13 466 86 19

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