IMM Global Executive MBA

Location and start date
Purdue University: 
March 18, 2018
Duration 19 months
Study load Start 1 week in USA + 5 2-week residencies
Fees € 79,000
Accreditations MBA

Excel in a real international experience

Exceptional business leadership stems from understanding and effectively engaging with the world around us. As business interests diversify and become more globally invested, so must you broaden your skill set and develop deeper insights. Internationally minded, you consider the bigger picture. Gaining the edge to drive change, however, demands rich expertise across multiple disciplines, astute analytical awareness and strategic dexterity.

Our Global Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) is constantly being developed to reflect new concerns in the highly competitive and integrated global economy. The program grants you invaluable access to a global sharing platform of knowledge and experience. Right from the start you will prosper from the international dimension. Enabling you to draw on the wealth of erudition your peers have to offer, further shaping you to be a rounded, responsible business leader.

  • Excel in a real international experience. Go global with local-immersion residencies that take you to 7 countries on 4 continents.
  • Enjoy a great flexibility. Learn from home, anywhere in the world. Benefit from sophisticated techniques to create a truly international study environment, with a global student body and synchronized and unsynchronized technology to stay connected with students and faculty.
  • Form stronger, more diverse networks. Build tight relationships with cross-cultural faculty and classmates through a cohort learning structure using synchronized and unsynchronized technology to stay connected.
  • Earn 2 MBA degrees, one from Purdue University in de United States and from TIAS/Tilburg University (the Netherlands) or CEU (Hungary).
  • An AACSB (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association of MBAs) accredited degree.

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Our highly competitive and integrated global economy calls for dynamic understanding and great leadership. Taking that next step in your career means developing your competency range to meet those requirements.

An International Masters in Management (IMM) program

The Global Executive MBA creates world business leaders. It equips managers to handle challenges in increasingly complex organizations. The program is built on the fundamental areas of economics and management, quantitative methods, and behavioral sciences. The IMM Global Executive MBA extends your comprehension of the latest concepts and techniques with a strategically global perspective. It grants you invaluable access to a global sharing platform of knowledge and experience.

The mixture of distance learning and on-campus learning ensures you will be able to retain your job and enjoy your family responsibilities while pursuing your MBA degree.

Program aims of the Global Executive MBA

The depth and scope of the program allows you to:

  • understand and effectively manage functional areas of business in an international context,
  • gain perspective on the dynamics between organizations and stakeholders,
  • develop personal abilities to assume greater general management responsibilities and to lead other and drive organizational change,
  • benefit from the latest business research and strategic insights, and apply coursework and project to on-the-job managerial situations,
  • get further understanding for balanced judgments and superior decisions.

Two MBA Degrees

Upon successful completion of the program you receive 2 MBA Degrees. One from Purdue University in the United States and one from TIAS/Tilburg University (The Netherlands) or CEU (Hungary).

Profile of the Global Executive MBA participants

When you are part of the program, you interact with managers facing challenges similar to your own. Peers have at least 6 years of work experience and an average of 13 years. They come from 8-10 countries around the world representing many different industries and functional areas. You start the program with your cohort and continue working with them until graduation and beyond.

Course outline

The Global Executive MBA is divided into a five-day launch week in the USA, followed by five 2-week residencies spanning approximately 19 months. During the modules – between residencies – participants use on-line technology to prepare assignments, engage in discussions, work in teams, read e-books and watch instructor-prepared videos.

Program Launch  at Purdue University (USA)

Module 1 – Residency 1 at TIAS (The Netherlands)

  • Microeconomics
  • Accounting for Managers
  • Business Analytics
  • Managing Behavior in Organizations

Module 2 – Residency 2 at FGV-Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Santiago (Chile)

  • Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Global Strategy: Doing Business in Latin America

Module 3 – Residency 3 at CEU (Hungary) and Istanbul (Turkey)

  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Negotiations in Organizations
  • International Financial Management

Module 4 – Purdue (US)

  • Strategic Management
  • Legal Social Foundations of Management
  • Elective
  • Elective

Module 5 – Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai (China)

  • Active Learning Team Project
  • Geo competitive Perspective
  • Global Strategy: Doing Business in Asia
  • Elective

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While highly competitive, the Global Executive MBA program’s admissions criteria are consistent with AACSB, AMBA and the partner schools’ postgraduate studies requirements.

Application requirements

  • Work experience: minimum 5 years of work experience with managerial responsibilities
  • Official transcripts (translated into English) for bachelors' degree (and master's degree, if applicable) or equivalent showing a grade point average on a 4.0 scale.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is desired, but significant work experience can compensate if this GPA is not met.
  • Recommendations: Two. One should be from the candidate’s direct supervisor, if possible.
  • English proficiency: strong command of written and spoken English (TOEFL or IELTS )
  • GMAT: may be required if work experience is not substantial.
  • Interview: in person or via Skype.
  • Completed application form.

Admission requirements

Upon receipt of your application our Program Adviser will contact you to arrange an interview. Your interview will take place with the Program Director.  

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Courses are taught by senior faculty from the partner schools and by selected faculty from other schools worldwide. All have taught extensively in executive programs, have substantial research and publication records and have experience as consultants to corporations and government agencies.

Without exception, the instructors in the Global Executive MBA are renowned in their area of expertise. With extensive experience in both practice and executive education, they are able to provide the vital link between theory and real-world application.

Academic Director

Filip Caeldries
Filip Caeldries
Full Professor
Professor Caeldries obtained his PhD in strategic management from Purdue University (Krannert School of...

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Total program price € 79,000.
We have extensive scholarships available.

This includes

  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation during residencies
  • Most of the meals during residencies
  • Class materials, e-books, iPad
  • Networking / Social events
  • Instruction
  • Distance learning

Additional costs

  • Flights from/to home and residency locations
  • Personal expenses

The program is exempt from VAT.

Persuade your employer with convincing company benefits

  • A professional within the organization who developed analytical skills and an understanding of management concepts which immediately contribute to the organization’s competitive strengths.
  • Fresh perspective into the organization due to the exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas participants encounter exposure to the varied industries.
  • An organization gains a cost-effective means of educating, developing, rewarding and retaining managerial talent.
  • Immediate benefit from papers you will write on actual topics within your organization.
  • In its 2017 Global Executive MBA program rankings, CEO Magazine named the IMM Global EMBA program #7 in the world.


Each partner school has its own scholarship policy. At TIAS a number of extensive scholarships is available for individuals showing for example strong leadership qualities, or who will significantly enhance the diversity of the classroom. To find out if you qualify for a scholarship grant, please contact the Program Adviser.

TIAS Scholarships available for the Global Executive MBA:

  • TIAS Scholarships for Academic Excellence  
  • TIAS Scholarships for Leadership Excellence
  • TIAS Scholarships for Women in Business  
  • TIAS Scholarships for Sustainability and Responsibility

Tuition fee tax deductions for Dutch candidates

As an entrepreneur or employee you can be eligible for tax deductions. As such, your tuition will be part-funded by tax revenues. Please ask your tax adviser for the exact benefits.

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Christel Donné
Christel Donné
Program Manager
+31 13 466 8618