Executive MBA

Get the skills, confidence and network you need to lead the change with a top-ranked Executive MBA.

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Programme start:

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Executive MBA International Women's Day 2024
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18h00 - 21h00
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Ready to experience the transformation that is an Executive MBA? Need help taking an innovative idea and turning it into the next disruptor? Want to gain new skills so you can lead the change at your company?

If this sounds like you, then it’s time to see yourself at Solvay Brussels School.

Key admissions criteria

  • Higher Education Diploma (Bachelor/Master/Other)
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience
  • English proficiency
  • Scores from GMAT, GRE or Solvay Lifelong Learning Admission Test (SllAT)

About

Why the Solvay Executive MBA?

From our practice-oriented academic signature to our outstanding alumni network, discover the points that make our programme exceptional.

Experience a transformative learning journey at Solvay Brussels School, characterised by a progressive structure. Begin with essential management concepts, advance to leadership essentials, and culminate in leading transformation. Progression through the programme will enable you to embody the change you seek, establishing a robust leadership foundation. In the final phase, apply theory to actual business scenarios, engaging in case studies, simulations, and real-world projects that bridge theoretical concepts with practical business applications.

We are accredited by the two leading international quality assurance bodies: EQUIS and AMBA. This ensures that we strive for the highest quality of research and education, and guarantees the value of your certification. Under the EQUIS accreditation scheme, every 3 or 5 years, we are subjected to the most demanding independent evaluation. Research, faculty, quality of programmes and infrastructures, commitments to innovation, school's vision, partnerships and inclusion of the business world in the school management, EQUIS inspects every aspect of what makes a top business school.
 
Complementing EQUIS, our accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) stands as a testament to our excellence in post-graduate business education. AMBA, recognised as the premier authority on global business education, ensures that our programmes meet the highest international standards.
 
We are also Qfor accredited. The Qfor audit determines the quality and professionalism of training institutes and consultancy firms. At the national level, the Qfor accreditation is recognised by the Flemish and Walloon Regions.
 
Last but not least, we are members of AACSB Business Education Alliance. This global nonprofit association connects educators, students, and businesses to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

Solvay Brussels School is globally recognised for its excellence in business education and research. Joining the EMBA programme means becoming part of a reputable institution with a long-standing tradition of academic rigour and top-level faculty.

 

Our course instructors at Solvay Brussels School and ULB are not only accomplished professors but also experts in the latest research within their respective fields. Concurrently, our top-level practitioners contribute valuable insights derived from their practical experience and on-the-field expertise, offering a dynamic blend of academic knowledge and real-world perspectives on the latest market and business developments.

 

Top-of-the-line guests are also invited for additional workshops and sessions such as the Business Lunch Series.

 

Earning an Executive MBA at Solvay acknowledges the scarcity of time, a valuable commodity often in short supply. The programme addresses this by allowing you to seamlessly integrate your advanced studies with your professional commitments. The 18-month duration, running from November to June, facilitates this balance. Classes are strategically scheduled once every 3-4 weeks, incorporating a blended learning approach.

This approach encompasses on-campus sessions, organised from Thursday evening to Saturday evening, complemented by asynchronous 4-hour online learning for each course. The design recognises the unique needs of professionals, offering a flexible learning experience that combines the benefits of physical classroom engagement with the accessibility of online resources. Through our partnership with Coursera, a wealth of quality online content further enhances and supports this. 

To optimise the learning environment, class sizes are deliberately limited to manageable and cohesive cohorts. This ensures maximum participation and easy access to faculty and the Executive MBA academic or administration team. The result is a programme that values your time, allowing you to pursue an executive training without compromising your effectiveness at work.

At Solvay, recognising the integral role of your peers in your learning experience is paramount. Here, alongside a diverse and talented faculty, you'll engage with business leaders representing various functions, industries, and geographies. This collaborative environment provides a unique opportunity to gain a broader perspective on everyday business challenges and build a global network of executives.

The connections formed on campus extend far beyond the academic setting. As you navigate the diverse landscape of your class, characterised by differences in gender, academic backgrounds, and cultural perspectives, your student experience is enriched. The international focus of our faculty, coupled with engaging case studies and study tours to different cities, adds layers to your learning within the multicultural heart of Europe.

These interactions, both within and outside the classroom, pave the way for friendships and professional relationships that endure and continue to enrich your personal and professional journey in unforeseen and meaningful ways.
An international network. A partner for your career.
Solvay Schools Alumni brings together all graduates and certified from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management ULB and the Solvay Business School VUB. The association has more than 30,000 alumni, coming from more than 100 countries around the world and represents all sectors of economic activity.
Each year, Solvay Schools Alumni organises nearly 50 activities and conferences. Objective: to offer you continuing education opportunities, support for your career development, and numerous networking opportunities. As a Solvay Schools Alumni Association member, you also have access to the directory of graduates.
With Solvay Schools Alumni, you develop your network and contact alumni whenever you want to feed your thinking and professional career. Events and fun activities also allow you to meet alumni outside the professional framework.

At Solvay, we believe in learning for a better world. Through our Sustainability Lab, you will contribute to your corporate or socio-economic environment using a problem-based learning approach. In addition, as part of our sustainability policy, our United Nations' SDG Scholarships reward change makers whose actions contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By joining our EMBA, you join us in making a meaningful impact and shaping a sustainable future.

Ready. Set. Go.

Curriculum: a 3-level approach

The transformative journey starts with a set of six core courses covering management essentials, followed by optional and elective courses on impact investment, corporate finance, ethics and corporate responsibility, and many more. These classes ensure you have a solid foundation in leadership from which to build. The courses are articulated over a 3-level approach that progressively brings participants to a higher level of business acumen and leadership sharpness. 
 
Want to know the curriculum in depth? Scroll down to download our brochure! 
Level 1
Management Essentials

Begin your transformational journey by building key knowledge and skills in six management areas.

 

Level 2
Leadership Essentials

Continue your transformation by expanding your knowledge and skills with mandatory leadership and elective courses.

Level 3
Leading the transformation

Bridge theory and practice by learning how to lead innovation and change.

 

More tools under (y)our belt.

Labs, Coaching & Study Tours

The Solvay Executive MBA provides you with the essential tools, skills and mindset needed to deal with the challenges of organisations in fast-evolving environments. It brings you up to speed with managerial and leadership principles to be able to lead innovation and change.

Advisory - Venture - Sustainability

 

The Labs where our participants 'get their hands dirty'.

 

Using the skills developed in the courses, the Labs challenge participants to experiment with innovation, sustainability and strategy. This is an opportunity to test, explore and develop a concept, turning what was once just an idea into a practical business solution.

  1. Advisory Lab
  2. Corporate and Venture Strategy Lab
  3. Sustainability Lab

Career Advancement Programme

 

Where it all comes together. 

 

During the CAP, a team of executive coaches personally guide you through your transformational journey by offering their unique, experience-based insights and connecting you to their curated professional network. 

 

By learning to leverage their knowledge and skills and discovering their leadership style, participants emerge well-positioned to have a transformational impact on the people, places and projects they influence.

International Study Tours

 

Discover our international study tours (optional):

  1. Our study tour in Munich is a one-week immersive and interactive journey through the Entrepreneurship eco-system of Munich - one of
    the major powerhouses in the European entrepreneurship ecosystem.
  2. With our partner IPADE, participants head South to Mexico. During this one-week-long study tour, participants explore "How to do business in Mexico" through a mix of keynotes and visits.
  3. Organised in partnership with Insper in Brazil, the MBA International Week is an opportunity for MBA learners from all over the world to enrol in Insper’s MBA courses during the summer.

“What sets our EMBA programme apart is our learner-centred curriculum and active learning approach. We empower professionals to take significant strides in their careers by providing them with the tools, strategies, and insights they need to excel in a rapidly evolving business landscape.”

 

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Bruno van Pottelsberghe

Dean & EMBA Academic Director

Awarding Excellence.

Scholarships

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United Nations' SDGs Scholarship

The Solvay Executive MBA proudly supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice - they are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

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Women Change-Agent Scholarship

IThe Women Change Agent Scholarship supports women in breaking the glass ceiling in business. Our ambition is that by 2026, we achieve gender equality in our recruitment and that women, through high-quality lifelong learning training, close the gap in leadership positions.  

Testimonials

What our participants say

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Izabel Medeiros
New Services Programme Director
Volvo Financial Services

"Before the MBA, I had a much more narrow perception of my abilities and myself. This has totally changed... I apply the Solvay approach to solving business cases every day in strategic programme management at Volvo Financial Services. My coursework on stakeholder management and process improvement is fundamental to my job as well."

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Dietrich Moens
CEO & Co-Founder
SPACEHUNTR
"Apart from providing real practical tools and insights, Solvay Executive MBA professors and coaches offered in a way some consulting advice as their feedback on the assignments, as well as during class discussions and the coaching sessions, translated into directly actionable new concepts that I could apply to my startup...A lesson that I wish I had known earlier: 'Start before you are ready', enrol in the Solvay EMBA, trust yourself and others and you will be amazed by the results.'"
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Anke Sieg
Global Payer Value Strategy - Asset Lead
UCB

"It is an eye-opener and provides the toolkit to become a great leader. The key is to apply them every day, going beyond your comfort zone...It was a very enriching experience to go back to school, to take some quality time for personal development and to deeply immerse myself in a new environment, new context and new personal network."

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Srilakshmi Amarnath
Transformation Leader
Telenet
"The Solvay Executive MBA excels at providing a holistic view of today’s business challenges and equipping us with practical solutions for addressing real-world issues."
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Jarlath Lally
Global Marketing Director
Global Invacom Group
"I was looking for an emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship. One of the things that struck me about Solvay  Brussels School was that emphasis in the EMBA programme... A sustaining gift from the programme is that I have a strong network that has grown exponentially on the back of the contacts I made within the programme"

EMBA Statistics

The programme in numbers

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in FT EMBA Rankings 2023: Federation Wallonie-BXL

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in Federation Wallonie-BXL in QS Executive MBA Rankings 2023: Europe

1

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in Belgium Corporate Knights Better World Rankings 2023

56

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Courses include ESG content

1500

+ Alumni

Solvay EMBA Network

10

+ years

Average work experience

54

%

International participants

58

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Overall promotion rate

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What are the admission criteria?

The key admission criteria include:

  1. Higher Education Diploma (Bachelor/Master/Other)
  2. Minimum 3 years of professional experience
  3. English proficiency
  4. Scores from GMAT, GRE or Solvay Lifelong Learning Admission Test (SllAT)
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What is the certificate awarded?

Upon completion of your curriculum, you will be awarded the “Executive Master in Business Administration” university certificate delivered by Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management – Université libre de Bruxelles.

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How can I finance my EMBA?

Solvay Brussels School has a well-earned reputation as a school of opportunity for all. In this regard, we would like to help you identify and access the financial options that we offer to make your MBA dream a reality: we have compiled a list of scholarships and funding on this page.

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