Education for the higher educated

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Antwerp Management School

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Think Smart, Be Critical, Behave Wisely

Do you have the ambition to further develop your career in your organization, but is self-deployment also high on your agenda and do you want to deploy your talents? Do you want to make the difference in your company or organization, but also in the global context of society?

Then you sure are ready for an executive MBA at Antwerp Management School, a truly unique program with international Faculty and participants with whom you start a journey where self-awareness, cooperation, understanding of the global business context and societal consciousness are key.


Your success as a manager and business leader both depends on what you know and how you apply what you know. Antwerp Management School strives to be at the forefront when it comes to delivering a world class executive MBA program. We support participants with the highest quality of intellectual stimuli, and with real personal growth and development, resulting in an ambitious and realistic career plan.

Why follow this program at Antwerp Management School?

The EMBA is designed to maximize knowledge sharing, with dialogue-driven lessons, engaging you in lively discussions with Faculty and peers. The traditional and vested MBA content is highly valued and rooted in the program: we deepen and broaden your conceptual management knowledge of the business, stretching you beyond your given specialist expertise into the realm of strategic thinking and acting.

Through an integrated personal development portfolio, your personal executive coach will support you in understanding your behavioral mechanisms, mental maps and collaboration preferences, allowing you to get out of your comfort zone and to the core of your performance capabilities. This process will be facilitated during the 2 years of your MBA through in class sessions, seven one-to-one coaching sessions and a community project, finally resulting in a career development plan.

To enhance your global outlook you'll join your fellow executive MBA participants from our Moscow campus during three one-week global residencies in Moscow, New York and Antwerp. On these study trips local challenges are investigated from an economic, geopolitical, cultural and environmental point of view. The residencies include lectures, company visits and debates with business leaders, exposing you to international business strategies and developing your intercultural competence of working in culturally diverse teams and organizations.


What can you expect?

Content level: Building Expertise, Strategic.

After attending this program:

  • You are prepared for complex management challenges and responsibilities
  • You will have enhanced your analytical and critical thinking and improved your decision making
  • You have a solid understanding of all the functional areas of global business
  • You have a thorough insight of how organizations create value for their customers
  • You can bring extra value to your current position when applying the best practices and frameworks in your day to day work
  • You have a corporate reflection and can create a holistic approach to business challenges
  • You will have developed internal consultancy skills and change-agent capabilities
  • You are part of a solid network of friends and partners in the business


What's this program about?

The EMBA is a carefully integrated 'cycle of learning' taking you through different phases from laying foundations to analysis and integration.
To get the conceptual knowledge under your skin, teaching methods include workshops, case studies, simulations, real-life projects, and team and independent work. The second year will challenge you on a more strategic level, resuming in a Master Consultancy Project, a consultancy report embedded in a theoretical framework.

To further enhance your global perspective you'll join your fellow Executive MBA participants from our Moscow campus during 3 one-week global residencies in Moscow, New York and Antwerp. The residencies include lectures, company visits and debates with business leaders, exposing you to international business strategies and developing your intercultural competence of working in culturally diverse teams and organizations.

Personal Development includes seven individual executive coaching sessions.

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For who?

Career level: General management, Senior management, Middle management.

This program is designed for self-critical professionals with open minds and very positive learning attitudes from various sectors, profit and non for profit alike, managerial positions and educational backgrounds. An MBA participant dares to explore and experiment, and values collaboration with class peers in their strife to achieve a mutual goal.

Practical information

The format consists of:

  • A 4 day residential module at the start of the program
  • Every 3 weeks one local module of 2 or 3 days at Antwerp Management School
    • Thursday & Friday (8:30 - 18:30) until Saturday lunch time (12:00)
    • Friday (8:30 - 18:30) until Saturday afternoon (8:30 - 16:30)
  • Three global one-week residencies where you'll join fellow MBA participants from our Moscow campus.
  • Seven one-on-one executive coaching sessions


€ 31500 (VAT exempted).

Included: tuition fee covering the complete program, all learning materials and documentation, accommodation during residential sessions in Belgium, all food & beverages on campus.

Excluded: Travel expenses for the international residencies (accommodation included in the fee)

General Conditions apply to our programs.

Financial Benefits

  • Early Bird rate for edition starting in Fall
    2014: Applicants fully registered and administered prior to April 30, 2014 benefit from an Early-Bird Discount of € 2500 (VAT exempted).
  • SME conditions: This program is recognized for the system of 'KMO-portefeuille' of the Flemish Government.
  • There is a similar subsidy available for SME's located in Brussels: The maximum subsidy SMEs can apply for amounts to € 5000 per program.
  • Training vouchers: You can use individual program cheques to pay for this program.
  • Public and social profit sector: participants working in public or social profit organizations enjoy special conditions. Please contact the Program Manager for the requirements.
  • German residents can apply for scholarships via Deutsche Bildung. More information.

Admission and Application

An MBA focuses on self-critical professionals with open minds and very positive learning attitudes. It involves is a serious time investment: depending on your personal context you should count on another 10 to 15 hours of study on average per week. We appreciate a supportive attitude for the MBA from the participant´s employer. Support can be time based, financial sponsorship or access to company information but most importantly should include, a positive outlook for potential growth.

The application process starts with applying online, filling out the application form and upload following documents:

  • Resume/CV in English,
  • Recent passport picture,
  • A copy of your degree(s)
  • A copy of your passport/identity card

As we strive for a diverse, ambitious and supportive class, following basic requirements needs to be met before applying:

  • You hold a Master degree (*) from a recognized academic institution, recognized by the relevant authorities of the institution's home country
  • You have at least 4 years full time working experience after graduation, preferably - but not necessarily - in an international environment

After online application, you will be contacted by the Program Director for following assessment:

  • Analytical Test (numerical and verbal) or GMAT (in case of distance assessment - min 550 score to be admitted)
  • In-depth interview where you will be screened on your knowledge of current events - economic and social environment - and on your motivation

Before admission, we require two reference letters, with at least one from your current employer. These reference letters should be send to the Program Director prior to the assessment.
After final approval of the application by the MBA council, admission will be formally confirmed and you will be able to subscribe.

(*) Applicants holding a professional degree are also eligible, if their Analytical Test outperforms and if they have a proven business track record


The master degree 'Master of Business Administration' is officially recognized by the Flemish Community and will be handed out upon successfully completing the program. The program is AACSB and NVAO accredited.

Level University
Form Part-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 24 months
Location Antwerpen
Type Executive Master, Specialised master for professionals
Costs €31500
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Start month October
Country Belgium
Completion Diploma
Jeroen Derynck about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

"An MBA is not about common sense, it is about drive and passion. Learning is such a powerful catalyst - it broadens your horizon, it makes you see the other side, it helps you to engage in a conversation. Curious by nature, it is this learning experience that justifies the hard effort."

Jeroen Derynck (Owner), The Thinking Ape
Peter Willems about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

"The Executive MBA was definitely an eye- and mind-opening experience. The new, monthly modular approach made the combination with a day-to-day job more feasible and it created opportunities for Antwerp Management School to invite international Faculty. The individual coaching sessions by MDP over the two-year program and the regular focus on social responsibility are clearly factors where Antwerp Management School distinguishes itself from other business schools. At Antwerp Management School an Executive MBA is not only about business, it's about business in society."

Peter Willems (Director Clinical Development), Tibotec
Benny Van Calster about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

"The marketing course in the Part-time Executive MBA program provided an excellent mix of conceptual frameworks and real-life cases. Rudy Moenaert's enthusiasm is very stimulating and well balanced with reflection moments during the marketing strategy business game. All of this was supported by a very good book which can serve as a reference and reflection document in our day-to-day work environment."

Benny Van Calster (Partner), Minds&More-Marketing Capability Builders
Wim Anthierens about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
"I remember that the Community Project started with little enthusiasm and a lot of 'how must we fit this into our overbooked agendas?'. But it turned out to be a great opportunity to stop running, open our eyes, look around and reflect on the larger community in which we live. We deliberately let the scope widen, because we came to realize that we could bring true added value in this (to us) unusual environment. In return we were welcomed with great openness and warmth, and were taught a fresh view on poverty fighting. In short, the perfect win-win situation."
Wim Anthierens (Flow Team Coach), Atlas Copco Airpower
Elfie Knapen about the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
"I started out on the MBA because I wanted to become a more 'interesting' person both for my employer as for my personal contacts. The MBA has definitely made me more confident and aware about my own strengths, not only because of the enrichment in academic background but also thanks to the attention for personal development through the coaching sessions. After two intensive years of learning, planning, group work … I feel like I have accomplished my mission."
Elfie Knapen (General Manager Benelux), Cartamundi