Admission Criteria

To be eligible for the IE-SMU MBA you must meet the following criteria:

1.  Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience
2. Solid academic record
3. Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited undergraduate university
4. A completed application form

Admission Process


The admissions process starts upon the submission of an online application along with the relevant supporting documents. This application provides the Admissions Committee with an important foundation for evaluating candidates. It is therefore essential that you use this opportunity to present sufficient information, including examples that you think demonstrates how you would be a unique addition to the programme.



The interview examines the information provided in the application in greater detail and evaluates whether your profile will meet the demands of the programme and add value within the class discussion and group work. The interview can be conducted face-to-face in the IE or SMU campus, in your country of residence during overseas coffee sessions, or via Skype.


Admissions Decision

Following the interview and after a review of your entire application, the Admissions Committee will make its final decision based on the evaluation of your candidature as a whole. The decision will be based on all the various aspects of your profile, as well as how your profile aligns with the core values of IE-SMU and learning environment.


Online Application Supporting Documents

The entire admissions process takes approximately 3 to 5 weeks.

1. GMAT or GRE score, with IE or SMU admission tests as alternatives**
2. One essay and one other form of self-expression
3. Two Referee letters
4. Work verification letter (optional)
5. Organization Chart
6. Résumé
7. Transcripts
8. Bachelor’s Degree (if award of degree is not mentioned on transcript)
9. TOEFL or IELTS score (if candidate’s degree was not taught in English)

Application fee: S$200 (non-refundable)

*This programme is open to all nationalities, however students are responsible for obtaining a valid visa to attend the face-to-face sessions in Singapore and Madrid.  Student visas cannot be obtained as this is not a full-time programme.

**The IE and SMU admissions tests are the independent exams used by each institution. These aptitude exams can be completed in the universities campuses or at one of IE’s international offices. In addition, the SMU admissions test can be done online for candidates based in countries where there may not be a physical facility to take the test.

Application deadline: September – Oct 2017