Launched in 2001, EMBA-Global Americas and Europe was jointly developed by London Business School and Columbia Business School to inspire and cultivate entrepreneurial thinking and a truly global perspective. Students learn to lead effectively, capture opportunity, and successfully navigate the challenges of global business. Core courses are studied in London and New York, two of the world’s leading business and cultural capitals. Combined, they offer unrivalled access to the world’s most influential markets, organisations, and business leaders.

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Application Deadlines


Round 1: September 18, 2018

Round 2: November 13, 2018

Round 3: January 22, 2019

Round 4 March 5, 2018

Application Fee: US$250

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 20 months

Average age of new entrants: 34 years old

 Require standardized test: GMAC Executive Assessment / Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) / Graduate Examination Record (GRE)

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 10 years

Application Essays

Season: 2019


Why do you wish to participate in the EMBA-Global programme? What do you hope to experience and how will participation in this programme help you to achieve your objectives? (maximum 500 words)


Please describe a situation either work or personal where you faced a particular challenge. What was the outcome and what did you learn from the experience about your own strengths and personal development needs? (maximum 500 words)


Please tell us about yourself and your background. How do you embody the characteristics of a future global leader? The objective of this statement is to get a sense who you are, rather than what you have achieved professionally. (maximum 500 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2019

Two letters of recommendation using the EMBA-Global recommendation form. One should be from the supervisor or immediate manager, and typically from another senior management member such as your department head or Human Resources manager. Some candidates are able to provide an academic reference, but most generally recommenders are drawn from your current and previous employment networks.

1. How do you know the applicant? How long have you known them for?

2. In your experience does the applicant have the appropriate mindset / experience to contribute to a globally focused programme?

3. What would you say are the applicant’s key strengths and talents?

4. What would you say are the applicant’s key weaknesses or areas for improvement?

5. In which areas of development has the applicant progressed most in the time you’ve known them?

6. Please comment on the applicant’s business ethics.

7. Does the applicant have the potential to become a senior manager?

Admissions Verdict


Highly Selective

“EMBA-Global Asia, the powerful partnership between London Business School, The University of Hong Kong, and Columbia Business School provides globally focused executives and managers with the insight, expertise, networks, and multifaceted perspectives to become successful leaders—anywhere in the world. EMBA-Global is internationally recognised as one of the world's top Executive MBA programmes. It is designed for high-calibre professionals who are looking to take their careers to the next level and transform opportunity into action.” Consultant2019

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