Esade Business School (Ramon Llull University)

Ramon Llull University #

City: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Year Founded: 1958

About #

Esade Business school is globally structured to bring motivated individuals from all over the world to study and learn on its campus. With high quality eduction, international outlook, and holistic personal development students at Esade learn the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the global business marketplace. Three main activities make up the backbone of the Esade experience, these being Education, Research, and Social Debate. 

Ranking #

#5 USNews – Best Business Schools 

#4 QS Global MBA Rankings 2021 

MBA Program Overview #

The MBA at Harvard Business School is a two-year full-time program with a general management curriculum focused on real-world practice. The MBA curriculum at Harvard Business School is constantly refreshed and updated. Their learning model goes beyond theory – students at the HBS MBA program are taught not only how to manage organizations and make decisions, but also how to continually grow and improve as they go through life.

Featured Professors #

Carmen Ansotegui Olcoz

Professor Ansotegui Olcoz is a professor in the department of ecoonomics, finance and accounting. Her research interests include financial risk management, shadow banking and alternative funding. She is well published, with her work appearing in numerous journals. She has a degree in Business Administration, as well as a masters in Economic theory and a PhD in Financial Economics. 

Fernando Ballabriga Clavería

Professor Ballabriga Clavería is a professor in the department of economics, finance and accounting. His research interests are International Macroeconomics and Finance, Macroeconometrics, Fiscal and Monetarz Policy, Monetary Unions, Structural reforms and economic growth and European integration. He is well published with his work appearing in Informe Económico and the Journal of International Economics. He earned his BA from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and his MA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. 

Year One Description #

In the first year of the program all students pursue the required curriculum, with the aim of building a broad foundation of management concepts and skills, including finance, leadership, marketing, negotiations, operations and strategy, among other things. All students go to the same classes and are taught using Harvard’s well-known case study method and a number of hands-on projects.

Fall Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Fall semester:
  • Finance 1
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • Marketing
  • Technology & Operations Management
  • Short Intensive Programs
  • Leadership and Corporate Accountability
  • FIELD Global Immersion

Spring Semester Mandatory Classes

  • Business, Government, and the International Economy
  • Strategy
  • The Entrepreneurial Manager
  • Finance 2


Year Two Description #

During the second year, students are able to choose from a number of elective courses which are aimed at helping them build on the basic concepts from the first year. Students are allowed to take up to five courses per semester and are able to cross-register for courses in other graduate programs. The elective curriculum aims to offer students depth, breadth, or both, depending on their choice. They are able to choose from over 100 courses in ten different subject areas, and can also enroll in field-based learning opportunities.

Applicant Requirements #

In order to apply for HBS, applicants must have:

  • A 4-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent
  • GMAT or GRE test results
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test results for those who have attended a non-English undergraduate program

Application Process #

These are the three requirements that a person needs to satisfy in order for them to start the application process. Once the student starts the application process, they will be asked to assemble and prepare a variety of materials that will serve to represent them in the admissions process, and based on which a decision on whether they are the right candidate for the MBA program, or not, will be made. The application procedure contains the following:


Candidates must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Degrees from international universities offering three-year baccalaureate degrees are valid equivalents. They require uploaded transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate academic institutions that the candidate has attended (full- or part-time).


When submitting the application, the applicant can report the unofficial GMAT or GRE score given on the day of the test for tests taken at GMAT or GRE testing centers, or their official score if they have received it. Every applicant must request that Pearson (for the GMAT) or ETS (for the GRE) send an official score report directly to HBS. There is no minimum GMAT or GRE to apply and they do not have a preference toward one test or the other.

Foreign Language Requirements

A TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson Test of English (PTE) is required for those who have not attended an undergraduate institution where the sole language of instruction is English. For those who have completed a graduate degree which was taught in English, it is recommended to submit test scores, but it is not required.

While there is no minimum test scores required for admission at HBS, they highly discourage applicants with test scores lower than 109 on TOEFL IBT, 7.5 on IELTS or 75 on PTE from applying.

Essay Description

Every class at HBS gets a different question, and the question is a very important part of the person’s application, as it is supposed to represent the uniqueness of the candidate. The class of 2022 asked the following question: As we review your application, what more would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy for the Harvard Business School MBA program?

There is usually no word limit for the essay, but they strongly encourage the applicants not to overthink and overwrite and to answer the question in clear language that those who don’t know him/her can understand.


Applicants will need to have two recommendations submitted online by the application deadlines. Recommenders will be asked to fill out a personal qualities and skills grid and answer our two additional questions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all recommendations are submitted online by the deadline date for the round in which the applicant is applying.

While some universities have requirements on who needs to write the recommendation letters – be it a professor, an employer or a direct supervisor, that is not the case with HBS. They advise applicants to use their  judgment on who they decide to ask. Their reasoning behind that is the fact that it is not always possible to have a direct supervisor write the recommendation, as that could sometimes jeopardize their current position. Applicants are advised to carefully look at the questions they are asking recommenders to complete and then find people who know them well enough to answer those questions. That can be a former supervisor, a colleague, someone they have collaborated with on an activity outside of work. In other words, they say that someone who knows the person best should take priority over seniority or HBS alumni status.


Students need to submit their current business resume through the HBS online application system. The resume can be a standard business resume or CV, as they do not require any special format. That is to say, applicants can use whatever they would use to conduct a job search.


Interviews are 30 minutes long and are conducted by an MBA Admissions Board member who has reviewed the person’s application. The interview is tailored to the applicant and is designed for HBS to learn more about the applicants in a conversational manner. Candidates will be required to submit a written reflection after their interview, which is the last step of the application process. The interview is not a guarantee of admission and it serves as one element among many that are considered as HBS completes a final review of the person’s candidacy. All interviews are conducted by invitation only, at the discretion of the Admissions Board.

Post-Interview description

After the interview, candidates have 24 hours to submit a written reflection about the interview through the HBS online application system. Instructions about the reflection are provided to those applicants who are invited to the interview process.

Fee description

All applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable application fee of $250 (USD). Unlike some universities, at HBS the fee cannot be waived. The only exception is for all active duty military applicants and past SVMP participants who are exempt from paying the fee.

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