Decisions to offer admission to our program follow a straightforward yet competitive two-stage process. If you want to apply to CEU Executive MBA, the first step is submitting your online application form. 

The application form requires from you the following key submissions: 

1. Professional experience

At least 8 years of professional experience, including at least 3 years of documented leadership/managerial experience. From the 8-year criterion, we will make rare exceptions in case of individuals with particularly impactful leadership experience, for instance founding an organization, startup etc. 

2. Undergraduate degree

An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. 

3. Healthy career progress

Evidence of steady career progress throughout the professional career, as documented by the up-to-date Vitae of the candidate. Note that as a general rule, CEU Executive MBA only accepts candidates with at least 8 years of professional experience and 3 years of documented managerial / leadership experience. 

4. References

At least 2 references. 

5. Motivation

A cover letter explaining interest in the EMBA for the Open World. 

6. Proof of English proficiency, based on general CEU requirements

You must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting standardized English language test scores, e.g., the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or other tests listed below. 

Candidates whose first language is English are normally exempt from this requirement. Other candidates may also be exempted if they fall into either of the two categories below: 

  1. current or former CEU students applying to CEU's master's or doctoral programs; 

  2. candidates who have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree taught exclusively in English. Please note: CEU reserves the right to request proof that the program was taught entirely in English if it is not evident from the academic records provided. 

Language test types & minimum test scores required by Master's programs

Test Type 

Minimum Overall/Total Score Required

TOEFL (Internet-based; not older than two years at the time of application) 

TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition (Temporary until testing sites re-open) 



TOEFL (Paper-based; not older than two years at the time of application) 


IELTS (Academic; not older than two years at the time of application) 

IELTS Indicator (Temporary until testing sites re-open) 



Pearson Test of English (Academic; not older than five years at the time of application) 


Cambridge English: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (not older than five years at the time of application) 


Euroexam Academic 


Duolingo English Test (Temporary until testing sites re-open; must be accompanied by an admission interview) 


In justified cases, non-native speaking candidates may be admitted without the proof of English proficiency: either conditionally (i.e. with the deadline for passing TOEFL/equivalent) orwhen the candidate’s English proficiency in particularly evidentwith the requirement waived altogether by CEU’s Provost. 

7. Application fee

 A non-refundable application fee of 30 EURO. 

8. Scholarships

Additional information and essays are required if you choose to apply for one of their scholarship programs. 

If your online application passes the introductory review stage, a member of the EMBA Program Office will contact you to set up an in-person or VOIP interview with the Program Manager, a faculty member or our Executive MBA alumni. The interview also gives you an opportunity to ask additional questions about the Program. An admission decision will normally be made within a week of your interview. 

The deadline for the 2021 August Executive MBA intake is June 6, 2021, 11.59 pm CET. 

CEU Alumni receive a 15% tuition discount for applications until June 6, 2021.