Executive MBA

Duration: 2 years
Application Deadline: June 30, 2017
Start Date: September of every other year
Fees: € 28,000


Executive MBA is a program for senior and upper-level executives with achievement record, leadership potential, and intellectual curiosity. Take your time to explore how ALBA can fuel your career, broaden your perspective, and help you grow as a leader of organizational renewal.

Our unique program is offered in modular, weekend format over 20 months and supported by a dedicated staff aimed to facilitate senior and upper-level executives with heavy management workload. To experience real-time transformation, you will learn from the senior faculty of ALBA with pedigree in executive education in Greece and abroad. To build your global outlook and cutting edge skills, you will also learn from top business educators from the premier business schools in Europe and the US. Learning together with participants from diverse functional and industry backgrounds, you will tap into different strengths and perspectives and enjoy a strong network of peers.

We recruit candidates who demonstrate drive for intellectual growth, leadership potential, team spirit, and communication and interpersonal skills. We seek candidates with experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects).  More important than your tenure, is your professional achievements and performance when assessing your application. 

We welcome applications from:

  • Senior executives who either lead their companies or are about to assume leadership of their companies. 
  • Senior functional leaders who are transitioning into general management responsibilities. 
  • Leaders of fast-growth family businesses.

You may find here more information about the Program's Intended Learning Outcomes.


Current Student Profile


Strategic perspective: The ALBA Executive MBA Program has a modular structure that evolves around five Strategy themes: Big Picture Challenges, Business Fundamentals, Development of Personal and Organization Capabilities and, finally, Renewing the Business.

Unparalleled depth in Leadership and Innovation: While leadership courses are mushrooming, the unique feature of our EMBA is a program-long combination of coaching, 360-degree assessments and team activities, aimed to help you foster your own authentic leadership approach. At the same time, our EMBA features an unusually holistic innovation view which spans technology-based, marketing-driven, process-based, and business model innovation.

Efficient and convenient: Our modular format runs in 36 weekends, twice a month over 20 months (with long breaks). Modules feature a variety of teaching methods including interactive, case-based discussions, cutting-edge academic knowledge, and in-class exercises. Actionable learning takes off with take-home assignments (and not exams) to help you embed the new knowledge in your business.

ALBA’s seal of quality: With our undisputed track record in executive education, you will experience ALBA’s senior faculty’s stellar class performance and top-notch expertise. Having won the respect of academia abroad, we are also able to attract top business thinkers from leading schools such as Wharton, Harvard, LBS, INSEAD, IMD, SDA Bocconi, Duke, Darden etc., with a goal to spark your intellect and ignite your curiosity.

Harness a network of accomplished peers: Our professors are not the only source of learning. You learn from the experience of peers who have work experience of at least 10 years of which 3 to 5 years of solid management experience (i.e., managing people and/or projects) and share a passion to grow and potential to succeed.



Tap our thought leadership.
The pursuit of world-class research defines ALBA's institutional blueprint. The current  faculty team has produced several books and book chapters, thousands of academic conference presentations, and hundreds of journal articles, which help us generate new ideas and tools for use in the classroom. But it is not just quantity, however. We take pride that 34% of our research output appears in the World Elite and Top journals according to the Association of Business Schools (ABS), a record no other academic institution in Greece and, in fact, very few in Europe can match. 

Harness our entrepreneurial pedigree. 
ALBA is the #1 business school in Europe in terms of entrepreneurship based on the awards received in the prestigious EBPYC (European Business Plan of the Year Competition). 

Experience real time value
Revitalize your intellect in the weekend and return empowered in the office on Monday.  With their executive education expertise in Greece and abroad, our senior faculty create a challenging learning environment in the classroom. In fact, at ALBA we take pride that we do not focus on teaching but on learning: provoking debates, collaborating in teams, and generating solutions to real problems. Our visiting faculty from top US and EU business schools will ignite your curiosity and demystify the latest management thinking and tools. 

Enjoy Flexibility and premium service.  
You run a tight schedule and we run a rigorous program. To meet both ends, our program is delivered in weekends twice a month with long breaks around Christmas and summer holidays. Moreover, a dedicated staff member will help you navigate the program logistics. We also offer free textbook delivery to your home or office, catered meals and snacks every class day, and mentoring by our senior faculty.

Look back and exclaim: “Those were the best days of my life!” 
… our alumni say for over 20 years and as a matter of fact they‘ve got to be right!  
Since its founding, ALBA strives to foster a stimulating academic environment sustained by teamwork, intellectual curiosity and close ties among faculty, students, staff and alumni relations. In this intimate environment, we create a tightly -knit community of engaged, enthusiastic and energetic students who seek to transform their lives and their organizations. It is exactly this Business Unusual spirit that has inspired more than 3000 alumni who look back at their time at ALBA with incessant affection and unwaning dedication.



The Executive MBA Program Total Year Schedule 2016 - 2018

The Executive MBA Program is a broad, general management acceleration program. The curriculum has been designed to provide participants with the business acumen, and the skills and competencies needed to enhance their leadership development. It includes a portfolio of courses and seminars that orchestrate case studies, discussions, simulations, in-class assignments and lectures by world-class professors and prominent business leaders. Classes meet on Saturdays and Sundays (maximum 2 weekends per month), while the Program’s courses are completed in a carefully planned sequence of 20 months.

The school reserves the right to reexamine the structure of all academic programs and proceed to any necessary changes in the total year schedules.

1 credit = 3 ECTS

Module 1 | Big Picture Challenges

Courses Hours | Credits
Global Challenges 14 | 1 Credits
Sustainability 14 | 1 Credits
Technology Frontier & the New Economy 14 | 1 Credits
The Ethical Organization 14 | 1 Credits

Module 2 | Mastering The Fundamentals

Courses Hours | Credits
Managerial Economics 14 | 1 Credits
Customer Insights & Marketing Strategy 28 | 2 Credits
Financial & Managerial Accounting 28 | 2 Credits
Corporate Finance for Executives 28 | 2 Credits
Production & Operations Management 14 | 1 Credits
Capabilities-based Strategy 14 | 1 Credits
Managing & Leading People 28 | 2 Credits

Module 3 | Developing Personal Capabilities

Courses Hours | Credits
Managerial Communications 14 | 1 Credits
Leadership Development 21 | 1.5 Credits
Leadership & the Art of Judgment 14 | 1 Credits
Leadership Development II 14 | 1 Credits
Negotiations, Power & Influence 14 | 1 Credits
The Cultured Leader 28 | 2 Credits

Module 4 | Developing Organizational Capabilities

Courses Hours | Credits
Talent Management 14 | 1 Credits
Customer Centricity 14 | 1 Credits
Supply Chains & Services 14 | 1 Credits
Strategy Execution with Balanced Scorecard 14 | 1 Credits
Building an Innovative Organization 14 | 1 Credits
International Finance 14 | 1 Credits

Module 5 | Renewing The Business

Courses Hours | Credits
Global Advantage 14 | 1 Credits
Leading Change 14 | 1 Credits
Creating Blue Ocean - Generating & Road-testing the New Business Model 42 | 3 Credits
International Field trip 35 | 2.5 Credits


The Professors

Having won the respect of academia abroad as a Graduate Business School, ALBA has been able to attract top business thinkers from leading schools, especially for its Executive MBA Program (EMBA), with a goal to spark the students’ intellect and ignite their curiosity.

Academic Director
Kyriakos Kyriakopoulos Professor of Strategy and Marketing

Dr. Kyriakopoulos is Professor of Strategy and Marketing and Associate Dean of Academic Programs Enrollment. His research centers on innovation explored with the lenses of improvisation, market learning, embedded ties, and marketing resources. His work has received scholarships and research grants while his research has appeared in leading international journals.

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Course Faculty
Professor of Business Administration,Paul Tudor Jones Chair in Business Administration view more
Professor of International Business and Strategy view more
Lecturer, Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department, Wharton Business School view more
Associate Professor of Economics and Finance (on leave of absence 2016-2017) view more
Peter Cappeli Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources at The Wharton School
George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School view more
Professor of Accounting, University of Cyprus view more
Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management, The Stavros Costopoulos Chair in Human Resource Management view more
Professor of Operations Management, University of Cyprus view more
Professor of Finance and former Dean, INSEAD view more
Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship; Sir Donald Gordon Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, London Business School view more
Professor of Organizational Behavior view more
Associate Professor of Information Systems view more
Professor of Marketing, London School of Economics view more
Professor, Boston College view more
Fellow, SDA Bocconi & Founding Partner, Charge Ventures view more
MSc Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science; PhD , Harvard Business School view more
Associate Professor of Strategy and Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Faculty Fellow, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan view more
Professor of Accountancy and Associate Head and KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accountancy, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA CHAMPAIGN view more
Professor of Operations Management, University of Cyprus view more
Professor of Operations Management, Associate Dean, Director of GEMBA Programme at CEIBS view more
Stefanos Zarkos Academic Director of the MSc Programs: MSc in Finance; MSc in International Business & Management; MSc in Business for Lawyers; MSc in Entrepreneurship
Associate Professor in the Practice of Finance view more


Tuition Fees for September 2018: 

€28,000 payable in installments throughout the duration of the program.

This includes books delivered to your home or office and comprehensive catering during the class days. This does not include your accommodation nor your flight expenses for the international field trip. You should estimate around 1000€ for this trip.

Sponsorship from companies: Grow your senior leadership talent

Since the founding of ALBA, many of our students have been funded by their companies. These enterprises select and sponsor leaders on the belief that an EMBA program can help them develop strategic skills and lead their company’s quest for growth and innovation. 
If your company acknowledges the rewards of these investments in developing future leaders, you can sponsor fully or partly the tuition. Alternatively, if you want to tie your investment in EMBA to certain achievements by sponsored employees, then you may offer forgivable lending. In this case, a portion of or the full loan can be forgiven or deferred for a number of years as long as certain conditions are met.

Please note that our EMBA is not designed for a typical manager who is up for promotion. Rather, it is a program for the elite 1-2% of your organization selected in your senior talent development or succession planning program. For example, if you are grooming someone for C-suite role (e.g. CMO, COO) or specialized leaders (e.g. factory manager) for a broader leadership role (e.g. leading a daughter company or leading the setup of a new company overseas), then EMBA can be just the right investment for the future of your company. 

ALBA Corporate Members are entitled to special discounts on tuition fees.

Volume discounts will be also offered to companies who will sponsor more than one employee.

For further information regarding sponsorship options please contact us at 210 89.64.531 (ext. 2253) or at executivemba@alba.edu.gr or akalkavo@alba.edu.gr.


Admission Process

  1. Application with two options:
  2. Application online (with scanned documents) OR
  3. Print, fill in and post us (see the address below) the application form along with the original copies. 
  4. Interview: All candidates will be asked to go through a personal interview in English.
  5. Evaluation by an Academic Committee.

Assessment Criteria

As the EMBA’s credo is “challenge your thinking, lead for growth and renewal”, we assess candidates with the following criteria:

Formal criteria: Degree and management experience
You should have a minimum of ten years substantial work experience, of which at least three years of management experience. That also means you should be currently employed or self-employed. You are also required to hold a bachelor’s degree. * 
You are expected to provide 2 letters of recommendation. Finally, you should provide evidence of excellent command of the English language (e.g. Proficiency or TOEFL or IELTS or a bachelor's degree from a university where all courses were taught in English). In case the aforementioned do not exist, a personal interview will judge the level of command. 

Past accomplishments
How do we assess your potential for leadership? We look for clear evidence of achievement and progression. You should demonstrate a record of successful leadership which includes pursuit of a goal, motivating people to achieve this goal, the articulation of common purpose. We also assess the communication and interpersonal skills which are crucial to successful leadership.

Academic curiosity
While success is important, how you have succeeded is no less important. Our EMBA students should have developed themselves but also helped others develop. Successful applicants are reflective, thoughtful leaders who are intrigued by new knowledge as a means to make a difference in their organization.

Exceptional cases, where no bachelor's degree exists, but is complimented by substantial senior management experience and professional achievements, will be seriously considered. 

Deadline for the Next Round of Admissions: June 30, 2017

Our EMBA accepts applications all year round & candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Though our admission process is straightforward and expedited, it takes some time to plan and prepare for the application. Therefore you are advised to start early the process to avail time for preparation. 

To learn more about academic policy, course credit policy, fees policy and rules for student conduct read the Academic Regulations.

Candidates must submit:

  • The completed application form, including one recent photograph in jpeg format;
  • Two letters of recommendation in Greek or in English language.
  • Official Academic Transcripts as well as Certified copies of degrees from each undergraduate, graduate or professional degree earned;
  • Proof of competence in the English language (unless schooled in English), e.g. Proficiency or TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Three Essays, as indicated in the Application form;
  • Receipt of the non-refundable application fee's [€60] deposit


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Program Director
Antonina Kalkavoura

Antonina Kalkavoura is the Director of the Corporate Affairs Department and the Director of the Executive MBA. She holds a BSc degree from the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Philosophy, Department of Philology, an MBA degree

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