EMBA-Global Americas & Europe - How to apply

EMBA-Global Americas & Europe - How to apply

The application process is focused on your unique strengths and potential. You’re required to demonstrate your individual contribution to the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe learning experience, and how you will benefit from the programme.

Join EMBA-Global in May 2022

Applications are now open for the programme commencing in May 2022.


Early FallSeptember 14, 2021
Late FallNovember 9, 2021
Early SpringJanuary 18, 2022
Late SpringMarch 8, 2022


The application process

  1. Applications are completed online. Full instructions are included within the online application.
  2. Applicants are managed as follows:

    - Residents of the Americas or Asia-Pacific region are managed by Columbia Business School
    - Residents of Europe, the Middle East or Africa are managed by London Business School

  3. A joint London Business School and Columbia Business School Admissions Committee evaluates each submitted application.
  4. Within four weeks of the stage deadline you’ll hear whether you’ve been selected for interview.
  5. You will normally receive a final decision within four weeks of your interview. We reserve the right to defer decisions in order to ensure the highest calibre, and best mix, of participants in the programme.

To maintain the highest standards, 100% of admitted candidates are interviewed prior to offer.

Download the EMBA-Global Americas & Europe application overview for a complete guide to the admissions process.

Join EMBA-Global 

As you work on your application and discuss your development plans with your employer, be sure to read our advice on Creating a Business Case. This document will help you build a case for your employer's support, either financial or time away from the office.  You can also research by attending events on campus and talking to students about their own and their family’s experience.

Application checklist

To be considered for an interview you should provide:

  • a completed online application, including the application form, essays and a personal statement
  • a one-page CV/resume
  • official academic transcripts or certificates
  • a current Executive Assessment / Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) / Graduate Examination Record (GRE) score
  • evidence of completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing System (IELTS) / Personal Test of English (PTE) - for non-native English speakers
  • two references, one of which must be from your manager or supervisor
  • signed statement of employer support
  • a non-refundable application fee of US$250.

Executive Assessment / GMAT / GRE requirements

We accept GMAT and GRE. We also accept the Executive Assessment, a new way of assessing candidates’ readiness to study.  The EA has been developed for time sensitive executives, is shorter in duration and requires only modest preparation.  To find out more, visit GMAC to schedule your assessment.

There are no minimum scores but we recommend appropriate preparation. You should supply a self-reported score in the application and a verified score if selected for interview.

Please arrange for your score to be sent directly to the School managing your application: 

  • London Business School’s code is Z11-J7-23. 
  • Columbia Business School’s code is QF8-N6-06.
  • EA - you can nominate London or Columbia Business School to receive the score. Please send it to the school managing your application.

Test takers will also be able to nominate the school and programme to receive scores at the time of the test, so you do not have to remember these codes.

English language certificate

If your native language is not English and you have not obtained a degree from an institution where English was the language of instruction, you are required to submit official evidence of your English language proficiency.

There are three standardised tests you may take:

  • TOEFL 
  • IELTS 
  • PTE.

Official academic transcripts

You are required to submit academic transcripts from your undergraduate or graduate educational institutions, with certified translated copies if they are not in English.

Signed statement of employer support

Proof of support from you employer for the time you will be out of the office is required to apply to the programme. You must provide a signed letter from an authorised person within your company stating that they agree to allow you the required time away from the office to complete the programme. The authorised person may be your department head, president, chief executive officer or head of HR.

Many EMBA-Global Americas & Europe students are also financially sponsored by their employers - either fully or partially. If you are financially sponsored to any extent, you must submit complete information on the terms of this financial support, signed by the authorised person within your company.

If you are self-employed, you must submit a letter stating that you understand the time commitment needed away from work to successfully complete the programme. You may also be required to provide evidence of your current engagements/contracts. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the application process or your eligibility for the programme, please contact us.