Central European University MBA

Location: Budapest
About Central European University MBA

The school's American-accredited degree programs emphasize professionalism, experimentation, a balance between theory and practice, leveraging technology and learning beyond the classroom. Students benefit from an extremely diverse student and faculty body and deep faculty-student interaction and mentoring.

Faculty members have earned degrees or taught at institutions such as Yale, Harvard Business School, MIT, New York University, Wharton, ESSEC, London Business School, Cambridge, INSEAD and Princeton. Lecturers from the industry and new ventures bring practical, highly relevant insights to courses as well. International employers ranked CEU Business School #22 in Europe overall.

What's Special About the CEU Business School Experience

  • Earn an American MBA degree in the heart of Europe
  • Be part of a truly international student body
  • Learn by doing. You'll work with a student consulting team on real challenges facing companies
  • Develop an understanding of the role of business in society
  • Create a startup company as part of our new venture course
  • Travel to New York City to study in the world's business capital at no additional tuition cost (full-time and executive MBA programs)
  • Take advantage of various dual degree and exchange programs with renowned institutions in Western Europe, the US and Asia (full-time and executive MBA programs)
  • Enjoy the rich cultural and social life in beautiful Budapest at a lower cost than in most capital cities
Programme Presentation

Accelerated One-year MBA
This 11-month, comprehensive MBA Program is modern, extremely diverse and relevant, emphasizing entrepreneurship, innovation, finance, action learning, leadership, creativity, business and society, and sustainability. The program allows a great deal of flexibility to tailor course selections to individual goals and interests.

Katalyst Executive MBA (EMBA)
This 22-month, weekend program is designed for working professionals who want to earn the same high-quality MBA degree as full-time students without career interruption and to apply their new knowledge immediately. Most EMBA students are from Hungary or neighboring countries; several fly in from more distant locations.

IMM Global Executive MBA
This 20-month, multi-partner program includes five 2-week intensive residencies in different countries. Participants maintain professional responsibilities while acquiring a broad range of advanced managerial skills. Five leading partner schools in the U.S., The Netherlands, Hungary, Brazil and China jointly offer the IMM Program.

MSc in IT Management
This program can be completed on a full or part-time basis. It provides a bridge between technical expertise and the business needs of every kind of organization. It is designed to help those with technical backgrounds as well as those with broader experience prepare for technology-related leadership positions and even to create their own high-tech start-ups.

Master's in Finance
This program, available in full and part-time formats, is designed for professionals who want to accelerate their financial careers, move into the finance profession, or enhance their financial skills for other roles. In addition to state-of-the-art professional finance, the program covers psychological/cognitive aspects and the social impact of finance at both the macro and micro levels.

MSc in Business Analytics
This 10-month program is also available in full-time or part-time formats. Launched by the Business School and the Economics department of Central European University, this new interdisciplinary program offers a full spectrum of skills and knowledge necessary for business analysts to create value from big data and other sources of quantitative information while emphasizing the management and economic aspects of how data creates value.

What Recent Grads Say

Graduates of CEU Business School are members of a diverse and influential community connected around the globe by a shared experience. They’re also part of Central European University’s even bigger community. The Business School itself has over 1800 graduates in over 75 countries, while CEU has 10,000+ graduates living, working and making a difference in more than 100 countries. This global network offers a wealth of knowledge and excellent networking opportunities. CEU holds regular networking events and reunions all over the world, including places like Brussels, London and New York.

Andrea G. Szilagyi, Alumni Relations Manager
+36 1 887 5156

Quick Stats
America (New York State Department of Education), Europe (Association of MBAs)
#22 in Europe overall according to international and regional employers
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
11 months
15,500 EUR (includes all assigned reading materials),
Living costs: EUR 600/month (including accommodation, meals, transportation, insurance)
Accelerated One-year MBA: Up to three CEU Leadership Scholarships covering the full tuition and two covering 50% of tuition are granted for the full-time program each year. Accelerated MBA and MSc in Finance: The NASDAQ-CEU Business School Scholarship Program offers three scholarships covering full tuition for the Full-time MBA or MSc in Finance programs.

Tuition Reduction 15% for alumni of CEU degree programmes.
Admission Requirements
3 years
GMAT: GMAT average 630
Min. IELTS: 6.5
University Degree: Bachelor's
Student Body
Number of Nationalities:
Close to 100 at Central European University; over 50 in the Business School.
No dominant national culture.
Accelerated One-year MBA (FTMBA 2014 class )
Men: 53% Women: 47%
Average Age: 33
Industry Background:
Consulting: 17%
Finance and Banking: 7%
IT: 23%
Government: 13%
Education: 10%
Retail: 7%
Marketing: 7%
Other: 16% (Agriculture, NGO, Manufacturing, Construction)
Length of Work Experience:
3-5 years 17%
5-10 years 43%
10+ years 40%
30-34 Frankel Leó út, 1023 Budapest, Hungary
Dean: Prof. Mel Horwitch
MBA Programme Director: Prof. Tibor Vörös, Prof. Yusaf Akbar
Information about program details and application: Ms. Mirjam Simpson-Logonder, SimpsonM@business.ceu.edu
Admissions Manager: Ms. Agnes Schram, schrama@business.ceu.edu