Admission Process


Making your application to pursue the doctoral program at IESE is straightforward.

There are five essential steps to admission.

Remember that to proceed to the PhD phase, you will first need to complete the Master of Research. See the full list of requirements below.

The application deadline for the next intake is January 10, 2018.



Your application needs to be completed online. To be eligible for admission you should hold at least the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. A non-refundable application fee of 50 Euros will be payable online.
• Keep a copy of your documents safe
• Clip each different document separately
• Do not submit theses or other materials that are NOT requested
• The GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE is mandatory for all candidates. If you have taken both, please submit both scores.

Documents required

  • Completed application form
  • Application fee of €50
  • Scanned copies of your BA or BS
  • Diplomas and transcripts of each college and graduate institution attended for at least 6 months

    If you are admitted to the MRM Program and you accept the offer, an original copy of your transcripts must be sent to MRM & PhD Office within one month of your admission date. Failure to provide evidence would preclude the enrolment in the Program. Therefore, we recommend that you request this document as soon as possible.


    Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE’s code: 0736 for GMAT and 3607 for GRE. For further information please check the official website of either GMAT or GRE.

  • English language ability

    If English is not your native language and you do not have a degree conducted in English, you must take a recognized English test:
    TOEFL: Results should be sent directly from the test agency, using IESE’s code: 0755. 7099
    Please note that both tests expire two years after the test date.

  • 3 letters of recommendation

    These should be written by professors familiar with the applicant’s academic record. Recommendation letters must reach IESE before deadline, and can either be uploaded online, sent by the proposers to the PhD Department by e-mail: or sent by ordinary mail in sealed envelopes.

  • Motivation letter

    Tell us why you want to do the IESE PhD. What journey did you take that led you to believe that you wanted to pursue a doctorate? What is it about academic life that inspires you?

  • Essay on research interests

    Write a short essay describing your research interests and goals. Tell us about what interests you and why; literature in your field; and what research you have done previously.

  • Photograph

    You can upload your picture directly onto the application form in the required field.

  • Copy of your passport
  • Military or civil service obligations (if applicable)
  • Fellowship form



Once a complete application is received at IESE (application online, three recommendation letters, GMAT, TOEFL and photocopies of university transcripts and diplomas), the Admissions Committee will review the application and invite you to a personal interview, or notify you that your admission has been denied.



If, after an initial review of the application, the Admissions Department decides to invite you to a personal interview, you will be notified in writing. Interviews will be held at the IESE campus in Barcelona. In the event that you are unable to travel to Barcelona, you will be asked to arrange your interviews with an IESE representative through videoconference or Skype.



Once the interview report is received at IESE, the Admissions Committee meets again to review the application as a whole in order to reach a final decision. Decisions will be sent by e-mail. The Admissions Committee never communicates decisions over the telephone.



Welcome to IESE!

You’ll receive a phone call and email confirming the committee’s decision.