Introduction

Established under an agreement between the Chinese government and the European Commission in Shanghai in November 1994, CEIBS was the first business school in mainland China to offer a full-time MBA, an Executive MBA and a wide range of Executive Education program. In 2009, CEIBS became the first Chinese business school to make the world’s Top 10 MBA ranking compiled by the FT.

Its EMBA program, ranked 14th worldwide by the same publication in 2017, is the largest in the world, topping 700 students in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen. CEIBS MBA was also ranked #5 for 2 consecutive years by FT Global MBA 2020 Rankings.

CEIBS offers a world-class, 18-month, full-time MBA program taught in English and designed to prepare talented professionals with strong career aspirations, promising managerial potential, and a clear international orientation for post-graduation roles as global business thought leaders. The CEIBS MBA program primarily aims to enhance students’ ability to identify and utilize business opportunities, solve complex business problems, motivate people, and develop organisations. The program focuses on developing participants’ leadership, professionalism, sense of social responsibility, cross-cultural competence, and entrepreneurial spirit.The CEIBS MBA is the first, among the largest and the highest ranked within mainland China; it is a shining example of successful China-EU cooperation, and a showcase to the achievements of China’s economic development and reform.

Tuition fees for the full time 18-month MBA is an estimated US$62,329. this covers; Tuition, Teaching materials (excluding textbooks), Use of Internet resources through the campus network and Access to the school’s databases which is open to all MBA students. CEIBS MBA also offers a rich and diversified scheme of financial aid to qualified candidates, both domestic and international.Financial aid includes: merit based scholarships, diversity based fellowships, needs based education fund, company sponsored scholarships and social finance loans. As for CEIBS offers merit-based scholarships, they are offered to first-year students.Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure availability, and no extra forms are needed for any CEIBS offered scholarships. Over 1/3 of MBA2021 students received scholarships.

Housing expenses are paid separately as students can choose to live on or off campus. The latter will incur a dormitory fee of around US$426 per month.

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Application Deadlines

Round 1: 13 November 2019

Round 2: 15 January 2020

Round 3: 25 March 2020

Application Fee: US$180

Admissions Facts

 Program length: 18 months

Average age of new entrants: 29.5

 Require standardized test: GMAT/GRE

 Average GMAT score: 686

Require work experience: Yes

 Average work experience: 5.8 years

Application Essay

Season: 2020

#1

Discuss your post-MBA career aspirations (short term and long term) and explain how you plan to achieve them. (300 words)

#2

  • CEIBS is situated in Shanghai – a truly global city, and the economic center of the world’s soon to be largest economy. Given its unique location, how do you anticipate that Shanghai will differentiate your MBA experience and contribute to your goals? (400 words)
  • Many would argue that entrepreneurship is not necessarily a state of being, but a state of mind. Describe an entrepreneurial experience where you went against the grain or conventional way of thinking, to discover and create new value. (400 words)
  • Identify up to two trends, big or small, that you see unfolding in the next decade. Discuss how the(se) trend(s) might affect you and your career, and how you plan to address them during your MBA and/or after you graduate. (400 words)

#3

You only need to answer one of the two questions.

(a) Many would argue that entrepreneurship is not necessarily a state of being, but a state of mind. Describe an entrepreneurial experience where you went against the grain or conventional way of thinking, to discover and create new value. (400 words)

(b) Identify up to two trends, big or small, that you see unfolding in the next decade. Discuss how these trends might affect you and your career, and how you plan to address them during your MBA and/or after you graduate. (400 words)

#4 (Optional)

Is there any other information that you believe would be helpful to the MBA Admission Committee in evaluating your application? Re-applicants are suggested to describe the progress you have made since your previous application. (200 words)

Letter of Recommendation

Season: 2020

Two referee reports are required to complete the application. The two referees can be your current employer, previous employer or corporate client.

Prompts

  1. Please describe the applicant’s current job responsibilities
  2. In comparison with the applicant’s colleagues, what do you consider to be the applicant’s strengths? How do you think about the applicant’s leadership ability?
  3. In what areas do you think the applicant needs improvement or growth? To the best of your knowledge, what effort(s) has the applicant made to improve in the areas that you have mentioned?
  4. Please comment on the applicant’s ability to work with colleagues, including his or her supervisors, peers, and subordinates.
  5. Please provide any other comments or information that may help us assess the applicant for admission into the CEIBS MBA programme.
  6. Please rate the applicant’s characteristics (Intellectual Ability, Analytical Ability, Organisational Ability, Problem Solving Ability, Innovation Ability, Decisiveness, Leadership Ability, Teamwork Skills, Communication Skills, Integrity, Maturity, Passion, Professionalism) in comparison with his or her peers.

Admissions Verdict

   

Selective

“CEIBS has a well-rounded career placement with 30% of class getting placed in the Financial industry, 18% in technology and 16% in manufacturing. The program based out of Shanghai is highly China-focused however with 86% of the class finding work in Shanghai and other parts of mainland China. Those looking for a career in China will find a few schools better than CEIBS.”

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