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International Hellenic University Executive MBA Programme

The IHU Executive MBA is designed for busy professionals in order to advance their career without losing momentum. The flexible teaching timetable aims to enable students from miscellaneous backgrounds to attend classes.

Furthermore, a variety of teaching methods are employed in order to facilitate learning, such as workshops, soft skills development sessions and business seminars.

It is a 24-month programme taught over a long weekend (including Friday) once a month, and commences every January. In total there are sixteen weekends of classes.

Teaching takes place on-campus, in Thessaloniki.

Next Executive MBA class starts in January 2021.


Why choose the IHU Executive MBA

  • Learn from top-class, internationally renowned academics and professionals

  • Collaborate with experienced colleagues from other countries and/or industries.

  • Experience a ‘hands-on’ environment focused on a practical approach to learning.

  • Establish a valuable network of life-long contacts.  


Executive MBA class profile

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The Core Courses

 The Executive MBA core Courses offer a thorough understanding of the key functional areas within a company and an appreciation of their critical interactions and their impact on the organisation as a whole.Core courses enable students to understand key concepts and apply practical skills directly relevant to their careers.

The Elective Courses

The programme offers a rich choice of electives in diverse areas.

Participants can choose four electives across, relevant to their current and future career orientation.

The electives list is continuously updated to reflect contemporary business issues and student interests. Some of the elective courses may not be offered in a particular year, depending entirely on student demand.

The Academic Faculty

Renowned academics and practitioners ensure a valuable and interactive classroom experience. The Executive MBA programme is taught by professors from top Universities and Business Schools from Europe and the USA committed to developing the next generation of business leaders. Read the indicative list of past and current visiting faculty at the IHU Executive MBA:

Andriopoulos, Constantine Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Management
Cass Business School, CITY University London
Antonacopoulou Elena P. Professor of Organizational Behavior
Management School, University of Liverpool
Arghyrou, Michael G. Reader in Economics
Cardiff Business School
Balabanis, George Professor of Marketing
Faculty of Management, Cass Business School, City University
Charitou, Andreas G. Professor of Accounting
University of Cyprus
Gabriel, Yiannis Professor of Organizational Theory
Deputy Dean of the School of Management, Chair in Organization Studies, University of Bath
Halikias, Ioannis Professor of Quantitative Analysis
Department of Marketing and Communication, AUEB
Karyampas Dimitris Quantitative Analyst/ Risk Management Expert
Visiting Lecturer at ETH/University of Zurich and Bocconi University
Levis, Mario Emeritus Professor of Finance
Cass Business School, City University, London
Markellos, Raphael Professor and Chair of Finance
Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia
Ravasi, Davide Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management
Cass Business School
Sampietro, Marco Professor of Organization and Human Resources Management
SDA Bocconi School of Management
Souitaris, Vangelis Professor of Entrepreneurship
Cass Business School, City University, London
Stathopoulos, Konstantinos Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Manchester Business School
Tarantilis, Christos Professor of Management Science and Decision Making,
Athens University of Economics and Business
Zattoni, Alessandro Professor of Strategy
LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli


Teaching takes place, on campus in Thessaloniki, once a month, except April, August and December.
In total there are 16 long weekends (Fri-Sun) of teaching.
Students who are accepted on the 2019 programme will commence their studies at the end of January 2019 and complete the taught courses by the end of July 2020.
The remaining 5 months of the programme are dedicated to the Field Trip Project and work on the Business Consultancy Project (dissertation).

 The programme operates on the following schedule:
Friday 13.00 - 20.00
Saturday 9.00 - 19.00
Sunday 9.00 -15:00
Examinations take place during these weekend periods.


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Other components of the IHU Executive MBA

The Business Consultancy Project

As a part of the IHU EMBA programme, students submit an individual 10,000-word business project on a subject relating to their study and career.

The objective of the EMBA project is to provide insights, analysis and conclusions grounded in academic discipline but also relevant to management. Projects are undertaken within a sponsoring organisation under the supervision of a member of the academic faculty.

The Field Trip

The EMBA field trip provides participants with the opportunity to explore first-hand the business practices in different South Eastern European countries. Groups of four students visit an organisation in Greece and/or the region. The exercise not only helps to integrate the theory with practical application, but also places important emphasis on the international aspects of politics, economics and business in the region.

Read more about the past Field Trip projects

Professional Skills Development

The IHU provides Executive MBA students with the opportunity to develop a range of professional soft skills to enhance performance and manage complexity.

Managers are often concerned with individual or group responsibility of career development. The IHU EMBA offers a range of training sessions covering the exploration of work-related issues, development of new perspectives, negotiating skills, effective management of change, planning implementation and personal development. These are all skills that are considered important in high-pressure and rapidly changing work environments.

The Professional Skills Development programme has obligatory attendance and consists of four all-day seminars, during the scheduled weekends of the EMBA programme.

The Integrating Seminars

At the IHU we believe in the importance of rooting business education and learning in the real world. As such, we have developed full-day seminars known as 'The Integrating Seminars'.

The purpose of the Integrating Seminars is to provide a forum for participants to interact, discuss and debate contemporary economic and business issues with leading economic policy makers, senior managers and top level professionals from Greece, the Balkan region and Western Europe.

Business Environment Seminars

The Business Environment seminars are an integral part of the learning process. These aim to give students an overview of the economic, social, and cultural factors that influence or threaten business opportunities and practices.

They illustrate how business entities manage to develop and implement successful strategy and entrepreneurship tactics within a demanding and competitive global business context.

They are business oriented and are led by top managers in leading organizations.

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For more information about the Executive MBA or to arrange a personal appointment
please call +30 2310807526


Applications are open!

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