The Executive MBA Programme is being offered by the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University. The programme is designed to provide a postgraduate (master’s) level education in Business Administration and is offered to executives who desire to further their specialization in Business Administration. 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. The courses are taught exclusively in English.

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.

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Key facts

Start date: January 2023

Application deadline: More information will be announced soon

Campus: Thermi, Thessaloniki

24 months/a long weekend (Fri-Sun) once a month

Taught language:

Entry requirements:
– An undergraduate degree from a recognised University
– A minimum of three years’ full-time work experience gained after graduation

Language requirements:
IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score, or a recognised by the Greek State certificate of proficiency in English of C1 level

4,500€ (per year) discount for excellence is offered

How to apply:
Programme announcement (en+gr)

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Who can apply

To be considered for the EMBA, candidates are required to have:

  • an undergraduate degree from a recognised University
  • a minimum of three years’ full-time work experience gained after graduation
  • proof of English competence [a recognised certificate of proficiency of C1 level, recently acquired IELTS (academic 6.5 and above), or TOEFL (IBT, 95 and above) or TOEIC (745 and above) score]

Course content

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 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.

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.


The postgraduate studies for the Executive MBA programme, which lead to the acquisition of a master’s degree, is a 24-month programme taught over a long weekend (Fri-Sun) once a month. The programme curriculum requires the attendance of taught courses for four academic semesters and the submission of a master’s dissertation. In total there are sixteen weekends of classes. The remaining 5 months of the programme are dedicated to the Field Trip Project and work on the Business Consultancy Project (dissertation). Teaching takes place, on campus in Thessaloniki, once a month, except of April, August and December.

The programme starts every January and operates on the following schedule:

Friday 13.00 – 20.00

Saturday 9.00 – 17.00

Sunday 9.00 -15:00

Examinations take place during these weekend periods.

The Academic Faculty

World-class academics and business professionals ensure a valuable and interactive classroom experience. The Executive MBA programme is taught by professors from top Universities and Business Schools in Europe committed to developing the next generation of business leaders.

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


Fees & Financing


The programme fees for the Executive MBA have been set at 4,500€ per year (discount for excellence is offered). The fees are payable in four instalments every six months. The fees are also eligible for financing through LAEK – OAED programme.


If you have been accepted on the EMBA programme, you will need to make a payment of the deposit of 500 Euros to secure your place. This amount will count towards the first instalment of your tuition fees. The deposit is non-refundable once you have commenced your studies at the IHU. Prior to that, a refund can be made but a 20% administrative fee will be retained. The deposit can be paid by bank transfer or bank draft. Credit card payments can be made through electronic banking (contact your Bank as handling fees may apply).


Partial scholarships are available for exceptional candidates, where financial need and exceptional professional and academic records can be demonstrated.

Executive MBA – Excellence awards for the academic year 2021-2022!
The Executive MBA announces the ‘Excellence awards’ for the academic year 2021-2022 by providing 25% tuition discount to candidates who hold a university degree of 7.5/10 and above, and 40% tuition discount to candidates who are rated in the top 5% of graduates of the academic year of their graduation (written evidence from the graduating University is required). For more information please contact the Programme Manager on (+30) 2310 807526.

Programme announcement – Admissions

Next Executive MBA class starts in January 2023.

More information for the applications’ submission deadline will be announced soon.

Instructions for the application procedure at the application page.


The Executive MBA takes place in the facilities of the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics of the University Center of International Programmes of Studies of the International Hellenic University in Thermi-Thessaloniki.


Postal address:
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
Department of School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Economics
University Center of International Programmes of Studies
14th km Thessaloniki – Nea Moudania 570 01 Thermi, Thessaloniki, Greece

Tel: +30 2310 807 526/523/530

Email: infoshsse@ihu.edu.gr