Brown University and IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, will offer the joint IE Brown Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A.) degree. This is the first Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree to be awarded by Brown. Members of the Class of 2016, who start the program in March of 2015, will be the first to earn this joint degree. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Brown University and internationally top-ranked IE Business School in Spain have announced that the IE Brown Executive M.B.A. will now be offered as joint degree, conferred by both institutions. This joint degree is the first Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree to be awarded by Brown University.

Launched in 2011, the IE Brown E.M.B.A. mixes content, pedagogies, faculty, and the complementary strengths of both institutions. The E.M.B.A. prepares reflective leaders to deal with the economic, social, and political complexities of the rapidly changing world by integrating management science with the humanities and social sciences and by building their capacity for entrepreneurial action. Brown and IE will confer a joint degree to executives who seek a broader understanding of enterprise management and the complex factors that mediate success. IE Brown students and alumni will benefit from the expanded global reach and impact of this joint degree program.

Brown advances its global initiatives with this joint program. Founded in 1764 and celebrating its 250th anniversary, Brown educates students known for independence, creativity, and a commitment to serve their local, national, and global communities. The executives in the IE Brown E.M.B.A. match this profile.

“The complex nature of today’s business world requires an interdisciplinary perspective,” said Brown University President Christina Paxson. “Through this new joint degree, IE and Brown are each bringing a distinctive set of strengths together to educate international business leaders in a way that will fully prepare them for the ever-changing landscape of the global economy.”

IE Business School, founded in 1973, educates business leaders through innovative programs based on its core values of global focus, entrepreneurial spirit, and humanistic approach. These values are central to the joint IE Brown E.M.B.A. program that develops reflective leaders who take entrepreneurial action.

“The IE Brown Executive M.B.A. is a revolutionary program at the intersection of management and humanities, which provides managers with a global, humanistic vision of management focused on value creation, innovation, and sustainability,” said Santiago Iñiguez, dean of IE Business School. “Graduates of the multidisciplinary program are, and will continue to be, change agents capable of great impact in their organizations.”

The IE Brown E.M.B.A. is designed for executives who seek a better understanding of the cultural, social, and historical context for business activities and know the value of this enhanced vision in building a competitive edge. Members of the Class of 2016, who start the program in March, 2015, will be the first to earn this degree jointly.

Since its start in 2011, more than 100 students have enrolled in the IE Brown E.M.B.A. program. They represent 20 nationalities, 16 countries of residence, and 11 industries, and entered the program with an average 14 years of professional experience and significant career success. During the 15-month program, students attend one- to two-week residential sessions at Brown in Providence, Rhode Island, and IE in Madrid, Spain, as well as a global experience in Cape Town, South Africa. The blend of residential and online learning allows them to continue working while earning the joint degree, facilitates peer-to-peer learning, and fosters the development of a professional network that is a lifelong resource.

Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs, plus the Alpert Medical School, School of Engineering, School of Professional Studies, and School of Public Health. Brown is a research university that maintains a commitment to exceptional instruction. Its vibrant, diverse community consists of 6,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, 400 medical school students, more than 5,000 summer, visiting and online students, and nearly 700 faculty members. Students come to Brown in Providence, Rhode Island, from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.

IE Business School

IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, is consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in the world. Founded in 1973 as an independent, postgraduate institution, IE has earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial school offering a range of management programs in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral studies, M.B.A. and executive education. IE has transformed management education with practice-oriented programs by incorporating the humanities into business education and using blended learning that combines online and face-to-face interaction. More than 40,000 IE alumni hold management positions in 125 countries.