China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) is China's only business school to originate from government-level collaboration, with campuses in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra in Ghana, and Zurich in Switzerland. It was co-founded by the Chinese government and European Union (EU) in 1994, with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the EFMD serving as its executive partners.

Some of the offered programs by CEIBS Shanghai are MBA, Finance MBA, EMBA, Global EMBA, Hospitality EMBA, DBA (Switzerland), and Executive Education programmes. CEIBS was the first business school on the Chinese mainland to be accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB. CEIBS has placed in the top tier of the FT’s ranking of global MBA programmes for six consecutive years, and has been ranked in the top 5 on its global EMBA list for four consecutive years.

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📚About the Program

Master’s in MBA at China Europe International Business School, Shanghai


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 organizations. The program focuses on developing participants' leadership, professionalism, sense of social responsibility, cross-cultural competence, and entrepreneurial spirit. Established in Shanghai in 1994 as a non-profit joint venture between the Chinese government and the European Union, CEIBS has a mission to prepare highly competent, internationally oriented managers able to adapt to the driving forces of globalization, international competition, and international cooperation. Following a unique positioning of China Depth, Global Breadth, CEIBS offers the richest China expertise available from top-tier international business schools worldwide, while also providing the broadest global perspective from among all China-based business schools. 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.


In a global and constantly changing environment, business leaders must be equipped with extremely broad skills. They must be able to adopt both global and local perspectives, capable of dealing with complexity and change, and skilled at leading innovation. They must be able to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders in order to generate a shared vision and enthusiasm for their firms’ activities. By delivering solid business training and encouraging independent thought, team collaboration and open communication, CEIBS provides its graduates with the essential tools for success in many career paths.

Core Courses

The core curriculum consists of a series of compulsory courses, covering essential managerial foundation skills, business fundamentals, and special topics in China management (see brief course descriptions below; click to see course outlines):

Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Strategic Management This course identifies the key drivers of persistent superior performance in different settings and uses that understanding to improve strategy formulation. It introduces students to the tools and concepts that are useful for analyzing industry attractiveness, for assessing the extent to which a company has a sustainable competitive advantage, and for developing innovative strategies in product, value chain, and geographic dimensions. Entrepreneurial Management The emphasis of this course is on the art and science of “creating something new from little”. It challenges students to think about how they can create, finance, and build a productive business organization with commonly available resources. It is really about developing an attitude, mindset, and skills that are crucial for becoming a creative business person. These skills and mindset are applicable both in the context of starting a new firm as well as starting a new business in an established company. Meet Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy Dr. Shameen Prashantham. Click below to see highlights from his class on ‘How Start-ups can Dance with Elephants: New Venture Internationalization’.

Economics and Decision Sciences

Microeconomics This course introduces the basic concepts and analytical tools of microeconomics. It discusses how the market operates, how business strategies are determined, and how optimal decisions are made on product, price and organization. It also discusses how business operations are affected by government policies. Macroeconomics This course introduces the basic concepts and analytical tools of macroeconomics. It discusses how aggregate output and price level are measured, how a model of aggregate demand and supply can be used to analyze economic fluctuations, how fiscal and monetary policies operate, what determines a country’s external balance, and what determines a country’s long-run economic growth. Data Analytics This course provides a thorough grounding in the use of data analytics for managerial decision-making. Students will develop competences: 1) to function as analysts and communicators of results, both orally and in writing, and 2) as intelligent consumers and managers of analysis performed by others. We place strong emphasis on the communication of the results to others, both orally and in writing. Analysis will be done with Excel. In this course we develop analytical methods vital in many other areas in the curriculum, including marketing, economics, finance/accounting, HR and operations. Operations Management This course covers a number of the techniques and methodologies used in the design, development, analysis and management of operations, as well as the central concepts of capacity, standards, inventory, scheduling and control. It will enable students to inter-relate the impact of developments made in the operations area with other functional areas and with overall corporate strategy, as well as provide an understanding of the concept and implications of supply chain management especially in the global context. Meet Professor of Economics, Associate Dean and faculty for the core MBA course in Microeconomics Dr. Bala Ramasamy.

Finance and Accounting

Financial Accounting This course in financial accounting covers some of the most fundamental and essential material in the business school curriculum. The knowledge you will gain in this course will enable you to appreciate the role of financial accounting information in the economic system, to understand the principle and process of accrual accounting; to prepare and analyze the income statement, the balance sheet, and the cash flow statement; to understand accounting for assets, liabilities and equity; and to recognize the unique issues and challenges of financial accounting in China’s business environment. Managerial Accounting This course emphasizes the use of a company’s cost information for managerial decision making, internal planning and control, and performance evaluation purposes. Corporate Finance This course provides students with a framework for thinking about how a firm should make investment and financing decisions to create value for its shareholders. It not only looks at the firm itself but also considers how financial markets work and how companies in those markets should make decisions. Meet Associate Professor of Finance and faculty for the core MBA course in Corporate Finance Dr Frank Yu. Click below to see Prof. Yu share his research on the impact that having a daughter has on the way male CEOs run their companies.


Marketing Management This course introduces the essentials of marketing: how firms and consumers behave and what strategies and methods marketers can use to successfully operate in today's dynamic environment. It explores the role of strategic marketing planning in creating long-term value, and helps students to develop a systematic approach to strategic marketing planning. Meet Assistant Professor of Marketing and faculty for the core MBA course in Marketing Management Dr. Hyun Young Park. Click below to see Prof. Park share her journey from Korea, through the consulting industry and via Kazakhstan to CEIBS campus in Shanghai.

Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management

Organizational Behavior The course helps students to understand the basics of human behavior in organizations and be able to manage people at individual, group and organizational levels. Students will be able to understand differences, advantages, disadvantages of management styles within traditional Chinese firms versus MNCs; show sensitivity to cultural differences in communication and organizational behavior; and demonstrate self-awareness and interpersonal competence, etc.. Business Ethics and Corporate Governance This course is designed to inspire responsible business practice, and enhance the understanding and wisdom required to navigate the complexity of ethical dilemmas and governance standards – at macro and micro levels – within economic constraints. It will develop students’ awareness of their own values as well as the ethical, legal and regulatory standards involved in corporate governance and responsible management practice. The course seeks to balance the international issues and questions of ethics and governance within the Chinese context. It provides students with a heightened awareness of the role of a responsible leader within an organization, in tackling governance and ethical challenges through a values-based approach. Meet Assistant Professor of Management and faculty for the core MBA course in organizational Behavior Dr. Emily David.

Career Opportunities After the MBA

The CEIBS career development center (CDC) is dedicated to bridging companies with MBA graduates. We help students identify career interest and develop a career plan. We also facilitate various activities to enhance communication between companies and students. As an advisor to MBA participants, one of CDC’s main responsibilities is to help students find their career instead of landing a job.

Entry Requirements

All candidates are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • - A bachelor's degree or above
  • - Full-time work experience of two years or longer
  • - A GMAT/GRE score (GMAT code: MDQ-HH-39; GRE code: 3654) or CEIBS Admission Test score
  • - Proficiency in English

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee for the 18-month MBA program for is RMB 428,000. Students who have successfully received Student Loans are required to pay, upon registration, the part of the tuition not covered by the loan. Students without Student Loan are required to pay 70% of the entire tuition fee upon registration and the remaining 30% should be paid no later than 1 week before the end of Term 4. Tuition fee covers: - Tuition - Teaching materials (excluding textbooks) - Use of Internet resources through the campus network - Access to the school's databases which are open to MBA students


Each applicant is required to answer essay questions which are included in the online application form, to demonstrate your potential as a qualified MBA student. Those who have applied previously are also required to submit updated essays as well as the online application form.


An offer of admissions to the CEIBS MBA program requires an interview. After receipt of a complete application package, the MBA Admissions Office will review all information provided and will shortlist applicants for interviews. Applicants can choose their interview location, except in special cases. The interview panel will be comprised of CEIBS faculty, department directors, alumni, and admissions managers. In most cases, applicants will be interviewed by two interviewers. Each interview is approximately 30 minutes, conducted in English. A face-to-face interview is required for all applicants who are residing in mainland China. However, for those applicants who are working or studying outside of mainland China, CEIBS may permit interviews through other arrangements such as videoconference or telephone.

Application Checklist

All application documents may be submitted online. A completed application includes: MBA application form 2 letters of recommendation University degree and certificate University transcript ID or passport Application fee receipt Official GMAT/GRE score report Business card Corporate sponsor statement (if applicable)

Application Fee

(Non-refundable) Chinese (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) applicant: RMB 1,000 International applicant: USD 180

Application Deadline

Application for entry is based on a 'round' admission system. Applicants need to make sure that all necessary documents are submitted to the MBA Admissions Office before the application deadline. The MBA Admissions Office will process an application only when it is completed. The final application deadline for admission is March 13. As the program is highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Seats offered in the 3rd round are likely to be limited. The application rounds and deadlines are listed below:


Students can choose to live on or off campus. On CEIBS campus, there are four student dormitory buildings. Each room is equipped with telephone, air-conditioning, bathroom, computer network connection, and satellite TV hook-up.  Dormitory Fee is RMB3,000 per month. (single room, including charges for water, electricity, air conditioning and wifi)

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🏫About China Europe International Business School, Shanghai

As China’s only business school to originate from government-level collaboration, CEIBS is committed to educating responsible leaders versed in “China Depth, Global Breadth” in line with its motto of “Conscientiousness, Innovation and Excellence”. Leaders from the Chinese central government, the EU and the Shanghai Municipality have respectively lauded CEIBS as a cradle of excellent executives, a role model of EU-China cooperation, and a calling card for Shanghai.

CEIBS offers China’s largest full-time, English-taught MBA programme, the world’s largest EMBA programme, stand-alone Global EMBA, as well as a part-time Finance MBA (FMBA) programme, a range of Executive Education programmes and an intensive PhD programme. Renowned for its academic rigour, CEIBS is the first business school on the Chinese mainland to have been accredited by both EQUIS and AACSB and the only business school in Asia to have simultaneously made it to the Financial Times’ top 30 list of MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programmes.

To date, CEIBS has more than 26,000 alumni from over 90 countries around the world and has provided a broad range of management programmes for nearly 200,000 executives both at home and abroad.

Each year, in dozens of major cities across Asia, Europe and Africa, CEIBS harnesses global insights and wisdom to host high-end academic and industry forums. CEIBS has become an important platform for exchange and cooperation between China and the EU.

Over the past 27 years, CEIBS has grown in tandem with the Chinese economy. In the years ahead, the school will continue to emphasise the innovation, transformation, and globalisation of the Chinese economy in order to facilitate global economic cooperation.

Shanghai Campus

Designed by the architecture firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (PCF), the CEIBS Shanghai Campus is one of the most beautiful and distinctive campuses amongst business schools in the world. It covers a total area of 78,000 square metres, with a floor area of 84,000 square metres. European-style galleries and Chinese-style courtyards that fuse artistic expression with functionality fit in well with CEIBS' status as a joint venture between China and the EU, and its strategic positioning of "China Depth, Global Breadth".

The school's world-class facilities are impressive, comfortable, and technologically advanced. Wi-Fi is available in virtually all the rooms from the cafeteria to the 720-seat conference hall, providing students with an easily accessible high-speed connection to the school's information network and databases.

Beijing Campus

Designed by the renowned European architectural firm IDOM, CEIBS' Beijing Campus spans a total area of 3.3 hectares in Beijing's Zhongguancun Software Park—an area hailed as China's Silicon Valley.

The campus features alternate open and enclosed spaces and combines aesthetic elements of Chinese and western culture. Traditional Chinese courtyards and a public street, in particular, create an open atmosphere of communication and sharing. CEIBS' Beijing Campus is not only a first-class venue for teaching and research but a permanent home for CEIBS alumni. Nowadays, CEIBS welcomes domestic and overseas talent with open arms in Beijing, China's political and cultural centre.

Shenzhen Campus

Shenzhen campus is located in the core area of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, with first-class teaching facilities and a harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. The CEIBS Shenzhen campus has cultivated a large number of internationally-minded senior executives for Chinese enterprises and multinational companies thriving in South China.

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🏠 Accommodation

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💰 Fees

Application Fee:

$180 USD

Tuition fee:

438,000 CNY in total

Entry Requirements

You are not eligible to apply to this program because:

The minimum age is 18 and the maximum age is 35.

English fluency is required.
You need to be either:
- A native English speaker
- Studied a degree in English before
- Can demonstrate a high level of English
- Having an English certificate such as IELTS level 6 or TOEFL 95 and above is an advantage.

Minimum education level: Bachelor's.

All student except from Nigeria are eligible to apply to this program

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📬 Admissions Process

3 Steps to Apply to a Chinese University

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Application step 3

Please choose the programs here , "You are advised to select 2-3 programs to increase your chances of getting accepted.

Required Documents:

  • English Certificate
  • GMAT/GRE Score Report
  • Work Experience Certificate
  • Personal Statement Letter
  • Second Recommendation Letter
  • First Recommendation Letter
  • Your Highest Academic Transcript (In English)
  • Your Graduation Certificate (in English)
  • Your Passport Copy

Preparing documents:

You can start your application now and send the application documents during your application. Some documents you can send later if you don’t have them right away. Some more info about preparing application documents is here

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Application process:

Applying Online is simple in just a few steps. More information is available here.

The first steps are to choose the programs, pay the application fee and upload the application documents.

Once submitted to China Admissions, we will review your application within 2-3 days and proceed to the university or ask you for further clarification

After it has been processed to the university you will receive your unique application ID from each university.

The university may contact you directly for further questions.

We will then follow up each week with the university for updates. As soon as there is any update we will let you know. If you have made other plans, decide to withdraw / change address at any time please let us know.

After you have been accepted you will receive your admissions letter electronically and asked to pay the non-refundable deposit to the university.

Once you have paid the deposit the university will issue you the admissions letter and visa form to your home country.

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