Application Process

You may start the online application process whenever you wish, using the CEIBS Global EMBA online application system. However, as admission to the programme is highly competitive, applications that are submitted during the final admission round tend to be assessed against a much larger and more competitive pool of candidates, therefore we encourage you to apply as early as possible, to ensure your best chance of admission.


The dates of the Admissions Rounds below should be used to help plan and compose your application.

Application Rounds 2023

After you submit your completed application, the CEIBS Global EMBA office will arrange an interview for you. The interview date will be within two weeks of the application round deadline.

The Admission Interview will last for up to one hour, and will be conducted by two interviewers simultaneously. The interviewers could be Global EMBA alumni, CEIBS professors, or senior Admissions staff. The interview will usually be conducted on the CEIBS Shanghai campus, but if you prefer an interview via Skype/Zoom/etc due to your location, this can also be arranged.

Candidates are required to take the Executive Assessment exam. The Executive Assessment is specifically designed to evaluate the business school readiness of seasoned professionals across all industries. The assessment focuses on skills that are critical both at work and in an EMBA programme: higher order reasoning, critical thinking, analysis, and problem-solving. The test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), creators of the GMAT® exam. You can learn more about the Executive Assessment by visiting The exam can be taken at any of GMAC’s 600+ testing centres around the world.

The Executive Assessment has three sections, each of which is strictly 30 minutes long: Integrated Reasoning; Verbal Reasoning; and Quantitative Reasoning. In the exam itself, the order in which the sections are tested is random.

You can download a brief introduction of the Executive Assessment to learn more. 

If you are based in the Chinese mainland, you will need to take the test in local testing centres. Please visit here to register for the test.

If you are based outside of the Chinese mainland, you have the option of taking the test in local testing centres or online. Please visit here to register for the test.

(GMAT will still be acceptable for admission to the CEIBS Global EMBA programme, but prospective applicants are urged to take the Executive Assessment where possible).

An admission decision will be made within two weeks of you completing the application process. The Admissions Committee will make an overall assessment of your candidacy after reviewing your application materials, your Executive Assessment score and interview result. Candidates should always be aware that they are being assessed within the context of a large, high-profile, and extremely talented pool of applicants.

The CEIBS Global EMBA office will keep all the application files for two years after your application submission. If your application is unsuccessful, and would like to reapply, please contact the CEIBS Global EMBA Office by telephone at +8621-28905699. We will keep you informed of all relevant re-application details.