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How to seek the support of your employer for Executive Education or Executive MBA?



With an Executive education program like International Executive Masters in Business (IEMB) at MISB Bocconi, Mumbai you can continue to work full time whilst pursuing an international Executive education. However, participants want to make the most out of the Executive education by giving the necessary time and effort to attend the executive program. This requires the employer to support for the time off to attend classes, the two immersion weeks in Milan, Italy, and an optional week to attend international electives too. Sometimes the participants are also able to secure financial sponsorship for their Executive education in India or abroad.

So what should the participants do? They should sit down with their Manager and explain the benefit of Executive education or specific executive programs like ours “the International Executive Masters in Business” and the benefits for the company and the team. One way could be explaining this as a business case, as in how Executive education could benefit more to the organization rather than focusing on your personal development.

Before you sit down with the manager, make sure you answer these questions:

  • Why this executive program in Mumbai? Why Bocconi’s International Executive Masters in Business -IEMB?
  • How does this program fit in your overall development?
  • How can this executive program help the organization?
  • What’s the cost of the executive program and how do you plan to fund it? How much of company sponsorship is required?
  • In the case of sponsorship for an executive MBA, what will you commit to the company?

Answer these questions and you might be able to understand how much support you can get. MISB Bocconi is available to support you by meeting you or your managers in person. 

What is the best time for applying to IEMB, the MBA for Executives at MISB Bocconi in Mumbai?

During the last couple of years, we have met a lot of senior Executives and HR Managers during the enrolment and one to one consultations and lot of discussions happened around what is the best time to do an EMBA (Executive MBA) and what is the expected impact of such program.

An EMBA is a fundamental milestone to advance the personal leadership path and to strengthen managerial skills to accelerate the development of high-potential leaders. There are different reasons beyond the decision to attend an EMBA and therefore there is not a one fits all moment for this decision. An executive MBA requires a minimum of  5 years of experience and it is fundamental to have the aspiration to make a change in one’s own professional life: for example, re-start the career after a maternity break; moving to a multinational company to get a better exposure and international opportunities; becoming an entrepreneur; strengthen and relaunch a family business; upgrade yourself to the next phase of your professional career.

Our current Executive Masters students have told us that they have considered a variety of factors before making the decision to pursue their masters with MISB Bocconi, Mumbai. One of the students was not able to decide whether to pursue an EMBA from a European Business School like MISB Bocconi or stick to an Indian Executive MBA, since the student already had an MBA from an Indian Business School. In the end, the student decided to join Bocconi IEMB because he felt that the Indian EMBAs are not able to provide the necessary global exposure which is very much required for an international career. Another student was contemplating between Full-time, by pausing the career, or Part-time where he will have to take extra load of work and effort. In the end, he chose the part-time as this will keep the career accelerated, giving the opportunity to apply the lesson learned immediately and to provide an advantage to the company. Another student felt that if she didn’t upgrade herself, she wouldn’t see a lot of momentum in her career.  For another student, it was much more cost effective as compared to doing an EMBA from any top business school based outside India, as IEMB the International executive masters in business has the same curriculum and same faculty that provides the same certification as SDA Bocconi school of management, Italy but at a third of its cost.

We are here to help you make this decision and it is always a pleasure to meet the candidates to discuss the same. Please feel free to reach out to us at +91 – 7738821343 or

– Veronica Vecchi

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