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CEU Business School will not offer the Katalyst Executive MBA programs in 2017.

Admission Requirements

Candidates to the program must have:

  • A bachelor's (or higher) degree in any field from a reputable institution
  • At least 5 years of full-time work experience
  • Strong command of English, demonstrated by your TOEFL (or equivalent test) score. The TOEFL requirement is typically waived for native speakers of English and for students who completed their bachelor's degree solely in English.

TOEFL Note: CEU Business School organizes institutional paper-based TOEFL exams for its candidates on a regular basis. For more information please contact

Admission Process

The admission process consists of three stages:

  • Submitting your application
  • Interviewing
  • Admission decision/offer

Stage One: Submitting Your Application

Apply Online

Your application consists of an application form and supporting documentation. Your application will not be evaluated until you have submitted all of the required documents. You will need the following items, all of which can be submitted online:

  • A professional resume/CV
  • A copy of undergraduate diploma and transcripts
  • A statement of purpose (essay)
  • Two reference letters (may be mailed instead)
  • TOEFL or equivalent exam score report (or confirmation of TOEFL registration date)

Please save the email confirmation you receive when you submit your application, along with other admission correspondence for future reference. You can track the review process of your application on the online system.

Go to our Application Checklist for descriptions of supporting documentation.


We follow a rolling admissions model, meaning that we evaluate and decide on applications as we receive them. Thus, you are encouraged to apply as soon as you have prepared a high-quality application package to ensure that your spot in the upcoming class is saved.

Please note that acceptance for or enrollment in CEU's part-time programs does not entitle a student to a student visa or residence permit. Therefore, if you are accepted for the Katalyst Executive MBA program, you will need to hold relevant resident status in Hungary on another account such as employment, marriage, etc. If you have no such status, please submit an application for the full-time version of this program. Thank you for your attention to this.

Stage Two: Interview and Evaluation

After we receive your completed application, we will contact you to schedule an admission interview either in Budapest, at a location in another country, or by telephone if necessary. After the interview, you will be considered for admission on the basis of past academic achievement, length and nature of work experience, strength of recommendations, English language competency and general compatibility with the goals of the program.

Stage Three: Decision

Applicants who have successfully passed the evaluation stage will receive an admission offer from CEU Business School. Students will be conditionally admitted until they provide the following within the deadline indicated in their admission offer:

  • A non-refundable payment of 1,000 EUR to secure your place. The payment is considered the 1st installment of your tuition.
  • Official TOEFL score report (or any other accepted language certificate)
  • An official copy of the diploma in the original language with the ink stamp and signature of a notary public or an authorized university official, and an official English translation of it.
  • An official copy of the transcript in the original language with the ink stamp and signature of a notary public or an authorized university official, and an official English translation of it. A transcript is an official report supplied by a school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied and grades received.
  • "I have been recently nominated as the Regional IT Manager for West Africa at Unilever. My CEU Business School education has been a key differentiator during an otherwise very competitive recruitment process. I would like to thank all my great peers of the 2013-14 cohort and the wonderful faculty at the B-School for the valuable learning experience I had during my time in BP."

    Moussa Moumouni

    MSc in IT Management class of 2014

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