"Everything is possible"

Most of our students have a number of responsibilities that demand their attention: full-time jobs and often a family. In accordance with the EMBA's aim of personal improvement, the balance between work, study, and personal life is taken seriously, and the structure of the programme reflects that - giving students the opportunity to work intensively for short sprints and getting long breaks between semesters. 

Why should you choose the Executive MBA at RU

Programme overview


Classes take place every other weekend, from lunchtime on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Thursdays: 13 - 17 / Fridays: 9 - 17 / Saturdays: 9 - 17


  • Total: 90 ECTS credits
  • Per semester: 22,5 ECTS credits

Length of study

  • 20 months, during two years


  • Late August - May


The programme consists of 17 courses - all mandatory.


Most courses are taught during two sessions per semester. Personal and Professional Development is taught over four semesters. 


According to the RU, Service Survey carried out by independent researcher Maskína in 2019, most MBA students (nearly 80%) spend 11-30 hours per week working on projects and reading course material - outside of the teaching sessions.


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Executive MBA Brochure 

Executive MBA Rules

The all-important balance

Scheduling courses and dates for assignment deadlines are available well in advance, making integrating school, work, and personal life more manageable. The programme is designed so that students attend short, intensive sessions with a good break in between. 

Thomas George Alfred Perks - Data Consultant - MBA 2023

Thomas George Alfred Perks - Data Consultant - EMBA 2023

"The on-campus facilities and high quality of teaching at RU are fantastic and the EMBA certainly exemplifies both. The Executive MBA programme draws on the best Icelandic and International business teachers to give students a practical skill set for effective leadership. The EMBA also offers an excellent opportunity for students to network and build meaningful connections in Iceland. The most surprising element of the Executive MBA programme has been how quickly the class has bonded and the diversity of international experience. The skills taught in the EMBA will help my professional career to continue to grow and challenge the way I approach problem-solving."

Exchange studies - Semester abroad

EMBA students have the opportunity to apply for an exchange semester abroad during their study. The seats are limited and can vary from year to year. In recent years, our students have spent one semester at outstanding business universities. For further information please contact the EMBA office at You can also contact the RU International Office for more information about the exchange programme for RU students

Ingibjörg Lind Valsdóttir - MBA 2022- Freelance policy and management advisor and organizer of construction projects

Ingibjörg Lind Valsdóttir - EMBA 2022- Freelance Policy and Management Advisor and Organizer of Construction Projects

"The experience and knowledge of my fellow students has been invaluable during my EMBA journey, confirming that whatever you do in life, people and communication are the key to well-being and success. The Executive MBA programme has also greatly expanded my business network and added to my knowledge and self-confidence to work inside marketing and finance. I chose the program for its international approach, diversity and focus on business operations and innovation as well as collaboration with the world's best business schools."

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