The RU MBA is an Executive MBA which means that it is tailored to professionals. Most of our students have many responsibilities: full-time jobs and often a family. In accordance with the MBA´s aim of personal improvement, the balance between work, study, and personal life is taken seriously and the structure of the programme reflects that.

Programme overview


Classes take place every other weekend, from lunch-time on Thursdays, and on 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 2 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.

Work load

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.


1st year:

2nd year:

Please note that timetables may change from year to year.

The all-important balance

The programme is designed so that students attend short, intensive sessions with a good break in between.

A man stands in the corridor in RU

“Everything is possible with good organisation and support from your family and employer. This support has been key to making my time in the MBA so far enlightening and rewarding. I will leave the programme as a stronger and more mature individual in all areas of my life. ”

Arnór Gauti Hauksson, MBA 2020



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