Frequently asked questions

When does the programme start?
The next start date is January 2020. There are three programme start dates per year: January, April and September.

How long does the MBA online programme take to complete?
The online MBA is 26 months in duration, but there is a Fast Track option which takes 1 year and 7 weeks or you can extend to a maximum of 5 years to complete.

How long does each course run for?
Each online course has a duration of 7 weeks, followed by a 1 week break.

How much will the Online MBA cost?
The tuition fees for the full programme are €35,500*. Fees can be paid at the beginning of the programme in full or in course instalments at €2,535* each. If paid in full the price of the last course is discounted from the total fee as well securing you against any price rises for five years.

Can I complete the online MBA while in full-time employment?
As a 100% online MBA, the programme is specifically designed for people with work or other commitments.

Do I have to visit campus?
Our online MBA is 100% online, so there is no requirement to visit campus. The programme offers plenty of opportunities to interact, including synchronous sessions which offer virtual face time with peers and professors.

How is learning online different from learning on campus?
The online MBA offers the flexibility to learn around your busy lifestyle, from anywhere in the world. The programme is specifically optimised to achieve the same outcomes as the on campus MBA, meaning you will reap the same rewards.  

Why study our Online MBA?
Not only is our online MBA designed to fit around your lifestyle and work commitments, we can offer you a uniquely interactive learning experience that will make a lasting impact on you and your career. We believe that by challenging you, you’ll have the best chance in the business world. Furthermore, our links to global companies, through our professors and alumni, will expose you to boundless networking and career possibilities.

Here are 8 great reasons to study an Online MBA


What is an MBA?
A Masters of Business Administration or MBA is a Masters level qualification which is designed for those with professional work experience looking to drive organisational change, forge a new business enterprise or become a more impactful leader. An MBA allows participants to develop their leadership potential, improve their strategic management skills and become a more agile and impactful business leader, making it a highly-sought after qualification by employers. An MBA is not to be confused with an MSc which is also a Masters level qualification but is often designed for individuals at the early stages of their career or recent graduates.

Is the Online MBA eligible for the ‘KMO Portefeuille’ subsidy in Belgium?
If you work at a Flemish SME, you could use the ‘KMO-portefeuille’ to partially fund your Online MBA at Vlerick Business School. Dependent on the size of your company up to €15,000 of your participation fee can subsidised by the Government.

More information on the ‘KMO Portefeuille’ can be found on (Dutch)

How are participants assessed?
You’ll be assessed in various ways, including assignments, reports, essays, group work, business role-play tasks, quizzes and presentations.

What are the admissions requirements?
In addition to passing an admissions test, to enrol you need to have a minimum of 4 years of full-time work experience, an academic degree from an accredited university and a proficiency in English. For more information, please visit the admissions page.

What support resources are available to me during the programme?
You’ll be provided with support to help you complete the programme successfully. An admissions team member will work with you throughout the admissions process and in scheduling your first course. Subsequently, a personal Participant Support Officer will answer any questions you may have as you pursue your education and ongoing course scheduling. The programme also includes 24/7 technical support.

Do you offer any career advice?
One of our professional career advisors will be able to help you identify your values and enhance your job search. You’ll get a better understanding of what your career goals are throughout the programme.

Find out more about impact that the Online MBA can improve your career outlook.

Will I be able to build my professional network with the Online MBA?
The Online MBA has been specifically designed to offer the same networking benefits as our other MBA programmes. With Vlerick you will experience a mix of group work, group discussions, sharing of experiences and peer-to-peer learning.

What are the benefits of the Vlerick alumni association to me on the Online MBA?
When you become a student on the Online MBA you are granted gold membership to our alumni association. Some of the benefits include free access to; our online database of alumni, online career platform with career counselling and access to live streaming of events. The alumni network will help you to reflect, think out-of-the-box and be inspired to take your dream to the next level. Read more about Vlerick’s gold member benefits.

What job prospects are there after qualifying?
With your commitment our online MBA can open doors. Many of our graduates are employed in senior management positions or leading business start-ups, often in international corporations.

What do I need to complete a distance learning programme?
You’ll need access to a computer with a reliable internet connection and Microsoft Office for your assignments. We also recommend a good supply of notepads and pens, as well as a comfortable place to study where you’re unlikely to be interrupted.

How is the online programme delivered?
The online courses are delivered through a combination of innovative, immersive tools, including synchronous sessions, role play, video, forum discussion group, simulations and other interactive techniques.

What are synchronous sessions?
Each course is supported by three immersive 2.5 hour synchronous sessions which, through live virtual classroom sessions, enable you to interact with both lecturers and peers. The sessions can involve teaching, discussion, feedback, group work or group participant presentations.

How do I apply?
To begin the application process you can apply online here.

Turn a great career into an exceptional career.

To find out more about our online MBA, complete the online form or call the admissions office on +32 2 700 61 71

* 2017/18 intake – subject to annual increase

Accreditations & rankings

  • Association of MBAs
  • The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Financial Times