Because the AUBG EMBA program is selective, admission is competitive. Each application is
carefully read by the Admissions Committee and evaluated on the basis of its merits as a whole.
Current students represent a broad range of functional backgrounds, areas of expertise, and levels of
management positions. What they have in common is the desire to learn, seek new opportunities, and
accept a challenge.
Applicants should have a minimum of two years of experience, strong academic credentials, and
evidence of leadership in professional and personal lives.
All students are required to have obtained a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited
institution of higher education. Students with undergraduate studies in business and related fields, as
well as those with undergraduate studies in other fields, are encouraged to apply.
English Language Proficiency and Tests
Minimum requirements for proficiency in English apply to all University applicants. Applicants who
are not native speakers of English may fulfill this requirement by achieving a satisfactory score on the
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), IELTS or University of Cambridge ESOL
Satisfactory scores on English language proficiency tests:
Paper based TOEFL - 550
iBT – Internet based TOEFL - 80
IELTS - 6
ESOL - University of Cambridge Examinations CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) –
English Language Proficiency Tests Waivers
The AUBG EMBA Admissions Committee may waive the requirement for English language
proficiency tests for:
Native speakers of English language;
Non-native speakers of English language who have completed a full-time Bachelor’s degree
program in an accredited university with instruction in English within 5 years of the date of
application to the AUBG EMBA program.
All applicants to the AUBG Executive MBA program must provide a valid score from the Graduate
Management Admission Test (GMAT).
All candidates need to provide evidence of motivation and the potential for organizational leadership.
Pursuing the Executive MBA is a demanding experience. We look for evidence that participants will
be reflective, mature and realistic, as well as highly motivated. Because of the program’s particular
emphasis on working in groups with colleagues from diverse professional backgrounds, we seek
candidates who will be active participants in the team work and contribute to the collaborative learning
spirit of the Executive MBA program.
Upon acceptance of the application package, the Admissions Committee of the EMBA Program will
schedule a professional interview with the candidate. During this interview, the candidates will be
asked about their work experience, their expectations for the EMBA Program to contribute to their
careers, and the qualities and skills they will bring to the EMBA cohort.
A committee including EMBA faculty members and representatives of the EMBA administration will
serve as the core of the Admissions Committee.
Application and Admissions Process
A complete application package includes the following items:
Completed application form.
Two essays (topics included in the application form).
Two professional recommendations.
Resume or professional CV.
Undergraduate and/or graduate transcript from an accredited institution of higher education.
If the original is not in English, please provide a notarized English translation.
Valid GMAT score sent directly from Graduate Management Admission Council to AUBG
Admissions Office. The AUBG institutional code number for receiving official GMAT and
TOEFL scores is 2451.
Valid TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge ESOL CPE score sent directly from the respective
testing agency to AUBG Admissions Office
A non-refundable application fee
Application and Admission Timeline:
Pre-selection application deadline: May 1st
Professional interviews: Mid May
Pre-selection decisions: End of May
Pre-selection application deadline: June 1st
Professional interviews: Mid June
Pre-selection decisions: End of June
Official test scores deadline: October 1st
Complete applications without pre-selection deadline: October 1st
Final admissions decisions: Mid October
Enrollment confirmation: November 1st
Deferral deadline: November 1st
Program begins: January
Applications submitted or completed after the deadline may be considered solely at the discretion of
the EMBA Admissions Committee. Admissions Committee deliberations are confidential and students
who are not admitted should not expect an explanation of the committee's decision.
AUBG ordinarily notifies applicants as to the status of their application within two weeks after the file
AUBG may offer conditional admission to applicants who have not received test scores by the
application deadline but will require that applicants fulfill all requirements before the end of the first
semester. Students with a conditional admission status may attend classes and are required to pay all
fees according to the deadlines for regular students
AUBG permits accepted applicants to defer their enrollment to the EMBA program for one year.
Candidates requesting deferred enrollment status must make their request in writing to the AUBG
EMBA Admissions Office prior to December 1 in the year of their application.
Enrollment Confirmation Deadlines
Admitted students must confirm their intention to enroll in the program in writing and by a non-
refundable deposit of 200 Euro. The deposit is deducted from their first semester tuition fee.
Enrollment Waiting List
Enrollment to the EMBA program is limited in order to ensure the quality of education, the student-
centered teaching style and the team-work approach. For that reason the EMBA Admissions
Committee may make a waiting list of admitted students, based on the quality of their applications. In
case there are students who did not confirm their enrollment or did not defer their enrollment, and after
the relevant deadlines have passed, AUBG may admit applicants from the waiting list.
The AUBG EMBA program is not designed to accommodate students transferring from other graduate
degree programs. On rare occasions, the EMBA Admissions Committee may accept a transfer
applicant if the applicant is academically qualified, and can complete his/her degree program without
disruption to the regular students. The EMBA Admissions Committee is under no obligation to accept
transfer applications, and may impose any conditions it considers necessary to protect the academic
integrity of the program.
EMBA TUITION AND FEES – Effective for the Cohort that Starts in January 2011
Tuition and Fees
The application fee for the EMBA program is 35 Euro and is non-refundable.
Enrollment Confirmation Deposit
The enrollment confirmation deposit for the EMBA program is 200 Euro and is non-refundable.
The tuition fee for the EMBA program is 10,000 Euro and covers tuition, study materials, participation
in Leadership seminars and networking events, international business trip and access to the AUBG
library – electronic and traditional. The total amount can be paid in 4 equal installments of 2,500 Euro.
Transportation, lodging, and food for international students are not covered. However, AUBG
undertakes to support students not resident in Sofia in arranging suitable accommodation and
convenient travel to and from Sofia during the course of the program.
Fees must be paid on schedule prior to the beginning of each semester.
Late Payment Fee
Students who pay their semester tuition fee after the relevant deadline are subject to a late payment fee
of 50 Euro.
The graduation fee must be paid prior to participation in the commencement and prior to the release of
the final transcript and/or diploma. This fee is based on the costs of the graduation ceremony and is
currently 35 Euro.
If an EMBA student withdraws or takes a leave of absence from the University during the semester,
the student remains responsible for tuition according to the following schedule:
First week of classes, billed for 40% of the net tuition, prorated for the term
After the first week of classes, students are billed for 100% of net tuition, for the term.