The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (AKA: The Blue MBA) has a world-class reputation in the maritime industry and has been specifically designed for high-potential shipping executives.
About the CBA Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics will give you unrivaled insight into shipping economics and modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.
A Unique Holistic Approach to Shipping and Logistics
Throughout the program, you will learn to adopt a holistic view of shipping that integrates commercial, technological, and financial aspects as well as maritime law, supply chain management, and leadership challenges. Upon graduation, you will have developed a complete understanding of the challenges in this sector and have a full understanding of the industry's needs in a world where globalization, enhanced competition, and the speed of technological change place ever-increasing demands on executive management skills. The following governing themes are evident throughout the program:
Teaching takes place in state-of-the-art facilities in Denmark, Germany, and the UK.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (AKA: the Blue MBA) provides you with unrivaled insight into shipping economics as well as modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.
Top International Level
Through the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics, you will learn to adopt a holistic view of shipping, integrating commercial, technological and financial aspects as well as maritime law, supply chain management, and leadership challenges. You will be taken to the top international level in business administration, reflecting the needs of the industry in a world, where globalization, enhanced competition, and the speed of technological change place ever-increasing demands on executive management skills.
Content and Structure
Understanding the industry
Module 1 will give you a basic understanding of the shipping industry. The focus will be on the role of shipping in the global economy and an introduction to shipping economics.
Understanding the global environment
Modules 2 and 3 will give you a background for understanding, how the world economy works. This will include the drivers for globalization, trade patterns, supply chain management, and the logistical implications of this development.
Focus on maritime issues
Modules 4 and 5 are devoted to industry-specific issues, reflecting the holistic view of the business; they cover maritime law, ship design, and technical operational management, including the important aspect of information and communication technology development.
Core management issues
Modules 6, 7, and 8 will focus on central topics of business management, dealing with investment analysis, finance and risk management, organizational theory, and company strategy.
The Integrated Strategy Project (ISP)
The last part of the program is the writing of the thesis, following a three-step process, where each step is concluded by an oral presentation, and the final presentation serves as the oral defence of the ISP/thesis. The aim is to demonstrate the ability to analyse a practical problem in detail, drawing upon all the knowledge from the program. An introduction to each of the three steps will be given during the last module.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics is a modular program with eight-week-long modules scheduled over the course of 22 months. Learning is supported by a virtual platform, where individual/group assignments and group discussions enhance the learning process. Teaching takes place in Denmark, Germany, and the UK. (Venues subject to change.)
Where and When
The demand for advanced education within professional fields of study has grown in recent years. This demand has urged a shift towards industry-driven programs where senior and mid-career managers seek higher competencies.
The program consists of eight modules, each of which is followed by an individual assignment, plus a final integrated strategy project (ISP); which constitutes the final master thesis.
When you graduate from the program, you will have acquired the following:
You will be competitive for the international job market as you will have received relevant and rigorous (= research-based) insight and knowledge provided by academic faculty in cooperation with high-level executives. In the program, interdisciplinary know-how is transferred through workshops, seminars, and the interdisciplinary project – combining shipping, law, economics, operations/supply chain management, marketing, organisation, and finance. You will acquire content knowledge as well as social knowledge through the diversity in faculty and class composition.
You will possess the theories, methods, tools needed to understand the whole complexity of the industry. You will also further your social skills through coaching techniques, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communication training.
You will be able to apply the set of theories, methods, and tools and you will be able to solve strategic, tactical, and operative problems covering the whole range of shipping related issues. You will also be able to apply social skills to demonstrate leadership.
60 ECT points
Exams and Learning
The Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics program consists of eight one-week modules plus a final Integrated Strategy Project (thesis). All modules will deal with leadership issues and personal development.
About the modules
Each module gives a thorough introduction to reading material and motivates you for your independent studies. You will study the material in between modules and write an individual or group assignment for all but the final module. Group assignments are strongly encouraged for the first two modules. These assignments, as far as possible, will focus on a problem related to your own company.
About the Integrated Strategy Project
For the final Integrated Strategy Project (ISP), topics should be chosen for their strategic purpose and integrating nature, giving participating companies a valuable and practical analysis. In the process of working with the ISP, you will give three presentations, the third and last functioning as the oral defence of the ISP/thesis.
Programme Content Overview
Four governing themes are evident throughout the program:
Globalization of the world economy
Implications of information and communication technology development
Changes in logistics requirements.
The final Integrated Strategy Project serves two purposes:
For the candidate, the aim is to integrate all topics covered in the program by using real-world data on a problem related to the candidate’s own company.
For the candidate’s company, the aim is to have a strategic issue thoroughly analyzed, with proposed solutions and implementation plans.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics is a modular program with eight-week-long modules over the course of 22 months, supported by a virtual platform. Individual/group assignments and group discussions enhance the learning process.
Lectures are delivered by a group of leading world-renowned experts from different areas of the maritime industry all over the world.
Both the CBS resident faculty and the external faculty are among the group of experts who are highly in demand as advisors and consultants to maritime institutions, companies, and governments. In addition to their excellent teaching skills and methods, they help our students build an international network of contacts.
The Executive building at CBS has been designed by Henning Larsen Architects and is characterized by open space, panoramic views of the park and lots of natural light. Creating an inspiring learning environment where our students can thrive is at the top of our list.
Outstanding Facilities in the Heart of Copenhagen
CBS is a modern university with its main campus located in modern buildings in Frederiksberg, close to the heart of Copenhagen. The Executive MBA programs are housed at Råvarebygningen previously the raw materials storage building in Porcelænshaven (The Porcelain Garden), an area formerly occupied by Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. This building has now been imaginatively converted into a competition-winning design by Henning Larsen Architects.
The CBS Library
The CBS Library, which is also Denmark's National Library for Business Economics and contains the most comprehensive catalogue of books on all aspects of organizational and business life in Denmark. With more than 300,000 volumes and access to more than 5,000 electronic journals and publications, it is the only place in Denmark where Executive MBA participants can enjoy the level of access to up-to-date knowledge and business research. The CBS Online Library is continuously being improved in order to integrate e-resources with the traditional library collection, so that staff and students have easy access to all e-resources both on and off-campus.
The E-campus platform is the virtual campus of CBS. Here you will find information on events, guest lectures, and general information on what is going on at the university. It also gives you access to all the online resources that are accessible from off-campus locations.
This is a secure web-based knowledge-sharing platform, which means that you will be able to share thoughts and give input to discussions with your fellow Executive MBA participants, without it becoming public knowledge. Professors use the CBSlearn platform to upload material used in class and/or share some of the opportunities that their vast professional networks provide.
Life at CBS
The CBS campus covers a big part of Frederiksberg with research and teaching facilities at Solbjerg Plads, Dalgas Have, Kilen (The Wedge), Howitzvej and Porcelænshaven. Each facility has a unique architectural style and atmosphere that contributes to making CBS a special place. As an Executive MBA participant based at Porcelænshaven, you will have opportunities to visit most of the sites on campus. In each of the buildings, you will find computer facilities, rooms for group work and cafes. The Campus Facilities page provides more information on the facilities and amenities available. As an Executive MBA participant and alumnus, you will get access to exclusive MBA events, where you will be given the opportunity to hear some of the leading lecturers on various business subjects. The themes of the events vary and we try to make them as diversified as possible to meet your needs and get you inspired.
CBS Maritime was launched in early 2013 and aims to coordinate the maritime activities and competencies at CBS and develop maritime research and teaching in close association with the business community. With CBS Maritime, the Blue MBA and the CBS maritime research have become closely connected. The concentration of maritime expertise across CBS maritime study programs and courses as well as the research environment will be of benefit for all parties.
Find out what our current and alumni students say about the program and learn how the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics has enhanced their career.
The Journey Ends: Meet Two CBA Blue MBA Graduates Just Before Graduation
In this video, meet Captain Prashant S. Widge and Peggy Hoeegh Grays, as they are about to graduate from the CBS Blue MBA. Join them as they look back on the past two years and share their takeaways from the MBA.
The Blue MBA Explained
In this video, CBS Blue MBA Programme Director Irene Rosberg and participants Adam Kobren and Monika Lemajic explain why the Blue MBA is an excellent fit for senior shipping executives around the world looking to get ahead.
“Participants in the Blue MBA have an ideal platform to absorb the best of international strategic theory and of practical approaches to the difficult markets in which we all operate.”
Anne H. Steffensen, Director-General, Danish Shipowners' Association
CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics belongs to the exclusive group of global business schools to hold the triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB), setting the program apart from others and ensuring that an MBA degree from CBS is recognized, respected and rewarded globally.
To ensure life-long quality and global recognition of your MBA, it is important to consider accreditations. CBS is among the one percent of business schools in the world holding the sought-after triple-accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. Through this international and broad recognition of the quality of the school and the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics program, you can be certain that they are getting the best business education. In addition, the program is also accredited by ACE and PIMS in Denmark.
A bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution or equivalent;
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or similar documented qualification;
Minimum of five years of work experience in a relevant field;
Two personal recommendations.
Prior to admission, applicants are interviewed and an individual assessment of the suitability of the applicant is made based upon the above requirements and the result of the interview. For long-distance applicants, the interview may be conducted by telephone.
Next Intake and Deadline
The next intake for the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics program is September 2021. All application forms together with relevant documents as well as queries for further information should be directed to Programme Director Irene Rosberg on email@example.com.
Please contact Programme Director Irene Rosberg on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the forms.
The Admissions Board meets every week, and applications are reviewed on a continuous basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as you have made your decision.
Financing Your MBA in Shipping and Logistics
About 60% of all the participants in the Executive MBA Shipping and Logistics Programme are sponsored by their employers.
The tuition fee of the program is DKK 320,000 (Danish Kroner) – or approximately EUR 43,000 - to be paid in four equal installments of DKK 80,000 at the beginning of each semester.
DKK 80,000 – September 2021 (DKK 25,000 non-refundable registration fee and 55,000 based on an agreement after receipt of the acceptance letter)
DKK 80,000 – March 2022
DKK 80,000 – September 2022
DKK 80,000 – March 2023
Non-EU participants must pay an additional admissions fee of approximately DKK 15,000.
This fee does not include course material, travel and accommodation costs.
The Danish Maritime Fund
The Danish Maritime Fund supports initiatives that serve to develop the Danish maritime industry, and as an Executive MBA participant working in the industry, you may be eligible for funding.