ESMT’s MBA is a one-year, personalized program that starts in January each year. The MBA program is based in Berlin, in the heart of Europe, with significant international and intercultural components. MBA courses focus on innovation, technology, managing big data, sustainable business development, entrepreneurship, and global strategic management. Click here to learn more about our program strengths.
At its core, ESMT’s MBA program takes a general management and personal development approach that gathers up to 65 students from more than 30 countries, not just in Europe, but around the world. At ESMT, we believe that 50% of an MBA experience is new learning in the classroom, and 50% is integrative, personal development. Throughout the program, the MBA challenges students to work in diverse teams, discover their drives and limits, and question conventional thinking.
Currently ranked in the FT Business School ranking as the #1 business school in Germany and #9 in Europe, ESMT is one of only two business schools in Germany to appear in every international ranking among the top business school rankings. Have a look at where our MBA program ranks!
Key facts about the Full-time MBA
One-year, full-time program
Tracks in Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Managerial Analytics, and Strategic Leadership
MBA Programme Strengths
ESMT’s personalized approach ensures that MBAs develop their leadership skills throughout the year, in and outside of the classroom. The course structure is designed so that strategic management concepts are integrated in each step of the program, with accompanying skills development opportunities designed to help you get the most out of your MBA.
At ESMT, we take a holistic approach to leadership – an MBA graduate must align functional activities, business systems, and the strategic drive of the whole organisation. We encourage our MBA candidates to develop strategic objectives that focus on actions and results.
The ESMT MBA program is dedicated to preparing you to take leadership responsibilities. We’ve identified four core principles present throughout the year at ESMT. They form the backbone of the curriculum and the MBA experience.
Leadership and Personal Development
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Networking in Berlin and Germany
Change Yourself And Your Career
88% of graduates work in Europe (80% in Germany)
Study in the centre of Berlin
Germany’s most international MBA
The ESMT Berlin MBA is strategically located in Germany’s capital, with easy access to the country’s industrial hubs. Classes are designed so that you approach every subject from a global perspective, including an eye towards the integration of sustainability in business. Pre- and post- MBA options (German language courses and the Responsible Leaders Fellowship) allow you to personalize your MBA. You enhance your practical experience with an “in practice” module in each track and through a hands-on, in-company consulting project near the end of the program. Projects focus on various industries, corporations, social enterprises, and startups. Global Virtual Teams let you experience remote teamwork and management in real-time with students from top business schools around the world, while the Global Network Week brings you directly to those campuses. The Career Services team integrates seminars focused on soft skills development, career readiness, and individual coaching to round out the learning experience. You gain essential skills to navigate a changing labour market and your future career.
ESMT’S MBA program is designed to develop future leaders for the next step of their careers. Throughout the MBA program, you work individually with coaches, mentors, and advisors who can give you professional feedback and advice on how to achieve your goals and transition into your next career opportunity.
A series of career development workshops and personal coaching are integrated into the MBA course schedule, along with company visits throughout Germany and on-campus recruiting events. ESMT’s Career Services team plays an active role in supporting, advising, and guiding students as they consider their futures after their MBA.
How Career Services helps you
Career support and guidance
ESMT Career Fair and Interview Day
Company visits and presentations
Additional networking opportunities
Early Bird Discount
GMAT or GRE Scholarship
German Language Scholarships
30% Club Scholarships
Alumni Network Fellowship - non-profit sector
Social Impact Scholarship
Net Impact Sustainability Scholarship
ESMT e-fellows MBA Scholarship
QS ESMT Diversity Scholarships
ESMT's admissions team is looking for a diverse group of professionals who share the school’s mission and who will succeed in the MBA program, both academically and professionally. ESMT considers each detail of a potential student's application to assess their abilities and goals. Specifically, ESMT MBA Admissions looks for these key qualities in applicants:
Excellent analytical ability, both quantitative and qualitative
International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business
Proven teamwork skills in stressful situations
Leadership potential, especially for high-performance career growth in a global environment
Willingness to learn from others in a collegial environment