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ESMT Berlin

Schlossplatz 1 Berlin, Germany View Map
  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS World University Rankings: Global MBA Rankings 2021
  • GMATRange of average GMAT scores across all MBA programs at the institution
    550-650 - Low
    651-700 - Medium
    701-800 - High
  • DemographyAverage age range of students across all MBA programs at the institution.
    31-36 Yrs.
  • ScholarshipIndication as to whether the institution provides scholarships for MBA programs.


COVID-19 Information: Please check our FAQ section below

ESMT Berlin - European School of Management and Technology GmbH, located in the heart of Berlin, Germany, is a private business school founded by 25 multinational corporations. The school’s expertise focuses on the development of entrepreneurial leaders with a global focus on social responsibility and the management of technology. ESMT is one of the top ranked business schools in Germany with a global network of alumni in over 50 countries. In addition to executive education, ESMT offers four degree programs: 

As the most international business school in Germany, over 80% of ESMT’s faculty members have a non-German background. With 37 full-time faculty members at the school, they represent 19 different countries.


  • The Financial Times Business School Rankings currently rank ESMT Berlin as the #1 business school in Germany and #9 in Europe.

  • The EMBA program has been ranked #1 globally for six consecutive years and #1 in Germany for eight consecutive years for career progress, and 38th globally by the Financial Times, including #7 globally for Corporate Social Responsibility. In The Economist “Which MBA?” ranking of the top 100 Executive MBA programs #14 globally and #1 in Germany for stand-alone programs.

  • The full-time MBA ranks amongst the top 65th globally  with The Economist ranking of the top 100 full-time MBA programs in 2019, including #17 in Europe. The Financial Times ranks the full-time MBA as 79th in the world, #13 globally in value for money and #16 in Europe for entrepreneurship.

  • The ESMT Master's in Management program has been ranked 18th in the first Economist "Which MBA?" global ranking of the top 40 Masters in Management (MIM) programs in 2019. ESMT is ranked #3 for personal development/educational experience and geographical diversity.

ESMT is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and FIBAA, part of an elite group of just 90 business schools worldwide recognized by the three most prestigious international accrediting bodies. 

ESMT Berlin fosters startups through a new 3500-square-meter, co-working office in Berlin-Schöneberg, called Space Shack. Two ESMT MBA alumni, together with a managing director provide an inspiring working environment for entrepreneurial development. ESMT students, who are starting their own businesses or looking to connect with startups, can apply for free co-working space at Space Shack.

On average, almost 90% of ESMT graduates work in Germany after graduation. Germany has very favorable working visa regulations for university graduates, who are able to stay in the country for 18 months after graduation and easily obtain working visas. 

Scholarships are allocated based on academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, particularly strong leadership potential, and superior interpersonal skills. MBA and EMBA scholarships are restricted to self-funded candidates and are applied directly to the applicant’s tuition.

All programs are taught in English. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Does ESMT Berlin offer CV evaluation prior to applying?

Before the official application, ESMT engages with each MIM, MBA and EMBA applicant individually to ensure that the student’s career goals match the program’s track record for excellence. You can submit your CV to the Office of Admissions for feedback or to arrange a one-to-one meeting.

It is also possible to meet with an ESMT Berlin representative around the globe. We travel extensively to meet interested candidates and provide networking opportunities with alumni. Please contact us to arrange an individual meeting.

If you are in Berlin, we encourage you to come visit us on campus. The school is located in the center of the city, near Alexanderplatz. Should you like to attend a class, we recommend arranging your visit as much in advance as possible. In addition, we offer several Open House events throughout the year. All of the information is available on our web site.

How do I apply to an ESMT Berlin program?

To begin the admissions process, applicants complete an online application. There is no application fee. The application is easy to follow, and will ask you for the following information:

·         Personal data
·         Your academic and professional background
·         Essay questions
·         Your CV
·         Two recommendations
·        GMAT or GRE test scores - (Either GMAT or GRE is required for MBA applicants. MIM applicants may not need to submit test results. EMBA applicants can also choose to take the ESMT Admissions test instead.)
·         Copies of your university transcripts
·         English test results, such as TOEFL or IELTS, if required

Upon completion of your application the Office of Admissions will contact you with the next steps for personal interview and any remaining questions. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until about one month prior to the start of each program. Once your complete application is received, you should receive a decision within 2-4 weeks.

If I don't speak German, can I find a job in Germany after the MBA?

Yes, but there are never any guarantees!

On average, about 10-20% of our MBA students speak German fluently or to a business-level equivalency. However, each year almost 90% of graduates work in Germany following the MBA program. This means that many non-German speakers do find work in Germany. It is easy to live in Berlin and use English as your main language. Companies are often looking for the unique skills that you bring to their offices as a top criteria. The career services section of the ESMT website has lots of information about jobs graduates are working in following their time at ESMT.

Germany has very favorable working visa regulations for university graduates, who are able to stay in the country for 18 months after graduation and easily obtain working visas.

We do, however, encourage you to study German either through the optional program prior to the MBA or classes during the program. Speaking German will no doubt provide you with many more options during your job search and help with your integration. An individualized career services networking and mentoring approach during the MBA, to help offset this.

COVID-19 FAQ Part 1
  • What is the status of planned campus admission open days/tours? If these events are cancelled, are they being replaced in any way (i.e. by online alternatives)?

Find out about all of our online and face-to-face events. You can even take a virtual tour of campus! https://degrees.esmt.berlin/meet-us

  • How can applicants contact the university about their application?

Either via email ([email protected]) or phone (+49 30 212 31 1400) We are still just as available as before and make an effort to get back to students as soon as possible.

  • How is the university handling applicants whose exams have been cancelled?

Applicants can hand in their applications without a test score and receive a conditional offer pending submission of test scores at a later stage. Alternatively, we offer various alternative tests such as the GMAC Essential Skills Assessment or GRE at Home test https://www.ets.org/s/cv/gre/at-home/?WT_ac=GRE_at_home_200320&utm_source=vanity&utm_medium=vanity&utm_campaign=GREatHome&utm_content=at-home.

Concerning university exams and result, you can email us directly and we will find a solution on an individual basis.

COVID-19 FAQ Part 2
  • What advice is the university offering to applicants unable to take an English-language test due to centers being closed?

ETS offers the option to take TOEFL iBT® test at home.

  •  How is the university supporting applicants whose visa applications have been delayed?

Our dedicated student service supports applicants by constantly staying in contact with the involved parties, and keeps in touch with and updates applicants on the latest developments. We recommend our applicants to go ahead with the application and admission process. Currently students from all countries are eligible to apply for visas to study in Germany. Visit our website for the latest information https://degrees.esmt.berlin/covid-19-update

  • Is the university still accepting applications? Are there any restrictions being placed on international applicants?

Yes, we accept applications as usual. The current situation is very dynamic and it difficult to predict future developments, but from our side there are no restrictions for international applications.

  • Is the university making any changes to entry requirements?

We continue to be as flexible as possible with application requirements and test scores. Please contact us with individual questions at [email protected].

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