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  • QS Global RankQS Global Rankings
    Position in the QS Global EMBA Rankings 2019
  • Application DeadlineLast date you can apply to the program.
    03 Sep '19
  • DurationHow long it normally takes to complete the program.
    18 months
  • Fee (USD)Cost of tuition fees for full program

ESMT Berlin Executive MBA Overview

Committed to the idea that business can do well by doing good, the ESMT Berlin Executive MBA is a General Management MBA program, which allows students to gain the knowledge to develop, deploy and govern technology in the pursuit of sustainability.

  • Modular format, starting each year in October. 
  • The course consists of nine modules spread across 18 months, consisting of six to thirteen days each. Residential modules with classroom sessions and face-to-face activities take place at the ESMT campus in Berlin. 
  • One international module is at a partner business school with the Global Network for Advanced Management and the second international module, the International Field Seminar, typically takes place in an emerging market. Past destinations include China, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina. 
  • Between residential modules, participants prepare for take-home assignments through individual study as well as group work requiring long-distance interaction and coordination. 
  • Time out of office accounts for approx. 53 workdays across three calendar years. Thus only 10% of participants' workdays will be spent away from the job.

The EMBA program leads participants through three development phases:

The first phase builds a solid foundation in business and management issues. Courses cover a wide range of subjects, such as: 

  • Managerial analysis and decision-making
  • Managerial accounting
  • Data analysis and forecasting
  • Organizational behavior
  • Introduction to economic thinking
  • Introduction to general management

This second phase of the program is called "Mastering Management Functions". During two modules, management skills are solidified. Subjects include:

  • Managing and developing people
  • Business and corporate strategy
  • Marketing management
  • Financial management and corporate finance
  • Operations

The third phase prepares participants to make an impact by applying what they have learned and by developing their strategic leadership capabilities. This part of the program also includes the first of two international modules: the Global Network for Advanced Management network week, during which students attend lectures at other member universities around the world.

Additionally, they will have the opportunity to develop a distinctive edge and build their knowledge in one of the program's three focus areas: technology management and innovation, international management, or business integrity management. Courses include:

  • Business ethics
  • Status and organizations
  • Fraud and corruption
  • Sustainable business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Theory into practice: business simulation


  • Organizing for innovation
  • Innovation and new product development
  • International financial markets
  • Business experiments
  • Sustainable energy future
  • Anti-fraud management and compliance
  • Blockchain
  • Fraud detection and investigation
  • Compliance with competition and consumer policies
  • Bringing technology to market
  • Design thinking
  • Corporate governance

During the applied fieldwork, participants continue to develop their skills by working on individual assignments. Projects are in their own company or a sponsor company and apply acquired knowledge and skills. The final report concludes the academic project within their organizations

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