The ESMT Full-time MBA: A leadership development program focusing on sustainable technology and innovation 

The ESMT full-time MBA is a one-year, personalized program that starts in January each year.  It has been designed to help you develop the skills and experiences you need to move ahead.  You are at the heart of the program and will have many opportunities to tailor the program to meet your needs

Your options include:

  • Specialization tracks:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Managerial Analytics; Strategic Leadership
  • Summer term:  Industrial and Social Innovation Challenge; Internship; intensive German summer school
  • Winter term:  electives at ESMT focused on innovation, technology, analytics, sustainable business development, entrepreneurship, and global strategic management; International exchange

The program attracts one of the world’s most diverse classes with 90-95% of students coming from outside Germany and spanning over 30 countries.  This ensures that international team work will be a big part of your studies. Take advantage of one or more optional international experiences including intensive German language courses, international exchanges or our Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) , which enables you to spend up to six months completing asocial impact project in a developing country.

In the ESMT MBA, personal mastery and leadership are woven into the program.  The small class size ensures that you constantly reflect on your experience while receiving personalized constructive feedback, and honing your leadership skills.  Running alongside the program are multiple opportunities for career development.  A structured career curriculum helps you build your corporate and startup capital through networking and opportunities to immerse yourself in the local economy.

The ESMT Part-time Blended MBA in Business Innovation is a two-year program delivered through 80% online and 20% face-to-face modules, including international module options. The program is designed for candidates with three or more years of professional experience in any field who want to learn skills to change, disrupt, innovate, or scale up their companies. The program is designed for students working in any industry from start-ups to multi-national corporations who are interested in courses focusing on customer centricity, entrepreneurial strategy and innovation, digital business and agility. The program begins in September 2020 and students can choose to join a class either in Berlin or Munich. In addition to working with the state-of-the-art online platform for learning, students will also learn from their face-to-face group work while building their network.

The ESMT Berlin Global Online MBA is set up to be a 24-month program, with the option to take up to five years to complete it at your own pace.The Global Online MBA is one of its kind in the European market: It is set up so you can continue working full-time while gaining the knowledge and competencies to support not only your personal development but also the growth and transformation of your company. You choose add ons to the scheduled courses, adding in personalized career coaching, or to take a global module either in Berlin, or a global week international field study.The program targets individuals who want flexibility in their studies. You can choose to take all modules as scheduled or take a break in between modules.This fully online study program is delivered on the world's most innovative virtual learning platform by ESMT's world class faculty.

The ESMT Executive MBA: Focus on technology, innovation, and international management The 18-month, part-time Executive MBA consists of three main phases during which the participants first acquire a solid foundation in general management issues, then build their distinctive edge in one of two focus-areas (technology management and innovation or international management) and develop strategic leadership capabilities. The third phase is integrative in nature, requiring that participants bring together the various dimensions of managing a business and leading people and organizations. This phase includes an "international field seminar" and a final report based on the "applied field work". Students complete coursework at the Berlin campus, with two modules outside of Germany.

ESMT Berlin is a private business school founded by 25 multinational corporations. The school’s expertise focuses on the development of entrepreneurial leaders who think globally and act responsibly. ESMT is the top ranked business school in Germany with a global network of alumni in over 40 countries.

ESMT offers the following degree programs: Master's in Management, Full-time MBA, Part-time Blended MBA in Innovation, Global Online MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA) as well as executive education programs. All ESMT programs benefit from close relationships with ESMT's corporate network and founders. The school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and FIBAA.  


Programme Info

Types of courses:
Full-time MBA (15 months)
Part-time Blended MBA (24 months)
Global Online MBA (24 months)
Executive MBA (modular, 18 months)
Start date:
Full-time MBA: January
Part-time MBA: September
Global Online MBA: September and May
Executive MBA: October
Application deadlines:
Full-time MBA: November 3
Part-time MBA: August 15
Global Online MBA: August 15 (September Intake), April 15 (May Intake)
Executive MBA: September 3
Accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and FIBAA



Student Body

2019 Full-time MBA: 51 participants

2018-2020 Executive MBA: 51 participants


Nationalities Represented:

Full-time MBA: 24 (32% Americas, 9% Africa/Middle East, 37% Asia/Oceania, 22% Europe)

Executive MBA: 24 (7% Americas, 9% Africa/Middle East, 20% Asia/Oceania, 64% Europe)

Average Age and Work Experience
Full-time MBA: 31, with 7 years of experience
Executive MBA: 37, with 13 years of experience
Degree background, Full-time MBA:
Business/Management: 22%
Engineering: 31%
Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts: 12%
Natural Sciences: 10%
Economics: 9%
Humanities/Arts: 7%
IT/Telecommunications: 4%
Law: 2%
Other: 3%
Professional background, Executive MBA:
Energy/Engineering: 20%
Other: 13%
Consulting: 13%
Manufacturing/FMCG: 19%
Financial Services: 17%
Government/Non-profit: 7%
Healthcare/Pharma/Biotech: 4%
IT/Telecom: 7%


Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree and good academic record
GMAT score (average 640)
TOEFL or equivalent test for non-native English speakers
3 years experience (5 years for EMBA)
Two recommendations

Leadership potential and intercultural competence, as demonstrated in the essays on the online application.



Costs and Financing

Programme fees
Full-time MBA: €48,500
Part-time MBA: €38,000
Global Online MBA: €26,500
Executive MBA: €57,500
(Fees cover books, learning materials, coaching and personalized support, international field seminar (only EMBA), and other direct program costs)
Scholarships are available for high-potential candidates, covering up to the full program fees. Awards are based on both merit at the time of application. No scholarships are available for the part-time MBA, however early-bird discounts are available.
Applicants are encouraged to apply for financing in the form of loans if needed, and depending on the applicant's home country. ESMT joined the Prodigy finance loan program and the Brain Capital education fund. These programs offer loans or innovative financing schemes to qualifying MBA and EMBA students from any country. Further information can be found on ESMT's website.


Address: ESMT GmbH, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30 212 31-1400
Fax: +49 (0) 30 212 31-1409
Head of Admissions: Mrs. Stephanie Kluth