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 one of the top ranked business schools 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 and Executive MBA (EMBA) as well as executive education. All ESMT programs benefit from close relationships with ESMT's corporate network and founders. The school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS and FIBAA.  


The ESMT Full-time MBA: A leadership development program focusing on sustainable technology and innovation The one-year full-time MBA is a general management program enabling students to gain functional expertise while acquiring practical real-world experience and leadership skills. Students can specialize in elective tracks on Innovation and Technology Management or Global Sustainable Business, and attend international electives at ESMT's partner schools such as Yale SOM, IE Business School, or Fudan University School of Management during the GNAM Network Week. On average about 70% of the class remains in Germany after graduation and is around 90% international. The Full-time MBA is ranked #1 for value for money by The Financial Times Global MBA ranking 2016, and #13 globally in the Businessweek international MBA ranking. The ESMT Full-time MBA program's key strengths are:


  • Management of technology, innovation and sustainable business focus
  • Top ranking results: #15 MBA globally (Bloomberg) and #1 EMBA globally for graduates’ career progression (Financial Times)
  • Proximity to Berlin’s start-up scene
  • Strong corporate network - 25 founding companies
  • Life in the heart of Europe with Berlin's cosmopolitan choice of cultural, entertainment, and leisure activities
  • Personalized learning in small classes, with strong coaching and workshop activities
  • Substantial scholarships for high-potential applicants

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.



Programme Info

Types of courses:
Full-time MBA (13 months)
Executive MBA (modular, 18 months)
Start date:
Full-time MBA: January
Executive MBA: October
Application deadlines:
Full-time MBA: November 3
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: €43,500
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.
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