ESMT Berlin

Schlossplatz 1
10178 Berlin

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The Program

The classroom

The classroom

The ESMT Full-time MBA is a leadership development program that allows participants to focus on global & sustainable business, innovation management and entrepreneurship.The one-year program places an emphasis on personal growth and development. Students complete unparalleled individual coaching, team-building, and reflection seminars that are fully integrated into the course lecture schedule.

Students begin by studying basic business frameworks for the first six weeks. Intercultural team management and personal career planning are covered while students have traditional courses in economics and business in society. Students then begin Mastering Management, where they obtain a solid foundation in business practices, from accounting to marketing. As a capstone assignment, they complete an Integrative Leadership Exercise: teams apply learned material to a dynamic problem and find an innovative solution.

Afterwards, students Take the Lead. Participants develop strategy skills for leading at every organizational level. An integral part of these leadership skills is the ability to make a difference - steering changes, achieving innovation, and mobilizing teams around a common goal. Students finish with a consulting project, working in teams in a company on a specific assignment. Up to 10 projects are on offer every year in a variety of industries and functions. Recently, many projects have focused on renewable energy, a few are usually at local startups in Berlin, and one project, organized through the Social Impact Club, develops NGO and social entrepreneurial ventures in countries such as Haiti, Afghanistan, and India.

For electives, participants choose from two tracks "Innovation and Technology" and "Global Sustainable Business." Electives give students in-depth specialty knowledge, which they apply during the international field seminar. Recent seminars have been in Silicon Valley, China, Brazil, and Turkey.

Global Network for Advanced Management: ESMT is part of an elite group of business schools who partner together to offer one-week short studies at their university. Up to two one-week trips will be available to MBA students, who can attend a seminar at the school of their choice. Partner schools include Yale (USA), IE (Spain), INSEAD (France), LSE (London), NUS (Singapore), Hitotsubashi (Japan) and Fudan (China)."

The Business School

ESMT's Berlin Campus

ESMT's Berlin Campus

ESMT European School of Management and Technology is a private business school founded by 25 multinational corporations located in the center of Berlin, Germany. ESMT fosters an innovative, entrepreneurial, fast-growing environment where MBA and EMBA students learn cutting edge business practices from Germany's most international faculty. Besides the two MBA programs the school also offers a two-year pre-experience Master’s in Management. ESMT's programs are taught entirely in English.

The Faculty

At over 80% internationality, ESMT has one of the world's most diverse faculty, educated at some of the most prestigious business schools - Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, INSEAD, LBS, and Humboldt University, to name a few. They produce cutting edge research while also demonstrating excellence in the classroom. ESMT currently has eight chaired professorships.

ESMT is also home to several research centers: The Center for Leadership Development Research, The Center for Sustainable Business and the German Tech Entrepreneurship Center (GTEC). In depth information about every center can be found on the following website:

Interested candidates can view each professor's background and biography on the Faculty website:


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of three years of professional, postgraduate experience
  • An undergraduate degree
  • Strong GMAT (average 640) and, for non-native English speakers, TOEFL (min. 100) or equivalent proof of proficiency
  • Completed online application including essays and two references
  • Personal interview completed either in person or via Skype

We look for these key qualities in our MBA students:

  • International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business
  • Proven teamwork skills in stressful situations - Leadership potential for high-performance career growth in a global environment
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills

Application Procedure

The campus is set in an impressive historical building

The campus is set in an impressive historical building

ESMT has a rolling admissions process and applications are reviewed upon completion, but space in the classroom is limited. Applying early is encouraged.

  • Step 1: Applicants complete an online application, which includes space for a CV upload, essays, references, and other relevant information
  • Step 2: ESMT's Admissions Team evaluates the applicant's documents, advises on any missing data, and completes a first screening
  • Step 3: Passing applicants are invited to an interview, either on campus or via Skype
  • Step 4: ESMT's Admissions and Examinations Committee, in consultation with all documents related to the application, makes an admissions decision. Any scholarship award or waitlisting, is also made at this time
  • Step 5: Applicants are informed of the committee's decision, and advised on the next steps to enrollment if the decision was positive

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is 43.500 Euro. The tuition fees include the cost of books and cases. They do not include travel to and from the optional international field seminar and Global Network exchanges.

Financial Aid

ESMT's MBA is an excellent and affordable investment in your future. The program is ranked #4 globally for value for money by The Financial Times Global MBA ranking. On average, graduates earn more than double the tuition fees during the first year of employment after the MBA. Most candidates fund their studies with a mix of personal funds, loans, and scholarships.


Supported by our 25 corporate founders, ESMT offers a limited number of scholarships to support top MBA applicants. Most of these scholarships cover partial tuition. ESMT also offers prestigious scholarships based on academic merit and financial need.


ESMT joined the Prodigy loan program in 2013. This program offers loans to qualifying MBA students from any country. Students from the EU, USA and selected other countries may qualify for funds through Brain Capital.ESMT is certified by the US Department of Education to award Title IV loans to US citizens. Many MBA alumni have obtained financing through an institution in their home countries. For an updated list of such funding sources, please visit the ESMT website:


View of Berlin's TV Tower

View of Berlin's TV Tower

ESMT's campus is in the center of Berlin, Germany, just across the street from Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The school's main building is the former East German "Staatsratsgebäude." Berlin is a hub of culture and design, with over 160,000 students, hundreds of art galleries and museums, and one of Europe's trendiest nightlife.

ESMT's central urban location provides direct public transit to all parts of the city. Numerous airlines operate direct flights from Berlin's airports. The city is cosmopolitan and international, with every national culinary taste represented in the city's thousands of restaurants.


ESMT provides incoming students with networking opportunities to find and procure housing in Berlin. On-campus housing is not provided, but students are always able to find affordable, comfortable accommodation near the campus.

Student Life

In addition to the challenging coursework, students are active in numerous clubs and activities. The Investment Club can raise funds for a year-end party by wisely investing a starting sum of money. The Entrepreneurship Club has developed numerous contacts within Berlin's active start-up scene, and invites guests speakers, organizes company visits, and can develop their own consulting project. The Social Impact Club works with local in international charities, NGOs, social entrepreneurial ventures, and development initiatives; they are also able to develop a consulting project.

Students also take advantage of the rich diversity that is Berlin's urban center. In the past, students have enrolled in weekend language courses, taken dance lessons, attended opera and theater pieces, and participated in the numerous festivals and street celebrations happening throughout the year.

Programs at ESMT Berlin


43,500 EUR
12 months
Management of Innovation and Technology
Global Sustainable Business
  • MBA participants can choose from two elective tracks: Management of Innovation and Technology (MIT) and Global Sustainable Business (GSB)
Application Deadlines
July 2, 2018
October 1, 2018
November 3, 2018

Executive MBA

18 months
Business Integrity, Fraud and Compliance
  • The program is divided into 9 modules
  • Seven modules take place at ESMT in Berlin, with the two other modules being international in South America (Brazil, Chile, and Argentina), China (Shanghai and Beijing), and South East Asia (Malaysia, Vietnam and Hong Kong)
Application Deadlines
July 2
September 3

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