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Master in Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Start or continue your application to an ESMT Berlin Master program.

ESMT is an international business school that thrives on international exchange, discourse, as well as building peace. We warmly welcome applicants of all nationalities to the Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Admission requirements:

The Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship admissions process is designed to find the most talented individuals who will benefit from the program's international and interdisciplinary nature. When evaluating applications, we are looking for the following qualities:

  • Creative thinking
  • Willing to take risks and learn from mistakes
  • Keen sense for identifying and acting on opportunities
  • Willingness to collaborate and effectively communicate
  • Natural leader

To apply, candidates need to have:

  • A previous degree, equivalent to a Bachelor's, with excellent grades. Applications will also be accepted from final-year undergraduate students awaiting completion of their degree. Ideally no more than 24 months of postgraduate work experience (excl. internships)
  • ESMT expects a score of 100 points in the TOEFL or 7.0 in the IELTS or 850 in the TOEIC.” The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707. You will receive a waiver for the English proficiency test if English is your native language or if you have completed a university degree completely taught in English.
  • Proof of an above-average and well-balanced GMAT or GRE score. The GMAT/GRE requirement can be waived in case of strong evidence of outstanding quantitative skills
  • Completed application - including essays, one reference and application fee of €50
  • Individual interview in person or online

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Admission Deadlines

Applications for the September 2023 class are open.

Start your application

Applications to ESMT Master programs are reviewed on a rolling, first-come basis. The Admissions Committee meets and publishes admissions decisions every two weeks. The deadline schedule should serve as a guide for your application planning.

Application Round


Round 1: ++ Early Decision

March 31

Round 2: ° Student visa applicants               June 1 
Final Round: Final deadline July 31


++ Accepted candidates from this round will receive a €2,000 discount on tuition.

° Due to long visa process times, citizens of countries that require a student visa to study in Germany are strongly advised to apply by this deadline. 

Your profile

We are looking for students who identify with and aspire to be:

(Corporate) innovators: Students that like to think outside of the box but within a corporate framework. They want to change the status quo and challenge the organization and its innovation strategy.

Entrepreneurs: Students that know that they want to become an entrepreneur. They may have an idea already but need to find co-founders, grow their network and connect to investors.

Venture Capitalist: Students that strive to become investors in startups. To do this, they need to analyze and assess business opportunities and teams. With courses such as entrepreneurial finance, we cover the intersection between finance and entrepreneurship. This is also covered by our faculty!

Innovation consultants/venture architects: Students that want to consult corporates and clients in their innovation strategies or even become venture architects.

Technology enthusiasts: Students that have studied an engineering or related field of technology in their bachelor’s but want to understand how to build a business.

Additional information

  • Admission test codes

    • GRE – ESMT Designated Institution (DI) code: 7768
    • GMAT - ESMT Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship code: H4D-SJ-36
    • TOEFL - ESMT institution code:  8707
  • Student visa details

    We're pleased to extend our deadline for international students who require a visa to enter Germany. Our aim is to ensure more flexibility and allow applicants to benefit from the latest change in student visa regulations in Germany.

    Please, note that issuing a German student visa might take up to 6 months. Though the process is often quicker, we advise all admitted students to reach the embassies in their countries as early as possible.

    APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED AFTER JUNE 1 WILL STILL BE CONSIDERED. However, ESMT can only provide minimal visa support for applicants from non-EU countries submitted after June 1. More visa information could be found here.

    As a general rule, all non-EU/non-EEA nationals staying in Germany for more than 90 days for work or study purposes need a visa before entering the country.

    Applicants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, EU and EEA countries, Honduras, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States, DO NOT need visas to enter Germany as a student. As these regulations can change dynamically and without notice, we recommend consulting with ESMT representatives or your nearest German Embassy/Consulate.

    Additional information for graduates from Chinese or Indian universities: 

    If you are a graduate of a Chinese or Indian university, there are some additional steps you need to take in order to study at a German university. This process can take up to 6 months to complete. Please visit the appropriate APS website: China (ChineseDeutschIndia, for further information.

Apply now

Start or continue your Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship application.


GMAT Online Test

The GMAT is now online! Instead of sitting for the traditional GMAT test, we recommend that you submit results for the GMAT online test. Testing times are flexible and there is no need to find a local test center. More information in the link below!


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GRE General Test at Home

To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the GRE® General Test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS offers a GRE General Test at home option.

  • The GRE® General Test is available everywhere that the computer-delivered GRE General Test is normally available, with the exception of Mainland China and Iran.
Learn more about the GRE General Test at home
Admissions Contact

Stephanie Kluth

Director of Admissions
+49 30 21231 1400

Shelley Yu

Marketing Manager China Office
+86-186 1638 9822