Skip to main content
MBA students speaking

Full-time MBA admissions

Requirements and steps
ESMT warmly welcomes applications from students of all nationalities. We are an international business school that thrives on international exchange and discourse, and the ESMT community is committed to building peace.

The application process helps us learn about each other.  You want a program that will accelerate your career and open up new opportunities.  We want a diverse group of professionals who share our values, want to be part of our mission to develop responsible leaders, and who will thrive academically, personally, and professionally in the MBA program.

Apply to ESMT if you are:

  • Ready to seize your future and accelerate your career in Europe or beyond
  • Aligned with our values of community, curiosity, courage, and rigor
  • Excited to join an MBA program where you can tailor your academic journey to meet your needs
  • Committed to your learning and development, and are ready to support others in theirs

Admission requirements

To apply to the program you will need to meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least three years of consecutive postgraduate, professional experience
  • An undergraduate, or first university, degree of minimum 3 years (bachelor)
  • Strong GMAT, GRE, EA, or BAT scores (the average GMAT score is 640)
    • To send your GMAT score to ESMT, search for ESMT by name
    • GRE scores should be sent to 7768 - European Sch Mgmt Tech ESMT
    • The ESMT admissions test (BAT) will be administered by your application manager
  • English proficiency test scores
    • If English is your native language or you earned a university degree exclusively taught in English you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
    • TOEFL scores (95 minimum), PTE scores (64 minimum), IELTS scores (7 minimum), or other English proficiency tests are accepted). ESMT Berlin accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

When evaluating your application, we look for a diverse group of professionals who share the school’s mission and who will succeed academically and professionally in the MBA program. Each detail of your application is considered and we specifically seek:

  • Excellent analytical ability, both quantitative and qualitative
  • International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business
  • Proven teamwork skills in stressful situations
  • Leadership potential, especially for high-performance career growth in a global environment
  • Willingness to learn from others in a collegial environment

Admission deadlines


Applications for the Full-time MBA class of 2024-25 are open!

You have seven opportunities to apply for the full-time MBA and the deadlines are below.  Apply in rounds 1, 2, or 3 and you will qualify for an early application scholarship.

For round 6, only applicants who do not require a visa to enter Germany as a student will be considered (see list of countries below).

  • February 22, 2023 - 1st round application deadline 
    Applications received by this deadline will qualify for a tuition discount of €6,000, in addition to any scholarships awarded.
  • April 12, 2023 - 2nd round application deadline
    Applications received by this deadline will qualify for a tuition discount of €3,000, in addition to any scholarships awarded.
  • May 31, 2023 - 3rd round application deadline
    Applications received by this deadline will qualify for a tuition discount of €1,000, in addition to any scholarships awarded.
  • July 19, 2023 - 4th round application deadline
  • September 13, 2023 - 5th round application deadline
  • November 8, 2023 - 6th (final) round application deadline

    Review of your application will only begin after it is complete. That means that we need to receive your online application plus digital copies of your transcripts (including grade overviews), your GMAT, GRE, EA, or BAT test score, and at least one professional recommendation. You will be informed about the next steps soon after the round deadline and if you are successful we look forward to meeting you during an interview.




Round Application Deadline Interview dates Notification of decision
Round 1 February 22 March 2-9 March 22
Round 2 April 12 April 20-27 May 10
Round 3 May 31 June 8-15 June 28
Round 4 July 19 July 27 - August 3 August 9
Round 5 September 13 September 21-28 October 4
Round 6 November 8 November 15-22 November 29



  • 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 (Chinese; Deutsch) India, for further information.
  • If you are applying from Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, EU, Honduras, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States, you DO NOT need a visa to enter Germany as a student. This can change so please check with us or your nearest German Embassy or Consulate.

Application steps

  • Step 1: Online application

    To begin the admissions process, applicants complete and submit an online application. The application is easy to follow, and will ask you for the following information:

    • An up-to-date CV showing at least three years of postgraduate professional experience
    • At least one professional recommendation
    • Answers to the following questions (max 250 words per essay)
      • Describe your specific career aspirations and reasons for pursuing an MBA at ESMT Berlin.
      • Failures are rich learning opportunities and help us to grow. Tell us about a setback in your life (personal, academic, or professional), your reaction to the setback, and how it changed you.
      • You can invite one guest for dinner, be they living, dead, fictional, or other.  Who would you invite and why?
      • Optional:  Is there any other information, not covered in the application, that you would like us to know about you?
    • Transcripts of your undergraduate degree detailing courses and grades
    • A valid GMAT, GRE or ESMT admissions test (BAT)
    • €50 application fee

    Depending on your indicated preferences you can now take the ESMT Business Admissions Test. This is a two-hour, online, test that evaluates academic aptitude over four sections of 30 minutes each: communication analysis, critical thinking, data analysis, and data interpretation. The test costs $100 USD and must be paid before it can be taken. Please ask your admissions manager for more details.

    Please note applications submitted without one of these documents will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for review in that round. Therefore, incomplete applications will be reviewed only in the following round if the necessary documents are submitted and the application can be considered complete.

  • Step 2: First screening

    Completed online applications will be reviewed once the application round has closed (see table above for admission deadlines).

    • If you meet our minimum requirements, you will be invited for your admissions interview.
    • If you do not meet our requirements, we will let you know on the day your application was reviewed.
  • Step 3: Interview

    Admission interviews take place at the ESMT Berlin campus or via Zoom. The interview will last 40-50 minutes and help us learn more about you, and assess your interpersonal skills, career goals, and aspirations. This is also an opportunity for you to ask us any questions about the school or program.

    Please see the table above for the application rounds and corresponding interview dates.

  • Step 4: Decision

    After all interviews in a particular round are completed, the Admissions and Scholarship committees meet to agree admission and scholarship decisions.

    This means that if you are accepted into the MBA program, you will receive both an admission and a scholarship decision at the same time.

    Please see the table above for the application rounds and corresponding notification dates.

  • Step 5: Accept your offer

    To secure your place in the MBA, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €4,000 by the date indicated in your offer letter.

    Congratulations and we look forward to welcoming you to ESMT Berlin!

The ESMT Admissions Test

The ESMT Admissions Test

The ESMT Business Admissions Test (BAT) can be taken online or in person.

This is a two hour, online, test that evaluates academic aptitude over four sections of 30 minutes each: communication analysis, critical thinking, data analysis, and data interpretation.

The test costs $100 USD and must be paid before it can be taken.


Read more about EMBA alumna Isolde Stephan's BAT experience

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!


Click here for more info about the GMAT online

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
Apply now

Start or continue your Full-time MBA application.

Admissions Contact

Stephanie Kluth

Director of Admissions
+49 30 21231 1400

Shelley Yu

Marketing Manager China Office
+86-186 1638 9822

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions about the ESMT Berlin Full-time MBA?


Check out the FAQs!