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MBA Program Strengths

Leadership driven by excellence
ESMT takes a holistic approach to leadership so that when you graduate you will be ready to align functions, systems, and strategy, and develop strategic objectives that focus on actions and results.

The ESMT MBA is a highly personal, employment-oriented, program where you will develop your leadership skills both in- and outside of the classroom.  The program design integrates strategic management concepts with accompanying skills development opportunities to help you get the most out of your MBA.

The program is dedicated to preparing you to take leadership responsibilities. Five core principles are present throughout your studies. Together they form the backbone of the curriculum and your MBA experience.

MBA Program Strengths

  • Leadership and Personal Development

    To be an effective business leader, you need to understand yourself and the unique blend of skills and experience you will bring to an organization.

    At the start of the program you will identify your personal leadership style and continue to develop it throughout the program. You will also learn to build successful and rewarding international teams. The small class size ensures that you constantly reflect on your experience while receiving personalized constructive feedback, and honing your leadership skills.

    Furthermore, you will have one-on-one career coaching with a professional coach.  You will work with your coach throughout the year to develop concrete steps to achieving your career objectives.  They will help you learn to translate what is happening in the classroom to your personal situation and goals, and design an employment strategy that matches your ambitions.

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Voted best city to start a company in, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialization showcases Berlin’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Courses lead you from value generation through to how to value and financially structure your fledgling enterprise for best long-term benefit.

    There are many more opportunities for budding intra- or entre-preneurs to seize. Play an active role in the Entrepreneurship Club and increase your exposure to Berlin’s diverse innovation environment, including our own entrepreneurship hub, Vali Berlin.  Vali also runs a post-program Summer Entrepreneurship Program (April to June) that recipients of our entrepreneur scholarships are guaranteed a place in.

    Mid-program, rise to the Social Impact Challenge, and in winter, choose from a broad range of electives including a number that focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. If you’re serious about starting an enterprise of your own, use the capstone to work on your business or expansion plans with the aid of ESMT’s expert faculty.

  • Managerial Analytics

    In the second of our specialization tracks, gain the skills, competencies and knowledge of the data landscape so that you can manage analysts and enable data-driven decision-making.  Courses will give you a broad understanding of statistical methods, computational tools, and predictive models. Benefit from ESMT faculty’s expertise in how to apply state-of-the-art big data techniques, and their industry connections.

  • Strategic Leadership

    Become a structured problem solver in multidimensional economic and political conditions. With an emphasis on transforming traditional companies into digital champions, the Strategic Leadership track hones your ability to understand, design, assess, and execute complex strategies for profitable growth in an international context. Benefit from professors’ significant research and connections to some of Berlin and Germany’s most renowned industries and the Mittelstand (SME) sector.

  • Bespoke pathway

    Depending on your desired outcome, the ESMT Berlin MBA offers you a bespoke pathway to reach your personal and professional objectives.

    The springboard to flexibility happens once you have established your management foundation in the integrated core.  From May, you are in the driving seat.  Choose your track, select your summer option, and then tailor the program even more with electives.

    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
  • Networking in Berlin and Germany

    ESMT Career Services organizes an annual Career Fair, company recruitment events and presentations, networking events with alumni, and company visits in Berlin and Munich. The CEOs and executives of our corporate founders, cool local start- and scale-ups, and other organizations meet the MBA class in closed-door MBA leadership sessions.

International Exposure Options

Learn more about the opportunities to enhance your international profile and network during the MBA.

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Pre- and Post-MBA Options

Get a head start in Berlin or extend your learning experience by customizing your ESMT MBA.

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