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Secure your place on the Global Online MBA

ESMT Berlin warmly welcomes applications from students of all nationalities for its Global Online MBA program. We are an international business school that thrives on international exchange and discourse. 

Through the application process, we are searching for a diverse range of individuals who share our values, want to be part of our mission to develop responsible leaders, and who will thrive academically, professionally, and personally in the global online MBA program 


Start or continue your MBA application

Final Application DeadlineApril 28, 2024

Is this program for you?

The Global Online MBA from ESMT Berlin will help you learn everything a modern decision-maker needs to become a better leader. Offered fully online with optional in-person weeks, you will earn your MBA from Germany’s leading business school without needing to come to Berlin.

To get the most from the program, we look for candidates with the following competencies and qualities:

  • International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business

  • The ambition and motivation to study part-time alongside work and personal commitments

  • Willingness to learn from others in a collegial environment

  • Proven teamwork skills

  • A change and innovation mindset.


How do I apply?

Admission requirements

To apply for the program, you must meet the following admission requirements:

  • At least three years of postgraduate professional experience at the time of program start.

  • A bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years duration (minimum 180 ECTS), or equivalent qualification.

  • Strong score in the ESMT admission test, GMAT, GMAT Focus, GRE, or GMAC Executive Assessment.

    • A test waiver may be granted if you hold a PhD, or studied a STEM subject at bachelor’s or master’s level

    • The ESMT admission test 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 US$100 and must be paid before it can be taken. To take the ESMT admission test, contact the admissions team.

  • English proficiency test score (if applicable)

    • 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. If you have worked in an English speaking country or an organization whose language of communication was English for 12 months or more the English proficiency test requirement may be waived. A strong command of the English language should also be demonstrated in the admission interview.

    • TOEFL - 95 minimum; we accept MyBest™ scores; our institution code is 8707

    • PTE - 64 minimum

    • IELTS - 7 minimum



Step 1: Apply online

To begin the admissions process, please complete and submit an online application. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including name, address, date of birth, and citizenship.

  • An up-to-date CV showing at least three years of postgraduate professional experience.

  • Answers to the following questions:

    • Share three reasons why you will be a great ESMT MBA student and alumnus? [Video essay; max 2 minutes]

    • We often learn by failing. Tell us about a setback in your life (personal, academic, or professional), how you responded to it, and what you gained from the experience. [Text; max 250 words]

    • Tell us about the worst job you ever had. [Text; 150 words]

    • Optional: Is there any other information, not covered in the application, that you would like us to know about you? [Text; max 250 words]

  • Two professional recommendations – at least one is needed to submit your application, the second can follow later

  • Your English proficiency test scores (if applicable)

  • Transcripts of your undergraduate degree detailing courses and grades

  • A valid admission test score (if applicable)

  • €50 application fee


Applications will only be reviewed once all required documents, including test scores, have been submitted. If you believe you qualify for a test waiver, you may submit your application without a score. The admissions team will review your application and determine if the waiver will be granted.



Step 2: Interview

After we have reviewed your application, successful candidates will be invited for an Admissions interview (in person or video).

The interview will last 30-40 minutes and helps us learn about each other. We want to get to know you – your career to date, career goals and aspirations, and what you’re looking for - and in turn you get to ask us questions about the program, school, and life at ESMT Berlin.



Step 3: Offer

Successful applicants will receive an offer of admission. To secure your place, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit by the date indicated in your offer letter.

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



Application deadlines

The Global Online MBA program has two intakes a year: May and September. Applications for the May 2024 intake are open. 


May 2024

Applications open on September 4, 2023. The program will start on May 27, 2024.

Early Application Deadline: January 21, 2024. Applications received by this date will be eligible for a €2,000 tuition discount.

Final application deadline: April 28, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; entry for May 2024 cannot be guaranteed.      


September 2024

Applications open on March 1, 2024. The September intake will start on September 30, 2024.

Early Application Deadline: May 26, 2024. Applications received by this date will be eligible for a €2,000 tuition discount.

Final application deadlineSeptember 1, 2024. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis; entry for September 2024 cannot be guaranteed.      


Apply now

Start or continue your Global Online MBA application.

GMAT Online Test 

The GMAT can be taken 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. 

Click here for more info about the GMAT online 


GRE General Test at home 

ETS offers candidates the option to take the GRE® General Test at home or at a test center. 

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 


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Admissions Contact

Sira Ruedeeniyomvuth

Recruitment Manager
+49 17 1209 9812

Shelley Yu

Marketing Manager China Office
+86-186 1638 9822

Frequently asked questions

Still have questions about the ESMT Berlin Global Online MBA?


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