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Timeline & courses

A flexible approach to getting your MBA

On this page you can explore the curriculum and courses in more detail and get a taste of what to expect for the global online MBA experience.

The Global Online MBA from ESMT Berlin is a highly flexible, fully remote program that can be completed in two to five years. This means you can pause, or accelerate your learning progress and fit the course content around your existing schedule. Consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in Germany, ESMT Berlin is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA, the highest distinctions of quality for business schools around the world. 

Curriculum and course availability are subject to change at any time.

Program timeline


Program timeline


Berlin Experience Week (optional elective) 

In this optional, for-credit, elective module, you will have the opportunity to meet at ESMT’s campus in Berlin.  

Experience highly interactive sessions focused on key developments in the German and Global Economy, with a focus on topics such as:

  • Industry 4.0,

  • Germany’s Hidden Champions,

  • and the Berlin startup scene.  

You will also benefit from a mixture of:

  • Academic sessions

  • Company visits

  • Team-building events

  • Social events and activities

This course will take place multiple times per year if there is demand. Participation in this week is included in the program fee as a standard elective course, although participants will be required to cover their own accommodation costs and their travel to Berlin. 

Global Experience Week (optional elective) 

In this optional, for-credit, elective module, you can choose to take part in a Global Experience Week.

In line with ESMT’s philosophy of involving its students in decision-making where possible, all enrolled students will be polled during the program to determine which locations are chosen for the Global Experience Week.  

The aim of the Global Experience Week is two-fold. Firstly, the week will expose participants to the business context and leadership challenges in diverse countries and cultures.

Each week will be themed around a specific topic of global relevance, and participants will engage with leading corporates, startups and NGOs, working on assignments specific to each context. 

The Global Experience Week will take place based on demand. Destinations, dates and cost will be announced 6 months in advance.

Participants will be charged a program fee (€2,000 - €3,000) that will cover single room accommodation but excludes travel costs to and from the destination. 

Key facts and program structure

A flexible MBA program

Irrespective of your start date, your first module will always be Managing in a connected world.

Should you decide to take a break during the two-year program, you will be able to start again at the beginning of any module you are eligible for at that time.

If more than one module is running simultaneously, we will recommend a module but you can change if needed. Note that modules are shared across intakes. 

In order to take any electives, you must have successfully passed Managing in a connected world, plus at least one core module (Making wiser decisions under uncertainty, Understanding your market, Understanding your organization, Creating strategic advantage).

Note that the program must be completed within five years.


May 2024 intake

The program will start on May 27, 2024. Please note important deadlines on the Admissions page.


Online MBA course delivery - key facts


Want to learn more about testing during the courses, the module structure and many other topics? Check out our FAQ page

  • Expect to study for an average of 15 hours per week during the program.

  • Each course has three hours of live online sessions (Professor Sessions), plus live office hour sessions (Tutor Sessions).

  • All Professor and Tutor Sessions take place twice to ensure you can join from wherever you are in the world.

  • Should you wish to add an elective course in a subject area not offered at ESMT, you can opt for a SNOC course taught by one of our partner universities in the Global Network for Advanced Management

  • If you would like to add an international study experience to your course, you can choose to add either the Berlin Experience Week held on the ESMT campus or, for an additional fee, add the Global Experience Week option. 

Online learning tools

  • The Hub: track progress and engage with faculty and peers

    Global Online MBA students can take advantage of the Hub, the only learning platform designed specifically for business education. 

    On it you can:

    • Engage with faculty and peers through multiple interactive channels

    • Build on relationships formed within customized digital spaces for peer to peer learning and community building.  

    • Track your progress

    • and personalize their learning experience.


    Experience life as a student on the Global Online MBA with our interactive demonstration of the Learning Hub

  • Engageli: attend dynamic online classes

    This platform enables professors of the Global Online MBA to design dynamic, interactive classes, provide differentiated instruction and offer personalized support. 

    Discover how Engageli works.

Career services available to you

Throughout the program, you will have access to Career Development Center workshops for specific skills development, as well as access to a robust professional network as you consider the next phase of your career.

Through the Alumni network, you'll also build your professional network on a local and international level.

Visit the Careers page


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