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Part-time MBA scholarships

ESMT’s part-time MBA scholarships have been designed to help encourage you to bring your continued professional development goals to reality. With scholarship options to fit all profiles, outstanding part-time MBA applicants are welcome at ESMT Berlin.

Scholarships are allocated based on academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, leadership potential, and superior interpersonal skills. Only self-funded part-time MBA candidates are eligible and all scholarships apply solely to tuition fees.

You will apply for a scholarship during your application to the part-time MBA program. There are two types of scholarships available:

  • Automatic scholarships – you do nothing, these are awarded based on whether you meet certain criteria

  • Application-driven scholarships – these scholarships require you to answer a specific question (see below). This is collected as part of your part-time MBA application. You can apply for up to three application-driven scholarships but will only be awarded one.

Note that multiple automatic scholarships can be combined with only one application-driven scholarship.

Part-time MBA automatically awarded scholarships

  • Automatically awarded scholarships

    Completed online applications submitted in rounds 1-3 will receive a scholarship corresponding to the round in which the application is submitted.

    • Round 1:  €6,000

    • Round 2:  €3,000

    • Round 3:  €1,000

  • Test score excellence scholarship

    If you submit GMAT, GMAT Focus or GRE scores at the 85th percentile or higher, you will receive a €1,000 scholarship that celebrates your success.

    Eligibility: applicants will be considered after submitting a completed application to the part-time MBA program including official test results from either the GMAT or GRE.  Scores submitted after the application has been processed will not be considered.

    The scores required are:

    • GMAT: total score of 690 or higher
    • GMAT Focus: Total score of 645 or higher
    • GRE: verbal score of 160 or higher; quant score of 165 or higher
    • BAT of 16 or higher
    • EA of 157 or higher 

    Requirements: applicants must submit official test results, no older than five years from the date of application, from either the GMAT or GRE.

Part-time MBA application-driven scholarships

To be considered for one of these scholarships, you will need to answer an additional question in your online part-time MBA application. Each scholarship requires a response to a different question.

The following conditions apply:

  • You can apply to up to 3 scholarships.

  • You can only be awarded one scholarship.

  • Applying for scholarships does not guarantee a scholarship award, irrespective of how many you apply for.

  • Women in Business Scholarship

    There is a lack of gender equality in global business. With this award, ESMT is seeking to support women’s career development and advancement.

    Ten scholarships of €6,000 are available.

    Question: Tell us why you do - or do not - agree with mandatory board (or senior management) quotas for women.

  • Impact Scholarship

    Change can be accelerated when social issues and business are aligned. The Impact Scholarship is for applicants who are helping make the world a better place. Preference will be given to those working in social enterprises, non-profit organizations, or NGOs.

    Two scholarships of €4,500 are available.

    Question: How are you positively impacting the environment, social justice, economic fairness, health, quality of life, or other social concerns?

  • Rainbow Scholarship

    The Rainbow scholarship supports ESMT’s commitment to diversity. Special consideration will be given to self-identified LGBTQ applicants.

    One scholarship of €4,500 is available.

    Question: How have you contributed to LGBTQ+ causes and impacted the community? 

  • International Excellence Scholarship

    International Excellence Scholarships are awarded to non-German nationals with extraordinary academic and/or professional profiles, leadership skills, and growth potential.

    Three scholarships of €4,500 are available.

    Question: ESMT is committed to developing responsible leaders, what is your vision of responsible leadership?

  • German Excellence Scholarship

    German Excellence Scholarships are awarded to German nationals with extraordinary academic and/or professional profiles, leadership skills, and growth potential.

    Three scholarships of €4,500 are available.

    Question: ESMT is committed to developing responsible leaders, what is your vision of responsible leadership?

  • Refugee Scholarship

    Education is a catalyst for change and transformation, and ESMT would like to help three refugees study in the part-time MBA program.


    Three scholarships of 50% off tuition (€19,750) are available. 

    Note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship (including automatic scholarships) and proof of refugee status is required.


    Question:  How will you make a difference with the Refugee Scholarship?

  • e-fellows Scholarship

    ESMT Berlin is pleased to partner with e-fellows to offer a scholarship to e-fellows members, alumni or e-fellows MBA day participants.

    Unlimited number of scholarships of €4,000 are available for self-funded applicants.

    Question: How will you positively contribute to the learning environment of your peers at ESMT?

Tax Deductions

Many countries allow tuition for higher education, and related costs, to count as tax-deductible expenses. You can learn more about the requirements in Germany, for example, here. Please check with your tax advisor to assess your personal situation.

Possible deductions might include:

  • Tuition fees
  • Travel required by the program
  • Temporary housing expenses
  • Cost of prep courses - English, special courses, etc.

Tax guide for students