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ESMT Executive Education

Open & customized programs

Financial Times Ranking

Executive Education

ESMT Berlin is ranked #8 in the world for customized programs, according to the Financial Times Executive Education Ranking 2024.

Transformation through learning and development

Is your organization prepared for the challenges of the future? 

Could new skills help you execute your role more effectively? 

Are you curious about new strategies that could lead your team to success? 

ESMT Berlin’s executive education programs offer leadership and management courses as well as many other educational opportunities for both individual and entire companies. Both are designed to equip either you or your teams with the skills, competencies and new approaches that are required to meet new challenges and overcome longstanding obstacles. 

Programs for individuals


Develop your leadership skills, prepare for general management, strengthen your competency in finance or data management, or learn new strategies to implement change and innovation at your organization. 

Discover the full range of programs

ESMT’s open programs offer learning experiences designed for individuals from across different industries and sectors. They range from online programs or in-person courses lasting two to three days at our campus in Berlin, to multi-module programs spanning continents.   

Whichever you choose, our leadership and management courses offer an opportunity to accelerate your lifelong learning and take on the latest challenges you face in your role. Expect to gain new perspectives and expert insights from both professors and your peers, who’ll be drawn from a wide range of industries, functions and career levels. 

Peer-to-peer learning, immersive classroom experiences and safe spaces to experiment and explore new ideas are core components of ESMT’s executive education offering. 

Take part in multiple programs and earn a postgraduate diploma in management. Find out more. 

Custom programs for organizations

We will work with your organization to develop a tailor made program to help with the challenges you are facing or the transformations you want to implement. Ranked #8 globally for custom programs by the Financial Times. 


Find out more about custom programs

The challenges of promoting a change in company culture, driving an innovative transformation or expanding into a new market (to name but a few) often require your entire organization or whole teams to receive training.  

At ESMT Berlin, we have worked with more than 300 companies to deliver custom programs that help prepare them for new challenges and improve their effectiveness. These are truly tailor-made programs that can be designed around the specific characteristics of your organization and delivered through individualized, experiential or online learning. 

If you want to learn more about the impact of our custom programs, you can hear from our past clients here. 

Our approach to executive education


Solving your problems through professional development 

At ESMT we understand that, while personal and professional development hold their own intrinsic value, your main motivation will be to gain new skills so that you can overcome challenges and solve problems that you face in your role, or that your organization faces as a whole. 

Our custom programs are rigorously co-created with your organization. We immerse ourselves in our client’s world in order grasp the intricacies of their business model and the strategic challenges that they face. We delve into the specific learning needs of individuals so that we can build a program that is tailor made to your business and those working there. 

Our programs for individuals rely on a combination of case studies, immersive experiences and peer-to-peer learning so that the theoretical can be grounded in the realities of the day-to-day challenges you face. As such solutions can developed in collaboration with your peers, professors and coaches. 


Businesses and markets don’t stop evolving.  So why should you? 

The rapid pace of technological advancements have significantly shortened the shelf-life of many skills. Therefore, Lifelong learning is more important than ever, especially for those in leadership positions, if you are to understand the opportunities to be found in emerging markets, the challenges posed by new innovations or strategies, and the teams and experts that have emerged around new sets of skills, who will be instrumental in your success. 

News about executive education

ESMT Berlin and Handelsblatt partner for Management Summer School

July 12, 2024 | ESMT Press
In today’s fast-paced business environment, effective leadership and change management are paramount. To support leaders in mastering the challenges they face, ESMT Berlin is collaborating with Handelsblatt to offer a specialized Management Summer School. Designed for management professionals and corporate leaders, this program provides Handelsblatt subscribers with a comprehensive suite of resources including articles, podcasts, video tutorials, and live talks featuring top management experts.

"Thriving Together: Strategies For Success In Dual-Career Partnerships"

July 3, 2024 | Forbes
Mandy Hübener, director of executive education at ESMT Berlin, discussed in Forbes the challenges and obstacles dual-career couples face when both partners are engaged in careers and what companies could do to support and foster a more inclusive and supportive work environment.

"Transformative Leadership Development: Inside the Executive Transition Program (ETP), ESMT Berlin’s Advanced General Management Program"

June 26, 2024 | The European Business Review
The European Business Review highlighted the Executive Transition Program (ETP) at ESMT and spoke with Sarah Horn, program director for executive programs at ESMT, about the reasons that make the program so unique and special.

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