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ESMT - Doha Institute Double Degree Program

The only dual degree program in the region

The EMBA-EMPA Double Degree Program prepares participants for executive leadership roles in both the private and public sectors by combining best business management practices with expert insight into governance and policy analysis.

The EMBA program at ESMT Berlin is a rigorous general management program that guides your transition from management into senior leadership and entrepreneurial roles. The program is designed to deliver the experiences and skills needed to transform you into an effective, integrative leader, capable of implementing change and innovation in complex international business environments.

The EMPA program at the School of Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE) prepares current and future public service professionals to lead organizations through acquiring the skills needed to govern, manage, and make policy and administrative decisions while upholding the values of public service.

The double degree program is ideally suited for:

  • Managers in the corporate sector working in government relations, strategy and regulatory affairs
  • Managers in public enterprises
  • Managers and experts in public administration roles
  • Managers in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations.
  • Business owners
  • Consultants in the private and public sectors
  • Managers looking to further their career in the public and private sectors

The program at a glance

  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

    The School of Public Administration and Development Economics (SPADE)

    SPADE is part of Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, which was founded in 2015 with a curriculum designed to enhance the social value of scholarship and its potential impact for the wider community. SPADE currently offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA), an Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), a Master of Public Policy (MPP), and a Master of Development Economics (MDE). It also houses the Executive Education Excellence Center, which provides executive training programs for civil servants in the Qatari public sector.

    The programs at SPADE equip students with skills, knowledge, and analytical tools in public affairs management, including policy-making and analysis. With its programs licensed by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar, SPADE is also a member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), an international association of graduate education programs in Public Policy, Public Affairs, Public Administration, and Nonprofit Management.

  • Key facts

    Degrees Awarded:

    • MBA from ESMT Berlin
    • Executive MPA from DI Qatar.

    Curriculum: Business and Management courses from ESMT Berlin and Public Administration courses from SPADE.

    Duration: 21 Months

    Format: Adapted to the busy schedule of executives. You will dedicate 3 to 4 days of face-to-face meetings per month to the program. Learning continues online via our Learning Management System.

    Location: Program delivery will take place in Doha, Qatar. You are able to attend a one-week course delivered in Berlin, Germany.

    The language of Instruction:  English

    Program Start Date: September 2020

    Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

  • Courses

    The program consists of courses from the two schools, below is an indicative list of the topics students will cover:*


    ESMT Berlin (EMBA)                                                       SPADE (EMPA)

    In addition, all participants participate in a joint ESMT - SPADE Capstone Project.

    *Curriculum is subject to change

  • Admissions

    • Online Application (click here to apply)
    • Undergraduate Academic Transcripts.
    • Graduate Academic Transcripts (if applicable).
    • Personal Statement.
    • Non-objection letter from the applicant’s employer.
    • English language requirement (one of the following):
      • IBT TOEFL test OR
      • IELTS Academic test OR
      • Proof of having completed a Bachelor’s degree in which the language of instruction was entirely in English.
    • Test Scores (one of the following):
      • The Business Admissions Test (administered by DI) OR
      • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) OR
      • The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

    Eligibility requirements

    • At least five 5 years of management experience.
    • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
    • Professional Fluency in English

    Deadlines and fees

    The EMBA-EMPA program fees are QR 320,000 payable throughout the duration of the program. The second cohort of students will start classes on 29th of September 2019; admissions for this cohort starts on 1 October 2018 and ends on 15 February 2019.

Contact Info

Phone +974 40356959