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FAQ - Master's in Management

  • Why studying a Master’s in Management (MIM) in ESMT Berlin?

    ESMT Master’s in Management (MIM) is a ‘pre-experience’ full-time program. Targeted at young, recent graduates in their early twenties with limited or with no work experience. Combining a series of internships and a social impact project with applied coursework and research on the latest business and management theories.

    The MIM program accepts top-performing students with a prior university degree and little or no postgraduate work experience. No matter where they come from or what they have studied, all our students share a desire to launch an international career while applying analytical and strategic solutions to today's business problems.

    Our MIM classes are small, diverse groups. ESMT searches for students with international experience who can perform work in high-performing, diverse teams. Our MIM program is by far the most diverse in Germany - no one nationality makes up more than 20% of the class.

  • Who is a „good fit” for our program?

    ESMT's MIM is a personalized degree for high-potential candidates with little or no previous work experience.

    When evaluating applications, we are looking for the following qualities in our candidates:

    • International outlook, intercultural competency, and a responsible approach to business.
    • Potential for high-performance career growth in a global environment.
    • Willingness to learn from others.
    • Excellent analytical, problem-solving abilities.
    • Collegial behavior in high stress situations.
    • Academic excellence.
  • Which are the requirements for entering ESMT´s Master’s in Management (MIM) program?

    The requirements for applying to ESMT’s MIM program are:

    • Having a Bachelor´s degree.
    • Proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS), graduating from an English speaking university
    • Completed application, including essays and two recommendations.
    • Having less than 18 months of post-graduate professional experience.

    Depending on the track (Quantitative Business or Innovative Management Track) additional information would be required.

      Quantitative Business Track:

    • Proof of strong quantitative abilities, whether with a degree in an analytical field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics), quantitative economics, finance, or a similar subject.
    • OR a degree in any discipline with a strong GMAT score (top 20% globally in the quantitative section). A GMAT or GRE is highly recommended for all applicants to this track.

     Innovative Management Track:

    • A degree in any discipline with excellent grades.
    • A GMAT or GRE is optional but may be requested in certain cases by the Admissions Team.

     Read all about the program’s requirements on our webpage.

  • Can candidates apply before receiving their bachelor's degree?

    Yes. Applications will also be accepted from final-year undergraduate students awaiting completion of their degree.

    However, a grade overview or transcripts must be included in the application.

  • Which are the MIM’s GMAT – GRE requirements?

    Depending on the track of the program selected, a GMAT/GRE score will be required.

    • For candidates applying to the MIM´s Innovative Management Track, GRE or GMAT scores are optional. They must present, however, a strong Bachelor’s degree and excellent grades.

    It, however, may be requested in certain cases by the Admissions Committee.

    • For candidates applying for the MIM´s Quantitative Business track, a GMAT or GRE is highly recommended.

    We do not have a specific threshold for GMAT/GRE scores. However, our accepted students’ averages are: GMAT (640) or GRE (equivalent scores of approx. 160/160).

  • What is the minimum GPA required for enrolling the program?

    There is not a minimum GPA requirement for our Master’s in Management (MIM). However, candidates with excellent grades, especially in quantitative areas, are encouraged to apply. In case in which grades are not outstanding, GMAT/GRE scores would be required, instead.

  • Is work experience required for enrolling the program? How much?

    No work experience is required for enrolling the program. Our Master’s in Management (MIM) is a pre-experience program. Targeted at young, recent graduates in their early twenties with limited or often, no work experience. The average age of accepted applicants is 23 and the maximum amount of work experience should not exceed 18 months (average in the current class is 4 months). Part-time work undertaken before graduation does not count towards the 18-month total. Similarly, candidates with post-graduation experience that is not “career relevant” can ask to have this discounted from the 18-month limit.

  • How many and which kind of references should be included in the application?

    As part of the application, candidates are asked to include 1 letter of recommendation. These may be academic or professional referees (from previous internships).

    The ideal letter of recommendation is from referees that know about the candidate’s performance and will take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing specific examples rather than general statements. If the recommender is unable to discuss the strengths and potential in any depth, or provide specific illustrations of performance, do not ask them.

    The recommendation template can be sent to the referees from the application platform. Or the written letters can be uploaded directly or sent to ESMT’s Admissions Degrees.

  • What are we expecting from the essay questions?

    The essays are an opportunity to let the admissions team get to know you a bit better. Please answer the questions as truthfully and directly as you can in whatever style you see fit. We highly recommend using a spellchecker to avoid easy mistakes, but apart from that, there are no further guidelines.

    Common mistakes that can be easily avoided: not using a spellchecker for your essays, using a different school’s name in your essays, recommendations, or similar.

  • Which is the level of English proficiency required? Can it be waived?

    English is ESMT’s working and instruction language. TOEFL scores (95 minimum), PTE score (64 minimum), IELTS score (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests are accepted. Including MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    Candidates can apply for a language proficiency waiver. In case in which English is their native language or they have earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in English.

  • What is the German proficiency required for our Master’s in Management program?

    Our students do NOT require any German proficiency. English is ESMT´s working language and all our courses are taught in this language.

    However, as part of the program’s curriculum, students will be taught a business critical foreign language, an opportunity many take in order to study German.

  • How to send the documents required?

    During the application process, candidates may upload a scanned copy of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor Diploma and Transcripts).

    • How can the documents be “officially received”?

    As part of the enrollment process, students must present the original hard copies of their documents. This for the Admissions Office to officially verify them.

    There is no need to send the documents beforehand. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and these are immediately returned.

    • Should the documents have an Apostille or official translation?

    All the official documents send with the application, must have the seals and signatures of the institution they were emitted from. These are not required to be Apostilled.

    In case in which the documents are in a different language from English or German, an official translation would be required.

    Consider that German foreign authorities or other official institutions may have other requirements, different from those of ESMT.

  • Which are the deadlines for sending an application?

    The admissions process for our Master’s in Management operates on a rolling basis. Places in the ESMT MIM class are limited, and an early application is strongly recommended.

    The general deadlines for our intakes are:

    • End of March: Early bird tuition discount deadline.
    • Early June: Deadline for international students that require a visa to study in Germany. ++
    • End of August: Final deadline for all candidates.

    ++ Applications submitted after this deadline will still be considered for admission. However, ESMT can only provide minimal visa support for applicants from non-EU countries submitted after May 30. More visa information here.

  • Which are our Master’s in Management tuition fees?

    MIM full tuition fees are €29,500. The tuitions are paid in three installments over the two academic years, as follows:

    • A first deposit of €4,000 (subtracted from the tuition), should be paid within 4 weeks after receiving the acceptance offer. In order to officially confirm the enrollment and reserve a place in the class.
    • The remaining tuition fees are to be paid at two equal installments, at the beginning (September) and after the first year of the program.

    ESMT's MIM tuition fees cover all courses and seminars, teaching materials, orientation, and career support.

    In addition to tuition, students should budget enough money for relocation and living expenses. We recommend them to budget around €1,200 per month for living expenses.

  • Which kind of scholarships are available at ESMT?

    ESMT’s scholarships are offered to accepted students who show an academic merit and leadership potential. These are awarded to candidates with any backgrounds.

    To receive a scholarship, candidates must apply fist to the program. In the online application there is an extra essay available to explain their suitability for a scholarship.

    The scholarships offered in ESMT cover partially the tuition fees of the students they are awarded to. Most of our students cover the costs of their studies with a mix of scholarships, loans and personal savings.

    Read all about our Master’s in Management scholarship possibilities on our webpage.

  • Which kind of loans and other financing options are available for ESMT’s students?

    Besides our scholarships, students are able to borrow the program’s full tuition costs in loans through Prodigy Finance, or through the new financing scheme of Brain Capital.

    Prodigy Finance offers an innovative model of alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top business schools, including ESMT Berlin. Offering competitive rates to over 150 nationalities of students. Read all information about Prodigy Finance, their model and requirements here.

    Brain Capital, on the other hand, offers ESMT degree seeking students, who are citizens of the EU, Canada or USA, the ability to cover tuition fees through an innovative funding scheme. Find more information about Prodigy Finance, their model and requirements here.

  • Which are the employability statistics from ESMT’s MIM alumni?

    From our previous ESMT’s MIM cohorts:

    • 70% of ESMT’s MIM alumni work in diverse industries and companies in Germany.
    • 83% of our graduates seeking employment received job offers within three months of graduation.
    • €53.000 is the average salary of an ESMT MIM graduate.

     Read all about our alumni employment statistics on the 2018 employment report.

  • What to consider when moving to Berlin?

    • Visa

    As a general rule, all foreigners staying in Germany for more than 90 days wanting to work or study in Germany need a visa before entering Germany.

    Depending on the country issuing a student visa for studying in Germany can take up to 6 months. Reason why we highly advice all of our candidates to book an appointment with the embassy in their countries as early as possible.

    * EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

     

    • APS

    Procedure to check the qualifications of Chinese applicants for admission into German higher education. The APS-Certificate is enforced since 2001 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Embassy in Beijing. Obtaining the certificate is mandatory for all the student s who are interested in studying in Germany. Thus, before applying to a German university you have to hand in your academic certificates and documents to the APS-office in Beijing. This procedure may require some time. We would recommend you to book an appointment as soon as possible, if you have not done it yet.

    You can read all about the APS on their official website and with the German embassy.

     

    • What is the Residence Permit?

    After moving into Germany. Students are required to register in the city with their address and apply to a residence permit (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”) at the immigration authority. This document is the permit that allows non-EU or non-EEA nationals to live and study in Berlin for the duration of the program.

    Having obtained a residence permit valid in a country fully implementing the Schengen agreement, students may travel on a valid passport without requiring a visa for up to 90 days per six-month period to any other fully implementing Schengen member country.

     

    • Can the Residence Permit be extended after the program is finished?

    According to German regulation, after finishing a graduate Degree in Germany, students have the option of extending their residence permit for up to 18 months. In order to search for a suitable employment that matches their German university degree.

  • Does ESMT have residences or housing facilities?

    In ESMT Berlin we do not count with accommodation facilities for our students. However, through our students’ services platform our current alumni share relevant housing information.

  • Can students work while studying the MIM in ESMT?

    According to German regulation, students are able to work maximum 20 hours per week in order to maintain their studies status. However, consider that due to the program’s high academic load, students generally prefer to work a lower number of hours. In order to prevent affecting negatively their studies.

  • Can I contact current students?

    Our MIM student ambassadors are here to help you understand what it means to study at ESMT Berlin and to be part of the MIM experience. There is no greater way to understand the benefit of something than to ask someone who has gone before you. Whether you want to learn more about classes, internships, or just generally, what life as a student in Berlin is like – our ambassadors are here to answer any questions you may have.

    You may contact the ambassadors at mimambassador@esmt.org. Make sure to tell them a bit about yourself as well, and what you are interested in knowing more about.

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FAQ - Full-time MBA

  • Why studying a Full-time MBA in ESMT Berlin?

    The ESMT MBA is a generalist business degree program with a specific mission-led focus on issues of responsible leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Our program has three core tracks: Managerial Analytics, Strategic Leadership, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. At its heart, however, it remains a generalist business degree, and the curriculum reflects that reality. It covers a blend of technical and personal development education. At the MBA level, it is particularly important that general knowledge and skills areas — such as in decision making, negotiations, presentation skills, written communications, and giving and receiving feedback —are covered.

    Although our students are 95% international, over 85% of them stay in Germany to work after graduation. This is because of some friendly visa regulations, quality of life, and our reputation for providing top international management talent in Germany, Europe’s strongest economy. As you can see in our Career and Placement Statistics and from the testimonies of our alumni, a lot of international technology and manufacturing companies recruit graduates from our school, and many of our students get involved with the countless start-ups in this booming entrepreneurial city.

    ESMT is one of the only ninety business schools in the world to hold the accreditation “Triple Crown.”  ESMT is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. The “Triple Crown” is the highest distinction of quality for business schools worldwide. You can read more about our accreditation and rankings on our webpage.

    As for the rankings, ESMT Berlin was placed 10th among non-US business schools and 17th globally in the Best Business Schools 2019 ranking by Forbes. Was ranked 56th globally and 12th in Europe, in 2018’s The Economist "Which MBA?" ranking of the global 100 full-time MBA programs. Recently ESMT Berlin was ranked #9 in Europe and #1 in Germany by the Financial Times 2019 European Business School rankings.

  • Who is a „good fit” for our program?

    What we look for is a person who will suit our school in terms of diversity and background, and who will learn from our strengths. We strive to achieve a fit between what our program has to offer and what candidates need for their professional advancement and self-development.

    The ESMT MBA is not only aimed at people who have a management background. ESMT is committed to preparing professionals for a meaningful contribution in the area of leadership, regardless of their field. The MBA program is designed for those who have strong professional experience, be it in engineering, science, business, finance, architecture, law, medicine, healthcare, public service, journalism, or the like, and now feel ready to move to broader business-wide leadership responsibility.

  • Which are the requirements for entering ESMT´s Full-time MBA program?

    The requirements for ESMT’s Full-time MBA are:

    • A Bachelor-level university degree
    • At least 3 years of relevant managerial and leadership post-graduate work experience
    • A satisfactory GMAT or GRE score (our last class average was 640 (approx. 160/160 GRE)).

    Proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) - will be waived for native speakers or if the applicant’s university education was in English

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    • Completed application, including essays and two recommendations.

    Read all about our requirements on our webpage.

  • Which are the Full-time MBA’s GMAT – GRE requirements? Can these be waived?

    We do not have a specific threshold for GMAT/GRE scores. However, our accepted students’ averages are: GMAT of 640 or GRE equivalent scores of approx. 160/160.

    Consider the GMAT/GRE test requisite can NOT be waived. The test is an important part of the application process as it helps us judge all applicants on an equal basis and in a standardized way. The GMATGREis one of the means to ensure a consistent comparable measure and a standard predictor of academic success for all kinds of applicants.

  • What is the minimum GPA required for enrolling the program?

    There is not a minimum GPA requirement for our Full-time MBA. Applicants from different fields of study are encouraged to apply. We will assess their quantitative performance through the GMAT/GRE scores.

  • How many and which kind of references should be included in the application?

    We do ask for two recommendations. Your recommender can either fill in the so called online referee form which will be send from the application system once you have filled in your referee’s contact details (careful here – this e-mail notification with a link sometimes tends to end up in spam folders). Alternatively, he or she can send a recommendation letter directly to us at admissions.degrees@esmt.org or last but not least, provide you with the recommendation letter for you to share it with us or upload it directly into your application. The applicants and the referees are deciding which way they prefer.

    The ideal letters of recommendation should be written by current or recent supervisors. Referees that know about the candidate’s job performance and will take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing the tasks with specific examples rather than general statements. If the recommender is unable to discuss your strengths and potential in any depth, or provide specific illustrations of performance, do not ask them.

  • Which is the level of English proficiency required? Can it be waived?

    English is ESMT’s working and instruction language. TOEFL scores (95 minimum), PTE score (64 minimum), IELTS score (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests are accepted. ESMT Berlin accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    Candidates can apply for a language proficiency waiver, in case in which English is their native language or they earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in this language.

  • What is the German proficiency required for our Full-time MBA program?

    Our students do NOT require any German proficiency. English is ESMT´s working language and all our courses are taught in this language.

    However, as part of the pre-MBA program, students can take an intensive German course (read more about our Pre and Post-MBA programs in Q.15).

  • How to send the documents required?

    During the application process, candidates may upload a scanned copy of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor/Master or other Diploma and grade overviews).

    • Requirements officially received

    As part of the enrollment process, students must present the original hard copies of their documents. This in order for the Admissions Office to officially verify them.

    There is no need to send the originals during the application process. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and these are immediately returned.

    • Apostille, translation

    All the official documents send with the application, must have the seals and signatures of the institution they were emitted from. These are not required to be Apostilled.

    In case in which the documents are in a different language from English or German, an official translation would be required.

    Consider that German foreign authorities and other official institutions may have other requirements, different from those of ESMT.

  • Which are the deadlines for sending the application?

    The admissions process for our Full-time MBA operates on a rolling basis. Places in the ESMT MBA class are limited, and an early application is strongly recommended.

    The general deadlines for our intakes are:

    • Early April: Early decision deadline. Applicants will receive the first chance to reserve their seats in the class.
    • Early June: Early bird tuition discount deadline.
    • Early July:  Students planning to enroll in the optional pre-MBA courses running from October to December are encouraged to apply by this date.
    • Earl October: Many of ESMT’s competitive scholarships are awarded by this deadline.
    • Early November: Last deadline for international students to apply for the MBA program.
    • Early December: For students not requiring a visa to enter Germany.
  • What are the Full-time MBA’s tuition fees?

    The MBA full tuition fees are € 43,500. The tuitions are paid in three installments over the academic year, as follows:

    • A first deposit of €4,000 (subtracted from the tuition), within 4-6 weeks after receiving the enrollment offer. In order to officially confirm the enrollment and reserve a place in the class.

     

    • The remaining tuition fees are to be paid at two equal installments at the start (January) and half way (July) of the program.

    ESMT's MBA tuition covers all courses and seminars, teaching materials, orientation, and career support. However, do not include travel to and from the Global Network exchanges.

    In addition to tuition, students should budget enough money for relocation and living expenses. We recommend them to budget €1,000 to €1,500 per month for living expenses.

  • What kind of scholarships are available at ESMT?

    ESMT’s scholarships are allocated based on the candidate’s academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, leadership potential and superior interpersonal skills. The scholarships are restricted to self-funded candidates, cover part of the fees and are applied directly to the applicant’s tuition.

    To receive a scholarship, a candidate must apply first to the program. In the online application there is an extra essay available to explain the suitability for a scholarship.

    The scholarships offered in ESMT cover partially the tuition fees of the students they are awarded to. Most of our students cover the costs of their studies with a mix of scholarships, loans and personal savings.

    Read all about our Full-Time MBA’s scholarship possibilities on our webpage.

  • Which kind of loans and other financing options are available for ESMT’s students?

    Besides our scholarships, students are able to borrow the program’s full tuition costs in loans through Prodigy Finance, or through the new financing scheme of Brain Capital.

    Prodigy Finance offers an innovative model of alumni-funded loans to international students at the world’s top business schools, including ESMT Berlin. Offering competitive rates to over 150 nationalities of students. Read all information about Prodigy Finance, their model and requirements here.

    Brain Capital, on the other hand, offers ESMT degree seeking students, who are citizens of the EU, Canada or USA, the ability to cover tuition fees through an innovative funding scheme. Find more information about Prodigy Finance, their model and requirements here.

  • Which are the Employability statistics from ESMT’s MBA alumni?

    ESMT Full-time MBA alumni work in diverse industries and companies in over 40 countries.

    From ESMT’s MBA Class of 2018:

    • 82% of our graduates received job offers three months after graduation.
    • Six graduates* were awarded a post-graduate Responsible Leaders Fellowship.
    • 10% of graduates started their own businesses.

    Read all about our alumni employment statistics on our latest employment report.

  • Which are the Pre-MBA and Post –MBA courses?

    PRE-MBA

    Optional Pre-MBA courses, offered to students who wish to get a head start of their learning experience in Berlin. The Pre-MBA currently offered at EST are:

    • Intensive German courses at GLS (German Language School Berlin)
    • Full access to ESMT campus facilities
    • Scheduled meeting with ESMT Career Services Advisor
    • Ability to participate in ESMT Open Lectures
    • Integration into ESMT MBA Club activities
    • Networking opportunities with current MBA class

    Continue reading about our Pre MBA program here.

    POST-MBA

    After completing all the MBA’s academic requirements, students can choose to defer graduation and participate in a variety of program extensions for additional credit. These options consist of:

    Continue reading about our Pre MBA program here.

  • What to take into account when moving to Berlin?

    • Visa

    As a general rule, all foreigners staying in Germany for more than 90 days wanting to work or study in Germany need a visa before entering the country.

    Depending on the nationality issuing a student visa for studying in Germany can take up to 6 months. We highly recommend all of our candidates to book an appointment with the embassy in their countries as early as possible.

    * EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

     

    • APS

    The APS consists of a procedure to check the qualifications of Chinese applicants for admission into German higher education. The APS-Certificate is enforced since 2001 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Embassy in Beijing.

    Obtaining the certificate is mandatory for all students who are interested in studying in Germany. Thus, before applying to a German university you have to hand in your academic certificates and documents to the APS-office in Beijing. This procedure may require some time. We would recommend you to book an appointment as soon as possible, if you have not done it yet.

    You can read all about the APS on their official website and with the German embassy.

    • What is the Residence Permit?

    After moving into Germany. Students are required to register in the city they are living in, with their address, and apply to a residence permit (“Aufenthaltserlaubnis”) at the immigration authority. This document is the permit that allows non-EU or non-EEA nationals to live and study in Germany for the duration of the program.

    With a valid residence permit from a Schengen area country, students have the opportunity of traveling, with a valid passport, to any other country in the Schengen area, for a period up to 90 days.

    • Can the Residence Permit be extended after the program is finished?

    According to German regulation, after finishing a graduate Degree in Germany, students have the option of extending their residence permit for up to 18 months. In order to search for a suitable employment that matches their German university degree.

  • Does ESMT have residences or housing facilities?

    In ESMT Berlin we do not count with accommodation facilities for our students. However, through our students’ services platform our current alumni share relevant housing information.

  • Can students work while studying a Full-time MBA at ESMT?

    According to German regulation, students are able to work maximum 20 hours per week. However, consider that due to the program’s high academic load, students generally prefer to work a lower amount of hours. In order to prevent affecting negatively the studies.

  • Can I contact current students?

    Our MBA student ambassadors are here to help you understand what it means to study at ESMT Berlin. There is no greater way to understand the benefit of something than to ask someone who has gone before you. Whether you want to learn more about classes, the consulting projects, or just generally, what life as a student in Berlin is like – our ambassadors are here to answer any questions you may have.

    You may contact the ambassadors at mbaambassador@esmt.org. Make sure to tell them a little about yourself as well, and what you are interested in knowing more about.

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FAQ - Part-time MBA

  • Why study the Part-time MBA in Business Innovation at ESMT Berlin?

    Our Part-time MBA in Business Innovation is targeted at professionals who wish to be effective change agents in their organization. It is an ideal way to continue working full-time while gaining knowledge and competences to support not only your personal development but also the growth and transformation of your company. Due to its blended format the program is offered to German and international students.

    The content concentrates on essential MBA topics, followed by specifically designed courses on customer centricity, entrepreneurial strategy and innovation, digital business, and agility. More details on the core courses (e.g. data analytics for managers, economics for digital business, ethics and responsibility) as well as the innovation and transformation courses (e.g. data-driven technological innovation) can be found on our website.

  • Who is a „good fit” for our program?

    We are looking for people who identify as change agents / change-oriented and want to learn how to develop an innovation mindset, regardless of their position in the organizational hierarchy.

    Example of a candidate profile:

    • wants to develop his/her management expertise and leadership skills and expand their professional network across different industries
    • has a prior university degree and several years of work experience with potential to go on to leadership positions
    • has the ambition and motivation to work full-time and study part-time
    • has clear career goals that can be reached with an MBA
  • How is the Part-time Blended MBA structured?

    ESMT´s Part-time MBA consists of 80% online study, with 20% of the program taking place in person over 14 weekends in either Berlin or Munich. The face-to-face weekend modules start Thursday evening, with full days of courses on Friday and Saturday. The exact timeline can be found here. When you are not on campus, you will be doing coursework on ESMT’s online learning platform. You can expect to contribute around 18-2012-15 hours per week to coursework. However, there will of course be breaks in summer and around Christmas.

  • Can the city selected to take the face-to-face modules be changed?

    Students will be able to take different face-to-face modules at different cities (Berlin or MünichMunich). However, location changes cannot be done within each module.

  • What are the requirements for entering ESMT´s Part-time MBA in Business Innovation program?

    Before starting an online application, prospective students must meet all of the following admission requirements:

    • 3 years postgraduate, professional experience
    • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification
    • Strong GMAT/GRE scores or strong performance in ESMT’s admissions test
    • English proficiency test scores (non-native speakers who did not earn a university degree exclusively taught in English have to prove a strong command of the English language, usually demonstrated in the admission interview, in case of doubts an applicant might be asked to pass a test such as TOEFL or similar)
    • One essay
    • Upload a 2 minute video essay
    • Two recommendations
    • Interview (personal or via video call)
  • Is there an application fee?

    Yes, candidates are required to pay a 50 Euros fee to complete their application.

  • What are the Part-time MBA’s GMAT – GRE requirements? Can these be waived?

    We do not have a specific threshold for GMAT/GRE scores. However, our accepted students’ averages are: GMAT of 640 or GRE equivalent scores of approx. 160/160.

    The GMAT/GRE test prerequisite can NOT be waived. However, we do accept the ESMT’s Admissions Test as an alternative to the GMAT/GRE.

  • What is the ESMT’s admissions test?

    The Business Admissions Test (BAT) was originally designed and developed in collaboration with INSEAD’s Executive Education team and Faculty to accurately assess and admit the right candidates for the INSEAD Global EMBA program. Business Test Methods (the Creators / BT Methods) now develops the BAT for availability in diverse business programs worldwide.

    The BAT for the Part-time MBA includes:

    • An MCQ aptitude test using verbal and quantitative questions to elicit the candidate’s approach to problem solving, communication, numerical and factual data management, and logical thinking.

    The test consists of four parts (each 30 minutes long)

    1. Communication Analysis (CA)
    2. Critical Thinking (CT)
    3. Data Interpretation (DI)
    4. Data Analysis (DA)
  • How many and which kind of references should be included in the application?

    As part of the application, 2 letters of recommendation must be included. These may come from academic or professional referees.

    The ideal letters of recommendation should be written by current or recent supervisors. Referees should know about the candidate’s job performance and be willing to take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing the candidate’s tasks with specific examples rather than general statements. If the recommender is unable to discuss your strengths and potential in any depth, or provide specific illustrations of performance, do not ask them.

    The recommendations template can be sent to the referees from the application platform. Or uploaded directly, in case of written recommendation letters.[1] 


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  • What is the level of English proficiency required? Can it be waived?

    English is ESMT’s working and instruction language. TOEFL scores (95 minimum), PTE score (64 minimum), IELTS score (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests are accepted. ESMT Berlin accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    Candidates can apply for a language proficiency waiver if English is their native language or they earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in English.

  • Do I have to be employed at the time of my application?

    No, you don’t necessarily have to be in current employment to apply to the program.

  • What is the German proficiency required for our Part-time MBA in Business Innovation program?

    Our students do NOT require any German proficiency. English is ESMT´s working language and all our courses are taught in this language.

  • How to send the documents required?

    During the application process, candidates may upload a scanned copy of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor Diploma and Transcripts).

    • Requirements officially received

    As part of the enrollment process, students must present the original hard copies of their documents. This in order for the Admissions Office to officially verify them.

    There is no need to send the documents beforehand. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and these are immediately returned.

    • Apostille, translation

    All the official documents send with the application, must have the seals and signatures of the institution they were emitted from. These are not required to be Apostilled.

    In case in which the documents are in a different language from English or German, an official translation would be required.[1] 


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  • What are the deadlines for sending the application?

    The admissions process for our Part-time MBA operates on a rolling basis. Places in the ESMT Blended MBA class are limited, and an early application is strongly recommended.

    The general deadlines for our intakes are:

    • June 15, 2020: Early-bird tuition deadline
    • August 15, 2020: Final application deadline
  • Should international students have a student visa for studying in the Part-time MBA in Business Innovation?

    For the part-time MBA no student visa application is necessary. Students should apply for a Schengen visa which allows multiple entries Given the structure of the program, students can enter Germany with a tourist visa, not a student visa. For countries which require a Schengen visa, multiple entries will be provided.

    Upon graduation students will not be allowed to apply for a job seeking visa or residence permit in Germany.

  • How can Part-time MBA students participate in ESMT’s corporate network?

    Given the blended nature of the Part-time MBA in Business Innovation program, students have full career services access during their residential modules and are encouraged to take advantage of all events that are held on campus, which are focused on corporate connections. Blended program students are full members of the ESMT community and are encouraged to engage with all the networking events organized. Moreover, we anticipate that many more of our networking events will take place online for all students, given some of the positive experiences during Corona times.[1] 


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  • What is the Hub? / What learning technologies will I be working with?

    The Hub is a cutting-edge virtual learning the platform which was developed in collaboration with the Future of Management Education (FOME) Alliance. It is produced by Insendi and is used to provide the online classes and communications with students. It offers a variety of options for students to interact with each other, faculty and program management. Courses are divided into sessions and each session will contain a selection of mini-lectures, links to readings and cases, individual and group activities. Students can also find assessment details and links to live online sessions in the relevant course section.

     The demo has a section titled “technologies” that provides an overview of some of these interactive tools (chat function and Zoom). The chat function is for real time communication and can be used by faculty for office hours, chatting about their course with students and specific group assignments. It can also be used by students to chat about courses or personal topics. Zoom is used for live sessions led by Faculty and we also encourage students use this tool for virtual group meetings. In addition, the Hub has a Newsfeed section where Faculty posts course updates that students can respond to.

    Finally, there is a Forum section where Faculty or students can post questions and provide feedback, related to the course.

  • How often do live online classes take place? Does a student have to participate in all of them?

    Live online classes are sessions that take place on Zoom in real time. We expect to agree on a fixed time slot for live classes (e.g. Friday, 4pm). Every student then blocks this date in his/her calendar (although Live Classes will not be scheduled every week). Live classes are designed for students to interact with the course teaching team and each other. Ideally, students participate, but ESMT also records the live classes so students can watch them later if they were unable to join.

  • Do students have deliverables on a weekly basis? Do they have to submit an assignment for each course every week?

    Coursework: should be completed on a weekly basis. Each course consists of 10 sessions, and each session should ideally be completed in the week it is scheduled for, because the professor and teaching assistant are monitoring what is happening on the hub in that particular week only. Working ahead is usually possible[1] , but students should strive to follow the course pace because sometimes they have to comment on their classmates’ submissions or complete group tasks etc. that makes it necessary that everybody is working on the same content at roughly the same time.

    Graded assignments: do NOT happen every week in each course. There are on average 3 graded assignments per 10 week-course, and they tend to be scheduled towards the end of a course, but deadlines will be distributed over the entire course to keep workload at a decent level.

  • How are the assessments structured? Is there only 1 final exam per course or are there multiple smaller quizzes along the progress of a course?

    Our program seeks to provide students with a variety of meaningful opportunities to show their learning and therefore, we have a wide selection of assessment types (essays, presentations, quizzes) in each course, depending on the intended learning outcomes of the coursecourse topic. There is indeed homework or assignments that are meant to foster deeper learning for students.  In some cases this will include an exam, but more often assessment will take the form of essays, presentations, and group projects. Most courses include a combination of individual and group assessment.

  • Are sessions / lectures uploaded timely or are they uploaded all at once and you can progress at your own speed?

    Our courses use a variety of media (presentations by Faculty, you tube clips, etc.) and all materials are available to students at the start of a course. Faculty also hold live sessions via Zoom and students are expected to participate in these interactive lessons both individually and in groups. The recording of these lessons are always uploaded within 24 hours. Our courses are designed for students to study at their own pace, though there are occasional synchronous activities.

  • To what extent is collaboration with peers required and in what regards? How often and how is it structured?

    We recognize that students are very busy and are studying at their own pace so there are a variety of collaboration opportunities for students. Students are offered all material at the start of a course and due dates for mandatory assessments are provided. Most courses will involve a combination of individual and group assessment. The ability to collaborate successfully with peers is traditionally an essential part of the MBA learning experience, and our current times show that the ability to collaborate virtually with peers has never been more crucial. Moreover, your peers have a lot to learn from your experiences and you have a lot to learn from theirs; your fellow students will bring a wealth of different perspectives and knowledge from their various backgrounds. These are some of the reasons why our courses are designed to encourage and reward collaborative learning alongside a grounding in fundamental business concepts.  We recognize that students are very busy and are studying at their own pace so there are a variety of collaboration opportunities for students. Students are offered all material at the start of a course and due dates for mandatory assessments are provided.

  • What are the Part-time MBA’s tuition fees?

    The tuition and fees for the two-year Part-time MBA are 38,000 EUR, which includes access to the learning platform and content, and required case study licenses. Tuition is payable in three installments throughout the length of the program.

  • Is any study material required apart from what will be offered online? If yes, what are the estimated costs for required books?

    A few classes may require online textbooks and these will need to be purchased by the students. As new versions of textbooks are published every year, we cannot estimate a cost but we can inform you that the majority of our courses will have all materials provided through the Hub.available for free online

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