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FAQ - Master's in Management

  • Why join the MIM at ESMT Berlin?

    The 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.

    Most ESMT MIM students share a desire to launch an international career while applying analytical and strategic solutions to today's business challenges. ESMT searches for students with international experience who can perform work in high-performing, diverse teams. Our MIM program is by far the most international in Germany - no one nationality makes up more than 20% of the class.

  • Am I a "good fit” for the MIM?

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

    When evaluating applications, we look 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 and problem-solving abilities

    • Collegial behavior in high stress situations

    • Academic excellence

  • What are the MIM application requirements?

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

    • A Bachelor´s degree

    • Proof of English proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or graduating from a university program taught in English

    • Completed application, including essays and one recommendation

    • Having less than 18 months of post-graduate professional experience (not including internship or work experience prior to bachelor program graduation)

    Depending on the track (Quantitative Business or Innovative Management Track) additional information may be required. More information on the specific track and program requirements on our webpage.

  • Can I apply before receiving my bachelor's degree?

    Yes, applications are encouraged from final-year undergraduate students awaiting completion of their degree.

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

  • What are the MIM GMAT and GRE requirements?

    Depending on your choice of MIM track, a GMAT or GRE score may be required.

    • If you apply to the Innovative Management track, GRE or GMAT scores are optional. You must present, however, excellent grades during your bachelor's program.

    • If you apply to the Quantitative Business track, a GMAT or GRE is highly recommended.

    We do not have a specific minimum score for GMAT/GRE scores. However, the average scores for admitted candidates are: GMAT (640) or GRE (equivalent scores of approx. 160/160).

    The Admissions Committee may decide to request GMAT or GRE scores for any candidate following a complete review of their application.

  • Is there a minimum GPA required for admission to the MIM?

    There is no minimum GPA requirement for the MIM. Candidates with excellent grades, especially in quantitative areas, may have a competitive advantage. Strong GMAT or GRE scores may help or be required in some cases to boost weak academic performance.

  • Is work experience required to apply for the MIM?

    No work experience is required to apply to the program. You should have no more than 18 months of post-graduate (following your BA degree) work experience at the time of application. (The average work experience in the current MIM class is 4 months).

    Part-time work undertaken before graduation does not count towards the 18-month total.

    Similarly, if your post-graduate work experience is not “career relevant” you can request that this not be considered as part of the 18-month limit.

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

    You must include one recommendation letter to complete your MIM application. You can choose either an academic or professional referees (from previous internships).

    The ideal letter of recommendation is from a referee who can evaluate your performance either in an academic or professional setting and will take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing specific examples rather than general statements.

    You can send the recommendation template to your referee from within the application platform. If you have a previously written recommendation letter, you can upload it to the application platform. Should you not be able to upload it as part of your online MIM application, you can send it to the Office of Admissions via email.

  • How should I answer 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, not answering the question.

  • How can I prove English proficiency or waive the test requirement?

    English is the working and instructional language at ESMT. Should you need to submit proof of English proficiency with your MIM application, we accept TOEFL (95 minimum), PTE (64 minimum), IELTS (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests. If you have taken the TOEFL more than once, we consider your MyBest™ scores on the TOEFL iBT® test, as well as yourTOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    You can request a waiver of the English proficiency test requirement if English is your native language or you have earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in English.

  • What German proficiency level is required for the MIM program?

    German language proficiency is not required. English is ESMT´s working and teaching language.

    However, studying a business critical foreign language is part of the MIM curriculum. You can use this opportunity to study German or another language.

  • How should the required application documents be submitted?

    During the application process, you can upload scanned copies of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor/Master or other diploma and grade overviews).

    • Should the documents have an Apostille or be officially translated?

    All the official documents uploaded to the online application, must show the seals and signatures of the institution from which they were emitted. No apostille is required.

    • How will ESMT verify the authenticity of the documents?

    As part of the enrollment process, you must present, in person, the original hard copies of all documents mentioned above for official verification. Please do not send original documents (diplomas / transcripts) to ESMT before arriving on campus to begin your studies. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and they are immediately returned following verification.

    If the documents are in a language other than English or German, an official translation is required.

    Note: German foreign authorities or other official institutions may have different requirements than those of ESMT for the purposes of visa application or other official government procedures.

  • What are the application deadlines?

    Application review for our Master’s in Management operates on a rolling basis. As soon as your application is completed, it will be reviewed and considered for admission. Places in the MIM class are limited, and an early application is strongly recommended.

    For more specific information about application deadlines, visit this page.

  • What are the MIM tuition fees and payment schedule?

    Tuition for the full two-year MIM program is currently 29,500 Euros.

    MIM full tuition fees are paid in three installments over the two academic years, as follows:

    • To officially confirm your enrollment and reserve your place in the class, a first deposit of 4000 Euros should be paid no later than four weeks after receiving your acceptance offer. This deposit will be deducted from future tuition payments.

    • The remaining tuition fees are to be paid in two equal installments, at the beginning (September) and after the first year of the program.

    ESMT 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 that you budget around €1,200 per month for living expenses.

    Full tuition fee information can be found here.

  • What kind of scholarships are available for MIM applicants?

    Scholarships are offered to accepted students who show academic merit and leadership potential. To be considered for a scholarship, you should complete the scholarship essay included in the online application form, and indicate your suitability for a scholarship.

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

    Read all about your MIM scholarship options.

  • Are loans and other financing options available for MIM applicants?

    Besides scholarships, admitted students may be eligible to borrow the program’s full tuition costs through Prodigy Finance or 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 Brain Capital, their model and requirements here.

  • Where do MIM graduates work?

     More information can be found in the recent alumni employment statistics report.

  • What should I consider before moving to Berlin?

    • Visas

    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 country, issuing a student visa for studying in Germany can take up to 6 months. Though the process is often quicker, we advise all of admitted students to book an appointment with the embassy in their countries as early as possible.

    * EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany.
     

    • APS

    The APS Certificate is mandatory for Chinese students who are interested in studying in Germany. 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.

    You can read all about the APS on their official website or by contacting the German embassy.

     

    • What is a residence permit?

    After moving to Germany, students are required to register as a resident at their new address with the local authorities and apply for 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.

    Upon receiving a valid residence permit in a Schengen member country, you may travel to another country within the Schengen zone, visa-free, using a valid passport for up to 90 days per six-month period.

     

    • Can my residence permit be extended after the MIM is finished?

    According to current German regulations, after finishing a graduate degree in Germany, you have the option of extending your residence permit for up to 18 months. During this time, you can search for suitable employment that complements your German university degree.

  • Does ESMT offer on campus housing?

    ESMT does not offer on campus student housing. You are able to live anywhere in Berlin! Most students typically find housing within 25 minutes or less of campus. Through our student services platform, current students and alumni share relevant housing information with all incoming students.

  • Can I work during the MIM?

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

  • Can I contact current MIM 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. Whether you want to learn more about classes, internships or simply 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 via email. Be sure to tell them a bit about yourself, and what you are interested in knowing more about.

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FAQ - Full-time MBA

  • Why join the full-time MBA at 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 reflecting the strengths and needs of the German labor market: Managerial Analytics, Strategic Leadership, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

    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.

    ESMT is ranked as the #1 business school by the FT and is among the top 1% of business schools in the world to have achieved Triple Crown accreditation - 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 latest rankings on our webpage.

  • Am I a "good fit” for the MBA?

    We look for MBA candidates who will suit our school in terms of diversity and background, and who will learn from our strengths while sharing theirs. 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 students who have a management background. Diversity across all areas, is a key component to the program and learning experience. The MBA program is designed for those who have strong professional experience in any field and now feel ready to move to broader business-wide leadership responsibility.

  • What are the application requirements for the 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 GMAT score was 640 (approx. 160/160 GRE).

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

    • Completed application, including essays and two recommendations.

    Read all about the admission requirements.

  • What are the MBA GMAT – GRE requirements?

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

    Either the GMAT or GRE test is required and 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. Review of these test scores allows the Admission Committee to ensure a consistent comparable measure and a standard predictor of academic success for all applicants.

  • Is there a minimum GPA for admission to the MBA?

    There is not a minimum GPA requirement for admission to the full-time MBA program. Applicants from different fields of study are encouraged to apply. We assess your quantitative performance through your GMAT or GRE scores.

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

    Two reference letters are required. Your recommenders can fill in the online reference form, which you can send from the online application system once you have filled in your referee’s contact details. Alternatively, they can send a recommendation letter directly to us via email or provide you with the recommendation letter for you to upload into your online application or send to us via email.

    Ideally, letters of recommendation should be written by current or recent supervisors. Referees should be able to comment on your job performance and will take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing the tasks with specific examples rather than general statements.

  • How can I prove English proficiency or waive the test requirement?

    English is the working and instructional language at ESMT. Should you need to submit proof of English proficiency with your MBA application, we accept TOEFL (95 minimum), PTE (64 minimum), IELTS (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests. If you have taken the TOEFL more than once, we consider your MyBest™ scores on the TOEFL iBT® test, as well as your TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    You can request a waiver of the English proficiency test requirement if English is your native language or you have earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in English.

  • Is German proficiency required for the MBA program?

    German language proficiency is not required. English is ESMT´s working and teaching language and English is widely spoken in Berlin.

    As part of the pre and post MBA program, you can take an intensive German language course. Certainly continuing your German language studies during the MBA is strongly encouraged too!

  • How should the required application documents be sent?

    During the application process, you can upload scanned copies of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor/Master or other diploma and grade overviews).

    • Should the documents have an Apostille or be officially translated?

    All the official documents uploaded to the online application, must show the seals and signatures of the institution from which they were emitted. No apostille is required.

    • How will ESMT verify the authenticity of the documents?

    As part of the enrollment process, you must present, in person, the original hard copies of all documents mentioned above for official verification. Please do not send original documents (diplomas / transcripts) to ESMT before arriving on campus to begin your studies. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and they are immediately returned following verification.

    If the documents are in a language other than English or German, an official translation is required.

  • What are the MBA application deadlines?

    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 most recent application deadlines can be found here.

  • What are the Full-time MBA tuition fees?

    The MBA full tuition fee, currently 43,500 Euros for the one-year program, is paid in three installments over the academic year, as follows:

    • To officially confirm your enrollment and reserve your place in the class, a first deposit of 4000 Euros should be paid no later than four weeks after receiving your acceptance offer. This deposit will be deducted from future tuition payments.

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

    ESMT's MBA tuition covers all courses and seminars, teaching materials, orientation, and career support. However, does 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.

    Full tuition information can be found here.

  • What scholarships are available for MBA applicants?

    ESMT’s scholarships are allocated based on the candidate’s academic excellence, personal and professional achievement, leadership potential and superior interpersonal skills.

    To be considered for a scholarship, you should complete the scholarship essay included in the online application form, and indicate your suitability for a scholarship.

    ESMT scholarships cover partial tuition fees. Most of our students cover the costs of their studies with a mix of scholarships, loans and personal savings.

    More information about MBA scholarships can be found here.

  • Are loans and other financing options are available to MBA applicants?

    Besides scholarships, admitted students may be eligible to borrow the program’s full tuition costs through Prodigy Finance or 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 Brain Capital, their model and requirements here.

     

  • Where do MBA graduates work?

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

    Alumni employment statistics can be found in the latest employment report.

  • What Pre-MBA and Post –MBA courses are available?

    PRE-MBA

    Optional Pre-MBA courses, offered to students who wish to get a head start of their learning experience in Berlin. More information can be found here.

    POST-MBA

    After completing all the MBA program academic requirements, students can participate in a variety of program extensions designed to provide alternative post graduation options. More information can be found here.

  • What should I consider before moving to Berlin?

    • Visas

    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 country, issuing a student visa for studying in Germany can take up to 6 months. Though the process is often quicker, we advise all of admitted students to book an appointment with the embassy in their countries as early as possible.

    * EU nationals do not require a visa to enter Germany.

     

    • APS

    The APS Certificate is mandatory for Chinese students who are interested in studying in Germany. 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.

    You can read all about the APS on their official website or by contacting the German embassy.

     

    • What is the Residence Permit?

    After moving to Germany, students are required to register as a resident at their new address with the local authorities and apply for 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.

    Upon receiving a valid residence permit in a Schengen member country, you may travel to another country within the Schengen zone, visa-free, using a valid passport for up to 90 days per six-month period.

     

    • Can my Residence Permit be extended after the MBA is finished?

    According to current German regulations, after finishing a graduate degree in Germany, you have the option of extending your residence permit for up to 18 months. During this time, you can search for suitable employment that complements your German university degree.

  • Does ESMT offer on campus housing?

    ESMT does not offer on campus student housing. You are able to live anywhere in Berlin! Most students typically find housing within 25 minutes or less of campus. Through our student services platform, current students and alumni share relevant housing information with all incoming students.

  • Can students work during the MBA?

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

  • Can I contact current students?

    Our MBA student ambassadors are here to help you understand what it means to study at ESMT Berlin and to be part of the MBA experience. Whether you want to learn more about classes, internships or simply 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 via email. Be sure to tell them a bit about yourself, and what you are interested in knowing more about.

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FAQ - Part-time MBA

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

    Our Part-time MBA in Business Innovation 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.

  • Am I a "good fit” for the part-time MBA?

    We are looking for people who want to transform their career and learn how to develop an innovation mindset, regardless of their position in the organizational hierarchy.

    You are a strong candidate if among other things:

    • you want to develop your management expertise and leadership skills while expanding your professional network across diverse industries

    • you have a university degree and several years of work experience with potential to move into leadership roles

    • you have the ambition and motivation to work full-time and study part-time

    • you have clear career goals that you can achieve 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 15 hours per week to coursework.

  • Should I choose Berlin or Munich for the part-time MBA face-to-face modules?

    You will be able to choose face-to-face modules in either Berlin on the ESMT campus or in Munich at a location in the heart of the innovation sector of the city. However, you must complete the weekend module in the same city. For example, if you choose Munich for the first face-to-face module, you must complete that module in Munich. You could then choose Berlin for module two or continue with the face-to-face modules in Munich.

  • What are the admissions requirements for the Part-time MBA in Business Innovation program?

    Before starting an online application, prospective students must meet all of the following admission requirements. Find the full list here.

  • Is there an application fee for the Part-time MBA?

    Yes, you will be prompted to pay a 50 Euros fee before submitting your online application. Start your application!

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

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

    Either the GMAT or GRE test is required and can NOT be waived. However, we do accept the ESMT’s Admissions Test as an alternative to the GMAT or GRE. The test is an important part of the application process as it helps us judge all applicants on an equal basis. Review of these test scores allows the Admission Committee to ensure a consistent comparable measure and a standard predictor of academic success for all applicants.

  • What is the ESMT admissions test?

    The Business Admissions Test (BAT) is administered by ESMT Berlin an can be taken online or in person. The duration of the test is around 2 hours.

    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 what kind of references should be included in the application?

    As part of the application, you must include 1 letter of recommendation. These may be academic or professional referees (from previous employers).

    The ideal letter of recommendation is from referees that know about your performance and will take the time to write a thorough and supportive letter, detailing specific examples rather than general statements.

    Your recommenders can fill in the online reference form, which you can send from the online application system once you have filled in your referee’s contact details. Alternatively, they can send a recommendation letter directly to us via email or provide you with the recommendation letter for you to upload into your online application or send to us via email.

  • How can I prove English proficiency or waive the test requirement?

    English is the working and instructional language at ESMT. Should you need to submit proof of English proficiency with your MBA application, we accept TOEFL (95 minimum), PTE (64 minimum), IELTS (7 minimum) or other English proficiency tests. If you have taken the TOEFL more than once, we consider your MyBest™ scores on the TOEFL iBT® test, as well as your TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.

    You can request a waiver of the English proficiency test requirement if English is your native language or you have earned a university degree from a program exclusively taught in English.

  • Is German proficiency required for the MBA program?

    German language proficiency is not required. English is ESMT´s working and teaching language and English is widely spoken in Berlin.

    As part of the pre and post MBA program, you can take an intensive German language course. Certainly continuing your German language studies during the MBA is strongly encouraged too!

  • Do I have to be employed when I apply to the part-time MBA?

    No, you do not have to be currently employed to apply to the program.

  • How should the required documents be sent?

    During the application process, you can upload scanned copies of the official documents required (Passport, GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, Bachelor/Master or other diploma and grade overviews).

    • Should the documents have an Apostille or be officially translated?

    All the official documents uploaded to the online application, must show the seals and signatures of the institution from which they were emitted. No apostille is required.

    • How will ESMT verify the authenticity of the documents?

    As part of the enrollment process, you must present, in person, the original hard copies of all documents mentioned above for official verification. Please do not send original documents (diplomas / transcripts) to ESMT before arriving on campus to begin your studies. Students generally present them at the beginning of the program, and they are immediately returned following verification.

    If the documents are in a language other than English or German, an official translation is required.

  • What are the application deadlines?

    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.

    Application deadlines can be found here.

  • Do I need a student visa for the Part-time MBA in Business Innovation?

    For the part-time MBA you do not need a student visa. You should apply for a Schengen visa which allows multiple entries into Germany. Given the structure of the program, you can enter Germany with a tourist visa, not a student visa. For countries which require a Schengen visa, multiple entries will be provided.

    Note: graduates 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, you have full career services access during your 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 Berlin community and are encouraged to participate in all the networking events organized.

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

    The Hub is a cutting-edge virtual learning the platform used to provide online classes and communications with you. It offers a variety of options for you to interact with other students, 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. You can find assessment details and links to live online sessions in the relevant course section.

    Sign up for a test of the Learning Hub here.

  • What is the online class schedule? Do I have to participate in all classes?

    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). You will then block this date in your calendar (live classes will not be scheduled every week!). Live classes are designed to maximize interaction with the course teaching team and your classmates. Ideally, you participate in each course, but ESMT also records the live classes so you can watch them later if you were perhaps unable to join.

  • How often do I have to submit assignments?

    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. Working ahead is usually possible, but you should strive to follow the course pace to ensure effective group work.

    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 will my work be assessed during the courses?

    We seek to provide you with a variety of meaningful opportunities to show your learning and therefore, we have a wide selection of assessment types (essays, presentations, quizzes) in each course. 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.

  • When will I be able to view the full course content?

    Our courses use a variety of media (presentations by Faculty, you tube clips, etc.) and all materials are available to you at the start of a course. The recording of these lessons are always uploaded within 24 hours. Our courses are designed for you to study at your own pace, though there are occasional synchronous activities.

  • How will I be able to participate in group projects during the online MBA?

    There are a variety of collaboration opportunities for you and 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, your fellow students will bring a wealth of different perspectives and knowledge from their various backgrounds. Our courses are designed to encourage and reward collaborative learning.

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

    Tuition is payable in three installments throughout the length of the program.

    Full tuition fee information can be found here.

  • Do I need to purchase additional study material apart from what will be offered online?

    A few classes may require online textbooks and you will need purchase those. The majority of our courses will have all materials provided through the Hub or available for free online. We strive to keep any additional costs to a minimum.

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FAQ - EMBA

  • Why join the ESMT Berlin EMBA program?

    The ESMT Executive MBA can help you realize your fullest potential – and drive your career to the next level. At ESMT, we realize both intellectual and behavioral qualities affect your prospects for success. The EMBA program is a generalist business degree program with a specific mission-led focus on issues of responsible leadership, innovation and analytics.

  • Am I a "good fit" for the EMBA program?

    Generally, we look for applicants who have solid professional experience with strong managerial record, managing either people or projects. What the admissions committee will probably focus on most is what is motivating you to do an EMBA and how you see your career evolving after the program. It is important that your expectations are aligned with what the program can deliver.

  • What are the EMBA application deadlines?

    Space in the ESMT EMBA class is limited, and early application is strongly encouraged.

    Please visit our application information page for the latest EMBA application deadline information.

  • What do I need to keep in mind when preparing the EMBA application?

    Please be prepared to write short essays on your motivation to choose the EMBA at ESMT, your intercultural exposure, your goals after completing the program and about your managerial experience with an emphasis on leadership qualities and achievements (managing people, process, or budgets).

  • How do I apply to the EMBA?

    The first step is to create and submit your complete application through our online application system. You will be asked for personal data, your educational background, language skills and some other basic information.

  • Which documents do I need to apply to the EMBA?

    • Your CV, including dates and periods of your educational and career path

    • An organizational chart (a diagram which shows the structure of your division/company and the relationships and ranks of its parts and positions)

    • Academic transcripts (an inventory of all courses taken and grades earned through those courses). You must submit your transcripts in either English or German languages.

    • ID/Passport

    • GMAT/GRE scores (if available, otherwise, you can take ESMT’s Business Admissions Test (BAT).

    • Evidence of your proficiency in English

    • 2 recommendation letters

  • Who should I ask to write my recommendation letters?

    You should ask employer (former or current), colleagues, supervisors or other individuals who are able to comment on your professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or relatives) to write your recommendation letters.

  • Can the English proficiency test requirement be waived?

    Yes, the English test will be waived if you have graduated from an English-speaking university or work daily in an English-speaking environment.

  • What is the ESMT admissions test (BAT) and how does it work?

    The Business Admissions Test (BAT) is an admissions assessment test for business education programs and an alternative to the GMAT or GRE. Business Test Methods (the Creators / BT Methods) is used by many business programs worldwide. Please visit the BAT website for more information.

    The BAT is divided into 2 modules, totaling 5 sections. You will need 2.5 consecutive and uninterrupted hours (30 minutes to complete each section) and must complete the test in one sitting.

    Module 1 is a four-part 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 four parts are:

    1. Communication Analysis (CA)
    2. Critical Thinking (CT)
    3. Data Interpretation (DI)
    4. Data Analysis (DA)

    Module 2 is a case presentation that evaluates your career maturity and business acumen for a graduate business education program. A case study is a scenario set in a particular professional context with which you need not necessarily be familiar. You are expected to analyze and then provide an individual response to the scenario, answering questions that gauge your analysis of the scenario. You will receive the topic of the case at the beginning of this module.

    Admission Interview

    You can choose to take the BAT at the ESMT campus in Berlin or take the test online from your home or office. In either case, your admissions interview will immediately follow the test and case presentation.

    The Admission Interview comprises two parts:

    • a case study presentation and discussion (Module II of the BAT)

    • a general interview (e.g. about your goals and experiences)

  • Why should I consider taking the BAT Admission Test?

    The BAT is the test of choice for around 87% of ESMT EMBA applicants. You can choose where you take the test, either on campus or online. The BAT is similar in structure to the GMAT, requires less time for preparation, and is tailored specifically to satisfy the admission requirements of business schools. The costs of the BAT are covered by ESMT.

  • What materials do I need if I take the BAT online?

    For the BAT test, you will need:

    • A stable and fast internet connection (A mobile connection or hotspot is not recommended.)

    • A computer with webcam

    • A photo identification - passport, national ID card, company ID, driver's license, etc.

    • Access to install proctoring software on your computer for the duration of the test. (Please insure that you have the proper user access to install the software in case you use your company’s computer to take the test. We therefore recommend using a personal computer.)

     

  • What are the EMBA module dates and program structure?

    The ESMT EMBA in Berlin is an 18-month, part-time, modular program for developing global executives. You will attend intensive six-day modules every two months on the ESMT campus in Berlin. Seven modules take place in Berlin and three are international modules. The EMBA program begins in October each year.

    Please follow this link to find out the exact dates for each module.

  • Can I join a class or attend an on campus event to learn more about the EMBA?

    Candidates are always welcome to contact us to arrange an informational visit or to sit in on a class. However, since the program structure means that on-campus classes happen only every two months and given the current COVID situation, visiting campus may not always be an option for you.

    You are always welcome to join our virtual open houses and webinars. For a full schedule of events, please visit our website. In the meantime, we encourage you to watch some of our previously recorded open house and information sessions.

  • Can I apply for a scholarship as an EMBA applicant?

    You can apply for partial scholarships when applying to the EMBA program. We do not offer full tuition scholarships to EMBA applicants. Scholarships are available to self-funded candidates only.

    You will find a list of funding opportunities here.

  • What is the EMBA tuition and payment schedule?

    The EMBA tuition totals € 57.500. The program tuition includes teaching fees, required cases and books, e-learning resources, lunch, snacks, and coffee while on campus, partial payment of accommodation and meals during the International Field Seminar and the registration fee for the Academy of Management conference in the second international module.

    EMBA tuition is payable over three calendar years.

    • A first deposit of 4000 Euros (deducted from future tuition payments), 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 in three equal installments one third at the start of the EMBA (October) another third the second calendar year of the program (February) and the final instalment at the start of the last calendar year of the program (January).

  • What is the EMBA class profile?

    • 54 students

    • 26 nationalities, 63% international

    • 39% female participants

    • 25% candidates from founders

    • Average age: 37

    • Average work experience: 11 years

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