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MBA Program Strengths

Leadership driven by excellence
The ESMT MBA focuses on leadership from a global perspective.

ESMT’s personalized approach ensures that MBAs develop their leadership skills throughout the year, in and outside of the classroom. The course structure is designed so that strategic management concepts are integrated in each step of the program, with accompanying skills development opportunities designed to help you get the most out of your MBA.


At ESMT, we take a holistic approach to leadership – an MBA graduate must align functional activities, business systems, and the strategic drive of the whole organization. We encourage our MBA candidates to develop strategic objectives that focus on actions and results.


The ESMT MBA program is dedicated to preparing you to take leadership responsibilities. We’ve identified four core principles present throughout the year at ESMT. They form the backbone of the curriculum and the MBA experience.

MBA Program Strengths

  • Leadership and Personal Development

    The ESMT MBA is not only about business; here, you learn about yourself and your capabilities as well. You focus on personal soft-skills development and learn to build successful and rewarding international teams. Our small class size ensures that you constantly reflect on your experiences while receiving personalized and constructive feedback to hone your leadership skills along the way.


    Some highlights are:


    The Leadership Competency Development program, a yearlong course that begins with intercultural team-building and ends with an MBA leadership workshop for your first post-MBA job placement.


    One-on-one career coaching throughout the year – your individual way to discover how the MBA is changing you and your outlook by working with an assigned professional coach. Here, you learn to translate what is happening in the classroom to your personal situation and goals, and design a job placement strategy suited to your ambitions.


    360-degree feedback sessions with trained team coaches. Through giving and receiving feedback, you learn how you handle stress, where your leadership capabilities and gaps are, and how you can adapt your behaviors to communicate more effectively and improve your personal impact.


    An active alumni community where you can share your experiences in over 40 countries, and come back to ESMT regularly for refresher courses and reunions.

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Experience firsthand Berlin’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem with a specialization that incorporates the wealth of resources Berlin has to offer for entrepreneurs, while learning from ESMT professors who are leading researchers in the field. The core courses lead you from idea generation all the way to implementation, whether in a startup or an established company. Integrated course projects connect students to entrepreneurs, VCs, angel investors, leading researchers in innovation, incubators, and more.


    The core courses include:

    • From Idea to Business
    • Human Factor of Innovation
    • Creating & Capturing Value from New Products


    Elective courses to complement the Innovation & Entrepreneurship track include Corporate Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Finance. The ESMT Entrepreneurship Club further enables access to contacts and networks in Berlin’s vibrant high-tech startup community.

  • Strategic Leadership

    This track challenges students to become a structured problem solver by leveraging competitive dynamics to achieve business success in multidimensional economic and political conditions. The Strategic Leadership track hones the aptitude to understand, design, assess, and execute complex strategies for profitable growth, particularly across borders and within industrial corporations. Benefit from professors’ significant on-the-job training in varied strategic areas, as well as their research and connections to some of Germany’s most renowned industries.


    Core courses include:


    • Global Economy
    • Corporate Strategy
    • Strategy Implementation
  • Managerial Analytics

    As "big data" becomes a prominent vehicle with which to increase business profits, boost the skills, competencies and knowledge of the data landscape needed to manage analysts and drive data-oriented decision-making processes. Students secure a broad understanding of statistical methods, computational tools, and predictive models, while also studying critical non-analytical topics such as ethics, regulation, and cyber security.


    Core courses:

    • Hindsight: Data
    • Insight: Models
    • Foresight: Advanced Analytics


    Complete the track with a practiced-oriented module by learning how big data has transformed business from diverse guest speakers and visits to data consultancies.

  • Networking in Berlin and Germany

    Our Career Services Center organizes HR days, recruitment fairs, company presentations, and a series of company visits in Germany and Berlin. The CEOs and executives of our corporate founders and other global organizations meet the MBA class in closed-door MBA leadership sessions.


    Networking opportunities include:

    • Company visits to organizations like BMW, Porsche, and Zalando
    • MasterClasses with leading top-level executives of some of the world’s largest companies
    • Developing and networking with contacts through ESMT’s clubs
    • Working closely with the Career Services Center to develop your own portfolio of corporate contacts.
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