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Timeline & courses

Our MBA structure is based half on formal coursework, while a significant portion focuses on valuable experience outside the classroom. For information about the ESMT MBA course offerings, please read below. Be sure to check out the professional development, student life, and Careers pages for information about networking and personal growth in the ESMT MBA.

In addition to the core curriculum, students have a variety of options to enrich their MBA experience with further international exposure. Take a look at the options ESMT offers to those interested in launching an international career and expanding their worldwide professional and personal network.

Every year, ESMT MBA students begin their journey in January and finish in February of the following year. The ESMT faculty designed all courses, including their sequence, to focus on the conjunction of theory and practice for the current and future challenges faced by global leaders. The ESMT MBA is divided into four modules, or course groups. Each module builds on the previous courses to challenge students to think strategically, initiate creative solutions, and work in dynamic, international teams.

Read below to see the full course offering in the MBA program. Follow the links below to discover some examples of ESMT MBA experiences.

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The MBA curriculum

MBA faculty lead Michal Grajek walks you through and discusses the MBA curriculum.

In detail: the MBA curriculum

  • Integrated core courses

    January - May

    Right from the first module at ESMT, you are immersed in the core functional areas of business. The courses in this module form the basis for managing organizations, assessing economic impact, and making decisions. During this module, you will be building core managerial skills. You will study different organizational functions rigorously, giving you exposure to all sides of an organization.

    The Global Virtual Team constitutes an important part of this module with a project through the Global Network for Advanced Management designed to equip groups to solve organizational issues with the joint cooperation of team members dispersed on every continent.

    Course highlights:

    • Managerial Decision Making
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Operations and Supply Chain
    • Data Analytics for Managers
    • Accounting
  • Specialized tracks


    The second module introduces you to the core tracks of the program -- Managerial Analytics, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Leadership. All students must choose one of the three tracks. At ESMT, you'll build on your understanding of management fundamentals and grow beyond basic management theory to become a true integrative business leader. ESMT’s objective at this stage is for you to develop an ability to make a difference – through innovation, entrepreneurship, managing data, and strategic thinking and responsible leadership.

    The courses in this module stress the areas where future leaders must excel, and where they must have specific awareness. Courses in each track include:

    Managerial Analytics

    1. Advanced Decision Modeling
    2. Value Chain Analytics
    3. Analytics in Practice
    4. Customer Analytics

    Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    1. From Idea to Business
    2. Human Factor of Innovation
    3. Creating and Capturing Value from New Products
    4. Entrepreneurship in Practice: Startup Challenge

    Strategic Leadership

    1. Agile Leadership
    2. Corporate Strategy
    3. Global Industrial Strategies
    4. Strategy in Practice

    Each track concludes with one "in-practice" week to work on simulation projects or visit relevant companies and organizations.

    This module is supplemented with various leadership seminars such as:

    • Mastering Negotiation Fundamentals
    • Responsible and Ethical Leadership
    • Leading Through Networks
  • Electives


    Through ESMT’s electives, you can further reinforce the content covered in your chosen track or vary your course selection to your preferences.

    Electives highlights:

    • Machine Learning
    • Quantitative Methods in Marketing
    • Design Thinking
    • Entrepreneurial Finance & Valuation
    • Entrepreneurial Strategy
    • Matchmakers in the Digital Economy

    After finishing your on-campus electives, you have the option to attend a one-week elective course at one of the prestigious partner business schools of the GNAM network. Partner schools include Yale (USA), EGADE (Mexico), HEC Paris (France), Fudan (China) and many more.

  • Consulting project

    November - January

    After the elective courses, you apply your strategic learning to a team-based applied fieldwork, which is your chance to diversify your portfolio (with a project in a different industry or function) or strengthen your previous experience with a new strategic challenge. Projects are selected from ESMT’s corporate partners and contacts, and from submissions from the Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Clubs. ESMT selects only those projects that have a significant strategic component. You will use your team’s experience to write a final analytical paper based on the fieldwork.

    ESMT MBA professional club members have an added task - to develop their own project in line with the club’s mission. The Entrepreneurship Club can work with local startups to find an innovation project. The Social Impact Club members work with NGOs and social entrepreneurs to create viable solutions to development problems.

    Just a few examples of past applied fieldwork projects:

    • Develop a business plan for a social entrepreneurial venture in the solar power industry in rural India
    • Design a development plan, strategic and operational, to internationalize a successful Berlin real estate startup within the next three years
    • Create a market overview and strategic recommendations for launching a new technological innovation onto the global market for a design and manufacturing firm based in New Zealand
    • Write a market entry strategy for a European-based renewable energy smart grid system moving into the US market
    • Study a recent merger between a German company and a Chinese company, and outline the strengths and weaknesses involved in the process, developing realistic organizational solutions to problems faced
  • Pre- and Post-MBA options

    Pre-MBA: October - January

    Prior to the MBA program, you can choose to enroll in intensive German language courses in Berlin and either start your path to fluency or boost your current level of the language.

    Post-MBA: February - June

    After completing all academic requirements of the MBA, you can choose to apply to the Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) and use your skills to give back.

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MBA Professional Development

Leadership and professional development in and outside of the classroom is a critical component of the MBA program. Find out more about the opportunities to build your toolkit and mindset for future career success.

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Alumni speak

Pre-MBA, I worked as a primary care physician. Post-MBA, I work as an in-house consultant at Allianz, working on wide range of internal projects. The value I bring to my organization, network, and career have all grown exponentially as a consequence.

Adeola Olatunji , MBA alumna

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