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Timeline & courses

ESMT’s curricular content is rigorous, relevant, and brought to you by senior faculty, whose cutting-edge research is published in top academic journals. Consistently ranked as one of the best business schools in Germany, ESMT Berlin is accredited by AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and FIBAA, the highest distinctions of quality for business schools around the world.

We invite you to have a look at the timeline and courses for the part-time, blended MBA September 2020 intake.

What you need to know about the Part-time MBA curriculum

  • Blended 80/20 format

    Our integrated approach calls for 80% online study, with 20% of the program taking place in person over 14 weekends in either Berlin or Munich (all students attend Berlin for the first module). The face-to-face weekend modules start Thursday evening, with full days of courses on Friday and Saturday. The classroom setting allows for discussion, network building and peer-to-peer learning while learning from ESMT’s best-in-class faculty.

    You'll study online at your own pace with interactive sessions, assignments, and projects. You can expect to devote 12-15 hours every week between weekend modules.

  • Experience the online learning platform

    ESMT’s experienced, in-house Edtech team works to ensure a seamless study experience on the world’s most innovative learning platform. We liaise closely with professors and the Future of Management Education (FOME) partnership to keep updated with the latest knowledge, new learning models and techniques, and the right technologies to deliver a high-quality and impactful educational experience.

    You can experience life as a student on the Part-Time MBA with our interactive demonstration of the Learning Hub.

  • Career Services

    Throughout the two-year program, our Career Services team will be on hand to offer guidance, skills development, and access to a robust professional network as you consider the next phase of your career. Each weekend module will have dedicated career workshops or seminars integrated into the schedule. As an ESMT student, you will have the chance to meet with potential employers and recruiters, and connect with business leaders from an array of different sectors. Through the Alumni network, you'll also build your professional network on a local and international level.

    Please refer to our Part-time MBA Careers page for more information.

Part-time MBA courses and Timeline

  • Part-time MBA Course Descriptions

    Read descriptions of our core MBA courses as well as the Innovation & Transformation courses below.




    Data analytics for managers

    Be an intelligent consumer of data by distinguishing good analytics from bad analytics and learn data analytic techniques that will allow you to meaningfully describe your data and build predictive models.

    Economics for digital business

    To introduce basic economic concepts of practical value in business life.

    Data and decisions

    Develop your critical thinking, analysis and creativity skills, with particular focus on the application of quantitative frameworks to specific business settings such as marketing, finance, and human resources.

    Ethics and responsibility

    The course addresses selected ethical and sustainability implications of managerial decision-making – challenges typically arising as soon as conflicting interest of different stakeholders are involved – to understand  how great organizations can successfully manage to create value and benefit for multiple stakeholders simultaneously.

    People, teams and organizations

    Application of a body of knowledge related to individual and collective behaviors in organizations, as well as to organizational systems that affect these behaviors, for analysis of managerial options and choices.

    Marketing and sales in a digital world

    Develop an understanding of key concepts and decision areas in marketing and sales.

    Operations management

    The course gives a comprehensive overview on creating value through operational excellence. This entails designing and managing the operational processes to support the value proposition, and to seamlessly match customer demand with supply.


    Gain familiarity with the process of supporting managers of business units, projects and products with relevant and accurate analysis of present and future financial performance.

    Entrepreneurial strategy

    Build a toolkit of strategy tools and frameworks and communicate about strategy using strategy "language".

    Customer analytics in the digital age

    The course helps you understand and segment customers through the use of advanced quantitative methods.

    Financial management

    Learn how to apply the techniques of compounding and discounting, the capital asset pricing model, techniques for valuing securities and pricing risk, as well as capital budgeting, etc., to complex corporate situations, and how to identify and isolate the necessary critical information.

    New business creation (entrepreneurship)

    Develop your ability to apply knowledge, frameworks and techniques from many disciplines, such as marketing and finance, to the context of going from idea to company.

    Agile leadership

    Define and discuss agility and ambidexterity at individual, relational, and organizational levels.

    The human factor of innovation

    The management of innovation has often centered on company-internal aspects of this process, such as motivating scientists and engineers and creating effective collaborations between such specialized people, and with even external partners. This course addresses selected management challenges and opportunities presented by technological innovation.

    Customer centricity

    This advanced marketing course uses case studies to learn approaches to providing great customer experience at the point of sale and after the sale for competitive advantage. 

    Matchmakers in the digital economy

    Achieve a sophisticated understanding of what makes multi-sided platforms in technology-intensive businesses (also known as "matchmakers", such as eBay, amazon, Uber, Spotify) distinctive with respect to their business models, pricing and investment strategies.

    Data-driven technological innovation

    Familiarize yourself with techniques to leverage data for insights that drive innovation.

    Global Week

    The program includes a (optional, some at additional cost) week-long module abroad as part of the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM) Network Weeks. Credits earned on international modules can be used to substitute other courses. Places on international modules are limited. Availability is not guaranteed for all participants.

  • Part-time MBA Module Dates

    Modules Dates
    Online Induction September, 2021
    Weekend module 1 (in Berlin) October, 2021
    Weekend module 2 November, 2021
    Weekend module 3 February, 2022
    Weekend module 4 March, 2022
    Weekend module 5 May, 2022
    Weekend module 6 June, 2022
    Weekend module 7 August, 2022
    Weekend module 8 September, 2022
    Weekend module 9 October, 2022
    Weekend module 10 December, 2022
    Weekend module 11 February, 2023
    Weekend module 12 March, 2023
    Weekend module 13 May, 2023
    Weekend module 14 June, 2023
    Graduation October, 2023


Video of Professor Raji Jayaraman introducing the course 'Data Analytics for Managers'
Learning Hub Demo

Experience life as a stduent on the Part-Time MBA with our interactive Learning Hub demo.

What you need to know about the curriculum

The Hub

ESMT’s Edtech team ensures a seamless study experience on the world’s most innovative learning platform - The Hub. We liaise closely with the Future of Management Education (FOME) partners to implement the latest knowledge, new learning models and techniques, and the right technology to deliver a high-quality and impactful educational experience. Try out the Hub!


Applicants whose employers are registered in Berlin, Baden-Württemberg, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Saarland can avail of Bildungsurlaub (10 days every two years) if they take our Part-time or Executive MBA. ESMT will check eligibility on request for applicants from other Bundesländer, with the exception of Bayern and Sachsen, where Bildungsurlaub is not offered.