EMBA admissions

Executive MBA admissions

Your executive career begins here

EMBA admissions focus on finding talented, high-potential leaders who can succeed in a challenging environment. Those applying should be engaged with ESMT’s mission and goals, specifically an interest in technology management and a desire to uphold responsible leadership practices.

ESMT EMBA Admissions evaluates applications on the following qualities:

  • Strong career record with at least 5 years of professional experience, thereof at least 3 years managerial experience
  • Indicators of senior leadership potential for high-performance career growth
  • International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business
  • Proven teamwork skills
  • Strong motivation, commitment and drive to succeed in a challenging academic program
  • Clear commitment by your company with regards to study-time allowances and project agreements, or an in-depth discussion with our EMBA management about your career plan for EMBA Career Change candidates.

Executive MBA Admissions Process

Applications to the EMBA program are reviewed on a rolling, first-come, basis. The Admissions Committee meets every two weeks to review all completed applications. Admission decisions are published the following day. You can submit your application any time you like.

Space in the ESMT Executive MBA class is limited, and early application is strongly suggested. The following key dates should serve as a guide for your application planning.

April 8: Early-bird deadline. If you submit your application by this deadline you will receive a € 5,750 tuition reduction.

July 1: application round 2

September 23: application round 3

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Admission requirements

Admission requirements

EMBA applicants should fulfill at least the following:

  • Five or more years of professional experience, including three years of managerial experience with an emphasis on leadership qualities and achievements (managing people, process, or budgets)
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification
  • Either strong GMAT or GRE scores, GMAC Executive Assessment or ESMT's admissions test scores*. ESMT’s MBA GMAT code is H4D-SJ-46 or simply search for ESMT by name. Our Designated Institution (DI) code for the GRE is 7768.
  • TOEFL scores may be required for candidates with limited experience in business English.

* ESMT administers admissions tests for candidates who choose not to take the GMAT/GRE or GMAC Executive Assessment. The admissions test is either administered in Berlin, as a one-day assessment at the same time as the in-person interview, or it can be passed online in combination with a Skype admissions interview.

Step 1: Pre-evaluation

Step 1: Pre-evaluation

Before the official application, ESMT engages with each EMBA applicant individually to ensure that the student’s career goals match the EMBA program’s track record for excellence. You can engage with us in a number of ways:

  • Submit your CV to EMBA Admissions, and an ESMT professional will respond shortly.
  • Meet us around the world at an event or through a one-to-one meeting. ESMT meets EMBA candidates in an individual atmosphere while conducting recruitment events. Please get in touch with us to arrange a meeting near you.
  • For applicants from companies with whom we have a long-lasting relationship you may contact your HR department. In many partner companies of ESMT there is a dedicated professional working with ESMT to further your company’s career development goals.


Step 2: Online application

Step 2: Online application

To begin the admissions process, applicants are invited to complete the online application form. The application is easy to follow, and will ask for the following information:

  • Basic personal data, including birthdate, address, and nationality
  • Your academic and professional background
  • Short essay questions
  • Your CV
  • Two recommendations
Step 3: Interview

Step 3: Interview

ESMT invites applicants to a personal interview, either at ESMT’s Berlin campus or via Skype.

Applicants who wish to forego the GMAT test are welcome to take ESMT's admissions test instead. The admissions test is only administered in Berlin, as a half-day assessment at the same time as the in-person interview.

Step 4: Admissions and Scholarship Committee

Step 4: Admissions and Scholarship Committee

After the interview, ESMT’s Admissions Committee reviews the complete application and makes an admission decision. The Admissions Committee acts as a separate academic body; all admissions decisions are made objectively, regardless of company support.

If applicants are self-funded, ESMT Admissions will inform them of any scholarship awards at the same time as the admissions decision.