MBA course timeline

The ESMT MBA in-depth

The ESMT Berlin MBA is about more than attending lectures.

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 on the right to discover some examples of ESMT MBA experiences.

MBA Curriculum 2019

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Integrated core courses

Integrated core courses

January - May

Straight 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. Different organizational functions are studied 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

Specialized tracks

June-September

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 AnalyticsInnovation & EntrepreneurshipStrategic Leadership
Hindsight: DataFrom Idea to BusinessGlobal Economy
Insight: ModelsHuman Factor of InnovationCorporate Strategy
Foresight: Advanced AnalyticsCreating and Capturing Value from New ProductsStrategy Implementation

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

Electives

October

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:

  • Data science for managers
  • Marketing analytics
  • Entrepreneurial finance & valuation
  • Corporate entrepreneurship
  • Digital platform strategies
  • Global industrial strategies

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

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-MBA options

Pre-MBA options

July - December (start dates vary)

Optional pre-MBA courses run from the beginning of July to December and include:

  • 3 months intensive German course at GLS (German Language School Berlin)
  • An intensive coding bootcamp
  • Full access to ESMT campus facilities
  • Scheduled meeting with ESMT Career Services Advisor
  • Online quantitative methods review courses
  • Ability to participate in ESMT Open Lectures
  • Integration into ESMT MBA Club activities
  • Networking opportunities with current MBA class

Fees vary based on the chosen option.

Post-MBA options

Post-MBA options

January - June

After completing all academic requirements of the MBA, students can choose to defer graduation and participate in a variety of program extensions for additional credit. These options consist of: