MBA Admissions

Admitting candidates with the right fit for ESMT

ESMT's admissions team is looking for a diverse group of professionals who share ESMT’s mission and who will succeed in the MBA program, both academically and professionally. ESMT considers each detail of a potential student's application to assess their abilities and goals. Specifically, ESMT MBA Admissions looks for these key qualities in applicants:

  • Excellent analytical ability, both quantitative and qualitative
  • International outlook, intercultural competence, and a responsible approach to business
  • Proven teamwork skills in stressful situations
  • Leadership potential, especially for high-performance career growth in a global environment
  • Willingness to learn from others in a collegial environment

MBA admissions process

MBA Admissions operates a rolling deadline, with available places in the class filled on a continual basis. Space in the ESMT MBA class is limited, and early application is strongly suggested. The following are deadlines for the next MBA intake:

  • April 2: Early decision deadline. Applicants will receive the first chance to reserve their seats in the class.
  • July 2: Students planning to enroll in the optional pre-MBA courses running from October to December are encouraged to apply by this date. Students not needing a visa to enter Germany may apply after this deadline. These optional pre-MBA courses include the intensive German language classes in Berlin
  • October 1: Many of ESMT’s competitive scholarships are awarded by this deadline. (NOTE: applying before October 1 does not increase your scholarship chances. After the October deadline there will still be partial scholarships available)
  • November 3: This is the last deadline for the MBA program, if you require a visa to enter Germany. If the class becomes full, students will be waitlisted.
  • December 3: For students not requiring a visa to enter Germany*

* Applicants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, EU, Honduras, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States, DO NOT need visas to enter Germany as a student. As these regulations can change without notice, please confirm with ESMT or your nearest German Embassy or Consulate.

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Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Before starting an online application, prospective students must meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least three years of postgraduate, professional experience
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification
  • Strong GMAT or GRE scores

The average GMAT score is 640. ESMT’s MBA GMAT code is H4D-SJ-46 or simply search for ESMT by name. We also accept GRE scores, and our Designated Institution (DI) code is 7768.

  • TOEFL scores (95 minimum), PTE score (64 minimum), IELTS  score (7 minimum) or other proficiency test. The ESMT TOEFL institution code is 8707.
Step 1: Online application

Step 1: Online application

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

  • Personal data
  • Your academic and professional background
  • Essay questions
  • Your CV
  • Two recommendations
  • Your test scores
  • Copies of your university transcripts
Step 2: First screening

Step 2: First screening

ESMT’S Admissions Team will review your completed online application. If all information meets our minimum requirements, Admissions will invite you for the next application step: the personal interview.

Step 3: Interview

Step 3: Interview

ESMT invites applicants to a personal interview, either at ESMT’s Berlin campus or via Skype. Applicants interview with an ESMT professor, director, or senior professional. The interview lasts about an hour, and assesses various aspects of the applicant’s interpersonal competency as well as career goals and aspirations.

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. Following the Admissions Committee meeting, the Scholarship Committee meets to review applications for scholarship consideration.

Admitted applicants receive both admission and scholarship decisions, if applicable, at the same time directly after these meetings. In this email, the successful applicant will also receive information about the next steps to enroll in the ESMT MBA Program.

To confirm attendance and reserve their place in the program, applicants must pay a deposit of €4,000 toward their tuition by the date indicated in their offer of admission.