Language of instruction: 100% English
German language classes are mandatory for all MBA international students.
CORE MODULES: Semester 1/ winter semester (October to February)
ELECTIVES: Semester 2 / summer semester (March to July)
IN-COMPANY PROJECT: Summer break / semester 3 / winter semester (August to November)
MASTER'S THESIS: Semester 3 / winter semester (November to February)
The AACSB accredited ESB MBA Full-Time provides a platform for international professionals wishing to leverage and advance their careers in Germany or Europe. It offers a well-rounded, international and industry-relevant experience, helping students to learn and reach their career aspirations with greater confidence in their abilities.
Small-scale, interactive classes
Small class sizes underpin our programme’s success. This intimate learning environment allows students to interact fully with fellow students and peers - maximising learning potential and fostering a sense of investment and inclusion.
International with diverse backgrounds
Students learn from both instructors with in-depth industry experience and a world-class academic reputation and from international and motivated classmates - all with highly diversified professional backgrounds.
The MBA core programme consists of six clusters evolving around relevant, key management subjects, as well as intensive German language courses.
Together, these areas address the key challenges for future leaders in business and society.
Specialisation subjects and courses
In the second semester, MBA students continue to develop their German language proficiency and will also be given guidance and instruction in academic writing and business research methods to help them prepare for their MBA company report and thesis.
Students will also choose four of 10 elective subjects, carefully selected from relevant and contemporary management issues and taught by industry experts.
In-company project and thesis
The programme includes a mandatory company project/placement of three months at a company of choice and a thesis, also of three months duration. Companies include smart Europe GmbH, Mercedes-Benz AG, Allianz Technology SE, Henkel AG, Genesis Motor Europe GmbH, Audi AG, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Zoi TechCon GmbH amongst others. In the in-company project, students apply their acquired knowledge to real-world business challenges, developing their MBA and professional skills in a company of choice that could range from start-ups to multi-national enterprises including any of ESB’s 50 corporate partners.
Alumni and faculty members can also be helpful in finding a project. The organisation may even be located outside of Germany.
Typical career trajectories post MBA
A graduate of this programme typically pursues management positions in all industries, marketing and product management, business and or strategy development, key account management, controlling, consultancy, international and global sales, international trade, global procurement, logistics and fulfilment, tech start-up development and supply chain management etc, depending on student’s prior professional background.