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Tuition Fee
45,100 Euro

Application Deadline
31 July

Programme Start

18 months (part-time)

The Executive MBA (EMBA)

Specifically designed for experienced business executives who aim to deepen their management expertise, boost their leadership skills and
expand their networks across industries and countries. Internationally recognised and respected, it opens doors and advances careers. Frankfurt School's EMBA is currently ranked as one of the FT's top 100 programmes worldwide.

The EMBA offers an attractive scholarship programme in support of women in management, international students and executives from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as scholarships for engineers and outperforming candidates. The programme takes place in Frankfurt and is taught fully in English.

  • Intense and inspiring part-time programme
  • Curriculum of global management and leadership essentials
  • Renowned professors, experienced practitioners, and exciting guest speakers
  • Participant-centred learning (Harvard case method)
  • Professionally and culturally diverse class
  • Personal leadership coaching
  • Convenient location and time model
  • International electives abroad (optional)
  • Strong alumni community and network
  • Attractive scholarship options


  • First academic degree or equivalent
  • At least c. 7 years of work experience with appropriate managerial responsibility
  • Proficiency in English

Tuition & Discounts

Tuition fee 45,100 Euro
Alumni discount 4,500 Euro
Early Bird 1 (applications completed by 31 January)* 6,000 Euro
Early Bird 2 (applications completed by 30 April)* 3,750 Euro
*Tuition discount, waiver of pre-course fee, and extra session of individual leadership coaching.


Its curriculum consists of a series of carefully coordinated modules, combining the latest general management topics and methods with the systematic development of soft skills, strategic leadership and intercultural awareness.


The optional Principles of Finance & Accounting module is aimed at students who do not have prior experience of business administration or who feel they need a refresher course.

It provides course participants with the knowledge they need to tackle the upcoming Finance & Accounting modules and includes the principles of capital budgeting, the basic knowledge required to assess companies’ financial situations, and the basic principles of financial reporting in conformance with national and international standards.

Block 1: Accounting

  • Principles of accounting and valuation
  • Basic principles of financial accounting
  • How to analyse corporate performance indicators and use financial information
  • Basic principles of consolidation
  • Fee: 590 EUR

Block 2: Finance

  • Basic principles of corporate finance
  • Capital budgeting
  • Capital cost accounting and risk assessment
  • Business valuation
  • Financial reporting
  • Fee: 590 EUR

Block 1 and Block 2: 1,095 EUR

If you are interested in this module, please contact your study advisor!

EMBA Opening Weekend

Get to know your new classmates during an activity-packed weekend retreat. Start developing many of the key skills you will employ throughout the programme, including teamwork, communication, and time management.

Term 1

Global Business Environment

This module describes and discusses current, real-world issues relating to the development of the global economy, especially in the European, U.S. and Asian economic areas, using a range of application-centric methods. Case studies covering topical and controversial subject areas are a key learning tool.

Special priority is given to analysing the developmental differences between the industrialised nations and emerging economies. Among developing countries, the module explores the case of China in particular detail. Building on this background, the module goes on to discuss the benefits and costs of the solutions and concepts proposed by current economic policies, focusing in particular on the impact of expansionary monetary policies on the developed nations.

The ECB’s monetary policies are exhaustively analysed in the light of the “euro crisis”, and the module finishes by evaluating the international competitiveness of the German economy within the global economy as a whole.

Finance & Accounting

This module focuses on capital budgeting and business valuation methodologies, providing course participants with the skills they need to carry out critical analyses of the data provided in financial and management accounting systems and reports.

The module also covers various aspects of corporate governance by exploring the methodologies underlying modern financial management. Finally, the module discusses all the latest and most important concepts in management accounting and financial reporting.

Strategy & Operations Management

This module covers strategic and operational topics. In those parts of the module focusing on strategic management, course participants discover how businesses identify, develop and actualise strategic opportunities. Alongside these strategic aspects, the module also explores the transformation process underlying the value chain, with particular emphasis on operations management.

A key issue in this subject area is the question of how best to structure the transformation process so that companies can exploit strategic opportunities in the marketplace to gain a competitive edge over other businesses serving the same markets.

Term 2

Negotiation & Intercultural Management

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of communication processes, the specific challenges of intercultural management, and negotiation as a leadership skill. The module covers a broad range of issues that typically confront executives and senior managers working in international and intercultural environments.

Course participants discuss the values, attitudes and types of behaviour that are relevant to negotiations, and explore negotiating situations involving different groups of people (e.g. colleagues, employer, employees, customers, business partners etc.).

Ethics & Entrepreneurship

During this module, course participants explore the ethical conditions under which businesses must operate and their corresponding room for manoeuvre. Based on the social structures and expectations of all stakeholders involved, the module examines how entrepreneurial decisions are made and how companies position themselves with respect to, for example, corporate social responsibility.

Also, the course is intended to provide students with an introduction to entrepreneurship. To achieve this, the course will be based on lectures and readings that illustrate the development of an idea from opportunity recognition through start up to the stage when outside money is needed. The lectures will identify the skills generally considered necessary for success in an entrepreneurial venture, with sessions covered by entrepreneurs and practitioners, if possible.

The course provides students with the opportunity to draw together elements of other courses in a way that will enable them to see the workings of an organization as a whole, rather than as a series of unrelated components. This is illustrated in the business plan that students have to complete.

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

By applying various behavioural science approaches in particular, course participants explore issues surrounding human resources management and leadership with the help of case studies, accompanied by discussions of their own areas of responsibility. The module explores strategic HR management issues, including planning, recruitment and development, as well as motivation based on performance assessments and rewards.

Similarly, the module discusses management approaches that help to achieve strategic organisational and human resources goals. In particular, the module emphasizes the importance of developing and reinforcing an “entrepreneurial mindset” in senior executives that can help them to guide change in the business and successfully attain strategic objectives.

International Elective

Finance for Growth

Building on the foundations of the EMBA core course Finance & Accounting, this elective provides a deep-dive into some more advanced issues and challenges in the realm of financial management. It covers the management process associated with the financial dimension of important strategic and operational decisions, for example working capital management, capital structure, capital providers (e.g. venture capital, private equity, strategic investors), or corporate governance. Particular emphasis is put on the Mergers & Acquisitions value chain as a vehicle for exploiting market opportunities for fast inorganic growth or for restructuring the business.

Strategy & Implementation

This integrative elective builds broadly on the foundations previously acquired in the EMBA program. Drawing on current academic thinking and management practice, it builds a bridge between the external perspective of strategy – how to compete and win in markets – and its internal perspective – how to organize resources and information for competing and winning. We review the concept of competition, competitive analysis, competitive dynamics, and the key decisions involved in formulating a competitive strategy that gives long-term direction. We then cover in depth the formal mechanisms that executives use to drive strategy into the organization and assure everyday performance, which are organizational structure, incentives, and performance measures (accounting numbers and other performance indicators).

International Week

Meet managers, academics and MBA students from other countries, broaden your intercultural skills through local exposure, and benefit from Frankfurt School’s international links with other top-ranked business schools. You can study for the elective module in International Management at one of the following business schools (among others):

  • IDC Herzliya, Israel

  • Kedge Business School (Euromed MBA) Marseille, Frankreich

  • Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), China

Term 3

Marketing & Innovation Management

This module explores the entire process of developing new products, from conception through to market launch, together with all associated marketing activities. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of customer needs as a prerequisite for product development, and the module focuses on the marketing of innovative products in particular.

Course participants work with case studies in order to familiarise themselves with the core concepts of innovation management and marketing. In addition to learning how to carry out a critical analysis of these concepts, they learn how to apply their new knowledge in a corporate context.


The course offers an hands-on discussion of general management problems and their solutions, with a special emphasis on strategy formulation and strategy execution. The capstone course builds on and extends the topics covered in all prior modules.

Thesis Project

In their thesis, candidates use a range of scientific and academic methods to research a management issue. The thesis is structured as a project, which means course participants work on a specific issue based on a real-world scenario. Thus they may choose to structure their thesis as e.g. a business plan, strategy paper or consulting report. The subject of the thesis may be relevant to the company that employs them, or relate to an entirely different company or organisation.

Throughout all terms: Leadership Coaching

Personalised leadership coaching is an integral component of the EMBA degree course, sharpening leadership and management skills and helping course participants become aware of and consciously modify their individual management styles. The coaching module lasts for the duration of the course. Starting with a team-building weekend at the beginning of the course, course participants continue to receive regular advice and support from their personal coaches.

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Based on an analysis of your skills and potential, we draw up an action plan with personal development goals that you can implement at work. Your personal coach then continues to provide you with advice through to the final implementation coaching session, during which you reflect on your achievements and are given recommendations that will help you with your future career planning. The coaching module also comprises group training courses that help you enhance your personal strengths while building a clear awareness of areas still in need further development.


The Frankfurt School Executive MBA is conveniently designed for the busy executive who wants to pursue general management studies while continuing in a full-time leadership role.

Physical attendance on our Frankfurt campus is required only on very few occasions: an opening event early October 2017 (1x Thursday-Saturday), 2 leadership coaching sessions (2x Saturdays), and regular class sessions (3x intensive weeks and 9x extended weekends). Lecture times of these class sessions are:

Intensive weeks

Mondays - Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Extended weekends

Fridays 1:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Saturdays - Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In addition, the International Elective typically consists of a week-long stay on location abroad (applicable tuition and travel expenses may vary with destination). Current options include Hong Kong (China), Marseille (France) and Tel Aviv (Israel), subject to confirmation.

Class Profile

Number of students 45
Age range 28 - 57
Female 29 %
No. of nationalities 21
Average work experience 12 years


Banking / Finance 22%
IT / Engineering 22%
Logistics 11%
Industry products / Manufacturing 9%
Pharma 9%
Consulting 7%
Energy 4%
Other 16%


Germany 47%
Europe (excluding Germay) 29%
Asia 22%
Americas 2%


34-37 36%
30-33 27%
38-41 25%
42-45 4%
46-50 4%
<30 2%
>50 2%

Admissions Process

1. Online Application
2. Interview Day

After reviewing your application documents, we will invite qualified candidates to participate in a personal interview with a faculty member of Frankfurt School. The purpose of the interview is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals. Each interview day starts at 12:30 p.m. and finishes with a feedback interview at around 7:00 p.m. 

Dates of upcoming interview days.

The day consists of a series of different interviews and evaluations:

1. One-on-one interview in English

This gives us an opportunity to form an impression of you and your career to date. In this one-to-one interview, you tell us about your past experiences and your goals for future personal and professional development.

2. Group discussion

This is an opportunity for you to interact with other applicants who are also attending interviews and put your negotiating skills to the test.

3. MBA Admission Test

The MBA Admission Test is divided into different parts, which shall test your critical thinking, your ability to solve problems and your text comprehension skills. Please use the links below to take a look at the specific instructions, the sample tasks and how the online-version works: 

3. Results

After successfully passing the interview stage, we send you a letter confirming your admission. The final decision regarding admissions into our EMBA programme will be based on the results of the Interview Day.

4. Start of the Programme

The Frankfurt EMBA begins in autumn every year. All students are expected to be at Frankfurt School on the first day of the programme. For non-EU applicants who require a visa to enter Germany, please keep in mind that it can take up to two or three months to obtain the necessary student visa.

Alumni & Careers

Our network of graduates is a major asset. They build bridges between Frankfurt School, the business world, and society in general – bridges between academic theory and real-world practice. But above all, our former students stay in touch with each other long after they have earned their degrees, quite independently of the years they attended the university.

Some things last longer - Frankfurt School’s trust-based relationships and friendships with our EMBA alumni get supported by our official alumni & friends department through which we build lifelong bonds and career impacts.

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Financing and Scholarships

Investing in your future

Let’s be clear: your degree is an investment in your professional future. As a business school of international standing, not only do we offer you the best conditions for earning a degree – we also offer you excellent career prospects.

So we can guarantee the quality of our teaching and research, we also expect the highest levels of commitment and motivation from our students. This commitment is what really counts.

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When you make the decision to study at Frankfurt School, your current financial situation shouldn’t be the factor that holds you back. At the same time, it is important to make sensible preparations for funding your studies.

Student finance is a complex issue, and needs careful, long-term planning. So take advantage of our advisory service and start your preparations by asking us for a personal consultation.


Frankfurt School awards attractive partial scholarships with the aim of enhancing the diversity of our EMBA. We provide financial support to candidates who enrich our programme in particular ways, including:

  • Women in leadership
  • Executives working for SMEs
  • International course participants
  • high-performing & outstanding candidates

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Please note that that we grant scholarship on an ongoing basis so we recommend you to apply early!

Your application for scholarship can only be considered if the form will be completed and submitted before your participation in our Assessment Center.

We would be happy to advise you – simply make a personal appointment.

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