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Degree
MBA

Language
EN

Tuition Fee
47,500 Euro

Application Deadline
31 July

Programme Start
October

Duration
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 network across industries and countries. Frankfurt School's EMBA is ranked as one of the FT's top 100 programmes worldwide. The EMBA offers attractive scholarship options 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 EMBA takes place in Frankfurt and is taught in English.

Deadlines & Discounts

Tuition fee 47,500 Euro
Alumni discount 4,500 Euro
Early Bird (1st round)* 4,800 Euro
Early Bird (2nd round)* 2,400 Euro

*+ additional leadership coaching
  + tuition waiver for optional
    pre-courses

Tuition Fees

The total cost is 47,500 Euro.

Included in the tuition fee are all study materials, textbooks and coffee breaks. Furthermore, one elective course is included.

Not included in the tuition fee are most meals, travel and accommodation.

Highlights
  • 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

Requirements

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

Curriculum

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.

Pre-Courses

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

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.

Semester 1

General Management & Entrepreneurship

General Management

This integrative and interdisciplinary course introduces EMBA participants to the challenges of general management. The overall purpose of the course is to harmonize the knowledge and understanding of management functions of firms, public services, NGOs and institutions alike. The course builds heavily on the different professional experiences of the participants to cross-fertilize them and achieve a “higher”, top management understanding of complex management task and challenges.

Entrepreneurship

Together with General Management, this course sets the stage for the entire Executive MBA program. As marketplaces are changing rapidly, entrepreneurial skills – both outside and inside corporations – have become a critical success factor. The course provides provide students with an introduction to entrepreneurship, from the development of an idea through opportunity recognition and start up to the stage when outside money is needed. The lectures, readings and case discussions will identify the skills generally considered necessary for success in an entrepreneurial venture.

Global Economics & Digital Society

Global Economics

The module Global Economy introduces students to the essential issues and concepts of the global economy and macroeconomic policy. The course will be up-to-date, practical and relevant. The course is based on the assumption that understanding and applying the global macroeconomic environment and policies is important for the decisions of senior managers. Firms operate in the complex environment of the entire economy, and indeed of the world economy and the global financial markets. Strategic business decisions have to take into account long-term growth trends as well as short-term business cycle movements including economic policy changes.

Digital Society

Emerging technologies are driving a significant part of business growth. The capability to understand and adopt these new technologies is going to shape competition and success on a global scale. In this course, we provide an overview over the most important new technologies and shape participants’ mindsets that will allow them to exploit their potentials. Topics covered are artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, blockchain technology, data-driven decision making, and the impact of technologies on work and society.

Competitive Strategy & Marketing

Competitive Strategy

This course is concerned with understanding in depth and applying in practice some models and concepts for building a firm’s “competitive strategy”, that is a business-level strategy that enables a firm to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in a given industry. It introduces the students to a coherent framework of Value Creation and Value Capture and develops related concepts that are used to analyze the competitive environment of a firm and its internal strengths and weaknesses.

Marketing

Firm success largely depends on a well-chosen strategy that is based on a thorough understanding of customer needs. This module emphasizes customer’s needs and behaviors and how firms and brand can reach more informed decisions to address customer needs.  These decisions include, but not limited to, pricing, branding, positioning, and promotional strategies. The course promotes a broader, more holistic perspective in aligning these decisions, including the impact of changes in the marketplace and the digital future.

Semester 2

Finance & Accounting

Finance

This course is about financial decisions made by corporations. For the ultimate financial goal, the maximization of the value of the firm, managers at all levels face the question: What investments should the firm make? Financial managers also need to ask how it should finance these investments. The finance part of the course provides a hands-on approach to management’s financial tools for valuing projects, firms, and financial securities. Participants learn to use estimated future cash flows from investments, their risks and how to put a value on them – and thus to decide which projects the firm should choose. On the financing side the capital structure (leverage) which is appropriate for funding the firm’s business needs and characteristics of different sources of financing need to be understood. The course also deals with the impact of different capital structures on the firm’s value.

Accounting

This course familiarizes the participants with the key roles and uses of accounting information in management. It builds on the pre-course foundation and expands it into some more qualitative issues of financial accounting. It will also introduce managerial accounting, i.e. the use of accounting information by managers in a variety of settings for tactical, operational and strategic decisions about the business and the firm.

Leadership & Organisational Behaviour

Leadership

Executive leadership and strategic change are inseparable in practice. Building an ethos of entrepreneurial leadership implies leadership capability at the top and the wisdom needed to make strategic choices.

The involvement and mobilisation of multiple levels in the organisation requires a participative and transformational approach. The approach taken in the leadership section of this course is to understand one’s own leadership style in the context of the senior management arena and how it impacts the willingness of employees to support and initiate change. The impact of leadership and employee involvement is illustrated using theories, case studies and problems which the participants in the course face. The emphasis is on an interactive dialogue which translates theory.

Organisational Behaviour

Managers need to understand how to get things done in organisations through other people. The Organisational Behaviour course is designed to introduce students to key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in work organisations. It focuses initially on the responsibilities of executive leadership including motivation, engagement and team performance. In the second half of the course, we focus on issues of managing and leading, using power, reforming corporate culture and managing across borders.

This module aims at providing insights into participants' own work behaviour, motivations, experience of work groups, teams and organisational environments. We will acquaint participants with theories, concepts and methods relating to how individuals and groups are affected by organisational contexts, and how choices about ways of organising affect the functioning and effectiveness of businesses. Through cases and classroom experiences, we explore how insight and knowledge can be translated into business problem-solving.

Innovation Management & Change Management

Innovation Management

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

Course participants work with case studies in order to familiarise themselves with the core concepts of innovation management. 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.

Change Management

Change is a constant, and organizational change is a regular theme for any leader because organizations are constantly faced with challenges that require change. These challenges include designing “leaderless” organizations capable of operating in dynamic environments, the challenge of incorporating artificial intelligence into existing operations, the greater complexity of managing global enterprises, the difficult task of changing a “toxic” corporate culture, and so on. These and other challenges, and how leaders of organizations can deal with them, are the subject of this course.

Electives

The elective week consists of a compact week-long course in Frankfurt or in a major business or innovation hub abroad. One elective course is required for the programme. It is possible to take more than one elective. Due to the cohort model of the program, the class will vote as a whole on which electives to take. The following electives have proven to be popular.

Block Week in Frankfurt

Building "Hidden Champions"

The course builds on the foundations of the prior EMBA core courses and introduces participants to some selected challenges that (future) Managing Directors of SME and family businesses are likely to face at some point in their careers. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, the course equips (future) Managing Directors with a set of general management tools that will allow them to more easily transition into, and then succeed in, this type of role in the context of an already existing structure.

Finance for Growth (incl. M&A)

The course builds on the foundations of the EMBA core course Finance & Accounting. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, it helps prepare managers for future executive roles by providing an overview of some more advanced issues and challenges in the realm of financial management. Critically, the course takes the strategic perspective of a general manager and not the operational perspective of a functional specialist. Accordingly, at the end of the course, participants have the necessary knowledge, skills and capabilities to effectively interact with their CFO and finance function at eye level. They can also actively participate in making informed and knowledgeable financial decisions.

Applied Digital Transformation

The course is positioned at the intersection of technology, information, and people. It builds on the foundations of the EMBA core course “Digital Society” and reinforces the knowledge, skills and capabilities developed in that course. It deep-dives into all topics of crafting and implementing a digital transformation strategy in companies, in particular into understanding the latest trends in emerging technologies, analyzing and modelling business processes with a “digital eye”, identifying opportunities, crafting solutions, implementing them, and changing people, organizations, and business along the way.

International Week Abroad

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.

Kedge, Shanghai: Digital China

The course complements various of our mandatory courses – Entrepreneurship, Digital Society, Marketing and Innovation – that cover the fundamentals and “must knows” of digital innovation. The course helps, from a different perspective, develop your digital mindset by introducing you to the specific digital ideas, disruptive innovation and new business models that are originating in China. At the end of the course, you are knowledgeable about the latest digital trends that are currently being shaped in that part of the world.

Bentley, Boston: Creativity & Innovation

The course complements our mandatory courses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management that cover the fundamentals and “must knows” of creativity and innovation. The elective course will follow up on these fundamentals and further develop individual creativity, group, team and organizational creativity, and the ensuing innovation. At the end of the course, you are both a creative leader and a leader of creatives!

IDC, Tel Aviv: New Venture Creation

The course will take off where the Entrepreneurship module stopped and help you to further build your entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. It draws on academic research and practical insights to accelerate you into the “entrepreneurial space”, from ideation over business model development and MVP conception to possible financing. Accordingly, at the end of the course, participants have a sound conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial process, initial experience with the key tools and techniques, and a preliminary business plan that they could, in principle, develop further and turn into reality rather quickly.

Semester 3

Organisational Governance & Operations Management

Organisational Governance

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).

Operations Management

Operations Management is about organizing, managing and improving the processes of transforming inputs (materials, labor, etc.) into outputs (goods and services) and distributing these outputs in the right amount and quality, to the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. Doing so requires the effective management not only of these processes, but also of productive capacity, inventories, and information. The essential strategic issue of operations is to balance resources and capacity with demand.

Managing operations is, therefore, central to the success of any organization in manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, trade, financial services, hotel, hospitals, and so on. And excellence in designing and managing processes is a key driver of keeping cost down and revenues up, e.g. better processes result in outputs with higher quality, more timely delivery, and greater availability, all of which influence pricing and demand. Operational excellence is difficult to achieve and even more difficult to copy – which means that it is a possible source of sustainable competitive advantage and superior profitability.

Negotiations & Ethics in Business

Negotiations

The primary focus of the course will be on presentation of concepts and an overview of the theoretical body of knowledge on negotiations. The heart of the course is a set of interactive cases, negotiation exercises and simulations. These exercises have a dual purpose. First, they will give you hands-on experience about negotiation. You will learn first by analyzing cases and then actually negotiating, stepping back and comparing your approach and results with those of your classmates. You can test your analytic skills and experiment with new techniques. Special preparation and follow-up assignments will encourage you to draw practical lessons from your personal experience. You will also have the chance to exchange feedback with your classmates in a structured way. The exercises also illustrate the key elements of cultural dimensions and of a systematic preparation approach to negotiation analysis. Cases will introduce cultural dimensions and simulations will involve a two-party, price-focused negotiation. We will then move on to progressively more complex situations involving a broader range of issues, multiple parties, and internal-external relationships.

Ethics in Business

A wide variety of approaches and initiatives are embraced by concepts such as business ethics, corporate citizenship and social responsibility (CSR). Over the last few years, these ideas have changed corporate agendas and the way we think about corporate actions and objectives. These concepts share a common aim, namely: clarifying and establishing the values governing corporate practices that meet the expectations of society. This trend towards CSR can be seen in a host of initiatives undertaken by a broad range of companies, consumers, investors, and public administrations. The European Commission’s green paper, the GRI, the UN Global Compact and other documents point to a growing interest.

Thesis Project & Capstone

Thesis Project

The thesis is an integrative project that is based on original research, relies on mostly independent and self-managed work, and results in a written document. It requires EMBA students to holistically draw on the knowledge, skills and competences that they have acquired and developed during the programme and to complete a comprehensive, self-contained piece of work about a relevant management issue. Students can choose between three alternative options to complete the thesis, a Traditional Research Thesis, a Group Consultancy Project, and an Entrepreneurial Business Plan (EBP).

During their studies, participants will be prepared in different workshops on writing their thesis.

Capstone

The course will draw on the insights from prior EMBA courses to revisit the “General Management” course and dive deep into a discussion of the challenges of strategy formulation, alignment, and execution from the holistic perspective of the top management team.

Ongoing 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, 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.

Logistics

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.

Classroom attendance is required only on very few occasions: an opening event early October 2019      (1x Thursday-Saturday), three block weeks (3x Monday-Saturday), and fourteen extended weekends (14x Friday- Sunday).

Lecture times are as follows:

Block weeks

Mondays - Fridays 9:15 a.m. - 4.45 p.m.
Saturdays 9:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Extended weekends

Fridays 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Saturdays - Sundays 9:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

In addition, the International Elective typically consists of a week-long stay in a location abroad (applicable tuition and travel expenses may vary with destination).

Class Profile

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

Industry

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

Nationalities

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

Age

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

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Admissions Process

1. Online Application

Start your application here. 

2. Admission Test

After reviewing your application documents, we will invite qualified candidates to take our Executive MBA Admission Test before participating in our EMBA interview day.

3. Interview Day

The purpose of the Interview Day is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals. Each interview day starts at 12:30 pm and finishes with a feedback interview at around 5:00 pm. 

Find our upcoming interview dates here.

The session consists of the following activities:

1. One-to-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 can 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. Campus tour & networking

Explore our state of the art campus, connect with potential future peers and hear student insights directly from our Executive MBA alumni. 

4. Results

Admissions results will be directly communicated during the feedback session at the end of the Interview Day.

5. Programme Start

The Frankfurt School Executive MBA always begins in autumn. All students are expected to be at Frankfurt School on the first day of the programme.

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.

News

15.02.2019 12:00:00

AMBA Connect

Exclusive network event in Berlin

16.10.2018 12:00:00

Ladies First welcomes one of Frankfurt School’s own

Asiya Mohammed on how to make dreams come true

02.05.2018 12:00:00

QS Global EMBA Ranking 2018

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management scores with excellent reputation

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.

Scholarships

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.

Student Life

Join our community of aspiring and inspiring individuals and get involved by writing a blog, sharing career-related testimonials, or by supporting our international weeks and events around the world.

Information Events

Would you like to get a first-hand impression of what our business school and our MBA programmes are really like? Meet The Frankfurt MBA Programme Director, talk with current students, take part in a classroom lecture, or tour our campus. It's all possible through individually scheduled consultations, sample lectures and our regular MBA Evenings!

Sample lectures

Visit an MBA class this semester to discuss a case study with academic staff and current MBA students. This is your chance to experience typical classroom subjects, teaching techniques, and learning methods.

Feel free to contact our MBA team to arrange a campus visit, including a guided tour of the campus.

MBA Evenings

Learn more about our MBA and EMBA programmes at one of our MBA Evenings! Benefit from personal conversations with our professors and programme directors and find out which programme could help you realise your full potential. 

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