The EMBA at Frankfurt School is designed for experienced business professionals who aim to deepen their management expertise, boost their leadership skills and expand their network across industries and countries. Benefit from a compact time model that is respectful of busy agendas, minimises time away from the office and allows a balanced education with professional and personal commitments.
We are committed to empowering bold thinkers and inquisitive minds to challenge, innovate, and create a lasting impact in the world.
The EMBA takes place in Frankfurt and is taught in English. Please note, unfortunately, due to the part-time structure we are not able to provide student visas.
Please note: Once admitted to the programme, we require a certified/notarised paper copy of your first academic degree certificate.
Deadlines & Discounts
|Tuition fee||EUR 47,500|
|Alumni discount||EUR 4,500|
|Early Bird (apply by 31 Jan)*||EUR 5,000|
|Early Bird (apply by 30 April)*||EUR 2,500|
*+ additional leadership coaching
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. Should you decide to opt for a full upfront payment, you will receive a 5% reduction on tuition fees (excluding discounts).
Graduates have an integrated understanding and strategic perspective of a senior executive or entrepreneur who administrates business and leads people in the 21st century. Graduates possess an acute perception of contemporary management challenges and provide thought leadership. They draw upon sound functional and cross-functional knowledge of management concepts and disciplines and develop innovative solutions that work in the real world.
Graduates combine independent, forward-oriented thinking with business acumen, executive-level management techniques and quality decision-making to address business challenges and implement effective solutions. Based on sound qualitative and quantitative research and rigorous analysis, they are able to identify opportunities, ideate innovative solutions and implement them effectively and efficiently.
Graduates master concise and effective spoken and written communication based on emotional intelligence and intercultural sensitivity. They present, discuss and defend fact-based arguments that convince their audience, move people to congruent action and achieve positive change when necessary. As both leaders and members of teams, they set high standards, establish trust and create an environment of collaboration and cooperation that inspires high performance.
Graduates are self-aware and mindful leaders with the character needed for leading in any organisational or cultural context and in the global environment. They decide and act based on ethical considerations, comply with regulatory requirements and enhance the well-being of their stakeholders, organisations, society and the environment.
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 address 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.
The optional Principles of Finance & Accounting module is aimed at students who do not have prior experience in business administration or who feel they need a refresher course.
It provides course participants with the knowledge they need to address 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.
This integrative and interdisciplinary course introduces EMBA participants to the challenges of general management. The overall purpose of the course is to harmonise 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-fertilise them and achieve a “higher”, top management understanding of complex management tasks and challenges.
This module introduces students to the essential issues and concepts of the global economy and macroeconomic policy. This up-to-date and practical module is based on the assumption that understanding and applying the global macroeconomic environment and policies are important for the decisions of senior managers. Strategic business decisions must take long-term growth trends, as well as short-term business cycle movements including economic policy changes, into account.
Competitive strategy enables a firm to gain and sustain a competitive advantage in a given industry. This module introduces you to a coherent framework of Value Creation and Value Capture and develops related concepts that are used to analyse the competitive environment of a firm and its internal strengths and weaknesses.
Together with General Management, this course sets the stage for the entire EMBA program. As marketplaces are changing rapidly, entrepreneurial skills – both outside and inside corporations – have become a critical success factor. The course provides students with an introduction to entrepreneurship, from the development of an idea through opportunity recognition and start-up to the stage when external financing is needed. The lectures, readings and case discussions will help to identify the skills generally considered necessary for success in an entrepreneurial venture.
Emerging technologies are driving a significant part of business growth. The capability to understand and adopt these new technologies will shape competition and success on a global scale. This module will provide an overview of the most important new technologies and shape participants’ mindsets, allowing them to explore their potential. Topics covered are artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics, Blockchain technology, data-driven decision making and the impact of technologies on work and society.
A firm's success largely depends on a well-chosen strategy that is based on a thorough understanding of the customer's needs. This module emphasises customer’s needs and behaviours and identifies how firms and brands can reach more informed decisions to address them. These decisions include, but are not limited to, pricing, branding, positioning, and promotional strategies. The module promotes a broader, more holistic perspective in aligning these decisions, including the impact of changes in the marketplace and the digital future.
This module focuses on corporate financial decision making. In order to maximise the value of the firm, managers at all levels face the question 'What investments should the firm make and how should these investments be financed?' The finance part of the module 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, gain knowledge on their risks and learn how to put a value on them, thus deciding 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 the characteristics of different sources of financing need to be understood. The module also deals with the impact of different capital structures on the firm’s value.
Executive leadership and strategic change are inseparable in practice. Building an ethos of entrepreneurial leadership implies leadership capability at the top as well as the wisdom needed to make strategic choices.
The involvement and mobilisation of multiple levels in the organisation require a participative and transformational approach. This module enables you to understand your 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. The emphasis is on an interactive dialogue that translates theory into practice.
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.
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.
This module familiarises students with the key roles and uses of accounting information in management. It builds on the pre-course foundation and expands it into the qualitative issues of financial accounting. The module also introduces 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.
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 provides insights into participants' own work behaviour, motivations, the experience of workgroups, 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 organisational choices affect how businesses function. Through cases and classroom experiences, we explore how insight and knowledge can be translated into business problem-solving.
Organisational management is a regular theme for any leader because organisations are constantly faced with challenges that require change and development. These challenges can include designing 'leaderless' organisations capable of operating in dynamic environments, incorporating artificial intelligence into existing operations, managing global enterprises and changing a toxic corporate culture. In the module particpants will learn how to deal with and overcome such challenges.
Electives (Frankfurt & Abroad)
An elective module consists of a compact week-long course in Frankfurt or in a major business or innovation hub abroad. One elective module is required, but 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.
The course builds on the foundations of the prior EMBA core modules. It introduces participants to selected challenges that Managing Directors of SME and family businesses are likely to face throughout their careers. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, this module equips Managing Directors with a set of general management tools that allows an easier transition into and success in the context of an already existing structure.
This module builds on the foundations of the EMBA core module, Finance & Accounting. Drawing on academic research and practical insights, it helps prepare managers for future executive roles by providing an overview of more advanced issues and challenges in the realm of financial management. Critically, the module 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. Participants can also actively participate in making informed and knowledgeable financial decisions.
The course is positioned at the intersection of technology, information and people. It builds on the foundations of and reinforces the knowledge, skills and capabilities developed in the Digital Society module. Applied Digital Transformation dives into all topics of crafting and implementing a digital transformation strategy in companies, particularly about understanding the latest trends in emerging technologies, analysing and modelling business processes with a 'digital eye', identifying opportunities, crafting and implementing solutions, and developing people, organisations, and business along the way.
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.
This module complements several of our mandatory courses, including Entrepreneurship, Digital Society, Marketing and Innovation, that cover the fundamentals of digital innovation. The module helps develop your digital mindset by introducing new perspectives to digital ideas, disruptive innovation and new business models that originate from China. At the end of the course, you will have gained knowledge of the latest digital trends currently being shaped in East Asia.
This module complements our core modules on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management that cover the fundamentals of creativity and innovation. The module will develop individual creativity, group, team and organisational creativity and the ensuing innovation. At the end of the module, you will be both a creative leader and a creatives leader.
The course will begin where the Entrepreneurship module ended and helped you further build your entrepreneurial mindset and skillset. It draws on academic research and practical insights to accelerate you into the 'entrepreneurial space', from ideation of business model development and MVP conception to possible financing. Accordingly, at the end of the course, participants will have a sound conceptual understanding of the entrepreneurial process, initial experience with the key tools and techniques, and a preliminary business plan, which can quickly be realised.
This module focuses on Corporate Responsibility and the emerging business of responsibility. With this, the course does not only engage participants to develop their profile of fairly-minded, ethical managers who make their business decisions with social and environmental responsibility. It also aims to strengthen one’s mindsets towards thinking about business opportunities that the current challenges of mankind will inevitably open up. Business opportunities that will allow critical leaders not only to do good but also to succeed while doing good.
The course Organisational Governance 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 organise resources and information for competing and winning. We cover in depth the formal mechanisms that executives use to drive strategy into the organisation and assure everyday performance, which are organisational structure, incentives, performance measurement (accounting numbers and other performance indicators), and corporate culture.
The primary focus of the module is presenting the concepts of negotiations and an overview of the theoretical body of knowledge, executed through interactive cases, negotiation exercises and simulations. These exercises have a dual purpose. First, they will give you hands-on experience in negotiation. You will learn by analysing 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. Secondly, 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.
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 competencies 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.
During their studies, participants will be prepared in different workshops on writing their thesis.
Operations Management is about organising, 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 organisation 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.
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: 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 the growing interest.
The capstone module will draw on the insights from prior EMBA courses to revisit the General Management module and dive deep into a discussion of the challenges of strategy formulation, alignment and execution from the holistic perspective of the top management team.
Personalised leadership coaching is an integral component of the EMBA, sharpening leadership and management skills and helping participants to become aware of and consciously modify their individual management styles. The coaching module takes place throughout the entire EMBA programme. Starting with a team-building weekend at the beginning of the course, participants continue to receive regular advice and support from their personal coaches.
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 of further development.
The Frankfurt School Executive MBA is conveniently designed for the busy executive who wants to pursue general management studies while continuing a full-time leadership role.
Classroom attendance is required only on very few occasions:
2020 intake schedule and lecture times are as follows:
In addition, the optional international elective typically consists of a week-long stay in a location abroad (applicable tuition fees and travel expenses may vary with destination).
|Number of students||46|
|Age range||28 - 49|
|No. of nationalities||24|
|Average work experience||12 years|
|Government agency or public-sector institution||2%|
|Europe (excluding Germany)||14%|
We want to encourage and support all women in business and in leadership roles to start an Executive MBA and create a gender-equal balance in our EMBA programme. Your opinions and perspectives are important! Overcome your hesitations and doubts. Read the experience of our female EMBA participants and alumni here. We also offer attractive scholarships for women in business. Contact us for more information.
In honor of our women in leadership, we recently announced the launch of our MBA Women’s page! Here, we highlight the stories and achievements of the women across our MBA programmes as they are redefining the meaning of success and entering new areas of business.
Join our upcoming Women in the Executive MBA Online Session taking place on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 at 18:30 CET. Expect an inspiring info event for women who are interested in an Executive MBA programme. Three of our current female students will be the ambassadors for the session and share their experience of being a women in the Executive MBA.
After reviewing your application documents, we will invite qualified candidates to take our MBA Admission Test before participating in the interview day.
The purpose of this activity is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals. Each assessment center day starts at 12:30 and finishes around 17:00.
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. You will have the opportunity to share your past experiences, goals for future personal and professional development plans.
2. Group discussion
The group discussion is an opportunity 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.
Admissions results will be directly communicated after two days.
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, but we also offer you excellent career prospects.
We can guarantee the quality of our teaching and research, so we expect the highest levels of commitment and motivation from our students. This commitment is what really counts.
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 Alumni Discount
Frankfurt School alumni admitted to the Executive MBA programme receive EUR 4,500 alumni discount. Please note that this amount is granted independently of possible early bird deadlines and discounts.
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 through:
Please note that we grant scholarships on an ongoing basis, therefore we recommend you to apply early.
Your scholarship application can only be considered if the online form is completed and submitted before your participation in our Assessment Center.
We would be happy to advise you – simply make a personal appointment.
Our network of graduates is a major asset that builds bridges between academic theory and real-world practice. But above all, our graduates stay in touch with each other long after they have earned their degrees, quite independently of the years they attended the university.
Frankfurt School’s trust-based relationships and friendships with our EMBA alumni are supported by our official Alumni & Friends department, through which we build lifelong bonds and career impacts.
Once you graduate from the Frankfurt School EMBA programme your experience does not have to stop. We offer you, as alumni, the opportunity to participate once a year in an EMBA module at Frankfurt School at no additional cost. This offers you the opportunity to continue a lifelong education while staying engaged and ahead of current trends in business.
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, and tour our campus. It's all possible through individually scheduled consultations, sample lectures and our regular MBA Info Sessions!
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.
Learn more about the Executive MBA and MBA programmes at one of our MBA Info Sessions! Benefit from personal conversations with our professors and programme directors and find out which programme could help you realise your full potential.
Join Kari Foss from our Executive MBA Class of 2021 and check out our campus tour video with a MBA perspective.
Because one never stops learning, no matter how experienced: Our Executive MBA Alumni come back to our Campus to share learnings and advice with fellow business professionals.
Executive MBA participant Vincent Ma, organised a look underneath the hood of some of Berlin’s most exciting start-ups and famous tech companies.
Executive MBA graduate Dr. Marco Lemessi, Class of 2018 provides advice to fellow executives.
Frankfurt School is one of Europe’s leading Business Schools and one of the world’s top destinations for finance education. Our success is a testament to the ambition and innovation of the Frankfurt School community and it is this same drive that ensures we remain at the forefront of research and development.
On 11 March 2020, almost 100 students and alumni of Frankfurt School’s Executive MBA gathered at their alma mater for their annual EMBA Reunion. EMBA Programme Director Professor Dr Markus Maedler welcomed the guests and outlined the various ongoing initiatives that assure that the EMBA is timely, rigorous and relevant. These initiatives include last year’s shift to an all-English curriculum and the new international modules in Hong Kong and Tel Aviv, which are also open to EMBA alumni.
Laura, Alumna of the Executive MBA of Frankfurt School is an international connector between people and entities, based in Frankfurt. She is a professional in Cultural topics as well as giving business cultural trainings (China, Middle East, India, Africa, Europe), producing cultural films (e.g consulates interviews) and organising networking and intercultural events, Laura, also developed her self-founded business MeetingCultures with the help of the Executive MBA of Frankfurt School to bring a societal impact by developing cultural diplomacy at festivals and cultural events (i.e AfrikaKulturefest giving "African voice to Africans" on artists political engagement or at the Frankfurter Buch Messe).
Every year in March, the Executive MBA invites the crowd of former classmates, professors, fellow alumni and current students to gather for our annual celebration of the EMBA-Family and the Frankfurt School Executive MBA Reunion. Beside an exclusive President’s Night in the presidential building of our New Campus, great workshops and guest speakers, this year’s reunion welcomed not only the EMBA, but also guests from our sister programs, the full-time MBA, the part-time MBA, and the MBA in International Health Care Management with the theme “Celebrate like an MBA!”. The EMBA Class of 2019 invited to a Latin-themed party featuring live music by “Puente Latino” and dance lessons with “Kuriko”. What a Reunion Night!
Antonio Lopez is leading the Talent Acquisition at Tipico and joined the Executive MBA at Frankfurt School in October 2017. He shares his experiences and thoughts on why the Executive MBA is the programme to do if you need to increase your skill set with a management tool-kit. He discusses how the Executive MBA helps you to build business cases, make decisions, tear down walls and disrupt or step out of the box. He explains why the Frankfurt School Executive MBA is different from others and why he chose this particular school.