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Degree
MBA

Language
EN

Tuition Fee
47,500 Euro

Application Deadline
last places available

Programme Start
4 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 (apply by Jan 31)* 4,800 Euro
Early Bird (apply by April 30)* 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 tasks and challenges.

Entrepreneurship

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.

Global Economics & Digital Society

Global Economics

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.

Digital Society

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 over 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.

Competitive Strategy & Marketing

Competitive Strategy

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.

Marketing

A firm's success largely depends on a well-chosen strategy that is based on a thorough understanding of customer needs. This module emphasises customer’s needs and behaviour, and how firms and brands can reach more informed decisions to address customer needs. 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.

Semester 2

Finance & Accounting

Finance

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 invesments 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 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.

Accounting

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.

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 as well as the wisdom needed to make strategic choices.

The involvement and mobilisation of multiple levels in the organisation requires 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 which translates theory into practice. 

Organisational Behaviour

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, 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 organisational choices affect how businesses functioning. 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.

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

Organisational managment 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

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 modules and 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.

Finance for Growth (incl. M&A)

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.

Applied Digital Transformation

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 regarding 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.

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

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 on the latest digital trends that are currently being shaped in East Asia.

Bentley, Boston: Creativity & Innovation

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 leader of creatives.

IDC, Tel Aviv: New Venture Creation

The course will begin where the Entrepreneurship module ended, 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 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.

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 module is presentating 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 on 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.

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 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.

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

Capstone

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.

Ongoing Leadership Coaching

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.

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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 a full-time leadership role.

Classroom attendance is required only on very few occasions:

  • 1 EMBA opening event early October 2019  (1x Thursday- Saturday)
  • 3 block weeks (3x Monday- Saturday)
  • 14 extended weekends (14x Friday- Sunday)

Lecture times are as follows:

Block weeks

Mondays - Fridays 09:15 - 16:45
Saturdays 09:15 - 12:30

Extended weekends

Fridays 13:30 - 18:30
Saturdays - Sundays 09:15 - 16:45 

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).

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 the 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 12:30pm and finishes with a feedback interview at around 5:00pm. 

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. You will have the opportunity toshare 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. 

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 begins in early October. 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 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.

Financing and Scholarships

Investing in your future

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.

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 through:

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

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Please note that we grant scholarship 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.

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, and tour our campus. It's all possible through individually scheduled consultations, sample lectures and our regular MBA Info 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 the Executive MBA and MBA 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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