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Degree
MBA

Language
EN

Tuition Fee
EUR 49,500

Application Deadline
31 July*

Programme Start
22 Sep

Duration
18 months | Part-time

Executive MBA (EMBA)

The EMBA at Frankfurt School is designed for experienced business professionals who are looking for a relevant international network across industries and countries, aiming to deepen their management expertise and boost their leadership skills. We are committed to empowering bold thinkers and inquisitive minds to challenge, innovate, and create a lasting impact in the world.

EMBA FT Ranking 2021

Highlights
  • Convenient part-time programme 
  • Curriculum of global management and leadership essentials
  • Personal leadership coaching
  • International experience: One core module taking place in Dublin and one optional international elective abroad (Tel Aviv)
  • Additional extracurricular workshops/ activities (e.g. "leading by example" and the "women`s leadership academy")
  • Lifelong Learning (attend one module per year after graduation)
  • Strong alumni community and network
  • High qualify faculty, experienced practitioners and inspiring guest speakers
  • Participant-centred learning (Harvard case method)
  • Professionally and culturally diverse classes
  • Modern campus in the financial hub of Europe

Learning Goals

LG1: In-depth knowledge of executive leadership and general management, as well as business acumen

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.

LG2: Independent and critical thinking skills to generate innovative solutions and make balanced strategic decisions in a global environment

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.

LG3: Effective executive communication, collaboration and cooperation skills

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.

LG4: Responsible, inspirational and ethical leaders of management teams and organisations

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.

Requirements

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

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 49,500
Early Bird (apply by 31 Jan)* EUR 5,000
Early Bird (apply by 30 April)* EUR 2,500

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

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).

Information Events

EMBA students networking

Meet us on campus and Online

Join us and find out how to maximise your career opportunities with an MBA at Frankfurt School. Engage with alumni & students and get career advice from our staff in the next networking event. 

Lunch with the Executive MBA Team - 12:00 - 13:30 (CEST)

Are you interested in our Executive MBA and are currently working remotely on Fridays? Why not change location and have lunch with us? Soak up the campus atmosphere, enjoy lunch with the Executive MBA programme director and find out all you want to know about the programme.  

Date Location Register
7.10.2022 Frankfurt Campus Register here
11.11.2022 Frankfurt Campus Register here

Time Schedule

Classroom attendance on campus* is required on a few occasions**:

  • 3 x block weeks (Monday - Saturday)
  • 12 x extended weekends in Frankfurt (Friday - Sunday)
  • 1 x extended weekend in Dublin (Thursday - Saturday)
  • Real Life Case Study: The Future of Retail at Wertheim Village (1 x Monday)

Lecture times weekend modules:

  • Friday: 13:30 – 18:30 pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9:15 am – 16:45 pm 

Lecture times block-week modules:

  • Monday – Saturday: 9:15 am – 16:45 pm 

In addition, extracurricular workshops or activities are available throughout the programme (mostly on Friday mornings before the classes start), e.g. the opening weekend in September the "Future of Management Summit" and "Leading by Example" (e.g. public speaking, body language, managing diverse teams, managing millennials) and the "Women's Leadership Academy".

*Please note, due to the part-time structure, we are not able to provide student visas. 

**Contact us if you would like to receive an overview of the 2022 agenda and lecture times. 

Curriculum
Pre-courses

Accounting

Accounting

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.

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: EUR 590

Finance

Finance

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.

Finance

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

Quantitative Methods (Online)

Quantitative Methods (Harvard Course Online)

Quantitative Methods is an introduction to using statistical methods to solve business problems. The course teaches statistics from the management perspective and places special emphasis on developong the skills and instincts needed to make good decisions and bebome a more effective manager. 

Semester 1

Strategy & Decision Making

Module 1: The Executive Mindset
Strategy, Decision Making and Entrepreneurial Action

The opening module of the Executive MBA sets the stage for the entire programme. The module is based on the understanding that any successful executive in the 21st century will likely have to be an entrepreneurial general manager:  a hybrid person who combines strategic rigor, takes sound decisions and pushes to create and exploit (new) opportunities. 

Global Economics

Module 2: Understanding the Context
Global Economy and Digital Society

The module asks students to take a bird’s eye view of the external environment of firms. Focus will be on the global economic and technological macro-context and its influence on business opportunities and the role of politics, society and regulators

Competitive Strategy & Sustainability

Module 3: Competing for Customers
Advanced Competitive Strategy, Sustainability and Marketing

Students focus on building a science-based intellectual toolkit for mapping and implementing different scenarios. Special homage is paid to the opportunities and challenges associated with the megatrend sustainability.  The module also highlights the imperative of finding and securing customers, and to translating marketing actions into top-line revenues.

Entrepreneurial Action

Module 1: The Executive Mindset
Strategy, Decision Making and Entrepreneurial Action

The opening module of the Executive MBA sets the stage for the entire programme. The module is based on the understanding that any successful executive in the 21st century will likely have to be an entrepreneurial general manager:  a hybrid person who combines strategic rigor, takes sound decisions and pushes to create and exploit (new) opportunities. 

Digital Society

Module 2: Understanding the Context
Global Economy and Digital Society

The module asks students to take a bird’s eye view of the external environment of firms. Focus will be on the global economic and technological macro-context and its influence on business opportunities and the role of politics, society and regulators

Marketing

Module 3: Competing for Customers
Advanced Competitive Strategy, Sustainability and Marketing

Students focus on building a science-based intellectual toolkit for mapping and implementing different scenarios. Special homage is paid to the opportunities and challenges associated with the megatrend sustainability.  The module also highlights the imperative of finding and securing customers, and to translating marketing actions into top-line revenues.

Semester 2

Corporate Finance

Module 4: Creating Financial Value
Corporate Finance & Accounting

This module builds on the foundations of the pre-courses and familiarises the participants with the intertwined topic areas of finance and accounting. It does so from the strategic perspective of a general manager and corporate leader and not from the operational perspective of a functional specialist

Leadership & Responsibility

Module 5: Managing People
Transformational Leadership & Organisational Behaviour& Ethics

What makes a great leader? Charisma? Integrity? Power?  Vision? The ability to transform? And how can a great leader truly succeed and do so in a responsible way? This modules explores different leadership concepts and invites students to experiment with their own leadership styles.  It provides the conceptual and experiential framework for developing the key competences and the top-level mindset needed to successfully navigate oneself and others through a world that is constantly changing.  

Innovation Management

Module 7: Sustaining Success
Innovation and Change

To stay ahead in the competitive game in a fastpaced, ever-changing environment, managers and their organisations must permanently review, renew or reinvent both their external competitive offerings and their internal workings. Accordingly, this module covers both: how do companies innovate their products and services to stay relevant in their markets and how do leaders and companies change to stay relevant as humans and organisations?

Accounting

Module 4: Creating Financial Value
Corporate Finance & Accounting

This module builds on the foundations of the pre-courses and familiarises the participants with the intertwined topic areas of finance and accounting. It does so from the strategic perspective of a general manager and corporate leader and not from the operational perspective of a functional specialist

Organisational Behaviour & Ethics

Module 5: Managing People
Transformational Leadership & Organisational Behaviour& Ethics

What makes a great leader? Charisma? Integrity? Power?  Vision? The ability to transform? And how can a great leader truly succeed and do so in a responsible way? This modules explores different leadership concepts and invites students to experiment with their own leadership styles.  It provides the conceptual and experiential framework for developing the key competences and the top-level mindset needed to successfully navigate oneself and others through a world that is constantly changing.  

Change Management (Dublin)

Module 7: Sustaining Success
Innovation and Change (hosted by Trinity College, Dublin)

To stay ahead in the competitive game in a fastpaced, ever-changing environment, managers and their organisations must permanently review, renew or reinvent both their external competitive offerings and their internal workings. Accordingly, this module covers both: how do companies innovate their products and services to stay relevant in their markets and how do leaders and companies change to stay relevant as humans and organisations?

Electives (Frankfurt & Tel Aviv)

Electives

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.

Block Week in Frankfurt
Building "Hidden Champions"

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.

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 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.

International Week Abroad

Meet managers, academics and MBA students from Israel, broaden your intercultural skills through local exposure and benefit from Frankfurt School’s international links with another top-ranked business school.

IDC, Tel Aviv: New Venture Creation

Travel to the "Capital of Entrepreneurship". 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. 

Semester 3

Organisational Governance & Risk

Module 8: Getting Things Done
Organisational Governance & Operations Management

One of the biggest challenges for executives is how to get things done, i.e. to assure that the organisation and its people are aligned around its objectives and deliver on the competitive promises made to customers. The module covers how to organise humans and human processes as well as physical resources and physical processes for success

Managing Crisis

Module 9: In the C Suite
Managing Crisis & Negotiations

This module focuses on true boardroom skills: managing crisis calmly, engaging with various stakeholders, including disgruntled customers, nervous employees , and apologetic suppliers. The module includes media training and hones students’ negotiation skills.

Thesis Project

Module 10: Thesis Project

The Master thesis concludes the EMBA. Students can choose between three options: a traditional research thesis, a group consultancy project or an entrepreneurial business plan. The thesis is an integrative project which affords busy executive students the rare opportunity to spend substantial time on realizing a particular idea or concept.  Students work in self-selected teams to research and propose evidence based solutions for a problem they are free to choose.  Students are closely guided by a Frankfurt School faculty member.

Resilient & Sustainable Operations

Module 8: Getting Things Done
Organisational Governance & Operations Management

One of the biggest challenges for executives is how to get things done, i.e. to assure that the organisation and its people are aligned around its objectives and deliver on the competitive promises made to customers. The module covers how to organise humans and human processes as well as physical resources and physical processes for success

Negotiations

Module 9: In the C Suite
Managing Crisis & Negotiations

This module focuses on true boardroom skills: managing crisis calmly, engaging with various stakeholders, including disgruntled customers, nervous employees , and apologetic suppliers. The module includes media training and hones students’ negotiation skills.

Year round

Personal Leadership Coaching

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.

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.

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Current Class Profile (Class of 2023)

Age range 29 - 56
Average work experience 14 years
Average mgmt experience 8 years
No. of nationalities 19
Female students 30%
Male students 70%

Industry

Automotive & Components 26%
Financial Services 11%
Consulting 10%
Energy 13%
Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals 5%
Information Technology 21%
Legal 3%
Media 3%
Telecommunications 3%
Others 5%

Nationalities

Germany 35%
Europe (excluding Germany) 30%
Asia 23%
Americas 12%

Age

<30 3%
30-33 15%
34-37 25%
38-41 28%
42-45 15%
46-50 10%
>50 4%

Admissions Process

1. Online Application

Start your application here

2. MBA Admission Test

After reviewing your application documents, we will invite qualified candidates to take our MBA Admissions Test before participating in a one to one interview.

Note for impaired applicants and applicants with chronic diseases: So that we can advise and support you at an early stage (e.g. when applying for a disadvantage compensation in form of a time extension), please contact us or the representative for disabled and chronically ill students promptly before the assessment centre. For more information, please visit our Health and Counseling Services website.

3. One to one online Interview in English

This gives us the opportunity to get to know you better, learn about your career to date and your goals for the future. You will also get the chance to share your personal and professional achievements with us.

4. Online Assessment Centre/ Group Excercise

The purpose of this activity is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals.

The group exercise gives you the opportunity to put your negotiating skills to the test while you interact with other applicants who are also attending the assessment centre.

The timeline for the Assessment Centre looks as follows:

12:30 - 13:00

Welcome Session

13:00 - 14:00

Group Activity

14:15 – 15:00

Get-together with an alumnus

Upcoming dates (currently online):

  • tbc (starting December 2022)
5. Results

Admissions results will be comminicated as soon as possible

Financing and Scholarships

Investing in your Future

Your degree is an investment into 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 excellent career prospects. We can guarantee that the quality of our teaching and research is excellent, so we expect the highest levels of commitment and motivation from our students. Your commitment is what counts.

When you decide 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

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.

Frankfurt School Alumni Discount

Frankfurt School alumni admitted to the Executive MBA programme receive an alumni discount of 10% of their studies. Please note that this amount is granted independently to possible early bird deadlines and discounts.

Women in the Executive MBA

We want to encourage and support all women in business and leadership roles to start an Executive MBA with us. Your opinions and perspectives are important and we want to create a platform where you can thrive and reach your goals. Read about the experiences of our female EMBA participants and alumni here. We also offer attractive scholarships for women in business. Contact us for more information.

In honour of all women in leadership, we launched our MBA Women’s page! Here, we highlight the stories and achievements of all women across our MBA programmes as they are redefining the meaning of success and are entering new areas of business.

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.

Alumni & Friends

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.

Lifelong Learning

Once you graduate from the Frankfurt School EMBA programme, your experience does not have to stop. We offer you, as an alumna or alumnus, 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 your lifelong education while staying engaged and ahead of current trends in business.

You have questions, we have answers

We've collected some of the most frequently asked questions from prospective students - you can review them below. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our MBA team. 

Schedule & Planning

Is it possible to finish the EMBA programme after more than the usual 18 months?

The advertised study duration of 18 months has been calculated to ensure all modules can be delivered in the most effective way. However, should a situation present itself which impacts your ability to attend or complete one of the modules, we can discuss the possibility of retaking that module the following year. Please note, that this only applies in exceptional circumstances, but we will certainly try to find solutions should urgent matters arise in your professional or personal life.

What does the schedule of the Executive MBA look like?

The Frankfurt School Executive MBA is designed to fit into a compact time model that is respectful of busy agendas, minimizes time away from the office and allows for a balanced education. The Executive MBA is a part time programme that allows you to remain employed while studying with us. It is conducted over 18 months and usually takes place at the campus in Frankfurt (as an option you can currently join classes online due to COVID-19). Classroom attendance is required only on very few occasions: 1 EMBA opening event late September (1x Friday - Sunday), 3 block weeks (3x Monday - Saturday) and 14 extended weekends (14x Friday - Sunday).

What is the ratio between self-study and professor led learning?

You will be attending 15 weekends and 3 block weeks on campus. In between the modules, you will be working on group assignments, individual case studies and preparing presentations and readings for the upcoming modules. It is recommended to plan your time carefully and commit fully to the courses. However, we do appreciate that students need to balance family and work life alongside their studies.

How many ECTs do I receive with the Executive MBA?

Students who complete the Executive MBA degree receive 60 ECTS credits for an 18-month part-time Master in Business and Administration.

Application Process

I would like to apply - Am I a good fit for the EMBA?

We are happy to have a consultation call with you and/or complete a CV check.

Do you have any advice/examples for the motivational letter or scholarship application?

Please focus on personal and relevant motivations in your letter. Share your goals and ambitions with us and state why you think Frankfurt School would be the right place for you to enhance your career. We are looking for ambitious and determined students who want to accelerate their careers. Be yourself and communicate this motivation.

Will the university assist in getting a residence permit during the study period?

Please note that the Executive MBA is a part-time programme and therefore we cannot provide you a visa letter for a student visa.

I sent my application. What happens next?

Admissions will review your application thoroughly. Please be patient as this usually takes a few days. We will then get back to you with further information regarding the next steps available.

What is an Assessment Center and what does it look like for the EMBA?

Our Assessment Centers take place on fixed dates throughout the year. Please select which date best fits your schedule when you complete your application. On that specified date, we will arrange an interview and you will be required to take part in a group exercise. You will also get the chance to talk to an EMBA Alumnus.

What happens after the Assessment Center?

After the Assessment Center, Frankfurt School will hold a private Admissions Committee where all candidates are reviewed and assessed for their suitability for the programme.

When will I know whether I am admitted?

Approximately two days after the admissions committee, your admissions officer will contact you regarding the final decision.

Financing and Scholarship

Does Frankfurt School provide Scholarships?

We offer partial merit-based scholarships to outstanding applicants including international students and women in business. We pursue a holistic approach in the scholarship process. Frankfurt School will check all applicants on an individual basis and consider all aspects of the application (including work and management experience, academic achievements, test results, language skills, international experience, and interview performance).

How can I apply for a Scholarship?

To apply, please complete the scholarship section within the online application. There are no other requirements for the scholarship. Every applicant can apply for it within their application.

I have applied for a Scholarship. When will I know if I have been awarded a certain amount?

We hold a Scholarship meeting where we discuss the amounts requested by applicants and whether they are eligible for the FS Scholarship. Please note that our Scholarships are merit-based and not need-based. For the Executive MBA the scholarship funds are very limited as our students usually stay in full-time employment.

Does the tuition fee include accommodation at the university campus and travel arrangements?

The fee includes all learning materials but does not include travel and accommodation costs. You will need to arrange your own accommodation. However, our study advisor will be able to support you and can provide options.

I was not accepted. Can I re-apply?

Yes! We always encourage our applicants to reapply. It could be that more employment or managerial experience is needed, so an additional year in industry would only enhance your application.

I was accepted, but I cannot make it this intake. Can I defer?

Yes. You may defer once and will not need to re-apply. Later, we will then hold a Deferral Committee for the following intake to discuss all the candidates again as well as their scholarship requirements.

I was accepted, which documents will I have to sign?

First and foremost, you will need to sign the Contract (Pages 5 & 6 need to be sent back to us.) You will also have to sign the Enrolment Application as well as The Declaration of Undertaking if you were awarded with a scholarship.

Until when do I have to sign and return everything?

We will give you a 3-week deadline. Please note that you are also welcome to send everything back beforehand.

What Insurance will I need and how can I provide that information?

Please follow this link for further information on the topic.

I need a visa. What do I have to do?

Please refer to your embassy with that question.

Here is a link with further information.

Contact

Meet our Executive MBA Team

We offer several ways to get in touch with us such as class visits, networking events, fairs outside of Frankfurt and personal consultations. 

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