Executive MBA (EMBA)

The prestigious Durham EBS Executive MBA (EMBA) is an outstanding programme for the development of executives. It combines the longterm experience and strengths of two renowned business schools: the Durham University Business School in England and the EBS Business School in Germany.

At a glance

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Double Degree: Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Durham University Business School, UK and EBS Universität More Information
  • Focus: Management, Leadership
  • Start: Fall term
  • Study duration: 18 months
  • Type of Study: Part-time
  • Achievable ECTS: 60 credits
  • Investment: 40.000 Euro
  • Language: English

Studying at EBS

  • English-speaking study programme
  • Two degrees from two prestigious universities
  • Small learning groups and individual coaching
  • Excellent corporate contacts
  • Learning on the job
  • Studying in Germany with all the locational advantages of the Rhine-Main region
  • Two residences at the Durham University in England
  • Excellent job-chances and above-average entry salary


Deadlines for applications do not exist here.
Every applicant gets an individual appointment for a personal application procedure. This means: We look forward to receiving your application at any time!

To start your application, please submit the following documents or proofs to us:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 180 ECTS or an equally acknowledged degree
  • Proof of at least 5 years of practical experience


  • Masters degree with at least 90 ECTS or an equally acknowledged degree
  • Proof of at least 3 years of practical experience


  • English language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS)


Start of fall term:
19 September 2021

Application recommendation for non EU applicants with visa requirements

Fall term 2020: End of May
Spring term 2021: End of September

Please apply well in advance considering the visa process duration in your respective country.

Good to know

  • An early application is worthwhile. This will give you enough time to take care of everything necessary until you start your studies, such as applying for a visa or making arrangements with your employer.

  • The EMBA programme of EBS Universität in cooperation with Durham University Business School is accredited by AMBA. Durham University is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.


No. 10 in Germany

World University Rankings: Business & Management Studies 2020

Top tier in business administration and law

CHE Ranking
2020 / 2021

No. 6 in Germany

Business Studies Comparison 2020

No. 37 // Tier one

CEO Magazine
Global Executive MBA Rankings 2020

Top 25 performing universities in student mobility

2019 Top Performers

No. 3 in Germany and No. 34 in Western Europe

Best Masters Ranking Top 2019 - Executive MBA

Superior Research & Employability

Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017 - Full-time MBA

Accreditations and partner

The study programmme


The time to gain and deepen the experience and to grow into new positions is getting shorter and shorter. Therefore, EMBA training is the ideal complement to an existing degree with professional experience. The EMBA at EBS Universität and Durham University is aimed at people with leadership, personnel and/or budget responsibilities who want to sharpen their leadership skills further and deepen their specialist knowledge.

As a participant in the Executive MBA programme at EBS, you will experience an ideal interplay of theory and practice. The study programme provides you with state-of-the-art management know-how as well as economic expertise at a high academic level. Besides, you can continue working next to your studies without any loss of income and put into practice what you have learned.

Programme structure


The EMBA programme at EBS Universität and Durham University offers you a first-class academic education in an international context.

The study programme is based on two comprehensive sets of experience - Durham University, UK and EBS Universität, Germany. It provides you with detailed insight into the leadership work of the international business world.

During your studies, you will explore the functionality of global markets, understand how to manage transnational business relationships, deepen your expertise and expand your international network.

The 18-month programme lasts three semesters. During these, you will complete nine basic modules, three elective modules and the final Strategic Business Project. You will start the Strategic Business Project right at the beginning of the programme and work on it throughout your studies. During your studies, two residencies at our partner university in Durham are planned. One week takes place at the beginning of the first semester, another at the beginning of the last semester. For an additional international experience, we offer a special elective module “International Business in Context”. This module adds experience abroad to the international component of your studies. You will immerse into another new corporate and national culture while exploring a specific business topic. At the end of your studies, you will integrate your newly acquired skills and experience into your Strategic Business Project, which will conclude with a thesis.


What to expect during the EMBA at EBS Universität and Durham University:

Residential Weeks
The first Residential Week allows you to get to know your fellow students, the study programme, Durham City and the Business School. A major part of the time is devoted to team building. This takes place in indoor and outdoor activities on the grounds of the Lake District National Park. This way, you get to know your fellow students better, make valuable contacts and develop your soft skills.

The second Residential Week focuses on the Boardroom Exercise Module, a real management simulation that will keep you busy for the first week. The course is highly interactive and focuses on using your newly acquired skills and expertise.

Basic Modules
In the basic modules, you will deepen your economic knowledge and expand your research skills. The first nine months of your Executive MBA programme consist of nine basic modules, most of which are offered on the “Schloss” campus of EBS Universität. Two of the basic modules are completed during the Residential Weeks in Durham. Lectures are offered once a month and take place over three days from Thursday to Saturday.

Elective modules
Sharpen your profile for the job market. Starting in the second semester, we offer a variety of elective modules. These allow you to tailor the content of your studies to your professional needs and career goals. The elective modules are offered either at EBS Universität or in Durham, with the option to study at another international location.

Course of studies

Programme structure Executive MBA


To make it easier for you to start your studies and to guide you optimally through the study program, we offer personal support and various services:

Student life

Student life on campus

Life on EBS campus is diverse, international and characterized by the great commitment of our students. Due to the small number of students per intake and group, students know each other on campus and experience a family atmosphere that is also felt beyond the lectures. Our students’ sense of togetherness is extraordinary. The unique EBSpirit is born of our values of commitment, solidarity, thirst for knowledge and reliability. The common goal is to achieve great things, time and time again. And it works: with self-organised congresses, cultural events and much more.

Your study location - Living and learning in the Rheingau

The Rheingau is known worldwide for its Riesling, as are the fortresses, Castles and abbeys along the Rhine. Only a few kilometres downriver, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley with Loreley and Drosselgasse can be found. Every year a large number of tourists visit this region, which has so much to offer. Whether gastronomic, sporting or cultural, Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau provides plenty of variety for leisure activities.

The EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel is also home to one of these historic, fascinating buildings in the Rheingau - Schloss Reichartshausen. Close to the Rhine and surrounded by vineyards, teaching and learning take place at this location in a unique environment. In addition to offices for teaching staff and service departments, the castle also houses several lecture rooms and representative event rooms.

Student services at EBS Universität

Your study experience and success are important to us. To make it easier for you to start your studies and to guide you optimally through the study programme, we offer personal support and various services:

Job opportunities


After your studies, you will have many open options - from changing your industry or function to new executive roles.

Many graduates of the EBS Universität are managers on the executive suite today. Thus, personality development plays a decisive role during the course of studies. Our coaching service helps you discover your strengths and promotes them. Our network of alumni doesn’t just provide a lookout of your possibilities after graduating – you can also use it for your personal career progression. Contacts and friendships made during studies often last a lifetime. As a graduate of EBS Universität and Durham University, you have access to a network of more than 32,000 alumni in 150 countries.

More than 200 partner companies support and accompany the way of the students at the EBS Universität. Among them are many prestigious Dax-corporations and economic law offices. With the help of our partners, we combine theory and practice in an ideal mix and give you the chance to build up your own international network that will support you.

Most of our graduates receive their first job offer already during their studies or at last three months after graduating (82 %). The prestigious degree of the EBS Universität also clearly distinguishes in wages: The starting salary of our MBA graduates averages 84.000 euro (Employment Report 2017)

Study abroad


EBS Universität is among Germanys best universities, especially if you want to study abroad in English. Since our study programmes are held in English, and our degrees have a high international standing, we traditionally attract a lot of international students. As an abroad student, you may find some peculiarities in the German working world and way of life that are new to you. We support you in the best possible way by putting English-speaking specialists at your side. Besides, we offer you support in all administrative processes, from certificates to accommodation.

  • Administration: forms, applications, certificates
  • Organization: accommodation, infrastructure
  • Personal Networking: student initiatives, joint events
  • Professional Networking: Partner Company Network
  • Sights and excursion destinations in Rheingau and Hesse



The EMBA programme at the EBS Universität cultivates leading personalities who help shape the economy and society. That process starts with selecting suitable personalities for our programme.


To start your application, please submit the following documents to us:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 180 ECTS or an equally acknowledged degree
  • Proof of at least 5 years of practical experience


  • Masters degree with at least 90 ECTS or an equally acknowledged degree
  • Proof of at least 3 years of practical experience


  • English language certificate (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Curriculum vitae in table form
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic Certificate (in original language and English)

Please use our online procedure to convey us the documents. We will examine them immediately. If you meet our requirements, we will be glad to get to know you on your individual selection day.


As part of our application process, we examine the performance and study ability of each applicant. We take a lot of time and the utmost care in this process since we only accept the most suitable applicants.

Due to the current extraordinary situation, we have changed our admission process to a contactless, digital version. You can now pass all components online.

If your application documents meet our admission requirements, we will invite you to an individual 50-minute interview. During this interview, we will check your motivation and social skills. The decisive factors are performance and learning motivation, the social-communicative profile, the willingness to take social responsibility and the applicant’s own initiative.

In a concluding discussion with you, we define expectations and clarify the last details and questions about your EMBA studies. You’ll also receive feedback on where you can improve to get the best possible output of the programme.

Such a selection procedure is exhausting and exciting at the same time. We know this and relieve our applicants by communicating the results as quickly as possible. This provides planning security – for all parties involved.
In case that you’ll be accepted, we are excited to welcome you on our campus at the begin of the semester. You find the dates in the overview at the top of the page.

Tuition Fees


The quality of teaching is our focus: EBS Universität represents one of the best management programmes throughout the German-speaking world. As a private university, we finance ourselves to a large extent from tuition fees.

  • Total fees: 40,000 euro

We offer you a comprehensive service package. Included in the tuition fees are:

  • Lectures and workshops at Durham University Business School and EBS Universität
  • Materials, e-books and literature for all basic and optional modules
  • Examination fees
  • Lunch and refreshments during the attendance days
  • Personal support by top-level lecturers
  • Team development programme during the first stay in England
  • Accommodation during both stays in England
  • Optional international study week (includes accommodation and company visits; excludes flights, meals and local transport)
  • Gala dinner as part of the Durham graduation ceremony in June and the EBS graduation ceremony in August

We want to make the programme accessible for any excellent applicant – independent of their economic situation. Decisive factors are your performance, motivation and personality. The choice of financing options for a study programme is diverse, and often a combination of the various options can be useful. Please take a look at our scholarships and student finance options to find out which offer suits you best.

Programme benefits


At the EBS Universität, you won’t experience an ordinary business administration programme. We set a high standard and cultivate leaders and top performers.

  • Repeatedly honoured: EBS Universität and Durham University regularly achieve top positions in university rankings (e.g. top tier in the CEO Global MBA Ranking, 2019 or 6th place in the UK in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking, 2019).

  • Twice as good: EBS Universität is accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities for 10 years. AMBA accredits the Executive MBA programme at EBS Universität in cooperation with Durham University Business School. Durham University is also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS - making it one of the top business schools worldwide.

  • Higher salary: The starting salary of our MBA graduates averages 84,000 € (Employment Report 2017).

  • Strongly in demand: Most students receive their first job offer during their studies, or at the latest 3 months after graduation (Employment Report 2017).

  • Easier access into management level: We arrange contacts to companies such as Accenture, BCG, BMW, Danone, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, L’Oréal, Morgan Stanley, P&G, PWC and others.

  • Highly intensive support: Small groups, high practical relevance, skills development, individual coaching – we support you the best way possible!

  • Focused training to become an executive: Through regular contact with international scientists and managers in leading positions, you will discover new perspectives and have the opportunity to learn from the best.

  • The whole programme is in English: The programme at the EBS Universität meets international standards, in an internationally imprinted environment. That’s why all classes and events are, of course, in English.


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