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Executive MBA Management

Through excellent collaboration two highly renowned Business Schools, Durham University Business School in England, and EBS in Germany, have combined their strengths and
substantial experience in business education and executive development to offer an outstanding programme: the Durham University & EBS Executive MBA.

This 24 month part-time Master’s level (MBA) management degree programme appeals to students from a wide range of academic, professional and international backgrounds.
Specifically conceived for experienced participants, the Executive MBA Durham University & EBS enables students to become effective managers and leaders in their respective

The programme is designed to provide you with a sound understanding of business
administration, management, leadership and a range of soft skills, and a highly valued
that will support you in achieving your professional goals. If you are working full-time and looking to further your education without taking time off from your job, this
qualification could be for you.

The programme is conducted entirely in English and includes participants from a wide range of industry sectors who hold at least a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3, and ideally 5 or more years of professional, management-related experience. The average student age is typically 33 to 35, and often ranges from 26 to 50. Many students have worked internationally or are employed by internationally operating businesses.

Diversity within each cohort forms a strong element of the programme, with students
representing a broad range of academic disciplines, functional experience, cultures and nationalities. Participants in the programme over the past three years have included nationals of Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia, UAE, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

About Durham University

Durham University Business School is one of the longest established business schools in the UK, and is among an elite group worldwide to carry triple-accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

The School is part of Durham University, which is one of the oldest universities in the UK and benefits from a collegiate system and a culture steeped in heritage. Students on this EMBA programme will have the opportunity to access excellent teaching, work in a state-of-the-art Business School and experience what the beautiful region in the Northeast of England has to offer.

Students appreciate not only Durham University campus with its rich history and heritage, but also the atmosphere of Durham. The Durham World Heritage Site was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1986, and includes Durham Cathedral, the Shrine of St Cuthbert and Durham Castle. Find out more here.

The city of Durham is a gateway to the picturesque area of the North East of England.
Students visit Durham for their first and second year week-long residential stays each January, and for additional elective courses during the second year as they choose. Durham is a 20 minute taxi ride away from Newcastle Airport.

Find out more about Durham University Business School.

About EBS Universität

Under the umbrella of the private, state-recognized EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht you will find a programme portfolio that is unique across Germany consisting of Bachelor’s, Law, Master’s and doctoral programmes as well as top-class executive education for working professionals. Our Business and Law School reap the benefit from their synergies, building a strong foundation for innovative research and continuing education activities of high practical relevance.

Furthermore, our extensive Career Services Centre, Coaching sessions, Studium Universale, Personal Mastery and the opportunity for social engagement significantly enhance your personal development.

The EBS “Schloss” campus is located in one of the most historic and picturesque regions of Germany: the “Rheingau”. The Upper Middle Rhine region was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. The EBS campus overlooks the Rhine River and is surrounded by its own vineyards. During the programme students will have many opportunities to get to know the historic sites, local cuisine and famous wineries in the area. Most core courses and elective courses are held at the EBS Schloss campus, the primary location for instruction. The campus is located just 30 minutes from the Frankfurt Airport, 15 minutes from Wiesbaden, and is easy to reach by car or train.

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Programme Structure

Programme structure

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Study duration: 4 Semesters
  • Language: English
  • Start: January
  • ECTS: 80
  • Major field of study: Management
  • Double degree: Durham University Business School & EBS Universität

Participants on the EMBA programme benefit from the strengths and global international business expertise of both
universities. Faculty and speakers from across the world introduce a comprehensive range of topics that students from diverse international backgrounds explore and discuss.

This part-time 24 month is structured into four semesters. During the first three semesters a three-day course session is held typically once per month, and the fourth semester is for writing a dissertation. Most modules are delivered on the EBS “Schloss” campus in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.

The programme starts with a highly effective and popular one-week residential stay at Durham University. During January of the second year students return to Durham to spend a second week in residence.

Both residential stays provide you the opportunity to experience Durham City, Durham University and team development events while progressing with your studies. The experience strengthens the group dynamic and transforms programme participants into a team.

Our experience has shown that students who meet on a regular basis learn new material more effectively and are highly engaged in their studies, develop particularly strong networks and relationships that typically become lifelong friendships.

Year 1

During the first two semesters students complete a total of seven core modules, four of which consist of two parts, providing a
sound knowledge and understanding of key business and managerial areas. The core modules are assessed typically by both examination and written assignment.

Year 2

During the third semester, students select up to five elective modules of their choice from those offered to enhance their
knowledge and skills in areas of particular interest and relevance to their current position and career advancement. These
modules are taught at EBS, but optional elective modules are also offered at Durham University Business School.

In the fourth semester, students write their dissertation, which frequently relates to a topic of particular relevance for their employer or professional role, or may be one of personal interest. The 15,000 word individual dissertation provides an opportunity to focus on a management topic of personal choice, utilising knowledge, theory and skills acquired throughout the programme.

Core modules:

  • Strategic Management
  • Managing in the Competitive Environment
  • Managing in the Global Environment
  • Managing Finance
  • Managing People
  • Improving Management Decision Making
  • Methods of Inquiry

Electives (e.g.):

  • Global Marketing
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Marketing Psychology
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Financial Reporting and Control
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Strategic Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation Management
  • Sustaining Change in Organisations
  • Sustainability, Ethics and Change
  • International Business in Context
  • Management Consultancy

Benefits of the programme

In today’s complex, fast-paced global business environment it is essential for professionals to continue to develop the skills and competencies necessary to perform effectively in their current role and gain the capabilities required to progress to levels of greater responsibility and leadership.

In light of the ever increasing competitive demands on companies, it is critical for employers to attract and retain the best-
qualified people to improve business competitiveness, identify, win and retain customers, develop and deliver excellent products or services and grow turnover and profitability. Employers value and seek out those individuals who operate effectively in complex business situations and have strong leadership and people skills.

Benefits for programme participants

  • Achieve a highly valued MBA qualification from two renowned European universities.
  • Enhance your intellect and personal skills through the experience of studying with a diverse group of colleagues.
  • Learn leadership and management theories and gain practical knowledge you can apply in your current role.
  • Strengthen your understanding of business strategy, finance, operations and other key business areas.
  • Develop capabilities in leadership, people management, negotiation management and a range of soft skills.
  • Enhance your management competencies and intercultural understanding required of business executives.
  • Improve your business English skills and your ability to discuss complex topics effectively.
  • Increase the impact you have on daily business, as well as your career advancement prospects.
  • Pursue your career goals whilst continuing in your current role and incur no loss of income during your studies.
  • Expand your professional network and gain access to more than 12,000 alumni across 100 countries.

Benefits for employers and company sponsors

  • Experiences and interactions throughout the programme will enable your employees to bring in new ideas and perspectives from global businesses and organisations.
  • Enhance your reputation by retaining valuable employees through supporting and investing in their education.
  • Employees have a significant organisational impact through their understanding of business and management theories, broad practical knowledge, and mastery of a range of skills.
  • Employees develop an open-minded attitude and creative problem-solving skills, and intercultural and interpersonal
    competencies required by all businesses and organisations.
  • Employees are highly motivated to apply their new knowledge at work immediately to the benefit of their organisation.

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Requirements & Application

Personal Competency

To be considered for admission to the Executive MBA programme, we expect you to

  • hold a university degree at least at the upper second class Bachelor’s level or international equivalent
  • have gained a minimum of 3, preferably 5 or more years of professional work experience, ideally with managerial
    responsibilities (project, people, budget, financial)
  • demonstrate a high level of oral and written proficiency in English

In addition, you should be able to demonstrate

  • a willingness to actively contribute to the programme and an ability to manage the workload
  • a portfolio of managerial and interpersonal skills and experiences

Academic Requirements

Submit the following documentation of prior academic studies

  • A copy of your secondary school diploma / leaving certificate, or equivalent. No English language translation is required if the certificate was issued by a German institution.
  • A copy of your Bachelor’s degree transcript and diploma certificate, or equivalent. If the original issuing language was not English, a certified English translation will be required at a later date.
  • A copy of your Master’s and / or PhD degree transcript and diploma certificates, if applicable. If the original issuing language was not English, a certified English translation will be required at a later date.

Submit a CV in English indicating a minimum of 3, but ideally 5 years or more of management-related experience

  • Internships and other work experience gained prior to the completion of the Bachelor’s degree are typically not considered
  • Work experience gained during doctoral studies may be considered on a case-by-case basis

English Language Competency

Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English in any one of the three following ways:

  • Have completed an academic degree in the English language or gained one year of work experience in a native English-speaking country within 24 months of the programme start date.
  • Submit a separate employer letter (freeform on company letterhead) additional to two professional references that attests to the level and extent of English usage in the workplace (i.e. sole or primary working language) and confirms the applicant’s proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Achieve the following test scores on one of the following standardised English tests taken within 24 months of the
    programme start date:
    IELTS: Total score of at least 7.0 with no element below 6.0;
    TOEFL iBT: Total score of at least 102 with no individual element below 23;
    Pearsons Academic (PTE) : Overall score of 70 with no individual element below 56.

Personal Interview

All students as a condition of admission to the programme must meet with the EMBA Programme Director or other university representative for a personal interview. Students have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the programme
during this interview, and EBS ensures that all application materials are complete and that summary information required for
review and approval in Durham is prepared.

Since students are awarded degrees from both EBS and Durham University, students must be offered admission by both
institutions. Students apply to EBS only, and EBS then forwards the completed materials to Durham for review and approval. Decisions on applications are taken by both universities typically within two weeks following the submission of all required materials.

Application Deadline

The study programme starts every year in January. As we have a rolling admissions process, we encourage our applicants to
apply early. If you are eligible, an individual interview appointment will be arranged for you.

Costs & Financing

Fees & Financing

As a private university EBS is financed to a large extent by tuition fees. These ensure the high quality of teaching and other
additional services, which makes studying at EBS so special.

The standard tuition fee for the two-year Executive MBA programme is € 32,500. The Early Application tuition fee (for complete applications submitted prior to the 31 August) is € 28,250.

An extensive package of benefits and services is included:

  • Programme delivery (lectures, workshops) at Durham University Business School and EBS Business School
  • All examination fees
  • Materials, textbooks and literature for all core and elective modules
  • Lunch and refreshments for all sessions
  • Personal support from high-level faculty
  • Outdoor Development Programme during the first-year residential stay in England
  • Accommodation during the first and second year residential stays in England
  • Optional International Study Week (includes accommodation and company visits; excludes airfare, food and
    local transportation)
  • Celebration dinners at the Durham graduation ceremony in June and the EBS graduation ceremony in August

The tuition fee is invoiced at the start of each semester. It may be possible to pay the fee in instalments upon request.

Motivation and performance are your drive

We try to allow excellent candidates access to our studies, regardless of their economic situation. Decisive factors here are
performance, motivation and personality. The selection of funding of studies is diverse and often a combination of the different options is useful.

  • Scholarships - financial and / or non-material support, no repayment, no interest

In addition to a 10% reduction in the standard tuition fee for those students who meet the Early Application deadline of August 31, the EMBA programme also provides limited scholarships to qualifying applicants ranging from 5% to 50% of the tuition fee, including:

  • EMBA Scholarship for Women in Business (1 to 3 awards annually)
  • EMBA Scholarship for Academic Excellence (2 to 4 awards annually)
  • EMBA Scholarship for Outstanding Professional Achievement / Potential (2 to 4 awards annually)


Applicants must fulfil all admissions criteria and submit a complete academic and scholarship application. Scholarship deadlines are 31 August for the Early Application Discount as well as scholarship consideration during the first round of scholarship assessments, and by 31 October for scholarship consideration during the second round of scholarship assessments.
No scholarship applications can be accepted after 31 October.

Fully or partially corporate-funded applicants are illegible to receive a scholarship award, but are eligible for the 10% Early Application Discount. Scholarships awarded for the next programme start date may not be deferred to the subsequent year.

Selection Process

Interested candidates submit a completed scholarship application form. A joint Durham-EBS Scholarship Committee assesses all first-round applications prior to 15 September, and all second round applications prior to 15 November.

  • Education Fund - Financial and moral support, if necessary, repayment including interest rates, repayment starts only after graduation

The former club of the EBS “EBS Alumni” supports students of EBS through a separate education fund.

  • Financing - Financial support by financial institutions, repayment including interest rates, repayment generally starts after signing the contract

A traditional financing from banks or financial institutions may be a good option to finance studies completely or in parts. The KfW Student Loan or the financing model of the Nassauische Sparkasse, for example.

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