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We look forward to getting to know you. The ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA can help you develop the skills, mindset and network to achieve your career goals. All you need do now is start the application process. Take the first step and get in touch with our Admissions Manager Nilgün Vatansever for a consultation call to discuss your CV and then join one of our online or in-person information events.

Perspectives

"I had been in contact with the admissions team since 2009, but it took me another nine years to finally apply. During that time, I was stationed in Istanbul for an international company, constantly following Mannheim Business School and the international rankings throughout the years. After returning to Germany, I felt I had gathered enough experience and seniority. When MBS contacted me and told me I was accepted, I felt relieved, honored and very happy to complete the process and start this EMBA program after nine years of 'waiting' for the right time."

Ok Ocak, Director Finance Europe at Seaman Paper, ESSEC & MANNHEIM EMBA Class of 2020

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Realizing a long-cherished dream

My program selection was subjective from the beginning. I had already completed my first degree as Diplomkaufmann at the University of Mannheim between 1995 and 2001, so the Executive MBA felt like coming home to me. During my first degree program, I did an ERASMUS exchange to Swansea in 1999–2000. But ESSEC Business School in Paris had been high on my shortlist of destinations as well. So it was great that I managed to go there a few years later.

I had been in contact with the admissions team since 2009, but it took me another nine years to finally apply. During that time, I was stationed in Istanbul for an international company, constantly following Mannheim Business School and the international rankings throughout the years. After returning to Germany, I felt now was the time to apply, because now I had gathered enough experience and seniority.

To prepare for the application, I made use of the detailed descriptions on the homepage. I also attended an Open Day and visited a class. During that day, I spoke with some of the alumni, but mostly prepared for the application process by myself. When MBS contacted me and told me I was accepted, I felt relieved, honored and very happy to complete the process and start this EMBA program after nine years of “waiting” for the right time.

When I finally met my classmates for the first time, I felt kind of nervous and I was wondering if I would be able to match, meet and follow the class at that high level. I was hoping to gain new insights and new perspectives after spending nearly 17 years in the aerospace and defense industry at Airbus and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. And that is what I did in the program. I felt that I had enough space for my self-development in an environment with highly educated teammates. I could learn and confirm what I felt had been my strengths and weaknesses throughout my professional career. For me, that in itself was a highlight of the program.

What also had a lasting impact on me was some of the professors who imparted their personal insights and values to us. Prof. Kakabadse in Strategic Leadership and Prof. Bibard in Ethics confirmed that business is not solely about business and can only thrive in the broader context of values and culture. The Outdoor Leadership Training at Saint-Cyr was also something to remember.

Concerning juggling my studies, job and personal obligations during the program, I was a little lucky. I quit my position as CFO at Rolls-Royce Power Systems and had the luxury of studying nearly full-time for 10 to 11 months. During the second part of the program, I started to work again at ABB Germany, however it was great that my employer respected how important my studies were to me and gave me the flexibility to concentrate on the courses. Despite this, the program was still challenging for me, and I express my deepest respect to those who did not have the luxury I had.

Looking back, I would say the program helped me in my personal development and boosted my career by giving me the opportunity to develop my management and leadership expertise outside of the aerospace and defense industry. Having access to the MBS Network is quite useful, particularly in the event of concrete business problems. At my current job, we recently had a question regarding some accounting and tax procedures for China. Through the network, I easily got in touch with someone who had the information we needed to help us tackle this problem.

Admission Criteria

Your future classmates in the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA are highly skilled executives who value diversity and are willing to contribute to the collective learning experience which is at the heart of the program. Just like you, they have already achieved a lot in their careers, are highly motivated and dedicated to their work. And just like you, they are looking forward to this transformational journey as part of a group.

Admission to the program is done jointly by ESSEC Business School and Mannheim Business School, each one selecting half of the prospective participants. The formal criteria for joining the program are:

  • An internationally recognized academic degree in any discipline (at least a bachelor’s)
  • At least eight years of postgraduate work experience
  • Significant professional experience, including employee and/or budgetary responsibilities
  • Experience in an international work environment
  • An excellent command of English (TOEFL with a minimum score of 95, IELTS with a minimum score of 7.0, or equivalent; can be submitted up to four weeks after your selection interview; this is not necessary if you have completed your course of studies with English as main language of instruction or English is your native language)

Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Contact Us

    Excited? Then pick up the phone or write us an email. Our admissions team looks forward to discussing your professional objectives with you, and you will receive initial feedback about your profile from us.

  • Step 2: Join an Open Day or Online Info Session

    Join one of our Open Days or Online Info Sessions before starting your application. It is essential to have a realistic idea of what it means to pursue an Executive MBA at the ESSEC and Mannheim business schools.

  • Step 3: Submit your Application Documents

    If the Admissions Manager gives you positive feedback and invites you to submit your application, there are a few things you need to do. Download and fill out the application form and ask two referees to fill out our reference form. Write four personal essays (the essay topics are listed in item 11 in the application form). Include copies of previous degree(s), transcripts and diplomas, your recent TOEFL scores (at least 95, no older than two years) and a digital portrait photo. Then send them all to the Admissions Manager. Please make sure that your application documents are complete and that you have paid the application fee of €150.

  • Step 4: We Screen Your Application Package

    After you have submitted your application, our Admissions Manager will review it. If your application package is convincing, we will invite you for an online interview.

  • Step 5: Ace the Selection Interview

    This interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you and your motivation for pursuing the program. Of course, we will also answer any questions that you may still have.

  • Step 6: You Have Made it! Admission

    The Admissions Committee will consider the interview and application documents and notify you of their decision within one week. If you are selected to join the next cohort, you will receive the admission notification and contract to sign and return. Your Executive MBA journey is about to begin!

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Fees and Deadlines

The application fee is €150 (not refundable) and the course fee is €65,000.

We offer an early-bird discount: If you complete the application process by June 30, 2023, you will benefit from a €4,500 discount on your tuition fee.

The German income tax system may allow participants of an MBA program considerable tax benefits due to tuition fees. Find out more here.

The program kicks off in October. Since only limited places are available, we strongly recommend getting in touch with us as early as possible.

Scholarships

Mannheim Business School offers a number of partial scholarships for candidates who are fully self-financed and do not receive any financial support from their employer. Improve your chances by sending us your application as early as possible. Our Admissions Manager Nilgün Vatansever will be pleased to advise you personally.

In order to apply, write an essay of no more than 600 words to answer the questions below the scholarship(s) you would like to apply for and send them together with your application documents to our Admissions Manager. The following scholarships are designed to assist high-potential, senior executives and leaders along the next leg of their professional journey.

  • Scholarship for Outstanding Candidates

    This scholarship is awarded to candidates with at least 10 years of postgraduate work experience including at least five years of leadership or management experience. At the minimum, you need to have held a position as a team leader or project manager with responsibility for subordinates and had broad international exposure in the form of extended stays abroad or working in an international environment.

    1. Describe one of the most meaningful and rewarding leadership challenges you have faced and how it has influenced your leadership style.

    2. Why have you decided to apply for this scholarship for outstanding candidates? What do you think makes your profile stand out?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for Entrepreneurs and Founders

    You are eligible for this scholarship if you have been involved in an entrepreneurial project or startup, or plan to create one. You need to convince us of your ability, potential and passion to develop a successful business.

    1. Describe the biggest challenge you have faced as a founder and how you managed to overcome it.

    2. Why have you decided to apply for this scholarship for entrepreneurs and founders? What do you think makes your business idea stand out?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for Women in Business

    This scholarship emphasizes Mannheim Business School’s commitment to increase the number of women in executive positions. You need to demonstrate your leadership potential through your career progression, job responsibilities or social commitment to apply for this scholarship.

    1. Provide a specific example of a female leader you admire and explain why.

    2. Why have you decided to apply for the women in business scholarship? What do you think makes your profile stand out?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for Diversity and International Experience

    You can apply for this scholarship if you have worked in an international environment in several countries, have a sound understanding of intercultural business environments and can speak a number of foreign languages. You need to convince us of your ability to understand international challenges, present the nature and number of projects you led abroad and explain how the languages you mastered have impacted your career.

    1. Describe one of the most important challenges while working on projects abroad.

    2. How did the international experience and the languages you speak help you master the situation and progress in your career?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for High Potentials from Eastern European Countries

    You can apply for this scholarship if you come from an Eastern European country or currently live there, and can demonstrate the positive impact you have had on the local economy of that country.

    1. Describe the positive impact your work has on the local economy.

    2. How do you think the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA will help you progress in your work there?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for Digital Transformation, Sustainability or Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

    You can apply for this scholarship if you have a convincing track record of contributions to one of these three strategic challenges.

    1. Describe your track record in either digital transformation, sustainability or entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship.

    2. What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

  • Scholarship for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

    You are eligible for this scholarship if you have relevant work experience in a small or medium-sized company, a German Mittelstand company or a startup.

    1. How do you think the ESSEC & MANNHEIM Executive MBA will help you progress in your current job?

    2. How do you think your company will benefit from your participation in this program?

    3. Describe how and to what extent you would become a valuable alumnus/alumna of our EMBA program and how you would support us after graduation.

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Nilgün Vatansever
Admissions Manager Executive MBA Programs
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