Executive MBA (EMBA)

Stefan Malzkorn

Please note: This degree programme is currently not open for enrolment. You can find our current portfolio of courses here.

Study Profile

The Executive MBA is perfect for practitioners from a wide range of academic backgrounds who wish to enhance their skills profile. With its generalistic approach, a broad range of business administration theory as well as relevant economic and legal topics are covered. This applied study programme in particular focuses on internationality, business ethics and governance.

The Executive MBA is offered as full-time (1,5 years) and part-time (2 years) study programme.

Whilst the full-time version offers the students a highly concentrated study programme based on the format of renown Executive MBAs on the international market, the part-time version allows them to combine their studies with (full-time) employment.

Highlights of the Study Course

  • Best General Management Education for Senior Executives: Part-Time and in English – Focused Course Contents – Accredited Quality of the Study Programme and the University

  • International Focus with a Week Abroad in Silicon Valley, Berlin/Hamburg, London or Brussels. Improve your intercultural competencies!

  • Best Faculty and Experienced Lecturers: Our full-time professors are academics (minimum Ph.D.) and have professional experience of at least five years.

  • Unique Mentoring Programme with many Networking Opportunities: The HSBA Master’s students benefit from a special mentoring programme by the German Shipowners' Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder) and the network between HSBA and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

  • Interesting Financing Options: VDI Scholarship as well as HSBA Scholarships for example for Women in Leadership, expatriates, practitioners and professionals from small- and medium-sized as well as family-owned companies

Facts on the Study Course

Students Approximately 20 per group
Degree Executive Master of Business Administration with the right to proceed to doctoral studies
Credits 90 ECTS
Language English
Course Duration Full-time: 18 months, Part-time: 24 months; start on 1 October
Course Organisation Full and part-time; contact hours at extended weekends and a small number of full-time weeks
Admission Requirements Good bachelor´s degree and a minimum of five years of management experience or a minimum of eight years of management experience plus entrance examination; B2-level in English
Patronage and Mentoring Versammlung Eines Ehrbaren Kaufmanns zu Hamburg e.V. (VEEK; engl.: The Honourable Society of Hamburg Merchants)
Financing Grants of 25% to 50% of study fees as well as 100% in individual cases
Study Fees 30.000 Euro (= 1.250 Euro per month) exclusive early-bird discount of 10% if application is received by 31 May.
Application Process Written application, telephone interview, admission day. Applications are accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. We recommend to apply early, since grants and JOB&MASTER-places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Non-EU/EEA students should apply early to allow time for their visa application.
Accreditation FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation). The programme received Premium Accreditation in 2015. HSBA is accredited by the science council.

Impressions on the Study Course

Paul Boaheng

"At HSBA, the EMBA courses were very relevant and essential to me with the combination of theory, practice and digitalisation in the current business world. The programme prepares those who want to be future leaders in the corporate world to be all rounders and well equipped for all upcoming challenges."

Paul Boaheng
Class of 2019
Master EMBA Christine Wolff

"My expectations of the study programme were exceeded in many respects: excellent lecturers from industry and research, students from all over the world with professional experience, a very good mentoring programme, interesting network events, a great sports programme – and all of that in the city of Hamburg."

Christine Wolff
Member of the Supervisory Board, Hochtief AG, Class of 2012
Mater EMBA Student Graduierung

"The quality of the professors, together with the networking possibilities, the familiar atmosphere and the personalised attention create the perfect combination for making HSBA the business school of choice for German and international students."

Juan Etchart
Manager, Ernst & Young GmbH Advisory Services, Class of 2011
Executive MBA der HSBA Yasmin Guillen-Lange

"With its compact classroom phases, the Executive MBA is not only suitable for students from Hamburg, but also for non-local students, whether from Germany, Europe or Overseas. The programme management offers support in all matters relating to studies."

Yasmin Guillén-Lange
Programme Manager Executive MBA

Study Structure

In order to complete the programme successfully and be awarded the MBA degree, 90 ECTS must be collected. The credits are spread over ten modules and the thesis.

The study programme covers a broad range of business administration theory (including Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources) as well as relevant economic and legal topics. The overlapping topics of internationality, business ethics and governance are incorporated in the modules and analysed in the respective context. The degree concludes with a four-month thesis.

Study Plan

Study Content: Basic Modules
  • Turnaround Management: Introductory Case Study
    1 ECTS
    16 Contact hours

    This module introduces the issues covered by the course in a two-day case study and together with the concluding case study provides an overarching framework for the entire study course. The different perspectives are weighed up against each other in order to simulate a complex decision-making process and to reach realistic decisions.


  • Leadership & Human Resource Management
    6 ECTS
    49 Contact hours

    The focus of this module lies on:

    • International Human Resource Management
    • Leadership
    • Personal and Social Skills for Executives


  • Decision Making & Economics
    8 ECTS
    56 Contact hours

    Students familiarise themselves with different approaches for explaining behaviour in organisations and learn to evaluate employee motivation and incentive systems. The following topics are covered:

    • Economics
    • Decision Theory
    • Game Theory
    • New Institutional Economics
    • Behavioural Economics
    • Model of the Honourable Merchant


  • International Strategic Management
    10 ECTS
    72 Contact hours

    The module teaches students about the consequences for a company entering the international market. The students put what they have learned into practice in a project from their company. A week abroad in Dubai is a special feature of the module in which intercultural aspects in the area of International Strategic Management are taught.


  • Legal, Compliance & Business Ethics
    6 ECTS
    46 Contact hours

    The module teaches the elements of business ethics and their significance for long-term
    business success. The focus is on:

    • Fundamentals of Business Ethics Philosophy
    • Fundamentals of Law
    • Development of a Compliance Organisation as Part of Risk Management
    • Alternative (out-of-court) Dispute Resolution Mechanisms


  • International Accounting & Governance
    9 ECTS
    62 Contact hours

    Students acquire knowledge of international financial reporting and auditing standards and of their significance for corporate governance as well as other related topics.


  • Master's Elective/Digital Toolbox
    5 ECTS
    64 Contact hours

    Students of all Master’s study programmes can choose one profile from the following six profiles:

    • Digital Strategy
    • Intrapreneur
    • Communication
    • Programming
    • Data Business
    • Business Process Transformation


Study Content: Year 2
  • Study Trip
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours

    Students can choose between four study trips (subject to change) and are themselves in charge of the planning, organisation and implementation of their excursion.

    • Silicon Valley (USA)
    • London (UK)
    • Brussels (Belgium)
    • Hamburg/Berlin (Germany)


  • Sustainable Innovation Camp
    7 ECTS
    46 Contact hours

    Students will receive a sustainability challenge from a business partner and work on an innovative solution for the challenge during the camp week. At the end of the week, students will present their results to the business partner.


  • Financial Management
    7 ECTS
    48 Contact hours

    The module teaches students how to evaluate and compare investment projects or financing
    options on the basis of reliable information.


  • Entrepreneurship & Business Plan
    9 ECTS
    72 Contact hours

    The module deals with entrepreneurship in all its facets, ranging from business plans to innovation management and restructuring. It further includes the creation of a personal Business Plan.


  • Master Thesis and Colloquium
    17 ECTS

    The Thesis concludes the postgraduate programmes at HSBA. Its results will be presented in the final Colloquium.


Selection of our Lecturers