Executive MBA (EMBA)

Executive MBA (EMBA)

Stefan Malzkorn

Study Profile Executive MBA

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, HSBA Scholarship, other Scholarships

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) inclusive 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

"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

"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

"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

"I chose Hamburg for my studies because of its international flair and many cultural and social activities. At first people may seem reserved, but as soon as you get to know them better they are reliable and great friends for life."

Faisal Jashimuddin
Class of 2018 on the MSc Global Management and Governance

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
  • Leadership & Human Resource Management
    6 ECTS
    49 Contact hours
  • Decision Making & Economics
    9 ECTS
    64 Contact hours
  • International Strategic Management
    12 ECTS
    92 Contact hours
  • Legal, Compliance & Business Ethics
    6 ECTS
    46 Contact hours
  • International Accounting & Governance
    9 ECTS
    62 Contact hours
  • Master's Elective/Digital Toolbox
    1 ECTS
    25 Contact hours
Study Content: Year 2
  • Sustainable Innovation Camp
    8 ECTS
    47 Contact hours
  • Financial Management
    8 ECTS
    52 Contact hours
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Plan
    9 ECTS
    65 Contact hours
  • Master Thesis and Colloquium
    17 ECTS


How to apply

For the Executive MBA the following admission requirements apply:

  • Five years of management experience.
  • Ability to study in English language (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference).
  • Academic requirements:
    - A completed third-level degree with 210 ECTS credits and minimum grade “good”
    - a degree with 180 ECTS credits and minimum grade “good” supplemented by one additional year of professional experience or third-level training
    - passing the entrance exam: Applicants without a completed third-level degree but with at least eight years of professional experience are allowed to sit an entrance examination. Tthis exam comprises a written paper, a 30-minute oral exam and a two-hour written exam. The written paper deals with a management topic. The paper must be 10 to 15 pages long and has to be submitted within four weeks. The entrance exam takes place after the Admission Day.

Secure Your Study Place on the Executive MBA in Four Easy Steps:

Step 1: Written Application Please send the following documents in one PDF to masters.admissions@hsba.de: Application form, motivation letter in English, CV, detailed work experience letter, academic or professional letter of recommendation, degree certificate, transcript of records, official grading scale, English language certificate (min. B2)
Step 2: Telephone Interview You are asked to explain your motivation to study at HSBA and you can ask questions about the programme and the university. The telephone interview lasts about 30 minutes.
Step 3: Admission Day We meet in person! We get to know you better while you complete different tasks throughout the day. Today you get the chance to visit our campus, meet professors and ask more questions.
Step 4: Admission If successful at the Admission Day we welcome you to HSBA officially. If applicable, you will be accepted to the JOB&MASTER programme, too, and of course you will also receive your contract and further information relevant to the programme.

Financing of the Study Course

The course fees are 30,000 Euro for the overall programme. HSBA alumni and staff at partner companies, JOB & MASTER candidates as well as applicants that apply before 31 May receive a 10% discount. 

The course fees include the exam fees but please be aware that costs related to the study trip are not included. Usually the employer pays a part of the course fees.

Your Financing Options

If the applicant is already in employment, it may be possible, depending on the company, for the employer to cover most of the tuition fees.

HSBA’s JOB & MASTER programme is a free placement service for applicants (still) looking for employment. If you are eligible to join the placement service, HSBA will assist you finding a job. Please note that not all students may be eligible to take part. Please inform us if you are interested in the JOB & MASTER programme, so we can advise you accordingly. 

With Income Share Agreements (ISA) tuition fees are financed in whole or in part by CHANCEN eG. In return, starting from a fixed annual minimum income, the student will repay a fixed share of his income to the Chancen eG after completing his studies. The concept envisages that student repayments can be used to fund study places for future generations using the same model. On the website of Chancen eG you can find further information.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


The VDI Hamburger Bezirksverein e.V. joins forces with HSBA to award a full study place for one member of VDI Bezirksverein Hamburg for a place on one of HSBA’s MBA programmes.

MBA studies start in October. Please send us your completed application by post or by e-mail no later than 31 July. Then the HSBA application phase with a telephone interview and an admission day begins. The decision on the scholarship will be taken by 31 August.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any specific questions.

Please be aware that applying for this study place does not mean that you have been admitted to the MBA programme. The scope of funding will be made transparent before the agreement is concluded.

Please send your application to:
HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
Alexander Freier
Alter Wall 38, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)40 36138 743 

Of course, you can also finance your studies yourself. There are some options to support you:

HSBA Scholarship: Next to the early bird discount of 10%, HSBA scholarships for 25%, 50% and in special cases 100% of the course fees are offered to particularly eligible applicants. HSBA hereby particularly supports applicants with the following backgrounds:

  • Expatriates and international professionals
  • Women in Leadership: (future) female leaders
  • Practitioners with relevant work-experience without a first university degree
  • Professionals from small- and medium-sized as well as family-owned companies

All candidates should add a separate motivation letter to their application, in which their special suitability for the scholarship is explained.Funding-Specific Provisions for the Executive MBA

Germany Scholarship: The "Deutschlandstipendium" scholarships are awarded based on performance and amount to EUR 300 per month. 50% stem from public funding from the German government and 50% from the university's own private funding. For further information please take a look at the specific information and regulations regarding the "Deutschlandstipendium". 

Scholarships & Foundations: For further funding needs, HSBA students may qualify for other scholarships. A good place to look for the most appropriate scholarship is mystipendium.de. To find a suitable foundation, please check the platform stiftungssuche.de. When choosing a scholarship, always make sure that students of part-time Master's programmes are eligible to apply.

Student Loans: The following banks offer student loans on special terms:

Further information on the topic can be found on the websites www.studienkredit.de and the CHE-Studienkredit-Test 2016. Please be aware that these websites are only available in German.