Executive MBA (EMBA) Overview

Stefan Malzkorn

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.

Highlights of the Study Course

The Executive MBA is perfect for practitioners from a wide range of academic backgrounds who wish to enhance their skills profile.

Focused Course Contents
The study programme takes a broad approach to teaching fundamental management knowledge and methods for business. The programme focusses on Internationality, Business Ethics, and Governance. Theoretical and analytical knowledge together with case studies and examples from practise offer the opportunity to put the theoretical learnings into practice.

Best Faculty
At HSBA, high-quality teaching is of central importance. Our full-time professors are academics (minimum Ph.D.) and have professional experience of at least five years. Their in-class performance is continuously observed with a special focus on didactical competences and proficiency in English.

 Accredited Quality of the Study Programme and the University
The study programme is accredited by the FIBAA and was awarded the Premium Accreditation in 2015. Furthermore, the German Council of Science and Humanities has granted HSBA institutional accreditation and certified the university’s high quality of teaching and research.

The Master’s students benefit from a special mentoring programme of the Versammlung Eines Ehrbaren Kaufmanns zu Hamburg and the established network of HSBA and Hamburg’s Chamber of Commerce.

Mentoring Programme of the Versammlung Eines Ehrbaren Kaufmanns zu Hamburg e.V. (VEEK)
As part of the mentoring programme members and partners of VEEK (The Honourable Society of Hamburg Merchants, an association of more than 1,000 entrepreneurs) accompany the HSBA Master’s students on their path to the management levels of business.

Access to Networks
For business success, networks are of essential importance. Core of the networks are the master's students themselves and more than 1.000 alumni of HSBA. Additionally, HSBA intensively cooperates with more than 250 companies and  HSBA's Friends and Sponsors' association. Via Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the founder of HSBA, students have access to links to more than 170,000 Hamburg based companies. 

Internationality is an essential component of a balanced course offering, particularly in Hamburg, a city that sees itself as the gateway to the world.

The Executive MBA is entirely taught in English. This also allows internationals access to the study course.

Currently 44 students study the Executive MBA, out of which 19 have an international background. They for example come from Brasil, Guatemala, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, South Corea and the USA.

A special highlight of the study course is the week abroad in Dubai which is integrated into the study course and offers a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of intercultural aspects in a globalised world.

The bright and friendly atmosphere and modern technical equipment at the City Campus and the Commerzbibliothek library give students the best possible conditions for learning.

At HSBA students find optimal learning conditions with small study groups. Our facilities are state-of-the-art (rooms, literature, databases) and our campus is welcoming. During their studies, students receive academic support from teaching staff and support in all other issues from management. Low dropout rates and high levels of satisfaction of students are the result of this concept.

Hamburg, the waterfront city, is one of the world’s safest big cities and an extremely attractive place to live, work and study. The mix of economic potential and a good quality of life makes Hamburg one of Europe’s most dynamic business regions. With the Inner Alster lake in the centre of the city, countless parks and green spaces, its proximity to two oceans, a large range of diverse leisure activities and excellent shopping, Hamburg is one of the top ten city destinations in Europe and a popular place to live and study. The high quality of life is also due to the fact that Hamburg is one of the safest cities in the world.

Facts on the Study Course

Students Generally approximately 20 per group
Degree Officially recognised Executive Master of Business Administration with the right to proceed into doctoral studies
Credits 90 ECTS
Language English
Course Duration 24 months, start on 1 October
Course Organisation Part-time, contact hours during 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 + 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% as well as 100% in individual cases of the study fees
Study Fees 30.000 Euro (= 1.250 Euro per month) inclusive early-bird discount of 10% if the application is handed in by the 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 eventually allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis
Accreditation The study course is accredited by the FIBAA and received the Premium Accreditation in 2015. HSBA is accredited by the science council.
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