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Programme Structure & Content

On the basis of surveys conducted with our graduates, who have been active in their careers for many years, we have completely modernised the MBA part-time programme and adapted its structure and contents to the challenges of today. We train managers to recognise and cope with changes and to be able to make complex decisions in a responsible manner.  

We provide the expertise that is needed for current and future entrepreneurial challenges, such as digital corporate strategies. Business development or marketing below the line is just as important as the acquisition of soft skills, such as leadership, management of teams and international cooperation. Thus our course is becoming an integrated programme for professional and personal development.

Attendance weekends

You begin your studies in September or March and spend approx. 9 attendance weeks per semester at ESB Business School. Lecture times are usually:  
Friday 3:30pm – 9pm
Saturday 8:30am – 3:30pm

Additionally, once a semester there is a block week. The block week allows intensive interaction between lecturers and students, also providing the students with the opportunity for dialogue and integration. The block week can be recognised as educational leave.

Web-based support contact seminars between the attendance phases enable students to deepen their knowledge of the material.

Modular structure

All subjects are taught in theme blocks – so called modules – and end with an examination.  


You extend your knowledge of the subject areas presented in the attendance phase by studying course material yourself with the help of teaching materials made available to you via our learning portal. The time you need for learning depends on your previous knowledge, your learning situation and your individual learning speed. It would be advisable to allow approx. ten hours a week for self-study, working with the teaching materials and preparing for the examination.  

In addition, we support self-study with so called contact seminars. These are held by our university professors and are intended to help students extend their knowledge using recaps or project coaching. Contact seminars are usually offered in the evening, are optional and do not require the presence of students and lecturers.   

Study abroad

The international orientation of the graduates is a major goal of the MBA degree programme. This is why the two-year course includes a mandatory stay abroad of one to four weeks. The module abroad in MBA partner programmes offers you a unique experience with like-minded people all over the world: the stay abroad with long-standing partners in MBA part-time or executive programmes gives you the opportunity to deepen your own professional specialisations in an international educational environment. Additionally, you get the chance to network with professionals in other countries and at other prestigious universities. 

The list of partner universities is constantly extended. We currently have six partner universities in our portfolio:

  • Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management, France
  • HEC Montreal, Kanada
  • Maastricht School of Management, Niederlande
  • Nelson Mandela University, Südafrika
  • Solbridge International School of Business, Südkorea
  • Zagreb School of Economics and Management, Croatia

For information about our international partners please contact Mr Manuele Pilloni.

Order of study

1st study stage  

Acquisition of sound business and economic knowledge, raising awareness of intercultural leadership issues   

2nd study stage       

Strategies for international markets and integral application of management skills 

 Master's thesis

You will find detailed information on the Electives here.

Course Contents

  • Leadership and Managing People
  • Organisation Behaviour
  • Business Development
  • Business Process
  • Finance for Managers
  • Digital Corporate Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship