Executive MBA in Creative Leadership
The MBA Program at Steinbeis University Berlin – Tailored to the Creative Industries
The Executive MBA in Creative Leadership is a Master’s degree for professionals in the areas of business and industry where creativity sets the standards. The program is designed for those with significant professional experience looking to develop further as leaders and create positive and lasting change in their fields. Throughout the intensive module residencies and thesis preparation, degree candidates work together with veteran international faculty members as well as industry thought leaders committed to fostering creativity in business.
Part-time program involving five separate two-week modules that generally takes 18-24 months to complete
The Executive MBA program’s flexible design allows participants to choose the pace and order in which they complete the five required two-week residential modules. The Start Module in Berlin provides the fundamental knowledge about creative leadership and business essentials upon which subsequent modules are built. Participants benefit from cross-cultural learning in Europe, Asia and the US, and grow together within the extraordinary Berlin School global community. The program culminates in the completion of an in-depth research thesis that advances the candidate's own knowledge of leadership and its practice – a work that also contributes to the wider global understanding of forward-thinking creative leadership.
The courses in the program focus on complexity within the creative business paradigm
Today's creative leaders must combine essential business skills with a deep understanding of ongoing changes in enterprises, markets and society. A passionate engagement with people and innovation is also part of the job description. The Berlin School Executive MBA curriculum prepares participants for greater success by guiding them through a unique journey of personal and professional growth. Our graduates emerge with a commitment to a never-ending learning process that teaches them to lead differently. They prosper in a world increasingly defined by new technologies, ways of working and social interactions. The language of instruction is English.
Leading international experts from academia and industry
The most profound learning happens when dedicated experts spark your curiosity and support your personal development. Our award-winning team of experts from Europe, Asia and the Americas is made up of committed researchers, practitioners and lifelong educators. The knowledge and skills they bring to the classroom empower participants to harness lifelong learning skills – opening their eyes to new ways of seeing the world, and their minds to the process of acting on it in a meaningful way.
Professionals in media, entertainment, advertising, design, journalism, marketing and other creative businesses
The Berlin School's diverse community hails from dozens of countries and every major creative industry. The leaders who come to us are designers, filmmakers, writers, strategists, journalists, producers, programmers, marketers, entrepreneurs, Directors, CEOs and other executives. What ultimately defines our participants and alumni is a restless curiosity and passionate commitment to cross traditional boundaries and forge the future of creative work and business. In the process of becoming creative leaders, they join a lifelong global network of colleagues, friends and fellow creative learners.
€53,000 (excluding travel and lodging)
Tuition and fees are €53,000 (excluding German VAT). This does not include travel and accommodation. We also advise applicants to plan for around 70 hotel/apartment nights and five round-trip flights, which adds approximately €7,000-12,000 in additional costs, depending on hotel tastes and flight distances. In addition, there are of course small incidental expenses, such as translation of your university transcripts for matriculation (if they aren't already in English or German). And although we provide plenty of snacks and beverages during the hours of the course, most days you will also have to buy lunch and/or dinner. There are a number of different ways to finance your Executive MBA.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) awarded by Steinbeis University Berlin and accredited by FIBAA
Participants who successfully complete all academic program requirements and defend their research thesis earn the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Creative Leadership degree. The degree is conferred by Steinbeis University Berlin, one of the most prestigious private universities, which is at the center of a leading network of programs, institutes and schools known for its innovation, technology research and transfer. The program and credential have been accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) since 2008. FIBAA is a supranational European-based agency that is internationally recognized for accrediting MBA and other degree programs in the fields of management studies, economics, law and social sciences.
Our Executive MBA is aimed at those who are already in a leadership position or designated for one, it’s designed to fit your schedule rather than the other way around. The modular structure is flexible, so you can keep your job and complete the degree at your own pace. Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis, with Start Modules taking place every March and September.
Weeks in Shanghai & Tokyo explore complex Asian markets and new approaches to leadership, service and innovation.
Strategic decision-making, talent leadership and social entrepreneurship learning precede a thesis showcase and graduation.
New York & Silicon Valley weeks combine academic and industry views on creative media, data, tech and innovation design.
Extending learning from other modules, participants take advanced courses and deepen their knowledge, skills and relationships within the community.
Participants by position
- 35% Founder, Partner, CEO
- 18% Manager, Head of Department
- 14% MD
- 13% ECD, CCD
- 12% CD
- 8% Other
Participants by age
- 11% 50 and over
- 12% 45 - 49
- 21% 40 - 44
- 29% 35 - 39
- 21% 30 - 34
- 6% under 30
Participants by region
Apply for our Executive MBA Program
There is no official application deadline.Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis, and participants are encouraged to apply early for their preferred Start Module. The next Start Module takes place in Berlin, Germany and runs from September 3-16, 2017
For more details on our Global Part-Time Executive MBA, please contact our Admissions Team at admissions(at)berlin-school.com.
"Who is eligible to apply?"
Our part-time Global Executive MBA in Creative Leadership is designed for executives in industries where creativity sets the standards. In addition to satisfying academic requirements, candidates must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in their industry, and demonstrate their potential as leaders.
The program is tailored to applicants who are in or are designated for leadership positions, or are entrepreneurs/freelancers interested in enhancing their leadership skills. On average, our participants are 40 years old.
Among the elements we evaluate are age, professional experience/past performance, career trajectory, current leadership opportunities, proposed research topic/research ideas, motivation for joining the program, and the makeup of the entering class.
"Do I need a GMAT or TOEFL to apply?"
We do not look at GMAT scores when considering applicants to our Executive MBA program.
We also don’t require a TOEFL for application or admission, however we might conduct a telephone interview with non-native speakers to ensure that your English skills are proficient enough for you to be comfortable in our program and benefit fully from it.
"I’m not a 'creative' or working in advertising; is this for me?"
Although most of our first graduates were advertising industry executives, only around half of our participants now come from the field. Recent classes have included journalists and editors, TV producers, airline industry officers, brand managers from global banks and insurance companies, consultants, innovation directors from national postal services, and even lawyers and dentists. All of them have one thing in common – a desire to become better leaders and drive their companies forward with more creative communication strategies, products or services.
"Is it just for those who work for major companies, or are CEOs / entrepreneurs / freelancers also welcome?"
We have a fairly even split between participants who work in big global networks and those who run their own companies – and that can mean a one-man operation, a firm that employs hundreds of staff, or anything in-between. Whether you are running a business as an entrepreneur or defining your role in a vast global organization, our program is aimed at addressing the unique challenges you face.
"Is this a certified MBA degree?"
Yes. Upon completing the program, you receive an MBA degree that is awarded by our academic partner Steinbeis University Berlin.
Established in 1998 by the Steinbeis Foundation, Steinbeis University is the largest private university in Germany. It has been granted official German recognition by the State of Berlin, and is also accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) in Germany.
"Can you tell me more about the curriculum?"
Our Executive MBA in Creative Leadership is an innovative program tailored to those who want to lead their enterprise to the front of the pack, especially in professions that are built on creative excellence. We combine traditional MBA subjects like strategy, accounting, finance and HR with a unique perspective on the demands of working in a creative industry. In the course of the program, degree candidates also meet and learn from industry leaders in fields like advertising, entertainment, marketing, journalism or design, who breathe life into the curriculum with relevant, real-world examples.
"Are scholarships or other kinds of financial aid available?"
We offer a limited number of full and partial-tuition scholarships for each intake. If you’d like to see what scholarships are currently available, please visit this page. We do not offer need-based financial aid, but participants who are unable to cover their tuition costs all at once can choose from a range of payment plans that allow them or their companies to spread the cost over several years. If you are admitted to our program, we will work towards crafting an individual payment plan with you. If you’d like to know more about the options, please contact Head of Admissions Gerardo Tejo at g.tejo(at)berlin-school.com.
"Is there a lot of course work between modules?"
Our Global Executive MBA is designed for busy leaders who want further education, but can't afford to step away either from positions or paychecks. You will be expected to do some preparatory reading in the weeks leading up to each module, as well as complete post-module assignments within a few weeks after it has taken place. But aside from the master's thesis – which will require a substantial time investment late in the program – you can focus on applying what you’ve learned in each course to your profession during the 3-6 months between modules.