A NON-TRADITIONAL EXECUTIVE MBA FOR CREATIVE MINDS
WIDEN YOUR HORIZONS, DEEPEN YOUR UNDERSTANDING
Our unique, part-time global MBA program makes the world your classroom
Awarded in association with Steinbeis University, our fully accredited Executive MBA degree in Creative Leadership is a Master’s degree for senior professionals looking to develop further as creative leaders by expanding their leadership skills, to adopt new ways of tackling the complexity of modern business and innovation and to create positive and lasting change in their field. Our classrooms host participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, whether measured in geographic, cultural or professional terms. Through a hybrid curriculum consisting of five mandatory modules – in-person plus online preparatory courses (in-person seminars scheduled to resume in late 2021) – participants learn from renowned academic thought leaders and industry experts.
Part-time MBA consists of five modules held in person in our global hubs, which include online preparatory courses, thesis online supervision plus optional thesis extras.
As our part-time Executive MBA is aimed at those who already hold a leadership position or are designated for one, it’s designed to accommodate busy schedules rather than the other way around. The flexible format also means that – with the exception of the Start Module – each module can be attended in participants’ preferred order and the master’s degree completed at their own pace. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Participants to the program can choose to start the program either in person in Berlin in April 2022** (Berlin Start Module) or by completing the Start Module online via January or July’s Gateway Courses (plus their additional academic courses).
**2021 is the exception, and the Start Module will take place in October in person in Berlin. From 2022 on, the Start Module is in April
The courses in the program focus on complexity within the creative business paradigm, the imperatives of entrepreneurial mindset and forward-thinking creative leadership
As technology evolves and markets change, business leaders must stay informed and be prepared to react in real time. With a uniquely agile setup, the Berlin School is able to curate and update each learning module as needed, bringing in the most relevant perspectives from an extensive global network of academic and industry experts to ensure that up-to-the-minute research findings and meaningful conversations around industry innovations and world events make their way directly into the classroom. The school’s curriculum is tailored to meet the needs and interests of current participants – addressing relevant sectors, trends and markets. Personal learning preferences are further supported via one-on-one coaching sessions, offered during the Personal Leadership Journey. The language of instruction is English.
Leading international specialsts from Steinbeis academic faculty, visiting professors, and industry experts
The Berlin School’s faculty network features thought leaders from the world’s top-ranking institutions of higher education – many of them authors of numerous books and recipients of major academic awards. Bringing the latest insights from the international research community directly to the classroom, they are also experienced and committed educators, enthusiastic about passing on their knowledge and nurturing participants’ growth, development and leadership skills. Our lecturers have included professors from Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, IAE Aix-en-Provence School of Management, Hitotsubashi University ICS – and many more.
Professionals from a variety of backgrounds including technology, advertising, finance, retail, hospitality and more
Hailing from over 60 countries, the mid- and senior-level creative business professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs in the global EMBA classroom come from a wide range of experience and cultural backgrounds and are brought together by a shared commitment to transform their careers through the development of new leadership skills. The program is not limited to those working in ‘traditional’ creative industries – rather to professionals who desire to become better leaders and drive their companies forward with more creative communication strategies, products or services. Recent classes have included advertisers, designers, journalists, editors, TV producers, media executives, brand managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, architects and senior executives in the tech industry.
€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 40 hotel/apartment nights and five round-trip flights, which adds approximately €4,000-7,000 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 are awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Creative Leadership, conferred by Steinbeis University Berlin – the oldest and largest nationally accredited private university in Germany – in association with its School of Management and Innovation (SMI). The Executive MBA is additionally accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). 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. Those who complete the program, but choose to not defend a thesis, will receive a certificate of completion of their studies.
The Executive MBA is aimed at those who already hold a leadership position or are designated for one. It’s designed to fit busy schedules rather than the other way around – the hybrid modular structure is flexible, so participants can keep their careers or run their companies and complete the degree at their own pace.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Participants to the program can choose to start the program either in person in Berlin in April 2022** (Berlin Start Module) or by completing the Start Module online via January or July’s Gateway Courses (plus their additional academic courses).
**2021 is the exception, and the Start Module will take place in October in person in Berlin. From 2022 on, the Start Module is in April
2021 Start Module
Monday May 10 to Friday May 14 (intensive)
New participants are immersed in creative leadership learnings and business fundamentals.
September 2022, exact dates TBD
Broaden your network and take advanced courses in the governance of corporate and startup cultures, the ‘play’ in creativity and much more.
Monday, August 30 to Friday, September 10, 2021.
We are working on an in-person contingency plan, details of which will be announced by mid-May.
Explore the bustling, complex and distinct Asian markets while learning new approaches to leadership, service and innovation.
From Monday, November 8 to Friday, November 19, 2021
Through an academic lens, understand the distinct marketing, tech, entrepreneurial and innovative mindsets of both coasts of the US.
THESIS SUPPORT – ONLINE
Throughout the program
This is not a module, but rather when participants can reach out for thesis supervision on their research topic and more niche support through the following topics
START MODULE – ONLINE **
Start Module Online January or July 2022 - exact dates TBD
Participants must choose between January or July modules online to be taken as part of their ‘Start’.
Start Module in Berlin
April 2022 - exact dates TBD
This in-person module in Berlin will be complemented by two online courses
March 2022 - exact dates TBD
More information coming soon.
Learn from Academic & Industry Experts
Creative Business Leadership
The Creative Business Leadership Model© is the foundation of our learning method. It draws on a range of human and organizational learning and leadership skills with an underlying drive to respond to complex business activities, evolving technology, and accelerating global markets.
Apply for our global Executive MBA Program
There is no official application deadline. Applications to our Executive MBA in Creative Leadership are accepted on a rolling basis. However, participants are encouraged to apply early if they want to take advantage of any tuition fund opportunities available on each cycle.
Your questions, answered.
Who is eligible to apply?
Our part-time global Executive MBA in Creative Leadership is designed for executives in industries where creativity sets the standard. 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 already in a leadership position or designated for one.
The program is also open to entrepreneurs interested in enhancing their leadership skills. The program is not limited to those working in ‘traditional’ creative industries – rather to professionals who desire to become better leaders and drive their companies forward with more creative communication strategies, products or services. Recent classes have included advertisers, designers, journalists, editors, TV producers, media executives, brand managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, architects and senior executives in the tech industry.
Do I need a GMAT or TOEFL to apply?
We do not look at GMAT scores when considering applicants to our Executive MBA program. The admission is based on a thoughtful analysis of applicants’ fit to the program as well as their experience and goals.
We also do not require a TOEFL for application or admission, however we may opt to conduct a telephone interview with non-native speakers to ensure that their English skills are proficient enough for them 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 executives, founders, and freelancers from diversifying fields such as technology, finance, retail, and hospitality. 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 independent business-owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers also welcome?
We have a fairly even split between participants who work in big global networks and those who run their own companies. 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 hybrid program tailored to those who want to lead their enterprise to the very front of the pack. We combine traditional MBA subjects like strategy, accounting, finance and HR with a creative perspective on sensing and responding to the complex demands of modern business. In the course of the hybrid format, participants also meet (on and offline) and learn from industry leaders – in fields like advertising, entertainment, innovation and technology – 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 partial-tuition funds for each intake. 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 payments over several years. If a participant is admitted to our program, we will work towards crafting an individual payment plan with him or her. To know more about the options, please contact Head of Admissions Gerardo Tejo.
Learn more about Tuition Funds available for September 2021.
Is there a lot of course work between modules?
Our Global Executive MBA is designed for leaders who want to further their education, but can't afford to step away from their organizations and/or projects on a full-time basis. Participants will be expected to do some preparatory reading in the weeks leading up to each module’s segment, 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 – participants can focus on applying what they’ve learned in each segment to their profession during the time between modules.