GISMA Executive MBA

Lead your organisation through transitions and uncertainty. This program focuses on agility and responsiveness of your organization, change and strategy in times of uncertainty and your own leadership role.

Accreditations and rankings

This programme is accredited by FIBAA and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval. 

FIBAA is a nationally as well as internationally experienced agency for quality assurance in higher education. Customer-oriented, efficient, fast and flexible work are some of its trademarks. It accredits according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council.

Who is the programme for? 

This programme is designed for managers with at least 7 years of experience, of which at least 3 years have to be relevant management experience. It is for ambitious managers and their organisations, who are curious to manage their business in uncertainty and would like to know how to integrate sustainability in business opportunities.

Why choose this programme? 

In this programme, we approach business functions (e.g. Strategy, Finance, HR) and the external context from non-traditional international perspectives: uncertainty, change, agility and responsiveness of organisations. The mind-set of leadership is “leading change”. 

Additionally, you will extend and build up your network of like-minded professionals. This group of peers is a crucial element of the Executive MBA at GISMA.

What will you learn? 

  • You will be able to manage your organisation in the real world of uncertainty
  • You will learn to make decisions in situations of incomplete information by making the right assumptions.
  • You will also gain competences and skills on how to manage people in a world of uncertainty
  • Using these skills to your advantage, you will realize real sustainable value creation. 

How will you study? 

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic blended learning scheme. The blended learning is composed of e-learning phases as well as intensive block phases (residencies). The residencies predominately take place in Hannover and require your physical attendance. During the e-learning phases, you can access materials, work with your study team and talk to your professors remotely from anywhere in the world through our e-learning platform.

The Executive MBA is a blended part-time programme. Students will work together in peer groups of 4-6 people for the duration of the programme and will come together for two residencies per semester, each lasting one week.

The exact dates of the residencies will be published well in advance.

On top, all students will attend a Summer School which is to take place in the USA in August 2020.*

*This may be subject to change.

The International Executive MBA revolves around three core modules: 

  • The World, Society and Business – Understanding the essence of transitions and uncertainty
    • Global Developments and Geopolitics
    • Uncertainty: Complexity and Dynamics
    • Circular Economy, Smart Cities
    • Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy Development
    • Marketing Management
    • Innovation
    • International Supply Chains
  • Creating a Sustainable Future – What can be done to make a difference
    • Financial and Management Accounting
    • International Investments
    • Logistics and Operations Management
    • Sustainable Finance and Risk Management
    • Customer Management
    • Network Science and Practice
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Business Model Innovation
  • Shaping and Moving Forward – How to excel in a changing environment
    • Management and Digitalization
    • Organisational Development
    • International HRM
    • International Cultures
    • Human Resources Development
    • Intrapreneurship
    • Leadership as Science
    • Leadership as Art

Additionally, all students will work on Action and Change Projects and topics such as Self Management and Leadership Development. 
The programme includes an international Summer School.

Additionally, all students will work on Action and Change Projects and work on topics such as Self Management and Leadership Development

The programme includes an international Summer School.

Career direction

You have come a long way already and you want to take the next step. This programme will equip you with skills, competences and networks, which you previously did not possess. You are well prepared for future challenges and opportunities for yourself and your organisation.

Fees and funding

Please contact a programme advisor for more details on how to apply.

Tuitions fee - €28,600 / Year

Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans for this course that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees via three payment options including monthly instalments. Discounts are available. A deposit of €2,000.00 is required to start.  

Please note that all payment plans are suggested only. A specific payment plan for you can be agreed with GISMA and only the deposit is the fixed amount that is required. Students can spread out the payments as they like, as long as this is in line with the payment date deadlines.

*Terms and conditions apply. 

Entry requirements 

  • A better than average university degree (final grade at least 2.5 or corresponding)
    a. Diploma certificates
  • 2. Proof of at least seven years of relevant work experience after being awarded the first university degree (e.g. confirmation and/or recommendation letters stating work period)
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language on at least the CEFR level B2 is required. These can be proven for example by TOEFL ibt results of at least 88 or IELTS of at least 6.5
  • CV
  • Application Form
  • 1 essay on a topic to be decided yearly by the head of the degree course (500 words)
  • 1 motivation letter of 250 words
  • Two professional or academic references (may function as proof of work experience at the same time)
  • Interview (in person or via Skype)


Career statistics you need to know

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Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in the EU, at 3,1%*

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Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe^

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
in Europe, with a growing economy


**Business Insider 

^According to statistics and data from ICEF monitor.

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Key facts

  • Part-time
  • Hannover
  • 24 months
  • April 2020
  • € 28600 per course

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This programme is FIBAA accredited and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval 


Earn an average EMBA graduate salary of $232,663

2nd best

 Germany has 2nd best unemployment rate, at 3.4%**



Join a network of students from over 40 nationalities across the globe

"I chose GISMA because it is a very international business school, with alumni, worldwide"

Peiyi Zhang - China, Msc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

"Grenoble Ecole de Management is one of the most highly qualified institutes and they have so many accreditations as well"

Ankit Gupta - India, Msc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

"Tutors come from all around the world and their expertise makes subjects very easy to follow"

Akhil Jacob - India, MIB

"Everyone is international, so you learn a little bit about them, and their countries and traditions"

Kimberly Garza - Mexico, Msc Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship