Global Executive MBA Program

Develop the leader in you!

Global Executive MBA

Program Start

Please note: The 2018 intake is suspended due to a revision of the program. The next intake will be in fall 2019.

Entry Requirements

First degree in any discipline

At least 5 years postgraduate work experience

Very good English skills

Program Length

21 months
8 residential weeks within 3 calendar years
(40 days out of office)


15-20 students per class, average age: 35
80% international students

Language of Instruction

100% English

International Perspective

2 or 3 residential weeks at renowned business schools in emerging markets (Brazil, China, India)
Over 300 partner universities


Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2016 
#2 for Salary Increase post MBA in Germany
#15 for Career Progress worldwide

Financial Times European Business Schools Ranking 2016 
#40 in Europe
Top 5 MBA in Germany

Ivy Exec Ranking 2017
#14 worldwide for the Executive MBA

Founder's Association for German Science Start-up Radar 2016 
Germany’s best entrepreneurial university




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Program Structure

Program-accompanying executive coaching & innovative leadership training

The Global Executive MBA prepares you to work in a globalized and highly competitive business environment and will guide you to a level of knowledge which is indispensable to successfully continue your management development process.

You will gain management skills to accelerate your professional and personal development, which leads to a competitive advantage for both you and the company in which you work.

The program will be completely in English and will focus on the characteristics and similarities of business practices in Western European countries. In addition, participants will gain insight into the economy and culture of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian markets at our Global Executive partner universities.

Read here some experiences about the "Global Executive MBA program".

Our Program - A high Return on Investment

We have developed our own practical, active and participatory approach with an emphasis on “learning by doing”. The methodology reflects companies’ demand for professionals with skills such as the capacity to reflect, the ability to act in the face of change, the versatility to work in multifunctional teams and the adaptability to face the challenges of a global environment. Our goal is to provide a high return on investment. We offer:

  • Business education at the highest level with state-of-the-art knowledge and a very practical approach
  • Specialised courses designed to compare different countries around the globe with a special focus on BRIC countries (Brazil, China, India)
  • Intercultural and interpersonal training with diverse teams
  • Support of dedicated executive coaches and leadership training during the program
  • Contact with renowned business experts providing insight on best practices in companies around the world
  • Exchange of business experiences with peers and experts from diverse industries and countries

Core Modules

The Global Executive MBA Program combines state-of-the-art management knowledge and skills with an international orientation. We have our own practical, active and participatory approach with an emphasis on “learning by doing”. 

  • Fundamentals in Business and Economics
  • Marketing, Logistics and Innovation
  • Leadership Skills
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Strategy

Elective Modules

The Global Executive MBA Program prepares you to work in a highly competitive, globalized business environment. Knowledge of different cultures and future market are essential. Therefore the curriculum includes 3 important emerging markets: Brazil, China and India. Participants will select 2 of the 3 elective modules. It is also possible to attend all 3 modules.


Master Thesis

The thesis is an important part of the Global Executive MBA. The thesis is an opportunity for participants to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the MBA to solve real business issues.

There are two types of theses that participants may select:

Business Consulting Project
The business consulting project gives you the opportunity to research real organizational issues with an eye to forming concrete recommendations.  

Entrepreneurial Project
The entrepreneurial project is aimed at participants who want to set up their own business. The project is a business plan of how to bring a new product to the market.

Executive Coaching and Leadership Training

In a highly competitive and volatile business environment, true leadership makes the difference between success and failure.

Therefore, we focus on leadership courses and you will be trained in key communication skills. During the complete program we offer participants Executive Coaching sessions, generating new insights in relation to your goals.  Read here some experiences about "Personal Coaching".

Moreover, our participants will use the unique NeuroTrainingLab at EADA, a technological and pedagogical innovation promoting social competency.




The Program is run in 21 months with 8 residential weeks in 5 different locations. The elective modules are taking place at top ranked business schools in Brazil, China and India. 

Class Profile

A truly diverse student body

What makes our program really unique is the network of participants in each class with very heterogeneous and very international backgrounds, at the same time sharing similar goals along the path to success. Your classmates have different backgrounds in terms of culture and education and bring extensive life and work experience into the classroom to make the program an international and multicultural meeting place.

Students in our current class are an outstanding, diverse and highly motivated group of students representing 11 different nationalities (Bulgaria, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Peru, Spain, South Africa, USA, Vietnam). The members of this diverse group have an average of 12 years of work experience in areas such as IT, medicine and finance. The average age of the participants is 37.

The members of this diverse group have an average of 10 years of work experience in areas such as E-Commerce, IT, Green Technology, Marketing, Pharmacy, Logistics, Tourism, Retailing, Consulting, Media and Banking.

Class Statistics

  • Average age: 37
  • Age range: 31 - 52
  • Class size: 20
  • Percentage of woman: 20 %
  • Average work experience: 12 years
  • Percentage of international students: up to 80 %
  • Average number of countries represented: 11


Outside the box – gain international experience

International competence is essential for a business leader. Global partnerships are therefore one of our key assets. Within the program you will study in five different countries (Brazil, China, Germany, India and Spain) at reputated partner universities. You will gain extensive international experiences and learn from your fellow students as well as from the international faculty.

Read here some "International Experiences".

Our Global Executive Partners

EADA Business School – Barcelona, Spain

EADA is an international business school located in Barcelona. It offers programs for Masters, MBA and Executive Education. EADA's MBA program is ranked among the 100 best MBA programs in the world by The Economist and the Financial Times. In addition, EADA has consistently been ranked among the top four business schools in Spain. In the 2012 Financial Times European Business School Ranking EADA reached the 27th place. The MBA program of EADA has been exceptionally high ranked for career progress (Financial Times ranking 7th worldwide) and 20th in value for money. EADA is accredited by the AMBA and EQUIS.

Business School São Paulo - Brazil

BSP was founded in 1996. In 2011, BSP was elected as one of the best Latin America schools according to America Economia. The school was also elected as the first business school in Brazil and third in Latin America, according to QS TOP MBA ranking in 2010.

Lingnan (University) College, Sun Yat-sen University – Guangzhou (Canton), China 

Originated in 1888, Lingnan (University) College is a business school positioned as a leading business and economics education provider and research institute in Southern China. The Lingnan MBA and EMBA programs are accredited by AMBA and Lingnan (University) College is EQUIS accredited. The Forbes Magazine placed the college’s MBA program third in the “Most Valuable Full-time MBA Programs in China” and in 2009, Lingnan MBA program ranked 4th for the most influential MBA in China.

Indian Institute of Management – Calcutta, India 

The vision of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is to emerge as an international center of excellence in all facets of a management education rooted in Indian ethos and societal values. Over the past four decades, IIM Calcutta has become one of Asia’s finest business schools. Today, it attracts the best talent in India – a melting pot of academia, industry and research. The school is accredited by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Our renowned Faculty

HHL’s and EADA’s faculty provide the perfect mix of practical and theoretical methodologies. Courses are taught by experienced and renowned lecturers with an outstanding track record of expertise in their subjects.

HHL Partner Universities

International competence is essential for a business leader. Global partnerships are therefore one of HHL’s key assets. We serve our selective number of students with over 130 partner universities around the globe.


Focus on the student

Besides the Executive Coaching the Career Service of HHL provides a highly individual career service. You know what you want – a rewarding and challenging career with potential for promotion.

We know how to assist you to achieve this goal by bringing important business contacts and career advancement opportunities directly to you.

Individual Career StrategyIndividual Counseling Sessions
Career Potential Analysis
Career Plan Writing
Application PreparationCV & cover letter writing
Interview preparation
Case study training
Job SearchHHL Online Recruiting Platform
Résumé Book
Access to HHL Network and Corporate Partners


Read here some experiences about "Personal Coaching", "Careers" and "Entrepreneurship" at HHL.

Alumni & Network

Join our global network

As a participant of the Global Executive MBA program, you will become a lifelong member of the alumni associations and will get access to a strong international business network based on the long tradition of the two co-operating business schools.

Our alumni are working around the globe, representing dozens of countries and a variety of high-value industries. We offer more than just a degree. Your personal experiences with classmates and professors will last a lifetime.

Selected HHL Startups

At HHL, you find a truly entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of the curriculum.

More than 160 startups have been founded by HHL graduates in the last 13 years making HHL one of the most entrepreneurial business schools in Germany.

Selected by the Financial Times as #1 school for Entrepreneurship in 2011 and 2012, HHL is developing its entrepreneurial activities even further, supporting all interested students in already developing their business ideas in the course of the program.

We regularly invite entrepreneurs as well as investors and other key players of the start-up scene to share their experiences with our students. Additionally, the student initiative Accelerate regularly organizes visits to start-up companies.

HHL Alumni in the World

HHL alumni are working around the globe; they join our local and regional chapters and meet on a regular basis for networking as well as for cultural activities and educational events.


Students and Alumni about the program

Why did you opt for the Global Executive MBA?
How have you already benefited from this type of executive education?
Looking back at the Global Executive MBA week in Leipzig: Which highlights would you like to stress?
As a Global Executive MBA student: How do you personally manage the work-life-balance?

All these questions will be answered by our HHL Global Executive MBA students and alumni below.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner and Shtono Kaloferov about "Global Executive MBA Program"

„As a lecturer I enjoyed being part of the Global Executive MBA Program. There are two main reasons for this: One reason is the experience and background of the participants. They came from many different countries, they have a lot of working experience and this adds to very substantial discussions in class. They bring in their own experiences when we discuss concepts, when we talk about case studies and when we assessed management decisions. The second reason is that the participants are very entrepreneurial. Many of them are planning on developing their own business plan during the program. Others are working on growth projects in their own organizations and draw on the concepts and tools that we discussed in class to contribute to their own organizations."

Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner
Chair of Strategic Management and Family Business
Academic Director of the Global Executive MBA Program


"The experience with the Global EMBA at EADA – HHL is really unique. After completing my first week of studies, I was confident that I found the right program that would further develop my skills and open new and exciting opportunities for me and the best thing of all, were the wonderful people that I met, both faculty and participants. I really enjoyed also the second residential GEMBA week in Leipzig and the first one hosted at HHL. The best part of it was to be together with my fellow colleagues and to spend time with them in and after seminars. Despite the cold January weather in Leipzig we had a really warm welcome from the staff at HHL and they managed to make our stay a very pleasant and enjoyable. The topics presented during the week in Leipzig were interesting but the star of the week was the Porche factory tour. It was well organized and helped us to better understand the complexity of their logistics operations. I already look forward to the international residential week in China in April."

Shtono Kaloferov
Solution Capability Manager at Hewlett Packard Global Delivery Bulgaria Centre

Jennifer Becker about "Work Life Balance"

"Maintaining a good Work-Life Balance is probably one of the main challenge that most professionals are facing nowadays. In my opinion the key element to achieve an adequate balance is to understand and effectively manage priorities even if this requires to say "no" to personal or work-related tasks when noticing that workload and stress-levels are getting to high. Fitting an MBA course into an already busy lifestyle requires even better time and priority management skills - but with the right attitude towards planning it is absolutely doable."

Jennifer Becker
Portfolio Development Analyst, European Business Development and Portfolio Development (Licensing and M&A) at Grünenthal GmbH

Dr. Björn Mathes about "Benefits of the Program"

"The active and participatory approach of EADA and HHL with a special emphasis on “learning by doing” together with very international and open-minded fellow students with heterogeneous backgrounds is providing a perfect framework for my further professional development. Beside from the quality of the professors and the excellent teaching style the substantial discussions in our class and the extensive life and work experiences of all students are a real added value."

Dr. Björn Mathes
Head of PRAXISforums at Dechema

Edilmar Filho and Jorge Vinuales about "Program Highlights"

"The reasons which guided me for applying to some Executive MBA programs were mainly the wish to go ahead on my career steps and the needed of business and managerial knowledge, as my background was mostly technical. Fortunately, I had the chance to choose among some of the Germany's top MBA programs who have selected me for their respective international programs. It was somehow a hard decision, but the way as HHL supported me during the process and gave me the freedom to choose, without disregarding the other schools, but merely highlighting the strong ones of studying at HHL/Leipzig and EADA/Barcelona, was for me a very important factor to be today a HHL/EADA student. Since the first day in Barcelona, I am already taking advantage of a great and international group, with the most varied qualifications and experience which has supported me to see some issues from different perspectives and not only from the technical approach as I was used with. Another important advantage from the GEMBA that I already can see as a benefit in my professional life are the “Leading Self & Teams” tools and classes, as for example the Neuro Training Lab experience. It has increased intensely my capacity to understand myself, the team members individually and realizing important details that I used to ignore before."

Edilmar Filho
Lead Engineer at Voith Hydro


„Participation in the Global Executive MBA has exceeded my expectations. I would like to highlight three main aspects: 1.The high level of the lectures as well as their approach to learning by doing makes the course very practical and interesting 2. The atmosphere on campus and the friendliness of the staff make the place really appropriate and is a perfect setting for a modular MBA program. 3. The participants’ motivation to improve as well as to contribute and share their experiences with the group.” 

Jorge Vinuales
Export Manager Group QP

Jason Ward about "International Experience"

"I opted for a GEMBA because I wanted to grow personally and I wanted to leverage and expand my international knowledge, with an international group. The GEMBA offered all of this in the form of  international participants combined with residential weeks between Germany  and Spain and the additional 3 international residencies, in arguably, 3 of the fastest growing and most vibrant markets in which to do business. It fits really well with my personal vision of developing into an international executive with not only technical and theoretical knowledge but practical and applicable experience."

Jason Ward
Principal Financial Analyst at Global Foundries at Global Foundries

Olga Pantchenko about "Entrepreneurship"

„The reason why I chose to do the Global Executive MBA with EADA – HHL was the focus on entrepreneurship. This was essential for me, as I run my own business. The program covers the topics needed to manage a company successfully, and provides an overview of financial and accounting tools, logistics processes and evaluation methods. Another important focus is leadership, which does not always come naturally and requires a keen understanding of one’s own capabilities and the team’s needs. Overall, I can say that the Global Executive MBA helped me to develop my analytical skills, to recognize the complexity of diverse processes and to express my emotions. At the end of the day, these skills are what drive every business."

Olga Pantchenko
Global EMBA student 2012. Co-Founder and CEO of NORFOLK Sarl

Andre Keeve about "Professional Development"

“Taking part in the Global Executive MBA Program has been a great challenge for my professional and personal development. The program’s global approach, the highly international class as well as the executive coaching helped me to enhance my intercultural and my leadership skills. In addition the program's special focus on rapidly developing markets of India, China and Brazil widened my understanding and outlook on today’s globally intertwined market.”

Andre Keeve
Vice President Dialogmarketing, Deutsche Post DHL

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Peter Schwarz about "Personal Coaching"

„As a professor of internal medicine I realize more and more that today’s medicine misses a lot of business opportunities. The Global Executive MBA Program offers me insights in many business aspects, which are to me as a physician completely new. The exciting core part of the program is, that throughout the lectures you have the feeling to be in the middle of business and leadership decisions or management processes. Especially the personal coaching was challenging. During intensive interviews we really concentrated on matters in depth in order to identify strengths and weaknesses and to work out coping models. There are already several situations at work where it helped me to remember the discussions with my coach and I believe I successfully implemented some of the topics successfully into praxis. I strongly recommend the program for anyone who want to learn about management dimensions and international business opportunities."

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Peter Schwarz 
Department of Medicine III Prevention and Care of Diabetes, University of Dresden


Any questions? We are here for you!

Petra Spanka
Senior Manager Student Recruitment MBA
T +49 341 9851-730

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