The Copenhagen MBA Copenhagen Business School
Why Choose The Copenhagen MBA?
- Over 90% International Students
- Excellent Post-MBA Work Opportunities
- Small Class Size With An Intimate Learning Environment
- Personal and professional development through our Leadership Discovery Process
- Focus on Sustainable Business Practices throughout the programme
- #26 European Business Schools (Financial Times 2021)
- TOP 100 Global MBA Ranking (Financial Times 2021)
- #24 Global MBA (QS 2022)
Earn Your MBA The Scandinavian Way
Through the Copenhagen MBA, you will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is respected across the globe. But more than that, you will gain critical insight into the admired Scandinavian business model - a model that prides itself on its Ethical Decision-making, Social Responsibility, and Green Agenda.
Why Choose CBS For Your MBA?
An MBA in Copenhagen is an investment in your future. Studying at a world-renowned university like CBS that puts responsible management at the forefront of the agenda will transform you and prepare you to become the kind of leader our future needs. Immersing yourself in a green, innovative and progressive city like Copenhagen will ensure you get the most out of your year, inside as well as outside of the classroom.
CBS is among an exclusive group of business schools worldwide to hold the triple crown of international accreditations: AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB. It is a prestigious honour and one that we do not take lightly.
Join A Diverse Mix of Students
Start building your network from day one as you get to know your new classmates. We deliberately bring together talented young professionals from different backgrounds, industries, and nationalities because it all adds to the richness of your learning experience. It will provide you with a wonderfully global outlook and a valuable international network for the future.
An Intimate Learning Environment
With purposely small class sizes you will be allowed time to shine, time to explore your understanding of subjects, and the opportunity to voice your opinions in a supportive community. Our world-class teaching staff will work closely with you, inspiring you to make the most of your talent and potential.
Support And Mentorship For Success At The Next Stage
Turn your ambition into achievement. Whether you want to work at a more strategic level in your prior industry or are keen to explore a career shift, you will benefit from our longstanding links with the Danish business community and many international firms. You will find plenty of opportunities to interact with potential employers throughout your MBA and our personalised MBA career team will inspire, engage and coach you every step of the way.
Your MBA Experience
We constantly review and adapt our programme to create a valuable MBA study experience that will give you the confidence to make your mark in the business world. We won’t just teach you the theory, we will give you plenty of opportunities to put it into practice in real-life scenarios, ensuring you get the most out of your MBA journey.
The Copenhagen MBA Experience
Progress is made when you face challenges and that is why you will be tested in a variety of ways from day one. We will push you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to think creatively, reflect inwardly and innovate - all skills we believe are vital for future success.
Come prepared to open yourself up to opportunities and collaborate with those around you and you will quickly thrive within our diverse community of talented, engaged, and experienced international students.
Your Fellow MBAS
Studying for an MBA is about more than the theory. It Is about the people you meet along the way. If you choose to study for your MBA at CBS, you will form a unique and valuable network that will benefit you not only during your time with us but throughout the rest of your career.
You and your fellow Copenhagen MBA students will share an intense, challenging, and rewarding experience, creating long-lasting bonds across borders. Our experience tells us that this will benefit you not only while you are pursuing your degree, but for many years to come.
We always strive for diversity in order to stimulate dynamic, innovative thinking and to create the very best educational experience for you. More than 90% of participants tend to come from outside of Denmark and they typically have more than five years of work experience from diverse industries and organizational functions, bringing unique business perspectives into the classroom.
All participants are talented, motivated, intelligent individuals who have the potential to make a difference in the global business world. We are sure you will fit right in.
Be Part of Something Special
The CBS MBA Alumni Society is a network of Full-time and Executive MBA graduates. The network spans more than 80 nationalities and in excess of 1,600 alumni drawn from a wide range of industries. The society meets regularly to keep up-to-date with business developments, expand the network, and simply bring fellow former MBA students together.
Apart from being a networking hub, the MBA Alumni Society also arranges business events in order to keep alumni apprised of the most recent trends and developments within academia and business. Alumni have access to library resources and many make a commitment to stay engaged with the CBS community.
Alumni are kept informed through our LinkedIn group, monthly MBA Insight newsletter, and the Alumni Society website. For international networking, we have regional groups where alumni drive events and networking opportunities.
October 2022 Intake
Upcoming application deadlines:
- 10 April 2022, 10 June 2022 (non-EU candidates)
- 10 July 2022 (non-EU candidates)
But we strive to provide feedback and assessment on applications on an ongoing basis.
Taking a year out to invest in your career by studying for an MBA is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. So, we are sure you have plenty of questions about the finer details. Here you will find information about admissions criteria to help you make the right decision.
Encouraging Diversity, Fostering Ambition
We do not look for any specific candidate profile but each year we pride ourselves on building a class of students with diverse backgrounds, whether that is educational, professional, cultural, national, religious, or socioeconomic. And we also look for a balance of men and women. Because we know you will get the best results when you are challenged to look at things from the perspectives of others who are different from yourself.
Your motivation and values, however, are just as important as your background, as is your desire to be an active participant in our collaborative learning environment. We want to understand the person behind your academic achievements and experiences, so please tell us about your interests and passions and the goals you have in life.
Candidates who possess the necessary qualifications are assessed through a combination of work experience, academics, motivation, recommendations, and other factors will be invited for an interview.
A member of our Admissions Committee will conduct the interview via telephone or in-person, although we strongly encourage international candidates to come to Copenhagen for an interview day.
Applicants will be notified via email with their invitation to an interview.
- Bachelor degree or an equivalent academic qualification*
- At least 3 years full-time work experience post-graduation
- A competitive GMAT score (class average is 650) or GRE score (class average is 320)
As part of your application, you are required to write 3 essays, provide us with two references and upload your transcripts, CV and GMAT/GRE, and IELTS/TOEFL scores. You will also be invited to an interview with a representative of our Admission Board (see below under 'Interview Selection Procedures' for more information).
* HD/Graduate Diploma in Business Administration accepted
Spread over one intensive year, the Copenhagen MBA curriculum is taught by world-class lecturers and business experts who promote an informal learning atmosphere with small class sizes. You will encounter a mix of teaching styles including lectures, guest speakers, case studies, immersive experiences, and group work.
Sustainable Management is the central theme and you will find yourself reflecting on this as you progress through the programme.
Alongside your core courses, you will take part in the Leadership Discovery Process, designed to help you uncover your personal leadership style. Through our personalised Career Module, you will identify your goals and how to get there. The Advisory Board Programme will let you put your new MBA skills into practice by advising a start-up and helping the business grow. You will finish the MBA year with your Integrated Strategy Project, allowing you to bring your entire MBA skillset to life.
How You Will Be Assessed
The assessment of each course varies, but it typically includes take-home assignments and written and oral examinations. Tested material blends a mix of theory and practice that covers seminal academic work to current affairs. The Integrated Strategy Project culminates in a group thesis, individual thesis defence, and a presentation to the company.
What You Will Study
The Copenhagen MBA curriculum has been designed to gradually build up your skills and knowledge across the course of the year, testing and challenging you along the way.
We also offer a one-week optional pre-MBA course to allow you to familiarise yourself with number-crunching business subjects, whether you have come from a humanities background or you are just a little out of practice.
Personalise Your MBA
You can take your MBA (and your career) in the direction you want to when you choose to study one of four key areas, Concentrations, in-depth.
Make Your MBA Your Own
In addition to your core courses you will be invited to dive deeper into an area you find particularly interesting or you feel will benefit your career. Choose from four concentrations: Digitalisation, Entrepreneurship, Finance or Governance & Sustainability – all important topics for the leader of the future.
What is more, these concentrations will be shared with our Executive MBA students, allowing you to further expand your network.
Explore the concentrations below to find out more about them.
Giving you practical tools to drive change in the digital economy.
Learn to embrace innovation and harness the capabilities of digital technology to inform your strategic thinking and transform every area of business.
You will discuss the threats of disruption, new market entrants, and global platform companies as well as learn how to use data to lead the way forward, how to motivate and manage a digital workforce, and how to act to prevent and control the damage of cyberattacks such as we have seen hitting large businesses in recent years.
Course examples: Digital Platforms, Innovation Strategies in a Digital World, Managing the Digital Workforce, Digital Delivery Models
Valuable tools for start-ups and established companies facing transformation.
Understand key aspects of the entrepreneurial journey along with frameworks and methods to help manage the inevitable uncertainty.
You will learn how to use design thinking to help articulate and map your entrepreneurial vision as well as how to create a value-driven business model, engage stakeholders in the process, and build a platform strategy to shape the market around your innovation. We will use applied, hands-on projects and work through common challenges with innovation-driven start-ups in the entrepreneurship lab.
Course examples: Venture Creation: The Entrepreneurial Process, Platform Disruption, and Platform-Based Business Models, Entrepreneurship-Lab, Resources for Scaling-Up: Engage with The Innovation Ecosystem
Understand how companies finance their operations and investments while simultaneously controlling risks and fulfilling the expectations of their stakeholders.
We will look at how entrepreneurs finance start-ups and how organizations raise funds both inside and outside of organised markets; the ways to control strategic and financial risks; how to value your own or another company; and how you can seize upon the opportunities provided by international financial markets.
Course examples: Private Equity & Venture Capital, Strategic Risk Management, Valuation & M&A, International Financial Management
Governance & Sustainability
Understand the importance of corporate governance and sustainability for the leader of the future.
We will explore the need for strong leadership in understanding business risks and opportunities in an age of sustainability; compliance management and the importance of an ethical approach; the need to design production and supply systems in a more sustainable way as well as the need for leveraging finance and investing to expand long-term business contributions to a sustainable economy.
Course examples: Leadership & Corporate Governance, Compliance & Risk Management, Circular Economy and Sustainable Supply Chains, Sustainable Finance
We are proud to be one of a select number of business schools with the ‘triple crown’ of accreditations. This sought-after distinction is yet another guarantee that an MBA degree from CBS is recognised, respected, and rewarded worldwide.
Our triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS sets us apart from all other universities in Denmark and puts us in the top one per cent of business schools worldwide. We are also delighted to have been recognised by ACE and PIMS in Denmark for both the quality of the school and the programme. Each accreditation is outlined briefly below. To find out more, please visit the respective websites.
In addition to the triple-accreditation:
The Copenhagen MBA is among the top 100 global programmes on the prestigious Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021. Copenhagen Business School is also ranked no 30 among European Business Schools in the 2020 Financial Times European Business School Ranking and no 64 globally in The Economist Which MBA ranking 2020. The Copenhagen MBA also features as no 24 globally in the 2020 QS MBA Ranking.
The Association of MBA, AMBA
In 2007, CBS became the first university in Denmark to receive accreditation from the AMBA, underlining its international credibility and status. The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to AMBA’s rigorous international criteria. Accreditation by the Association of MBAs identifies programmes as the best there is. In a crowded and complex market, the AMBA accreditation provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programmes and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available.
European Quality Improvement System, EQUIS
CBS has been accredited by EQUIS since 2000. The EQUIS accreditation is awarded to business schools based on general quality, taking into account the business school's level of internationalization. EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programmes but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision, and community outreach.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB
In August 2011, CBS was the first school in Scandinavia to receive the AACSB accreditation. The accreditation standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programmes, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.
The Global Alliance of in Management Education, CEMS
CEMS is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies. Its first mission is to set a global standard of excellence for a pre-experience Master in management. Founded in 1988 in Europe, CEMS provides the global league of leaders on the pre-experience Master's market and it cannot be equalled in terms of the reputation of its members: 28 world-class academic institutions collaborate together with over 70 corporate partners and 4 NGOs to offer international, postgraduate students a unique blend of high-quality education and professional experience.
Partnership in International Management, PIM
PIM, Partnership in International Management, is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded in 1973. Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region, and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management.
With the course ‘Managing Your Career’ we will facilitate opportunities for employment and support you in the process of landing a job.
A Tailored Career Service
From the very start of your MBA journey, you will benefit from our MBA career service. The course ‘Managing Your Career’ is a tailor-made, individual journey that lets you reflect on your post-MBA goals and your personal strengths and talents, as well as your ideal job situation and past experiences.
Throughout the year you will experience company visits, welcome guest speakers, and attend events – all of which are designed to help put you on the road to achieving your career goals.
Your Personal Career Mentor
As part of our commitment to your career, we will introduce you to our valuable MBA Alumni network, the biggest MBA network in Scandinavia, giving you numerous opportunities to interact with CBS MBA alumni, both on formal and less formal terms.
And if you, like many of our graduates, are interested in staying in Denmark post-MBA, we will match you up with an alumnus who will be your personal career mentor in the third trimester. Your mentor will not only assist you in creating a plan needed to achieve your career goals, but they will help you better understand the industry you have chosen and provide valuable insight into the Danish job market too.