University of cologne - Business School

Application Process


Deciding to apply for the EMBA is an important step. If you are ready for the next career level, you should apply for the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. In the section below, you will find the necessary information for your application.

Start your application in our online-application-tool now.



How to apply?

The application for the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA can only be done via our online-application-tool. It can be handed in before the application deadline, because admissions decisions take place continuously.

The application tool is hosted by our partner university, Rotterdam School of Management. If you have any questions regarding the tool or any other topics or if you would like to know if you are eligible for the programme, we encourage you to contact our Admissions Managerin Jennifer Biesenthal via or via phone at +49 152 515 26892 for further questions or consultation.

The programme starts on 04 September 2023.

Early bird offer:
€ 4,000 for full applications submitted before 15 February 2023.

Application Criteria and Requirements

The EMBA is a top programme and the EMBA student body consists of only the most exceptional candidates that undergo a rigorous application process. In order to be eligible for this programme, you will need to demonstrate:

  • Academic excellence: a higher education degree (university degree or equivalent, min. bachelor degree)
  • Professional achievements and goals: a minimum of four years of  work experience. This experience should demonstrate clear evidence of solid career progression
  • Leadership abilities: initial experience with managing people or projects
  • English language proficieny: Level B2 (CEFR/GER)
    Find further information on the proof of English language proficieny here.

More than a specific specialist knowledge, certain skills and a suitable mind-set are required from the students to successfully achieve the double EMBA degree:

  • Clear career goals
  • High motivation in order to master the challenges of the study programme
    alongside the daily job
  • Excellent communication skills and sociability
  • Teamwork skills
  • Emotional intelligence

Are you interested?

Fill out the form below and upload your CV. We will then give you feedback on whether you are an eligible canidate for the EMBA as soon as possible.


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Application Process

Our team will review your application thoroughly and afterwards conduct application interviews with eligible canidates.

The application process takes about 3 weeks after having received your application.


The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request applicants for the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA programme to take a GMAT test as part of the evaluation process, if deemed necessary. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and will be communicated individually if and where applicable.




Are you all set?

Download a checklist for your complete EMBA application.

Your contact persons

Jennifer Biesenthal

Jennifer Biesenthal

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 152 24425953

Sabine Kuschel

Sabine Kuschel

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 (0) 221 470 7943