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Frequently asked questions - FAQs

Find here the answers to your possible questions:

  • How can I enroll/apply?

    For the programs that you would like to attend, please use the application form. You will find it under

  • Can I also customize an open enrollment program for my company?

    Yes, we also customize our open programs according to the needs of your company and offer them exclusively to your employees.

  • Who is the right contact person for questions concerning the Postgraduate Diploma in Management?

    • Dr. Benjamin Quaiser, Director of Executive Development Programs, and his team can advise you on questions concerning the contents. You can reach Dr. Quaiser at +49 30 21231 8023 or
    • For administrative questions, our Admission Officers would be pleased to help you and can be reached at +49 30 21231 3130 or
  • Can I also acquire the Postgraduate Diploma in Management through online courses?

    Online courses are not currently eligible for credits.

  • Do I have to take an exam in order to receive the Postgraduate Diploma in Management?

    You do not need to take any exam(s). The only requirement is that you complete your curriculum of at least three weeks, that is, 18 program days, within 30 months.

  • Can I combine the programs of a cluster as I please?

    For the most part, you are free to combine the programs as you wish. You only need to note the following points:

    • Track Leadership and Social Responsibility: Here you need to select at least 12 program days from the main cluster. You are free to choose the remaining minimum of six program days as you wish.
    • Track Managing Technology: Here you need to select at least 12 program days from the main cluster. You are free to choose the remaining minimum of six program days as you wish.
    • Track General Management: Here you should attend at least one program from all three clusters and select the remaining program days according to your personal interests.
    • A combination of German and English language programs is also possible.
    • The only programs that cannot be combined with each other are those with identical contents offered in both German and English.
  • Are there any compulsory programs that I need to attend?

    You are free to compile your curriculum from our program portfolio according to your own requirements and interests. Nevertheless, a few points should be kept in mind:

    • In the tracks Leadership and Social Responsibility and Managing Technology, it is necessary to complete at least 12 days in programs from the selected main cluster; you are free to choose the remaining six program days from the three existing clusters.
    • Example: You have attended 12 days in Leadership and Social Responsibility, and there is another course in this cluster that interests you; in this case, you can choose both from this cluster and also from the other clusters.
    • In the track General Management, one program from each of the pertinent clusters must be attended. If further program days are needed, you can select these according to your personal interests.
  • Do I have to make up any program days missed?

    For the Postgraduate Diploma in Management, the candidate must have participated in at least 18 program days within 30 months. For the purpose of acquiring the diploma, it is the number of program days actually attended that counts. Accordingly, any program days that are missed must be made up or compensated for through other program days.

  • Do I need to achieve the exact number of program days?

    It is not necessary to achieve the exact number of program days. However, it must be at least 18 program days. Depending on the combination of the programs and, in particular, on your requirements and interests, it can also be a few days more.

  • What status does the Postgraduate Diploma in Management have?

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Management is a qualification awarded by ESMT, a state-accredited, private business school. It is open to all managers with professional experience.

    For individuals, the diploma means an additional qualification and, consequently, an element on which to build their further management careers.

    For companies it offers the opportunity of advancing high-performance managers and of strengthening their commitment to the company by these means.

  • Can the Postgraduate Diploma in Management be credited to an Executive MBA or MBA?

    This is not possible. For the programs attended, we do not award any ECTS credits, which are eligible to count toward an Executive MBA.

  • What are the costs for the Postgraduate Diploma in Management?

    Depending on the curriculum chosen, the diploma costs between €20,000 and €25,000.

  • If I complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Management, can I get discounts on the individual seminar prices?

    Unfortunately, no price reductions are possible.

  • Can ESMT programs that I have attended in the past be credited against the Postgraduate Diploma in Management?

    • Yes, both open and in-house programs can be credited.
    • Whether – and how many of – the programs already attended can be credited depends upon the time elapsed since the program was attended and the time frame in which the remaining program days can be completed. The same applies here: You need to finish the 18 seminar days in 30 months.
    • The extent to which your participation in an in-house seminar can be credited will be decided by an ESMT committee on the basis of the programs’ contents, which will have been customized to the individual requirements of the company. This committee is comprised of one of the ESMT deans, a member of the faculty, the director of Executive Development Programs, and the program director of the respective in-house seminar.

    Two examples by way of illustration:

    • The basis of assessment is always the program last attended – to be more precise, the last day of the program. If you complete a program on September 15, 2015, all programs since March 15, 2013, will be credited, provided you finish the necessary 18 program days in 30 months.
    • If you attended a five-day program in September 2014, you must still complete 13 program days by March 2017 in order to finish the necessary 18 days in 30 months.


    The so-called Advanced Management Programs are excluded from this rule. They are alternatives to the Post Graduate Curriculum and have already been compiled and firmly defined in terms of time.

  • I already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from ESMT, but I would like to acquire an additional diploma from a different track. Can parts of the program days already completed be credited?

    Yes, that is possible, provided the necessary 18 seminar days are completed in 30 months.