Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business SchoolRaavarebygningen; Porcelaenshaven 22; 2000
Copenhagen Business School, which resides in a bright, modern building imaginatively designed by Henning Larsen Architects, is known for its small class sizes, research-based faculty, international student body, and a program focus on innovation and social responsibility. Its location in Copenhagen, voted the world’s most livable city in 2013, adds to the school’s general attractions.
The diverse class offers a rich learning experience where Scandinavian values such as trust, teamwork, and respect for the individual permeate the curriculum inside and outside the classroom. Roughly a third of the class come from an academic background, while another third have undergraduate degrees in either economics or finance. Quants as opposed to poets, are dominant at Copenhagen. In fact, less than 20% of the Class of 2014 hail from humanities or social science educational backgrounds. A one-week, pre-MBA boot camp in accounting, statistics, and economics is held for people who want to brush up on their fundamentals. It’s recommended that poets take advantage of this pre-MBA work week.
The one-year curriculum starts off in early September with a leadership boot camp, part of a Leadership Discovery Program that runs through the year and is designed to help students craft their leadership skills. The core is intensive and laden with a great deal of pressure. MBA students speak of getting up at 6:30 a.m. to study and attend class. Given the brevity of this MBA program, there are only eight to 10 elective courses available in the last semester of the program, ranging from business development and corporate branding. The program ends in August.
A four-month strategy project, in which teams of students work with real companies in Denmark to help a management team resolve a strategy issue, is a culminating challenge of the program.
Among the big brand companies recruiting MBAs for work and strategy projects at Copenhagen are Maersk, Deloitte, Novo Nordisk, Ernst & Young, Carlsberg, KPMG, Accenture, Danske Bank, and Nordea. It’s an impressive roster of MBA hirers, for sure, given the small annual output of graduates. About a third of the class stays and works in Denmark, while a quarter lands jobs in the rest of Europe. All graduates are eligible to apply for a three-year Green Card, which allows you to live and work in Denmark for those three years.
Admissions: One-year program starting each September
First application deadline: 22 December 2013
Second application deadline: 11 April 2014
Third application deadline: 13 June 2014
2013-2014 Tuition: $56,000
Administrative Fee for Non-EU Students: $3,000
School Recommended One-Year Budget: $80,500
Median GMAT: 647
GMAT Range (mod-80%): NA
Average GPA: NA
Acceptance Rate: NA
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 35-45
Mean Age: 32
Average Years of Work Experience: 8 years
Pay & Placement:
Average Base Salary: $100,000
Median Signing Bonus: $12,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 64%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 80%
FROM COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was founded in 1917 to meet the demands of the business community. CBS has around 20,000 students and an annual intake of 1,500 exchange students. With this number of students as well as 600 full-time researchers and 600 administrative employees, CBS is one of the largest business schools in Europe.
International Quality Marks CBS is the only AACSB accredited school in Denmark and among the 1% of business schools in the world with a triple-accreditation: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. Through this international and broad recognition of the quality of the school and the Full-time MBA Program, you can be sure that you are getting the best business education. Alongside this, the program is also accredited by ACE in Denmark and belongs to the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), where CBS is the only Danish school representing Denmark; the business school is also a member of the Partnership in International Management (PIM).
Rankings The program is also internationally well-recognized:
- Number 9 European Business School for 2013 ( QS )
- Ranked 12th in the world and 8th for Return on Investment (Wall Street Journal)
- Ranked top 10 in NetImpact’s guide to sustainable business programs
- Top 10 in Corporate Knights Global Green MBA rankings
Full-time MBA Program Profile
About the Program CBS Full-time MBA is at the cutting-edge of lifelong learning and leadership development for executives and professionals. We believe that managers can only create value for their companies when their management knowledge is leveraged by personal competencies. Developing competencies – skills development – is a natural part of the quality assurance of the CBS Full-time MBA.
Content The one-year Full-time MBA at CBS provides graduates with a strong business perspective combining real-life cases with a critical approach to theories, concepts and methods of managerial decision-making. Taught entirely in English, the 12-month program comprises 12 core courses, five electives and strongly emphasizes Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Practical Business Skills.
One-year program starting each September. Click here to view application deadlines.
Leadership Discovery Process – With frequent interaction with CEOs and publicly acclaimed leaders
Entrepreneurship connects you with topics related to business plan and business development
Four months of company-based Integrated Strategy Project puts theories into practice
Over 95% international participants in the current class class profile
Learning Approach The teaching in the MBA classroom includes the use of cases, guest speakers, simulations as well as workshops. Students are expected to prepare for each class in advance by following the required as well as optional readings.
The cases are used both as a mechanism for you to exercise tools of analysis and as a motivation for discussing key issues. You are expected to take on the role of an active decision-maker within the case and to focus on specific questions.
The key requirement for the in-class portion of this course is active participation. This participation is expected to be based on the thorough preparation of the assignments. Good preparation will increase the amount you get out of class and the amount your fellow students get out of listening to you.
Assessment of performance for each course will vary, but in general it includes class participation, take home assignments as well as written/oral examinations.
Having been in a classroom with other 20 different nationalities, I managed to understand the cultural differences and be more conscious of cultural differences when building teams, which I have done for Maersk in India and China. When I started working at Maersk it was a natural transition, whereas if I hadn’t had the CBS MBA experience, it would have been much more difficult to even think about working at that capacity.
Maryam Kazemieh, Program Manager for Damco – A.P Møller Maersk and CBS Full-time MBA graduate 2011
“The diversity of the MBA class as well as the individual attention you will receive from faculty make the program stand out. Furthermore, Copenhagen is a wonderful city to live in, supporting its green city image by featuring numerous bike lanes, parks, city beaches, and a CSR-conscious corporate agenda.”
Birthe Larsen, Associate Dean, CBS Full-time MBA
“In my current role, I am responsible for creating new business within an existing organisation and I use the entire breadth of skills which I have gained throughout my CBS MBA experience. I really enjoy the informal work environment in Denmark, and my feeling is that individuals working in Scandinavia get more responsibility than they would in other parts of the world.”
Niels Fischer, Manager, New Business Development, Novozymes and CBS Full-time MBA graduate 2010
Copenhagen Business School’s executive building, home to the MBA students, was originally a porcelain factory imaginatively converted into a bright and modern building by Henning Larsen Architects. Designed to encourage and facilitate learning, MBA students enjoy an unrivaled, panoramic view of one of the most attractive green spaces in Copenhagen and have access to breakout facilities, group rooms, and bright lecture halls.
“Small, closed rooms for concentrated studying are situated along the old north facade. The floors rising between the north and south facade appear as dynamic study landscapes organised to offer the highest degree of transparency possible–-across the building and towards Frederiksberg Gardens.”
Source: Henning Larsen Architects
Admission Requirements Applicants need a minimum of three years post-bachelor degree working experience. The following are also needed for a complete application:
- Online Application
- GMAT Score (Minimum 550) or GRE
- Digital Photograph
- 2 Letters of Recommendation
We are looking for achievers and leaders, motivators and innovators: people who are not afraid to take risks, people who will go out there and make a difference. We are especially interested in recruiting participants with the necessary passion, hunger, and drive to complete an intensive year of MBA education.
Tuition Fees and Expenses
Application Fee: there is no application fee
Tuition: DKK 319,000
The required text books, transportation, lodging and other living expenses for a single student is estimated at DKK 120,500 for the one-year program.
Non-EU students pay an additional administrative fee of DKK 17,500.
A non-refundable reservation fee is required upon acceptance to the program. This reservation fee is DKK 33,000 and must be paid within fourteen days of your acceptance of a place in the program. This deposit is applied towards the cost of the program. The remaining tuition will be payable in two installments.
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