Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business SchoolRaavarebygningen; Porcelaenshaven 22; 2000
Frederiksberg ; Denmark,
In a typical year, no more than 50 students enter this full-time, one-year MBA program, making it one of the most intimate and elite MBA experiences in the world. Copenhagen Business School, which recently moved into a sleek and modern building, 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, one of the world’s most livable and charming cities, adds to the school’s general attraction.
In the entering class in 2012, the 43 students represented 23 nationalities. Roughly a third of the class come from an academic background as engineers while another third have undergraduate degrees in either economics or finance. So quants, as opposed to poets, are dominant at Copenhagen. In fact, only 10% of the Class of 2013 hail from humanities or social science educational backgrounds. A one-week, pre-MBA boot camp in accounting, statistics and economics is given for people who want to bone 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 nine 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. In the past, MBA candidates have worked with Hewlett-Packard, TV2 Sport, Carlsberg, Deloitte, and DHL, among other firms, on these projects that put some of the theory taught in the core courses to practical consideration.
Among the big brand companies recruiting MBAs at Copenhagen are Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, J.P. Morgan, KPMB, McKinsey, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Procter & Gamble, SAS Institute, and Siemens. 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. Surprisingly, perhaps, some 23% of the Class of 2011 hooked up with jobs in Asia and Oceania. Only 11% landed jobs in North and South America.
2013-2014 Tuition: $56,000
Administrative Fee for Non-EU Students: $3,000
School Recommended One-Year Budget: $80,500
Median GMAT: 620
GMAT Range (mod-80%): NA
Average GPA: NA
Acceptance Rate: NA
Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 47
Mean Age: 32
Average Years of Work Experience: 8 years
Pay & Placement:
Average Base Salary: $100,031 in 2011, down from $112,100 in 2010
Median Signing Bonus: $12,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 64%
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 77%
FROM COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) was founded in 1917 to meet the demands of the business community. CBS has over19,000 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:
- Top 100 Business Schools (The Economist)
- Number 11 European Business School for 2012 ( QS )
- Ranked 12th in the world and 8th for Return on Investment (Wall Street Journal)
- Top 100 for incorporating social, environmental and ethical issues ( Aspen )
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.
The Copenhagen Business School Full-time MBA selects 50 international participants annually to be part of an exclusive group of highly experienced and talented individuals who are ready to take their careers to the next level and make a positive impact in the business world.
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 13 core courses, 6 electives and strongly emphasizes Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Practical Skills.
One-year program starting in September each year (rolling admissions all year round)
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
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.
“Without a doubt the program has enhanced my career. As someone with no previous commercial experience, I would recommend the CBS FTMBA because I successfully bridged my career from the public to private sector.”
Alan Wood, CBS FTMBA Class of 2009, Manager (Group Procurement – Finance Department) – A.P. Moller Maersk
“If you have the ambition to become a driving force in shaping the global business community of tomorrow, I urge you to consider joining the CBS Full-Time MBA program and excel your aspirations.”
Birthe Larsen – (Associate Dean, Full-time MBA)
The diversity of the MBA class as well as the individual attention you will receive from faculty make the programme 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.”
Daniel Van Schouwenberg (South Africa) – reflections on the annual Leadership Simulator where participants are challenged to put theory into practice. – (Full-time MBA Class of 2010)
“Working on the A-board for a big and established German company I did not expect to make a big difference with our work. We will go to our next meeting with the company with the feeling that even in a short time [two meetings], with a small team, in a big cooperation, you can make a difference!”
Julian Hoennebeck (Germany) – (Full-time MBA Class of 2012)
Read more about Julian’s A-board experience on the MBA Diary
“After literally years of reflecting, considering different options for taking an advanced learning step, I took the leap – I would do an MBA and I would do it ….in Copenhagen. was pleased to find myself not only quickly adjusting to this new lifestyle, but also fortunate enough to quickly become part of a wonderful network of people.”
Daniela da Silva (Portugal) – (Full-time MBA class of 2011)
In 2010, the Full-time MBA moved into new premises in Frederiksberg. The building used to be home to the Royal Copenhagen Porcelain factory. Henning Larsen Architects converted the old raw materials storage building into our new state of the art facilities.
“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
2012-2013 43 40%, 95% 23 32 years 8 years
Admission Requirements Applicants need a minimum of 3 years post-bachelor degree working experience. The following are also needed for a complete application:
- Online Application
- GMAT Score (Minimum 550) or CBS Admission Test
- 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 For the Full-time MBA programme commencing in September 2013, the tuition fee will be DKK 319, 000 DKK.
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 17,500DKK.
A non-refundable reservation fee is required upon acceptance to the programme. This reservation fee is 33 000 DKK 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 programme. The remaining tuition will be payable in two installments.
You are welcome to send an email to our Admissions Manager, Ms. Thuli Skosana on firstname.lastname@example.org