Copenhagen Business School
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%