EMBA Application & Admissions –

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Kellogg-WHU students are successful professionals with strong leadership and managerial experience, looking to increase their knowledge and expand their global connections. At Kellogg-WHU, we look for candidates from a wide range of academic backgrounds and industries, all of whom are experts in their respective fields.

Our alumni are deeply involved in the admissions process, to help ensure that we maintain exceptional quality and diversity in each class, thus guaranteeing that each Kellogg-WHU experience will be as rich as the one before.

Are you ready to challenge yourself and take the next step on your leadership journey? Read on to find out more about the EMBA application and admissions requirements at Kellogg-WHU. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Admission Requirements

Minimum of eight years post-graduate work experience


    Substantial management experience


      First academic degree or equivalent

        Fully employed / Self-employed

        Your application

        Admissions Process

        Our approach to admissions is truly holistic – we want to find out more about you and your motivations to become a global leader. Thus, our dedicated admissions team can advise you on the next steps to successfully pursuing an Executive MBA from start to completion.

        During this private, one-to-one call, we will answer your questions, discuss your work experience and career path so far as well as your motivation to pursue an Executive MBA. We will find out how the program can meet your personal or professional goals and expectations. If you send us your CV or share your LinkedIn profile prior to our meeting, we are able to determine your eligibility and advise you on the next steps.



        After we have personally discussed your eligibility for the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program, you are invited to start your application via the Online Application Center. As admissions is on rolling basis, applications can be submitted at any point in time until the respective final admissions deadline. The following documents are required for your application:

        • Most recent CV 
        • Two Letters of Recommendation from peers and/or supervisors who know you well — preferably one from your current organization and one from a customer, supplier or previous employer. Recommenders should submit their letters via email directly to our EMBA office via Mail: emba(at)whu.edu

          -> Template for Letter of Recommendation (download PDF) 
        • Certified copies of diplomas and transcripts from all universities you attended. The admission of applicants without a degree from a recognized university or approved institution underlies special admission requirements. Candidates who do not hold a first higher education degree will be asked to conduct an Executive Assessment or GMAT in addition to the general admissions process. 
        • Proof of proficiency in English (TOEFL, IELTS) if applicable
        • €200 application fee, payable prior to the interviews

        All documents should be in English or translated into English. Copies of university transcripts and diplomas are also accepted in German.

        Upon review of your application, we will schedule the admissions interview with you. This two-to-one interview will be conducted together by one of our alumni and a Kellogg-WHU representative, e.g. senior admissions staff or faculty. This interview is scheduled for around 90 minutes and can either be done virtually or in-person. We highly encourage you for an on-campus interview that you could combine with a class- and campus visit. For next possible dates please check out our event calendar or contact the EMBA Admissions Team. During the admissions interview we will especially look at your career path, managerial related work experience as well as current role and responsibilities.


        Within approximately two weeks after completing the admissions interview, our EMBA Admissions Team will inform you about the decision of the Admissions Board. The committee takes a holistic look at each candidate, evaluating experience and expertise, academic track record, management and leadership achievements as well as potential.

        Admissions is on rolling basis. If you have been admitted to our program, you have two weeks to accept, decline or defer your study offer.

        Upon your acceptance and receipt of all required application documents, we will send out your Kellogg-WHU EMBA study contract digitally. As soon as we receive a signed copy we can start your enrollment process. Our Program Managers who will be your first point of contact throughout your studies will contact you and guide you through the preparations for your first module.

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        You are welcome to apply throughout the year due to our rolling admissions process, however we encourage candidates to apply as early as possible since seats are limited and to ensure that the visa application procedure can be successfully completed and all financing options can be explored in time for the start of the program where applicable.

        Candidates who sign their study contract by December 31, 2023 or April 30, 2024 will automatically be considered for the respective Early Bird benefit.

        Our Application Center is open!

        Start your application via our online portal and join the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program.

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        *You do not have to complete the online application all at once - you can save your information and come back to it later.

        Important dates

        Admissions deadlines

        Applications can be submitted at any point in time until the final admissions deadline. Admissions is on rolling basis.

        1. Early Bird Round: December 31, 2023
        2. Early Bird Round: April 30, 2024
        Final Admissions Round: July 31, 2024

        Early Bird offers available*

        December 31, 2023: €10.000
        April 30, 2024: € 5,000

        *All candidates who have signed their study contract until the above mentioned deadline are automatically entitled to the early bird tuition fee reduction.

        Program Start Date

        The program starts with the online preparation module in June/July, the classroom learning phase starts in mid-September.

        Eligibility check

        Take the first step towards your future.
        Get your CV checked!

        Are you curious to find out whether you would be a good fit for the EMBA program? Upload your CV and find out if you are eligible for our program. Our recruiting team will contact you to provide feedback. 

        Submit your CV

        Eligibility check

        Take the first step towards your future.
        Get your CV checked!

        Are you curious to find out whether you would be a good fit for the EMBA program? Upload your CV and find out if you are eligible for our program. Our recruiting team will contact you to provide feedback. 

        Submit your CV

        In their own words:

        Our alumni share their experiences:

        EMBA Alumnus Bruno Neves Esteves
        Bruno Neves Esteves

        During my own admission process, the conversation I had with a KW alumni was crucial. That was when I understood that being part of KW would be a change of direction in my life.

        EMBA Alumnus Anton Kulikov
        Anton Kulikov

        Communicating with the Team and Alumni, I felt belonging to a new global family - that is a very heart-touching experience, as you feel supported and important for everyone around.

        EMBA Alumnus Nils Kohle
        Nils Kohle

        The real and lasting benefit of the program was all the people you meet around the globe. The team-based approach ensures an enduring professional network and lifelong friendships.