EMBA Application & Admissions –

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Kellogg-WHU students are successful professionals with strong leadership and managerial experience, and 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 heavily 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 in 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 entirely holistic – we want to find out more about you and your motivations to become a global leader. Through our dedicated admissions team, we 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 call, 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, qualified candidates will be invited to submit their full application via the Online Application Center. Please complete and submit the following:

        • 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) 
        • Copies of degree certificates 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
        • The €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 two admissions interviews with you. The first interview will be conducted by one of our alumni and will last approximately 90 minutes. The second interview is scheduled for around 60 minutes with a Kellogg-WHU representative, e.g. senior admissions staff or faculty. During both interviews we will especially look at your career path, managerial related work experience and current role and responsibilities.


        Within two weeks after conducting the admissions interviews, our Admissions Board will inform you via email about their decision. The committee takes a holistic look at each candidate, evaluating experience and expertise, academic success, management and leadership achievements as well as potential.

        If you’ve been admitted to our program, we strongly suggest informing us regarding your intentions to accept this offer as soon as possible, at the latest prior to the next admissions round.

        Upon your acceptance and receipt of all required application documents, we will send out your Kellogg-WHU EMBA study contract. 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 places are limited and to ensure that the visa application procedure can be successfully completed in time for the start of the program where applicable.

        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

        1st Admissions Round: December 31, 2021 (Application deadline: December 10)
        2nd Admissions Round: April 30, 2022 (Application deadline: April 10)
        Final Admissions Deadline: July 31, 2022 (Application deadline: July 10)

        Early Bird offers*

        December 31, 2021: €5,000
        April 30, 2022: €3,000

        *All candidates who have signed their Kellogg-WHU study contract before the respective admissions round are automatically entitled to an early-bird tuition fee reduction.

        Program Start Date

        The program starts with the online preparatory 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.

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