FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

In the list of Frequently Asked Questions you will find answers to questions regarding all aspects of the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program. For any further questions, please contact us directly.


Part-Time MBA Programs are usually for “young professionals” from various sectors who have 2-5 years professional experience and who are either looking to change industries, develop their business acumen or step into management roles within their companies while still working full-time.

The Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program is geared towards experienced managers and mid-career professionals with a minimum work experience of 8-10 years. Our modular program structure allows you to apply the knowledge acquired from outstanding faculty and team members back to your workplace, facilitating the learning process. In addition, our program puts strong emphasis on personal development and responsible leadership through fully integrated units such as individual coaching & profiling, outdoor leadership training, and 360° peer feedback sessions.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a fully accredited and recognized joint EMBA degree awarded by both WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

The program offers career management in the form of personal coaching and profiling sessions; leadership training and personal development through fully integrated units; regular international networking opportunities; guest speaker series; workshops; and plenty of online resources.

Thanks to our partnership with the Kellogg School of Management, our students and alumni can benefit from both the WHU Alumni Network (InPraxi) and the Kellogg Alumni Network which, when combined, represent over 65,000+ graduates spanning 120+ countries. This is a great way to keep strong bonds with fellow alumni and both universities long after graduation.

We have no admissions restrictions in terms of geographic location, however we do not offer distance learning: All class sessions are delivered in person in a classroom setting whether on the WHU campuses in Germany during the Extended Weekend classes, or at the Kellogg School of Management campus or our partner institutions’ campuses around the world during the Global Network Weeks and Global Electives. The Global Classroom setting allows you to build strong relationships with your classmates, the faculty, and EMBA students outside of your network.

Alumni are welcomed back to class to get a fresh perspective and new business inspirations at no additional costs. As a Kellogg-WHU alumni, you are welcome to come back to your home campus to take part in a current EMBA course.

As a first step, we invite you to fully explore our website and have a look at our brochure in order to familiarize yourself with our program. However, the best way to get real insights about our program is to meet the EMBA staff, alumni, and faculty in person on campus during our admission days or at one of our global events. You can also easily get in touch with us via phone at +49 261 6509-183 or e-mail.

Admissions Process

A €200 non-refundable application fee is payable prior to participation in the interviews.

No, we do not require the GMAT for applicants who hold an undergraduate degree. Our program puts a strong emphasis on professional and managerial experience. In addition, our Interview Days are an integral part of the overall admissions assessment. The Interview Day provides a uniform way of assessing candidates’ analytical, communication, and teamwork skills and allows the Admissions Committee to get a better picture of the candidates’ motivation, professional journey, and development.

Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English is required as participation in courses and study groups requires solid language skills. All applicants whose native language is not English and who attended a college or university in a country where the native language is not English, must take either the TOEFL (IBT format) and obtain a score of 100 or better, or the IELTS and obtain a score of at least 7.0.

We look for candidates with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds and strong motivations who will proactively contribute and share insights they have gained throughout their professional and personal experiences. A competitive applicant demonstrates cross-cultural understanding and an international outlook, and a clear desire for personal growth, both in the classroom and during group projects. In addition, candidates must show their academic capability to address the intensive, rigorous, and challenging EMBA curriculum. The Interview Day provides a uniform way of assessing candidates' analytical, teamwork, and communication skills, and allows the Admissions Committee to know the candidate on a more personal level.

You will be notified of the admissions committee’s decision within two weeks of the Interview Day. If you get positive feedback, you will then be required to submit the remaining application materials. Once we have received all required application materials, you will receive a contract officially confirming your acceptance into our program.

The program starts mid-September of each year.

Tuition & Financing

Employer support is essential to the success of EMBA students. While companies are not required to provide financial sponsorship, they must approve the time required for a student to attend the program.

The Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program should be viewed as a win-win situation for both the sponsored candidate and sponsoring company. The sponsoring company invests time (and in some cases money) in developing your leadership skills and rewarding your ambitions. In return, the sponsored candidate contributes even more to the company through a strengthened job performance and broadened managerial skills. In addition, with the Kellogg-WHU EMBA modular schedule, the sponsored candidate is able to immediately apply the business tools and best practices learned from the Kellogg-WHU faculty and peers.

Very often, employers provide some sort of financial support to EMBA participants but for those who require additional funding, several options are available. Click here for more information on tuition fees and financing options.

The program fee for the entire Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program (2018-2020) is €85,000. The fee includes: teaching fees for the duration of the program, all books and course materials, all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during class days, accommodation during all required Global Electives and Global Network Weeks at the Kellogg School of Management, use of school facilities (such as the gym, library), all leadership development workshops, and required business coaching sessions.

Flights and other means of transportation to/from the Global Electives, Global Network Weeks at the Kellogg School of Management, and WHU campuses, as well as accommodation on WHU campuses in Germany are at each candidate’s own expense.

The 2018-2020 Program fee of €85,000 is payable in four installments due at the following dates:

September 1, 2018: € 21,250 (Early bird: € 20,500)
February 1, 2019: € 21,250 (Early bird: € 20,500)
August 1, 2019: € 21,250 (Early bird: € 20,500)
February 1, 2020: € 21,250 (Early bird: € 20,500)

Candidates who submit their full application by May 31st, 2018 will benefit from our early bird offer and receive a tuition fee reduction of € 3,000.


Our program curriculum focuses on general management functions and fully integrates units related to personal development and leadership training. While we do not offer formal majors or specializations, our curriculum includes a choice of advanced courses and global electives, which allow you to put emphasis on a particular area of interest. Courses on offer always reflect the latest developments in the field, ensuring academic excellence remains at the forefront.

In Year 2 of the Program, Kellogg-WHU EMBA students are required to pick at least one Global Elective (composed of two courses) held at one of our prestigious international partner schools: Kellogg Executive MBA Program, Evanston-Chicago, Kellogg Executive MBA Program, Miami, Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA Program, Hong Kong, Kellogg-Recanati Executive MBA Program, Tel Aviv, Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program, Toronto, Guanghua-Kellogg Executive MBA Program, Beijing. Through Global Electives, students have the opportunity to further tailor their area of interest and focus on a particular management function or region of the world. Selection of Global Electives is based on preference and seat availability. For more information about our Program Structure & Curriculum, please click on the link.

Successfully completing an EMBA requires a significant commitment from you and full support from your employer and family. The Kellogg-WHU EMBA Program’s schedule has been optimized throughout the years to maximize learning and personal development and minimize time away from work and home. Sufficient time for group assignments has been allocated during modules. 

Our Program values diversity, both cultural and professional, and the study groups are a pure reflection of that. Study groups are made of about five to six students with whom you will work closely during the first year of the Program. In the second year of the Program, you will work with a new team and during the Global Elective weeks, you will work in mixed study groups with students from all partner programs. When assembling the study groups, we look for a balance of educational/work/industry/seniority background, gender and nationality.

Individual performance can be assessed through exams, in-class assignments, participation, and the master thesis. All exams and assessments take place either during class, or remotely (at home) within two weeks following the end of a module.

Your choice of Global Electives in Year 2 and your required travel time will dictate exactly how many days you will need to take off from work. However, on average, you will need to take off a total of 53 days (Saturdays/Sundays not included) over the entire two-year program.

Kellogg-WHU EMBA students are taught by renowned professors from the Kellogg School of Management, WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management and international partner schools. Our faculty is actively involved in today’s complex business world and is able to share its best practices & tools and bring its diverse experiences into the classroom.

Yes, the program requires writing a Master Thesis. The Master Thesis shall be completed and submitted within the last three months of Year 2. The Master Thesis may be project-related (practical), research-based or an elaborated Business Plan.