The Copenhagen Full-time MBA

Your MBA Experience

We have developed – and are constantly refining – a rewarding MBA study experience that combines real-life insight with a critical approach to the theories, concepts and methods of managerial decision-making.

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Through the Integrated Strategy Project, you will team up with fellow MBAs and tackle a strategic business challenge in a company.
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Challenge your perspectives and discover your personal leadership style through the Leadership Discovery Process.
CBS is at the forefront of sustainable business practices and Responsible Management permeates the entire MBA curriculum.


Our world-class programme has been designed to encourage peer-to-peer collaboration and active collaboration, and you’ll thrive within our diverse community of talented, engaged and experienced international students. We believe that progress is made through facing challenges, and you’ll be tested in a variety of ways from day one. Creative thinking, self-reflection and innovation are central aspects of the experience.


Spread over three intensive trimesters, the Copenhagen MBA curriculum is taught by world-class lecturers and business experts who promote an informal learning atmosphere with small class sizes. You will encounter a mix of teaching styles including lectures, guest speakers, case studies, immersive experiences and group work.

Responsible Management is the central theme of the programme and runs throughout the three trimesters, encompassing a standalone course of 50 hours, a sustainability bridging course and the Leadership Discovery Process. You will finish the MBA year with an Integrated Strategy Project, which will allow you to bring your entire MBA skillset to life. Working in small teams, you will consult with a company in the region on a real strategic issue, collecting data and conducting analyses in order to arrive at a set of recommendations. To find out more about these four vital areas, explore the links.


The assessment of each course varies, but it typically includes class participation, take-home assignments and written and oral examinations. Tested material blends a mix of theory and practice that covers seminal academic work to current affairs. The Integrated Strategy Project culminates in a group thesis, individual thesis defence and a presentation to the company.


The Copenhagen MBA curriculum has been carefully designed to gradually build up your skills and knowledge through three trimesters, testing and challenging you along the way. Below is an outline of the courses you will encounter in each term.


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Read a short description of the courses offered in each semester by unfolding the drop-down menu underneath each trimester. For a more in-depth description of what you'll learn in the courses, please download our brochure. To learn more about the faculty, click here.

Trimester 1

Managing Sustainable Corporations
On this course, you will learn the latest insight, from both practitioners and academics, on how to lead a corporation in a responsible and sustainable manner. Guest speakers will host workshops, and teachers will make extensive use of case studies, allowing you to put ideas and theories into practice while in the classroom.

Organisational Leadership
You will explore key leadership issues and challenges related to organisational strategy and structure, and how to enhance organisational performance by managing people and work processes.

Human Resource Management
You will gain an understanding of key components and concepts of strategic human resource management. The course is taught using the 'case-based teaching' method, which assumes inductive knowledge generation and involves high-energy debate and discussion.

Management Accounting
In this course, you will gain an understanding and appreciation of the strengths and limitations of an organisation’s accounting systems. It equips you with a framework for analysing and understanding management accounting systems.

Marketing Management
This course will encourage you to become familiar with the analytical concepts, frameworks, models and methods that have become fundamental to marketing decision-making as well as to marketing strategy.

In Economics, you will gain an understanding of the theories, concepts and frameworks developed in economics to understand how organisations operate, how competition evolves, and how economics outcomes materialise.

Analytics and Big Data
In this highly topical course, you will learn to extract value from business data and understand the relationships between different business factors, forecast trends, appreciate the risks arising from management actions and optimise investment strategies.
Trimester 2

Financial Statement Analysis
In this course, you will gain an introduction to financial statement analysis and the valuation of firms. You will learn to analyse company profitability and liquidity risk which will help you in understanding fundamental company health. You will also learn to use this understanding of company health to form your expectations about a company's future and further use this as a basis for arriving at estimates of company value.

Change Management
In Change Management, you will examine theories of change and development as they apply to organisations, groups and individuals. You will explore the way in which different theoretical perspectives on change are reflected in the range of approaches that can be applied to the diagnosis and solving of problems in organisations.

Operations Management
During this course, you will study the development, production, and delivery of goods and services to the final consumer. You will also consider alternative strategies for operational and production systems, including control systems, quality assurance, and process improvement systems supported by advanced communication and information technologies.

Corporate Finance
Corporate Finance mirrors the financial future of a company. To master this area, you will first be introduced to the basic risk and return concepts and subsequently develop finance related performance measurement concepts and link them to issues of capital structure.

Strategic Management
On this course, you will explore different analytical frameworks used in order to understand the nature of strategic issues that you, as a manager, must address. The work of strategic leaders is characterised as that of organisational designers and managers of human systems for sustainable value creation.
Trimester 3

Integrated Strategy Project
The highlight of the programme is the Integrated Strategy Project, where you will work on a business case with a company in the region, applying your new MBA skillset to a real-life corporate challenge.

You will have the opportunity to select five out of the eight to ten elective courses that are offered. The electives vary from year to year, but here is a sample of elective courses offered for previous classes: Big Data (progressional), Economics of Strategy, Business Plan Writing for Social Entrepreneurs, Mergers & Acquisitions, Negotiations, The MBA Accelerator, Innovation Management.


Sidst opdateret: Full-time MBA // 22/07/2019

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