The Copenhagen Full-time MBA

Your MBA Experience

We constantly review and adapt our programme to create a valuable MBA study experience that will give you the confidence to make your mark in the business world. We won’t just teach you the theory, we will give you plenty of opportunity to put it into practice in real-life scenarios, ensuring you get the most out of your MBA journey.

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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 this important field permeates the entire MBA curriculum.


Progress is made when you face challenges and that is why you will be tested in a variety of ways from day one. We will push you out of your comfort zone, encouraging you to think creatively, reflect inwardly and innovate - all skills we believe are vital for future success.

Come prepared to open yourself up to opportunities and collaborate with those around you and you will quickly thrive within our diverse community of talented, engaged and experienced international students.

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Spread over one intensive year, 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.

Sustainable Management is the central theme and you will find yourself reflecting on this as you progress through the programme.

Alongside your core courses you will take part in the Leadership Discovery Process, designed to help you uncover your personal leadership style. Through our personalised Career Module, you will identify your goals and how to get there. The Advisory Board Programme will let you  put your new MBA skills into practice by advising a start-up and helping the business grow. You will finish the MBA year with your Integrated Strategy Project, allowing you to bring your entire MBA skillset to life.

How You Will be Assessed

The assessment of each course varies, but it typically includes 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.

What You Will Study

The Copenhagen MBA curriculum has been designed to gradually build up your skills and knowledge across the course of the year, testing and challenging you along the way.

We also offer a one-week optional pre-MBA course to allow you to familiarise yourself with number-crunching business subjects, whether you have come from a humanities background or you are just a little out of practice.

Below is an outline of the courses you will encounter in each term.

Programme Outline

Copenhagen MBA Programme Outline

Key programme dates 2021/2022

Pre-MBA:  27 September - 1 October 2021

Introduction Programme: 4 - 8 October 2021

MBA classes commence: 7 October 2021

Christmas break: 17 December - 5 January 2022

Spring break: 11 April - 19 April 2022

Program ends: 17 September 2022

Concentrations run during these intervals

Entrepreneurship / Governance & Sustainability

Week 20 (16 - 21 May) 2022

Week 24 (13 - 18 June) 2022

Digitalisation / Finance 

Week 21 (23 - 28 May) 2022

Week 25 (20 - 25 June) 2022

Read a short description of the courses offered in each semester by unfolding the drop-down menu underneath each trimester.

Trimester 1 - Understanding the organisation

The first term combines courses that allow you to better understand the foundational principles of organisational behaviour.

The term starts with reflections on how an organisation’s human resources can be managed in effective and efficient ways and how such management is related to performance (Human Resource Management).

You will then learn how to gain timely and relevant information by managing an organisation’s accounting systems and how to analyse a company’s financial statements (Accounting).

Further, you will learn how to extract value from business data in an environment of uncertainty and time pressure and how to make sure you are adding long-term value through your organisation’s digitalisation activities (Analytics and Digitalisation).

Trimester 2 - Exploring the organisation's environment

The second term looks into the organisation’s market environment and prepares you to develop skills to analyse the behaviour of different market actors.

We start by understanding how organisations and investors interact and which options exist to finance their activities (Corporate Finance).

This term also includes a course in which you explore how basic economic aspects shape the environment in which businesses operate and how you can use such knowledge to tackle selected managerial problems (Economics).

Trimester two then concludes with a course on contemporary marketing techniques, enabling you to better understand how to analyse consumer behaviour and thereby generate demand for an organisation’s products (Marketing).

Trimester 3 - Managing strategic execution

The final term encourages you to use your knowledge of how organisations and markets operate in order to lead in innovative ways.

You will start trimester three with a course that teaches you how to make strategic decisions in a way that they create value for society and corporations (Corporate Sustainability).

You will then learn about how to develop the organisational capabilities to manage innovation processes in organisations, and how to link these processes to strategic decisions (Innovation Management).

And finally, you will apply different concepts to analyse the competitive positioning of an organisation and to implement a coherent strategic orientation within a business (Strategic Management).


The page was last edited by: Full-time MBA // 06/04/2021

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