February 26, 2021


10-12 Weeks

Apply by

December 11, 2020


€ 9,000 €6,500

early bird discount

About the Programme

The Master's in Management (MiM) Essentials Programme provides you with a unique opportunity to receive a world-class  and career-focused online education from three highest-ranked European business schools.

  • Fast-track to a master’s in management degree from IE Business School or ESMT Berlin, and stand out from other candidates at Imperial College
  • Experience the WOW Room as part of your MiM Essentials Programme  – Winner of Best Innovation in Business Education at Reimagine Education Awards 2018
  • Seek support from a personal tutor, office hours, and discussion boards 
  • Receive admissions and visa support to complete your master's application

Programme Highlights

A world-class education
Fast-track to a Master’s Degree
Programme completion in 10-12 weeks
Career change & advancement opportunities
Entrepreneurial support
Global networking

Brought to you by

Imperial College Business School

Imperial College London, ranked 8th in QS World University Rankings, provide award-winning faculty in economics, finance and entrepreneurship delivering rigorous courses which will equip you to launch a business plan, or progress within a consulting or financial services career.

  • Campus: London

IE Business School

IE Business School, Madrid, ranked 1st in QS Online MBA Ranking and top ten ranked MiM, provide their flagship accounting, strategy and technology and innovation courses, essential for family business owners and people with an innovative mindset.

  • Campus: Madrid

ESMT Berlin

ESMT Berlin, the highest-ranked business school in Germany, provide the soft skills and decision support tools essential for successful managers; through courses on people, teams and organisations, marketing and sales in a digital world, and decision making and data analysis.

  • Campus: Berlin
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Who is this programme for?

This programme can help people at various stages of their professional and educational career through:

  • A world-class business management education as well as idea development  and incubation support for business owners and entrepreneurs.  
  • A pathway to a master's in management degree for recent college grads and those interested in studying abroad through experiencing online coursework at 3 top European schools.
  • A unique opportunity for a career switch or a move up to a leadership position by acquiring essential management skills.

What you will learn


A course by:
Prof. Nicola Gatti


Prof. Nicola Gatti  Full profile 

This course examines why some firms perform better than others. Introducing the main concepts, theoretical frameworks and analytical tools that allow participants to understand how firms gain and sustain a competitive advantage, as well as the key elements of a successful execution.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Foundations of Finance

A course by:
Prof. Daniel Stillit

Foundations of Finance

This module is an introduction to financial markets. We will begin by exploring the role that financial markets play in the economy; the role of financial intermediation. Financial markets move capital from savers to borrowers – we need to understand who the savers and borrowers are, the basic financial securities that facilitate the flow of funds and how the markets are organised to support this flow.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Data Analysis and Decision Making

A course by:
Prof. Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze

Data Analysis and Decision Making

Prof. Catalina Stefanescu-Cuntze  Full profile

Develop your critical thinking, analysis and creativity skills, with on the application of quantitative frameworks to specific business settings such as marketing, finance, and human resources.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Managerial Economics

A course by:
Prof. Richard Green

Managerial Economics

Prof. Richard Green Full profile

Central to this module is an exploration of both micro- & macroeconomics. In relation to microeconomics, the aim is to understand how markets operate. The module also analyses the macroeconomic backdrop, to create an understanding of central issues in monetary policy.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Financial Accounting

A course by:
Prof. Lucía Egea

Financial Accounting

Prof. Lucía Egea Full profile

The purpose of this course is to understand the accounting process and to develop skills necessary to evaluate an enterprise’s financial position and its operating, investing and financing activities.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

People, Teams, and Organizations

A course by:
Prof. Konstantin Korotov

People, Teams, and Organizations

Prof. Konstantin Korotov Full profile

This course explores the application of a body of knowledge related to individual and collective behaviors in organizations, as well as to organizational systems that affect these behaviors, for analysis of managerial options and choices.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS


A course by:
Prof. Harveen Chugh


Prof. Harveen Chugh Full profile

The Entrepreneurship module offers you a unique opportunity to build your knowledge, skills and experience in starting up a new business. The module aims to inspire students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset for setting up and driving new projects or ventures.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Technology and Innovation Management

A course by:
Prof. Ramiro Montealegre

Technology and Innovation Management

Prof. Ramiro Montealegre Full profile

This part introduces IT as a transforming force in today businesses. We will study the evolution of IT and how this evolution has affected businesses, the strategic alignment between IT and business goals; and how business can obtain competitive advantages with the use of digital technology.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS

Marketing and Sales in a Digital World

A course by:
Prof. Johannes Habel

Marketing and Sales in a Digital World

Prof. Johannes Habel Full profile

Develop your ability to analyze markets, create value for customers, and manage the “marketing mix” – both in the traditional and the digital world.

  • Duration: 40 hours
  • Credits: 2 ECTS
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Key takeaways and outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the programme, you’ll earn a certificate from the 3 business schools: Imperial College Business School, IE Business School, and ESMT Berlin.

The programme is designed to deliver the following key learning and takeaways:

  • Managerial skills 
  • Entrepreneurial know-how 
  • Decision making
  • Leadership skills
  • Strategic thinking
  • Communication skills


Management Essentials Online

Start date: February 26, 2021

The programme fee is €6,500 or $7,500 and payment is accepted in Euros or U.S. dollars. 

Sign up deadline: December 11, 2020
  • €9,000 €6,500
  • early bird discount

Flexible payment available

Flexible payment options

This option is made available in the application portal and should be selected before making the payment.  

The course credits completed as part the MiM Essentials Programme can be used to offset against the equivalent courses, with fee deductions from IE Business School and ESMT if you subsequently enrol in their Masters In Management Programme.

Programme brochure

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  • Why are ESMT Berlin, IE Business School, and Imperial College Business School working together? 

    As fellow members of the FOME (Future of Management Education) Alliance, these leading business schools are committed to both full-time residential and online programme delivery, therefore, they have joined forces to create a strong foundational programme for master's in management, accessible to students around the globe. 

  • How does the Covid-19 global pandemic affect this programme?

    This programme is designed with travel limitations caused by the global pandemic in mind. Hence, the programme will start this fall fully delivered online, with the option to apply and enrol into a full-time and on-campus master's in management program at IE Business School or ESMT Berlin starting in January or September of 2021.   

  • Am I guaranteed a spot in one of the Master programmes?

    While the MiM Essentials Programme can be completed as a standalone certificate programme, the majority of students joining this programme will be preparing to join one of the 3 partner school programmes, and admissions to these programmes must be attained independently of the certificate programme. Therefore, they encourage students joining the programme to do the following: 

    See the three programme pages and understand the admissions requirements for the programmes.  Once you know which programme is the best fit for you, our partner QS will be able to work with you and suggest which programme would be best to apply to, and if needed, can connect applicants with a recruitment team member at the partner school you are most interested in applying to. The qualifying programmes are as follows: 

    o   ESMT BerlinMaster in Management (seehere) 

    o   IE Business SchoolMaster in Management (seehere) 

    o   Imperial College Business SchoolMSc in Management (seehere) 

    As participants work through the MIM Essentials Programme they will meet with students who have started the full-time residential delivery of the relevant master programmes to learn more about how the intake is going, and how the student experience is going, as a way to help programme participants make the right decision with regards to which programme to apply for, as they work through their MiM programme course content. 

  • Are there any prerequisites for this programme?

    The only prerequisites are that you have completed an undergraduate degree and are proficient in the English language.

  • What is the typical class profile?

    Since this is the first cohort for this online programme, there is not a specific class profile to share. The universities expect that your peer group will be from all over the world and highly motivated, eager to engage with one another. 

  • What are the requirements to earn the certificate of completion for this programme?

    An overall assessment will determine if you receive a pass grade for each course. Full programme completion will be achieved upon the successful completion of each course, including tests, polls and activities in which you apply programme content. The highest scoring candidates will be eligible for exclusive scholarships.

  • Are there scholarships available?

    IE Business School and ESMT Berlin will each be offering five exclusive scholarships to students who successfully complete the MiM Essentials Programme and are offered a place on the full-time master's in management programme.

  • How much time is required each week and how is the time spent?

    The programme is full-time, but with significant flexibility, so you can fit it into your schedule if you are working. However, the courses are rigorous and demanding, so we encourage you to set aside up to 40 hours per week for your studies. Time will be spent among a variety of activities including: 

    • Engaging with recorded video lectures from faculty  
    • Attending live webinars and live office hours  
    • Reading or engaging with examples of core topics  
    • Completing knowledge checks/quizzes and required activities  
    • Engaging in moderated discussion groups with your peers  
    • Completing your final capstone project 

    The programme is designed to be highly interactive, while also allowing time for self-reflection and to demonstrate an understanding of the core topics through various learning exercises.

  • Who is QS? 

    QS, the research company behind the QS World University Rankings, is mission led “to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility and career development”. QS believes the MiM Essentials Programme meets this mission as we seek to give recent graduates and young professionals informed choices to help them achieve career success! Imperial College Business School, IE Business School and ESMT Berlin are partnering with QS to provide this programme as a direct response to the pandemic which has impacted the world in 2020.

  • When will the live sessions be scheduled? 

    Because participants will be joining from all over the world, the universities will strive to schedule the live sessions at times when the majority of participants can join. All sessions will be recorded and available 24 hours after the session. Moderated discussion boards will supplement the live sessions.

  • How will I interact with other programme participants? 

    Peer learning adds substantially to the overall learning experience and is an important part of the programme. You can connect and communicate with other participants through the learning platform.

  • What equipment or technical requirements are there for this programme?

    Participants will need the latest version of their preferred browser to access the learning platform. In addition, Microsoft Office and a PDF viewer are required to access documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files, and transcripts.

  • Do I need to be online to access the programme content?

    Yes, the learning platform is accessed via the internet and video content is not available for download. You can download files of video transcripts, assignment templates, readings, etc. Video lectures must be streamed via the internet and webinars and office hours will require an internet connection.

  • What do I receive upon successful completion of the programme?

    Upon the successful and satisfactory completion of the programme, you will receive a certificate of completion from the 3 institutions. The digital certificate will be sent approximately two weeks after the programme and grading have concluded. There will be no hard copy provided.

    At the end of each stage (completion of a course block comprised of 3 courses), you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion on behalf of all three institutions, listing the courses completed.

    In addition, you will receive course credits which can be used to offset against the equivalent courses, with equivalent fee deductions from IE Business School and ESMT Berlin if you subsequently enrol in their Master's in Management. Successful completion of this programme will be positively reviewed if you choose to apply to Imperial College Business School, but will not automatically qualify for course credits.

  • How long will I have access to the learning materials? 

    You will have access to the online learning platform and all the videos and programme materials for one full year following the programme start date. Access to the learning platform is restricted to registered participants per the terms of agreement.