Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Lead a digital business in a globalized world

Objectives of the programme

By studying this programme, you will gain the strategic, digital and entrepreneurial skills for the job markets of today and tomorrow. Based on a strong cooperation between practice partners and our world-class faculty, you will acquire competencies in core areas like strategy, complex problem solving and decision making.

Also, you will focus on two fields, which we believe are crucial for being competitive in the future: Digital literacy and the ability to code as well an in depths understanding of the Chinese market.

Studying in the European entrepreneurial powerhouses Berlin and Paris, you will gain comprehensive theoretical and practical insights, which will equip you for a career in the world of strategy, consulting and digital business creation.

This master programme is the right choice if you want to...

  • Be equipped for a more digital and global job market
  • Work in an international and entrepreneurial context or become a strategy consultant
  • Develop a strategic and international mindset
  • Push thinking on how digitalization will change and influence the economy
  • Meet inspiring teachers, company representatives and peers who share your passion
  • Receive a renowned degree from a highly-ranked business school

Get ready for the job market in a digital world

The requirements of the job market are changing quickly. Companies are becoming more digital and increasingly work in an agile way. This is not only true for start-ups. Today, some of the largest companies in the world like Facebook, Google or Tencent are digital companies. This requires a new set of skills from graduates, which you will learn in this master programme. You will learn how to code, how to manage agile projects, how digital marketing is done and how you can use design thinking to come up with new products or services.

 

European Academic Director


Philip MEISSNER - ESCP Faculty

Prof. Dr. Philip MEISSNER

Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making

PhD in Management
Research areas: strategy, technology, psychology

Accreditation

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The MSc in Strategy and Digital Business has been state-accredited by the Senate Administration for Education, Science and Research of the Federal State of Berlin. The programme is also an internationally recognized state-accredited Master of Science degree by the Accreditation Council through ACQUIN since 2020 and in accordance with the Bologna reform.

 


 

About ESCP's MSc

The choice of a full-time MSc corresponds to a professional project and gives young graduates and young managers a combination of high-value skills sought by recruiters.
This programme provides academic expertise and presentation of the best professional practices. Our goal is to train experts who will be rapidly able to progress in a globalized world. Choosing a "Full-Time Intensive" format allows, at the end of a short and dense tuition, to have an immediate access to decision-making leadership positions.

Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business

Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Curriculum

Develop core competencies for our digital age

The Master in Strategy and Digital Business (120 ECTS) will give you the background you need to manage a 21st century business.

A combination of theory classes and of live practical cases covering the areas of:

  • Managing Emerging Technologies
  • Techniques for Complex Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking and Communication Skills
  • Strategic and International Management
  • The Chinese Market and Doing Business in China
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Research Methods, Complex Systems and Organizational Change
  • Language Courses and Career Development

 

A two-year full-time programme

Classes will be delivered on campus and/or online in accordance with government recommendations. The programme begins in September and is organised as follow:

Course Modules

You have to be proficient in English to follow these courses.

Strategy
  • Strategic Management
  • International Management
Advanced Strategy
  • International Marketing
  • International Strategic Innovation
  • Financial Decision Making
Coding
  • Foundations of Coding
  • Hackathon
Disruptive Skills
  • Doing Business with China
  • Start-up School
  • TED Talk Seminar
  • Digitalisation and Society
Entrepreneurial Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship
Foundations of Management
  • Global Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Emerging Technologies
  • Problem Solving and Communication
  • Intercultural Management
Electives
  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Marketing
  • Ethics of AI
Research
Skills

Company Consultancy Projects
Experiential learning

You will accomplish a Company Consultancy Project during the MSc in Strategy and Digital Business, which allows you to put into practice the concepts acquired in the classroom. The projects provide students with collaborative and intercultural work experience on a case provided by our strategic partner Bain & Company.

In groups of 4-5, students are expected to perform an in-depth analysis and make recommendations for actions that can realistically be implemented by the company.
At the heart of the programme, the Company Consultancy Projects are a key element of the programme that enables students to get to know a sector or a specific function. They require significant commitment and focus from the students.

Through the Company Consultancy Project, students learn how to work efficiently as a team, and hone their skills in:
  • Project planning and management
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Development of hypotheses and recommendations
  • Customer service
  • Public speaking and presentations

Throughout the project, tutoring is provided by an ESCP professor.
Students learn how to approach an issue with a critical mindset, and how to react swiftly in unexpected situations with a creative and open-minded attitude.

Professional mission
A professional mission in the form of an in-company internship of at least 3 months.

From May to July of the second year, students must complete an in-company internship of at least 3 months. The internship is an opportunity for practical application of the theoretical concepts learned from courses, with an eye to establishing a career.

The Corporate Relations Department

The Corporate Relations Department is dedicated to gather placement offers from many companies. The department also organises a series of fairs involving firms, giving MSc students many opportunities to make contact.

Professional thesis
Writing and defending a professional thesis

Starting in February of the second year, you must draft a professional thesis in consultation with an ESCP Professor, which is based on the course Research Methods (term 4). The topic chosen is approved beforehand by an academic advisor. The thesis is defended orally to a committee between June and July. This individual applied research project is an essential part of the programme since it leads to in-depth analysis. It represents 20 of the total of 120 ECTS credits earned over the two years.

 

Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business

Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Careers

As industries and products become more digital being able to understand and manage digitalisation is a crucial determinant for success in the job market.

The Master in Strategy and Digital Business prepares students for the digital and global job market, whether you want to join an established start-up or found your own company in a European and international context, become strategy consultant or work as an intrapreneur who drives change processes in organisations or NGOs.

 

The first class of the MSc in Strategy and Digital Business started in September 2018 with 24 participants from 7 countries. After successful completion of their two-year programme at the end of 2020, our students will become part of ESCP's alumni network with over 500,000 members in 150 countries.

Build your career

ESCP gives you the opportunity to leverage events, tools and guidelines to efficiently manage your Career process after the end of your Master.

The Careers Service

Prepare your Career Plan

The Careers Service supports you in preparing a well-structured Curriculum Vitae and Cover Letter in order to strongly increase your chances to have an impact on companies. In addition, it also provides you with a structured method and process to prepare a Career Plan, in order to build and start an efficient and effective job-seeking strategy.

Job Fairs and Recruitement Day

Of particular relevance are the Job Fairs and Recruitement Day organised by the ESCP Careers Service on each campus. Thanks to these huge events you have the opportunity to directly get in touch with HR and Line Managers of leading companies.

The Alumni Network

Once you have completed your Master, you have the opportunity to be part of the Alumni Network that updates ex-students about newest Internship and Job offers for the national and international business environment.

Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business

Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Admissions

 

Requirements

  • A Bachelor degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS from a state accredited institution of Higher Education i.e university
  • A university background preferably in economics; interest in strategy and entrepreneurship
  • *(Students from a non-business/economics background are required to participate in a preparatory course prior to the start of the programme. This course includes the fields Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Economics and Controlling)
  • Fluency in English: Cambridge C1 certificate, TOEFL, TOEIC or IELTS scores, or English test on campus
  • Work experience not required (if given, maximum 2 years)

 

Procedure

Step 1: Application form

Applications are made online. After having created your account, please choose "Master - Master of Sciences" in the "Admission" section.

Admission process

To apply for the Master in Strategy and Digital Business Programme, you must submit the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation (half page)
  • Photocopy of passport or identity card
  • Your resume (curriculum vitae)
  • Transcripts of records of all years of higher education (certified copies) and current weighted average mark and/or expected final grade
  • Bachelor degree - if you hold it already - original or certified copy

Optional:

  • The score on a standardized English language test, dated no later than 2 years ago
  • GMAT score. In this case, applicants will be exempt from the online logic test (see below).
Application Best Practices Guide

Step 2: Personal Interview

Online tests and personal interview

Candidates who have successfully passed the background evaluation will be invited to the online Admission Day. The Day consists of:

  • Online deductive and numerical logic test. Here you will find more information and practice tests. On the Admisson Day, you will have to complete the Numerical Reasoning Test and the Deductive Reasoning Test (the Mobile-Enabled Interactive Versions for both).
  • Individual interview
  • English test: written, oral
    Applicants whose first language is English or who provide the result of a standardized language test not older than two years are exempt - TOEFL written 600; TOEFL IBT 100; TOEFL computer based 250; IELTS 7

Step 3: Confirmation

Candidates will be admitted on a rolling basis.

 

Admission Calendar

The official 2022 deadline has passed. You want to be the first to know when you can apply for the 2023 intake? Then fill out this form and we'll send you a notification as soon as the application platform open.

Click here to get to the application platform.

 

Application
Deadline
Logic test
(if applicable)
Admission Test Day
(with ESCP Berlin)
21 Nov 2022 3 Dec 2022 8-9 Dec 2022
3 Jan 2023 14 Jan 2023 18-19 Jan 2023
23 Jan 2023 4 Feb 2023 8-10 Feb 2023
27 Feb 2023 11 March 2023 14-15 March 2023
3 April 2023 15 April 2023 20-21 April 2023
24 April 2023 6 May 2023 11-12 May 2023
30 May 2023 10 June 2023 15-16 June 2023
19 June 2023 1 July 2023 6-7 July 2023
24 July 2023 5 Aug 2023 9-10 Aug 2023

Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business

Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Fees & Financials

 

Application Fees

The application fees are set at €130. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Tuition Fees

For those entering in September 2023, the fees for the two-year programme are as follows:

  • Tuition fee: €14,950 per year
  • Service fee: €1,000 per year 

Apply by February 28, 2023 to receive an early bird tuition reduction of €2,990.

A non-refundable down-payment of €2,000 is due four weeks after admission. The remaining fees are due in four instalments on the following key dates:

  • First instalment: September 1st 2023
  • Second instalment: January 1st 2024
  • Third instalment: June 1st 2024
  • Fourth instalment: January 1st 2025

Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business

Master of Science (MSc) in
Strategy and Digital Business
Meet Us

Campus Visits

It's important to get a good feel for the right programme for you. If you live in or happen to be travelling to Berlin, we offer personalised visits to our Berlin Campus. Please reserve a time here or reach out to msc.strategy.digitalbusiness@escp.eu for more information.

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Class Profile of 2022

49 students,
14 nationalities,
4 continents.

51%
Of our students have 1 to 2 years of working experience.

23
Is the average age of students starting this programmes.

92%
Are business/management graduates. All academic backgrounds are welcome!

Strategic Partner

Bain & Company Logo, Henkel Logo, Strategic partner ESCP's Master in Strategy and Digital Business
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