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Copenhagen Business School MBA Application Insider

The Copenhagen Business School MBA is home to a diverse group of students from across the globe. But what do CBS admissions staff look for in MBA applicants?


Mon Mar 15 2021

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a leading business school in Europe, ranking 24th globally in the QS MBA rankings and boasting triple accreditation from AMBA, EQUIS, and AACSB.

Renowned for being one of the best business schools for sustainability, the Scandinavian business model informs teaching at CBS, focusing on ethical practice, sustainable leadership, and the green agenda.

The CBS Full-time MBA, also known as the Copenhagen MBA, seeks high caliber candidates, with an average GMAT score of 650 and an average professional experience of 6.4 years. Candidates can apply for the October intake throughout the year, with an average cohort size of 43. The Copenhagen MBA is home to 90% international students and 40% women.  e5cbf16f643d35ec5f4e2087765b16b9d6397126.jpg

Throughout the year-long MBA, students will participate in the Leadership Discovery Process, educating Copenhagen MBAs on how to leverage their unique leadership style, and the Advisory Board Program, where students help startups develop their business.   

Copenhagen Business School MBA grads can expect job opportunities within sectors such as healthcare, technology, consulting, and finance. 

We find out what it takes to ace your MBA application by speaking to Magdalena Niederwieser (pictured right), admissions manager for the Copenhagen MBA.


What do you look for in Copenhagen Business School MBA candidates?

We look for young professionals with a strong professional background and an interesting personality—the personal component is equally important as the professional fit. A Copenhagen MBA applicant should be personally mature and ready to sustain an open mind. 

Candidates should be ready to challenge themselves on every level while diving into new academic fields. International experience is also very beneficial since we have 90% of international students who work in a small environment, so we strongly encourage collaboration and support among the students.


What’s the biggest mistake you can make in an MBA application?

We know our applicants apply to several schools, but it shouldn’t be obvious in the application—impersonal or standardized essays and answers are easily spotted and disqualify a candidate immediately. Researching Denmark, the culture and the Danish job market is a crucial part of an application. Additionally, research about our program and concrete answers to why the Copenhagen MBA is the right program for the applicant is a must.

It’s also a mistake for candidates to not answer all the essay questions, even if one of them is optional.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in an MBA application?

An applicant confused the MBA with a master’s program and didn’t submit GMAT or IELTS results—again, make sure you do enough research before applying. 

What questions should candidates expect in their admission interview?

Applicants should be prepared to answer questions about their career plans post-MBA and show their research about the Danish job market.  affed572f724c1bfbb8e3296c5eb1a2869e9c870.png

Another important topic in the interview is financing since the MBA is a big financial commitment, and we often experience that students underestimate the costs. 

Since our Copenhagen MBA program is also strongly focused on leadership development, we address the applicant’s leadership approach and experience in the interview. 

We also appreciate questions from the applicants that show their interest and, ideally, go beyond the practical information found online or by talking to the Admissions Team.

Can you tell us one thing about the application process at CBS that most people wouldn’t know? 

Every candidate is hand-picked, and we place a lot of emphasis and work into creating a diverse class in the Copenhagen MBA. We are a small team and don’t just browse through the application. We read every candidate’s answers carefully and we have a discussion in the Admissions Committee about almost every candidate.

Student Reviews

Copenhagen Business School (CBS)




CBS: efficient international network

CBS has always been ranked among the best universities in Europe and this means that it has become a sign of professionalism and success. The academic level is great thanks to the good teachers and the atmosphere is proactive and challenging. Lots of events are planned every week and this helps you to find your own way. CBS is not only a business school, it is a great and efficient international network.




Good academic career

I did my Bachelors at CBS and their academic excellence and career opportunities led me to pursue my Masters in Accounting, Strategy and Control. I was very lucky to go on an exchange in Singapore for one semester it boosted me to get a career in a global firm. I like that it is super modern and has all the facilities for the business student in 2019. Especially, I liked the library and Bitlab where I spent most of my time studying. However, note that it is very demanding and studying here is no joke. Everything is very competitive and you are among the most excellent business students in the country. The interaction with international students helped me to see different perspectives in business and culturally and I was lucky to make friends from any part of the world. CBS is like a brand in Denmark. Every serious business company prioritizes us over any other Danish university and also it is free for European citizens. Overall, I have a very satisfying experience at CBS and I'm looking to continue my academical career even further.




CBS is one of the best!

All I have to say regarding my experience at CBS is that it is AMAZING. Having been tutored by world-class academic staff, I can definitely support that I am receiving the best of quality regarding my studies in Digital Marketing. Staff is very friendly and easy to approach. In addition, the facilities we enjoy are top class and meet any demands. Keep in mind that, EU citizens do not pay any fees. Student life might be non-existent here, but the location of the University in The very center of Copenhagen has a huge variety of choices to offer to students regarding their entertainment. Accommodation might be a problem, but early research of the market can be very useful. In addition, the University promotes diversity. In CBS University you can meet people from the whole world which is quite interesting. I definitely suggest CBS for any student who he's interested in pursuing a career in marketing or business.




The ideal business school

I have been enrolled in this university for 2 semesters. What I took from this experience is that there is nothing better out there for those looking for professional growth while being guided by some of the top-notch professors in Scandinavia. They have a really strong focus in technology and digital transformation and they are up to date to guarantee you land a job in the modern fast-evolving world. They also embrace diversity which means many students come from any part of the world and it takes the entire learning experience to another level. You simply learn from every other student cause everyone has different experiences and background which makes you open your mind and see the world from a different angle. In Denmark, even businesses prioritize people who graduate from CBS as it's commonly perceived as the most prestigious university for business graduates.

José Pedro



A Place of Personal Growth

In CBS you can expect an environment of proactive thinking and growth. The university staff is always open to help and to debate. The teaching methods balance theoretical knowledge and practical skills enabling the student with capacity and confidence to enter the job market successfully. The existence of students from all over the world stimulates discussion and promotion of different cultures, ideas and perspectives. I highly recommend this university for students in business-related areas.





The environment here is really great. Despite the well organized buildings and libraries, there are also places for students to just stay and relax also even study in the corners of each campus. The professors are mostly really nice and try to interact with students a lot. So, to sum up, the environment is really nice for studying here.




Quality education

Quality education where it emphazises the importance of academic. No finger to put on this aspect of the school. However, sometimes the administration and IT can be lacking a bit, but in general a really good choice for education!




Best Time!

Classes are challenging and conducted in a professional manner. CBS offers a wide range of possibilities to develop outside of the classes! Libraries and other facilities on the campus are very well adjusted to the student needs.




A heavily theory-based curriculum combined with an ever-stimulating environment

I am currently a Master student at CBS, but I have also completed a Bachelor's Degree in this university. I am quite satisfied with my studies and the teaching level. However, when compared to other business schools, it becomes apparent that most courses at CBS strive to find a good balance between theoretical insight and real-life examples. Compared to my exchange university, the projects that I have found myself writing at CBS have a far less practical application and also leave little room for creativity. If the teaching is heavily theoretical, on the bright side, the university arranges a number of events throughout the year to encourage students to apply their knowledge, in the form of career fairs, case competitions, and other events organized by student associations. In my experience, teachers are very easily approachable and happy to answer your questions. A foreign student like me will find a more international environment at Master level, since the number of international (or at least non-Scandinavian) students enrolled in the Bachelor programs is quite low. However, all communication (both oral and written) from teachers and the university offices is always in English. Administrative offices, student guidance services, the career center, and the international office are definitely worth a mention. All of the requests that I have had throughout the years have always been met with kindness, promptness and efficiency.

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