The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics (AKA: The Blue MBA) has a world-class reputation in the maritime industry and has been specifically designed for high-potential shipping executives.
Our programme will give you unrivalled insight into shipping economics and modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.
A Unique Holistic Approach To Shipping And Logistics
Throughout the programme, you will learn to adopt a holistic view of shipping that integrates commercial, technological, and financial aspects as well as maritime law, supply chain management, and leadership challenges. Upon graduation, you will have developed a complete understanding of the challenges in this sector and have a full understanding of the industry's needs in a world where globalisation, enhanced competition, and the speed of technological change place ever-increasing demands on executive management skills. The following governing themes are evident throughout the program:
Teaching takes place in state-of-the-art facilities in Denmark, Germany, and the UK.
A Unique Industry Needs A Unique MBA.
Join Scandinavia’s largest business school and study alongside inspiring leaders from around the globe. Our unrivalled MBA program is designed for high-potential shipping executives.
Join the next class of talented executives starting in September 2023.
Why Choose The CBS Executive MBA In Shipping & Logistics
unrivalled international network
World-class industry reputation
Diverse student body representing all the segments of the industry
The Blue MBA provides you with unrivalled insight into shipping economics as well as modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.
Top International Level
Through the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics, you will learn to adopt a holistic view of shipping, integrating commercial, technological, and financial aspects as well as maritime law, supply chain management, and leadership challenges. You will be taken to the top international level in business administration, reflecting the needs of the industry in a world, where globalization, enhanced competition, and the speed of technological change place ever-increasing demands on executive management skills.
Content And Structure
Understanding The Industry
Module 1 will give you a basic understanding of the shipping industry. The focus will be on the role of shipping in the global economy and an introduction to shipping economics.
Understanding The Gobal Environment
Modules 2 and 3 will give you a background for understanding, how the world economy works. This will include the drivers for globalisation, trade patterns, supply chain management, and the logistical implications of this development.
Focus On Maritime Issues
Modules 4 and 5 are devoted to industry-specific issues, reflecting the holistic view of the business; they cover maritime law, ship design, and technical operational management, including the important aspect of information and communication technology development.
Core Management Issues
Modules 6, 7, and 8 will focus on central topics of business management, dealing with investment analysis, finance and risk management, organizational theory, and company strategy.
The Integrated Strategy Project (ISP)
The last part of the programme is the writing of the thesis, following a three-step process, where each step is concluded by an oral presentation, and the final presentation serves as the oral defense of the ISP/thesis. The aim is to demonstrate an ability to analyse a practical problem in detail, drawing upon all the knowledge from the program. An introduction to each of the three steps will be given during the last module.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics is a modular program with eight-week-long modules scheduled over the course of 22 months. Learning is supported by a virtual platform, where individual/group assignments and group discussions enhance the learning process. Teaching takes place in Denmark, Germany, and the UK. (Venues subject to change.)
Where And When
The demand for advanced education within professional fields of study has grown in recent years. This demand has urged a shift towards industry-driven programs where senior and mid-career managers seek higher competencies.
The program consists of eight modules, each of which is followed by an individual assignment, plus a final integrated strategy project (ISP); which constitutes the final master thesis.
When you graduate from the program, you will have acquired the following:
You will be competitive for the international job market as you will have received relevant and rigorous (= research-based) insight and knowledge provided by academic faculty in cooperation with high-level executives. In the program, interdisciplinary know-how is transferred through workshops, seminars, and the interdisciplinary project – combining shipping, law, economics, operations/supply chain management, marketing, organization, and finance. You will acquire content knowledge as well as social knowledge through the diversity in faculty and class composition.
You will possess the theories, methods, tools needed to understand the whole complexity of the industry. You will also further your social skills by coaching techniques, negotiation skills, conflict resolution, and interpersonal communication training.
You will be able to apply the set of theories, methods, and tools and you will be able to solve strategic, tactical, and operative problems covering the whole range of shipping-related issues. You will also be able to apply social skills to demonstrate leadership.
Credits: 60 ECT points
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics aims at giving you unrivalled insight into shipping economics and modern management theories and their application in the maritime sector.
A Unique Holistic Approach To Shipping And Logistics
The program adopts a holistic view of shipping - integrating commercial, technological and financial aspects as well as maritime law and supply-chain management, and leadership challenges - which is unique. Upon graduation, you will have developed a complete understanding of the challenges in this sector. The program will take you to the top international level in business administration, reflecting the needs of the industry in a world, where globalization, enhanced competition, and the speed of technological change place ever-increasing demands on executive management skills.
Program Content Overview
Four governing themes are evident throughout the program:
Globalisation of the world economy
Implications of information and communication technology development
Changes in logistics requirements.
The final Integrated Strategy Project serves two purposes:
For the candidate, the aim is to integrate all topics covered in the program by using real-world data on a problem related to the candidate’s own company.
For the candidate’s company, the aim is to have a strategic issue thoroughly analyzed, with proposed solutions and implementation plans.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics is a modular program with eight-week-long modules over the course of 22 months, supported by a virtual platform. Individual/group assignments and group discussions enhance the learning process.
Lectures are delivered by a group of leading world-renowned experts from different areas of the maritime industry all over the world.
Both the CBS resident faculty and the external faculty are among the group of experts who are highly in demand as advisors and consultants to maritime institutions, companies, and governments. In addition to their excellent teaching skills and methods, they help our students build an international network of contacts.
The Executive building at CBS has been designed by Henning Larsen Architects and is characterized by open space, panoramic views of the park, and lots of natural light. Creating an inspiring learning environment where our students can thrive is at the top of our list.
Outstanding Facilities In The Heart Of Copenhagen
CBS is a modern university with its main campus located in modern buildings in Frederiksberg, close to the heart of Copenhagen. The Executive MBA programs are housed at Råvarebygningen previously the raw materials storage building in Porcelænshaven (The Porcelain Garden), an area formerly occupied by Royal Copenhagen Porcelain. This building has now been imaginatively converted into a competition-winning design by Henning Larsen Architects.
The CBS Library
The CBS Library, which is also Denmark's National Library for Business Economics and contains the most comprehensive catalog of books on all aspects of organizational and business life in Denmark. With more than 300,000 volumes and access to more than 5,000 electronic journals and publications, it is the only place in Denmark where Executive MBA participants can enjoy the level of access to up-to-date knowledge and business research. The CBS Online Library is continuously being improved in order to integrate e-resources with the traditional library collection, so that staff and students have easy access to all e-resources both on and off-campus.
Life at CBS
The CBS campus covers a big part of Frederiksberg with research and teaching facilities at Solbjerg Plads, Dalgas Have, Kilen (The Wedge), Howitzvej and Porcelænshaven. Each facility has a unique architectural style and atmosphere that contributes to making CBS a special place. As an Executive MBA participant based at Porcelænshaven, you will have opportunities to visit most of the sites on campus. In each of the buildings, you will find computer facilities, rooms for group work and cafes. The Campus Facilities page provides more information on the facilities and amenities available. As an Executive MBA participant and alumnus, you will get access to exclusive MBA events, where you will be given the opportunity to hear some of the leading lecturers on various business subjects. The themes of the events vary and we try to make them as diversified as possible to meet your needs and get you inspired.
CBS Maritime was launched in early 2013 and aims to coordinate the maritime activities and competencies at CBS and develop maritime research and teaching in close association with the business community. With CBS Maritime, the Blue MBA and the CBS maritime research have become closely connected. The concentration of maritime expertise across CBS maritime study programs and courses as well as the research environment will be of benefit for all parties.
CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics belongs to the exclusive group of global business schools to hold the triple accreditation (AMBA, EQUIS, AACSB), setting the program apart from others and ensuring that an MBA degree from CBS is recognized, respected, and rewarded globally.
To ensure the life-long quality and global recognition of your MBA, it is important to consider accreditations. CBS is among the one percent of business schools in the world holding the sought-after triple-accreditation: AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS. Through this international and broad recognition of the quality of the school and the CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics program, you can be certain that they are getting the best business education. In addition, the program is also accredited by ACE and PIMS in Denmark.
The Association of MBA, AMBA
In 2007, CBS became the first university in Denmark to receive accreditation from the AMBA, underlining its international credibility and status. The number of MBA qualifications available worldwide is now in the thousands, but only a small percentage of these would achieve accreditation if they were submitted to AMBA’s rigorous international criteria. Accreditation by the Association of MBAs identifies programs as the best there is. In a crowded and complex market, the AMBA accreditation provides a reliable list of meticulously tested programs and ensures that students' investments are rewarded with the finest business education available.
European Quality Improvement System, EQUIS
EQUIS was created in 1998 and in the past twelve years of existence, the organization has accredited 147 institutions in 40 countries. CBS has been accredited by EQUIS since 2000. The EQUIS accreditation is awarded to business schools based on general quality, taking into account the business school's level of internationalization.
EQUIS assesses institutions as a whole. It assesses not just degree programs but all the activities and sub-units of the institution, including research, e-learning units, executive education provision, and community outreach. Institutions must be primarily devoted to management education.
EQUIS looks for a balance between high academic quality and the professional relevance provided by close interaction with the corporate world. A strong interface with the world of business is, therefore, as much a requirement as a strong research potential. EQUIS attaches particular importance to the creation of an effective learning environment that favors the development of students’ managerial and entrepreneurial skills and fosters their sense of global responsibility. It also looks for innovation in all respects, including program design and pedagogy.
Institutions that are accredited by EQUIS must demonstrate not only high general quality in all dimensions of their activities but also a high degree of internationalization. With companies recruiting worldwide, with students choosing to get their education outside their home countries, and with schools building alliances across borders and continents, there is a rapidly growing need for them to be able to identify those institutions in other countries that deliver high-quality education in international management.
The Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business, AACSB
In August 2011, CBS was the first school in Scandinavia to receive the AACSB accreditation. The AACSB accreditation standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas. AACSB accreditation ensures students and parents that the business school is providing a top-quality education. It also ensures employers that AACSB-accredited business school graduates are ready to perform on day one. Additionally, AACSB accreditation provides many benefits to the faculty and staff at its accredited schools by attracting higher quality students, providing greater research opportunities, and allowing for global recognition.
The school’s application is carefully reviewed to ensure it is eligible to pursue AACSB Accreditation. Once it is determined that a school has the potential to be accredited, it works with mentors, committees, and AACSB staff to develop a Standards Alignment Plan. Once a school follows through with its alignment plan and meets the AACSB standards, review committees and the AACSB Board of Directors decide whether or not a school should be accredited. In its entirety, the AACSB accreditation process is rigorous and requires a significant amount of work to achieve.
The Global Alliance of in Management Education, CEMS
CEMS is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies. Its first mission is to set a global standard of excellence for a pre-experience Master in management. Founded in 1988 in Europe, the network has grown steadily, largely due to the success and popularity of the CEMS Master’s in International Management: the MIM program. Today, CEMS is the global league of leaders on the pre-experience Master’s market and it cannot be equaled in terms of the reputation of its members: 28 world-class academic institutions collaborate together with over 70 corporate partners and 4 NGOs to offer international, postgraduate students a unique blend of high-quality education and professional experience.
Partnership in International Management, PIM
PIM, Partnership in International Management, is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded in 1973. Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region, and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management. PIM facilitates the development of international cooperation among members, fostering the development of joint programs, student and faculty exchange, joint research, and cooperation among faculty members and researchers. On this website, you will find information about the partnership and its advantages and opportunities, its Member Schools, its main activities, and news.
What are the requirements needed to be admitted into the Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics? On this page, you will find useful information relating to the application process.
A bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution or equivalent;
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or similar documented qualification;
Minimum five years of work experience in a relevant field;
Two personal recommendations.
Prior to admission, applicants are interviewed and an individual assessment of the suitability of the applicant is made based upon the above requirements and the result of the interview. For long-distance applicants, the interview may be conducted by telephone.
Financing Your MBA In Shipping And Logistics
About 60% of all the participants in the Executive MBA Shipping and Logistics Programme are sponsored by their employers.
The tuition fee of the program is DKK 320,000 (Danish Kroner) – or approximately EUR 43,000 - to be paid in four equal installments of DKK 80,000 at the beginning of each semester.
Non-EU participants must pay an additional admissions fee of approximately DKK 15,000.
This fee does not include course material, travel, and accommodation costs.
The Danish Maritime Fund
The Danish Maritime Fund supports initiatives that serve to develop the Danish maritime industry, and as an Executive MBA participant working in the industry, you may be eligible for funding.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping in Logistics is a unique program which attracts shipping professionals from all corners of the globe. You will develop a strong network spanning across continents and companies which will last a lifetime.
A Global Maritime Network
The Executive MBA Programme in Shipping and Logistics aims at fulfilling the needs of the entire maritime sector in terms of relevant top management education based on maritime-related cases. The program is ideal for managers within the shipping community but equally relevant for those who deal with shipping either as customers or suppliers.
Your fellow participants will come from different countries and represent shipowners, ship operators, logistics providers, financial institutions, insurance companies, shipbuilding, and ship repair enterprises, brokers, maritime lawyers, transport consultants, classification societies, maritime administrations, ports, ship equipment producers.
The CBS Executive MBA in Shipping and Logistics will allow you to build an unrivalled network which you can utilize for the rest of your career. Below is a list of former students who are now part of the alumni network.
The CBS Blue MBA is a lifelong investment in your career, designed to build a diverse, lasting network that you can draw on for expert advice.
This Alumni network is a hub for alumni-related events happening around the globe and where you can reconnect with your peers or expand your network with other like-minded shipping professionals. Most importantly, the network serves as a database, allowing you to search for and find other CBS Blue MBA alumni within specific segments or with a specific area of expertise.
Who Is The Programme For?
The Executive MBA Programme in Shipping and Logistics aims at fulfilling the needs of the entire maritime sector in terms of relevant top management education based on maritime-related cases. The program is ideal for managers within the shipping community but equally relevant for those who deal with shipping either as customers or suppliers. Participants come from different countries and represent shipowners, ship operators, logistics providers, financial institutions, insurance companies, shipbuilding, and ship repair enterprises, brokers, maritime lawyers, transport consultants, classification societies, maritime administrations, ports, ship equipment producers.
"The Blue MBA provides great insight into essential aspects of the shipping and logistics industry. It gives an insightful overview of the industry and delves deeply into fundamentals like the key drivers, opportunities, and risks for the various players in the industry. With world-class teaching staff and senior participants from many parts of the industry, it is a dynamic learning experience coupling theory and practice in interaction."
Bo Cerup-Simonsen, Executive Technical Advisor – A.P. Møller-Maersk
"After 20 years in the maritime industry, when deciding to invest in my career by acquiring new skill sets, joining the Blue MBA was the obvious choice.”
Peggy Hoeegh Grays, Ship Operator, Stolt-Nielsen, USA Class of 2019