copenhagen business school

Copenhagen Business School

Is Copenhagen Business School good?

Copenhagen Business School, often simply referred to as CBS, was established in 1917, and has long been one of the best business schools in Western Europe, as well as holding the much coveted triple-crown of international accreditations (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).

A public university with some 22,000 students, it has an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and an international perspective and focus. Situated in the heart of the cosmopolitan and lively city of Copenhagen, in Frederiksberg, it runs a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate business-related courses, many of which are taught entirely in English.

Rankings for Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School is ranked in the top 100 global universities in The Times’ MBA Rankings in 2021, and the Economist places it in the top 30 universities for personal development. The QS listings for business schools,2020, placed Copenhagen Business School seventh in Europe and 15th in the world, and its Executive MBA programme was ranked 62nd globally.

International collaboration and Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen Business School runs a robust exchange and dual degree programme with leading institutions and has established partnerships with 360 business schools and universities. Over 50 per cent of the staff at Copenhagen Business School come from outside Denmark, creating an international approach to teaching and learning. The following lists a cross-section of CBS’s partners:

What courses are taught in English at Copenhagen Business School?

At undergraduate level, you can study:

  • Business Administration and Digital Management
  • International Business Asia
  • Business, Language and Culture
  • International Business
  • Business Administration and Sociology
  • International Business and Politics
  • Business Administration and Service Management
  • International Shipping and Trade.

First degree courses run for three years.

At  postgraduate level, you can take over 20 Master’s degrees, taught in English,  in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Business, Language and Culture
  • Social Science
  • Economics and Business Administration
  • International Business Communication.

Master’s degrees at Copenhagen Business School take two years to complete.

The MBA at Copenhagen Business School

The demanding, enriching and intensive MBA offered by Copenhagen Business School takes one year to complete. The course is essentially divided into three segments:

Understanding the organisation
The organisation's environment
Managing and implementing strategies
The thesis
HR management
Corporate finance
Corporate sustainability
Digitalisation OR
Managing innovation
Entrepreneurship OR
Analytics and digitalisation
Managing strategies
Governance and sustainability OR

Throughout the course you will take part in the Leadership Discovery Process, so that you come to understand your personal management and leadership style. You will then put your skillset into practice by taking part in the Advisory Board Programme, where you will be expected to provide advice and guidance to a start-up, and help the business to expand and grow.

How do I apply to the Copenhagen Business School?

Undergraduate applications

Denmark has a centralised admissions system,, which opens for applicants on 1 February and closes on 15 March. If you miss this deadline, your application will not be considered and you will to wait another whole academic year. In order to comply with the English language proficiency  requirements, you must have passed TOEFL or IELTS by 1 May. All candidates have until 10 July, at 12 noon, to upload their secondary school diploma. Once again, if you miss this deadline, you will have to wait another year for Copenhagen Business School to consider your application.

The documents you need to upload include:

  • a copy of your passport
  • your secondary school diploma
  • CV
  • IELTS/TOEFL results

Postgraduate applications

  • You need to upload your GMAT/GRE scores – with marks around the 655 and above, and 320 and above, respectively, if you are applying for the MBA or EMBA. Additionally, you must also provide details of your work experience.
  • You may need to write a number of essays.
  • Two references.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree.
  • Letter of motivation – this depends on the course and whether or not your chosen course requires one can be checked before you upload your documentation. Contact Elab if you are not sure how to present your experiences and views or need help and guidance. We will happily work with you to produce an outstanding text.
  • CV

The actual course requirements differ from department to department. Check with Elab once you have chosen the course you wish to study at postgraduate level.

What happens once I have submitted my application to Copenhagen Business School?

You will receive a reply from CBS by the middle of May. Pre-Covid, it was common to be invited to take part in an interview, either over the telephone or face to face. At present, fewer interviews are being held, because of practical considerations, but should this change, expect to answer questions about problems you have been sent in advance, or specific skills and knowledge within your field.

Remember that Copenhagen Business School is highly over-subscribed, and note too that the Danish government is gradually reducing the number of courses being taught in English, which makes it even more important to ensure your academic results are strong and competitive.

The acceptance rate at Copenhagen Business School is 20 percent.

What is the teaching approach at Copenhagen Business School?

Independent study is very important at Copenhagen Business School, and while you will attend lectures and workshops, group projects, class discussion forums and critical thinking development are key elements of the teaching approach. Assessments are based on examination results.

Where will I find accommodation at Copenhagen Business School?

Danish universities do not own their own student housing units, but draw up agreements with private landlords. Copenhagen Business School can access six halls of residence, and it is important to realise that accommodation is supplied on a first come, first served basis, so make sure you apply online as soon as you have accepted a place.

Each residential unit has a starter package included in the rent. This normally contains a duvet, pillows, duvet cover, pillowcases, towels, tea towels and a sheet.  What is more, you will be provided with a bed, table, desk, chair, internet access and basic kitchen equipment. In general, it is not possible to choose your room mate if you apply for a shared room, but you can ask the administrators to consider your request to share with a friend, if both of you contact the housing office.

The Copenhagen Business School Campus

The campus is made up of four new modern buildings, situated in the centre of Copenhagen, with the striking architecture associated with sleek, innovative  Scandinavian design. The main complex, Solbjerg Plads, contains glass-sided and interconnected buildings, which  house library facilities, a cafe, bar and a bookshop, study spaces and  atriums. The most radical and highly acclaimed Wedge building has an exterior covered in wood and copper screens which rotate in response to the weather and the amount of sunlight to which they are exposed on a given day. A full-height atrium adds to the impact of this multi-award winning building. Porcelænshaven and Dalgas Have make up the remaining campus buildings, all of which are situated on the Copenhagen metro system and are within walking distance of each other.

Copenhagen Business School – is it for me?

If you are looking for a comprehensive, high quality business centred education, in one of the most exciting cities in Europe, then Copenhagen Business School should be high on your list. Further, CBS’s international outlook, practical and focussed approach to teaching and its renowned academics will inspire you to excel at one of Europe’s highest rated business schools.

Get in touch with us, here at Elab. Let us work together to ensure that you maximise your chances of securing a place at this outstanding institution.



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