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Certified Expert in Business Development

The Certified Expert in Business Development is a blended learning management certificate programme dispensing great opportunity for professionals to develop advanced Management and Leadership skills to excel in their executive positions while pursuing their career.

Below illustrates the recommended programme order, however the order is flexible.

Programme Essentials

  • Enhance essential leadership and management skills 
  • Innovative platform attributes and quality materials with an up-to-date learning environment 
  • Flexibility in time and learning
  • Leadership Skills Assessment and Personal Development Plan
  • Personal and professional networking opportunities
  • Be awarded prestigious “Certified Expert in Business Development” 
  • Earn 10 ECTS credit points from top-ranked German business school with triple crown accreditation
  • Customizable to your company’s needs and requirements

Price EUR 7,200*

*Including one week class-room training at Frankfurt School.

*Including beverages during seminar, lunch and two networking dinners during on-campus week.


Frankfurt School Campus


The programme has a flexible start date, enabling enrollment to take place at anytime. There is approximately 150 hours of self-study. With the set dates being that of the specialisations.

The programme takes particpants between 5 to 8 months to complete.


The final stage to complete this programme and receive your certificate Certified Expert in Business Development you will need to submit a 8-10 page assignment on a topic of your choice or given by FS. You will have opportunity to submit a first draft to the professor who will give you feedback before you submit your final assignment.

The date of your final assignment submission will be selected by yourself and your study advisor within the 5 – 8 month programme period.


Throughout the programme you can liaise with Frankfurt School and the other participants via the online forum. This gives you the opportunity to engage with others that are enrolled in this programme and a valuable networking opportunity.


As part of this programme, you will be required to take a 2 hour exam which will be done online exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple choice. The date of the examination will be selected by yourself and your study advisor within the 5 – 8 month programme period.

Online Learning

The online theory is estimated to take about 75 hours. The programme comprises of six units which will give you a comprehensive knowledge in the disciplines of:

  • Economics
  • Strategy and Innovation
  • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour
  • Marketing
  • Financial Management
  • Operations Management  

At the end of each unit, there is a short multiple choice quiz which enables you to check your learning progress. Each unit also comprises of Optional Readings which are intended to assist you with your specialization selection and your assignment.


Once you have successfully passed the online exam, completed your specialisation and passed your assignment you will have completed the programme and will then receive your official Certified Expert in Business Development certificate equivalent to 10 ECTS.


First academic degree or at least three years of professional experience to be proofed by submitting your CV.


Online, with the option of the on campus specilisation taking place at the Frankfurt School Campus.

Target Group

The Certified Expert in Business Development is designed for middle and senior managers from banks and corporates or other organizations who seek to improve their leadership and business development management skills in a time efficient manner.

Language of Instruction


Select one Specialization

A prerequisite to finish the programme is to select a specialization. There is the option to attend a one week at The Frankfurt School campus or to complete this via a series of online webinars over a period.

On Campus

International Executive Campus

Choose one


Suite of Remote Executive Trainings

Choose both

Leading with Impact

1st – 5th February 2021

Impact Leadership in Times of Transition

5th, 6th, 7th and 8th October 2020

Business Development through Strategy and Innovation

1st – 5th February 2021

Building a Customer-Centric Company

26th (2 Sessions), 27th, 28th,29th October and 2nd November 2020

Managing Projects Effectively

1st – 5th February 2021

Women’s Leadership Academy

1st – 5th February 2021

Company Request

Make Certified Expert in Business Development programme suit your company’s Management Development strategy. This programme can be customized to your company’s needs and requirements. Candidates can select a company specific topic as their final assignment. In addition; if you have a bigger group of candidates, we can also customize the in-class part in terms of content and duration as well as the final assignment.

Course contributes to UN SDGs

This course will enhance your knowledge in the following SDGs. The SWA offers professional and executive courses dedicated to the advancement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).