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Top Business Schools for an MBA in Germany

The city of Leipzig is home to one of Germany's top business schools for an MBA

The MBA qualification came to Germany relatively late by Western European standards, with PhDs often proving to be the degree of choice among executives. However, the availability of reputable options for an MBA in Germany has grown in recent years, as has its appeal among employers, and this has served to boost its attraction as a prospective study destination among international applicants. Indeed, the country was the fifth-favorite potential study destination in the world among respondents to the QS Applicant Survey 2015, and second only to the UK among destinations in Europe. Where, then, can one currently find the best options for an MBA in Germany?


Among the world’s top business schools listed in the QS Global Business Schools Report 2017 for the quality of their full-time MBA programs, five are to be found in Germany. In the report, schools are assessed for the strength with which their MBA programs are regarded around the world for employability and research excellence. The tables below show how Germany’s top business schools placed in each indicator. 

Where to find Germany’s top 5 MBA programs…for employability

Germany’s top 5 MBA programs…for employability

Source: QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017

Where to find Germany’s top 5 MBA programs…for research excellence

Germany’s top 5 MBA programs…for research excellence

Source: QS Global 250 Business Schools Report 2017

Which indicator will you consider more important when researching and shortlisting your choice of top business schools? An MBA program’s global reputation for employability, or the strength with which its research and thought leadership is regarded? The Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, for example, is rated first for employability, yet fifth for research excellence. The Frankfurt School’s fall of four places from one indicator to another allows each of the other options for an MBA in Germany to move one place higher in the research excellence standings, with Mannheim Business School at the top.

Vital statistics for an MBA in Germany

Please note: Schools are listed below in alphabetical order; all information relates to full-time MBA programs only; program costs are as advertised on schools’ official websites at the time of writing, March 2017; US$ conversions applicable to rates available at March 14, 2017.

EBS Universität (EBS)

Location: Wiesbaden & Oestrich-Winke (Hesse)

Length: 12 or 18 months, depending on the track you choose

Advertised cost: €23,500 (c. US$25k) or €33,500 (c. US$36k), depending on the track you choose

Requirements: Minimum of three years’ prior work experience; IELTS or TOEFL; GMAT or GRE

Start date(s): September

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Location: Frankfurt (Hesse)

Length: 12 months

Advertised cost: €33,000 (c. US$35k)

Requirements: Minimum of two years’ prior work experience; TOEFL or IELTS; GMAT or GRE

Start date(s): October

HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL)

Location: Leipzig (Saxony)

Length: 15 months or up to 21 months, depending on the track you choose

Advertised cost: €32,000 (c. US$34k)

Requirements: Substantial prior work experience, although no numerical minimum is stated; TOEFL or IELTS; GMAT or GRE

Start date(s): September

Mannheim Business School

Location: Mannheim (Baden-Württemberg)

Length: 12 months

Advertised cost: €36,000 (c. US$38k)

Requirements: Minimum of three years’ prior work experience; TOEFL or IELTS; GMAT or GRE

Start date(s): September

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU)

Location: Düsseldorf (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Length: 12 months

Advertised cost: €36,900 (c. US$39k)

Requirements: Minimum of two years’ prior work experience; TOEFL or IELTS; GMAT or GRE


Start date(s): March or September

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Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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