Application and Admissions –

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Our holistic selection approach for our Master Programs allows us to consider all aspects of your application, giving you the opportunity to showcase your potential to our selection committee. We take your overall achievements into consideration such as work experience, international experience, academic performance, and extracurricular engagement. 

Admission requirements

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Learn about our Master Programs' admission requirements.

For our Master of Science Programs, we welcome applications from graduates with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, and with a sound knowledge of business administration, economics, and quantitative methods.

It is possible to apply with your current Transcript of Records from your Bachelor’s studies, should you not have received your Bachelor’s degree yet. For program-specific information regarding your Bachelor’s degree, please scroll down.

We recommend practical experience of 20 weeks which has to be completed in the business sector. 

TOEFL English language proficiency test with an overall score of at least 100 internet based and a minimum score of 23 in speaking and writing (WHU Code: 0682), 
OR IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.0 in speaking and writing
OR Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of at least Grade C
OR Cambridge Certificate of Advance in English (CAE) of Grade A

Submission Deadline July 31, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: ETS is offering a TOEFL and GRE online test available from March 26/27, 2020.  As far as we are informed, the British Council is not offering an IELTS online test and has suspended the tests until further notice, or they may offer them only in specific areas depending on the country of the test center.

An English language proficiency test is not required if your first language is English or your Bachelor was completed entirely in English. In this case, proof from your university is required.

A TOEFL score of at least 105 internet based, or IELTS of 7.5 is recommended due to the requirements by some of our partner universities for the study abroad semester

Applicants for the Master in Management and the Master in Finance are required to prove strong analytical and quantitative skills. This can be demonstrated through your transcript of records or by a strong GMAT/GRE/TM-Base score, which may be requested by the Admissions Team. 

GMAT score of at least 600 (WHU Code: FBR-FH-93)
OR GRE of at least 155 Verbal and 155 Quantitative
OR  TM-BASE of at least 102

Submission Deadline July 31, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: GMAC will be offering an online GMAT test very soon, allowing you to take the test from home and hand it in by the extended deadline of July 31, 2020. The GMAT online test is expected to be available from mid-April onwards. 

It is recommended to hand in GMAT/GRE/TM-Base score even if not requested by the Admissions Team as this can further strengthen your application.

The TM-BASE test has to be completed in English. Please sign up for the test at the TM-Base website. If you are applying to the 120 credit track and/or are interested in the Double Degree program, please be aware that some of our partner universities might only accept the GMAT test for the exchange semester as well as the double degree program. 

To prepare for the tests, applicants can use the following pages: TM-Base demo testGRE preparation materialsGRE practice testGMAT preparation materials

Master in Entrepreneurship applicants are not required to submit a GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE.

Instead, applicants for the Master in Entrepreneurship are required to hand in a pitch deck with a maximum of 10 slides.

As an orientation on how to create a pitch, the 10 slides should cover the following topics: Title, Problem/Opportunity, Value Proposition, “Underlying Magic”, Business Model, Go-To-Market Plan, Competitive Analysis, Management Team, Financial Projections and Key Metrics, Current Status.

For more information on how to create a pitch deck, we can recommend the books The Art of the Start 2.0 by Guy Kawasaki and Get Backed by Evan Baehr and Evan Loomis.

As international experience we accept e.g. internships abroad, language courses, semester abroad, summer schools, or high school exchange year in non-German speaking country. This requirement must only be fulfilled by candidates from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

Further information on the application process including detailed information about the WHU admission test can be found below.

International and practical experience can be completed by September 01, 2020. Please contact the Admissions Team in case of questions.

Important information for candidates from China and Pakistan
Candidates from China or Pakistan are recommended to apply as early as possible before the start of the program as the visa application process for applicants from these countries can take several months.

Application deadlines
  • April 30, 2020*
  • May 31, 2020**

* For candidates requiring a study visa
** For candidates from EU/EEA countries as well as from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA

Please note that the application deadline for the MSc Programs has now passed. No further applications will be accepted for the intake 2020.

90 credit track
includes tuition for capstone module, fees refer to the intake 2021
120 credit track
includes tuition for semester abroad, fees refer to the intake 2021

Program-specific information

For our Master in Management program, we seek recent Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study, e.g. business administration, economics, or business engineering.

Applicants with approximately 60 ECTS credits in Business Administration (including courses in accounting, finance, marketing and management) are welcome to apply. Candidates should be aware that prior academic knowledge in mathematics, statistics and economics is required as well. WHU does not offer any pre-Master courses. However, you are invited to complete missing courses – either online or in person – at other accredited institutions until the official program enrollment date.  

This program is open to candidates with a maximum of about 2 years of post-graduate work experience.

Should you still be unsure as to whether you fulfil the requirements or if you are missing a course, please get in touch with the Master Program team.

For our Master in Entrepreneurship program, we seek Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study, as well as graduates from STEM or other subjects who demonstrate an appropriate background in an entrepreneurship-related area, e.g. through electives, their thesis, or practical exposure.

This program is open to candidates with a maximum of about 4 years of post-graduate work experience. 

For our Master in Finance program, we seek Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study, as well as graduates from STEM subjects with a strong quantitative background and first experience in finance-related areas, e.g. through electives, their thesis, CFA, or practical exposure. 

This program is open to candidates with a maximum of about 4 years of post-graduate work experience.

Application process

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Get your study offer in 3 steps.

Once you have reviewed the Master of Science Programs’ admission requirements please read the Application Checklist (will be updated soon for 2021) and then complete the following steps:

  • Prepare a CV in English
  • Collect the supporting documents (see Application Checklist)
  • Create an application account online
  • Upload all required documents
  • Pay application fees (see below)
  • Make sure to click “submit”

To begin the application process, you need to create an application account. Once you log in, you will be presented with further instructions on filling out the various fields. You do not have to complete the online application at once - at any time during the application process you may take a break, save the information you have entered, and come back to it later.

Application fee

We charge a non-refundable fee of €100 for processing applications. However, if you apply before the early bird deadline of March 31, 2020, this fee will be waived. We recommend wire transfer using the details below as the most efficient payment method:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Bank name and address: Sparkasse Koblenz, Bahnhofstr. 11, 56068 Koblenz
Reason for payment: lastname_firstname Application MSc
IBAN: DE85 570 501 20 00000 94102

The fee must be paid when the online application is submitted or the application will not be processed. Please submit proof of payment together with your application. Participants of the Campus for Finance - WHU New Year's Conference and the Private Equity WHU Conference will receive an application fee waiver when applying for the Master in Finance Program at WHU.

After having evaluated your documents, qualified candidates are invited to a video-recorded interview on Kira Talent. Kira Talent is an online platform, which allows us to record questions as well as the answers of the candidates.

Together with the invitation, we will send you a link for Kira Talent as well as further information on the interview via e-mail. You have one-week time to complete the interview. As the interview will be recorded, you can decide yourself, when you want to take it within the given time frame of one week. Please note that once you begin the interview, it is not possible to pause it in between. In total, the interview takes around 45 minutes.

As a last step in the application process, you will be invited to a personal interview. The interview will take place shortly after we have evaluated your Kira Interview.

As part of the on-campus interview, you will have the opportunity to join a campus tour and ask a current student questions about student life at WHU. Program representatives will also offer a short Q&A session to address any administrative or application questions you may have.

Applicants who are located in Germany are asked to attend the On-Campus Interview Days. The Off-Campus Interviews are organized for international candidates, but have the same process as the On-Campus Interviews, except that those take place on Skype/telephone.

Should you be unable to attend one of the Interview Days, please contact our Admission Team.

A few days after your final interview, we will inform you if we can offer you a study spot for our Master of Science Programs. As a final step, you have to officially accept our offer within one week.

Upcoming dates for the Admissions Interview
  • November 23, 2020
  • December 11, 2020
  • January 22, 2021
  • February 26, 2021
  • March 29, 2021
  • April 16, 2021
  • May 03, 2021
  • June 11, 2021


Get in touch

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The Master of Science team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply drop us a line! You are also invited to send us your CV for a pre-assessment of your eligibility.

Your contacts

Regina Schmitz

Manager Admissions, Master in Management & Master in Entrepreneurship

+49 (0)261 6509 522

Josephine Knuth

Manager Admissions, Master in Finance

+49 (0)261 6509 524