Full-Time MBA Program –
Study in Germany, think globally.
With international exposure and opportunities to develop leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit, strategic vision, and intercultural awareness, our 12-month Full-Time MBA will help you secure your next leadership role.
Designed for high-achieving professionals who seek to change careers, the one-year Full-Time MBA Program provides students with everything they need to succeed in dynamic and competitive business environments: management know-how, personal growth opportunities, leadership skills, and an extensive peer network
The curriculum includes:
- Core Modules
- Elective Modules
- International Modules in USA, India, and China
- Integrated Personal Growth and Leadership Development Module
- Final MBA Project
In addition, we offer our students extracurricular Management Practice Workshops with expert practitioners covering topics such as Strategy Consulting, Change Management, Design Thinking, and Process Management.
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Calibrated learning methodology for maximum impact - preparing you for today's business world
The perfect mix of academic excellence and experiential learning
Taught by outstanding international faculty, practitioners, and business experts, the program combines academic excellence with practice-oriented study methods. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, the MBA offers you the chance to step outside of your comfort zone by participating in real-life case challenges and gain new insights through inspirational company visits and guest lectures from experts in the field. Furthermore, our range of elective courses helps you choose a degree focus relevant to your future career.
Focus on personal growth and leadership development
Our curriculum centers around your personal growth and leadership development needs. From one-on-one coaching to experiential group learning activities and leadership lectures, every aspect of your education is designed to foster open discussion and develop self-awareness, helping you learn to both be a successful leader and be led successfully by others.
Encouraging critical thinking and sharpening communication skills
Working in a group environment teaches you to think quickly, critically, and in a solution-oriented manner – essential skills for the business world. Furthermore, working with diverse cultures, personalities, and people from various academic and professional backgrounds teaches you to adapt and improve your communication skills, preparing you for today's work environment.
Intimate learning environment
Small class sizes and approachable professors guarantee personalized support, mentoring, and a learning environment focused on your personal development goals.
The outstanding quality of our learning concept was recently confirmed by the Financial Times Global MBA ranking 2019, which ranked us as the best German business school for career services, program internationality, and student satisfaction.
With the 12-month Full-Time MBA Program, offering both September and April intakes, you can immerse yourself in an intensive learning experience and quickly reap the benefits of your new knowledge and skills.
Before starting the program, you will have the opportunity to attend online preparation courses to refresh your knowledge of mathematics and statistics and learn the basics of economics.
In cooperation with the Goethe Institute Düsseldorf, WHU offers German courses for different proficiency levels throughout the program, in order to enhance your profile for the German job market.
The available courses include:
- 1-3 months sponsored* intensive Goethe courses (timing is flexible, i.e. the courses can be taken either before the studies and/or throughout the entire duration of matriculation)
- integrated German language classes (included in tuition)
- one-year access to online platform Babbel to complement German language studies at your own pace
If you would like more information, please contact the admissions team.
*WHU partially sponsors (50%) the cost of the language course. The remaining cost (500€ per month) must be covered by the student.
The first five months of the program comprise mandatory core modules that provide a solid foundation in basic management concepts and core organizational functions.
- Understanding Financial Performance (Managerial Finance, Financial Accounting, The World Economy)
- Exploiting Market Opportunities (Marketing, Corporate Finance, Economics of Corporate and Competitive Strategy)
- Managing in the Organization (Operations Management, Strategic Sourcing, Management Accounting)
These are advanced courses that provide you deeper insights on Strategy and Organization, Marketing & Sales, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Advanced Finance and build on the knowledge obtained in the core modules.
The MBA Program includes three study-abroad weeks, two in Asia and one in the US. The Asia module, which takes place in China and India, focuses on the chances, challenges, and risks of doing business in emerging markets. Senior faculty members of the following institutions deliver specialist lectures covering sensitive issues relating to the local business environments:
Academic Partner in India:
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India
Academic Partners in China (at least one will be visited):
Fudan University, Shanghai, China
China Europe International Business School, Shanghai, China
Guanghua School of Management, Shanghai/Shenzhen, China
All of our academic partners are among the top business schools in Asia, renowned for their high-quality research and programs as well as their links to global networks.
The Asia module also includes visits to traditional local companies and innovation hubs, foreign companies, and joint ventures, providing you with a comprehensive understanding of these emerging markets as well as a practical and real-world perspective.
The US module is a tailor-made executive education program in partnership with the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston (near Chicago), USA, one of the leading business schools in the US. Kellogg’s top faculty members provide expert insight into management education’s latest hot topics.
Note: The program fee does not include visa fees during the international modules. Visa-related costs will amount to around 1,000 EUR in total.
A variety of engaging Management Practice Workshops supplement the program’s thorough academic curriculum. The workshops focus on current key business practices and are taught by experts and coaches in the respective areas.
Students embark on a personal development journey throughout the duration of the MBA, with all aspects of their education designed to help them better know themselves as well as learn how to lead and be led. Group work, reflections, and leadership challenges help students excel beyond their current boundaries and provide ample opportunities to sharpen their interpersonal and communication skills. This module is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum.
The Final MBA Project can take the form of a business-plan, research paper, or report written in cooperation with a company while completing an internship. Completed either individually or as a group, the result should demonstrate an ability to focus on solving a problem by applying the research methods and management knowledge acquired throughout the MBA. The project is supervised by a faculty member and is typically completed during the elective phase of the program. In the case of a company-related project and internship, the final project takes place only after all modules have been completed.
Invest in your future – we can help you finance your MBA
Pursuing an MBA can be a substantial investment, not only in terms of time and energy, but also financially. We’re committed to helping you explore and evaluate the different financing options to make sure this investment doesn’t stand in the way of your future.
Have a look at our financing options below:
Prodigy Finance is revolutionizing student loan financing by offering alumni-funded loans for students who wish to study at the world’s top business schools. Prodigy Finance assesses the applicants’ future earning potential (based on the achievements of similar graduates) to determine loan affordability. Open to students from over 150 nationalities, Prodigy Finance offers competitive interest rates payment deferral during the study program.
Students accepted to WHU’s Full-Time MBA Program are eligible to apply.
Interest rates vary depending on individual applicants. For more details on the terms and conditions and how to apply for a loan, please click here
Prodigy Finance Ltd is incorporated in the United Kingdom (Company Number 05912562) and registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner (Reg. No. Z9851854). Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713. Prodigy's registered address is Palladium House 1-4 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7LD
Another possibility for citizens of the EU, US and Canada to finance your participation in the MBA Program is the financing concept of the WHU Brain Capital GmbH. To learn more about this concept, please visit www.whubraincapital.de
WHU grants scholarships to enable highly talented candidates from all countries to pursue the WHU MBA. According to the description of the respective scholarship, we seek to support individuals who are likely to add special value to the MBA class. The WHU scholarships are not bound to a specific amount (exemption: WHU e-fellows.net Scholarship). The admissions committee grants scholarships based on various criteria.
To apply for a scholarship, please use the respective scholarship application form, which can be downloaded under the links below. Please note that only one scholarship application per person is possible and that scholarship application requires an application for the Full-Time MBA Program at WHU. Seats in the program and scholarships are limited and granted on an ongoing basis. Therefore, we recommend early application. Once you have completed your application to the Full-Time MBA program, please send your scholarship application to mba(at)whu.edu.
Alumni of e-fellows.net and participants from the e-fellows MBA Day may apply for the partial scholarship valuing €10,000. For more information, please click here.
WHU Scholarship for Women in Business
WHU MBA Program is also a member of the 30% Club and offers one 50% tuition scholarship to a top female applicant to the MBA Program (FT and PT) per year. The recipient is chosen from all applicants for the WHU Women in Business Scholarship.
Included in Tuition Fees
- All books and materials
- Accommodation and half-board during the three international modules in the US, India and China
- Integrated German classes throughout the program
- Personal development seminars and workshops
- Semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia
Note: The program fee does not include airfare, travel expenses, accommodation in Düsseldorf, or visa fees during the international modules. Please note that visa-related costs for the international modules amount to around 1,000 EUR in total. For most destinations a specific visa type is required which is not covered by a business or tourist visa.
Information for taxpayers in Germany (also applies to international MBA graduates working in Germany after graduation): the tuition fees for the MBA Program are tax deductible as anticipated professional expenses. For more detailed information, please click here or ask your tax advisor.
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*A complete application includes online application, MBA questionnaire, submitted GMAT and TOEFL scores, and university documents.