Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Our program is held entirely in English; for international students, German language classes at all levels are integrated into our schedule.
Summer (business graduates only) and winter semester (all other degrees)
Beginning of Program
Winter semester: Late SeptemberSummer semester: Early March (fast track for business graduates)
4 semesters (21 months) for non-business graduates3 semesters (15 months) for business graduates [=fast track]
€ 3,950 per semester
*subject to change for the upcoming academic years
• Undergraduate degree
• 2 years professional work experience after a first university degree
• GMAT score: 550+
• TOEFL score: 100 (IBT) or IELTS score: 7,0
• Online or personal interview; telephone interview is possible for overseas applicants
Please note that applicants from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria need to have a first degree GPA of 2.5 or above. GMAT is not a mandatory requirement for applicants from these three countries.
June 15 for winter semester (or July 31 for German visa holders)
December 15 for summer semester (or January 31 for German visa holders | fast track for business graduates)
The MBA Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
ONLINE APPLICATION PLATFORM
Why Pforzheim MBA in International Management?
Enjoy high-quality education
Ranked among the »TOP 10 International Master’s Degree Courses – Made in Germany«, the Pforzheim MBA prepares you to take managerial responsibility. Our commitment to quality and continuous improvement is confirmed by the accreditation of AACSB International. Pforzheim University Business School thus belongs to the elite group of less than 5% of business schools worldwide, and to less than ten of about 200 German business programs that are AACSB accredited.
Enhance your career opportunities.
The Pforzheim MBA opens broad new opportunities for career development. Whether you want to tackle new challenges, have experienced a slowdown in your learning curve or are unable to move ahead in your current company, the Pforzheim MBA enables you to re-energize your career with new knowledge and skills, a new professional network, and a new brand association. If you have a non-business background, the Pforzheim MBA prepares you to reorient your career towards business and management.
Focus on what you really need.
We deliver business competence, not just theory. Our professors do not only hold Doctoral, Ph.D. or Master degrees – they have worked for at least 5 years in senior management positions. Our teaching is based on research as well as professional experience. Moreover, the Pforzheim MBA module system allows you to individualize your study to empower your strengths.
Enjoy individual career advancement and coaching.
Our professors are your coaches, not your instructors. You will benefit from individual mentoring from professors throughout your studies. Our small course size encourages intense student-faculty interaction which is crucial to achieving the best outcome from your MBA studies.
Get business insight.
Being surrounded by some of the world’s most powerful companies allows you to benefit from the potential of the Pforzheim-Stuttgart region. We cooperate with various companies in different sectors through company projects, company visits and guest speakers in the classroom. These close connections to practice are a vital part of our management education in Pforzheim.
Discover the business of tomorrow.
We prepare you to manage the big challenges of the 21st century for the benefit of your company. Our courses in business disciplines like Marketing, Consulting, Accounting and Finance address the needs of tomorrow’s business. Additionally, our specializations in Innovation Management, Sustainability, Globalization and Digital Transformation tackle tomorrow’s challenges. Moreover, we offer soft skills training throughout your studies.
Globalize your network.
Over 80% of Pforzheim MBA students are international, coming from all continents. Global, intercultural networking begins right in the classroom. Intercultural competence is not only taught theoretically, it is gained practically by day-to-day interaction. This will be important in your professional future in negotiation processes and teamwork. Renowned guest professors from partner universities contribute to our program.
Enjoy international culture.
The Pforzheim MBA offers the opportunity to study in two countries or even two continents in one program, at our partner universities in the US, Latin America, Asia or Europe. For students with a first degree from a German institution, it is compulsory to study the third semester abroad. For all other students, it is optional.
Get a state-of-the-art education at reasonable cost.
Our intention is not to maximize profits but to provide sustainable management education for future generations of executives. You get »more for less« – an internationally highly recognized degree and skills for dealing with the business challenges of the 21st century.
In our program we integrate international and generalist classical management foundations with the most relevant future topics: Innovation Management, Sustainable Globalization and Digital Transformation. In addition, the Master Module System allows you to personalize your studies to empower your strengths. Depending on your own interest you may choose electives in Consulting, Marketing, Finance & Accounting and more.
The alumni of the MBA International Management are working around the globe in a variety of high-value industries. Most of them stay in close contact with the program after their studies thus forming a very strong alumni network. Events like "Alumni meet Current Students", "Guest in Classroom" or the "Mentoring Program" that all aim to bring together successful MBA graduates with ambitious current students are a vital part of the program.
"The MBA helped me to switch my career from Luxory Hospitality Management to Business Technology Consulting in the area of Data & Analytics." Nadine Ebmeyer, Germany, Class of 2017, Manager Lighthouse Germany, KPMG´s Center of Excellence for Data & Analytics, Frankfurt Office
"I had an incredible experience during my MBA in Pforzheim, where I was able to develop my business acumen, built a business network from zero in Germany, make new friends and be exposed to different cultures. I have to highlight the outstanding professors of this program who bring to class their excellent marked experience and combine it with the latest academic business know-how. That certainly helped me to get a great job." Franco Dias, Brazil, Class of 2020, Financial Analyst, Amazon, Germany
"The MBA was a life and mind-set changing experience for me. I was already a confident person before, but the MBA in Pforzheim helped me to connect the dots, doubt the given and challenge the status quo." Adriana Rotaru, Romania, Class of 2015, Expert Global Operations at 1&1 IONOS, Germany
"I wanted to do the next career step. Hochschule Pforzheim´s very good reputation combined with its extensive academic and professional network and the excellent price-performance ration convince to choose Pforzheim." Kevin van den Boom, Germany, Class of 2017, Project Lead Business Intelligence / Big Data, Daimler AG, Germany
"The international aspect of Hochschule Pforzheim´s MBA program was a key factor in choosing this unversity. The opportunity to attend seminars from lecturers working in the industries to complement the academic lectures provided an excellent foundation for my career." James Dymond, USA, Class of 2004, Investor Relations Manager / Socially Responsible Investing, SAP SE, Germany