WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management is an internationally oriented and mainly privately financed Business School based in Vallendar and Duesseldorf. Founded in 1984, WHU is now one of the most renowned German Business Schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU stands for “Excellence in Management Education” and pursues this goal in its three core areas of activity: academic programs, research, and transfer in the field of general management. This excellent standard has been certified by accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS and FIBAA as well as through leading positions in national and international rankings. In addition, WHU is the only private business school in Germany which is a member of the German Research Association (DFG). WHU students profit from a large network of partner universities, companies and alumni.

Today, WHU belongs to the most prestigious business schools in Germany and enjoys an excellent international reputation. WHU offers top-level academic programs with the degrees Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), a doctoral program and tailor-made company programs.

The MBA program (full-time and part-time) is an internationally oriented general management program that provides students from different industries and professions with the expertise to understand the interdisciplinary relationships of a company and to make sustainable strategic decisions using the latest management techniques. The MBA program can be completed in two different time structures:
Full-Time in 12 months (Program Start in April and September) or
Part-Time (weekend classes on Saturdays and Sundays; Program Start in September) in 24 months.

The MBA Program aims at qualifying participants to strategically lead companies. The curriculum emphasizes management concepts which foster strategic vision, entrepreneurial spirit, operational excellence, and intercultural awareness. Participants learn to identify complex interdependencies and leverage the knowledge of peers for the advantage of the entire company. Due to the global perspective, an understanding of cultural differences, and how this matters for individual and corporate success, is developed.

Moreover, there is a special focus on Leadership and Personal Development throughout the program. Enhancing the participants' soft skills is of high significance for us. It is our indisputable goal to create a mind-set that features responsibility towards the social and environmental consequences of managerial decisions. With this the students will be skilled to take over strategic management functions within their organizations.

The Program also includes three international residential weeks in the US (Kellogg School of Management, Chicago or Columbia Business School, New York), China (CEIBS, Shanghai) and India (Indian Insittute of Management, Bangalore). These modules will provide insights into the challenges and risks of doing business abroad and against the background of cultural differences.

The applicant must hold a degree from a university (Hochschule or Fachhochschule) in the area of validity of the German General Law on Universities or an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Furthermore, the applicant must have a minimum of two years of professional experience. Management experience is not required.

As the teaching language is English, non-native speakers are required to demonstrate evidence of fluency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as an entry requirement. We also require a Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Admission Requirements

  • A first degree (Bachelor or equivalent)
  • Two years postgraduate work experience
  • One letter of recommendation from professors or supervisors (word /pdf). Please send us the letter of recommendation in a sealed envelope or ask the referee to e-mail it to mba(at)whu.edu from his personal business e-mail account.
  • TOEFL (min. 100 IBT) or equivalent IELTS (7.0), if English is not your native language. The WHU TOEFL recipient code is: 0682.
  • GMAT score (A minimum score of 600 is recommended) or equivalent GRE. The WHU GMAT recipient code is FBR-FH-02, the WHU GRE recepient code is 7175

Application Deadlines

Full-Time MBA Program: For non-EU applicants who require a visa, the application deadline is December 31 (April Intake) or May 31 (September Intake), as additional visa procedures have to be taken into account.

Part-Time MBA Program: The application deadline is July 31.

The total tuition fee for the 12-month Full-Time MBA program is €39,000 and the tuition fee for the 24-month Part-Time MBA program is €42.000. This fee includes all tuition, all books and materials as well as accommodation and half-board during the international module.


Name: MBA Recruiting Team
Email: mba@whu.edu/ part-time.mba@whu.edu
Telephone: +49 211 44709 144
Website: https://www.whu.edu/en/programs/mba-program/