Full-Time MBA Program


Program Description

The Full-Time MBA program starts at the beginning of April and September each year. Before the program start, students can attend online preparation courses, in which participants are able to refresh their knowledge of mathematics, statistics, and economics. The 12-month program ends with the submission of the final thesis of the following year.

The Full-Time MBA program period is split into modules. Participants provide proof of their knowledge during the study program in the form of case solutions, project work, presentations and of written exams.

Within the General Management Full-Time MBA Program, students may deepen their knowledge in the fields of

  • Marketing, Sales, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Finance & Accounting
  • Strategy & Organization
  • Personal Leadership (compulsory)

During the concentrations module, students have to choose 9 courses out of the approx. 25 concentration courses offered. Participants have to select 2 courses from all fields and may focus on one concentration by selecting the ninth course.

Personal Leadership

The part Personal Leadership in the concentrations module of the MBA Program is mandatory for all students. It includes classes and a company project focusing on Leadership and Personal Development. Besides our WHU faculty members and lecturers from our partner universities, expert business managers will relate to the leadership subject based on their own professional experience.

International Management Module

The International Management Module exposes the participants of the MBA Program to the challenge of international management. During the international module, the participants learn about business opportunities and management challenges in North America, China, and India. The study tours are hosted by renowned partners in the respective region. The program consists of lectures delivered by senior faculty members of our partner universities, company visits, and a group project.

Pre-MBA Intensive German language course (optional)

In cooperation with the Goethe Institute Düsseldorf, WHU offers optional intensive German language courses in order to enhance your profile for the German job market. Students have the possibility to choose between a four, eight or twelve-week course.

Please hand in your completed MBA application three months before the start of the respective German course*.

The cost of the language course is partially sponsored by WHU (50%) with the remaining cost (500€ per month) to be covered by the participant.

If you require more information, please contact the Admissions team.

*The courses are planned for January-March (Spring Intake) and June-August (Fall Intake)

At a Glance

Program start: September/April

Location: Campus Düsseldorf


  • 12 months full-time study
  • International Modules of 1 week each in Kellogg School of Management (Chicago, USA), CEIBS and FUDAN (Shanghai, China) and IIMB (Bangalore, India)
  • Mid-term challenge
  • Integrated Personal Leadership Module


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Financing Options

The total fee for the MBA program is € 39,000.

Two-Step Early-Bird Deadline

With our two-step early-bird deadline, you will qualify for one of two tuition fee reductions.

To begin your full-time studies in April 2019:

  • Apply by August 31, 2018, for a €5,000 tuition fee reduction
  • Apply by October 31, 2018, for a €3,000 tuition fee reduction

To begin your full-time studies in September 2019:

  • Apply by January 31, 2019, for a €5,000 tuition fee reduction
  • Apply by March 31, 2019, for a €3,000 tuition fee reduction

The tution fee includes:

  • All tuition fees
  • All books and materials
  • Accommodation and half-board during the international module
  • German classes
  • Personal development seminars
  • Semester ticket

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 detailed information please contact your legal tax advisor.

Living Expenses

Living costs in Düsseldorf are about € 750-800 per month.

Financing Options

  • Student Loans
    Our local saving bank (Sparkasse) grants loans to German WHU students.
  • WHU Brain Capital GmbH
    Another possibility 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 click here or go to www.whubraincapital.de/Language/English
  • Credits/External Scholarships
    You may also have a look at the following homepages:
    German Students: www.bva.bund.de (search for Bildungskredit)
    International Students: www.daad.de
  • Advantages of Company Support
    We have special benefits for companies that plan to support more than one of their employees to study at WHU.
    To find out more, please get in touch with our Program Director, Gerold Gnau.
  • Deutsche Bildung AG
    Deutsche Bildung AG offers tailor-made financial support to German as well as international students combined with the online platform WissenPlus.
    More information on www.deutsche-bildung.de/studienkredit
  • Deutschlandstipendium
    Within the framework of the national scholarship program “Deutschlandstipendium”, WHU grants every fall semester annual scholarships to students who are especially talented, skilled, and dedicated and who distinguish themselves throughout outstanding social and societal commitment. The scholarships are funded in equal shares by the Federal Ministry of Education & Research (BMBF) and by private donors such as companies, foundations, and single individuals. The scholarships amount to 300 Euros per month each and are granted for a period of twelve months with the possibility of extension.
  • WHU Scholarships
    Applicants with an excellent GMAT score may qualify for scholarships of up to 50%
    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 try to support individuals who are likely to add special value to the MBA class. The WHU scholarships are not bound to a certain 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 on this page. 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 as well as scholarships are limited and granted on an ongoing basis. Therefore we recommend early application. After having completed your application to the program please send your scholarship application to mba@whu.edu.
    Alumni of e-fellows.net and participants from the e-fellows MBA Day may apply to the 50% partial scholarship.
  • Further information on scholarships are available on the following websites:
    • www.stipendien-datenbank.de
    • www.stipendienlotse.de
    • www.zeit.de/stipendienfuehrer

Application and Admission


Participants with a degree in law, engineering, or the natural sciences will benefit the most from the MBA Programs at WHU. However, participants with a degree in business administration or economics will also find the program highly valuable because of the

  • strong emphasis on integrating theory and practice,
  • the experience of working in interdisciplinary, multicultural study groups and
  • the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills in an international environment.

We look for a large variety of cultural and professional backgrounds among our students. We are interested in you as an individual as you are interested in the school in all its varieties.

If you are thinking about applying to our MBA programs and are not quite sure if you fulfill the formal requirements you are welcome to send us your CV for a first check. Please contact us at MBA(at)whu.edu and we will get back to you.

Application Period

The Full-Time MBA Program starts in April and September of every year. As applications are accepted on a rolling basis, you may apply to the program at any time; however, we strongly encourage potential candidates to apply as early as possible since places are limited. Admissions to the program will be given approx. two weeks after the personal interview.

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

Applicants, who would like to take part in the optional Pre-MBA Intensive German language course, must hand in their completed MBA application by April 30 (September Intake) or November 30 (April Intake).

Admission Requirements

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 - Overview

  • A first degree (Bachelor or equivalent)
  • Two years postgraduate work experience
  • Completed online application form and MBA Questionnaire
  • 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 recipient code is 7175.

GMAT scores are valid for five years. To inform yourself about the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) please go to:www.mba.com or www.ets.org/toefl.

Last updated Oct 2018

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