MBA International Management


Program Description


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Course Language(s)

Our program is held entirely in English; for international students, German language classes at all levels are integrated into our schedule.

Admission Semester

Summer (business graduates only) and winter semester (all other degrees)

Beginning of Program

Winter semester: Late September
Summer semester: Early March (fast track for business graduates)

Program Duration

4 semesters (21 months) for non-business graduates
3 semesters (15 months) for business graduates [=fast track]

Program Fees*

€ 3,950 per semester

*subject to change for the upcoming academic years

Application Requirements

• Undergraduate degree

• 2 years professional work experience after a first university degree

• GMAT score: 550+

• TOEFL score: 100 (IBT)

• 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.


Application Deadline

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.

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 tackle tomorrow’s challenges Innovation Management, Sustainability, and Globalization. Moreover, we offer soft skills training throughout your studies.

Globalize your network.
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.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

The establishment and historical development of the Pforzheim University is linked in many ways to the evolvement of the regional economy which today is one of Europe's leading business regions. The d ... Read More

The establishment and historical development of the Pforzheim University is linked in many ways to the evolvement of the regional economy which today is one of Europe's leading business regions. The demand for specialists in the various fields of the jewellery industry over the last 130 years has resulted in the development of an important applied university of sciences with a variety of studies which is second to none in Germany. Read less