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German MBA Market

12-07-2007 02:50 PM CET | Science & Education

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MBA Guide 2008

MBA Guide 2008

The German MBA-Market: An overview shows the MBA market in Germany contains both national players and also a number of overseas schools which have entered the market. In the late eighties, there were only 3-4 MBA providers in Germany, mostly from abroad. Between 1990 and 1995, this number increased to 35 providers and reached 100 by 2001. Today, students can choose from among 130 MBA-providers and over 250 MBA-programs in Germany.

It is estimated that the number of German students studying on MBA programs increased from about 500 per year in the early 1990s to about 2, 500 – 3,000 at the turn of the century. In 2007/2008 over 6,000 places of study were MBA programmes (4000 places of study in 2004).

Definitions and the certainty of those numbers requires caution however - it has been estimated that today about 15-20% of the German MBA Students are studying abroad, a majority in the US or UK. All in all it is estimated that approximately 20, 000 German Students received an MBA-Degree in the last 20 Years. A small number in comparison to about 22 000 Graduates (Diplom-Kaufmann, Diplom-Betriebswirt) in 2006.

Target: young professionals or experienced managers. Class composition: Dominant nationality or truly international. The ratio of international students in German MBA Programs is 25% - 30%. In specifically developed MBA-Programs it increases to about 95%. Class sizes: from under 30 to more than 100, Median 30. Focus: 30 % general management and 70% industry/function-specific. Duration: An MBA runs normally for a period of 21 months, with a range from 11 up to 42 months. Format: full-time, part-time, distance-based learning

The range of Master of Business Administration Programs (MBA) in Germany is extensive. There are full-time, part-time and distance-learning programs plus modular programs. It begins with the "Junior MBA" for students who have just graduated from university. The "Executive MBA", on the other end of the scale, is for managers of whom most have up to ten years' practical business experience.

Student’s age: The average age of the German MBA-Students is 31 with a range from 27 up to 40. In Full-time Programs students have an average age of 28, in Part-time Programs 33. Work-experience: The minimum work-experience, which is normally demanded by the providers, is 2 years and the current, average work-experience is 7 years with a range of 1.5 to 14 years. The ratio of women participating in MBA-Programmes is 33%.

Fees: The fees for most MBA-Programs range from “EURO 1.000, --” up to EURO 65.000,--. Median in Germany is about EURO 17.000,--. Providers who offer MBA-Programs with very low tuition fee are usually state-run universities.

Application: About 15% of all programs use the GMAT for admission, the minimum GMAT score is 500 (Paper based). About 30% of all programs use the TOEFL or other language tests. Other requirements are internal admission tests, interviews and essays.

Accreditation: Significantly, the introduction of Bachelor's and Master's courses has been accompanied by an innovation on the German education scene - that of accreditation. Accreditation agencies, the establishment of an Akkreditierungsrat (accreditation council) and the adoption of a credit points system (ECTS) have led to greater transparency and comparison of quality. In a second step, the role of accreditation, on a European level, will become increasingly important in the future. Presently most MBA-Programs (80%) can verify an accreditation. Three regional accrediting bodies (ZEVA, AQAS, ACQUIN) and one professional accrediting body (FIBAA) are accrediting most MBA-Programs in Germany.

Detlev Kran from EDUCATIONCONSULT is the Author of the “MBA Guide 2008”. The MBA-Guide gives an overview of approximately 90% of all MBA Programs in Austria, Germany, Switzerland. He worked 12 years as Senior Manager for the accrediting body “FIBAA”. For Questions please contact: or 0049 2232 680111 or

Detlev Kran
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