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MBA - Market Germany

11-05-2008 07:04 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: educationconsult

The MBA degree is becoming increasingly more important for career opportunities of young professionals and managers in German- speaking countries. Simultaneously, there is a wide variety of MBA programs and it is strenuous to find the exact program desired. Educationconsult is glad to give you a short overview regarding the German MBA-market.

Fact sheet 2009:

• 72 University and 130 Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) in Germany offer traditional Business Degrees (Diplom, Bachelor, Master).
• Over 130 Providers offer MBA-Programs in Germany (10% from abroad)
• Over 270 MBA Programs in Germany
• Over 70% are focused/specialised MBA Programs
• Over 70% are part time Programs
• 22 000 Graduates (Diplom-Kaufmann, Diplom-Betriebswirt) per year
• About 1 500 Graduates (MBA) per year
• FT MBA Work experience, median 3 years
• PT MBA Work experience, median 6 years
• EMBA Work experience, median 10 years
• MBA Program Fees median 17.000 Euro; Range 1.000 – 62.000
• 80% of all MBA-Programs are accredited or in the accreditation process
• 32% of all MBA-Students are women
• 30 % International Students
• 15% use GMAT min. 500 pb
• 30% use Toefl min. 80 iB
• 25% thought 100% in English

The German speaking MBA-Market

In Austria, Germany and Switzerland (D-A-CH) experts are experiencing a growing interest from the public, from enterprises, as well as private and public suppliers in Master of Business Administration (MBA) education. This Article gives an overview of approximately 90% of the MBA-Market in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. 70% of all MBA-Programs in the three countries were founded after 2000, especially since the national Parliaments have officially approved Bachelor- and Master-Programs as part of university education.

In the late eighties there were only 10 MBA-Providers in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany, mostly from abroad. Between 1990 and 1995 this number had increased to 40 providers. Today students can choose among 200 providers (133 in Germany) with 350 programs (276 in Germany) in those three countries. Austrian, German and Swiss corporate life in the last decade has been deeply influenced by international processes. The demand for managerial skills, including language skills which will support internationally oriented firms is clearly relevant.

This "international" aspect has also emerged in debate over the essential qualities of MBA-Programs offered in Germany speaking countries, with some arguing that study with a number of different nationalities is an essential ingredient of the learning experience and that teaching should be conducted in the lingua franca of international business – English. That’s the reason why many MBA-Programs in D-A-CH are bilingual (median 50% English).

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 133 MBA-providers and over 276 MBA-programs in Germany (about 10% from Abroad).

It is estimated that the number of German students studying on MBA programs worldwide increased from about 500 per year in the early 1990s to about 2.500 – 3,000 at the turn of the century. In 2008/2009 Business Schools in Germany offer over 7.000 places of study (4.000 places of study in 2004). It is estimated that about 1.500 Germans are studying abroad.

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 25.000 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 32%.

Fees: The fees for most MBA-Programs range from “EURO 1.000, --” up to EURO 62.000,--. 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.

Source about MBA in Germany, Austria and Switzerland:

The MBA Guide, in its eighth edition, bridges the information gap about MBA-Programmes in Austria, Germany, Switzerland. The MBA-Guide gives an detail overview of approximately 85% of all MBA Programs in Austria, Germany, Switzerland. Print: Wolters Kluwer Deutschland GmbH, Edition: 8 (November 2008); Language: German; Pages 402; ISBN-10: 347207003X ISBN-13: Detlev Kran worked 12 years as Senior Manager for the accrediting body “FIBAA”. For Questions please contact:

Detlev Kran
Am Petershof 22a
50321 Brühl

Gegenwärtig erlebt das europäische Hochschulsystem mit der Umstellung auf gestufte Studienabschlüsse (Bachelor und Master) einen tief greifenden Systemwechsel. Internationalisierung, Qualitätsmanagement, Weiterbildung werden zukünftig eine zentrale Bedeutung für die Hochschulen haben.

Die Beratungsfirma Educationconsult unterstützt: Hochschulen durch Beratung und Seminare in Akkreditierungsfragen, bei der Internationalisierung ihrer Studienprogramme und in der Entwicklung eines internen Qualitätsmanagement. Unternehmen mit Informationen und Seminaren zum Bolognaprozess und zur Qualität von nationalen und internationalen Hochschulprogrammen.

Studierende und Unternehmen mit Individualberatung, Coaching, Studien und Seminaren zum Themenfeld Master of Business Administration (MBA) und zur Executive Education in D-A-CH. Darüber hinaus gibt Educationconsult - nun in 7. Auflage - den "MBA-Guide" heraus, der als Schwerpunkt die weiterbildenden MBA - Programme im deutschsprachigen Raum darstellt.

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