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Checklist for applying for MBA in Germany

The Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) is one of the most sought after courses across the world for the lucrative and promising career possibilities it offers post complete. The number of MBA applicants has been escalating globally every year and they are not just limiting themselves within the boundaries of the home countries; the aspirants inclined to take admission in foreign business schools have been increasing manifold as well. Working professionals are also willing to explore international markets and future prospects in other countries. Among the popular study-abroad destinations for MBA, Germany has gained substantial popularity in the last few years due to its quality of education and prominently intellectual professionals. In fact, as per the market survey, students with MBA degrees from renowned German B-schools land up with comparatively more successful job offers.

Germany: A Relatively Popular MBA Destination

Aspiring MBA students from India often prioritize Germany over other countries because of its transparent application process, affordable course fees, excellent placements and student-friendly atmosphere. The country boasts of one of the most advanced economies of the world with the emergence of a glut of multinational companies. The capital city of Germany, Frankfurt, is a leading financial hub of Europe. Another major reason for students seeking admission in MBA courses of Germany is the implementation of the Bologna Process (series of ministerial agreements to ensure the uniformity in quality and duration of higher-education qualifications), which has reduced the course duration of MBA in Germany, thus making students gravitate toward the German B-schools even more.

There is a wide range of reputable B-schools in Germany, out of which a few mentions – worthy names include The Berlin School of Economics and Law, Düsseldorf Business School, Stuttgart Institute of Management and Technology, Munich Business School, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin, University of Mannheim, Furtwangen University, and Leipzig University.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements for international students, including the Indian students, applying to German B schools are rather simple.

• Past academic records of the applicants are given utmost importance (minimum 60% is needed in the Bachelor’s or/and Master’s Degree)
• Most of the management colleges ask for good scores in GMAT (the requirement might vary from one university to another)
• Please note that all German B schools do not have the medium of instruction as English; nonetheless, the ones that teach in English require standard TOEFL/IELTS scores for testing English language proficiency (some German universities accept TOEFL while some others accept IELTS; it is stated in the application material)
• Proficiency in Basic German is also a major requisite; unlike the US or the UK, the functional language in Germany is German and hence you should definitely have some idea of how to read and write in the language to communicate with the natives or/and do a part-time job.

Executive MBA in Germany

The Executive MBA programs in Germany are often highly revered, especially by the working professionals. If you come with relevant work experience and have gained considerable seniority in your domain, you can definitely apply for this course. There are a variety of specializations available and applicants coming from any background can apply as long as they have some relevant experience in the finance, marketing, human resources and allied domains.

For Indian students seeking admission in the Executive MBA program, previous industry experience (minimum of 2 years or more) is needed along with the other aforementioned eligibility criteria

Getting into one of the German B schools is a ‘dream come true’ for many and with ticking the checklist for applying MBA in Germany right, you can soon see yourself as one of the successful international MBA students there, awaiting a rewarding career ahead.

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