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Founded 1957 as Bankakademie
Status Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
(State recognized, full degree-awarding power )
Locations Frankfurt am Main (Headquarters & central campus)
Adickesallee 32-34
60322 Frankfurt am Main
2 study centres – Hamburg and Munich
4 international offices – Amman, Ankara, Nairobi, Tbilissi


78.3 million € (excl. subsidiaries)


3,327 students in academic programmes
Executive Education & Ausbildungsakademie ca. 10,000 participants in programmes 2022
International Advisory Services IAS ca. 4,000 participants in Sustainable World Academy 2022
Faculty 73 professors
19 adjunct and honorary professors
39 Ph.D. students
Staff ca. 500 (incl.faculty, excl. subsidiaries)
Subsidiaries Frankfurt School Financial Services GmbH (Responsible Finance Asset Managment)


Open to new ideas – since 1957

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management builds on a long and successful history and is today one of the leading business schools in Europe. It is accredited by EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB, specialises in finance, economics and management, and offers Bachelor's, Master's, MBA and doctoral programmes. Its faculty consists of more than 80 professors and is one of the most research intensive in continental Europe in the field of economics. Frankfurt School’s Executive Education department offers training courses and seminars for specialists and managers and the “Ausbildungsakademie” (Training Academy) department manages vocational training for companies and offers training for trainees and trainers. Frankfurt School attaches great importance to the practical impact of its research; consulting is therefore another focus of its activities. The International Advisory Services department advises companies and organisations in developing and emerging countries around the world, particularly in the areas of ESG, sustainable finance and development finance. In addition to the Frankfurt campus, Frankfurt School has study centres in Hamburg and Munich as well as offices in Amman, Ankara, Nairobi and Tbilisi. Frankfurt School is a well-connected business school with over 125 partner universities globally.

In 1957, Professor Karl Friedrich Hagenmüller and Dr Reinhold Sellien founded the “Bankakademie”. It was the predecessor organisation of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management based in the premises of the Gabler publishing house in Wiesbaden. The academy’s mission was to provide professional training for bank employees – an activity in which it set new standards.

In 1966, Bankakademie moved to Frankfurt am Main, Germany’s financial centre. The regional banking associations and the association of cooperative banks became members. The Bankakademie set a new standard in professional qualifications already with its first study programme, which is still a key programme today, the “Bankfachwirt (IHK)”. Since 1972, the Bankfachwirt examination lies within the responsibility of the IHK, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and thus found industry-wide recognition. The Bankfachwirt programme has been continuously expanded and today also includes the "Bankbetriebswirt" and the “Management Studies”.

In 1989, Frankfurt School's own publishing house was founded. “Frankfurt School Verlag” offers professionals and executives a programme of books and conferences on all aspects of finance and management.

1990 saw the next major development step when the university was founded as response to the rapid evolution of the financial industry in Germany and beyond. Banking and finance had become and continues to become more complex and international. The “Hochschule für Bankwirtschaft” HfB (College of Banking) met the developing needs with a degree programme in business administration. From the outset, the programme included a compulsory semester abroad and foreign language training. Initially, the university focused exclusively on bank employees, who would start their studies once they had completed their vocational training, working part-time in parallel to their studies.

In 1992, the International Advisory Services (IAS) was established. The IAS consultants develop and manage projects in emerging and developing countries. Today, the focus is on renewable energy finance, development finance and the provision of financial and insurance solutions for climate and disaster risks. Clients and partners include international donor organisations, non-governmental organisations and international financial institutions.

The Executive Education department was founded in 1995. In addition to open programmes for executives and professionals, it offers customised educational programmes for companies as well as consulting. Executive Education caters the continuously increasing need for seminars and trainings on specific banking, finance, strategy, management and ESG topics as well as leadership skills.

As early as 2000, Frankfurt School was one of the first universities in Germany to convert its degree programmes to Bachelor's and Master's formats. The faculty and range of courses is continually being expanded.

In 2001, the subsidiary “efiport” was founded with a focus on designing e-learning tools with banking and finance content. In 2021/22, the team and educational offerings were integrated into Frankfurt School.

In 2004, Frankfurt School received the right to award doctorates and became a state-recognised university. Research activities expanded and the Doctoral Programme in Accounting, Finance, Management was launched. Internationalisation also progressed; most Master's programmes were and are now taught exclusively in English.

In 2007, on the occasion of the institution’s 50th anniversary, all services and departments were united under a new brand – Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

In 2017, Frankfurt School moved into its new, highly energy-efficient building on Adickesallee. In the immediate vicinity, “Campus II” offers new student accommodation from winter 2023/24.

In 2019, the advisory and educational services around vocational training were organised in an own department. In 2023, the department developed into the “Ausbildungsakademie” (Training Academy).