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Tuition Fee
38,000 Euro

Application Deadline
31 July 2020

Programme Start
2 October

21 months (part-time)

The Frankfurt MBA

The part-time MBA offers you a transformational learning experience at Frankfurt School, one of Germany’s top-ranked business schools.

The programme is specifically tailored to the needs of professionals who want to stay fully employed throughout their MBA at the same time as gaining the necessary skills for a management career.

Deadlines & Discounts

We encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible as there are financial advantages for candidates who submit a complete application early:

31 January €5,000  early-bird discount
30 April €2,500  early-bird discount
31 July Final application deadline
  • Global perspective and diverse student cohort
  • International week abroad at CEIBS in Shanghai, China´s top business school
  • Individual leadership coaching & personal development programme
  • Time schedule designed to fit with your career and your full-time job
  • Participant-centred learning approach with real-world case studies
  • Outstanding faculty and strong business network
  • New, modern campus in the centre of Frankfurt with direct and quick access to airport and train connections

Target Group

International and German professionals from any industry with strong leadership potential who want to remain fully employed and benefit from a world class MBA education.

The ideal Part-Time MBA candidate…
  • has a first university degree and several years of work experience with potential to go on to leadership positions
  • has the ambition and motivation to work full-time and study part-time
  • has clear career goals that can be reached with an MBA (often career development vs. career change)
  • wants to develop his/her management expertise and leadership skills and expand the professional networks across different industries
  • will ideally be supported by the current employer

Eligibility Requirements

Admission to The Frankfurt MBA at Frankfurt School is very competitive. To qualify for admission, you will need to fulfil the following eligibility requirements:

  • First academic degree (Bachelor’s or equivalent)
  • 3 years of work experience recommended
  • Frankfurt School Admissions Test (or GMAT/GRE test results)
  • Proficiency in English (TOEFL IBT min. score 90 / IELTS min. score 7) or equivalent

Time Schedule

The part-time MBA programme is designed for professionals (with any kind of educational background) to work full-time and study-part time. In 20 month (spread over 3 calendar years) the programme requires 62 teaching days of which 31 are week days.

Three modules are offered in block weeks (Monday-Friday/Saturday), one of them at China´s top business school: China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. All other courses take place at the FS campus on weekends (Friday until Sunday).

Lecture Times 
Friday 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturdays 9:15 am - 4:45 pm
Sundays 9:15 am - 4:45 pm

You can download the part-time MBA schedule here (Intake October 2019)


The Part-time MBA curriculum is 21-month learning experience, divided into core modules, one of which is abroad, electives and a thesis period. 

Teaching Method

The Participant-Centred Learning (PCL) concept was originally developed by Harvard Business School. By placing the student at the centre of the didactic process, this learning method is based on the principle that course participants will – for the most part – generate their own learning outcomes through structured discussions.The subjects under discussion are drawn from case studies that have been tailored to meet class objectives, based on real-world situations. Teamwork and group presentations are other key elements of this method.

MBA Leadership Camp

Connect with your new MBA classmates during this activity-packed team building weekend. Start developing many of the key skills you will employ throughout the programme, including teamwork, communication, and time management. 

Professional Development

Professional development takes place through workshops, executive talks and one-to-one sessions throughout the entire programme.

Soft Skills

  • Teambuilding and Intercultural Management
  • Presentation and Communication

Skill courses

  • Project Management
  • Excellence in Excel Sheet and Regression Analysis
  • Creating Ideas
  • Managerial Finance

Core Modules

The core modules take place between October and August of the following year, allowing students to gain knowledge on general management whilst working on real world case studies and exploring fundamental business topics.

Global Economy

This module is based on the assumption that understanding and applying the global macroeconomic environment and policies is important for the decisions of managers. Firms operate in the complex environment of the entire economy, and indeed of the world economy and the global financial markets. On completion of this module, students will acquire the skills that enable them to successfully consider long-term growth trends as well as short-term business cycle movements and respective policy changes when making strategic business decisions.


Corporate Finance

This module introduces techniques to analyse major financial decisions made by enterprises. The module focuses on corporate finance concepts that can be applied directly to real-life financial decision making. Main topics covered in the course include hurdle rates and the cost of capital (i.e. the investment decision), the mix of debt and equity and the choice of the right kind of debt (i.e. the financing decisions), basic valuation concepts (i.e. discounted-cash flow and multiples valuation), mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. The course enables you to make and assess complex corporate financial decisions.


Global Competitive Strategies

This module combines lectures and case studies exploring and applying the theoretical frameworks on the basis of strategic analysis. These frameworks help evaluate firms’ strengths and weaknesses, the intensity of competition, the relative bargaining power of firms’ buyers and suppliers, the nature of strategic interactions, and changes in scope (diversification and vertical integration). The mastery of these analytical tools has relevance to individuals seeking a career in business as a manager, entrepreneur, or consultant.


Organisational Behaviour

The Organisational Behaviour module introduces students to key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in work organisations in order to improve organisational effectiveness. The first part of the module focuses on the responsibilities of managers including motivation, engagement and team performance. In the second part, we focus on issues of managing and leading, using power, reforming corporate culture and managing across borders. The impact of behaviour, relationships and organisation culture on individual and organisational performance are emphasised throughout the entire module. The course is taught in a highly interactive manner using cases, experiential exercises and role play.

Business in Society (CSR)

The Organisational Behaviour module introduces students to key concepts and issues associated with behaviour in work organisations in order to improve organisational effectiveness. The first part of the module focuses on the responsibilities of managers including motivation, engagement and team performance. In the second part, we focus on issues of managing and leading, using power, reforming corporate culture and managing across borders. The impact of behaviour, relationships and organisation culture on individual and organisational performance are emphasised throughout the entire module. The course is taught in a highly interactive manner using cases, experiential exercises and role play.


Marketing Management

Corporate success largely depends on a well-chosen strategy that is based on a thorough understanding of customer needs. This module highlights customer needs and how firms can address them through customer-centred marketing decisions. The course will cover strategic and operational marketing issues and use both B2B and B2C examples.

After completing this course, participants will be able to design coherent marketing strategies based on a thorough understanding of customer needs and quantify the benefits of marketing investments in financially meaningful terms.


Financial Management & Accounting

This module is based on consolidated financial statements under the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Students will gain knowledge on the most relevant IFRS rules. The course will lay emphasis on understanding how real or fictitious business cases will have to be transferred into the language of accounting. On completion of the course, students will be able to understand complex business issues such as M&A transactions, and how they are treated under the IFRS rule set, decide how business cases will be reflected on the face of the balance sheet and in profit and loss statement and understand where earnings management (or even fraud) might happen. 


Managing Technology and Operations

The core of this module equips students with knowledge of the underlying transformation process of a company, by which inputs are converted into outputs, i.e. the production of physical goods or services. In this module, students learn the key aspects for improving the transformation process through content and operation methods, and the key aspects of technology. On successful completion of the module, students will have a wide range of tools which enable them to improve the underlying processes of a company.


New Technologies & Business Trends

Intended as a complement to Global Competitive Strategies course, the New Technologies & Business Trends course examines the impact of novel digital technologies and business models on strategic analysis. Drawing from recent scientific developments in the field of Strategy, the course combines lectures and case studies examining the new theoretical frameworks necessary to evaluate the strategic implications of platform business models, artificial intelligence, automation, and crowdsourcing. As such, the course sheds light on the some of the different and far-reaching ways technology is shaping the modern organisation and its strategy.


Ethical Leadership

This module deals with the basic concepts of ethics and its role in business transactions. We discuss social responsibility, ethics and morals, and their position in society in general and the business world in particular. You will do an in-depth analysis of major ethical approaches, by applying real-world case studies and giving group presentations. On completion of the course your will have a thorough understanding of how to be an effective leader and overcome daily ethical dilemmas in your career.

Managerial Data Science

Firms increasingly rely on vast amounts of data to make informed business decisions. The module therefore provides students with the fundamental skills for a career where analytics and data-driven decision making replace management by intuition. Students directly apply relevant quantitative methods to solve managerial problems with available data. This allows you to leverage statistical software in order to plan and conduct quantitative data analyses as well as understand, interpret, and discuss the corresponding outputs, arriving at better-informed managerial decisions.


Performance Management

Every successful business needs to internally manage its performance. In this module, we cover the important steps of performance management and strategy execution. This starts with strategic investment decisions, followed by implementing and communicating the strategy, measuring the achieved performance and closing the learning loop by adjusting future investment decisions based on prior performance.


Module abroad: Leading Innovation & Change Management

International exposure enhances cultural understanding and an international business mindset. Our part-time MBA students therefore complete an intense five-day module at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. On completion of the Leading Innovation and Change Management module, students will be able to recognise and eliminate organisational constraints through creativity, innovation and corporate entrepreneurship in order to structure and lead the change management process. Find out how are students found the module abroad here

Elective Tracks

Each elective module consists of two elective courses. Students are required to take four of these elective courses, selected from Finance, Management or Technology & Innovation. Two extra elective courses may be taken on request. The range of electives taking place between March and May allows you to tailor your MBA through a diverse and distinctive structure of time formats and block weekends. Electives are taught not only by in-house faculty, but also by leading international practitioners, providing you with the tools to meet your personal aspirations.

Finance Track

The finance track electives include but are not limited to:

  • Fintech
  • Green Finance
  • M&A 
  • Capital Markets

Management Track

The management track electives include but are not limited to:

  • Business Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Industry Practice & Family Business
  • Organisation Design

Technology & Innovation Track

The technology & innovation electives include but are not limitied to:

  • Blockchain
  • Supply Chain Excellence
  • Lean Start-up
  • New Product Development
  • Managing Digitalisation
  • Artificial Intelligence


The MBA thesis provides students with three options to put their newly developed skills into practice and demonstrate their analytical and research competency.

Group Consultancy Project

A Group Consulting Project is performed by a group of three or four students working in consultation with their supervisor and a project leader of a respective external company or organisation on an agreed strategy or management problem. It is expected that the Group Consulting Project results in practical, implementable recommendations for the organisation providing the project.

Group Consulting Projects have taken place with Daimler, DFB GmbH, Eintracht Frankfurt, Heidelberger Druck, Linde Material Hdlg GmbH, OMMAX Digital, Paul Hartmann AG, Rheinmetall Automotive AG and Zalando SE.

Entrepreneurial Business Plan

An Entrepeneurial Buisness Plan is a comprehensive business plan for the establishment and start-up phase of a new enterprise/ initiative, according to a set format, developed by a team of MBA students.

Research Project

A Research Project is a study of a practical business problem, preferably in conjunction with an external company or organisation, completed in teams or individually.

Capstone Course: Entrepreneurial Management 

It is widely recognised that future leaders of large business corporations must have an entrepreneurial mind-set in order to create the growth engines that will provide sustainable growth opportunities to their organisations. This intense one-week course prepares MBA students to start and nurture their own businesses, whether such businesses are new or within established organisations.

Class Profile (Frankfurt)

Intake 2017

Number of students 38
Nationalities 14
Average Work Experience (years) 4


Female 21%
Male 79%

Work Experience (years)

< 2 5%
2-3 23%
3-4 21%
4-5 18%
5-6 10%
6-7 7%
7 2%
9-10 7%
> 10 2%


23-25 21%
26-27 18%
28-29 18%
30-31 15%
32-33 5%
34-35 10%
36-38 8%

Industry Background

Banking 18%
Automotive & Components 13%
Aviation/Aerospace 8%
Mechanical Engineering 8%
Consulting 5%
Education 5%
Energy 5%
Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals 5%
Information Technology 5%
Retail 5%
Asset Management 3%
Financial services (excl. banking) 3%
Real Estate 3%
Technology 3%
Other 11%

Geographic Origin

China Iran
Colombia Italy
Croatia Lithuania
France Poland
Germany Russia
Greece Singapore
India UK

Career & Personal Development

By definition, part-time MBA participants remain in full-time employment, often studying with the support and agreement of their company. Their companies are investing in them as future managers and so prefer to encourage a part-time MBA rather than allowing them to disappear for a year.

Let us support you on the way to the top:

  • Leadership camp
  • Individual coaching
  • Teambuilding
  • Project management
  • Executive talks
  • Presentation skills

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The aim is to support the career progression of their top talent rather than seeing them leave for the competition. By supporting a part-time MBA as part of an internal development plan, companies are able to retain their top young managers while also allowing them to gain vital management and leadership skills.

This contrasts from the typical full-time MBA candidate who is often looking for a career change: change of function, change of industry, or change of country. Even where part-time MBA candidates are still aiming for career change, they usually have an agreement with their current employer to study and work at the same time.

An integral part of the MBA programme is your personal & career development
We assess your goals, create an action plan how to achieve them and accompany you during your MBA journey with trained staff and many years of career development experience.

"A true MBA experience is as much about the business knowledge gained in the class as it is about soft-skills. Therefore we have tailored the Career Development programme to deliver a range of leadership, teamwork and individual skills that will benefit our alumni throughout their careers."

  • Karin Reuschenbach-Coutinho, Head of Career Services

Career Service

Right from the start of your studies our Career Services team is part of your Frankfurt School experience. Our experts offer individual advice and professional answers to all your questions about jobs and careers.

Career Services for our MBA students

Frankfurt School graduates are known for their first class-analytical skills and practical knowledge. To prepare MBA students for successful future careers, we provide the following services:

  • Individual career planning and placement support
  • CV checking
  • Job market preparation
  • Professional skills workshops and application trainings
  • Job board
  • Career fairs
  • Corporate presentations and workshops
  • Career Services newsletter
  • Access to Frankfurt School’s career network with corporate partners and alumni

The aim of our professional services is simple: to enhance the professional development of our students and to assist in preparing them as thoroughly as possible for a successful career. Our Career Services team is here to help you make the most of your next career step.

Application Process

1. Online application

The first step in applying for our programme is the completion of our online application, which includes uploading the following required documentation in support of your application:

Required Documents

  • CV or resume
  • Transcript of records and degree certificate(s) from previous university
  • Two reference letters (at least one from an employer - can be handed in later in the application process if not available yet)
  • Registration for internal MBA Admissions Test in online application or upload GMAT/GRE score 
  • TOEFL / IELTS score report, or proof of equivalent English proficiency
  • Case study assignment (instructions provided in online application)
  • Letter of motivation

2. AC and /or Interview

After reviewing your application documents, we will invite qualified candidates to participate in a personal interview with a faculty member of Frankfurt School. The purpose of the interview is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals. We can arrange telephone or Skype interviews for those applicants who can not travel to Frankfurt.

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We also offer an internal admission test, the Frankfurt School MBA Admission Test. This exam is an alternative to the GMAT/GRE and tests your approach to problem solving, communication, numerical & factual data management, logical thinking as well as career maturity and business acumen. The test is free of charge, and you can register for it in the online application.

3. Results

The final decision regarding admissions into our MBA programme will be based on a combination of the candidate’s academic qualifications, English language abilities, admissions test score, case study essay, work experience and interview results. Admission results are generally announced within 2-4 weeks after your interview.

4. Start of the programme

The Frankfurt MBA begins on 4 October 2019. All students are expected to be at Frankfurt School on the first day of the programme. For non-EU applicants who require a visa to enter Germany, please keep in mind that it can take up to two or three months to obtain the necessary visa.

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Our programme staff is available should you have any questions or concerns regarding your application or admission status. We look forward to welcoming you on board!

Application Checklist

Download our MBA Application Checklist as a helpful guide to completing the admissions process.

All information is intended to provide a general overview of the study programme. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management reserves the right to modify the curriculum, the schedule or any parts thereof. The same applies to the tuition fees and internal and external examination fees.

Financing and Scholarships

Investing in your future

Your MBA degree is an investment in your professional future. As a business school of international standing, we not only provide you the best conditions for earning a degree – we also offer you excellent career development. When you make the decision to study at Frankfurt School, your current financial situation shouldn’t be the factor that holds you back. At the same time, it’s important to make sensible preparations for funding your studies. If you wish a personal consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Once you have been admitted to the The Frankfurt MBA programme, we kindly ask you to make a tuition fee deposit of 5,000 Euros to secure your place in the programme. The remaining fees will be paid in regular instalments at the beginning of each semester. If you were granted a scholarship, then the total amount reduces by the given scholarship amount.


Total cost part-time MBA: 37,000 Euro
Down payment to secure place in the programme: 5000 Euro
Tuition fee semester 1 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8000 Euro
Tuition fee semester 2 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8000 Euro
Tuition fee semester 3 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8000 Euro
Tuition fee semester 4 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8000 Euro

*adjustments to the payment schedule can be discussed individually

Frankfurt School Scholarships

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for outstanding candidates. If you apply for a scholarship by May 31, your application will be considered for funding by the Scholarship Committee. Scholarships will be awarded to candidates with outstanding academic or business track record or excellent performance during the admissions process.

All scholarship decisions are merit-based, although financial hardship may also be taken into consideration in special cases. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee and decisions are final. Scholarships will only be awarded to cover tuition fees and will be deducted from the total tuition amount. No funds are available to cover living expenses.

External Scholarships & Funding Options

Several organisations offer competitive scholarships for outstanding students:

  • The Generation Contract Study first, pay later: the Generation Contract is an innovative model to finance your studies. The GC allows the applicant to study at Frankfurt School without paying tuition fees during the study programme.
  • Future Finance provides student loans for tuition fees and cost of living.
  • Bildungsfonds offers funding to help cover living costs, tuition fees, and other expenses during the MBA programme. Funding is available for both EU and non-EU citizens. Applicants must complete a multi-stage selection process – part of the process is conducted in German, so at least basic German language skills are highly recommended. Engineers can apply for the specialised Festo-Bildungsfonds.
  • Deutsche Bildung AG offers financial support to German and international students studying in Germany
  • Student loans for US citizens are available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Frankfurt School’s US Federal School Code is G40153.
  • Private loans are available from many banks to support educational expenses. We recommend that you contact your local banks to find out what options are available.

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Information Events

Would you like to get a first-hand impression of what our business school and our MBA programmes are really like? Meet The Frankfurt MBA Programme Director, talk with current students, take part in a classroom lecture, or tour our campus. It's all possible through individually scheduled consultations, sample lectures and our regular MBA Evenings!

Sample lectures

Visit an MBA class this semester to discuss a case study with academic staff and current MBA students. This is your chance to experience typical classroom subjects, teaching techniques, and learning methods.

Feel free to contact our MBA team to arrange a campus visit, including a guided tour of the campus.

MBA Evenings

Learn more about our MBA and EMBA programmes at one of our MBA Evenings! Benefit from personal conversations with our professors and programme directors and find out which programme could help you realise your full potential. 


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