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Tuition Fee
38,000 Euro

Application Deadline
31 July 2020

Programme Start

21 months (part-time)

Insights about the programme

The part-time MBA in Hamburg 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
  • Module abroad in Shanghai (CEIBS) or Oslo (BI Norwegian Business School)
  • Individual leadership coaching & personal development programme
  • Time schedule (on weekends) 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
  • Modern and centrally located campus in Hamburg (HafenCity)

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 part-time MBA 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 required
  • Frankfurt School MBA 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 on our Campus in Hamburg is designed for professionals (with any kind of educational background) to work full-time and study-part time. In 21 month (spread over 3 calendar years) the programme requires 61 days of which 30 are week days.

Three modules are offered in block weeks (Monday-Friday/Saturday) and one of them will be the week for the module abroad (Shanghai or Oslo). Core courses take place at our Campus in Hamburg (HafenCity) on weekends (Friday until Sunday). Electives will take place either in Hamburg or in Frankfurt.*

*not every elective is offered at both locations

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

Please note: Lectures do not take place every weekend. You can download the detailed part-time MBA schedule here (Intake October 2020)

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 start your MBA journey with us, 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 part-time 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: 38,000 Euro
Down payment to secure place in the programme: 5000 Euro
Tuition fee semester 1 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8250 Euro
Tuition fee semester 2 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8250 Euro
Tuition fee semester 3 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8250 Euro
Tuition fee semester 4 (due at the beginning of the semester): 8250 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.

Alumni Discount

Frankfurt School alumni admitted to the part-time MBA programme receive 4,500€ alumni discount. Please note that this amount is granted independently of possible early bird deadlines and discounts.


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.

Pre-courses (optional)

These courses are especially designed for participants with a business background. Participants are sent Harvard case studies, which are to be completed online and free of chargen.

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Statistics

* pre-courses will take place in Frankfurt

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.

Skill courses

  • Project Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Intercultural Management
  • Scientific Writing
  • Managerial Finance
  • Shaping Ideas
  • Presentation Skills

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.

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.


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

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. 

Logistics and Operations Management

Operations create the core of any organizations. Hence, companies can gain a competitive advantage by improving the underlying processes. This can be achieved by the implementation of concepts of Operations Management such as Total Quality Management, Total Productive Maintenance, Kanban, etc. These concepts are the key elements of the course "Operations Management & Logistics". Logistics are essential in order to reach the final customer on the one hand by means of effective logistic processes. On the other hand, logistics are important to guarantee the availability of required inputs for the transformation process  Hence, logistic management is key for the competitiveness of companies. Accordingly, the most important concepts of logistics are another corner stone of this course.

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, which can be selected from our Finance, Management or Technology tracks. 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:


The aim of the module is to provide an overview of current trends and cover the main developments in the financial industry, as well as introduce the technological advancements that are on the verge of disrupting the business models of key industry players. Particular emphasis will be placed on the payments, asset & wealth management and lending sector. These are prime segments where the application of blockchain technology, automation, or big data and machine learning are used to upend existing business models.

Lecturer: Luca Frignani, Co-founder & CEO von Exaloan

Capital Markets

The course introduces to the characteristics of various financial securities and discusses the risks and rewards associated with them. Topics covered include optimal portfolio selection and asset allocation,the theory of asset pricing models, market efficiency, behavioural finance, as well as techniques for evaluating investment management performance

Lecturer: Thorben Lüthge, Head of Structuring and Trading, Deka Bank

Green Finance

Over the recent years the question which role actors on the financial markets play for the transformational change is increasingly discussed. Likewise, the consequences of climate change as well as ambitious climate policy for the business model of financial institutions are becoming more evident. This module discusses channels through which climate change may become relevant for actors on the financial market. This includes climate related risk (via physical climate risk as well as climate policy) as well as upcoming opportunities in the climate context. A related series of processes at the international level (e.g. TCFD) or the national (and European) level including ongoing legislative activities will be discussed.

Lecturer: Ulf Moslener, Prof. of Sustainable Energy, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management


The course covers the relevance & purpose of M&A and explains how to translate Corporate Strategy into M&A Strategy and how to identify targets for value propositions and synergies including basics of M&A, target search, transaction process, valuation techniques as well as the evaluation of factors for success and failures in the M&A business.

Lecturer: Fritjof Franz, Investment Director, capiton

The Future of Banking in a Digitalised World

This elective challenges the students to think about the risks and opportunities for the banking industry today and the challenges to its business model. The students shall analyse what have been the key drivers of the banking industry and in which way digitalization proposes to keep it challenged. To achieve this, the elective is structured into three parts: The first part describes where the banking industry has come from and by which forces it has been transformed. Then, we will decompose the classic business of a bank into its different value chains, before exploring and discussing the impact that digitalization has and will have on these value chains. Finally, students will be divided into groups, each of which will represent the executive leadership team of a bank that will be chosen at the time of the course.

Lecturer: Leonhard Fischer, Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Glencore, former CEO of BHF Kleinwort Benson Group S.A.

Management Track

The management track electives include but are not limited to:

Business Development

Profound knowledge about digital marketing and how it connects to business development is important for managers of all disciplines, not only those with a marketing focus. However, this elective is particularly interesting for students who are interested in marketing and how to optimize marketing performance as well as business development and consulting. The course will introduce the technical and business aspect of digital marketing. Students will work on a real-world group consulting project related to digital marketing and business development.

Lecturer: Christian Schulze, Associate Professor of Marketing, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Industry Practice & Family Business

The main purpose of this course is to give insights into several industries such as automotive, machinery or aviation and to provide insights into family business with a focus on Germany. Covered industries are for instance Automotive, Machinery, Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Food Industry and Fashion industry among others. This course is especially relevant for students who want to get a deeper understanding of several industries in Germany.


  • Jörn-Henrik Thun, Prof. for Operations Strategy, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Robert Knoop-Troullier, CEO CKT Modern GmbH
  • Philipp Bierl, PhD candidate, WHU Business School
Organisation Design

The main purpose of this course is to give insights into several industries such as automotive, machinery or aviation and to provide insights into family business with a focus on Germany. Covered industries are for instance Automotive, Machinery, Electronics, Pharmaceutical, Food Industry and Fashion industry among others. This course is especially relevant for students who want to get a deeper understanding of several industries in Germany.

Lecturer: Stephan Billinger, Associate Professor of Marketing & Management, University of Southern Denmark

Supply Chain Excellence

Supply chains are networks of organizations (suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers) that jointly supply and transform materials, and distribute products to the ultimate consumers. If designed and managed properly, these supply chain networks might become a crucial source of competitive advantage. In this module, students learn the main concepts of Supply Chain Management including Logistics Management.

Lecturer: Jörn-Henrik Thun, Prof. for Operations Strategy, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

New Product Development

This course addresses the managerial challenges associated with integrating the effort of various functions of the firm during the process of developing new products and services. Students are provided with a set of managerial tools and methods to be applied during the various phases of the development process, from strategic planning to product and service launch. The course is structured by three components: development strategy, concept development and product and service design.

Lecturer: Jochen Schlapp, Associate Professor of Operations and Technology Management, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Technology Track

The technology track electives include but are not limitied to:


The goal of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of blockchain technology and the ecosystem as a whole. For the basic understanding, it will first be discussed so-called open, un-permissioned blockchains like Bitcoin or Ethereum followed by an overview of the respective ecosystem like, for instance, wallets including also the regulatory hurdles. The second part will focus on so-called permissioned blockchains or distributed ledger technology (DLT) like, for instance, the concept of tokenization, smart contracts, oracles and autonomous structures. Last but not least an outlook will be given on how blockchain technology can be used in combination with other technologies like AI or the IoT.

Lecturer: Veronika Kütt, Research Assistant, Blockchain Center, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

Lean Startup Bootcamp

In just three (very intense) days students will be teamed up in entrepreneurial teams, ideate a B2C solution to an existing problem, create the value proposition, build a first landing-page MVP (minimum viable product) that will go live in the www, design and setup A/B-tests, create Facebook ad campaigns to get traffic on your website. You have to step out from your comfort zone and learn from market feedback and real entrepreneurs. On successful completion of this module, students will have a thorough comprehension that entrepreneurship requires being active; they will have an understanding that entrepreneurship is a soft-skill, a mindset, a reference of acting, that will help them in any future career. Last but not least, students will acquire the knowledge about the Venture Capital industry, and what it takes to get your startup funded.

Lecturer: Carsten Lebtig, General Manager, Uber EATs

Managing Digitalisation

The course aims at establishing the foundations required for managing information systems in the digital era. It introduces and refreshes participants’ knowledge about fundamental concepts of business information technologies (or: “digital technologies”), including trends such as cloud computing or IoT. This basic knowledge is then reflected by applying theories from strategic management as a lens to evaluate their “value” in terms of their potential for contributing to a firm’s strategic goals. Building on these foundations, general principles of digital strategy, enterprise IT architecture, digital innovation & transformation will be introduced and discussed based on case studies. Particular emphasis will be put on the role of big data and its exploitation for new services and business models. Overall, the students will learn how firms can transform the way they are doing business today by exploiting the interplay of digital technologies and data generated and processed by these technologies.

Lecturer: Daniel Beimborn, Professor of  Information System, University Bamberg

Artificial Intelligence

The module aims at establishing the foundations required for understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods, available technologies and services, their applications and the general impact of AI on business, economics and society. Due to the possible large-scale impact of AI on economies and societies, the course focuses on strategic issues of high relevance for future business while providing the necessary understanding of the technology.

Lecturer: Moritz Strube, CTO, Lawpilots


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

Consultancy Project

A 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 Consulting Project results in practical, implementable recommendations for the organisation providing the project.

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: Sigma Challenge

The Sigma Challenge is a fully computerised business simulation set in a highly competitive and international environment that requires participants to take a comprehensive and global view of the business to be successful. It allows to see and experience the linkages across strategy, finance, marketing, operations and cross-cultural team dynamics, and to experience first-hand the leadership competencies required to build a high-performing team, and essential attribution of successful companies from start-up to continuing operations.

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 FS 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. The purpose of the interview is to gain a better understanding of your character, personality, expectations, motivations and goals. We will be happy to arrange telephone or Skype interviews for those applicants, who can not travel to Hamburg.

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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 part-time MBA programme begins in October 2020. 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.

Career Service

Right from the start of your studies our Career Services team is part of your MBA 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.

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