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This page contains answers to commonly-asked questions about the Mannheim Master in Management Analytics & AI (Full-Time). If you can't find an answer to your question here, please don't hesitate to contact our admissions manager.


  • How much work experience do I require?

    Generally, there is no minimum amount of work experience we require.

    If you have a bachelor’s of 180 ECTS from your previous academic records, you will need one year of full-time postgraduate work experience by program start. If you have 210 ECTS from your previous academic records, no additional work experience is required.

    On average participants of our program have three to five years work experience, the overall range generally being between one and ten years. Please note that only postgraduate work experience can be considered and in case of uncertainty please don´t hesitate to get in touch with our admissions manager.


  • How do I submit my application?

    Use our online application form and fill it out on your computer. The link to the reference form will automatically sent via the online application form as soon as you submit the addresses of your referees.

  • Do I need to send hard copies of the completed application form and certified documents, such as transcripts and employment letters?

    You may scan your certified graduation certificates and transcripts of all grades, subjects and activities in English or German and upload them at the end of the online application process.


  • Who do I ask for a reference?

    We require two references. At least one should come from a former/present employer or immediate supervisor with managerial responsibility. An acceptable second referee would also be a former customer or an academic referee (e.g. a mentor or professor).

  • In what format should my referees return the completed reference forms to you?

    Your referees should use the link they receive from the online application form.


  • Do I have to take the GMAT?

    For the Mannheim Master in Management Analytics & AI, we require data literacy and excellent analytical skills: GMAT – minimum score of 590 (alternatively GMAT Focus Edition minimum score of 555 / Data Insights 75) or GRE with the equivalent score to the mentioned GMAT scores.

  • What kind of English tests would be accepted within the application package?

    We do accept the TOEFL with a minimum score of 95 or alternatively the IELTS with a minimum score band of 7.0. 
    For any other test formats, please get in touch with our admissions manager to check whether they would be eligible.

  • As an Indian citizen, do I need to take the TOEFL / IELTS test as my education was entirely in English?

    The TOEFL / IELTS test is actually a requirement of the visa application rather than part of our own application process. You may therefore submit your complete application to us without the TOEFL / IELTS for the time being. 

  • I took the TOEFL exam more than a year ago. I have my score report, but I didn't ask the test center to send the report to MBS. Should I arrange for a copy of the official report to be sent to you by the test center or will you accept a scan of my copy of the report?

    A scan of your score report is acceptable for the initial application process. However, we will require the original of the official report in due course.


  • What is an APS Certificate and do I need one?

    For applicants who obtained their first degrees in China, Vietnam and India, it is mandatory to submit your APS certificate. Without an APS certificate, you will not be able to apply for a student visa to Germany.

    As the application of APS takes a certain amount of time, you are highly recommended to start the application early. You can submit an application to MBS simultaneously as you apply for APS. Yet, you should receive your APS certificate before your visa application. Any delay in APS application may hinder your visa application and admission to our program.

    The APS certificate serves only to confirm the authenticity of degree certificates and transcripts for applicants from China, Vietnam and India. It is not required if you studied in Hong Kong. More information regarding the APS can be found here:

    For Chinese applicants:

    APS Beijing: https://www.aps.org.cn/verfahren-und-services-deutschland/chinaverfahren

    APS Shanghai: https://www.aps.org.cn/aps-am-gk-shanghai

    For Vietnamese applicants:

    APS Hanoi: https://vietnam.diplo.de/vn-de/willkommen/aktuelles/aps/1236800

    For Indian applicants:

    APS New Delhi: https://aps-india.de/


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