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Between now and the start of your Mannheim MBA journey lies your application. So take the next step! A good way to get in touch with us and prepare to submit your documents is by taking part in one of our online or in-person information events. To clarify open questions and get initial feedback on your profile, you can arrange a personal counselling session with the admissions manager.
Learning with and from one another is a central component of the Mannheim MBA. Thus, we constantly seek people who enjoy enriching the group by sharing their competences, experiences and commitment. Our standards are and will always be exacting in order to ensure an ideal learning experience for all participants.
The formal criteria at a glance:
Kurt Geisler, Manager Entity Controlling - Corporate Treasury at Abbott, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2019
“The selection interview went well, and I found it to be similar to that of a job interview, however, more open ended in the sense that discussing my future was not limited to one firm or position. I believe it was important to successfully pitch my current resume and accomplishments, but also have a concrete plan where my skills could fit into the local job market after the program. When I got accepted, I was ecstatic to know that I not only now had my opportunity to move abroad, but the opportunity to further my career abroad at a world-renowned business institution.”
First steps – doing my research and getting in touch with MBS
Initially, I had reached out to the current admissions manager at the time and had a call to discuss my profile and the program. After deciding that the program was in line with my interests, I spoke with contacts at home who had completed an MBA and reached out to past MBS alumni with similar backgrounds (Finance/Accounting from the United States).
The Full-Time MBA admissions manager at the time assured me that I had a relevant profile for the program and helped me to feel welcome in the endeavor to seek an international MBA.
Selection interview and case study
The selection interview went well, and I found it to be similar to that of a job interview, however, more open ended in the sense that discussing my future was not limited to one firm or position. I believe it was important to successfully pitch my current resume and accomplishments, but also have a concrete plan where my skills could fit into the local job market after the program.
I found the case study to be straight forward and a fair representation of the type of cases to be discussed during the program. I do not believe there was a correct answer. The case study was more of an opportunity to display thorough attention to detail and a well-researched approach to problem solving.
Being accepted into the program and meeting my classmates for the first time
I was ecstatic to know that I not only now had my opportunity to move abroad, but the opportunity to further my career abroad at a world-renowned business institution.
On the first day, I was excited to say the least. The cohort was comprised of people from around the world with experience in a vast array of different subject areas. I was assured that there would be no limit to perspective during the classes and that I would be prepared to work in a global work environment.
Did the MBA help me reach my goals? Yes!
The Mannheim MBA was a perfect combination for me to both achieve a personal goal of moving my life abroad and to further my career at the same time. It was a perfect launchpad for a successful career in Germany as a foreigner. The cohort provided limitless perspective in both a global sense and a professional sense. I work today in cross-functional teams within an international company with a diverse workforce. The Mannheim MBA was the perfect preparation for this role.
Karen Loh, Unmanned Aerial Systems New Business Product Marketing at Airbus Defence and Space, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2017
“I was the last applicant, if not among them. A mad rush, given the need to also take the GMAT at the last minute and arrange for character references. But this would turn out to be one of the most influential and formative next steps I was taking to shape the rest of my life. My key takeaway from the Mannheim MBA was the greater resilience and versatility I developed through immersive teamwork interactions with such a surreally diverse cohort of personalities. Such professional and emotional competencies are key to tackling the political, cultural and interpersonal complexities of my current work and environment.”
Chance and destiny
Chance landed me in Heidelberg while on sabbatical from my previous role in Singapore. A few months later in the summer of 2016, I decided to pursue an MBA to expand my international network within the German business context and improve my understanding of the German job market and work culture. And what luck – Germany's best business school was in the neighboring city of Mannheim. It was destiny.
The last one to join the cohort
The admissions manager responded to my enquiry as fast as lightning. We met and with her friendly encouragement, I proceeded to apply, although it was already late summer just before the program was to start. I was the last applicant, if not among them. A mad rush, given the need to also take the GMAT last minute and arrange for character references, but this would turn out to be one of the most influential and formative next steps I was taking to shape the rest of my life.
Selection interview and case study
The selection interview with case study was intellectually challenging and in that very way invigorating and enjoyable. The interviewer challenged my positions on multiple fronts in a lively discussion where I got good practice dealing with being confronted and put on the spot.
Diversity, interpersonal skills, leadership
My key takeaway from the Mannheim MBA was the greater resilience and versatility I developed through immersive teamwork interactions with such a surreally diverse cohort of personalities. From Vietnam to Azerbaijan, Nepal to Italy, from professional backgrounds ranging from entrepreneurship to the military – every course required us to work with a different mix of team mates. We were immersed intensely in a regularly changing constellation of working styles and professional expertise.
The Multi-Competence Team (MCT), one of the few “constants” throughout the year, was a safe haven for consolidating my new interpersonal skills. Those team mates were almost like family to me. I tried to see everyone's perspectives, leveraging on everyone's individual strengths and helping others along who needed help understanding and contributing to the group goal. It was a boot camp and refresher in team leading, team cheerleading and team playing. The experience boosted my confidence and professional and emotional competencies that are key to tackling the political, cultural and interpersonal complexities of my current work and environment.
Excited? This is where it all begins. Fill out the Mannheim MBA Application Form and ask your referees to fill out the Reference Form. Send all the required documents to the Admissions Manager. You can find a checklist of everything you need to include with the application form.
The Admissions Committee will review your application as a whole. If your application package is convincing enough, we will want to get to know you personally. In a first interview, you will get the opportunity to introduce yourself and explain your motivation for pursuing an MBA. If you are successful, you will work on a case study at home and prepare for a second interview.
This time, you can shine and show our Program Management your critical thinking and reasoning skills.
The Admissions Committee will consider all of the interviews and application documents and notify you of their decision within two weeks. If you are selected to join the next cohort, you will receive the admission notification and contract to sign and return. Your MBA journey is about to begin!
The application fee is €130 (non-refundable) and the course fee is €42,500.
There are two early bird deadlines. If you apply by January 31, 2023, you will benefit from a €4,500 discount on your tuition fee. If you apply by April 30, 2023, the discount will be €2,000. The final deadline is August 15, 2023.
The German income tax system may allow participants of an MBA program considerable tax benefits due to tuition fees. Find out more here.
The program kicks off in September. Since only limited places are available, we strongly recommend getting in touch with us as early as possible.
Mannheim Business School offers a number of partial scholarships to outstanding candidates. In order to apply for a scholarship, you need to submit a complete application and ace the first interview with the Admissions Manager.
Outstanding in this case refers to several achievements, clear motivation and desirable characteristics such as an excellent educational and professional background, a high GMAT, GRE, TOEFL or IELTS score, international working experience with excellent language skills and social engagement. You should also bring something really unique to the classroom. Your performance and creativity throughout our selection process will highly contribute to the final outcome.
Excellent in this case refers to several achievements, clear motivation and desirable characteristics such as an excellent educational and professional background, a high GMAT or GRE score, international working experience, excellent language skills and social engagement.
This scholarship emphasizes Mannheim Business School’s commitment to increase the number of women in executive positions. Any woman with a proven track record of outstanding achievements in her professional life or social commitments can apply for this scholarship.
MBS Network Scholarship
The MBS Network Scholarship is funded by donations from our network to support a future fellow Mannheimer.
Therefore, if you are applying for the Mannheim Full-Time MBA and want to be considered for this scholarship, please get in touch with our admission manager to get the MBS Network Scholarship application form. Our Chapter Ambassadors will then make the final selection and decision.
Participants of the Mannheim Full-Time MBA received the MBS Network Scholarship in 2021 and 2022. The panel of MBS chapter ambassadors selected Siddharth Biswal and Upamanyu Sengupta to receive the scholarship based on their personal characteristics as well as their excellent educational and professional profiles.
Siddharth has a background in mechanical engineering, has studied in India and the United States, and has worked as a process engineer for an international medical engineering company. Upamanyu has a background in electrical engineering and has held operations and project management roles in F&B and energy companies. He has accumulated skills and experience undertaking projects and assignments in the forests, mountains and villages of India. For him, Mannheim Business School in Germany is the perfect place to make his career transition to the renewable energy industry where he feels he can best utilize his skills.
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