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Take the Next Step

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.

 

Admission Criteria

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:

  • An internationally recognized academic degree in any discipline (at least a bachelor’s) – successful candidates will typically possess a minimum B+ average in their undergraduate degree
  • At least three years of postgraduate working experience
  • Leadership potential
  • International experience
  • Fluency in English – TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 95, IELTS Academic score with a minimum of 7 or equivalent
  • GMAT or GRE required – a minimum GMAT score of 600 or an equivalent GRE score is recommended (Mannheim Business School will grant a discount of €200 for a GMAT score of 650 or above, or an equivalent GRE score, in acknowledgment of your performance)
  • APS required for applicants with a first degree from China, Vietnam and India
  • Although knowledge of German is not a requirement, we strongly encourage you to start taking a German language course prior to the start of the program

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Perspectives

“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.”

Kurt Geisler, Manager Entity Controlling - Corporate Treasury at Abbott, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2019

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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.
 

“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.”

Karen Loh, Unmanned Aerial Systems New Business Product Marketing at Airbus Defence and Space, Mannheim Full-Time MBA Class of 2017

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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.

The Admissions Process

  • Step 1: Start your Application

    Excited? This is where it all begins. Fill out the online Mannheim MBA Application Form and ask your referees to fill out the Reference Form. Submit it with all the required documents. You can find a checklist of everything you need to include with the online application form.

     

  • Step 2: Ace the First Selection Interview and Case Study

    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. 

  • Step 3: The Second Interview

    This time, you can shine and show our Program Management your critical thinking and reasoning skills.

  • Step 4: You Have Made it! Admission

    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!

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Fees and Deadlines

The application fee is €150 (non-refundable) and the course fee is €42,500.

There are two early bird deadlines. If you apply by January 31, 2024, you will benefit from a €4,000 discount on your tuition fee. If you apply by April 30, 2024, the discount will be €2,000. The final deadline is August 15, 2024.

The deadline for applying for a scholarship is July 15, 2024.

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.

Scholarships

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.

  • Industry Diversity Scholarship

    The high diversity of our classes is one of the key advantages of the Mannheim MBA. This is confirmed by countless rankings and surveys. It is important to us that our participants enjoy the best possible learning experience. This means that they learn with and, above all, from each other and build up a global, cross-industry network already during the program.

    In order to guarantee this high level of diversity in the class and in our network, Mannheim Business School has decided to offer scholarships for industry groups for the Mannheim MBA. These scholarships of € 2,000 are awarded to the first three successfully accepted applicants per industry group. The Industry Diversity Scholarship can be awarded in addition to other scholarships and is automatically credited towards the tuition fee upon admission. An application is not required.

    The industry groups are

    • Consulting
    • Consumer Packaged Goods
    • Energy & Utilities (incl. e.g. Mining and Oil/Gas)
    • Financial and Insurance Services (incl. e.g. Banking, Fintech, Insurtech)
    • Manufacturing/Industrial
    • Media & Entertainment
    • Non-Profit (incl. e.g. Social Enterprises and NGOs)
    • Professional Services (incl. e.g. Law, HR/Recruitment, Auditing, Tax Advisory)
    • Public Sector (incl. e.g. Government, Education, Military)
    • Retail/E-Commerce
    • Technology/IT/Telecoms
    • Transportation/Logistics/Tourism
  • Scholarship For The Most Outstanding Candidate

    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.

  • Distinction Scholarship

    Distinction refers to several achievements, clear motivation and desirable characteristics such as an excellent educational and professional background, and a good GMAT or GRE score.

  • Scholarship for Women in Business

    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.

Loans for International Students

Prodigy Finance enables community-funded loans for international students at the world’s top business schools and universities, including Mannheim Business School. Read more about the terms and conditions, and how to apply for a loan on the Prodigy website.
Prodigy Finance Ltd is incorporated in the United Kingdom (Company Number 05912562) and registered with the Office of the Information Commissioner (Reg. No. Z9851854). Prodigy Finance Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and entered on the Financial Services Register under firm registration number 612713. Prodigy's registered address is Palladium House 1-4 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7LD

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Sharifah Sofia Syed Nasir
Admissions Manager Mannheim Full-Time MBA
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