Combine an immersive campus experience with applying new knowledge and skills at your job. You’ll see the direct impact the program has on your career! Forge strong and lifelong bonds with your classmates and enjoy exclusive access to a wide range of events and networking opportunities in our Mannheim Network. Develop a mindset that is global, entrepreneurial, hands-on and team-oriented, growing into a well-rounded leader and management generalist. Are you ready for a challenging, rewarding time that will prepare you for success in leading yourself and others, no matter what the future has in store for you?
24 months spread over three calendar years
Mannheim, Germany; outdoor leadership training in France; study trip to the US
monthly, at the end of the month respectively, October 2023 - July 2024
Best ranked German Business School
24% obtained a salary increase during the program; 43% changed their job during the program
Dr. Benito Campos, Saribek Karapetyan and Gaurav Sinha, Co-Founders of Visual Abstract, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2020
“The Mannheim Part-Time MBA has been instrumental in our professional and personal development. It not only equipped us with the tools and knowledge needed to run a successful business but also instilled a sense of resilience, strategic thinking, and ethical responsibility. It expanded our network and introduced us to diverse industries, which have been beneficial in our current roles. As #Mannheimerforlife we always had the unique opportunity to leverage Mannheim Business School’s powerful brand and network. Some of our professors still mentor us to this date, long after graduation and have been instrumental in shaping our business model.”
We decided to apply for the MBS Part-Time MBA because we believed in the power of lifelong learning and wanted to balance our existing careers with further academic and personal growth. The flexibility of the part-time program, the international reputation of Mannheim Business School, and its strong focus on entrepreneurship particularly appealed to us. Besides being home to Germany’s premier business school, Mannheim has been Germany’s hotspot for B2B startups and in some current rankings the startup climate was number one in the country, surpassing other startup hubs like Berlin and Munich. Next Mannheim is also one of the largest and best organized startup ecosystems. For the three of us, Mannheim was the natural choice.
For our application, we focused on showcasing our leadership skills, professional achievements, and motivations for wanting to do the MBA. We reached out to current participants and alumni, who were more than willing to share their experiences and provide valuable advice. Their insights helped us align our expectations and tailor our application effectively.
Our first contact with the admissions manager and the MBS team was very warm and welcoming. They seemed genuinely interested in our profiles and career aspirations. They were also transparent about the program and its rigorous demands, which gave us a clear idea of what to expect.
Receiving the acceptance notification was a thrilling moment. We felt that the MBA would open many doors for us but that it would also “close” doors in ways that we could not yet fully grasp: It would inevitably shape our path. In addition, we saw it as a validation of our hard work and potential, and it also marked the beginning of a new exciting chapter in our lives.
MBS has been incredibly successful in bringing together some of the brightest talents who are also great team players and good comrades. Walking into our class for the first time was a mix of nervousness and excitement. Seeing the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of our classmates, we knew that we were going to learn as much from them as from the program itself.
The program was filled with numerous highlights and challenges. Some highlights included working on real-world business problems, engaging in stimulating debates, and forming close bonds with our classmates. The most challenging moments were usually associated with balancing the demanding coursework with our professional responsibilities, but overcoming these hurdles was a rewarding experience in itself.
Founding our own company was something we had aspired to, and the program definitely reinforced that decision. The Mannheim startup ecosystem felt like a natural extension of the Mannheim Business School environment: MBS and the Mannheim startup ecosystem provided us with invaluable resources such as access to funding, accelerator programs and potential customers. This support system played a crucial role in getting our business off the ground.
The Mannheim Part-Time MBA has been instrumental in our professional and personal development. It not only equipped us with the tools and knowledge needed to run a successful business but also instilled a sense of resilience, strategic thinking, and ethical responsibility. It expanded our network and introduced us to diverse industries, which have been beneficial in our current roles. As #Mannheimerforlife we always had the unique opportunity to leverage Mannheim Business School’s powerful brand and network. Some of our professors still mentor us to this date, long after graduation and have been instrumental in shaping our business model.
When we started our MBA journey, we could understand the value of the MBS Network but now, we can fully appreciate it. The MBS Network has been an essential part of our journey. It provides ongoing support, learning opportunities, and connections that transcend our time in the classroom. On a personal level, it has given us lifelong friendships. Professionally, it's an immense resource for new business opportunities, partnerships, and insights. We consider it an indispensable part of our success. It speaks highly of Mannheim Business School that, even in times of pandemic and hard competition on the business school market, it has not diluted its prestigious “Mannheimer for life” brand.
Youngbin Kim-Ullrich, Sustainability Champion at Nestlé R&D Food, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2021
“Thanks to everything that happened during these two years, it became clear to me what I want from my life and what impact I want to have through my career. Also, by overcoming many challenges during the program, I became more confident of my capabilities and more resilient and positive. Now, when I face a new challenge, I take a “let me figure out how to solve it” approach rather than being afraid or anxious.”
Coming from a technical background, I wanted to better understand the business environment and develop further professionally. Looking back, some special workshops and events, as well as simply discussing things with peers and alumni helped me to reflect on myself. Thanks to everything that happened during these two years, it became clear to me what I want from my life and what impact I want to have through my career.
Also, by overcoming many challenges during the program, I became more confident of my capabilities and more resilient and positive. Now, when I face a new challenge, I take a “let me figure out how to solve it” approach rather than being afraid or anxious. These are the most valuable takeaways from my MBA experience.
I admit that combining the MBA with work and a growing family was challenging, especially when I gave birth during the program. On top of that, the Covid-19 pandemic had just started and there were so many unknowns. Still, my MBA classes and activities were very helpful because they kept me tuned and connected. Thankfully, I also had great support from my husband and family.
I appreciate the positive spirit of the MBS team and the can-do mindset it encourages. Being surrounded by highly motivated female peers and alumni from the MBS network also helped me stay on track and believe that I can pursue both my professional ambitions and family life.
Nico Dahl, Head of Digitalization at PFW Aerospace GmbH, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016
“The MBA led to the next stage in my career just a few months after graduation. There are also many personal changes I have noticed: I built up my stamina throughout the program so I can now overcome more stubborn obstacles; I achieved a more rounded personal profile, which earned me a recommendation for an internal personal and professional development program over one year; and the MBA gave me a clearer vision of what is really important to me in my job and what I want to achieve in the future with regard to my hierarchical level and leadership, for example, I am now striving for more and more strategic elements in my job.”
Why did you decide to do an MBA? Why did you choose the Mannheim Part-Time MBA?
In doing an MBA, my goal was to gain new insights and learn new skills. With my background in engineering, I needed to complement my management expertise in order to accelerate my career. Moreover, I wanted to extend my network. I chose a part-time program because I wanted to continue with my career and also prove to myself that I can manage to both work and study at the same time.
The decision to study at Mannheim Business School was an easy one for me: Apart from the proximity to my home and my workplace, there are many good reasons in favor of Mannheim. As confirmed by the major international rankings, MBS is the best business school in Germany. Its Triple Crown accreditation is further proof of its international acceptance as a leading institution for management education. I also think that the course schedule, with two study trips and compact modules every two months rather than fragmented lectures every weekend, is the best concept for a part-time MBA program.
What difference has the Mannheim MBA made to your career?
For one thing, the MBA led to the next stage in my career just a few months after graduation. There are also many personal changes I have noticed: I built my stamina throughout the program and I can now overcome stubborn obstacles; the program increased my self-confidence by taking me out of my comfort zone and making me master tasks I was not very comfortable with before (for example, from being afraid of presentations to having fun doing them); I achieved a more rounded personal profile, which earned me a recommendation for an internal personal and professional development program over one year; and the MBA gave me a clearer vision of what is really important to me in my job and what I want to achieve in the future with regard to my hierarchical level and leadership, for example, I am now striving for more and more strategic elements in my job.
How do the tools and expertise you obtained help you in your daily work?
Plenty of tools have already been of great use, for example, the Strategy Canvas and the Scenario Funnel as inputs for a SWOT Analysis to identify the potential of a new strategic project within our company. Moreover, I became more confident in talking to the management board: No question marks appear in my head when the impacts of KPIs like DSO or Cash Flow are discussed during a meeting. I also adopted many tips and tricks from my fellow students with a consultancy background to improve my slide decks, with the result that I have received much more positive feedback since.
What were some significant experiences that you took away with you from the program?
I would say there are two main things I took away from the program. First, ideas get bigger and better in a team: If you discuss your idea within a team, so many valuable and interesting new aspects come together. And second, giving huge projects a logical structure and splitting them into digestible parts right at the beginning is key to the overall success and keeping everybody on board throughout the project.
What was your personal highlight?
One of my highlights during the program was the module abroad at Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, US: Great lectures and facilities, awesome organization, and a great mix of studying and excursions. Everything was just right and almost felt like a class trip from my childhood.
I also learned to shoulder the workload and enjoy it: No matter how tough and tight one’s work, study, and private calendars are, there is always a way to integrate good fun and enjoy the journey.
During the program, I loved listening to guest lectures held by entrepreneurs – the way they burn for their dream and their passion in their work were incredible and demonstrated that this is really what it takes to start your own business.
I am still in touch with some fellow students: We see each other at private and MBS-organized events, and sometimes our WhatsApp group still goes crazy with new messages. I am impressed with how passionate MBS is about keeping the network alive and together – there are so many great opportunities to be part of it as an Alumnus. I am happy that I can now recommend the program to potential “Mannheimers” and that one of my closest friends has joined the next Part-Time cohort. And finally, I am proud that I was invited to contribute to a newspaper article about studying at Mannheim Business School, published in the “Rheinpfalz” in December 2017.
The Mannheim Part-Time MBA program has been a great experience I can only recommend!
Nicole Martens, Head of Business Development, Steering Manager at IKEA, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016
“The excellent reputation of Mannheim Business School and the opportunity to learn, collaborate, exchange ideas and, above all, be inspired by the passionate, smart and bright minds of my fellow classmates made me opt for Mannheim and the Part-Time MBA. I have gained much more than a certificate: a network of friends, new inspiration, new knowledge and, most importantly, lots of great experiences I wouldn’t like to have missed.”
Furthermore, the Mannheim Part-Time MBA offers a convenient curriculum that enables you to focus on your work and your studies at the same time. The periods spent in Mannheim and at partner universities abroad ensure an intensive learning period as well as great fun, as all the participants dedicate these time periods to the MBA.
Above all, it’s the select participants with all their different backgrounds, industries and working styles that really make the difference between doing an MBA just for your CV and experiencing the Mannheim MBA. Looking back, I have gained much more than a certificate: a network of friends, new inspirations, new knowledge and especially lots of great experiences I wouldn’t like to miss.
Kati Boeckenhauer, Head of Strategy & Business Development Private Sector at Fujitsu CE, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016
“One thing was clear from the very beginning: a full-time MBA was not an option for me. I was looking for part-time programs that would allow me to continue with my career. Mannheim was an obvious choice because it offers one of the best ranked MBAs in Europe and is the No. 1 business school in Germany. I also liked the modular format of the program. I find it much more time efficient and effective than weekend programs.”
I only had a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. Doing an MBA was therefore a necessity in order to get ahead in my career. Moreover, after working for 6 years, I also felt the urge to go back to school – not just to learn new skills and refresh old knowledge, but also to get in touch with peers who are at the same point in their life.
One thing was clear from the very beginning: a full-time MBA was not an option for me. I was looking for part-time programs that would allow me to continue with my career. Mannheim was an obvious choice because it offers one of the best-ranked MBAs in Europe and is the No. 1 business school in Germany. I also liked the modular format of the program. I find it much more time efficient and effective than weekend programs.
The MBA already made a big difference in my career: one year into the program, I got a promotion. Getting promoted to Head of Corporate Strategy & Investment at BRITA Group, the leading water filtration company in the consumer segment, has been and still is a big step forward for me. What greatly helped me face this challenge, especially with regards to building up my own team and suddenly having managerial responsibility, were the many leadership courses during the MBA program and the way we continuously worked on our personal development.
Being exposed to such a diversity of personalities and working styles was not always easy, but it certainly brought us all a major step forward. That meant for example finding a professional way of dealing with people that you just cannot work with by valuing their strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses.
One of my personal highlights was our residency in Atlanta. The leadership and organizational change module was outstanding. Having the chance to experience the flair of another world-renowned business school was unforgettable. Furthermore, networking with so many international young talents that inspire each other personally and professionally is a really unique experience.
Completing the Mannheim MBA has been a great journey. Would I do it again? I sure would. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and work with fellow participants from so many diverse cultural and professional backgrounds. Many were and will continue to be a great source of inspiration for me in business and private matters. I am leaving the Mannheim MBA thus not only with new skills but also with friendships that will last.
Jéhann Duplot, PMO, Robert Bosch GmbH, Mannheim Part-Time MBA Class of 2016
“Iknew the MBA would help me become a responsible leader in my organization. Apart from the career path I was offered within Robert Bosch GmbH, the company I work for, the Mannheim MBA taught me that I could become an intrapreneur and put things in motion to improve my work environment.”
I decided to enroll for an MBA because I wanted to understand more of the organization of a company. I also knew it would help me become a responsible leader in my organization. I chose Mannheim not only due to the exceptional experience that the participants share during the program but also because of the fact that it is the best school in the most powerful country in Europe. The part-time format, which is different from the ones at other business schools, ensures that learning phases are both intense and effective.
Apart from the career evolution I was offered within Robert Bosch GmbH, my company, the Mannheim MBA taught me that I could become an ‘intrapreneur’ and could put things in motion to improve my work environment. The courses gave me the necessary tools to define the strategy for my team and implement it flawlessly. I was also able to use the two years of the program to develop my soft skills and presentation abilities, in front of many experienced, very well connected professionals.
There were many intense moments during the program, but the international seminars organized during the MBA will stay in my memory forever. The courses were taught in Business Schools with an excellent reputation and the benefits of learning from the world famous professors were countless. I even stayed in touch with an eminent scholar from Hong-Kong, with the hope to have a common project in the years to come.
On a personal level, I learned a lot during the social project, which is mandatory during the Mannheim MBA. We had to think about issues that are not your typical business cases, but we were taught to think out of the box and we reached a very satisfactory result for the disadvantaged children we wanted to help. And finally, I know that nothing will erase the friendships I developed over the last twenty-four months. They are way more than just co-students, we are all part of the Mannheim family!
Immediate impact on your career – apply new skills and boost your career while earning your MBA part-time
Transformation in all dimensions – benefit from the immersive learning environment on campus while focusing on your personal and professional growth
High-caliber network and lifelong learning resources during and after your MBA
A degree from the prestigious University of Mannheim, Germany’s best ranked university in business and economics
Join a diverse group of high performers: Mannheim Part-Time MBA participants collectively possess a wealth of work experience and come from a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds. They are on average 30 years old and have already worked for six years after their first degree. Each group contains participants from more than 15 countries. How do you compare?
Be prepared for clearly structured but intensive modules every two months. These comprise lectures, case studies, assignments and presentations, all designed for you to practice skills that you will use every day. In Mannheim, we take a team-based approach to learning: you will be assigned to a heterogenous team of classmates for each course in the program. Together, you will tackle the central elements of the program, drawing on the diverse skills, viewpoints and knowledge of each member of your team. For example, you will put sustainability into practice while working on a humanitarian, social, educational or ecological class project. In between the courses and group work, you and your classmates will also enjoy the lively university life around Mannheim Palace.
You will meet representatives from many companies during your MBA, including all your classmates, guest speakers in your courses, network events, company visits and your study trip, from global leaders to hidden champions and up-and-coming start-ups. A staggering 50% of the most important German companies are located within a 250-kilometer radius of Mannheim and the city is home to a vibrant start-up ecosystem, including successful start-ups founded by Mannheim graduates.
Doing a part-time MBA on top of your professional and private obligations is no piece of cake. The program is designed to keep you learning at a steady pace and does not allow for longer breaks. In fact, learning to delegate work is an element of their studies our Part-Time MBA alumni value. Having said that, you will be able to count on a strong team spirit, acquire new management knowledge, methods and skills, apply them in program-related projects and at your workplace, gain unique cross-cultural experiences and be exposed to new thoughts and points of view through intensive collaboration within your teams. In a nutshell, you will emerge from this program a confident and impactful leader, ready to take on any challenges that come your way.
A direct impact on your career from the very first module thanks to our structured coaching process.Learn more
Core modules include all aspects of general management while focus modules broaden your scope.Learn more
Lifelong learning, contacts, job offers, events and so much more. Become a #MannheimerForLife.Learn more
If you are wondering whether your profile matches our criteria or you would like to visit our campus, please get in touch with our Admissions Manager Antje Siebler. She will then set up an appointment with you for a preliminary CV check.