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Whether full- or part-time - the Mannheim MBA is the optimal springboard for international top management. This is impressively proven by the career paths of our alumni. With a demanding, broad and well-balanced curriculum, we prepare you for future challenges. Small and highly diverse classes as well as an emphasis on teamwork guarantee your optimal learning success.
12-month full-time program for young professionals with at least 3 years of postgraduate job experienceLearn more
Ana Luisa Varela, Senior Manager Controlling Hapag-Lloyd AG, Mannheim Full-Time MBA, Class of 2019
“Having career development was very helpful in getting to know more about the German job market and what key elements to focus on when looking for a new job after the MBA. They provided many insights into the job search process and on how to successfully tackle every step of the application process. There was also someone who constantly reviewed our application documents and gave useful advice throughout the year.”
I decided to do an MBA because I wanted to continue developing my career by strengthening my soft skills while having new experiences outside of my comfort zone, meeting new people, and learning from other cultures in a different country. The Mannheim Full-Time MBA was the perfect choice for me as it is a very prestigious international one-year program in one of the most stable economies in Europe. The fact that it is based in Germany was crucial for me because there I could not only have opportunities for work afterwards, but also learn a third language. Finally, compared to other programs with similar characteristics, the Mannheim MBA has the best return on investment.
The Mannheim MBA had a big impact on my career as it gave me the opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues with very diverse backgrounds and ways of thinking, allowing me to polish my social and communication skills within an international environment. Additionally, it was a key factor in entering the German job market and being able to take new and challenging positions in other departments.
Having career development was very helpful in getting to know more about the German job market and what key elements to focus on when looking for a new job after the MBA. They provided many insights into the job search process and on how to successfully tackle every step of the application process. There was also someone who constantly reviewed our application documents and gave useful advice throughout the year.
The opportunity to study and learn with a diverse and international group of top-level colleagues was definitely a highlight of the program. Additionally, getting the chance to connect with colleagues and learn first-hand from their experiences was very refreshing and changed my attitude to work and dealing with daily life situations.
Personally, I can also add that the one-week Digital Strategy course at SDA Bocconi in Milan exceeded all my expectations. There, we were challenged with a real business case in which we had to take a winery into the digital domain by applying all the tools we had learned by then.
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.