Program Structure and Schedule

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Compact and Flexible

An executive MBA program confronts participants with substantial challenges in terms of their time management. In the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA, we want to help you achieve optimal coordination with your professional and private engagements. To make that possible, the six nine- to eleven-day modules that are held on a bi-monthly basis alternately in Mannheim and Shanghai, the online course as well as the master's thesis, can be completed either within 18 months or extended over a period of up to 42 months. The program can be started with the May module or the September module.

Participants can also attend individual modules or even individual courses of the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA and receive a certificate. Credits from these elements can later be applied if the participant wishes to complete the entire Executive MBA program. 

Program Structure

The MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA (EMBA) program with its comprehensive and flexible curriculum is specifically tailored to the needs of executives with a strong link to the Asian and European corporate world. This graph gives you a first overview of the curriculum. 

Flexible Study Options

Flexibility for Executive Agendas

In today's fast-paced business environment, executives need to be extremely flexible. For that reason, the MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA is designed in a way to maximize the benefits of your learning experience while keeping in mind the constraints of your schedule. It is possible to start the EMBA program with the modules in May (Mannheim) or September (Shanghai). Three different study options offer you a maximum of flexibility to adapt the program to your individual career management.

Option 1

Take the fast track to your EMBA!

Participants can complete six self-contained modules plus the master thesis in one and a half years and receive their MBA degree.

Option 2

An EMBA in a timeframe of your choice!

Participants can gather modules and then complete the master thesis in a maximum timeframe of three and a half years to receive an MBA degree. Choose the order and frequency of modules that best fit your schedule.

Option 3

Choose what suits you best!

Participants can attend single modules or courses and receive a MANNHEIM & TONGJI certificate. Choose the order and frequency of modules and courses that best fit your interest and schedule.

Paid Educational Leave

For Residents: Paid Educational Leave for Your Part-Time Studies

In many federal states of Germany, employees have the right to get a period of paid leave in order to take part in a state-approved educational program. These programs are accredited by Germany's federal states. Mannheim Business School has been accredited by the state of Baden-Württemberg. If you are a participant in one of our part-time MBA or EMBA programs and your company is based in Baden-Wuerttemberg, you are eligible to apply for five days of paid leave per year.

The regulation in Baden-Württemberg is as follows:

  • Employees can apply for 5 working days of educational leave per year.
  • Educational leave cannot be transferred to the next calendar year.
  • Employees have to submit their application for educational leave at least 8 weeks before the start of the course/module.

More information about educational leave in Baden-Württemberg (in German) here:

In the other federal states of Germany, different laws apply; only Bavaria and Saxony currently do not have a legal regulation for educational leave. MBS supports participants in compiling the necessary documents for their federal state, and is committed to gain accreditation as educational institution in other federal states.


Located in the heart of the German and European economy, Mannheim Business School (MBS), the umbrella organization for management education at the University of Mannheim, is considered to be one of the leading institutions of its kind in Germany and is continuously ranked as Germany’s #1.