Program Structure and Schedule

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Doing an Executive MBA compares to a journey that will fundamentally and lastingly shape your professional and leadership skills, as well as your personality. After 18 months, you will complete this journey with new management knowledge, methods, and skills.

Program Structure

The MANNHEIM & TONGJI Executive MBA starts in September each year with the Operations Module in Shanghai. Five further modules, each having a duration of 9 to 11 days, take place every second month roughly alternating between Mannheim and Shanghai. Work on the Master’s Thesis begins after completing the six modules. Successful graduates receive an MBA Degree by the University of Mannheim and a joint certificate by both business schools.

Key Benefits of the Program

  • You will apply your newly acquired knowledge at your workplace.
  • You will gain unique cross-cultural experiences in classes and company visits.
  • You will extend your personal boundaries in an Outdoor Leadership Training.
  • And you will be exposed to new thoughts and points of view in an intensive collaboration with your classmates, and learn to see things through their eyes.
  • After completing your Executive MBA, you will have a completely new outlook on how businesses work and what your strengths as a leader are.

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.