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English-taught MBA courses in Germany - The Master of Business Administration at CBS

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A brief introduction to the Master of Business Administration at CBS

As a business school, CBS International Business School offers various MBA courses. An MBA degree is intended to enable as many students as possible to expand their business management expertise - even if they have not previously completed a business studies degree. For this reason, business studies contents are covered holistically within the MBA course

With this focus, the MBA degree is primarily aimed at people who already have relevant professional experience. With a Master of Business Administration, they can qualify themselves for high management positions. The CBS MBA study programmes therefore place special emphasis on practical relevance in order for students to be able to come into direct contact with regional or international companies. Discover the various MBA programmes at the CBS and learn all about the Master of Business Administration.

What is an MBA programme?

With an MBA programme, students acquire the academic degree of Master of Business Administration. This special management degree programme is general in nature and is not divided into individual subject areas. An MBA programme covers the entire spectrum of business administration. This distinguishes the Master of Business Administration from other consecutive Master's degrees, such as the Master of Arts or Master of Science.

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For whom are MBA programmes suitable?

The MBA courses at the CBS are ideally suited for graduates of non-business studies courses who have already gained initial experience in professional life. With an MBA course, they expand their sound business management knowledge and qualify for higher management positions.

Even people who already have a degree in the economic sciences can specifically deepen their specialist knowledge with the Master of Business Administration. They also benefit from the numerous interdisciplinary qualification opportunities.

Contents of the MBA programmes

The focus of the various MBA programmes is the combination of professional practice and theoretical knowledge. As this is not a consecutive Master's degree, the content focus is not only on the main subject of the basic studies. Rather, an MBA programme provides interdisciplinary additional qualifications for prospective managers in all industries.

The area of management is comprehensively covered within the Master of Business Administration:

  • Accounting

  • Finances

  • Marketing

  • Operational Management

  • Information Management

  • Law

  • Personnel Management

In addition to this specialist orientation, MBA programmes pursue the goal of supporting students in developing a leadership personality. The focus here is on the following:

  • Leadership behaviour

  • Decision making

  • Teamwork

  • Entrepreneurial potential

  • Negotiation skills

  • Communication

  • Presentation techniques

What are the requirements for an MBA programme?

There are three formal admission requirements for an MBA programme at the CBS:

  • A first academic degree - this does not have to be in a business studies subject. Graduates from other degree programmes are expressly desired in the MBA programme.

  • First practical work experience

  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English

In addition, interested students should bring personal qualities with which they can master the challenges of studying business studies. These include above all discipline, flexibility, and the ability to work under pressure. In addition, there should be a fundamental interest in economic and financial topics.

MBA Programmes in Germany

MBA programmes have existed in Germany since the 1990s. Previously, an MBA title in Germany could only be gained in cooperation with foreign universities. The first Master of Business Administration was developed in the USA and later in Great Britain. Today, an MBA title is an internationally recognised degree and is taught in variously oriented MBA programmes. These differ in structure and time model.

MBA programmes in Germany are largely offered by universities of applied sciences. With their regional business cooperations, and an already strong practical orientation, these offer the best conditions. In international comparison, there are more specialised MBA programmes to be found in German universities than generalist ones. The CBS therefore also offers a Master of Business Administration with a focus on International Management.

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What are the advantages of an MBA degree?

The combination of economic and interdisciplinary content is not unusual for a business studies programme. Since it is mainly people with professional experience who are aiming for an MBA title, another aspect is of primary importance: the network idea. Professionals from a wide range of industries come together here.

This networking effect in particular makes an MBA degree an influential career booster. As a result, many graduates successfully enter new jobs or industries and significantly improve their salary through their higher qualifications.

MBA in Cologne - Why study at the CBS?

If you decide on an MBA in Cologne, you will profit from the various advantages of the CBS International Business School:

  • Theory and practice in harmony: Not only in the context of the Master of Business Administration we attach great importance to the practical transfer of academic knowledge. Our entire colloquium is geared towards this, so that all lecturers, staff, and other students pursue and welcome this approach.

  • Internationality: English as the teaching language in our MBA programmes reflects the international orientation of our university. Internships and semesters abroad enable CBS students to gain experience abroad. Master`s and Bachelor`s theses can be worked on in cooperation with foreign universities or companies. In addition, students from over 75 nations make the campus a real melting pot.

  • Cologne's advantages as a business location: From its infrastructure to the proximity to a wide variety of companies to the city's extensive history - the city on the Rhine offers many advantages, not only for students of the Master of Business Administration.

Is the MBA in Cologne right for you?

You are not yet sure whether the MBA in Cologne is right for you? Then contact the CBS Student Advisory service. Our study advisors will help you to make the right decision. During an appointment on site, you can clarify all questions regarding the different MBA degree programmes and specialisations, the requirements for an MBA degree as well as financing options. Convince yourself about the MBA programme at the CBS: You can spend a day at the CBS together with a study buddy and get an impression of campus life for yourself!

Alumni Testimonials_Oliver Kiderle

"The focus on internationality and practical skills have had a very positive influence on my development at Google. Especially the structured and very versatile project work, which is often found at a private school, was extremely helpful."

Oliver Kiderle

EMEA Regional Product Expert
Google Inc.
Alumni Testimonials_Patrick Stein

"The strongly practice-oriented studies and the international orientation of the CBS, as well as the lectures held in English, were an absolutely necessary basis for starting a career with a renowned, international company."

Patrick Stein

Head of Human Resources
Boston Consulting Group
Alumni Testimonials_Katrin Rieger

"The practical learning in small groups prepared me optimally for today's project and team work. The CBS provided me with the decisive soft skills and current knowledge from the world of business."

Katrin Rieger

Bereichsdirektorin Reisevertrieb Deutschland / Vice President Sales
HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung
Alumni Testimonials_Kalle Kenkel

"My studies at CBS prepared me for a career in today's dynamic, global work environment. As one's origin and physical location become less and less decisive, it has become increasingly important to have a multinational network and adapt quickly to various cultures and environments."

Kalle Kenkel

Trainee Performance Marketing
RTL Mediengruppe

"Above all, practice-oriented learning and soft skills made it easier for me to enter the professional world and I still benefit from this today. Internationality, learning in small groups and soft skills were then and still are my main reasons for choosing the CBS."

Henriette Hellwig-Stieger

Senior Consultant
Compass GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Philip Kollmann

"Especially the soft skill courses have been of great help for my performance in job interviews. Through my work in the Finance and Business Club I have built up a broad network and acquired project management skills that have enabled me to score points with companies."

Philip Kollmann

Projektmanager
Wayne´s Coffee Deutschland
Alumni Testimonials_Julia Hack

"My studies at the CBS have given me a very good basis, which helps in many ways with a start-up - be it with financial planning or marketing strategy."

Julia Hack

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Alumni Testimonials_Florian Schuhmacher

“In addition to an excellent academic education CBS provides its students with all the necessary tools and instruments they need to allow them to take responsibility and shape their future in an international environment.”

Florian Schumacher

Programme Director and Senior Consultant
KCIG GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Christoph Rosenbaum

"The Management Studies programme prepares you thoroughly for the tasks of a consultant. In particular, the development of presentation techniques as well as analytical thinking is of enormous importance in the everyday life of a consultant."

Christopher Rosenbaum

Manager
Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

"The CBS taught me the essential professional basics for this with realistic and up-to-date lectures."

Christian Böhmer

Strategic Analysis Manager
Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C
Alumni Testimonials_Britta Jansen

"The CBS is an internationally oriented and very practically orientated university which prepared me very well for the professional world through the compulsory internship, the courses offered and the required project/group work."

Britta Jansen

HR Business Partner
HRS Group
Alumni Testimonials_Neil Jordaan

"Many professors shared their professional business experience with us in class and were able to illustrate dry theory with practical examples. I also enjoyed the international atmosphere on campus."

Neil Jordaan

Global Content Manager
Bayer AG

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