How does a part-time degree course work?
The lectures during a part-time programme take place every fortnight, on Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays for part-time studies at CBS. The winter semester begins with a block weekend in September and runs until February. After the exam phase in February, the summer semester starts. The second exam phase follows in July and August is then lecture-free.
In addition to lecture times, you should plan enough time for studying. So, it may be worth considering to reduce your working hours if possible. Some employers find such further qualifications particularly good and support part-time studies, for example by subsidising the tuition fees, by offering the possibility to reduce the weekly working hours, or by offering additional unpaid leave.
A part-time course gives the students the opportunity to incorporate the content from the course directly into professional practice, which increases the learning effect.
How long does a part-time degree course take in Germany?
Since both part-time and full-time bachelor’s and master’s degrees have the same study content, the duration of part-time degree courses is a bit longer.
Part-time studies at CBS take 8 instead of 6 semesters, i.e., 4 years, to complete a bachelor’s degree. A part-time master’s programme lasts 6 instead of 4 semesters, i.e., 3 years.
Experience shows that these moderate extensions make sense and make it easier for students to successfully complete their courses.
The relatively short duration of the part-time courses at CBS is possible because the support is intensive. You take part in face-to-face lectures in small groups, you can exchange ideas with fellow students, and also use the many student services offered by CBS. You are therefore far less on your own than with pure distance learning. We are always there to support you.
Who are part-time study courses aimed at?
A part-time degree course is aimed at people who are successful in their profession. Those who take up such studies do not want to give up their current job. Either because the position is extremely attractive or because they love their jobs or because they are involved in the family business etc...
You can also use the part-time courses offered at CBS in Germany - as a purely part-time variant, without having a job alongside. This model is often used when pursuing a full-time degree is not possible. For example because of having to take care of children or relatives or having other obligations that do not allow participation in lectures during the day. You do not have to prove that you have a job in order to apply and be admitted to part-time degree courses at CBS.
The greatly reduced attendance phases, which are shifted to the weekends, also make it possible to live further away from the campus. This could save you the trouble of having to move to another city.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Part-time study programmes?
Part-time courses have many features that can be interpreted as an advantage or disadvantage at the same time - so it is a matter of personal preferences. For example, the longer duration of studies is superficially a disadvantage, but at the same time it is an advantage because it enables parallel work in a full-time or part-time position. The situation is similar to the lecture-free periods: In part-time studies at the CBS, the "semester break" is in August and is thus noticeably short. This does not correspond to the cliché of typical student life, but the aim of part-time studies is to obtain a degree while working in the shortest possible time.
Should I study Part-time or full-time: how to decide?
There are borderline cases where both studying full-time and part-time are possible. This is the case, for example, if the current job is neither particularly enjoyable nor particularly attractively paid. In this case, the combination of full-time studies plus a student trainee job can be quite interesting. This is relatively common among bachelor's students. With the part-time master’s programme, a lot depends on the phase of life you are in. Since you already have a bachelor’s degree and are perhaps already working in an exciting job, a part-time master’s degree is often the more interesting choice. The situation is different if your current job offers few prospects and you want to qualify for more interesting professions with a master’s degree. The same applies if your employer doesn't like your plans to study part-time and the accompanying reduction in commitment to your job that comes with itit. In that case, a combination of full-time studies and a part-time job would be more interesting. Remember: Your personal goal is to graduate. Think about how you can best get there. If you are unsure: Our study advisors will be happy to help you make a decision!
Studying part-time in Germany: What are the requirements?
The same admission requirements apply for part-time studies as for full-time studies. For a bachelor’s degree, the university entrance qualification is required, for a master’s degree, a first university degree in the appropriate subject area. As CBS is a business school, previous economic knowledge is required for the master’s programmes. You also need the appropriate language skills, especially for the English-language study programmes.
What if you want to study a business administration master’s degree part-time at CBS, but your bachelor’s degree contained little or no business administration knowledge? In this case, we can put together a preparation programme for you so that you have the necessary qualifications when you start your studies. An intensive course during the summer months may be sufficient. Have your documents checked by our study advisory teams and we will put together a programme for you. A fast-track MBA in 3 trimesters can also be an exciting alternative to part-time study.