Earning an MBA in Germany – A Rising Star in Business Education

Earning an MBA in Germany – A Rising Star in Business Education


As application season approaches, potential students around the world are narrowing their searches to find programs that perfectly fit their needs and interests. For those interested in earning a globally oriented MBA or Executive MBA, the first inclination is often to scan lists of programs located in the United States or United Kingdom. Yet, the number of well-renowned, high-quality business schools around the world has increased rapidly over the past decades, especially in countries such as Germany, where many programs are taught exclusively in English and include large percentages of international students.

Home to over a dozen top-notch business schools – both stand alone institutions and programs housed within universities – Germany has become a major destination for students seeking a first rate business degree. The list below offers an overview of the top business schools located in cities across the country, including Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich. Most programs are taught in English, though some are also offered in German. Language requirements differ by school and course, so be sure to check each program description for specifics. The list below does not reflect ranking, but instead is listed in alphabetical order.


  1. Cologne Business School
  2. EBS University of Business and Law
  3. ESMT – European School of Management and Technology
  4. Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  5. GGS German Graduate School of Management and Law
  6. Goethe Business School
  7. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  8. HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration
  9. Humboldt University Berlin, School of Business and Economics
  10. LMU Munich School of Management
  11. Mannheim Business School
  12. Munich Business School
  13. Münster School of Business Administration and Economics
  14. WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management


If you are interested in applying to one of these top institutions, take a look at our blog posts on English orGerman proficiency exams to know which tests you should take and how to prepare. To search through business schools around the globe, head to INOMICS, where you can also find hundreds of other graduate programs and jobs in your discipline.


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