Part-time MBA Program

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Part-time MBA


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program Length

24-30 months including the Global Immersion Seminar in Boston

Language of Instruction

100% English

Program Start

Spring (intake Cologne or Leipzig)

Entry Requirements

First degree in any field
At least 3 years postgraduate work experience
Very good English skills
HHL Entry Test (or GMAT)


About 30 students per class, average age: 35
30% international students

International Perspective

Global Immersion Seminar in Boston
Over 130 partner universities
Double degree options


Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2016:
#2 for Salary Increase post MBA in Germany
#15 for Career Progress worldwide

Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2015:
#33 in Europe
Top 3 in Germany

trendence Graduate Barometer 2015:
Germany’s favorite business school

Founder's Association for German Science Start-up Radar 2013:
#1 in Germany as best entrepreneurial university



Intake March 2017

Part-time MBA offered in Cologne and Leipzig

The part-time MBA Program is especially designed for middle management professionals with a high potential who are seeking to complement and enhance their previous qualification while continuing working. The program is perfectly structured to meet your individual needs and interests. The schedule is a balance of on-and-off-campus learning combined with intensive weeks of lectures and consists of residential weeks and weekend courses.

For the Spring intake Cologne all 17 weekend courses will be held in Cologne, the 2 residential weeks in spring of the first and second study year will take place at HHL in Leipzig, whereas the international study week is scheduled in Boston.

Further details about the MBA Program.

Study Locations

It is your choice - where do you want to study?

You can choose whether you want to study the program in Leipzig or in Cologne. Your weekend courses take place at the chosen study location whereas the two complementary residential weeks always take place at HHL's main campus in Leipzig. For the weekend courses in Cologne HHL uses the infrastructure and rooms of the STARTPLATZ Cologne.

Study location Cologne

Besides the regular Spring intake in Leipzig we also offer the parallel Spring intake in Cologne. For the Spring intake Cologne all 17 weekend courses will be held in Cologne, the 2 residential weeks in spring of the first and second study year will take place at HHL in Leipzig, whereas the international study week is scheduled in Boston.

Students have the possibility to choose whether they want to study the program in Cologne or in Leipzig. With this flexibility we will make our programs more attractive for students from all parts of Germany, who want to earn an HHL MBA degree while working.

The new study location Cologne allows candidates from regions in the western part of Germany, on the one hand, to build up a network with their fellow students, who study at the campus in Leipzig, and on the other hand, to benefit from reduced travelling time.

Both study locations


An innovative curriculum tailored to accelerate your career

HHL’s innovative MBA Program is perfectly structured to meet your individual needs and interests. The program is especially designed for middle management professionals with a high potential who are seeking to complement their previous education. Program duration is 24 months. The schedule is a balance of on-and-off-campus learning combined with intensive weeks of lectures.

The program offers international experiences and uses an integrated approach to focus on developing your leadership talent and management skills. It is a well designed combination of core modulesadvanced modules and the final Master thesis and encompasses 90 ECTS credits in total.

Students who achieved less than 210 ECTS in their first degree could apply for approval of relevant work experience. We recommend an early application.

Main elements of the part-time MBA Program

Core modules

The core modules introduce you to basic management concepts and functions. They ensure the development of skills needed to integrate multi-disciplinary perspectives when dealing with business issues.

Accounting for Businesses International Business
Corporate & Business FinanceEconomics & Regulations
Soft Skills Managing Customer Relationships & Supply Chains
Strategy & Leadership Entrepreneurial Management

Advanced modules

Our advanced modules in General Management provide you with cutting-edge management knowledge and skills; they are designed in an interdisciplinary manner with a focus on key management tasks (choose 4 out of 7 /or 3 out of 7 – if you take the Study Abroad-Advanced Management Module).

We are offering a variety of options

Negotiation & Public Relations Management & Accounting Techniques Creating New VenturesStudy Abroad – Advanced Management Organizations & People Marketing Management Global Immersion Seminar
Negotiation International Accounting Business, Modelling, Design and PlanningCourses at Partner Universities Management of Organizations International Marketing Simulation Global Immersion Seminar Boston / USA
Managing Public Relations Quantitative Managerial Techniques Human Resource Management E-Business

Alternatively students can choose the specialization in Health Care Services.

Navigating Health Care Systems Corporate Develop-ment for Health Care Service Providers Process & Quality Management for Health Care Service Providers Global Immersion Seminar
International Health Care Systems: Institutions & Regulations Strategic Management, Social Marketing & Corporate Communication Process & Project Management Global Immersion Seminar
International Benchmarking and Best Practice Management Cooperation, Networks and Mergers & Acquisitions Quality & Risk Management  

Master Thesis

The Master thesis (18 ECTS) is  a scholarly paper based on your management experiences and the management knowledge learned at HHL -  a good synthesis of theory and practice.

Global Immersion Seminar – gain international experience

At the end of the program we offer the Global Immersion Seminar, a challenging, international week to Boston: a center for traditional and innovative educational institutions and companies.

Lectures will take place at the world’s leading business schools, such as Harvard Business School, Boston University School of Management or MIT. In order to explore also the Boston’s leading role in entrepreneurship and innovation students will visit interesting institutions and companies, including discussions with the top management.

The MBA Faculty – world-class business and teaching experience

HHL's MBA faculty is a carefully selected combination of full-time resident professors and international guest professors from top universities who bring a wealth of international experience to the classroom.

They have taught at MIT, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of St. Gallen and other prestigious universities. They are at the forefront in their respective fields and enhance our reputation as a leading business school.

In order to bring together the academic element with the state-of-the-art business experience, several courses are taught by business professionals with an outstanding track record of expertise in their subjects.


Become a member of HHL: Join our next MBA class!

Admission to HHL’s part-time MBA program is highly competitive.
We carefully select a diverse student body, one that reflects a variety of backgrounds, cultures and nationalities, and covers a wide range of personal interests and professional ambitions.

Enrollment takes place once a year with studies beginning in March.
We operate a rolling admission process. The Admissions Committee evaluates and responds to an application within one month upon its receipt. The next round then involves an interview with an HHL professor.

Admission criteria

  • A completed first degree in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Postgraduate work experience. On average, students in our part-time MBA program have nine years of work experience, ranging between three and twelve years. However, more important than the length of your experience is the quality of your accomplishments. If you can demonstrate an exceptional maturity and your potential as a leader, we encourage you to apply.

Application documents

Please provide the following application documents by uploading them onto our online application platform.

Applicants have to submit the following application documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Final transcript and degree certificate
  • Proof of a minimum of 3 years relevant practical work experience
  • Proof of very good English skills
  • 2 letters of recommendation (HHL recommendation template or informal letter either in English or German)
  • HHL Admission Test or GMAT/GRE result
  • Passport photo

Application deadlines

The next Part-time MBA Classes (study location Leipzig or Cologne) are starting on March 19.

Application deadline is January 15.
Candidates who apply for the program by September 30, 2017 will benefit from a fee reduction of 3,000 Euro and by November 30, 2017 the fee reduction is EUR 2,000. The Early Bird Discount is offered to those who uploaded all mandatory documents and submitted their application by end of October and have successfully passed the interview as well as the HHL Entry Test by end of November. In order to qualify for the Early Bird Discount the payment of the Commitment fee must be received by end of December.

If you  have any question concerning your application or you are interested in an individual consultation please get in contact with Petra Spanka, Tel. 0341 9851 730, email: petra.spanka(at)

HHL Entry Test dates

HHL Entry Test dates in Leipzig and Cologne - please check Downloads and Links (HHL Entry Test) below for current test dates.


Any questions? We are here for you!

Study location Cologne
Anke Müller, MBA
Business Development Manager NRW/Rhein-Main/Benelux
T +49 221 16815214
F +49 341 9851-615

Study location Leipzig
Petra Spanka
Senior Manager Student Recruitment MBA
T +49 341 9851-730
F +49 341 9851-615

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Accreditation & Rankings

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programs worldwide

Top 5 in Germany

Most International University
in Germany

#1 for Entrepreneurship
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