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Full-time MBA Program

Excellent career perspectives & immediate ROI

Full-time MBA


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program length

Fast Track: 15 months
Advanced Track: Up to 21 months including an optional term abroad or an internship

Language of instruction

100% English

Program Start


Entry Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of 180 ECTS

Substantial postgraduate work experience

Very good English skills (e.g. TOEFL)


Application Deadlines

January 31 - deadline for Early Bird rate
May 30 - non-EU candidates 
June 30 - EU candidates and remaining non-EU candidates not requiring a German visa

Tuition Fees

EUR 29,000 (whole MBA program/incl. term abroad)
EUR 27,000 (Early Bird rate)



Financing Options

Student loans



35-40 students per class, average age: 29
80% international students

International Perspective

Over 120 partner universities
Double degree options


Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2014:
#6 for career progress worldwide

Financial Times European Business School Rankings 2014:
Top 3 MBA in Germany

trendence Graduate Barometer 2015:
Germany’s favorite business school

Founder's Association for German Science Start-up Radar 2013:
Germany’s best entrepreneurial university



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Program Structure

Flexible structure: An MBA tailored to your needs

HHL’s flexible and innovative MBA Program is designed to prepare effective and responsible business leaders and entrepreneurs for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The program offers international experiences and focuses on developing your leadership talents and management skills. Our program offers you the greatest flexibility and you have two programs to choose from.

Fast Track vs. Advanced Track

The “Fast Track”, particularly designed for candidates with substantial work experience, allows you to acquire the essential knowledge and skills and to return to work as soon as possible. The “Advanced Track” gives you the opportunity to take additional electives and offers you other options such as an internship or a term abroad, and is best suited for candidates who wish to spend more time building a professional network or concentrate on certain disciplines. The Advanced Track will also let you spread out your schedule to allow a better balance between your study and private life.

Here is a quick overview of the program features in both tracks:

Fast TrackAdvanced Track
Best for:Graduates with a min. of 210 ECTS or
extensive postgraduate work experience

Career enhancers
Young professionals with 3+ years of
postgraduate work experience

Career switchers or future entrepreneurs
Program features:15 months

*Selected elective courses
Up to 21 months

*Advanced elective courses
*Internship or term abroad option
*Advanced German courses

Core Modules

Accounting for Businesses People Management
Corporate & Business Finance Foundations of International Business
Business Economics Ethics & Governance
Soft Skills Managing Customer Relationships & Supply Chains
Strategy & Organizations Entrepreneurial Management

Elective Modules

Corporate Management Negotiation & Public Relations
Advanced Business EconomicsAdvanced Marketing Management
Management & IT Creating & Leading Organizations
Advanced AccountingStudent Consulting Project
Advanced Corporate FinanceAdvanced General Management I
Management TechniquesAdvanced General Management II

German Language Courses

If you are interested in German companies after graduation, it is never too early to start learning German. As statistic shows, employers in Germany very often require good language skills from MBA graduates and even if you are not planning to stay, why not use the time spent in Leipzig to practice a new language.

At HHL, you will have an opportunity to choose from several courses running throughout the program. For those who want to use the lecture-free time to study the language more intensively, there is an intensive beginner course offered in August. You will find the detailed information about our language courses in the downloads at the end of this section. 

For registration please use: germancourse(at)hhl.de.

Student Consulting Projects

Within the module “Student Consulting Projects” you have the chance to take on the role of a company consultant and apply the concepts you have learned to actual business practice. By working on a field (consulting) project, you will gain insights into high-performing companies and help them solve critical business issues. HHL offers you a variety of challenging projects, with multinational companies as well as start-ups and local companies, e. g.


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 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.


“HHL is an institution that shares some of my core values as a scholar. It builds the connection between academic scholarship, theoretical development, and real world practice. That is one of the hallmarks of a business school.”
Prof. Michael E. Porter, PhD
Honorary Doctor of HHL Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School, USA

“Our full-time MBA Program offers an innovative and flexible program structure which covers all functional areas of modern business. This ensures a learning environment that combines state-of-the-art courses with practical experience to prepare you best for your leadership challenges ahead.”
Professor Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler
Academic Director of the MBA Programs, Chair of Financial Management

Class Profile

The most diverse and international class

At HHL we charish diversity as a global business imparative. From the very beginning of the program, the class bonds together by sharing experiences and interacting in a dynamic learning environment: a melting pot of cultural, academic and professional backgrounds.

The variety of students in our MBA program provides you with an understanding of your future workplace: the globe. Your classmates will come from all over the world. They will have earned academic degrees and gained practical experience in very diverse fields, such as architecture, communication, education, engineering, IT, law, linguistics, medicine, business administration or psychology.

Your MBA class at a glance

Average age: 29
Age range: 25 - 45
Class size: 35 - 40
Percentage of woman: 30 %
Average work experience: 5 years
Percentage of international students: 80 %
Average number of countries represented: 15




“I have chosen HHL because of its straight focus on entrepreneurship. Moreover it has a very good reputation and is accredited by AACSB and ACQUIN. That shows that HHL provides high caliber education. Moreover the full-time MBA classes are very diverse. My class is a mixture of more than 14 different nations! This is a great experience and also highly increases my sense of cultural distinctions. These experiences will help me a lot in my future career.”

Jana Walther, MBA alumna


Outside the box – gain international experience

International competence is essential for a business leader. Global partnerships are therefore one of HHL’s key assets. We serve our selective number of students with over 120 partner universities around the globe.

In order to keep abreast of current international, social, and economic challenges, a term abroad is offered in the 5th or 6th term in the MBA curriculum.

Second Degree Options

We also offer a second degree option with selected partner universities. Within this option you have the opportunity to earn an additional degree at one of these institutions.

Opting for a second degree will cause an extension of the standard period of study as well as additional costs.
The places are limited and will be allocated within the regular nomination process of all outgoing students by using the student ranking.
The master thesis must be written at the home university. The final transcripts will be handed out to you by the home university after completing both programs.

Please note that as an HHL student you have ample time to decide on your study abroad destination or your second degree option as the placement will be done at the end of your first term at HHL.

MBA students who would like to earn a second degree have to choose the semester abroad as an elective and then continue their studies as long as necessary to earn the second degree abroad.

If you are interested in a second degree you have to meet the following requirements:

  • GMAT score of at least 600
  • Meet the qualifications set by the partner university regarding minimum age and/or work experience and language skills.

HHL Partner Universities with Second Degree Options
Australia - University of Adelaide
Costa Rica - INCAE, Alajuela
France - ESC Grenoble
France - ESC Montpellier
France - ESC Toulouse
France - Audencia Nantes
Japan - Nagoya University of Commerce
Norway - BI Norwegian Business School
Peru -Universidad esan
Taiwan - National Chengchi University, Taipeh
USA - Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, New Orleans


Your path to success – career service tailored for your needs

An individual Career Service at HHL is regarded as a key element to our students' success. From the date of admission to the MBA program to the placement of a successful job application – we will support you in planning your next career step.

Career Service

Leading international firms regularly recruit HHL graduates on campus – both for internships and permanent positions. Therefore, many of the students have several employment offers, even before graduation. Our service does not end with your HHL graduation. We continue to support our graduates with our postgraduate career service.

Placement Statistics

HHL has a record of placing graduates with prominent firms including Accenture, BASF, Bertelsmann, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, Henkel, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, OC&C Strategy Consultants, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, RWE, Siemens, Triumph, ZS Associates and many German medium-sized companies.

Start-up Opportunities

More than 150 start-ups have been founded by HHL graduates in the last 13 years making HHL one of the most entrepreneurial business schools in Germany.

Selected by the Financial Times as #1 school for Entrepreneurship in 2011 and 2012, HHL is developing its entrepreneurial activities even further, supporting all interested students in already developing their business ideas in the course of the program.

We regularly invite entrepreneurs as well as investors and other key players of the start-up scene to share their experiences with our students. Additionally, the student initiative Accelerate regularly organizes visits to start-up companies.

Selected HHL start-ups

HHL Success Stories

At HHL, we offer more than just a degree from one of the best business schools in Europe. We work hard to foster a strong network of contacts and sustainable friendships. Beyond the campus, there is a “worldwide web” of over 1,500 dedicated alumni and sponsors, working in and representing dozens of countries, and a variety of high-value industries. They hold executive managerial positions and donate their personal time and expertise, as well as financial support to further strengthen HHL and its mission.


“Having worked in commercial real estate in the US for most of my career, I was looking for options to move into a new field while continuing to live in Europe. Through connections that were established due to HHL’s strong Entrepreneurship program, and the alumni network, I am now working at trivago GmbH, a leading international travel platform.”
Jonathan Eichelberger, USA
MBA class 2011, Strategy and Business Development, Trivago GmbH, Germany

“The full-time MBA at HHL was a very special experience for me. The challenging academic and international business environment, experienced faculty members and classmates from all over the world made the program truly unique. Thanks to the structure of small classes, one of the most important characteristics of the program, participants learn both from professors as well as their classmates.”
Onur Köksal, Turkey
MBA class of 2003, CFO, Atasun Optical, Turkey

“The MBA helped me to enhance knowledge and skills in standard business disciplines in addition to experiencing fields that were completely new to me. I particularly enjoyed entrepreneurial disciplines, not only in theory but also by testing the practical worth of new ideas we developed. The combination of this high class academic program, the international experience and the practical knowledge I had before the studies are the foundation of my professional development.”
Denis Ranke, Germany
MBA class of 2011, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Marketplaces Germany, eBay GmbH, Germany


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

Admission to HHL’s 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 September.

We operate a rolling admission process. Once you have submitted your application, a member of the Admissions Committee will inform you if you have been selected for an interview, either via Skype or – if you are in Germany – at HHL. Once the committee has arrived at its final decision, you will be informed immediately.

Admission Criteria

  • A completed Bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university
  • Postgraduate work experience. On average, students in our full-time MBA program have five 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. It is important that you assess your readiness when deciding to apply for an MBA: there is no universal "right" time.

Application Documents

Applicants have to submit the following application documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Final transcript and a degree certificate of all completed degree programs*
  • Proof of a minimum of 3 years relevant practical work experience*
  • Proof of very good English skills (e.g. TOEFL of 96+ ibt)
  • 2 letters of recommendation*
  • GMAT/GRE result*
  • Passport photo

* Please see FAQs section to learn more about application documents and how you can submit them

No application fee is required.

Application Deadlines

April 1: all applicants applying for an MBA program and an MBA scholarship
May 30: remaining non-EU applicants
June 30: remaining EU applicants and those non-EU applicants not requiring a visa to Germany

Please note that we are still considering relevant applications for the program start in September. Should you wish to be considered for this intake, we strongly encourage you to contact our student recruiter and send your application as soon as possible via our application platform.

Fees & Financing

A worthwhile investment

The tuition fee for the complete full-time MBA Program is EUR 29,000. Candidates who apply for the program by January 31st, 2015 will benefit from a fee reduction of 2,000 Euro. The fee includes all educational services including online course material as well as the term abroad at one of our partner universities. Transportation, accommodation and insurance are not included. Our track record shows that the MBA degree from HHL will provide you with exceptional career opportunities that will make your financial investment well worthwhile.
Information for taxpayers in Germany (also applies to international MBA graduates working in Germany after graduation): the tuition fees for the MBA Program are tax deductible as anticipated professional expenses. For detailed information please contact your legal tax advisor.

Payment Terms

After you have been admitted to HHL, we ask that you make a deposit of EUR 2,000 to secure your place in the program. The remaining costs will be paid in several installments throughout the course.

Here is an example of your possible payment plan:

  • 1st payment of 2,000 Euro – due 4 weeks after admission
  • 2nd payment of 9,000 Euro – due October 1st of the first year
  • 3rd payment of 9,000 Euro – due March 1st of the following year
  • 4th payment of 9,000 Euro – due September 1st of the following year

Financing Options and Scholarships

We believe and have the proven record that your HHL degree will provide you with extraordinary career opportunities that make your financial investment well worthwhile. However, we are aware of your financial situation as a young professional and support you in financing your studies.

We offer several scholarships to outstanding MBA candidates. For more information, please refer to the financing options page.

Women in Business Scholarship

To support excellent female candidates applying for the MBA program, HHL would like to award several additional scholarships worth up to 15 000 Euro. For more information about the scholarship, please refer to our financing options page or download the scholarship flyer.


“Thanks to financial support from HHL and KARL-KOLLE-Scholarship, I can concentrate on what is important and why I came to HHL and Germany – to get business education at one of the best European business schools in order to achieve my future goals.”

Lubica Valentova, MBA class of 2013

“I appreciate the scholarship “Women in Business” because it offers me big financial relief in the first place. Furthermore, this special scholarship shows not only the recognition of my achievement as a business woman, but also the positive sign from HHL towards equality. Females can be as successful as males in academic area as well as business world, though this is not always perceived as truth. Therefore, it is great that HHL gives credit to the business women and motivate them to further develop themselves. I would like to encourage business ladies to pursue the MBA study at HHL as well as applying for this scholarship as it is all about recognition, motivation and confidence – which we need for our future career." 

Christine Zhang (China), MBA class of 2014

Ask a Student

Our students are happy to talk to you

If you would like to get in touch with one of our students to ask about their experiences at HHL feel free to email the following MBA students.

Simon M. Dornscheidt (MBA class of 2011)

Simon M. Dornscheidt (MBA class of 2011)
MBA student, HHL, Germany
Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH), University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf

"HHL is the best way to combine first-class education and a wide range of international experience. Lectures are structured perfectly, staff is great and your co-students will broaden your horizon. Think global, act local."

Rodrigo Murillo (MBA class of 2008)

Rodrigo Murillo (MBA class of 2008)
MBA student, HHL, Germany
Master of Science in Engineering, University of Costa Rica / MBA, HHL and INCAE
Costa Rica

“Studying my MBA at HHL really broadened my perspective about the world, strengthening abilities to become an international executive.  As a Latin American, born and raised in a business environment highly dependable on people´s skills and social networking, experiencing the richness of the structured and meticulous German environment, provided me with the complementing skills to grow as an integral professional and as a person.”

Martin Kempgen (MBA class of 2012)

Martin Kempgen (MBA class of 2012)
MBA student, HHL, Germany
M.A. Cultural Studies and History, Universität Leipzig

"Pursuing your MBA at HHL means studying at a top-ranked business school and in a highly international environment. All courses are related to practice and the staff really has a hands-on mentality. The program is challenging but the effort is worth it. Joining HHL will give your career a boost, broaden your professional horizon and you will become part of a unique community."

Salman Shamsi (MBA class of 2015)

Salman Shamsi (MBA class of 2015)
MBA student, HHL, Germany
Bachelor of Engineering, Sikkim Manipal University

“HHL gives me platform to analyse my knowledge and opinions of business practice in a scholarly atmosphere of elite professors, talented students and relevant case studies. It also gives me an opportunity to do internships to improvise my business practices by applying my learnings at HHL in a real business atmosphere.”

Roy Tuscano (MBA class of 2015)

Roy Tuscano (MBA class of 2015)
MBA student, HHL, Germany
Bachelor of Engineering, University of Mumbai

“Studying in HHL is unique experience. HHL is this world class institute and community at a same time where everyone is approachable and supportive.”

Contact & FAQ

Any questions? We are here for you!

We invite you to experience the spirit of HHL yourself by visiting us or by attending an open lecture (please contact us to schedule a visit). You can also talk to an HHL student and find out about their experience at HHL.

Raluca Modoiu
Manager Student Recruitment MBA
T +49 341 9851-889
F +49 341 9851-731
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does the full-time MBA Program only start in the fall?

Yes, you can join the full-time program in September of each year.

I can’t upload all the documents by the deadline. Can I send them later?

Some of the documents have to be submitted along with your application. Please make sure you have uploaded them and indicate when we can expect the rest. However, we encourage all candidates to submit their complete applications by the deadline, as late applications may not be considered. International candidates should complete their applications in a timely manner to allow enough time for visa processing.

Is GMAT mandatory?

The GMAT test is mandatory for the Full-time MBA applicants. Alternatively, HHL can accept the GRE test.
Our GMAT code is ZCB-P6-01. To register for the test, please visit the official GMAT website.

How do I submit my recommendation letters?

Please ask your referees to submit their recommendation letters to us directly. They can use the HHL template or write a recommendation in a free format. They can either email it to us (in this case, it should be scanned with the original signature and sent from the email account of the referee) or send it by mail to the following address:

HHL Admissions
Jahnallee 59
04109, Leipzig

In some cases, your referees may give their reference letters to you. Should this be the case, you may upload the letters to the online platform with the rest of your application. Please make sure that letters bear the original signature and contact information of the referees. In other cases please leave these fields in your application blank.

Work experience (only applicable to MBA candidates).

On average, students in our full-time MBA program have five years of work experience, ranging between three and twelve years. However, the minimum work experience cannot be shorter than 2 years in full-time. Please note that only postgraduate work experience can be considered. Exception from this rule is military service that can be accepted regardless of the time during which it was completed (please see additional information about military/social service in the next question).

Internships completed after bachelor studies graduation will be accepted as relevant work experience.

Part-time work/internships will be counted as half of their total duration (for example, part-time internship from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 will be counted as 6 months of work experience)

Any other practical experience after graduation from a bachelor level academic program might be considered by the MBA admissions team and we encourage candidates to include all information relevant to work experience in their application.

When can military service/social service be accepted as relevant work experience?

Military service can be accepted as work experience regardless of its duration and time of completion. If you have a certificate of completion of military service, please upload it in the respective field.

Social service can only be accepted as work experience if it was completed after university graduation, lasted at least 6 months and if you can provide a relevant certificate of completion. Please note: only official projects supported by relevant certificates can be recognized.

What is meant by „Proof of work experience“?

To determine your eligibility for the program, HHL requires that candidates submit a letter from their current/former employer(s) stating the length of their employment.
If your recommendation letter/s are provided by one of your employers with the length of your employment stated in the reference and the stated length exceeds the minimum work experience requirement, the recommendation letter will suffice and you can leave field „Proof of work experience“ blank.

Do I have to send a hard copy of my application to HHL or will the electronic application be sufficient?

Your electronic application is sufficient to apply for the MBA program. Please note, however, that we require certified copies of your university degree certificates and grade transcripts. In case you would like to upload uncertified copies of these documents online, they will be accepted and your application will be considered for admission, but we request that you either send the certified copies to us at a later point of time (by the start of your studies at the latest) or bring your original documents with you to HHL when you start your studies.

I would like to apply for HHL scholarships. When should I apply and what financial assistance options are there?

Applicants will be considered for financial assistance upon a formal application only. You can apply for scholarships after you have submitted your program application. Please keep in mind that the MBA program has an earlier deadline for those candidates who wish to be considered for scholarships and we encourage early applications in this case. Scholarship applications should be sent via email to Raluca Modoiu at raluca.modoiu(at)hhl.de
More information about financing options.

Am I required to speak German?

Though students do not have to speak German during the studies at HHL, solid language knowledge is a major benefit when looking for an internship or a job in Germany and Europe.

HHL offers German language classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers.

Is the program accredited or ranked?

Yes, HHL's full-time MBA program is accredited both in Germany and internationally, by AACSB and ACQUIN accreditation agencies.

What is the atmosphere at HHL and in Leipzig like?

HHL is a small and very selective graduate school located in a culturally vibrant city with half a million residents. Neighborhood parks, sports facilities, a zoo, jogging and biking paths offer great ways to relax and enjoy your free time.

More about life at HHL and in Leipzig.

Where will I be staying in Leipzig?

Most of HHL's students choose to rent a private apartment during their stay in Leipzig. Accommodation in Leipzig is very reasonable. All student dorms within Leipzig are rented out by the Studentenwerk Leipzig (institution governed by public law for the support of college and university students; maintains cafeterias, dormitories, administers student loans etc.) and are available to HHL students as well.

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Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 3 in Germany

#11 worldwide

#6 worldwide for career progress

Favorite business school
in Germany