Part-time MBA Program

#6 worldwide for career progress / Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking

Part-time MBA

Program Start

Spring: Study location Leipzig or Cologne

Entry Requirements

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

Program Length

24-30 months including the Global Immersion Seminar in Boston

Language of Instruction

100% English

Study Locations



About 30 students per class, average age: 34
30% international students

International Perspective

Global Immersion Seminar in Boston
Over 120 partner universities
Study abroad and double degree options

Special Track

Health Care Services


Financial Times Executive MBA Ranking 2015:
#1 in Germany for Salary Increase post MBA
Top 5 in Germany

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



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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.

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 (including study rooms, library and cafeteria) of the Hochschule Fresenius.

New 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

Class Profile

A truly diverse student body

What makes our program really unique is the network of participants in each class with very heterogeneous backgrounds, sharing similar goals on the path to success.

Your classmates have different backgrounds in terms of culture and education and bring extensive life and work experience into the classroom to make the program an international and multicultural meeting place. Students in the current classes are coming from all over the world (e.g. Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Israel, Italy, Peru, Sweden and Switzerland).

Class Statistics

Average age: 35
Age range: 27 - 54
Class size: 30 - 40
Percentage of woman: 30 %
Average work experience: 9 years
Percentage of international students: 30 % (from countries like: Bulgaria, Brazil, Israel, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA)

Sectors in which our students work


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 130 partner universities across all continents. The opportunity to take courses or a full term abroad(Study Abroad – Advanced Management Module with 12 ECTS), to participate in international short programs such as Summer Schools are just some of the offered options.


"Studying while working full-time is quite a challenge, so the program should be selected wisely. I chose the part-time MBA at HHL because of the frequent lectures, the family style atmosphere, and the excellent networking opportunities. My exchange to IE Business School in Madrid completed my MBA and offered me the opportunity to join one of the most popular and international MBA programs in Europe and to study amongst young entrepreneurs from all-around the world. This flexibility is essential to a good part-time program!"

Carlo Gläser, MBA alumnus, Senior Consultant Capgemini


Focus on the student

HHL’s Career Service provides a highly individual career service.
You know what you want – a rewarding and challenging career with potential for promotion.
We know how to assist you to achieve this goal by bringing important business contacts and career advancement opportunities directly to you.

Individual Career StrategyIndividual Counseling Sessions
Career Potential Analysis
Career Plan Writing
Application PreparationCV & cover letter writing
Interview preparation
Case study training
Job SearchHHL Online Recruiting Platform
Résumé Book
Access to HHL Network and Corporate Partners


"After several years gaining professional experience in different branches, I was seeking a new challenge where I can also develop my personal skills. I am fascinated to be a member of an international class of ambitious individuals with a variety of backgrounds and experience. I personally believe that this is one of the biggest advantages of the program offered by HHL. To build up a network with an international focus also helps to improve intercultural competencies. Both the school and the program fit in with the things I have done in my professional career, but even more with the things I would like to do in the future. The part-time MBA-Program at HHL allows me to directly apply newly-gained insights in my daily work"

Dr. Susanne Goldammer, MBA alumna 2012, Head of B&T Operations Russia Linde AG


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 14, 2016.

If you are interested in joining the MBA Classes Intake March 2016, please send us your application documents as soon as possible and get in contact with Petra Spanka, Tel. 0341 9851 730, e-mail: petra.spanka(at)

Entry Test Dates

HHL Entry Test dates 2015 in Leipzig & Cologne

Individual test dates possible. Please contact Petra Spanka (petra.spanka(at) / T. (+49) 341 98 51-730)

Fees & Financing

A worthwhile investment

The tuition fee for the complete part-time MBA Program is EUR 33,000. Candidates who apply for the program by October 31 will benefit from a fee reduction of 2,000 Euro. 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. 

The fee includes all educational services, course material as well as half board. 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: the tuition fees for the MBA Program as well as study-related costs (incl. travel and accommodation) 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 1,000 to secure your place in the program within 4 weeks after the Admission decision. The remaining costs will be paid in two installments in the beginning of each study year.

Financing options

Once you are admitted at HHL you can apply for a student loan and various education funds. Please refer to the following information about financing options.


"The part-time MBA at HHL combines high-caliber international and professional business education with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In my endeavor to grow and develop my small organization, I profit greatly from this approach. In particular, I value the integrated curriculum and the familiar atmosphere of the program. I am especially grateful for the financial support I receive from Sächsische Aufbaubank and Deutschlandstipendium, without which I would not be able to manage being a mother, a part-time student, and a full-time entrepreneur simultaneously. Nurtured by such positive circumstances, I intend to use my HHL experience to create an innovative organization with the goal of improving social justice and sharing the compassion and support I have received here."

Victoria Dressel, part-time MBA alumna, Art Director, Artroom Leipzig

Alumni & Network

Build your high performance network at HHL

At HHL we offer more than just a degree. Your personal experience with classmates and professors will last a lifetime. Our alumni are ambassadors for HHL worldwide, representing dozens of countries and a variety of high-value industries.

They often hold executive managerial positions; below you find a few examples of companies and positions with HHL Alumni:

Selected HHL start-ups

At HHL, you find a truly entrepreneurial spirit. Entrepreneurship is an integral part of the curriculum.

More than 160 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.

HHL Alumni in the world

HHL alumni are working around the globe; they join our local and regional chapters and meet on a regular basis for networking as well as for cultural activities and educational events (e.g. HHL Alumni Talks).

Special Track

Management Competencies for the Health Sector

Doctors and managing directors are faced with the necessity to correctly understand various economic circumstances and their correlation as well as to employ innovative management instruments. With the help of the track "Health Care Services", participants will learn about solution-oriented concepts and the ways to implement them in their institutions based on the best practice examples from Germany and abroad. The track will also present ways of using different proven methods from industry, commerce and service sectors in hospitals and other health care institutions.

This track is especially designed for experienced candidates working in the health sector (Doctors, Executives/Managers in hospitals and rehab facilities, health care institutions and organizations, medical and pharmaceutical companies) who are seeking to complement their previous education.


Any questions? We are here for you!

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

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

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The diversity and quality of the HHL community create a stimulating atmosphere. From sports to culture, HHL students are engaged in a wide range of enriching activities.

Exploring Leipzig

Leipzig enjoys a long and remarkable history as a city of merchants and scholars. It is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with attractions and opportunities waiting to be explored. You can choose from over 900 bars, cafés and restaurants; more than 67 museums, galleries and exhibitions and a total of 35 theaters, stages and concert halls. Come and explore for it yourself! Your stay in Leipzig will be a memorable experience.

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Accreditation & Rankings

Among the leading EMBA
programs worldwide

Top 3 in Germany

#2 in Europe for salaries

#6 worldwide for career progress

Favorite business school
in Germany