Part-time MBA

Part-time MBA: Take the next step in your career!

Are you looking for new perspectives and ways of professional development? Are you ready to take the next step in your career? Do you want to advance not only professionally but also personally? HHL’s part-time MBA program offers practical management knowledge and vital leadership skills — offering framework conditions that are perfectly tailored to your professional commitments. At HHL, you will obtain an internationally recognized MBA degree from one of the most renowned and venerable business schools. This university-level Master’s degree will open up entirely new career options for you. Seize the opportunity to enter a new financially promising and fulfilling career path.

Program Overview

Program Start

  • Spring (March)

Program Structure

  • 24 months program length
  • 8-9 weekend courses + 1 residential week per year
  • Global Immersion Seminar in Boston for 1 week

Study Locations

  • Leipzig, Cologne

Language of Instruction

  • 100% English

Students

  • About 30 students per class
  • Average age: 33
  • 30% international students

International Perspective

  • Global Immersion Seminar in Boston
  • Over 135 partner universities
  • Study abroad and double degree options

Part-time MBA: Your benefits at a glance

  • Internationally recognized MBA degree from one of the leading and most venerable business schools
  • Focus on entrepreneurship and leadership
  • Future-oriented management knowledge with high practical relevance
  • New career prospects with high return on investment (ROI)
  • Professional individual career consulting — even after graduation
  • Perfect framework conditions to reconcile the MBA program with your job
  • Leipzig or Cologne: flexible choice between two study locations
  • Access to an active alumni network with valuable and reliable contacts
  • Collaborative learning with highly-motivated personalities from different countries and cultures, with various professional and academic backgrounds.
  • Family atmosphere, small study groups, professors who support and challenge each student individually

Initiating change

Completing a part-time MBA program at HHL is your key to positive change — both professionally and personally. Whether it’s moving into a new industry or a challenging management job, climbing the career ladder to a leadership position with high responsibility at your current job or starting your own company — many of our students were able to give their career and life a completely new direction. The key is extensive management knowledge and multi-faceted competencies of self-leadership and career management which we teach you as a part of your MBA program. This provides you with the necessary tools to follow a financially promising and also fulfilling career path.

HHL Testimonials

Samule Kermelk
CEO Heiterblick

As an engineer with first leading experience at Porsche I asked myself, how to improve my overall management capabilities and found HHL as a medium-sized and friendly but nevertheless success oriented school in Leipzig. The part-time MBA curriculum gave me the perfect blend of financial, marketing, leading an entrepreneurial knowledge, which inspired me to manage a whole company. Few month after finishing the MBA I started as CEO of a young start-up-like company, which is today growing and developing sustainably well. HHL gave me the knowledge, the instruments and the right mood for this big task!

Katrin Zeiler
Program Director DHL Innovation

You expect you will learn and enhance your future career but let me tell you: Your expectation will not be met, they will be exceeded! Your personality, the way you manage work and people, the way you see challenges and solve solutions will change forever – discover your inner entrepreneur you will not regret the journey!

Marcus Baumbach
CEO Peppermint

I think back enthusiastically to my time at HHL. It is the mix of knowledge and people from different nations and cultures, as well as the mix of theory and practice, that made us fit for global action.

Discovering new career prospects

You know what you want — an exciting, fulfilling and successful career. And we know how to support you best along the way. Our Career Development Team was recently voted into the top 5 — worldwide! — in the latest edition of the Financial Times Ranking. It didn’t happen by chance; our experienced psychologists and career experts have developed a special mix of one-on-one coaching sessions, personality tests and workshops. Together, we’ll find out what your strengths are, how you can build upon them and which career options suit you best. There’s a good reason for that. If you lead yourself in an effective manner and pursue authentic, meaningful goals, you’ll be much more successful. You will also gain a lot more freedom to seize new professional opportunities. Plus: You’ll feel encouraged to change — an essential driving force for your career in the future. Our graduates are living proof of how important that is. The majority of them already sought new challenges while still studying or shortly after finishing. Many of them soon secured leadership and management positions, working, for instance, for the following companies:

Finding the ideal job

If you wish, our career experts will also accompany you through the application process. We will gladly review your résumé as well as prepare you for your job interviews, selection processes and salary negotiations. You will also have access to our global alumni network. We will also give you access to job ads and exclusive recruiting events with top-level companies on the HHL campus. We will put our heart and soul into enabling you to get the dream job which fits you perfectly and allows you to flourish. Even after your studies, we’re here for you, offering advice on all career-related questions. You are going to benefit from our career development and the HHL Community all your life!

The DNA of HHL

Responsible, entrepreneurially-minded, go-getter executives are in high demand in this volatile, ever-changing world. Therefore, our part-time MBA program focuses primarily on entrepreneurship and leadership. Both of these topics are written in HHL’s DNA. They are taught across subjects and practiced in an inspiring atmosphere. It’s not without reason that HHL is considered to be the prime hotbed for startups among the business schools and a trailblazer in Europe. It pays off for our students: The four unicorns — trivago, About You, Delivery Hero and Auto1Group — were all founded by HHL graduates. Want to find out more? Continue reading here.

The MBA program: future-oriented & innovative

The part-time MBA program is tailored to professionals and executives who are highly-motivated, have some initial professional experience and are planning the next step in their career. The program has a strong international emphasis and uses an innovative, integrated approach to develop your leadership and management competencies. One focal point is the promotion of your entrepreneurial mindset and actions with a close practical relevance. As a result, you will obtain an extensive body of knowledge, competencies and skills which will help you to solve even the most challenging management tasks in an interdisciplinary context. The program is divided into compulsory basic modules, more in-depth extension modules and your Master’s thesis. Look forward to a special highlight at the end of the program: the Global Immersion Seminar in Boston, MA, USA.

Time schedule part-time MBA program

Year 1Year 2
Course weeekends 9 Course weekends in Leipzig or Cologne
Friday 4.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Sunday 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
8 Course weekends in Leipzig or Cologne
Friday 4.00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.
Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Sunday 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Residential weeks Introduction week in SpringResidential week in Spring
Global Immersion Semniar in Boston in Fall

Studying on the job: Studying part-time

In HHL’s part-time MBA program, you take center stage. Everything is geared  towards you being able to reconcile your studies with your current professional challenges in the best possible way. It all starts with the study location. You choose if you want to complete your weekend classes in Leipzig or Cologne. Of course, we also make sure that your study periods are compatible with your job. Your MBA program takes two years and includes eight to nine weekends as well as one module week per year. During the module week, all students from both locations come together in Leipzig. They can share experiences, establish valuable contacts and benefit from a large network.

Compulsory modules:
Essentials & basis of success

Accounting and Finance, Leadership, International Business or Entrepreneurship — our compulsory modules will teach you all about the fundamental management disciplines. This not only includes the classic fields of business administration but also the development of your personal leadership competencies. We rely on practical instruction and interactive study methods as a part of this process. Case studies, simulations and group work help you to gain the necessary professional and personal security to complete leadership tasks in an international and interdisciplinary context.

Extension modules:
Consolidation & specialization

The extension modules allow you to tailor your MBA program to your professional focal points, personal career goals and individual development. You have a choice between seven different modules, of which you have to complete a minimum of four. If you decide for a term abroad, you will only have to complete three extension modules. How does that work? We offer you the chance to complete a term abroad at one of our 135 partner universities. This way, you can gain international and intercultural experience while still studying. One more tip: Our professors and Career Development Team gladly support you in selecting suitable modules. Just talk to us. We’re here for you! 

Compulsory modules

Accounting for BusinessesInternational BusinessCorporate & Business Finance
Economics & RegulationsSoft SkillsManaging Customer Relationships & Supply Chains
Strategy & LeadershipEntreperneurial Management

The Master’s thesis: The successful completion of your MBA program!

To complete your part-time MBA program, you will prepare a Master’s thesis. You will choose the topic of this academic paper together with our professors and lecturers. They will also be available to help you while you prepare the thesis. Within the framework of your Master’s thesis, which can be a company-related project or a business plan, you prove that you can apply the knowledge you obtained while studying practically and use it to solve significant issues and problems.

The highlight at the end: A week in Boston!

Look forward to a special highlight at the end of the part-time MBA program: the Global Immersion Seminar in Boston. Boston is not only one of the oldest cities in the United States but also the top center of entrepreneurship and innovation management. Numerous global enterprises and reputable educational institutions are located here. During your week in Boston, you will visit various leading international companies. You will also have the opportunity to talk to top-level managers. The lectures for the Global Immersion Seminar take place at renowned business schools such as Harvard Business School, Boston University School of Management or MIT. This will provide you with the latest in management knowledge from the world’s leading experts as well as valuable international experience and contacts.

Know-how from leading experts and renowned practitioners

Our experienced and committed professors will accompany you during your time at HHL. All of them are renowned experts in their respective fields and place great emphasis on teaching content in a descriptive and practical way. Moreover, you will benefit from the in-depth knowledge and experience of our international guest professors. From Canada, France, Belgium, the UK, Switzerland or India — our guest professors will enrich your program with an abundance of international expertise and different study methods. We also have many of our alumni returning to campus from all over the world as guest lecturers to provide the next HHL generation with valuable practical know-how and important tips for their career. To ensure the high practical relevance and combine the academic knowledge with the latest business know-how, you will also be taught by successful entrepreneurs, renowned consultants and experienced leadership personalities from the economy and society.

Our part-time MBA Program offers an innovative approach and ensures a learning environment that combines state-of-the-art courses with practical experience and real-life applications to prepare you best for your leadership challenges ahead.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schwetzler
Chair of Financial Management / Academic Director MBA Programs
Read his profile.

Advancing and pursuing careers together!

Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Sweden or Switzerland: The students from our part-time MBA program are from all over the world. They come from various cultural and professional backgrounds and work for some of the leading companies in different industries. They all have one thing in common: They are highly-motivated and wish to explore new professional perspectives and advance their career while on the job. From the very start, the participants are united by this common goal which is also the foundation of a reliable network for life.

Mutual support, real team work and intercultural competence are not just empty phrases but an important component of our MBA program. The HHL spirit is everywhere. And you will benefit from it twice. The internationality and diversity of our student body prepares you perfectly for your work in global enterprises and multinational teams. During your time at HHL, you will also form a strong network with close friendships and valuable international contacts which can open doors for your management career that otherwise might have remained closed.

Internationality as common practice

International, cosmopolitan and multifaceted — HHL is your gateway to the world. New York, Paris, Moscow, Stockholm, Singapore, Hong Kong or Sydney? At HHL, you have the chance to gain valuable international experience as a part of your part-time MBA program and complete a term abroad at one of our 135 partner universities worldwide.

Would you like to spend an entire term abroad? Or would you prefer to complete individual classes at renowned universities in other countries? How about an international short program such as summer school? Whatever you decide: HHL will help you to organize your studies abroad and remains your contact point while you complete the courses. Use this opportunity to expand your management skills and intercultural competencies. Explore new countries and cultures and establish important international contacts while still studying.

Prof. Dr. med. habil. Dr. h.c. Franz Fankhauser
CEO Augenzentrum Fankhauser AG

The formation and training at Leipzig HHL Business school for MBA not only was an inspiring, challenging and rewarding time but also a life changing experience. During the training the idea to start my own company was formed, enforced by the MBA thesis and supported by the teaching process to the point where I felt myself ready for a start-up. More than 10 years after leaving my job as director of a public clinic and starting my own business I look back to success, tears and challenges, just as anticipated, but also down to a fully running and successful company and forward into the great looking future making me grateful and proud of what I had the privilege to learn and apply.

Jenny Jeskanen
Global Project Lead Merck KGaA

The Part-time MBA at HHL is a top-level program that equipped me extensively in creative thinking and business knowledge, enhanced managerial skills and fast-tracked development as a leader. It was enriching to complete it with other ambitious professionals from diverse backgrounds and industries. The program covers numerous topics with high academic standards and international focus. The discussions and teamwork enabled us to apply our practical experiences within the program. Highly recommend!

Andreas Abt
Vice President R&D TRUMPF Hüttinger GmbH + Co. KG

I would not be where I’m today without the MBA from HHL. As an engineer and project manager I was good at getting things done on a product and department level. However, to progress in my career I needed to learn answering strategic questions. That is what I learned at HHL besides many other things. I learned to look at innovation and business from a strategic perspective. Operations, getting things done,  is still a major part of my daily work. But developing a plan on how to sustainably grow in existing and new markets in a dynamic environment under permanent competitive pressure takes a huge part of my mental capacity too.

Our student initiatives

Conferences, workshops, sports events or social commitment — at HHL, students can participate in various student initiatives. This promotes social cohesion and offers new insight, fresh ideas and valuable contacts. Would you like to get involved?

Leipzig or Cologne? Your choice!

Leipzig or Cologne? Both of these cities offer the perfect infrastructure for your part-time MBA program. All weekend classes take place at the study location of your choice. And just in case you should be unavailable on one of these weekends, you can retake the unit at our second study location. We’ll see you on the HHL campus in Leipzig for the residential weeks. All participants of the part-time MBA program come together here which gives you even more opportunities to network and share experiences.

Not only the cities of Leipzig and Cologne are exceptional but also the actual study locations.In Leipzig, you’ll obviously study on the HHL campus. And in Cologne, you’ll benefit from the many advantages of the state-of-the-art STARTPLATZ, located directly at MediaPark, which is known far beyond the startup scene.

Main campus in Leipzig: The HHL campus is centrally located, yet quiet and green. Only a few minutes from the city center and on the banks of the Elster river, the campus is a popular stomping ground for students from all over the world. Here you’ll experience an inspiring multicultural atmosphere and the true campus feeling.

Study location Cologne: Our study location in Cologne is situated at STARTPLATZ in MediaPark. STARTPLATZ is the no. 1 incubator and also a popular venue for the startup community in the Rhein-Main region.

Apply now and invest in your career

For the part-time MBA program, we strive for a class structure that represents a variety of cultures, nationalities, individual interests and professional backgrounds. We therefore attach great importance to a careful and personal selection process. In addition to your academic background, we also pay attention to your professional career to date, your personality, motivation and career ambitions.

Do you suit HHL? And does HHL suit you? Let’s find out together! Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will find out if you have been selected for a personal admission interview with an HHL professor. The interview will be conducted either on Skype or directly at HHL. After we have received all your application documents and the test result (HHL Entry Test or GMAT), the admission committee will make its final decision — and let you know straight away. Our advice: The earlier you apply, the sooner you will learn about our decision and can plan your next steps!

Would you like to join the next part-time MBA class?

Then apply now!

  • A completed first degree in any discipline from a recognized university
  • Postgraduate work experience. On average, students in our part-time MBA program have seven years of work experience. 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.

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

As an applicant you have to hand in the following documents to be able to submit your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Final transcript and degree certificate (equivalent to min. 180 ECTS )
  • Portrait Photo

Further application documents are (can be submitted during the application process):

  • Proof of a minimum of 3 years relevant practical work experience
  • 2 letters of recommendation (HHL rcommendation template or informal letter either in German or English)
  • Proof of very good skills in English (e.g. TOEFL)
  • HHL Entry Test (alternatively GMAT/GRE)

The next Part-time MBA Classes (study location Leipzig or Cologne) are starting on March 18, 2019.

September 30: Early bird application deadline
January 15: Final application deadline

An MBA from HHL: Professional development pays off!

The part-time MBA program offers you the opportunity to pursue a financially promising and fulfilling career path. So you will benefit from the investment in your tuition in more ways than one.

Analyzing the worldwide MBA market comprehensively brought me to the conclusion  that HHL is, without any doubt, one of the leading business schools in Europe. My expectations were fully met. The profound and state-of-the-art management education at HHL has had a sustainable effect on my career development. After a part-time MBA, I completed my doctoral thesis at the Chair of Marketing Management under Prof. Dr. Manfred Kirchgeorg. Today I am very happy about the very intensive relationship with HHL. I can exchange my practical experience in guest lectures and think tanks with the students and play an active role.

Dr. Marc Schumacher
Managing Partner Liganova

What you need to know about tuition fees.

The tuition fees for the complete part-time MBA program which starts in spring are EUR 38,000. Candidates who apply for the program by September 30 will benefit from a fee reduction of EUR 2,000. The early bird discount is offered to those who have uploaded all mandatory documents and submitted their application by this deadline and have successfully passed the interview as well as the HHL Entry Test by the end of October. In order to qualify for the early bird discount, the payment of the commitment fee must be transferred by the end of November.  The tuition fees include all educational and examination services as well as course material and catering during the course weekends. The Global Immersion Seminar in Boston is as well, while transportation and accommodation are not included.

And, of course, the fees do not have to be paid in one lump sum. You will pay your tuition fees in several instalments— spread out over your entire study period. For more information, please see our payment terms.

One more important note:
Your tuition fees are tax-deductible as an anticipated income-related expense. Check out our brochure for tips. Please contact your own tax consultant for further details.

Payment terms: Pay your tuition fee step by step!

After you have been admitted to HHL, we ask that you make a down payment of EUR 2,000 to secure your place in the part-time MBA program. The remaining costs will have to be paid in two installments at the beginning of the first and second study year. Quarterly payments are also possible upon request.

Do you have any other questions regarding tuition fees and financing? Contact us straight away. We’re happy to help.

Financing options

We gladly support you in financing your studies. Various financing options are available. We also offer scholarships for particularly committed and outstanding applicants. How do you obtain a scholarship? Win us over not just with your excellent academic record but also your personality.

Petra Spanka
Senior Manager Student Recruitment MBA

Benefit from HHL’s global network!

HHL offers not only an academic degree from one of the most renowned and venerable business schools but also an invaluable global network of experts, classmates and supporters. It is where important business contacts and lifelong friendships are established.

Our alumni are particularly active and closely linked. They are represented in over 70 countries. HHL alumni include the founders of the four unicorns of trivago, Auto1, Delivery Hero and About You as well as many leading executives from major consulting firms and international enterprises. Our alumni support each other and future graduates in many different ways. But there’s even more: Many often return to campus to share their knowledge with the latest HHL generation in presentations or workshops or directly recruit people for their company. What companies are these? Here you will find a few examples of well-known companies in which our alumni have leading positions:

During or after your studies — as a participant of the part-time MBA program you will benefit not only from our alumni network but also the numerous student initiatives, such as the annual Accelerate@HHL Conference, the TEDxHHL Talk or the Venture Capital Club. You will also have access to guest lectures and recruiting events with representatives from top-level international companies such as Amazon, Accenture, BMW, Bosch, Deloitte, check24, Mister Spex, Porsche, Roland Berger, Xing and many others.

Any questions? We’re here for you!

Would you like to get to know the campus, our students, professors and the HHL team better? You are very welcome to visit us in Leipzig or Cologne. Use the opportunity to talk to students, attend a lecture by one of our professors or speak with the experts from our Career Development Service about your career options. Just contact us. We’re happy to help!

Petra Spanka
Senior Manager Student Recruitment MBA