WHU - Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management

Campus Düsseldorf
Erkrather Straße 224a
40233 Düsseldorf


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The Program

The MBA program (full-time and part-time) is an internationally oriented general management program that provides students from different industries and professions with the expertise to understand the interdisciplinary relationships of a company and to make sustainable strategic decisions using the latest management techniques. The MBA program can be completed in two different time structures: Full-Time in 12 months (Program Start in April and September) or Part-Time (weekend classes; program start in September) in 24 months.

The MBA Program aims at qualifying participants to strategically lead companies. The curriculum emphasizes management concepts which foster strategic vision, entrepreneurial spirit, operational excellence, and intercultural awareness. Participants learn to identify complex interdependencies and leverage the knowledge of peers for the advantage of the entire company. Due to the global perspective, an understanding of cultural differences, and how this matters for individual and corporate success, is developed.

Moreover, there is a special focus on Leadership and Personal Development throughout the program. Enhancing the participants' soft skills is of high significance for us. It is our indisputable goal to create a mind-set that features responsibility towards the social and environmental consequences of managerial decisions. With this the students will be skilled to take over strategic management functions within their organizations.

The University

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is an internationally oriented and privately financed business school based in Vallendar and Duesseldorf. Founded in 1984, WHU is now one of the most renowned German Business Schools with an exceptional national and international reputation. WHU stands for "Excellence in Management Education" and pursues this Goal in its three core areas of activity: Academic Programs, Research, and Transfer in the field of general management. This excellent standard has been certified by accreditations from AACSB, EQUIS and FIBAA as well as through leading positions in national and international rankings. In addition, WHU is the only private business school in Germany which is a member of the German Research Association (DFG). WHU students profit from a large network of partner universities, companies and alumni.

The Business School

Today, WHU belongs to the most prestigious business schools in Germany and enjoys an excellent international reputation. WHU offers top-level academic programs with the degrees Bachelor of Science (BSc), Master of Science (MSc), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), a doctoral program and tailor-made company programs.

The Faculty

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management is proud to be the only private university member of the prestigious German Research Foundation. Our faculty members have an outstanding research record and solid experience in management practice. Students benefit from our faculty's business networks via regular guest lectures by top international speakers. Conversely, WHU professors are in great demand abroad at our 200 partner universities around the world.

Entry Requirements

- A first degree (Bachelor or equivalent) - Two years postgraduate work experience - One letter of recommendation from a professor and/or supervisor - TOEFL test results (250 computer based, 100 Internet based) if English is not your native language - GMAT test scores

Application Procedure

You can apply through our online application (https://www.whu.edu/en/programs/mba-programs/application-admission//). Once the admission committee has reviewed your application we will invite you for a personal interview either via telephone or personally. The admission committee will notify you if you have been accepted for the program. Students are admitted to our program all through the year.

Two-Step Early Bird Deadline

With our two-step early bird deadline, you will qualify for one of two tuition fee reductions. 

To begin your full-time studies in April 2019:

  • Apply by August 31, 2018, for a €5,000 tuition fee reduction
  • Apply by October 31, 2018, for a €3,000 tuition fee reduction

To begin your full-time or part-time studies in September 2019:

  • Apply by January 31, 2019, for a €5,000 tuition fee reduction
  • Apply by March 31, 2019, for a €3,000 tuition fee reduction

Tuition and Fees

The total fee for the 12-month MBA program is €37,800. This fee includes all tuition, all books and materials as well as accommodation and half-board during the international module.

Terms of payment upon acceptance of the offer, a payment of  €5,000 is to be paid. The first installment of €16,400 is due at the start of the program. The second installment of €16,400 is due at the beginning of the second semester.

Living costs are about €750-800,- per month.

The total fee for the Part-Time MBA Program amounts to €40,800. This fee includes all tuition, all books and materials, meals and refreshments on lecture days in Düsseldorf, accommodation and half-board during the international module, personal development seminars, and a semester ticket.

The first installment of € 20,400 is due before the start of the program on August, 15. The second installment of €16,400 is due at the beginning of the second semester.

Financial Aid

Student Loans Our local saving bank (Sparkasse) grants loans to WHU students. For further information and contact details at Sparkasse, please click here.

Scholarships A small number of partial MBA scholarships are available, particularly for those groups under-represented in the program and who can demonstrate the value they would bring to the group. Candidates interested in applying for scholarships can visit our website for more details (http://www.whu.edu/en/programs/full-time-mba/financing-options/)

WHU Brain Capital GmbH Another possibility to finance your participation in the MBA program is the financing concept of the WHU Brain Capital GmbH. To learn more about this concept, please click here or got to www.whubraincapital.de/en


The capital of the state of Northrhine-Westfalia is a city with many different facades. It is an international business and financial center and renowned for its fashion and trade fairs. Located centrally within the European Megalopolis, the city is headquarters to five Fortune Global 500 and several DAX companies. On the other side there are the thousands of students all drawn to Düsseldorf because of it's creative atmosphere and the beautiful Altstadt.


As with many European universities, most students live in private apartments in the local area. The WHU housing department will help you find suitable and reasonable-priced accommodation here in Düsseldorf.

Student Life

Although WHU students face a demanding and tightly packed program of studies, student life is by no means neglected. Many of them take the time to enrich their university life by engaging in one of countless student initiatives. Be it sport, music, art, theater, the stock exchange or social commitments, campus life offers something for everybody. Barely a class leaves WHU without having added a new initiative to the list.

Those who are still not satisfied will find even more opportunities in the surrounding area or nearby cities such as Frankfurt, Cologne, Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Programs at WHU


37,800 EUR
April, September
12 months
Marketing, Sales, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Advanced Finance & Accounting
Strategy & Organization
Personal Leadership
  • Three international residencies in the US, India and China


40,800 EUR
24 months
Marketing, Sales, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Advanced Finance & Accounting
Strategy & Organization
Personal Leadership
  • Three international residencies in the US, India and China

Executive MBA

21 months
  • The program is offered jointly with the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
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