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The Executive MBA at HFU is just right for those with goals! Anyone who has already achieved impressive professional success and is looking for further development to take the next step in their career, can get off to a flying start with our Executive MBA. The programme prepares you specifically for the challenges ahead in international top management.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 4 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: HFU Business School
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March)
  • Application deadline: 15 January (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: university degree (bachelor, magister, diplom or equivalent). Minimum 5 years work experience in a position of responsibility after graduation. High level of English proficiency: TOEFL ibt 95, IELTS 7.0
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • We develop leaders Our MBA is based on two pillars: functional skills such as accounting, finance, marketing, and strategic problem-solving skills through leadership, intercultural communication and strategic management.
  • Small teams for a steep learning curve Our experienced professors promote the combination of theory and practice and convey a high level of entrepreneurial orientation through practical examples and cases. Small groups with personal support make a steep learning curve possible!
  • The key to success - interdisciplinary and international The Executive MBA is characterised by its international orientation, interdisciplinary composition and English-language teaching. Two modules abroad at prestigious universities in Brazil and Spain strengthen international competence.
  • Two options for your next career move 1. Four semesters of part-time study with the Executive MBA programme leading to an MBA degree. Or... 2. Our one-semester "Management Essentials for Professionals" programme with CAS certificate and the option of upgrading to an MBA.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Who is this the right degree programme for?

Most of our participants have an academic background that in the best case scenario covers the basics of business administration. They are often graduates of technical, legal or scientific courses. As a rule, they must have a degree.

Our participants are already faced with complex business management issues and contexts and hopefully have experience-based or self-taught knowledge.

Our participants have several (at least five) years of professional experience, often already in a position of responsibility. This aspect is a formal selection criterion.

Our participants have good English proficiency with the ability to hold discussions in this language. This is also a formal selection criterion.

Focus of content

The focus on general management and the development of leadership potential are at the core of our programme. We show how strategic decision-making and problem-solving succeed in complex professional situations. Through practical orientation and close business contacts, we build bridges between science and practice. Our professional learning environment is specially designed to meet the needs of working managers. The small group size with a maximum of 15 participantsenables intensive learning from and with each other.

Entry requirements

A first professionally qualifying university degree (bachelor, magister, diplom or equivalent) is required to apply for EMBA. At least five years of professional experience in a responsible position after graduation and very good language skills in English as the language of study are also required.

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Tuition fees

Executive MBA fees

The fees for the Executive MBA programme amount to €4,500 per semester, a total of €18,000.

In addition, all students at Furwangen University pay a semester fee of 155 euros per semester.

MEP fees

The cost of participating in the Management Essentials for Professionals programme is €7,000.

EMBA specifics

The Executive MBA guarantees excellent support from highly qualified and experienced lecturers. As a rule, these are professors at HFU Business School who can look back on many years of practical experience in industry.

The Executive MBA is international. The international focus is at the heart of all teaching content. Teaching is conducted 100% in English.

Programme participants come from many different countries and enrich the Executive MBA not least through professional and personal experience from their home countries. Students with more than 20 nationalities from four continents have taken part in the programme so far. Dealing with cultural differences, which is also part of the curriculum, is thus experienced intensively and personally. Most of the participants work in an international environment and benefit from this internationality.

Two one-week modules abroad at top international universities are an integral part of the Executive MBA. They are among the absolute highlights of the programme. One module takes place at the top Brazilian university FGV in São Paulo and provides an insight into the Brazilian economy and culture. The second takes place at the prestigious Universidad de Málaga and focuses on Europe. A business simulation takes place over several days in mixed international teams.

What's included

Special features

Programme options

An MBA in 4 semesters

It takes four semesters, i.e. two years on our part-time course to get an MBA degree. The abbreviation stands for Master of Business Administration and is THE degree for anyone with a career in management, leadership and strategy. The course is designed so that working people can complete it.

Management Essentials for Professionals (MEP)

The Management Essentials for Professionals (MEP) programme takes only one semester. This semester is identical to the first semester of the Executive MBA and is taught together. It always takes place in the summer semester on our Schwenningen Campus.

We focus in this programme on the core functions of modern business administration which include:

  • Strategic Management
  • International Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • International Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

Completion of this programme is a state-recognised Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).

Key data Management Essentials for Professionals

  • 21 ECTS
  • Start: summer semester (March)
  • Application deadline: 15 February
  • Entry requirements: At least five years of work experience, good to very good English proficiency, participation in a selection interview
  • Language: English

After completing this programme, it can be extended to a full Executive MBA. All credits from this programme will count towards this.

New: Extended Management Essentials for Professionals (eXMEP)

After successfully completing the MEP programme and obtaining the CAS certificate, it is possible to obtain a further officially recognised certificate with little additional effort, namely with the extension option "Extended Management Essentials for Professionals (eXMEP)".

Here, three additional modules from the 2nd and 3rd semester Executive MBA canon are selected and a further 9 ECTS can be acquired. Upon successful completion, the 30 ECTS will result in a state-recognized "Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS certificate)".

The decision for this "Extended" variant can be made at very short notice at the end of the 1st semester.

Your career prospects

Preparation for a global management position

The different programme variants of the EMBA open up new career opportunities on the international job market.

Even after graduation the HFU Business School continues to play a role in the professional development of graduates. Lecture events, so-called "Best Practices" lectures, take place regularly and offer a platform for networking between alumni, students and practitioners. Alumni are regularly invited to the Executive MBA Management Refresher Day, which offers state-of-the-art management knowledge and promotes networking among former students.

The programme not only provided me with a toolbox for my everyday work as a manager, it has also been a great leadership training, and a personal and professional growth experience.
Lena Andlauer, Graduate 2019, Finance Manager Manufacturing Intuitive Surgical Optics GmbH

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  •  Regina Feketics
    Regina Feketics Programme Director Executive MBA