Program objectives

During the program you will receive a broad, long-term relevant basis of skills and knowledge in business subjects as well as leadership skills and international competence.

General Management Knowledge

Our Executive MBA program focuses on general management, providing a solid foundation and up-to-date knowledge base in all functional areas essential for future managers. We offer professional development for those who have the potential for middle and top management positions.

Soft Skills

In addition to business studies, our course covers the soft skills and social and intercultural competencies vital for today’s managers

Interpersonal Experience

Participants will not only learn from professors and other experts in the field, but will also profit from the personal experience and network of contacts of other group members.


International Competence

The increasing internationalization of companies poses continuous challenges to management qualifications. They have to build up an international competence, create lasting organizational structures as well as effective paths of communication and re-focus the company culture. Intercultural competence is, in this context, as essential as solid language skills.

Practical Relevance and Applicability in Business

Our program focuses on business practice and relevance. The cooperation with well-known international companies provides added value to the program.


Two international modules with our partner universities Jiao Tong in Shanghai and a university in Spain are integrated into our curriculum. Both universities are highly regarded in their own countries. The trip to Shanghai takes place in summer semester, Spain is in winter semester. In Shanghai, the program participants take part in lectures by international professors, during company visits they have the opportunity to gain insights into work processes, and during presentations from German representatives of international plants to profit from their experience. In Spain, interaction with international students in a business game additionally offers a chance to get to know student life and to establish valuable international contacts.

Studying for professionals

We offer our Executive MBA students a professional learning environment with great flexibility both in terms of time and space and tailor-made for our customers‘ requirements. Reading and research for the lectures is supported by a state-of-the-art learning environment which allows access to learning materials at any time, regardless of location. Between on-campus sessions participants remain in contact through asynchronous group discussions. Participants also benefit from access to an extensive online library of current management publications.
Our modern and well-equipped Executive MBA rooms are tailor-made for our participants, feature data projectors as well as wireless Lan. During the residencies, refreshments are provided. We publish the on-campus sessions dates for the entire two-year study period at the start of the program so that participants and their employers can plan and coordinate study, family and career in the best possible manner.
Our professors and staff are highly educated and experienced professionals with a strong commitment to supporting our students in achieving their goals. The number of participants is limited to fifteen, allowing for a close working relationship and intensive exchange in case studies, discussions and simulations.

Management Expertise

While the HFU Hochschule Furtwangen University bears the academic responsibility for the Executive MBA program, it also has an Advisory Board with representatives from local companies which are also global players.
The input from the Advisory Board helps to develop and shape the program. Together with other companies, the members also introduce their own business cases as part of the „Best Practices in International Business“ schedule of lectures.

If you are interested in the program, our Open Evenings which take place as part of the Best Practice presentations will offer an opportunity to get to know the Executive program in more detail and to talk to current participants