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FAQ: The best MBA courses and universities in Germany?

“I want to do an MBA, but I'm not sure where. There is a study program at a very small university that appeals to me very thematically. But this university does not appear in any ranking. Is there an overview of where I can find the best university for an MBA course? Or asked differently? What are the best courses and can you even say that? "

The best MBAs can be found in Germany at Mannheim Business School, HHL Leipzig, WHU and ESMT Berlin. But you shouldn't blindly rely on the rankings.

The best MBA programs and business schools

In our article "MBA Ranking for Germany" we have flickered out the best courses and universities from various rankings. This is what the table looks like:

placeUniversityReason for placement
1Mannheim Business SchoolIn every ranking among the top 40, mostly even in the top 20. In addition, mostly the best-rated German university / business school.
2European School of Management and Technology - ESMT BerlinRepresented in every MBA ranking, also always in the top 40.
3WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management&HHL Leipzig Graduate School of ManagementIn international MBA rankings, HHL Leipzig is one step ahead, in the university ranking for Germany, WHU catches up with them again.
4ESCP EuropeRepresented in the top 20 in two relevant MBA rankings.
5EBS Business SchoolVery recognized German private university, in the Financial Times Ranking in front of the University of Cologne.
6University of CologneSecond state German university (next to Mannheim), which is also mentioned in global rankings.

So if you only look at the image, you should study at these institutions. Or look abroad, e.g. in the direction of the London Business School, INSEAD or the University of St. Gallen. These are some of the best MBAs if you go by European rankings.

Good ranking = good for me?

It doesn't just depend on the name of the university. Okay, if you want to have a career right up to top management or even as chairman of the board, you should have the title of a well-known business school. Not only quality is associated with this, but also belonging to an elite group. The MBA from the FH Buxtehude cannot keep up with that.

But if you are one of the overwhelming majority of MBA prospects who want to do an MBA for their career but not at any cost - or simply to do something for their gray matter - there are hundreds of study options. For some areas it is not so important to have a well-known MBA title from the best universityIt is important that the MBA enables you to continue to be one of the best employees.

The selection based on the MBA ranking is not so important if you want to pursue a career with a German company (small, medium-sized, large, but rarely an international corporation), but not necessarily with all your might up to the top positions. Then a “normal” German MBA may be suitable. Depending on the career ladder level and ambition at a well-known business school, or a specialized MBA at a smaller university. Both can be very beneficial for a career in this environment - Above all, it is important that the MBA is individually tailored to you and your profession or professional goal.

You can find more information in our article "How do I find the right MBA?"

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