Master, Part-Time

MBA International Business Management and Leadership MBA

With its international EFMD accreditation, the MBA in International Business Management and Leadership belongs to the top group of German MBA programmes. Flexibility is a major priority: Choose the length of study that suits you, select a destination for your module abroad and decide on one of three tracks. Together with international fellow students, you will develop your leadership skills and your personality.

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At a glance

Standard duration 3 – 4 semester
Starts Winter semester and summer semester
Number of Participants max. 40 attendees
Tution fee 16.900 € total fees
Special Tracks 3 tracks to choose from
Study mode part-time or full-time
ECTS Credits 90
Taught in English
Accreditation FIBAA, EFMD
Place Kempten Business School
Study abroad England, South Africa, Thailand or Australia

alumni voices

When I started out on the MBA at Kempten Business School, I didn’t really know what lay in store. I simply needed to augment my original degree in mechanical engineering with some business acumen. The practically focused lectured, period spent abroad, but above all the great, highly motivated, ambitious students on my courses played a major role not only in honing my business skills, but also opening up entirely new perspectives. I gained in every conceivable way.
Fabian Mattes (Deutschland)
Being from the USA, education is really costly here – so I was looking for an MBA programme abroad without being in extreme debt. That’s why I choose the MBA programme in Kempten. I was able to live in Germany, but study in a fully English-speaking programme. Also, the timeframe was really reasonable. You are able to completely finish your MBA in a year and a half. Just going to classes for a year and having six months to do your thesis, that was a huge plus. The professors were very kind and generous and concerned about my well-being. You really feel cared for by the school. And, also, you are doing a lot of networking with people from around the world. I really enjoyed my MBA programme and am glad that I went there.
Sara Peccianti (USA)Nach
After graduating in mechanical engineering and gaining vocational experience working on projects for several years, I started to look for degree programmes offering a different perspective. The decision to study for an MBA in Kempten was one of the best in my life. It not only helped me to overcome new challenges, but also gave me the self-confidence to work with international businesses incorporating different nationalities and cultures. Apart from the additional knowledge that I gained from studying, the practical side to each course honed my skills in researching and finding solutions in a new and unfamiliar field. I have now taken greater responsibility as a strategic studies manager in my new company.
Ishaq Al Musalhi (Oman)
From the numerous higher education institutions throughout Europe, I made the right choice in the Kempten Business School. The main features are lecturers who combine excellent academic qualifications with vocational experience, superbly equipped seminar rooms, a business-focused approach to education using case studies from top German companies, and high educational standards.
Alexej Gorbachev (Russia)

Majors

Which focus would you like to choose?

General Management

Markets, customer demands, technologies and the availability of resources are changing ever faster. The same applies to the political and financial framework conditions for companies. As a manager, you are therefore constantly faced with the challenge of developing and implementing fundamental changes in your organisation. To do this, you need skills in the areas of market analysis, entrepreneurship, intercultural behaviour and change management. These skills are trained in the General Management Track. The final project offers you the unique opportunity to apply the full range of your MBA knowledge in a real business environment.

International Sales Management

Sales play an important role not only for established products, but also for complex, novel and accordingly consultation-intensive products. In addition to product satisfaction, customer satisfaction in sales and service is a central customer retention factor or, if not present, also a reason for customer churn. In this track you will learn how to develop innovative sales concepts, customer-focused advice and effective sales processes and systems. In the B2B sector, efficient key account management plays a special role, which must be precisely aligned with international sales structures and target groups. Lecturers from the private and business customer sectors help you to develop into a sales expert.

International Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is more topical than ever. Not least the Corona pandemic has shown how important the topic is. Distribution channels suddenly shift, supply flows change because suppliers are unable to deliver or transport routes do not work. That is why the economy needs qualified managers with knowledge of logistics and supply chain management in an international environment. In this track you will learn to plan, implement and control logistics processes. In addition, you will gain an insight into SAP as an IT tool to handle the internal flow of information in process flows. Furthermore, the cooperation with suppliers and logistic service providers, the evaluation of outsourcing strategies and the negotiation of offers are examined in detail. Case studies and real projects in industry, retail and service companies are essential components of the project week.

Concentrations

With the General Management Track, the MBA offers you a holistic management programme. However, if you want to specialise, you can choose between two specialisation subjects: Supply Chain Management and Sales Management.

Alumni Voices

Why should you choose the MBA programme in Kempten?

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programme structure

The MBA in International Business Management and Leadership is composed of the following modules:

1

Semester

  • Accounting
  • Business English
  • Scientific Methods 1
  • Cross Cultural Behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Business Ethics
  • Digital Process Management
  • Electives (also possible in London)
2

Semester

  • International Strategy (optionally in Bangkok, Cape Town or Brisbane)
  • International Marketing (optionally in Bangkok, Cape Town or Brisbane)
  • Int. Economics & Finance
  • Managing for Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Electives (also possible in London)
3

Track: General Management

  • Change Management and Entrepreneurship
  • International Market Analysis and Development
  • International Human Resources Managemnt
  • Projects
  • Scientific Methods 2
3

Track: Supply Chain Management

  • Internal Logistics Processes
  • Management of Supply Chain Networks
  • Strategic Supply Chain Management
  • Supplier & Inventory Management
  • Projects
  • Scientific Methods 2
3

Track: Sales Management

  • International Sales Strategy
  • Sales Channel Management
  • Sales Organisation and Key Account Management
  • Projects
  • Scientific Methods 2
4

Semester

  • Master Thesis
Get to know us at the info evening on Zoom

At the virtual information evening, you can easily get to know us in person. Course director Prof. Dr. Christoph Desjardins will introduce you to the MBA programme and answer your questions. We look forward to meeting you!

Your MBA studies take place at the Kempten Business School on the campus of the Kempten University of Applied Sciences.
MBA Curriculum

Would you like to know exactly what each individual module offers? In the PDF you will find a detailed description of each module.

Is this the right study programme for you?

In the MBA programme you can expand your knowledge from a previous Bachelor’s degree programme (e.g. engineering, computer science, medicine, pharmacy or social sciences and humanities). With its international orientation and focus on leadership, the programme is also interesting for Bachelor graduates in business administration and other fields.

Flexible study options

Studying despite a full-time job?

We offer you full flexibility so that you can balance work, private life and your MBA studies:

Alternative dates

The programme is structured in such a way that you can also complete the MBA alongside a full-time job. If you miss a seminar, that’s no problem: as we run several MBA classes at the same time, there is the possibility to catch up on seminars.

Individual study duration

Decide for yourself whether you would prefer to divide your MBA studies into 2 – 3 semesters (full-time) or 4 semesters (part-time).

Lectures at weekends and in blocks

The MBA is a part-time degree programme. You can complete this degree programme parallel to your job. The lectures take place (mainly) at the weekend.

  • Weekend blocks: Usually Friday to Sunday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Introductory weeks: 2 weeks at the beginning of the programme, daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
  • Study abroad: 2 weeks in Cape Town, 3 weeks in Bangkok or 8 weeks in Brisbane
  • Project week: usually once from Monday to Wednesday from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

stay abroad

Explore the world

The programme is conducted entirely in English. A period of study abroad – in South Africa, Thailand or Australia – forms an integral part of the programme. You also have the option to study one week (one elective) at the Kingston University in London. Additionally, lectures are enriched by the experiences of international students and lecturers.

Where do you want to go?

The second semester includes the modules International Strategy and International Marketing. You can choose to complete these modules in South Africa, Australia or Thailand. Depending on the destination, the corresponding seminars are spread over 2 to 8 weeks:

South Africa

  • Duration: 2 Weeks
  • Destination: Cape Town
  • Partner University: Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Australia

  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Destination: Brisbane
  • Partner University: QUT Graduate School of Business Brisbane
  • Special features: This partner university is the first business school in Australia with ‘Triple International Accreditation’.
  • Note: associated with additional costs

Thailand

  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Destination: Bangkok
  • Partner University: NIDA Business School Bangkok
  • Note: Implementation depends on the respective group size
You can also do the electives at Kingston University in London – like our students in this photo in October 2021.
Partner Universities Detailed Information

The MBA programme prepares you to communicate and
work in an international business environment. This is achieved through close cooperation with our internationally renowned partner universities.

Why the MBA at the KBS?

With the MBA, Kempten Business School has created a flexible degree programme. It is compatible with professional life, flexible and international.

Combine your studies with practice

Many MBA students take advantage of the opportunity to combine the MBA with practical work in a company. In addition to projects, the Master’s thesis also offers a good opportunity to come into contact with companies. But the students themselves also create a direct link to practice by bringing examples from their own companies into the seminars and stimulating discussion.

Expand your network

Thanks to the flexible study structure, you will get to know your fellow students across all semesters. The shared exchange is one of the most valuable experiences of an MBA programme. You can expand your professional network and benefit from it. Our previous students work for the following companies, for example:

  • Airbus Helicopters Deutschland
  • Bundeswehr
  • Continental – ADC
  • Dachser
  • DB Engineering & Consulting
  • Deckel Maho Pfronten
  • Deutsche Lufhansa
  • Ehrmann
  • Hansgrohe
  • Hilti
  • Ikea Augsburg
  • Liebherr
  • Robert Bosch
  • Siemens Healthineers
  • Webasto Roof & Componenst
  • ZF Friedrichshafen

Achieve your career goals

Our regular statistical surveys show that up to 70 percent of our MBA students make a career move within two to three years of starting their studies. Our leadership development programme contributes significantly to this success:

You start your MBA studies with a self-assessment of your personality and skills, which is carried out with the help of proven psychological test procedures. Based on the test results, development plans are created that relate to the personal potential fields in the area of emotional intelligence and leadership tasks. You implement these plans for leadership development directly in your workplace and everyday life. With the help of status reports and supervision during our leadership seminars, the implementation of your development plans is practically supported during the course of the study.

Trust academic quality

The Kempten MBA is internationally accredited. To receive international accreditation, one must meet specific requirements regarding size, content and quality management.

EFMD Programme Accreditation

In June 2015, the MBA received international EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) programme accreditation. In 2018 and 2021, the MBA was successfully re-accredited.

CHE-Ranking 2020/2021

The Kempten Business School is represented for the first time in the CHE ranking with its MBA programme in 2020. Among 101 MBA programmes, the Kempten MBA belongs to the top group in the CHE ranking in terms of teaching content as well as international orientation.

System accreditation

Kempten Business School (formerly Professional School of Business & Technology) was system-accredited by FIBAA in December 2019. Since then, we have been allowed to subject our degree programmes to internal programme accreditation ourselves.

Application

Admission requirements

You should meet the following admission criteria:

  • Successfully completed higher education programme (university, advanced technical college, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University) gaining 210 ECTS Credit Points (applicants whose academic award amounts to less than 210 ECTS Credit Points must demonstrate commensurately longer vocational experience or attend additional seminars)
  • At least two years of post-graduate vocational experience
  • Good knowledge of English

Alternative qualifications to those cited above will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

admission process

Applicants with German citizenship (or valid residence)
  • 15 July: Application deadline
  • Selection interview
  • Admission or Refusal
  • September: Start of the semester
for international applicants
  • 15 May: Application deadline
  • June: Selection interview
  • Juni : Admission or Refusal
  • September: Start of the semester

Application deadlines

  • To start in the winter semester: extended until 15 July (15 May for international students)
  • To start in the summer semester: 15 January each year (30 November for international students)

Application documents

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A photo for your student ID
  • A copy of the certificate of your academic qualification 
  • Proof of more than two years’ vocational experience (confirmation from your employer or an older professional reference)
  • Evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL test: min. score 80 or IELTS language test: min. band score 6.5 – please consult the Kempten Business School)
  • A brief personal statement (explaining why you wish to enrol on our MBA programme and outlining your future career plans)

or more compact?

Does a complete MBA take too long for you? Then take a look at our MBA compact or simply study a certain module only: More info

International Applicants

We know how difficult it is to find your way around in another country. That’s why we would like to support you in various organisational matters. Here you will find our services for you as well as important information before your stay abroad in Germany.

your lecturers

The courses of the MBA programme are taught by professors from Kempten University of Applied Sciences and external experts at Kempten Business School.

Having been internationally accredited by the EFMD, our programme is one of the top MBAs in Germany. Its special focus on developing sustainable leadership skills and the change to mingle with fellow students from all over the world make our programme much more than an important stepping stone in your career – it’s an actual life-changer!
Professor Christoph Desjardins (Director of Studies)
In today’s world, business is conducted in cross-border networks. Global supply chains are advancing to the fore. The managers of today require international and intercultural knowledge. This makes an international focus particularly important to me. Our programme is conducted entirely in English – including a period of study abroad in South Africa, Thailand or Australia as a core component. Students and lecturers from all over the world enrich the content of our lectures with their international experience.
Professor Martin Göbl (Director of Studies)

FAQ

General Topics

When do the lectures take place?

Most of the lectures take place at the weekend. However, we will arrange your lecture schedule individually for you – depending on which module abroad and which focus you choose.

When is the application deadline?

  • To start in the winter semester: extended until 15 August (15 May for international students)
  • To start in the summer semester: 15 January each year (30 November for international students)

Is there an information event?

Do you still have questions about the content, the programme or the application? At the virtual info evening on Zoom, we will introduce you to the MBA programme and answer your questions.

Any Questions?

Alexandra Fichtl

Degree programme coordinator