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 duration of study that suits you, select a destination for your module abroad and decide on one of two formats – blended learning with attendance components or Online Flex – 100% online with high quality standards – which best suits your professional and private life. Focus of the Kempten Business School international MBA program:
“Leading Global Business Through a Digital Age”. Cultivate a global perspective with a personalized approach, emphasizing future-ready skills.
We recognize that future leaders must continuously develop new skills in an era of globalized economics, planetary challenges, information overload, digitalization and advancing AI.
We are committed to utilizing the latest learning methods and didactics to ensure that you acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in the dynamic landscape of tomorrow’s business world.

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  • English
  • Blended Learning, Online
  • 3 Semester, 5 Semester
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At a glance

Standard duration from 3 up to 5 semester
Starts Winter semester
Number of Participants max. 30 attendees
Tution fee 17.900 € total fees
Credit Points 90
Degree Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Study mode Fast Tack: 3 semester, full-time/part-time or Standard Track: 5 semester, part-time
Taught in English
Accreditation FIBAA
Location Kempten Business School in Germany and/or online
Study abroad South Africa or London as possible choices

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)
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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
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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)
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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)
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programme structure

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


Semester (20 CP)

  • Introduction to Learning in the New Business World
  • Leadership Excellence & Communication
  • Digital Transformation & Artificial Intelligence – project based
  • International Economics & Finance

Semester (20 CP)

  • Innovation, Intra-/Entrepreneurship & Change for the Future
  • Leadership and Future of Work
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (incl. Digital Process Management) – project based
  • Scientific Methodology – Deep Dive

semester (20 CP)

  • International Business Management – Electives Module
    • International courses in South Africa
    • Or Electives from Kempten
  • Future-Oriented Commercial & Customer Experience Strategies
  • Strategic Management

semester (10 CP)

  • Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International HR Management

semester (20 CP)

  • Master Thesis & Disputation
Get to know us at the info session on Zoom

Join us for our virtual information session and get to know us personally. Our team will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to our MBA programme, and we will be available to answer any questions you may have. We’re excited to connect with you and look forward to meeting you virtually!

Your MBA course takes place at the Kempten Business School on the campus of Kempten University of Applied Sciences as well as partially or completely online.
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.

stay abroad

Explore the world

The programme is conducted entirely in English. A period of study abroad – in South Africa – forms an optional 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.

South Africa

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


  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Destination: London
  • Partner University: Kingston University
You can also do the electives at Kingston University in London – like our students in this photo in October 2021.

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 3 semesters (fast track in full-time/part-time) or 5 semesters (standard track in 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 in presence: Friday afternoon to Saturday
  • Online live sessions: in the evening from 5.00 pm
  • Online self-study phases: at any time from anywhere via the Moodle learning platform
  • Individual coaching possible
  • Study abroad: 2 weeks in Cape Town, Electives in London possible
  • Project days: Two one-day excursions to companies

Time Schedule

Download the sample timetable for the MBA!

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.

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.


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 English skills

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 August: Application deadline
  • Admission or Refusal
  • September: Start of the semester
  • Tuition and Application Fees for EU/EFTA applicants: 200 €*
for international applicants
  • 31 July: Application deadline
  • July : Admission or Refusal
  • September/October: Start of the semester
  • Tuition and Application Fees for International applicants: 750 €*
  • If the visa has not been approved at the start of your studies, you have the option of starting with the online Flex variant. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

*The payment of these fees reserves a place in the MBA program until 6 weeks before the program starts. This amount is non-refundable in the event of non-attendance.

Application deadlines

  • To start in the winter semester: extended until 15 August (31 July for international students)

Did you miss the application deadline? No problem! Just write us an email at [email protected]

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)
  • proof of English language skills (English Level B2 e.g. proof of TOEFEL or IELTS or equivalent – please consult the Kempten Business School)


General Topics

When is the application deadline?

  • To start in the winter semester: extended until 15 August (31 July for international students)

Did you miss the application deadline? No problem! Just write us an email at [email protected]

Is there an information session?

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


If you have any questions about the MBA programme, please contact our programme manager:

Astrid Menzl

For Internationals

What is the quality of the education system in Germany?

Germany’s excellent education system makes it an great choice for anyone who values globally respected, robust academic training in courses such as business administration. A  study conducted by the British Council placed Germany in pole position in the internationalisation of higher education in a comparison of the higher education systems in eleven different countries. The evaluation criteria were access, quality and reputation of qualifications, support for foreign students and encouragement for the country’s own academics to study and research abroad.

Does the MBA improve the chances of getting a job in Germany?

Do you dream of living and working in Germany? If so, consider studying at the Professional School as your first step towards making your dream come true. German legislation allows international students to take up employment in Germany. Many of our current students and alumni work for a German employer – or did so as a student, and got taken on after graduating.

International students from outside the European Union / European Economic Area can even work alongside their studies for 120 full or 240 half days per year. Foreign students granted permanent residence do not require a special work permit. You can find information about German employment law and the extent to which you can work as a student while studying for your MBA in International Business Management & Leadership on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk e.V.

Can I stay in Germany after my MBA?

After successfully completing your studies here, you have up to 18 months to look for an appropriate job in Germany. Having done so, you can apply for a residence permit for work purposes. After two years of employment, you will be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.

In addition, draft legislation is being considered to ease access for specialist workers from outside the EU. After graduating from a German institution of higher education, foreign students are to be permitted to make a living from any kind of work, not necessarily related to their qualifications. You can look for potential employers on the Career Platform at Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

Further information on employment opportunities and working in Germany can be found on the German Federal Government’s official website. 

Studying MBA & Leadership in Germany – why Kempten?

Considered to be the oldest town in Germany, Kempten is a great place to live, set in picturesque southern Germany on the edge of Alps. Its proximity to Munich and the thriving economic hub around Lake Constance make Kempten an excellent destination for ambitious young professionals wishing to study for a Master’s in Business Administration.

The team of staff at the Professional School is on hand to help applicants abroad plan their studies and find a identify a suitable course in German.

We are here to help you get off to the best possible start on your MBA programme in Germany. So please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions. We have gathered useful information about organising your stay, such as visas, funding, health insurance and accommodation right here.

Which visa do I need?

EU citizens

All that EU citizens need to start studying in Germany – the same as a any local – is to register at the relevant Residents’ Registration Office. Citizens of countries that joined the European Union on either 1 May 2004 or 1 January 2007 are still subject to certain transition regulations regarding freedom of employment.

Students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea or the United States of America

Students from these countries can acquire the necessary residence permit after they have arrived in Germany. The same applies to citizens of Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco and San Marino, as long as employment is not sought. Everyone else will need to apply for a visa to the relevant German foreign representation.

Further information

International students wishing to study in Germany for more than 90 days require a visa. 

The DAAD has summarised the legal requirements for immigration and residency here:

Are there any other scholarships for the MBA programme?


The most important source of bursaries for international students is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The DAAD website provides extensive information about Germany. 

The DAAD also has information on the funding available to students. You can explore the various options in the Scholarships database.

Deutschlandstipendium scholarship 

Talented students can apply for a Deutschlandstipendium scholarship. Applicants’ previous academic achievements (final grade for first degree), social commitment | voluntary activities, willingness to take on responsibilities and/or special personal circumstances are considered with regard to these bursaries. You can find our more about the Deutschlandstipendium scholarship and application process here.

BAYHOST: Scholarships for students and scientists from eastern Europe.

The Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts is expected to once again award annual scholarships for graduates from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. These scholarships are intended to fund doctoral or other postgraduate studies at a Bavarian institution of higher education. You can find our more about the eligibility criteria and application process here.

What is the approximate cost of living in Kempten?

The cost of living in Kempten is moderate, but can vary immensely according to lifestyle. A breakdown of the average costs for food and drink, rent, clothing, health insurance and recreational pursuits is listed here

Do I need health insurance in Germany?

All students in Germany are subject to mandatory health insurance – irrespective of how long they intend to study or remain in the country.

Social insurance agreements exist with some countries (member states of the European Union and the European Economic Area), whereby if you have statutory health insurance in your home country it is possible for this to be recognised by a German statutory health insurer. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs. Please note that your insurance might not cover all the services provided in Germany, or perhaps not reimburse all costs.

Further information about this is available on the website of the Deutsches Studentenwerk.

Where can I live during my MBA studies?

Please visit the website of Augsburg Student Union for an overview of student halls of residence in Kempten.

Please note: You will need to apply to each hall of residence separately for a room there.

Furnished rooms are also advertised in the local daily press and online. Try the following links:

Do I have to register my residence?

As soon as you have found somewhere to live in Kempten, you must register with the Citizens’ Service for Foreigners at Kempten Town Council.

Registration forms and contact details can be found here:

Can I work during my studies?

Current vacancies for work, internships or student jobs are advertised on the university notice board and online at Kempten University of Applied Sciences – Job Offers.

Further information about all aspects of working in Germany can also be found above, in the section “Ticket to Germany’s job market”.