Mba extra occupational studies

MBA study extra-occupational – The overview

An estimated 90% of MBA programs are offered on a part-time basis, sometimes as an “Executive MBA”, sometimes without special requirements. What is the advantage of this, how high the costs are, what you should know about the division between work and study and, of course, all extra-occupational MBA programs are listed below.

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Why is the MBA extra occupational so in demand? Logical answer – once you have arrived in your professional life and made the first steps up the career ladder, you do not want to get out and do without the monthly salary transfer. There is also a sense of respect for not being able to find a job after a break for a full-time MBA.

It can be a good decision to take an MBA extra-occupationally – but you should also realistically estimate that a hard time is waiting for you:

To complete the studies extra-occupationally, a lot of time and energy is required. It is important that family, friends, partners and employers support you in your studies. It requires determination and stamina.

Anna, MBA General Management at TH Deggendorf

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Did you know that.

. it is the precursor of the MBA, the Master of Commercial Science, since 1902?

. the standard period of study for a part-time MBA can be between 1.5 and 3 years?

. EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB are the major accreditation institutions for MBA degree programs?

Everything you need to know about the MBA while working

Basic information

An MBA next to the job or a break and a full-time study? As different as the study model, so different are the students. Many who opt for the full-time MBA seek a distance from their previous job, seeking new perspectives both personally and professionally. This may be the Germanist who goes to an investment bank after graduation, as well as the investment banker who switches to an aid organization.

For an extra-occupational MBA, however, decide those who are already firmly with both feet in professional life. Even at baseline, they are five to ten years older than full-time MBA graduates and therefore have more work experience. Of the Networking effect, which many graduates describe in our experience reports as a great advantage of the study, is much more likely to be felt when the MBA is completed extra-occupationally.

How does an extra-occupational MBA study work??

There are two variants of part-time MBAs. Please note that we are only dealing with the study programs, which are mainly conducted as classroom courses (which means that you have to be physically present). If you are interested in a distance learning program, we have put together all the information on our page on the MBA distance learning course. Alternatively, you can also consider an online MBA.

1) Weekend study

The lectures usually take place in the period from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon. The exact lecture times vary from provider to provider.

  • FOM Hochschule: Usually every two weeks on Fridays from 18:00 – 21:15 and on Saturdays from 8:30 – 17:00
  • TH Nuremberg: Three days a week (on weekdays from 17:30 – 20:45 and on Saturdays from 8:30 – 13:30)
advantage disadvantage
The number of vacation days that one must take for the part-time MBA is manageable. The place of study should not be too far away, because you can drive or fly across the Republic every two to three weeks.

2) Block study

At regular intervals, several times per semester (quite possibly once a month), block events take place. During this time, the MBA is not part-time but full-time. “Extra-occupational” is the name of the program because in the other weeks you can do a normal job.

  • University of Würzburg: 70 attendance days in two years, spread over 10 one to two-week block events
advantage disadvantage
Shorter, intensive learning. Maybe less effort if you do not live in the immediate vicinity of the extra-occupational MBAs. It takes quite a lot of holidays and also the support of the employer, as it is unlikely that you will be able to take a week off every six weeks.

Many “mixed” forms

If you want to study an MBA extra-occupational, the question of the course of study is one of the most important. As you will see below, there are also numerous study models that rely on a mixed form of weekend and block study.

  • Frankfurt School of Finance: Two to four times per semester Fridays from 13:15 to 18:15, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 16:30 plus a six-day block week
  • FH Bielefeld: Usually eight Saturdays and max. five days of the week per semester
  • HWR Berlin: Four attendance weeks (Saturdays to Saturdays all day from 9 am to 5 pm) and eight attendance blocks (each on Sundays from 6 pm to 9:15 pm, Fridays / Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm) in 24 months

Is there a ranking for on-the-job MBAs??

Unfortunately, no. In general, it is difficult to gain an overview of in-service or distance-learning MBAs by means of rankings. We have come to an approximation in our article on In-Service MBAs.

By the way: You can also go abroad to work

“Just because you want to study the MBA extra-occupationally does not mean that you have to forego experience abroad or graduate from a foreign university. There are two ways to incorporate foreign experience into the part-time MBA:

1.) German university with international study phases

Especially with the higher-quality MBAs at German universities, there are built-in foreign phases, which, however, vary greatly in scope.

  • The Frankfurt School of Finance offers a one-week foreign module in China, USA, Slovenia or France.
  • At the Mannheim Business School, two one-week stays abroad are included. in North America or Asia.
  • Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences offers the MBA Global Business together with the University of Louisville (USA), which spends 2x 4.5 study weeks.

One could say that this is “experience abroad light”, which is of course also due to the fact that one can not take as a part-time MBA student so several months vacation to study abroad.

2.) Part-time MBA at foreign university

Of course there is also the possibility to directly choose a foreign university. In most cases, full-time MBA students go abroad, but there are also options for part-time degree programs.

  • University of St. Gallen: The attendance phases of the Part Time MBA usually take place one week per month, sometimes in different places such as Barcelona, ​​Copenhagen, Oxford or Salzburg.
  • At the HEC Paris, there is a Part Time MBA, which takes place one week a month in Paris and also contains international modules abroad.
  • The business school of the Vienna University of Economics and Business provides 40 days of classroom training as well as stays abroad in Russia, Asia and the USA.

So there are many ways to study the MBA while working abroad. However, you should note that the effort and costs are quite high. Depending on the study place you have to plan a lot of travel time, the tuition fees are usually much more expensive and not everyone can take every few months for a week “MBA vacation”. The advantage of the hardships, however, is that one completes a somewhat more extraordinary degree, which makes quite a bit more impression with employers than a classic German MBA.

User reviews

We talked to numerous graduates of part-time MBAs to get an idea of ​​the course and its requirements. Here are three examples of typical reviews:

That’s why I decided to study for an MBA:

"After a few years of professional life, I wanted to continue my education in business administration in addition to my studies, which are highly scientific."

The MBA was worth it for me / not worth it, because.

"Personally, it has definitely paid off: I have made many new contacts, gained experience abroad, etc. On career and salary, the MBA has shown (so far) no impact / change as a direct (measurable) consequence of the study."

For whom is this study recommended and whom would you advise against?

"I would recommend it only to people who have stamina (extra occupational is quite force-pulling) and who really have interest in the subject matter. In addition, they should like to work in a team and have no fear of foreign stays."

That’s why I decided to study for an MBA:

"My first degree – a BSc in Hospitality Management – was just not enough for me after a few years in the professional world. It was mainly personal reasons: I felt like learning more theory, and I just wanted to get that degree for my CV and probably my ego as well."

The MBA was worth it for me / not worth it, because.

"My personal motivations were definitely satisfied by the MBA. And I have the feeling that new doors have opened up to me since then. For example, I also get a lot more inquiries from headhunters. However, if one looks at the pure doctrine, there were already large qualitative differences – depending on the lecturers. Individual courses were completely meaningless and didactically poor, others, however, also very good. "

For whom is this study recommended and whom would you advise against?

"An extra-occupational MBA, as I completed it, already means a certain effort. You have to be aware of that. I was single without children at the time and was able to take care of my own obligations. So the whole thing was very well possible."

That’s why I decided to study for an MBA:

"I decided to study for an MBA to upgrade my college degree and improve my career opportunities. I knew that I was in charge of sales and wanted to be able to assume more responsibility in this area. Therefore, my MBA with a focus on sales management was ideal for me as a sales representative."

The MBA was worth it for me / not worth it, because.

"Self-financed, this degree has helped me achieve a new position as a product manager internationally with higher incomes. He refinanced himself immediately – apart from the tax deductions. In the long run, I see that I am a versatile interesting candidate for exciting positions by being in combination with my other degrees and activities and being contacted on a regular basis."

For whom is this study recommended and whom would you advise against?

"Anyone who has the necessary stamina and would like to upgrade their degree extra-occupational can recommend this study."

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