MBA Ranking for Germany

The big well-known MBA rankings mainly list American business schools. Who would like itself an overview of the best MBA courses of studies in Germany to make, must quite laboriously investigate. We took that off your hands and created an MBA ranking for Germany.

Preliminary MBA Ranking: Your personal conditions matter

An MBA ranking should not be the sole basis of your decision. It does not make sense for every educational wish and every career development to simply enrol (casually speaking) at the best-rated university and get started. Almost every MBA program works at a different level, has different strengths and focuses on different subject areas. Rankings, on the other hand, are rigid rankings that are determined according to criteria that are often not explained at all.

In short: Yes, it can be important to have the degree of a well-ranked university in your pocket, but no, this does not apply to everyone.

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An Overview of the Rankings for German MBA Programmes

What really counts in MBA selection

You should consider several criteria when choosing an MBA. And also find out for yourself personally what you want to achieve with your studies.

What’s it about? What is the goal of the MBA?

Are you primarily interested in increasing your income or rather in international experience? Or about “once again doing something for the grey cells”, as some graduates have told us in their experience reports? Is it your main goal to further your education and broaden your own horizon, or do you rather want to acquire special knowledge in order to consciously improve your career prospects? Where should your career end? Is a good job in middle management enough or should it go as far as chairing the board?

These are very important questions that we look at in more detail in our article “How do I find the right MBA? Briefly summarized and related to the topic of MBA ranking:

The selection based on the MBA ranking (for Germany) 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 appropriate. Depending on 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 your career in this environment – the most important thing is that the MBA suits you individually and your profession or career goal.

The MBA ranking is important, .

. when it comes to the university name of your MBA degree. If you want to become a board member of the DAX group, you should not necessarily have completed a “small 8,000 Euro MBA”. Then you have to be able to drive the big international guns or have studied at least at one of the best universities in Germany.

Overview: MBA Ranking for Germany

Let’s get to the facts. Here we have compiled the various German MBA programs on the basis of the various rankings. At the end we try to establish a ranking for Germany.

Financial Times:European Business School Ranking (2018)

PositionUniversity11ESCP Europe18Mannheim Business School24ESMT Berlin27WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management36Frankfurt School of Finance and Management53HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management71ICN Business School73University of Cologne79Tum School of Management

The Economist:Executive (=accompanying profession) MBA Ranking 2018

PositionHochschule3Northwestern (Kellogg)/WHU Beisheim14ESMT Berlin – European School of Management and Technology17ESSEC/Mannheim56University of Mannheim – Mannheim Business School58Mannheim/Shanghai (Tongji)

The Economist: Full Time MBA Ranking Europe 2018

PositionHochschule42University of Mannheim – Mannheim Business School56European School of Management and Technlogy – ESMT Berlin77HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management85WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

Bloomberg Best Business School 2018

PositionUniversity55Mannheim Business School101ESMT Berlin

QS Global 200 MBA Rankings 2019: Europe

PositionUniversity17Mannheim Business School22Frankfurt School of Finance & Management24WHU (Otto Beisheim)32ESMT Berlin34European Business School37HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

Wirtschaftswoche University Ranking 2016

WiWo did not specifically evaluate the MBA programs, but the image of universities and universities of applied sciences among personnel. The following table shows the ranking in the field of business administration. Not all of these universities also offer MBA programmes.

PositionUniversityUniversity of Applied Sciences1Uni MannheimESB Reutlingen2LMU MunichHS Pforzheim3Uni KölnHTW Berlin4WHU – Otto Beisheim School of ManagementFH Köln5Uni MünsterHS München6Uni Frankfurt am MainMunich Business School7Uni HohenheimHochschule RheinMain8EBS Oestrich-WinkelHS Heilbronn9ESCP Europe Berlin, HU Berlin, Frankfurt School of Finance, HHL LeipzigHfT Stuttgart10- -HWR Berlin

Our MBA-Studium.de Ranking for Germany

From the numerous different rankings we have derived an MBA ranking for Germany:

PlatzHochschuleBegründung1Mannheim Business School
  • Represented in every ranking, often even in the Top20
  • mostly the best rated German university/business school
2European School of Management and Technology – ESMT Berlin
  • Represented in every MBA ranking, also often in top positions
3WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management & HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
  • WHU is rated even better in most rankings, but both universities have good rankings.
4Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
  • Represented in two of the rankings, always in the top 40
5ESCP Europe
  • The best ranking of German universities in one of the rankings
6University of Cologne
  • Second state-run German university (next to Mannheim), also mentioned in global rankings

As you can see, there are a handful of German universities and MBA programs that also attract international attention. If you want to climb the career ladder, you should consider studying at one of these universities. Alternatives can also be found in neighbouring countries. The London Business School is the best rated university in Europe, the University of St. Gallen or INSEAD in France are also very highly regarded.

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