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Admissions Dates and Procedure

Admission Requirements

For our Master of Science Programs, we welcome applications from graduates holding a Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with a sound knowledge of business administration, economics, and quantitative methods.

For our Master in Management Program, we seek recent Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study, e.g. business administration, economics, or business engineering.

For our Master in Finance Program, we seek Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study as well as graduates from STEM subjects with a strong quantitative background and first experience in finance-related topics, e.g. through electives, thesis, CFA, or practical exposure.

For our Master in Entrepreneurship Program, we seek Bachelor graduates with a degree in a business-related field of study as well as graduates from STEM or other subjects who demonstrate an appropriate background in entrepreneurship-related topics, e.g. through electives, thesis, or practical exposure. 

The general admission requirements are:

  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited or equivalently approved college, university, or technical school with at least 180 ECTS credits
  • at least 14 weeks of relevant practical experience (20 weeks are recommended)
  • TOEFL English language proficiency test with a score of at least 100 internet based (WHU Code: 0682),
    OR IELTS of at least 7.0, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of at least Grade C
    OR Cambridge Certificate of Advance in English (CAE) of Grade A*
    Submission deadline: June 15, 2019
  • GMAT score of at least 600 (WHU Code: FBR-FH-93)
    OR GRE of at least 155 Verbal and 155 Quantitative, 
    OR  
    TM-BASE of at least 102**
    Submission deadline: June 15, 2019
  • International experience of about 3 months, e.g. internships, language courses, school and university exchanges, summer school courses, work, and travel (not applicable for international students)
  • Successful completion of WHU admission test

To prepare for the tests, the following pages can be used: TM-Base demo testGRE preparation materialsGRE practice test, GMAT preparation materials

* A TOEFL score of at least 105 internet based, or IELTS of 7.5 is recommended due to the requirements by some of our partner universities for the study abroad semester
** The TM-BASE test has to be completed in English. Please sign up for the test at the TM-Base website. If you are applying to the 120 credit track and/or are interested in the Double Degree program, please be aware that some of our partner universities might only accept the GMAT test for the exchange semester as well as the double degree program. 

Online Application 

If you have reviewed the admission requirements, completed the application form, and have collected all the supporting documents, you may start your online application via our online application portal.

  • Create an application account
  • Upload all required documents
  • Pay application fees (see below)
  • Make sure to click 'Submit'

To begin the application process, you need to create an application account. Once you log in, you will be presented with further instructions on filling out the various fields. You do not have to complete the online application at once - at any time during the application process you may take a break, save the information you have entered, and come back to it later.

Application fee

A non-refundable fee of €90  is charged for processing applications. However, if you apply before the early bird deadline of January 31, 2019, this fee will be waived.

We recommend wire transfer as the most efficient payment method using details below:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Bank name and address: Sparkasse Koblenz, Bahnhofstr. 11, 56068 Koblenz
Reason for payment: lastname_firstname Application MSc
IBAN: DE85 570 501 20 00000 94102
BIC (SWIFT): MALA DE 51 KOB 

The fee has to be paid when the online application is submitted as otherwise the application will not be processed. Please submit proof of payment together with your application.

Participants of the Campus for Finance - WHU New Year's Conference and the Private Equity WHU Conference will receive an application fee waiver when applying for the Master in Finance Program at WHU.

Once your application has been successfully uploaded on the application portal, our admissions team will start processing them.

If the documents are complete, the admission team will get back to you with their decision within a week's time. 

In case the some documents are missing, the admissions team will contact you directly to request for more information. 

Qualified applicants are invited to the WHU admission test, which is held in English.

Please note that you may not always receive the date you are looking for. Therefore, we encourage you to apply as soon as you can to ensure that you receive your preferred date.

We kindly advise you to try to attend the On-Campus Admission Days as this is also an opportunity for you to meet other applicants, staff, and faculty, and familiarize yourself with our campus.

The Off-Campus Admission Days are organized for international candidates but have the exact same process as the On-Campus Admission Days, except that those take place on Skype/Telephone. 

Should you be unable to attend one of the On-Campus or Off-Campus Admission Days, please contact our Admissions Manager, Amanguli Yasheng.

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in the WHU admissions test. During a half-day, candidates will complete various activities, all conducted entirely in English, in order to evaluate their suitableness for the program

Candidates will be assessed according to 5 assessment areas:

  • Academic Background
  • Submitted standardized test results (GMAT/GRE/TM-Base and English qualification)
  • Interview 1
  • Interview 2
  • Group Activity (On-campus)/Brain Teaser interview (Off-campus)

The three phases of the interview includes: 

Presentation & Discussion: Candidates will prepare a 15-minute presentation on a self-chosen topic related to their program of choice (Management, Finance, or Entrepreneurship). Afterwards, the presentation will be discussed with the examiner.

For this interview, we ask you to prepare three topics for a 15-minute long presentation on a self-chosen management, finance, or entrepreneurial related topic which you state on your application form. This presentation will be discussed afterwards for the remaining 15 minutes with the examiner. You will be informed of your topic one week before the Admission Test.

Personal Interview: during a 20-minute interview with an examiner, candidates will discuss their motivations to study at WHU, their personal experiences and career aspirations, etc.

For this interview, your resume and application form will be used as a reference point.

Group Activity (On-campus): Candidates will work with other applicants to complete a given task within the 45-minute timeframe, while being observed by examiners.

Brain Teaser Interview (Off-campus): Canditates will be given a set of Brain Teaser to solve within the 45-minute timeframe, while being observed by one examiner.

In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to join a campus tour and ask a current student questions about student life at WHU. Program representatives will also offer a short Q&A session to address any administrative or application questions you may have.

We will inform you if your application has been successful or not within 3 weeks of the Admission Days. If your application has been successful, the final step is to officially accept our offer and sign the study contract. 

Admission Test Dates

Test Date
Dec 7, 2018
Jan 16, 2019*
Feb 15, 2019
Feb 20, 2019*
Mar 15, 2019
Mar 27, 2019*
Apr 12, 2019
May 8, 2019*
May 24, 2019
Jun 7, 2019

* Off-Campus Admissions Test