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Full-Time MBA / Application and Admissions

Welcome to WHU.

Tenacious and high-achieving, aware and engaged? Then we are glad you are here. And we look forward to helping you become a global business leader.
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Your Profile

  1. Expand your global perspective. You will be taught by leading professors and learn alongside peers from a huge diversity of professions, backgrounds and nationalities.
  2. Grow through collaboration. Learn how to focus different views and expertise into a single solution by tackling real-world business problems with your peers.
  3. Stand tall. Inspire. Motivate. Make your voice heard. Lead teams. Lead organizations. Lead yourself in your own path. We will show you how. The right way.
  4. Build better connections. You will forge career-enhancing relationships with your peers, professors and visiting businesspeople, and then join an alumni network that spans the world and its brightest organizations.
  5. Fire your curiosity. By exchanging ideas and studying alongside other inventive thinkers, you will develop the entrepreneurial mindset vital for founding a start-up or leading an established company. 
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Admission Requirements

To apply to our WHU MBA Program the following requirements need to be fulfilled:

  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor or equivalent)
  • Minimum of two years postgraduate work experience
  • Fully filled out Online Application Form (WHU Online Application Center)
  • One letter of recommendation from a professor or supervisor. Ask your supervisor to send it via their business account to mba(at)whu.edu
  • Completed Excellent Fit Assessment (one of the five criteria must be fulfilled)
    • External certifications (GMAT / GMAT Focus / GRE or WHU Admissions Test (BAT) or CFA Level II)
    • PhD / doctorate level academic degree
    • previous academic degree in business sciences from an accredited university and three years of professional experience
    • top 5% of graduating class in a non-business field from an accredited university and three years of professional experience in a business field
    • extraordinary Achievement
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL (min. 100 IBT) or equivalent IELTS (7.0) if English is not your native language. 
    WHU TOEFL recipient code is: 0682

Application Process

Our WHU Online Application Center guides you through all the information and documents we require to process your application (see admission requirements). Besides the application documents, we would like to get to know you better by asking you to write about your motivations to do an MBA at WHU, your career goals, and what sets you apart. Usually, your application will be reviewed and assessed within a few days. During peak times, however, it may take longer. To avoid this, we recommend applying as early as possible.  

At WHU, our MBA students are names, not numbers, and we value a personal connection. Hence, after reviewing your application, we would like to get to know you as an applicant in a personal interview that can be either on campus or virtual, and will be conducted by two members of the Admissions Team. Once you have received an invitation for an interview, you will have three weeks to choose a slot. During the interview, we will discuss your motivation and ask you to share examples of how you dealt with situations in your professional life that might come up in the MBA program. We look for a great fit between our WHU values, what our WHU MBA program offers, and what you’re looking for in an MBA program. Of course, you are also welcome to ask questions – it's a great way to get to know us better, too! The interview usually takes one hour.  

After the interview, we share your application documents and our interview assessment with our Admissions Committee, who makes a final decision. It consists of representatives of the Recruitment and Admissions Team, the Program Director, and the Career Center to have a holistic view on each candidate. The Committee meets once a week, so you can expect to receive feedback on whether you will be admitted to the program, denied, waitlisted, or if you should undergo further steps (like an additional interview) within two weeks.

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