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Full-Time MBA / Curriculum

You will arrive with ambition, energy, and raw experience. The characteristics that indicate global business leader potential. Then you will begin your journey of actualization and undergo self-development.

Finally, you will graduate. Empowered to lead any business.
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Our Growth Methodology

Start. Grow. Sustain.

Start your personal and professional growth journey utilizing the entrepreneurial phases of Start, Grow, and Sustain. Delve into strategic C-level roles such as CEO, CFO, and CHRO, gaining invaluable insights. Embrace operational C-level functions, enriching your knowledge while tailoring your MBA through elective courses. Foster a responsible approach to leadership development. 

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Your Learning Experience

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Personal Development
Personal growth lies at the core of our MBA. Kickstart with the groundbreaking Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge. Network at tailored workshops held with Part-Time MBA students on weekends. Delve into personal values, leadership, and communication.
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Immersive Experiences Abroad
Embark on a total of 30 days abroad. Join like-minded peers with modules at Kellogg School of Management (USA) and in Europe. Gain new ideas through eye-opening company visits and a hands-on Social Entrepreneurship Project. Apply your business knowledge by founding and running real-life social enterprises.
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Management Practice Workshops
Complementing the academic curriculum, our workshops add new tools to your skillset with insights from industry experts. Equip yourself with practical tools from Design Thinking to Coding.

Curriculum

Program Start
Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge & Foundation Courses
 
Gain your business foundations and start exploring your purpose in an immersive 1-week leadership challenge for a good cause.
Sept
Start
START
Courses
 
Kick off your personal and professional development alongside the entrepreneurial journey of Start, Grow, Sustain, with the knowledge of the strategic C-level functions: CEO, CFO & CHRO.
Oct
Start
START
Personal Development Workshops
 
Tailor your personal development journey by choosing from various Personal Development Workshops to help you grow as a leader.
Oct
Start
START
Immersive Experience
 
Discover unique insights into the US market during the mandatory international course experience at the renowned Kellogg School of Management.
Nov
Start
GROW
Courses, Elective & Workshops
 
Grow your personal and professional development by acquiring the knowledge of the operational C-level functions: CTO, COO, CFO & CEO, and tailor your MBA by selecting your first elective course. Pick 1-2 Personal Development courses to grow as a leader.
Dec
Grow
GROW
Immersive Experience
 
Get unique insights into the European market during the international course experience at a partner school or by visiting a diverse set of companies.
Feb
Grow
GROW
Midterm Strategy Challenge
 
In a business game, the participants act as entrepreneurs. Strategic and tactical decisions have to be made in relation to typical company functions. In accompanying teaching units, concepts, and instruments of strategic management are recapitulated as part of the game.
Feb
Grow
GROW
Social Entrepreneurship Project
 
Create a tangible impact by developing a social enterprise. Between February and June, you will spend ten days in a European target community working on your project and two days at an investor location pitching the project.
Mar
Grow
SUSTAIN
Courses, Elective & Workshops
 
Sustain your personal and professional development across the entire C-suite. Customize your MBA with your second elective.
Mar
Sustain
SUSTAIN
Management Practice Workshops
 
Develop your skill set further with practical workshops to hone your leadership acumen.
Apr
Sustain
SUSTAIN
Personal Development
 
Culminate your journey with the Leadership Credo in a target community as part of the Social Entrepreneurship Project.
Jun
Sustain
Thesis
Final MBA Project
 
Complete your MBA with a research paper, business plan or internship project over 17 weeks.
Jun
Sustain
Start
Grow
Sustain
  • Quantitative methods for managers
Strategy
Financial Accounting
Marketing
New Venture Creation
Managerial Economics
Organizational Behavior: The People Side of Doing Business
Data-Driven Decision-Making
Data Science & AI for Business
Leadership in Practice
Operations Management
Managerial Finance
Corporate Finance
Sustainability Management
Managing Innovation and Corporate Transformation
Advanced Management Control Systems
Electives (GROW): The Global Business Environment & Price Management
Electives (SUSTAIN): Strategy Execution & Sourcing
  • Birkman Profile
  • The General Manager
  • Negotiations for Managers and Entrepreneurs
  • Leadership Communication & Stage Rules
  • Conflict Management
  • Dealing with Failure
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Self-Management Tools
  • Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge
  • Midterm Strategy Challenge
  • Leadership Credo
  • International module USA at Kellogg School of Management (one week)
  • European Experience module (academic or company visits, one week)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Project with 10 days in the European target community and 2 days at an investor location 
  • Leadership Credo (one week) in the target community of the Social Entrepreneurship Project

Flight and visa costs for the international modules are not included in the tuition, but accommodation and half-board, as well as all ground transportation during the international modules, are included in the tuition fee.

Please note that the destinations of the European module and the Social Entrepreneurship Project may differ from intake to intake and still need to be decided for the September 2024 intake. 

  • Design Thinking
  • Visualizing your Idea
  • Strategy Consulting
  • Coding Workshop
  • Machine Learning
  • Communicating as a Business Woman

Supporting our students in learning the German language is also essential for us at WHU to ensure integration and ideal employability in Germany. That's why we offer free German language classes throughout the program. These are integrated into the curriculum every week: you will have half a day each week to focus on learning German.

Our collaboration with the Goethe Institute allows our students a one-, two, or three-month pre-MBA German language course. WHU covers up to 550 € per course. Usually, these would be taken before you start the MBA journey with us.

Finalize your MBA with a research paper, business plan, or internship project. The duration is 17 weeks, and the project can be completed individually or as a small group.

*Curriculum is subject to change.

Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge

Social responsibility in action. The Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge (FLFC) is a one-week leadership course at the outset of WHU's MBA Program. By teaching leadership through experience, students discover a lasting sense of social responsibility beyond their organizations. Expect the unexpected with a different challenge every day. All funds raised through the challenge are donated to children's rights organizations.

What our alumni and faculty say

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Maximiliane (Maxi) Heidenblut
MBA Alumna
"Joining the Full-Time MBA was a big risk for me. I quit my job, and of course, when you do that, you lose the safety of regular income. But I wanted to immerse myself in the experience and explore other career paths. I found the focus on leadership skills attractive and wanted to develop my soft skills."
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Professor Dr. Yuval Kalish
Academic Director Full-Time & Part-Time MBA / Chair of Leadership, Networks, and Organizations
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
"A thought-provoking, experiential course that equips you with the tools and mindset needed to master challenges and change the future of your business."
Jessica Tan
MBA Alumna
"I gained so much from the Full-Time MBA program, not just knowledge but also soft skills and a vast network. We got to know almost 30 different nationalities in our class, tackled cultural challenges, and used that diversity to our advantage. It’s unique to WHU and representative of our globalized world. The class sizes are small, which makes it feel like a community: never have I had professors who knew their students by their first names! It checked all the boxes for my expectations, especially for networking, cross-cultural learning, and life-changing experiences."
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