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Part-Time MBA / Curriculum

You already have the grit, passion, and experience. But we know that turning those into a global business leader takes more than lectures. Together with your peers – at times that fit your work life, including weekends – you will shape who you are tomorrow.

Our 24-months Part-Time MBA Program, beginning in September, is designed for your purpose.

Our Growth Methodology

Start. Grow. Sustain.

Our courses follow the Start-Grow-Sustain framework, offering a roadmap for corporate and entrepreneurial success. Foundations in strategy, data-driven decisions, and marketing set the stage. Start: Begin your journey with the spark of an idea, with CEO, CFO, and CHRO insights. Grow: Scale up with CTO, COO, CFO, and CEO functions. Sustain: Navigate challenges for enduring impact, future-proofing your venture in today's dynamic business landscape.

Your Learning Experience

Personal Development
Personal Development
Start with the unique Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge, paving the way for deeper discussions and leadership training. Tailored weekend workshops, conducted alongside Full-Time MBA students, provide ample opportunities for networking with professionals from German companies.
Immersive Experiences
Immersive Experiences
New perspectives, new ideas, and new countries. Visit Columbia Business School in the United States, and join a second optional international module, or participate in a real-life case study competition. Our MBA students learn how to be a leader by doing!
Management Practice Workshops
Management Practice Workshops
Our academic curriculum is enhanced by management practice workshops. These sessions, led by industry experts, provide valuable insights into essential business processes and practices. Empower your leadership journey with practical wisdom.

Curriculum

Program Start
Future Leaders Fundraising Challenge & Foundation Courses
 
Get your business foundations and start exploring your purpose in an immersive 1-week leadership challenge for a good cause.
Sept
Start
START
Courses, Elective & Workshops
 
Start your personal and professional development alongside the entrepreneurial journey of Start, Grow, and Sustain, with the knowledge of the strategic C-level functions: CEO, CFO & CHRO. Tailor your MBA by selecting your first elective course.
Nov
Start
START
Personal Development Workshops
 
Tailor your personal development journey by choosing from various Personal Development Workshops to help you grow as a leader.
Nov
Start
GROW
Courses & Electives
 
Grow your personal and professional development by acquiring knowledge of the operational C-level functions: CTO, COO, CFO & CEO.
Apr
Grow
GROW
Immersive experience
 
Discover unique insights into the US market during the mandatory international experience (six days) at the renowned Columbia Business School.
Jun
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.
Aug
Grow
SUSTAIN
Courses, Electives & Workshops
 
Sustain your personal and professional development across the entire C-suite. Further customize your MBA with two electives.
Sept
Sustain
SUSTAIN
Immersive Experience
 
Choose an optional international experience or real-life case study competition.
Feb
Sustain
SUSTAIN
Management Practice Workshops
 
Develop your skill set further with practical workshops to hone your leadership acumen.
Mar
Sustain
SUSTAIN
Personal Development
 
Finalize your journey with the Leadership Credo.
May
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
Entrepreneurship: Skills and Methods
Microeconomics
Organizational Behavior: The People Side of Doing Business
Data-driven Decision-making
Data Science and AI for Business
Leadership in Practice
Operations Management
Managerial Finance
Corporate Finance & Governance
Sustainability Management
Managing Innovation & Corporate Transformation
Advanced Management Control Systems
Electives (START): The Social & Political Economy of Global Business & B2B Sales
Electives (GROW): Entrepreneurial Finance & Advanced Supply Chain
Electives (SUSTAIN): Strategy Execution & Sustainability Topics in Accounting and Finance
Electives (SUSTAIN): Digital Transformation & Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 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 Columbia Business School (one week)
  • One further optional international immersive experience (one week), at additional cost 

    OR

  • Real-life case study competition (Friday to Sunday, on campus), no additional cost

Flight and visa costs for the international module in the USA 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.

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

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 is a one-week leadership course at the outset of WHU’s MBA Program. It is designed to teach leadership through experience, to introduce topics covered in the MBA Program, and instill in students a lasting sense of leaders’ social responsibility beyond their organizations. The students work in teams and face a different challenge every day. The ideas and the funds that the students raise during the week benefit children's rights organizations.

What our alumni and faculty say

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Professor Dr. Miriam Müthel
Chair for Organizational Behavior
WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management
"Students will learn to see their careers so far from an entirely new perspective. As a student once said: 'If I had participated in your class three years ago, my career would have been going completely different.' You will learn more about yourself – your strengths and weaknesses – than you ever expected. "
Wenjie Yao
Part-Time MBA student
"I made a career transition leading me to move into industry, Now, my long-term goal is to build efficient teams and organizations, to tackle the deadliest diseases of the world, to deliver medicine with affordable price and excellent quality to patients. To do that, I needed to build that business perspective to fill the gap in my knowledge, and equip me with the business knowledge, management and leadership skills as an effective and impactful leader."
Cihan Sügür
Part-Time MBA Alumnus
"It’s almost like learning to read again. You look at things from a new angle. For example, some people might think they know how to read an annual report. Then you sit in the class of Professor Garen Markarian, learn to interpret 10-K reports, and realize that you didn’t know much at all. It is the same in “Entrepreneurial Finance” with Professor Serden Özcan. These are key moments where you feel your knowledge growing."
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