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New MBA offer in Germany amidst growing acceptance

The Munich Business School introduces a new degree: the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). The course will take four years to complete and first students will start from the winter semester 2014/15.


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The Bavarian business school offers the title which is an equivalent to a PhD in business administration to provide a research offer with real-life-application. The course can be attended by working managers and will be taught in English. 

The business school’s new offer is another indicator of an increased MBA activity in Germany. Despite the country’s initial procrastination towards the degree, companies, education providers as well as students seem to warm to the MBA. 

In ranking tables Germany might still be lagging behind somewhat as some schools don’t yet fulfil all criteria to be ranked. Currently there are only two German schools represented in the FT’s Global MBA ranking 2014: ESMT and Mannheim Business School.

According to the Financial Times though, the German business school sector is finally becoming awake: And the Munich offer is not the only new development.  Frankfurt School of Finance & Management will enrol students for a full-time MBA programme in September, ESMT in Berlin is rolling out a Master in Management programme. Mannheim Business School has a fairly new offer of a part-time MBA and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management is working on a fast-track version of its part-time MBA programme for 2015 which will include a healthcare and regulation management elective. Spain’s Iese business school has also eyed the fresh market and is opening an executive education campus in October.

The recent article in the Financial Times also found that Europe’s largest economy draws more and more foreign students into the economic powerhouse that Germany represents. Germany’s low MBA fees, very diverse classes and plentiful job opportunities help as well according to the FT. As the article states: ”The might of the German economy means it is not just international job seekers beginning to knock on the door of German business schools, but also overseas companies seeking to learn ‘the German way’.”

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