Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA)

Hochschule Furtwangen
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
4 semester(s)
City, country:
Villingen-Schwenningen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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We prepare the leaders of the future

It's not just about having an MBA. You will be equipped to make strategic decisions and deal with the challenges of complex and uncertain situations. That’s what counts at strategic levels. Your personal future depends on how well you can perform at this level. And that is exactly what we prepare you for.

You will not only gain know-how across a range of critical business areas which will serve you well over the long-term, you will also develop leadership skills and gather in-depth insights into the international aspects of business. Small groups ensure a high degree of student participation and personal support from our highly qualified and internationally experienced professors and from the course manager. The excellent quality of the Executive MBA is guaranteed by the system accreditation of our University.

Our current EXECUTIVE MBA Program participants have an average of 10 years of business experience after graduating with their first degree.

Our Executive MBA Program stands out from the crowd of MBA programs available. This is due to its unique combination of general management approach, with an emphasis on practical relevance and internationality, and a learning environment customized to the specific requirements of our students.

During the program you will forge an international professional network that will prove invaluable throughout your career. After graduation, our alumni organisation allows you to maintain and develop this network of valuable contacts - a combined network that literally spans the globe.
Prof. Dr. Armin Trost
Executive MBA Director
Master Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) - Target audience

Target audience

The study program is aimed at those with a first degree in full employment who wish to gain additional management competence. Those willing to face 24 months of the multiple challenges of full-time employment and part-time studies, have a very clear career goal. Candidates are highly-motivated with excellent academic qualifications and considerable practical experience. The course offers a broad base of skills and knowledge in business subjects, as well as leadership and international competence skills.

The small size of the semester groups allows for a high level of student assistance and support by our highly-qualified, internationally-experienced professors. The successful ACQUIN accreditation is proof of the outstanding quality of our Executive MBA.
Master Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) - Emphasis/Curriculum


Our Executive MBA program focuses on General Management, providing a solid foundation and up-to-date knowledge base in all the functional areas essential for future managers. We offer professional development for those who have the potential for middle and top management positions.

In addition to business studies, our course covers the soft skills and social and intercultural competencies vital for today‘s managers.

During this very intensive program of business studies, participants will not only learn from professors and other experts in the field, but will also profit from the personal experiences and network of contacts of other group members.

One of the key elements of our program is the focus on business practice and relevance. We are convinced that our cooperation with well-known international companies provides significant added value to the program.

Well-known companies and regional players contribute Best Practice and make suggestions for further improvements to the program from a business point of view, thus contributing significantly to the practical relevance of the course.

They also enable the participants a look behind the scenes to gain valuable first hand information.

The combination of on-campus residencies and the use of innovative distance learning methods create an intensive but flexible and rewarding learning environment.
Master Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) - Practical relevance

International context

The increasing internationalisation of business poses continuous challenges to management. They have to develop an international competence, create lasting organisational structures as well as effective paths of communication, and re-focus the company culture. In this context, intercultural competence is as essential as solid language skills.

The internationally-established and highly-respected MBA title which our graduates are awarded will give fresh impetus to both a national and an international career. Two international modules with our partner universities, Universidad de Málaga and JiaoTong in Shanghai are integrated into our curriculum. Both universities are highly regarded in their own countries and thus reflect the standing of our Executive MBA.

The vast majority of lectures are held in English. However, German is used in lectures where appropriate, for example in German accounting. In the more than 15 years of its existence, HFU Business School has built up an extensive network of partner universities around the world. Similarly, a network of company contacts has been cultivated and our international competencies have been systematically developed and improved. These networks are the backbone of our Executive MBA in International Management.

Our faculty is an international one. All our professors have considerable practical and international experience which naturally infuses and enriches their teaching. They have also been teaching „International Business Management“ for many years and have tailored the tried and tested curriculum to suit the high expectations of the Executive MBA program. In addition we have been able to attract high-ranking managers from industry as guest lecturers.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
€ 18.000
Admission Requirements:
  • First degree (Bachelor, Master, Magister, Diploma or equivalent),
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in a position of responsibility following graduation
  • Good command of the English language enabling study in this language
  • Participation in a detailed introductory interview


Language(s) of instruction: English
Going abroad: possible

During the summer semester, we organise a module abroad in Shanghai for our Executive MBA students. The prestigious Jiao Tong University hosts lectures by international professors offering an inside view of this fascinating economic region. Visits to both Chinese and international companies are also included.

An integral part of the winter semester is a residency at the highly-regarded Universidad de Málaga. In terms of content it is similar to the China module, but it also includes a Business Simulation and provides a European focus.

Why HFU Business School?

  • Ability to make strategic decisions and solve (strategic) problems due to focus on general management and development of leadership potential
  • High quality of program proven by rankings and accreditation, and confirmed by our participants in regular course evaluations
  • Bridge between theory and practice due to practical orientation and close links to business
  • Course content with international orientation
  • International modules at top foreign universities - JiaoTong University in Shanghai, China and Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Learning environment which caters to the needs of business professionals
  • Outstanding support by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and committed program management
  • Small group size with maximum 15 participants encouraging intensive interactive learning
  • High degree of flexibility and individual customization
  • English as the language of instruction in preparation for the global workplace
  • Excellent planability due to advance availability of timetable

Open Evenings

If you are interested in the program, our Open Evenings which take place as part of the Best Practice presentations will offer an opportunity to get to know the Executive program in more detail and to talk to current participants.

We continue to play a role in our graduates’ professional development even after graduation, thus continually extending our alumni network. To this end we also offer all our graduates a regular schedule of additional seminars on current topics from business practice.
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Master Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) - Organisation


The University of Furtwangen is a rapidly expanding university with 170 years of tradition in Germany's most prosperous and efficiently run state of Baden-Wurttemberg. With around 5.700 students and 3 campuses in total it can be considered as a mid-size university.

The faculty with its focus on International Business has been in existence since 1995 on campus Villingen-Schwenningen.

Today the University of Furtwangen offers a broad selection of different subject areas: Bachelor (16) and masters programs (9) in the areas computer sciences, technology, business and engineering with business studies.
Master Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive Master of International Business Management (MBA) - Studying in Villingen-Schwenningen

Studying in Villingen-Schwenningen

In 1972 the town in its present form came into existence with the merger of the two formerly independent towns of Villingen and Schwenningen. Schwenningen was at one time the booming centre of the German clock industry with the headquarters of many well-known manufacurers located here. The world-famous clock and watch manufacturers Kienzle and Junghans both originated here. Hard times hit when the clock industry was revolutionised with the start of the digital age.

Villingen-Schwenningen has a lively centre with shops, cafes and restaurants in an attractive pedestrianised area and it now boasts three universities.

Villingen-Schwenningen is a sports region. Not only when the "Wild Wings" , the Team of the ERC Schwenningen is fighting for points with other top teams, is this entire sports entusiastics region in high spirits. Any type of sports, such as biking, tennis, golfing, skating or swimming is very popular here. The region has a heart for almost any type of sports activity and offers the best possible conditions.

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Hochschule Furtwangen

Jakob-Kienzle-Str. 17
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen