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Master of Business Administration International Management (MBA) • Pforzheim University • Pforzheim

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Joint Degree/Double

Course language(s)
The programme is held entirely in English.
For international students, classes in German as a
foreign language are offered at all levels and are fully
integrated into the MBA schedule.

Admission semester
Summer and winter semester

Winter semester: end of September
Summer semester: mid-March (fast track: for business

Programme duration
Four semesters (21 months) for non-business
Three semesters (16 months) for business graduates
(= fast track)
Application deadline Hochschule Pforzheim - Gestaltung, Technik,
15 June for October entry Wirtschaft und Recht
The application deadline for applicants from the EU or MBA Office
those who do not need a visa for studying in Germany
is 31 July. Julia Anzer
Tiefenbronner Straße 65
15 December for March entry (Business graduates 75175 Pforzheim
The application deadline for applicants from the EU or Tel. +49 (0) 72 31-28 65 24
those who do not need a visa for studying in Germany
is 31 January.
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The MBA Admissions Committee reviews applications Course website [http://www.hs-

on a rolling basis throughout the year.] »

Course content
The MBA International Management (MBA IM) at Facebook []
Pforzheim University Business School helps students
to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Today's Further Contacts
to tackle the challenges of the 21st century. Today's Further Contacts
business world is changing at a rapid pace, and Ruth Elsässer
executive managers and employees are confronted
with immense challenges: an intensifying globalisation Tel. +49 (0) 72 31-28 64 01
of economies, societies, environment, and cultures, the
emergence of new technologies, the prevalence of
Submit application to
information and communication technology in our
Hochschule Pforzheim
professional lives and increasing public expectations
MBA International Management
with respect to firms' social and environmental
Tiefenbronner Straße 65
75175 Pforzheim
The conditions under which executive managers have
to act and make decisions are volatile and more
uncertain than ever before. Firms will only withstand
future competition successfully if they are able to face
these 21st century challenges head on by exploiting
opportunities and minimising risks. Companies and
their executives must adjust flexibly and innovate to
handle continuously changing conditions.

The aim of the Pforzheim MBA International

Management programme is to enable our students, as
future managers, to meet these challenges for the
benefit of their companies.
To achieve this, the Pforzheim MBA follows a two-tier
strategy that will provide our students with a distinct
competitive advantage for the business of tomorrow.

An international, generalist and profound classical

management foundation is integrated with the most
relevant future topics: innovation, management, and
sustainable globalisation.

According to individual interests, students can choose

from a variety of electives in the third semester. They
can deepen their knowledge in Marketing, Accounting
and Finance as well as in European Integration.
Moreover, the students may take part in a company
project that is offered in the third semester.

For a specialisation in Energy Management, the third

semester can be spent at the University of Wyoming
(double degree option).

For students who have gained their first degree in

Germany, the programme includes a compulsory
semester abroad at one of our partner universities in
Asia, Europe or the Americas.

The Pforzheim Business School has been accredited

by AACSB International. Less than 5% of business
schools worldwide have earned this hallmark of
excellence in management education. In Germany,
only nine universities out of about 200 with business
programmes are AACSB accredited.

Educational organisation
MBA IM semesters and courses
[The numbers in brackets show the credits (ECTS)]
First Semester / Foundations [For non-business

Foundations in Accounting & Finance (6)

Foundations in Financial Accounting
Corporate Finance and Financial Analysis

Foundations in Marketing (6)

Foundations in Business Functions

Human Resources Management (3)
Information Management (3)
Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management (3)

Foundations in Economics (5)


Research Methods I
Scientific Writing and Literature Research (1)

Management Skills I
Presentation Skills (1)
Negotiation Skills (1)

Company Experience I (1)

Second Semester / Advanced Business Topics &

[Business graduates may start here]

Innovation and Business Dynamics I

Innovation Management I (5)

Sustainable Globalisation I (5)

International Economics
Sustainable Development

International Business Development ( 5)

Accounting & Finance in an International Context

Business Controlling in an International Context (5)

Research Methods II
Business Analytics (3)

Management Skills II
Project Management (2)

Management Skills Electives (in total 4 ECTS credits):

Decision Making (2)
Change Management (2)
Leadership (2)
Cross-Cultural Management (2)

Company Experience II (1)

Third Semester* / Individual Concentration / Study

Abroad Semester
*Third semester: exchange semester for students with
a first degree from a German university; optional for
international students

Strategic Management (ECTS credits: 5)

Innovation and Business Dynamics II

Innovation Management II: Product Development &
Design (5)

Sustainable Globalisation II
Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
Management (5)

Company Experience III (2)

(in total 15 ECTS credits):

Company Project / Project Work (6)

Entrepreneurial Marketing (3)
Brand Management (3)
Customer Relationship Management (3)
Service Marketing (3)
B2B-Marketing (3)

Management of Consulting Services (3)
Business Model Innovation & Management (3)
Process Management (3)

Accounting & Finance

International Financial Reporting Standards (6)
Advanced Corporate Finance (3)

European Perspectives
European Financial Markets (3)
European Economics & Political Relations (3)

Fourth Semester / Simulation & Thesis

MBA Thesis (ECTS credits: 20)
[four months / typically written in cooperation with a
company or an institution]

Business Planning & Management Simulation (ECTS

credits: 8)
Business Planning (3)
Management Simulation (5)

All Semesters / Languages

Optional: German as a Foreign Language / Second

Foreign Language

Study abroad unit(s)

Study abroad unit(s)
An exchange semester (third semester) is mandatory
for students who have a first degree from a German
university and do not have professional experience
abroad. An exchange semester is optional for
international students.

Partner universities:
France Business School, Clermont, France
Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e da
Empresa (ISCTE) Lisbon, Portugal
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudio Superiores de
Monterrey (EGADE), Mexico
University of Wyoming, Laramie, USA (double
degree specialising in Energy Management
Brigham Young University, Provo, USA
Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración
(IESA), Caracas, Venezuela

University of Macao, China
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi,
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad,
Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore, India
Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Yogyakarta,

An eight-week period between semesters two and
three offers a time frame for internships.
Students are encouraged to write their thesis with a
company/an institution in semester four. Through
company contacts, visits, and projects, students are
supported in finding an appropriate internship.

Forms of assessment
First semester: 30 ECTS
Class participation, written exam, assignment,

Second semester: 30 ECTS

Class participation, written exam, oral exam,
assignment, presentation

Third semester or semester abroad: 30 ECTS

Class participation, written exam, assignment,
presentation, project

Fourth semester: 30 ECTS

Thesis, class participation, presentation
Thesis, class participation, presentation

ECTS credits

Diploma supplement

Course-related German
language courses

Course objectives
Upon successful completion of the Pforzheim MBA
International Management programme, you will ...
... have profound expertise in the leadership principles
and management skills needed to successfully lead in
organisational contexts (Responsible leadership in
organisational contexts)
... be capable of developing innovative and effective
solutions for complex tasks in an unfamiliar and volatile
business environment (Creative problem-solving skills
in a complex business environment)
... be able to apply appropriate research methods and
tools to concrete questions in order to derive
compelling and innovative findings (Applied research
... be able to gauge a company's potential for
innovation and change, to stimulate innovative
processes, and to manage the implementation of
innovation (Management of innovation)
... be able to identify, analyse, and handle the
challenges of global sustainability as well as develop
awareness for social and corporate responsibilities
(Management for global sustainability and for social
and corporate responsibilities)

Tuition fees
3,000 EUR per semester

Enrolment fees
158 EUR per semester
The fee includes a semester ticket covering public
transport in the Pforzheim area.
First study semester: an additional 20 EUR for the
student ID-card

Costs of living
Approx. 600-700 EUR per month to cover personal

Job opportunities
For individual students, jobs as student assistants are
available. Companies in the area offer student jobs as

Language requirements
TOEFL 100 (Internet-based), 250 (computer-based),
600 (paper-based), or equivalent
Not necessary if first degree was taught in English

Academic requirements
Bachelor's degree
Two years of post-Bachelor, full-time work
Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT 550
is expected) or a German degree
TOEFL score: 100 (iBT)/IELTS (7.0)/proof of
Bachelor's degree taught entirely in English
Letter of motivation plus essay on extracurricular
Personal interview

Application forms for download can be found on our

website [http://www.hs-]

Where to apply
Hochschule Pforzheim
MBA International Management
Tiefenbronner Straße 65
75175 Pforzheim

Arrival support
Through a buddy system, our students are
supported from the beginning of the programme, and
a pick-up service upon arrival is included.
We provide hands-on information prior to arrival:
Pforzheim Survival guide, housing list, "steps to
Orientation sessions at the beginning of every

Services and support for

international students
Individual mentoring and coaching of students by
MBA faculty members
Continuous support is guaranteed throughout the
year by the academic MBA office team members.
Buddy system: senior MBA students support new
students from the beginning of the programme.
The Institute of Foreign Languages of Pforzheim
University cooperates intensively with the MBA and
guarantees, based on an entrance-level test, suitable
classes in German as a foreign language at all
Counselling services for job applications in Germany
and support for students with applications and CVs
and support for students with applications and CVs
from senior lecturers of the Institute of Foreign
Further support:
The International Programmes Office of Pforzheim
University supports students with accommodation
and visa issues.
Pforzheim University student initiatives GEMINI
(exclusive support for international students) and
CAMPUS X (on-campus company fairs) give support
for international students as well.
Central student services unit of the Pforzheim
University Business School

The student union offers accommodation in student
dorms around the campus (via Studentenwerk
Karlsruhe). Many private rooms are also available in
the city of Pforzheim and the surrounding area. The
university provides lists of private rooms and
apartments via the International Programmes Office.

Course website [

About the university

Pforzheim University

The university dates back to 1877 and consists of three

schools: the School of Design, the School of
Engineering and the Business School. The three
schools offer a large number of Bachelor's and
Master's degree programmes, all of which emphasise
interdisciplinary thinking and cooperation among
faculty, economists, lawyers, engineers, designers and
experts from various sectors.

Pforzheim University is characterised by the high

academic qualifications and practical experience of in
total more than 670 professors, associate lecturers and
staff, who intensively guide 6,300 students right from
the start of their studies. The institution also enjoys
close cooperation with the surrounding business
community and beyond, giving students a unique study
experience. The university has an outstanding
reputation among Germany's leading companies.

Applied research projects such as those carried out by

the university's Institute for Applied Research, the
Steinbeis Transfer Centers and its Jewellery
Technology Institute contribute to a practical approach.

The Business School

The programmes at Pforzheim University Business

School have been running for 50 years, and have seen
approx. 12,000 students graduate. With 3,200 students
and 95 full-time professors at the time of writing, the
and 95 full-time professors at the time of writing, the
institution is among the largest business schools in

The School is able to offer a broad and attractive range

of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes due to
its size and the highly qualified and professionally
experienced staff.
The spectrum of competencies offered by the faculty
ensures clear competitive advantages. When
professors are appointed, teaching skills and
commitment to excellence are as important as
academic qualifications and professional experience.
Subsequently, students benefit not only from the
academic, research and practical skills of their
professors, but also from their dedication.

Positive synergy effects through the linking of theory

and practice are documented in many projects and
research activities carried out in cooperation with the
business and research community. The emphasis on
practical experience is achieved through internships,
project work, and Bachelor's and Master's thesis
projects in close cooperation with companies in
Germany or abroad.

All study programmes are approved by the State of

Baden-Württemberg and accredited by state-
recognised accreditation agencies. The excellent
educational standard and methods, good study
amenities and the school's focus on the job market
have been very successful, as repeatedly
demonstrated through various rankings and ratings
(e.g., ranked second in "Wirtschaftswoche"; Centre for
Higher Education Development (CHE) / Die Zeit).

Total number of students


Total percentage of
international students
13 %

About the city

The city of Pforzheim is located in the state of Baden-
Württemberg in south-west Germany. The city forms
the northern gateway to the Black Forest, which is one
of the biggest and best known holiday regions in
Germany. Famous as the centre for German jewellery,
watch and silver goods industries, Pforzheim is also
known as the "Goldstadt" (Gold City). In Pforzheim, the
centuries-old traditions of the jewellery and gold guilds
converge with the design and high-tech industries.

The state of Baden-Württemberg is one of Europe's

most innovative and globalised regions. Many
internationally renowned corporations such as Daimler,
Porsche, Bosch, SAP, Zeiss and Würth are located in
Porsche, Bosch, SAP, Zeiss and Würth are located in
this area. The region also benefits from a powerful
backbone of small and medium-sized enterprises, and
among them are many hidden champions.

Pforzheim offers a variety of culture and tourism

opportunities, including the city's theatre, library,
several museums, parks and trails. Additionally, the
surroundings offer excellent recreational opportunities.
The "Gold City" is an ideal starting point for discovering
Germany and the rest of Europe.

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