Master of Business Administration (MBA for Working Professionals)

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Master of Business Administration
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
4 Semester
Place of study
Part-time studies possible
Digitalization, Global Competitiveness, and Business Resilience are key challenges that Future Business Leaders will need to manage and master, strategically and sustainably.

Discover and join the Part-Time MBA program at WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management at KU, Germany’s most popular university (* award). This unique MBA is for ambitious young professionals who wish to unlock their full potential and become top-level managers and executives. Accelerate your career and develop the knowledge and skills for global business success while still working at your full-time job.

By joining a select cohort of working professionals and future business leaders in an innovative Hybrid format, you will experience transformational learning that will fast track your career progress. Exclusive features of this program are two in-person business immersions – one in the Silicon Valley (USA) and one in Germany – built around essential themes and topics for today’s business.

The MBA for Working Professionals has an innovative Hybrid format – participants will be able to take advantage of 4 weekends of on-campus classroom instruction and 4 weekends of online lectures each semester, providing maximum flexibility in their time schedules and allowing for an excellent work-life-study balance. This MBA program builds a solid foundation of scientific and applied knowledge, provides international orientation and exposure, offers unmatched networking and real-world exposure, along with an emphasis on ethics and sustainability in business.

Learn from internationally renowned professors, managers and business leaders from innovative firms, and become part of a program where Theory meets Practice.

The program in detail


The MBA program is designed for managers and working professionals (senior or junior managers) from all industries and organizations, as well as self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs who have a first university degree, at least two years of professional experience and good English skills. A previous degree in business administration is not required.

This MBA program emphasizes “Breadth” and “General Management” and does not limit itself to a specific functional area of business administration. It is geared towards a holistic understanding of business administration with a goal of grooming high potential candidates for top management and leadership positions in the future regardless of their current functional area.

A distinguishing feature of this MBA program is the inclusion of two business immersions. The first one takes participants to the Silicon Valley (USA) to visit five cutting edge companies of different sizes, industries and life-stages of digitization. The second one within Germany gives students the opportunity to interact with innovative companies that have successfully achieved global expansion and growth. Travel expenses are not included in the total EUR 16,000 program fee.

There are 14 teaching modules in this program. Each module comprises 5 ECTS credits and focuses on a specific management topic. Each module is covered over four teaching days, using blended learning (online and in-person components). The program is an independent component of the academic life and offerings of WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.


Economics and Finance

Firms, Markets and Money: Principles of Economics for Business (Semester 1)

In this course participants will learn fundamental knowledge in microeconomics and macroeconomics. This course will provide a solid understanding of economic analysis with the goal of developing critical analysis skills in the spheres of micro- and macroeconomics that lasts throughout the student’s education and professional careers.

Financial and Managerial Accounting (Semester 2)

This course is divided into two distinct parts - Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting. The first part of this course, Financial Accounting provides a comprehensive introduction into Financial Accounting. Participants will learn about the accounting system of firms and how their information is stored and utilized for measurement and reporting issues. Students will gain solid knowledge of accounting concepts and workings and develop the ability to make perceptive use of this information. The second part of the course, Managerial Accounting, provides students with an introduction to cost systems and performance measurement tools utilized for managerial decisions. The second part specifies on internal reporting with the purpose of managing the firm.

Financial Management (Semester 2)

The focus of this course is to provide a rigorous introduction to the principles of modern financial management, analysis and applications to business challenges. Students will learn to understand how firms meet their financial objectives by using financial decision-making. This course also provides knowledge about major financial concepts, tools and techniques, which aid firms in achieving maximal value by improving decision making.

Applied Economics for Decision Making in Business (Semester 3)

In today’s ever-changing business environment, managers and decision makers will benefit from the practical use of applied economics. In this advanced economics course, participants will learn how core and advanced principles in economics are applied in in managing different business functions such as Marketing, Management & Strategy and Business Finance. Students will develop strong analytical skills and able to learn a set of frameworks and tools for analysis that can be applied across markets of different degrees of competition as well as to numerous areas and management functions, ranging from business strategy, expansion, managing human capital, financial decision making, financial markets, to pricing, and consumer research.

Management and Strategy

Managing Operations and Supply Chains (Semester 1)

Managing Operations and Supply Chains covers both manufacturing and service industries and explores core concepts and advanced principles and techniques of operations and supply chain management. This course provides a perspective of the various functions that exist within a supply chain, including processes, drivers and performance indicators. Apart from understanding supply chains, successful management requires the ability of situational decision making. Operations Management is devoted to improve decision making under different possible scenarios. This course provides a critical understanding of decision models and how these simplified representations of situations can aid in understanding complex problem formulations.

Managing People and Organizations: Strategy & Leadership (Semester 2)

Leadership in organizations is one of the main keys to success and is highly interwoven with the organizations structure and strategy. However, managers need to understand “how” to lead people and projects, “how” to make use of power and influence and how all of this interacts in an organization, before acting. In this course, participants will have the chance to discover their personal goals, beliefs, motivations, and habits, which are necessary to develop an effective leadership style. They will understand how these will influence issues of Human Resource Management, organization culture and structure and strategy. These outcomes will allow participants to create changes in business, deal with inherent ambiguity and risk in organizations, and utilize advanced managerial practices.

Business Analytics for Insights (Semester 3)

Explorative, Diagnostic and predictive analysis are key elements in management decision making. Such datadriven management decisions can enhance firm performance across all business functions. In this course, working professionals in the MBA program will learn business analytics for insights that can help managers and decision makers discover challenges and opportunities and leverage data- and fact-based planning and control. With the abundance of data available today, students will understand how data can be structured and analyzed to mine business insights and improve decision-making.

Innovation & Sustainability

Innovation and Creativity in Management (Semester 1)

Innovation and Creativity are the key drivers of success for management. Management teams in companies that have experienced substantial gains in shareholder value, particularly over the last decade, have done so based on a culture of creativity and innovation. Innovation and creativity can be successfully managed in organizations to create a sustainable competitive advantage. This course addresses the fundamental question of how to successfully manage and facilitate innovation and creativity in organizations.

Business and Society: Ethics and Sustainability (Semester 3)

In the context of global value chains and complex ecological, social and health requirements, society's expectations of ethical action by entrepreneurs and managers have risen sharply. It is more important than ever for managers and executives to develop ethical language skills and, to this end, to adopt a holistic view of the economy as part of society as a whole. They must learn to make moral decisions, to create responsible structures in their organizations, and furthermore to participate in the social discourse on ethical issues. In order to do so, they must take note of the legitimate expectations of stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, society) and take these into account in their business practice. Participants in this course will learn how ethical and sustainable value propositions can be integrated into organizational actions and why this is essential both for business and society.

Managing Products and Services

Managing Products, Markets and Consumers (Semester 1)

In a broad sense, the success of any organization depends largely on how well it can attract and retain customers, in order to achieve its goals. To attract customers, the organization must have something of value to offer to them. The central premise of marketing, therefore, is all about understanding, creating, communicating and delivering that value to customers. This course is designed to provide an appreciation of the role of marketing in an organization and to help students develop a structured approach to analyzing marketing problems, sharpen marketing decision-making skills, and, design and execute effective marketing strategy.

Creating, Managing and Delivering Exceptional Service (Semester 2)

With services dominating most industries and being a large contributor to the GDP of most economies, it becomes crucial for managers to know how to create, manage and deliver exceptional service. The main feature of this course is the combination of theory and practice in the field of service management. The lectures are based on theoretical frameworks and cutting-edge empirical research, which are then linked to a practitioner perspective and exemplified based on real life company case studies.

Seminar and Master Thesis

Seminar on Advanced Topics in Business Administration (Semester 3)

This course on advanced topics in business administration aims to address urgent and topical challenges in the field of business each year. Placed in the third semester of the program, it will leverage the knowledge, competencies and skills that students have acquired thus far in the program and allow them to enhance their comprehension, analytical and decision-making abilities in tackling a prevailing challenge. Topics will vary according to the need of the hour in the field of business. Sample, indicative examples include (but definitely not limited to) - crisis management, preparing for the future of work and society, business strategies during a recession, etc.

Masterarbeit (Semester 4)

The aim of the Master’s Thesis in the MBA program is to enable students to undertake a deep and thorough analysis to solve a concrete project for their organization (or for an organization or enterprise of their choice) by using and applying scientific methods and newly acquired knowledge in the MBA program.

The students should be able to structure a research question, to link different scientific perspectives and develop strategic, actionable recommendations for the organization to act on.


March of Year 1: Global Immersion in the Silicon Valley: Digitalization, Scaling Up, and New Business Models:

This global immersion course in the Silicon Valley is designed to provide a unique action-learning opportunity for participants to have a first had experience of a thriving, “Innovation and Digitalization” focused ecosystem. Working professionals in the MBA program will embark on a one-week trip to Silicon Valley, where they will visit five cutting edge companies of different sizes, industries and life-stages of digitalization and learn from senior business executives of those organizations. This will be accompanied by lectures on how to successfully re-invent current business models, transform organizations through digitalization, and scale up innovations

[Translate to Englisch:] März des zweiten Jahres: Business Immersion in Germany: Achieving Global Growth and Competitiveness: 5 ECTS-Punkte; Modulprüfung: Präsentation und Hausarbeit.

A central business question in most organizations, regardless of their size or life stage, is where and how will we achieve growth. In a globally competitive world, achieving sustainable growth is a prized target for companies. This business immersion course in Germany is designed to provide a unique action-learning opportunity for participants to have a first-hand experience of a thriving ecosystem that is focused on “global growth” and “competitiveness”. Working professionals in the MBA program will embark on a one-week trip in Germany, where they will experience the “living business lab” of cutting-edge companies that have succeeded in achieving global expansion and growth. Furthermore, participants will learn from senior business executives of those organizations how to grow globally and achieve long-term, sustainable competitiveness. This will be accompanied by lectures on how to build globally competitive business models and transform organizations through sustainable growth.

Module plan

MBA Quick Facts

MBA Quick Facts

Rankings and assessments

The KU is the most popular university in 2022

KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2022 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. This is the second time in a row, as KU was also voted the most popular university in 2021. The ranking was based on over 70,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 97 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

The MBA program is designed to enable accelerated career growth for students in their current organizations and open up a wide range of future career opportunities in management.

Specifically, MBA graduates will be able to:

  • apply for promotions within their current organizations,
  • demonstrate enhanced ability to manage and lead people, products, and processes within their current organizations,
  • demonstrate enhanced fluency in working with and managing crossfunctional within their current organizations,
  • devise and implement strategic initiatives for their current organizations,
  • apply for a wide range of management and leadership positions in a variety of industries and organizations

Alumni testimonials


I chose WFI because the focus areas offered and the topics covered were very close to the pulse of the times. Many study contents were still relevant for my professional life even after many years. In addition, I was thrilled by the atmosphere at WFI. I have very fond memories of the personal and close contact with some…

I chose WFI because the focus areas offered and the topics covered were very close to the pulse of the times. Many study contents were still relevant for my professional life even after many years. In addition, I was thrilled by the atmosphere at WFI. I have very fond memories of the personal and close contact with some of the professors. The cohesion of the alumni is fun and results in a network in which you can find help or recommendations. You will always find points of contact and common topics that promote interdisciplinary exchange even after graduation.

- Dr. Sacha Knorr(Director Strategic Accounts & Solutions @ StepStone Deutschland)

WFI was the right choice, even in retrospect - optimal proximity to teaching and instructors and high commitment of fellow students inside and outside the university. This school played a decisive role in shaping my personal path and this opportunity is still available today. This is proven by the many graduates I met…

WFI was the right choice, even in retrospect - optimal proximity to teaching and instructors and high commitment of fellow students inside and outside the university. This school played a decisive role in shaping my personal path and this opportunity is still available today. This is proven by the many graduates I met afterwards, among others as employees and customers.

- Klaus-Ulrich Pfeiffer(Partner @ KPMG)

"The WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management combines outstanding teaching with practical projects in cooperation with global companies. I gained valuable intercultural experiences and insights into new topics and approaches, through the integrated semester abroad and the project work in international and…

"The WFI - Ingolstadt School of Management combines outstanding teaching with practical projects in cooperation with global companies. I gained valuable intercultural experiences and insights into new topics and approaches, through the integrated semester abroad and the project work in international and interdisciplinary teams. Thus, my studies at the WFI prepared me in the best possible way for a career start in a major international corporation. Furthermore, since I got the chance to meet my current employer at a WFI event and can now profitably use the knowledge I gained during my studies as a manager in many situations, the WFI was definitely the right choice for my master's degree."

- Janick Plate(Head of Group “Rollout Automation” @ Vodafone)

The KU

Ingolstadt campus

Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The campus in Ingolstadt, home to the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI), consists of the Main Building and the New Building, separated by a peaceful courtyard. The ample green spaces on the Ingolstadt campus invite students to enjoy their surroundings outside during lecture breaks and meet fellow students. If you prefer to spend your breaks in town running errands, Ingolstadt’s city center is just a few minutes’ walk away. Other faculty buildings are the Studierendenhaus and the Hohe Schule that was home to the first Bavarian state university in the 15th century.

What sets the KU apart - in IN

[Translate to Englisch:] Studierende Ingolstadt

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network with over 260 partner universities.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Is Ingolstadt a real university town?

Strictly speaking, Ingolstadt is even THE university town in Bavaria - because the first Bavarian university was located here! However, the Bavarian State University, founded in 1472, moved to Landshut in 1802 and has been located in Munich since 1810 as Ludwig Maximilian University. The history as a university town continued 188 years later: In 1989/90, the Faculty of Economics of the Catholic University opened in Ingolstadt.

With about 135,000 inhabitants, Ingolstadt is a lively and dynamic large city. The theater, the AUDI summer concerts, the jazz days and the Museum of Concrete Art are just a few of the cultural highlights. In a historical setting, a large number of restaurants, clubs and pubs invite you to unwind after lectures and seminars - often just a few steps away from the campus. The day can also be spent relaxing on the Danube beach or at the lake - with a cocktail in hand and your feet in the sand. And of course there's something else that's not missing in an Upper Bavarian city: beer gardens for a "Brezel" and a beer or two.

The location

Ingolstadt is the second largest city in Upper Bavaria after Munich and is only a 30-minute drive away from the state capital. Located in the heart of the Altmühl valley and the largest hop-growing area in the world - the Hallertau - Ingolstadt has a broad cultural offer.

There are regular classical concerts in the AUDI forum, many different student events, and the Volksfeste, beer festivals that are typical for Bavaria (small Oktoberfest Wiesn festivals). Ingolstadt has many restaurants, bars, beer gardens and clubs that are all located in the historical, picturesque old town and are perfect for enjoying a beer or two with friends after the lectures. Last but not least, Munich with its vast cultural offer is just around the corner.

Together with the district of Eichstätt, the Ingolstadt region has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany. This is partly owing to the fact that many well-known large companies such as EADS, AUDI, EDEKA, Media-Markt Saturn or Hipp have their headquarters in the Ingolstadt region.

More on Ingolstadt as a study location

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt

Subject Advisory

Contact Us

To explore this program in detail, or for more information, contact us for assistance and consultation. If you would like a preliminary online consultation to discuss your profile, please contact us and set up a personal appointment.

We would love to welcome you at WFI Campus!

Maximilian Bauer, M.Sc.
Maximilian Bauer, M.Sc.
MBA Program Manager and Doctoral Candidate
Building Neubau  |  Room: NB-123


2 Years of Professional Experience
Language requirements
German A2 | English: TOEFL iBT 90 or higher, or IELTS 6,5 or higher, or Cambridge Zertifikat C1 Advanced
Application period winter
Feb 01 - Aug 31
Admission restriction
Selection procedure

We are pleased that you are interested in the Part-Time MBA program and look forward to receiving your detailed application. If you have any questions in advance, please feel free to contact us or join one of our weekly Coffee Talks (Tuesdays from 2 - 3 pm (CEST) via Zoom | click on "Coffee Talks" to join the meeting). Please take a look at our qualification requirements and the required documents for your application.

Join a select cohort of future business leaders for a transformational learning experience that will unlock your full potential and accelerate your career. Learn from internationally renowned professors, managers and executives from innovative companies, benefit from a unique network, and combine theory with practice in an international orientation. Complete your Part-Time MBA at Germany's most popular university ( Award)!

Apply now for the MBA for Working Professionals by accessing our online application form. Click on "Online Application" to explore the application page. Here you will find detailed information regarding the application procedure and the online application form.