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What qualifications does ESB Business School offer?

BSc = Bachelor of Science

MA = Master of Arts

MSc = Master of Science

MBA = Master of Business Administration

Is there a minimum grade requirement for admission to ESB Business School?

No. ESB Business School does not normally require a minimum grade in the examinations qualifying students for entry into higher education. Each programme of study selects applicants on the basis of its own criteria and procedure. In addition to academic performance as measured by success in examinations, we hold a number of other factors to be significant, including: professional experience, international experience,  language skills, personal commitment outside of school or work. Candidates are invited to a personal selection interview so that we have the opportunity to get to know them, and they have the opportunity to find out more about ESB Business School.

Applicants for admission to our Master`s programmes should have completed their undergraduate studies with a grade not lower than 2.5 in the German system, or equivalent in other systems.

Is there a deadline for applications?

For most programmes, the deadline for application for the summer semester is 15th January, and for the winter semester 15th July. The following programmes have different deadlines:

BSc International Business
BSc International Management (IPBS),
MSc International Management
MBA International Management

You can find more information on the programme website or in this overview.

What application documents are required?

Please refer to the pages for the individual programme of study.

Are work-experience placements (internships) included in studies?

The Bachelor`s programmes include one or two semesters of work experience. For students who earned 180 ECTS Credit Points in their undergraduate studies, a work-experience placement is normally included in the Master`s programme in order to achieve the required total of 300 ECTS Credit Points.

What are the requirements for admission?

As well as success in the selection procedure of the individual programme of study, successful applicants to undergraduate programmes must also have passed formal examinations qualifying them for admission to higher education.

For admission to graduate programmes, applicants must also have successfully completed undergraduate studies and have been awarded a degree such as BA or BSc, or the German Diplom or Magister.

How long are undergraduate courses?

Depending on the programme of study, undergraduate courses take between 6 to 8 semesters.

How long are graduate studies?

Depending on the programme, Masters' courses take between 12 months and two years of full-time study.

Why have we changed to the Bachelor and Master system?

In order to achieve international transparency and comparability, the signatory countries of the Bologna-Accords, including Germany, agreed to implement a two-tier-system with Bachelor`s and Master`s degrees by the year 2010. All ESB Business School programmes therefore changed to this system.

What is a Bachelor's degree?

The Bachelor's degree is the first professonal qualification awarded after three or maximum four years of study, a shorter period than that formerly required for the German Diplom, thus enabling earlier career starts. Students with the Bachelor qualification may go on to study in programmes leading to the Master's degree.

What is a Master's degree?

Programmes leading to the Master qualification involve one to two years of study or research at a university after successfully completing undergraduate studies. A Master`s programme may be in the same subject as the undergraduate studies completed by its students ( a so-called "consecutive programme"). An example of this at ESB is the M.Sc. in Production/Logistics Management. There are also non-consecutive Master`s programmes, such as the MBA, which is designed for students with first degrees in subjects other than business, who already have professional work experience.

How many ECTS Credit Points are earned in the programmes?

Programme of Study


Credit Points (ECTS)

BSc Production Management

7 semesters


BSc International Logis­tics Management

7 semesters


BSc International Business

7 semesters


BSc International Ma­nage­ment (IPBS)

8 semesters


MA European Management Studies

4 semesters


MBA  International Management

3 semesters full-time, 6 semesters part-time


MSc International Manage­­ment

12-15 months


MSc Production Management

4 semesters


MSc Logistics Management

4 semesters


MA International Business Development

3-4 semesters


MA International Accounting & Taxation

3-4 semesters


Does ESB Business School offer part-time or distance-learning courses?

Yes. The ESB part-time MBA programme offers students the opportunity to earn their degree while continuing with their full-time careers. There are regular  (usually every two to three weeks) attendance sessions on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, between which students work independently with specially prepared ESB Business School course books and other materials. Participants in this programme are able to apply their newly-acquired knowledge immediately in their work.

When do studies at ESB Business School begin?

In nearly all study programmes, there are intakes in the Summer and the Winter semesters. The B.Sc./M.Sc. International Management (IPBS) and MA European Management Studies are exceptions to this rule, beginning only once a year in the Winter semester.

How much time do students spend abroad?

The amount of time spent studying abroad varies from programme to programme. Programmes leading to the Bachelor degree normally require at least one semester of study abroad. Work-experience semesters can (in some programmes, should) also be taken abroad.

What does studying at ESB Business School cost?

At present, administration fees total € 101.50.

MSc International Management and MBA programmes charge higher fees (please refer to the programme sections on the website).

Is ESB Business School a private institution?

No. ESB Business School is a state institution. ESB Business School is the business faculty of Reutlingen University and offers a total of 20 study programmes leading to Bachelor`s and Master`s degrees in the areas of Business Studies and Engineering Management.

How many students are there at ESB Business School and Reutlingen University?

The university has around 4000 students, more than half of whom are from ESB Business School.

Are there care facilities for children?

Yes. Reutlingen University has had its own crèche since 2007, providing daytime care for children from the age of one. Since there is great demand for the places available, it is advisable to apply as early as possible. Student Services in Tübingen offer further facilities for child care.

Are ESB Business School programmes accredited?

Yes. All programmes of study at ESB Reutlingen are accredited by FIBAA. Further information is available at:


Does Reutlingen University have state recognition?

Yes. Reutlingen University is a state owned public university according to the laws of the state under the aegis of the Ministry of Science, Research and Art, Baden-Württemberg.