Programme Structure & Content

You would like to be prepared for a management position in international business fields but not have to drop out of your profession? You can smoothly combine this MBA programme with a full-time job.

Attendance weekends

You begin your course in September or March and spend your three-year period of study every second to third weekend at ESB Business School on the campus of Reutlingen University. One academic year includes on average 15 attendance phases. During the period between the semesters there are no attendance phases. 

Normal lecture times:
Friday 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 8:30am – 1:30pm

Modular structure

All subjects are taught in theme blocks. For two to four consecutive attendance weekends you deal with the same topic and then conclude the block with an examination.  


You will deepen your knowledge of the topics presented in the attendance phases by studying course material yourself. The learning times depend on your previous knowledge, your learning situation and your individual learning speed. It would be advisable to allow for approx. 10 hours a week for self-study, working with the course materials and preparing for examinations. 

Study abroad

Enhancement of the international orientation of the graduates is a major qualification goal of the MBA degree programme. This is why the three-year course includes at least one module abroad of two to three weeks. The stay abroad gives you the opportunity to deepen your own specialisations in an international educational environment.
You will find information on the partner universities of the MBA programme in the partner university database.

Order of study

1st study stage  

Acquisition of sound knowledge of business management and economics 

2nd study stage       

Strategies for international markets and integrated application of management skills 

3rd study stage

In-depth elective modules and Master's thesis

Course Contents

  • Accountancy and Financing
  • Marketing Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics 
  • Intercultural Management 
  • Project Management
  • Production Management
  • Economic Law
  • International Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management
  • 5 Elective courses (e.g. Leadership in a Change Management Process, Sales Management, Organisational Behaviour Management Controlling, Management Consulting, International Product Management, Entrepreneurship, Methods of Efficient Management, …)