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.

On the basis of surveys of our graduates who have had many years of professional experience we have thoroughly remodelled the MBA Part Time and adapted the structure and contents to current challenges. 

Attendance weekends

You begin your course in September or March and spend your two-year period of study plus master thesis (five months) every second to third weekend at ESB Business School on the campus of Reutlingen University. One academic year includes on average 15-18 attendance phases. During the period between the semesters there are no attendance phases. 

Normal lecture times:
Friday 3.30pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 3:30pm

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. In addition, a 1-week block course will be taught in English each semester prior to the attendance phase. 

Self-study

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. 

Helpful in this regard are our support/contact seminars with fixed office hours which you can attend in person or join online, as well as the online diary ”MAHARA“ where you can record on your own behalf your learning progress.


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 with fixed international partners with part-time programmes gives you the opportunity to deepen your own subject specialisations in an international educational environment.


For information about our international partners please contact Mr Philip Scherer.

Order of study

For more information about the course contents and modules see here.

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

Master's thesis


Course Contents

  • Leadership
  • Management for Teams
  • Digital Strategies
  • Sales
  • Organisation Behaviour