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Hochschule Furtwangen / HFU Business School

Profil der Hochschule

HFU is ranked highly by both students and employers in Germany’s university league tables and our excellent reputation draws students from all over Germany as well as from more than 80 countries around the world. The part-time Executive MBA program of HFU Business School offers many advantages. Top among it is our small class size limited to 15 students, ensuring an intensive learning environment, close interaction with peers and professors, and personalized attention from the faculty and support staff.

Besonderheiten der Studiengänge

  • Emphasis in general management
  • Internationality
  • Entirely taught in English
  • No more than 15 students in a group
  • Ease of planning with upfront availability of program dates
  • Individuality, high flexibility
  • Practical applicability
  • High quality of the program

Executive MBA (part-time)

The Executive MBA program is a part-time program offering clear advantages to professionals with substantial management experience who are seeking additional management and leadership experience. Our aim is to give our graduates not expert knowledge in only one niche of business life but the broad general knowledge, with an additional emphasis on soft skills.

The program’s international focus is highlighted by the addition of two teaching blocks with our renowned international partner universities, one in Europe and one outside Europe. The practical focus is further enhanced through the regular involvement of top management from regional and international companies through Best Practice presentations and through their commitment to the Executive MBA Advisory Board.

Management Essentials for Professionals (one semester CAS degree)

A new addition to the program of the HFU Business School at Furtwangen University is a part-time CAS degree called „Management Essentials for Professionals“ (MEP). The program always starts in the summer semester and lasts only one semester. It is therefore also interesting for professionals who do not want to commit to a long-term continuing education program. Formally, you complete a contact study program.

What exactly is taught in the program?
The focus of this program is on the core functions of modern business administration and teaches functional competence. This includes the following equivalent modules:

  • Strategic Management
  • International Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting
  • International Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

How long does the program last?
The program lasts one semester. Participants attend the course on 9 2-day dates on Friday and Saturday approximately every two weeks. In addition, participants can claim their educational leave. At the end, successful graduates receive a CAS, a state-recognized „Certificate of Advanced Studies“.

What is the goal of the advanced training?
You will be empowered to deal with strategic decisions and challenges in complex and uncertain situations. This is what matters at strategic levels. At the same time, your personal future depends on the extent to which you can speak intelligently and constructively at this level. This is exactly what we prepare you for.

Certificate of Advanced Studies – What is it? Is it internationally recognized?
Part-time training courses that can be completed with a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) and give the opportunity to deal scientifically with a topic and to obtain a degree below an academic degree (Bachelor/Master). This is evaluated with credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and can thus be recognized throughout Europe. You will earn 21 ECTS in the program.

In which language is the course taught?
Most of our participants operate or will operate in an international environment. Therefore, all our courses are taught in English.
Do I need a university degree or a specific professional qualification?
To participate in a CAS you do not need a specific academic qualification (university entrance qualification or similar). However, professional experience is usually important, i.e. you should be able to relate the theoretical content to your professional activities.

Who are the participants?
Our participants usually look back on an education that at best includes basics in business administration. They are often graduates of technical, legal or scientific training programs.
They are already confronted with complex business issues and contexts and at best have experience-based or autodidactically acquired knowledge.
Our participants have several (at least five) years of professional experience, not infrequently already in positions of responsibility. This aspect is a formal selection criterion.
Our participants have a good command of the English language and are able to discuss in it. This is also a formal selection criterion.
You will study together with the participants of the part-time Executive MBA. If you have completed an undergraduate degree, after the MEP you have the opportunity to decide whether you want to expand your education to an Executive MBA. All achievements would be credited 100%.

Internationale Verbindungen

In the more than 25 years of its existence, HFU Business School has built up an extensive network of partner universities around the world. Similarly, a network of company contacts has been cultivated and our international competencies have been systematically developed and improved. These networks are the backbone of our MBA programs.
All our professors have considerable practical and international experience which naturally infuses and enriches their teaching. They have also been teaching „International Business Management“ for many years and have tailored the tried and tested curriculum to suit the high expectations of the MBA programs.
In the end, an MBA from HFU Business School will provide you with an exceptional foundation for a career in international business at global companies worldwide.


Hochschule Furtwangen

Jakob-Kienzle-Straße 17,
78054 Villingen-Schwenningen

Regina Feketics
Executive MBA
+49 7720 3074315

MBA & Master Programme

Executive MBA in International Business Management Management Essentials for Professionals (MEP) MBA in Sales & Service Engineering
Schwerpunkt / Vertiefung – Kategorie Management, Betriebswirtschaft; Leadership, HR, Entrepreneur, Unternehmensführung Management, Betriebswirtschaft; Leadership, HR, Entrepreneur, Unternehmensführung European-/International-/Globalmgt., regionenorientiert; Handel, Service Mgt., Consulting, PR, Medien, Kultur, Marketing
Form des Programms Teilzeit Teilzeit Teilzeit
Start des Programms Sommersemester Sommersemester Oktober/März
Dauer des Programms 24 Monate 6 Monate 18 Monate
Gesamte Programmkosten in Euro 18.520 7.000 6.300
Einschreibe-/ Bewerbungsgebühren in Euro 0 0 k.A.
Letzter Anmeldetag 15. Jan 15. Februar 15.Januar(SoSe)/15.Juli(WiSe)
1. Hochschulabschluss erforderlich ja nein ja, z.B. Bachelor
Zulassungstest erforderlich ja, Interview ja nein
GMAT erforderlich nein nein nein
Sprachtest erforderlich ja, TOEFL: ibt 90, IELTS 7.0 ja nein, Englisch und Deutsch Niveau B2
Referenzen erforderlich ja nein nein
Workload ECTS 90 21 90
Jährlich zugelassene Studenten 15 15 20
Internationale Studenten in % 40 40 20
Internationale Kooperationen ja nein ja
Minimale Berufserfahrung in Jahren (bei Zulassung) 5 5 2
Akkreditierung k.A. - ACQUIN