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Business Management (MBA)

Please note: This degree programme is fee-based.
What is the degree programme about?

The MBA in Business Management is a compact and goal-oriented Master's degree programme for working professionals designed to equip students for the challenges of modern management. The aim is to train students as general managers capable of understanding complex situations and making responsible decisions to achieve overall objectives even when faced with high change and cost pressure. This professional development programme provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical solutions for specific management tasks. It enables them to process and solve problems successfully in business practice using tried-and-tested academic instruments.

Study requirements

This Master's degree programme is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in business and other subjects (e.g. technical degrees, social sciences, humanities). More information about admission requirements is available below.

If you are interested in the degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

The MBA degree programme is open to graduates of the following degree programmes at FAU:

  • Business and Economics (specialisation in business studies, economics, information systems or business education)
  • International Business Studies
  • Socioeconomics
  • Information Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Business Law
  • Economics (two subject Bachelor's degree programme)
Modules and degree programme structure

Basic module: Management Fundamentals

The General Management programme takes 18 months and begins with 'Management Fundamentals'. This optional basic module (duration 2 x 2 days) is primarily intended for the non-financial students among the MBA participants and creates a common basis in economics for everyone. The compulsory MBA curriculum is then completed afterwards.

Module: Leading

The module in 'Leading' focuses on the basic tasks of responsible management. Companies are examined from a strategic, management-oriented perspective as well as from the perspective of microeconomics and game theory.

Module: Acting

The 'Acting' module looks at optimising value creation through company management. The focus is on the three key functional areas of marketing, operations and innovation.

Module: Analysing

The 'Analysing' module examines the figures that are relevant for the management of a company. Students learn how to analyse and evaluate value creation, deriving necessary courses of action in order to optimally manage the company.

Team-building excursion

In the first semester the MBA class go on a 3-day team-building excursion (included in the fee) to a European partner university of FAU, e.g. the Sorbonne in Paris or Charles University in Prague. Additional business field trips worldwide, e.g. to China or India, are also possible for an additional fee if there is sufficient demand.

Management skills training

The compulsory curriculum is complemented by optional training in management skills on selected topics, e.g. communication, presentation, negotiation, problem solving, decision making, self-coaching or stress management.

Master's thesis

At the end of the degree programme students write their Master's thesis. Depending on the medium-term personal goals of the students, three different focuses are possible:

  • Job development: practical research project
  • Business development: business plan
  • Doctorate: theoretical thesis

The degree programme is continually adjusted by the MBA staff to the latest research findings and current economic and political conditions.

Potential challenges

As this degree programme is studied alongside work, students should be aware of the time and workload involved and the additional pressure on top of a full-time job. It is recommended that students inform their employer about their plans to study and make sure they will receive the necessary support.

Study times: Friday 3 pm to 8 pm, Saturday 8 am to 6 pm on a total of 27 weekends. Additional individual time will be required to prepare for lectures and work through the material afterwards.

The degree programme fees for the duration of the full programme are currently (status: December 2015) € 25,000. Added to this are additional costs for the statutory student services fee (currently € 42 per semester) and the compulsory semester ticket (currently € 70 per semester).


When do the degree programme fees have to be paid?

The degree programme fees are charged for each semester and must be paid at the beginning of each semester.

Will I have to pay any additional costs apart from the degree programme fees?

No, all costs for studying are covered by the degree programme fees, e.g. materials, books, supervision of the Master's thesis, 3-day team-building excursion to a European partner university of FAU. Only the optional excursions (business field trips, e.g. to China or India) must be paid for separately. Added to this are the above-mentioned costs for the statutory student services fee (currently € 42 per semester) and the compulsory semester ticket (currently € 70 per semester).

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a first university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diplom) and at least one year of professional experience. Students having only obtained 180 ECTS credits in their first degree are required to make up the missing 60 ECTS credits. This is possible by receiving accreditation of MBA-specific skills acquired outside of university amounting to 60 ECTS credits. Such accreditation is carried out via a special qualification assessment process involving a 40-minute oral examination during the application procedure.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Please find more detailed information on how to apply for a Master or advanced degree programme on the following website:

Current deadlines are available on the MBA Website.
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Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Type of study: Professional development programme subject to a fee
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 3 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Admission Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law