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The Esslingen University is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in the whole of Germany. Its core areas are based in engineering and management, and its Graduate School was one of first in the country offering International Masters' Programmes taught entirely in English.

We have developed a brand new focused and effective approach to our specialised MBA by dividing the key learning areas into 3 streamlined majors:

General Management – Master key managerial skills used to handle the varied challenges faced by multinational companies, as well as learn the tools to become a successful entrepreneur.

Sustainable Production & Technology – Centred around sustainable management concepts. Learn to thoroughly assess sustainable activities and gain the tools and methods used to establish sustainable supply chains.

Digital Transformation - Examine the impact of integrated technology and smart manufacturing, on company structures and procedures. Learn how to manage digitalisation strategies in correlation with company goals.

This unique structure forms The Esslingen MBA in International Industrial Management. Alongside working closely with our entrepreneurship and start-up centre you will have the option to choose the direction of your studies in the 2nd semester.



Esslingen University has a long tradition in educating industrial management. The university has always taken advantage of its location in one of the major centres of the European industry, closely linked to the nearby companies, such as Bosch, Daimler, Audi, Festo, Porsche and many others.


Its unique positioning in the German Automotive centre, internal strengths, an incomparable mix of access to world leading global companies and a stunning middle ages European city experience.


The Esslingen MBA is highly competitive, internationally recognised, and ranked among the top European MBA programmes in Industrial Management.


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Apply now for Winter Semester 23/24. Application period: November 2 - March 31

Academic Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Michael Flad

Degree programme leaflet

International Industrial Management (MBA)

1. Semester

Data Analytics and Information Management

Data Analytics and Information Management

Data Analytics and Information Management

The module covers the following three courses:

  • Quantitative Methods: Methods which support decision making in various departments of a company
  • Data Science: methods in order to analyze actual phenomena with data
  • Information Management: Implementation, evaluation, design, operation, security, and maintenance of information systems in business and production environments


Marketing, Sales and Economics

Marketing, Sales and Economics

Marketing, Sales and Economics

The module covers the following three courses:

  • Industrial Marketing: Develop and implement marketing strategies and apply the tools and methods
  • Market and Competitive Intelligence : Evaluation of markets and competitors
  • Economics: Understand the principle of micro- and macroeconomics





The module covers the following three courses:

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis: Impact of different costing methods, depreciation and reporting standards
  • Corporate Finance: Deployment of financial tools and methods in the decision-making of managerial finance; How companies finance their operations; Cost of capital, and working capital management
  • Investments: Investment decision problems in corporations; Present value calculus, capital budgeting, portfolio theory, Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) and market efficiency





The module covers the following three courses:

  • Project Management: Apply principles and methods of professionally managing projects
  • Quality Management: Impact of quality management on business performance, quality management tools including SPC, quality audits and certifications
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management: Fundamentals of all operations functions within industrial companies
Organisational Behavior and Strategy

Organisational Behavior and Strategy

Organisational Behaviour and Strategy

The module covers the following three courses:

  • Organisational Development: Insights to the critical issues facing organisations in simultaneously managing their human resources at home and abroad. It focuses on international business strategies and discusses discussing digital implications of the core organisational development topics
  • Intercultural Leadership & Negotiations: Learn and practice the basics of intercultural competence, leadership styles and delegation tools as well as how to profit from diversity: identifying, promoting and using different life experiences, talents and know-how to produce high performance
  • Corporate Strategy: Evaluate alternative strategic roadmaps

2. Semester

Enterpreneurial Management

Enterpreneurial Management

Entrepreneurial Management

The module covers the following three courses:

  • Corporate Governance and Business Ethics: Delegation tools, fair leadership process, challenging leadership situations

       current engagement studies into business world and ethical dilemmas 

  • Business Law: Formation of contracts, breach of contract etc., corporate structures, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures
  • Entrepreneurship: The spirit of Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs master Innovations, selected key topics for entrepreneurs


International Management

International Management

International Management

The module covers the following four courses:

  • International Finance and Risk Management: Specific aspects of international finance, financial risk management tools and methods
  • International Marketing: Concepts in international marketing research the international marketplace, operational global marketing decisions
  • Management Accounting: Basic procedure of management accounting and understand the connections within field


Specialisation Modules

Specialisation Modules

Students will choose from ONE of the following Elective (Specialisation) Modules:


Specialisation: General Management

Business Management 

The module covers the following four courses:

  • Lean Management: Apply lean principles to different areas and fields in operations management
  • Business Growth and Valuation: Specific aspects of how to scale up new business ideas and value company success
  • Innovation and Technology Management: Handle and solve typical tasks in managing technology and innovation
  • Business Simulation: Derivation and development of business solutions in changing economic environment, optimization of internal processes, workflows and calculations in order to improve results

Specialisation: Sustainable Production & Technology

Sustainable Management 

The module covers the following four courses:

  • Sustainable Technology Management
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Concept of sustainability and how this is influencing supply chain management
  • Business Simulation: Derivation and development of business solutions in changing economic environment, especially with respect to sustainability

Specialisation: Digital Transformation

Digital Management 

The module covers the following 4 courses:

  • Digital Enterprise and Information Systems: Business processes supported by the software
  • Smart Manufacturing: Knowledge of the goals, tasks, framework conditions, processes and methods of the process and factory planning with digital focus
  • Digital Change and Process Management: Chances and risks of digital transformation (“Industry 4.0”) in a production company
  • Business Simulation: Derivation and development of business solutions in changing economic environment, especially with respect to digitalisation




Project -  All Specialisations

The module covers the following two courses:

  • Best Practice Solutions: Visits to industrial companies in the chosen specialization
  • Project Work: Development of a project within the field of their specialization

3. Semester

Master`s Thesis

Master`s Thesis

Master’s Thesis

The module covers the following four courses:

  • Scientific Methodology and Academic Writing: Understand the basics of research methods and structure and write an academic study in a scientific manner
  • Corporate Report: Apply academic methodologies to real life problems in a company
  • Thesis: Demonstrate the ability of using appropriate scientific methods and tools
  • Colloquium: Challenges, problems and objective of the Corporate Report and Thesis, methods and tools used and strength and weaknesses and evaluation of the solutions found




Module Catalogue MBA

Degree Programme and Examination Regulations (SPO, in German)

Complete Degree Programme and Examination Regulations (in German) MBA nichtamtliche Lesefassung, Stand vom 26.01.2023

You find the complete list of all Degree Programme and Examination Regulations (SPOs, in German) in the intranet.

Career Perspectives


Approximately 95% of our students are international: about 50% of our MBA alumni live in Germany after graduation.


The yearly starting salary of our MBA graduates is, on average, between 50,000€ and 70,000€.


Our graduates typically continue to a range of occupations from middle to top management.




Application requirements: 

You can see our attachement packages and FAQ here.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • GMAT or GRE


  • 2 years relevent work experience after obtaining graduate degree

English Language

  • Valid English language test (TOEFEL/IELTS)
  • International TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 215 computer-based, 80 internet-based (our code: 1680)
  • An academic IELTS score of at least 6.5
  • OPT test 85 points
  • Cambridge Certificate (CAE or CPE)
  • We do not accept the institutional TOEFL.
  • Native English speakers and applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree entirely in English (certification from university) are exempt from the English language test.

German Language

  • Minimum level A1 upon arrival
  • Minimum level A2 before the end of the second semester


All applications are handled through our application portal.

Upon clicking through to the link you will be asked to fill in some basic details and create an account before you are redirected to the actual application form.

The form can be partially completed and saved so that you are able to return and update if there is any information missing. Documents can be uploaded directly in to the form where necessary.

Please note that once you have clicked 'Submit' on the final page of the form no further changes can be made.



If you received your degree in China, Vietnam, India or Mongolia, we require that you present an APS-Certificate when applying to study at the Esslingen Graduate School. You can obtain an APS-Certificate by applying for one at the German Embassy in your home country. Note that this can take some time so if this applies to you please make sure that you start the process as soon as possible.

Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for the MBA programme is €1750/semester. Additional fees and general cost of living apply. More information on the fees can be found here.


MBA Alumni Association

The MBA Alumni Association is a membership based organisation of Esslingen MBA graduates who are committed to furthering their career prospects and social relationships by connecting with peers in the feild.

You can find out more about the Association and instructions on how to join HERE.


Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2023/24