Pforzheim MBA: Why we do, what we do

In a rapidly changing business world, executive managers and employees are confronted with immense challenges: the conditions under which executive managers have to act and make decisions are volatile and uncertain like never before. Firms will only withstand future competition successfully if they are able to face these 21st century challenges and head on by exploiting opportunities and minimizing risks.

It is our aim to enable our students, as future managers, to meet these challenges for the benefit of their companies.


  • 4 semester program for Non-Business Graduates 
  • 3 semester "fast-track" program for Business Graduates
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Established in 1996 as the first state-accredited MBA in Germany

Our state-of-the-art MBA program innovatively combines general management education and teaching of managerial skills to deal with rising future challenges for the benefit of companies such as:
    - Sustainable Globalization
    - Innovation and Business Dynamics


In 2011 we have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International and were reaccredited in 2017 and in 2022. Fewer than 5% of business schools worldwide have earned this hallmark of excellence in management education.

Out of approximately 200 universities in Germany, only 10 universities with business programs are AACSB-accredited. Furthermore, we are AQAS-accredited by the German Agency for Quality Assurance.

Goals and Learning Objectives

Click to enlarge.

It is the aim of the Pforzheim MBA to enable our students, as future managers, to meet the challenges of the 21st century for the benefit of their company.

An international, generalist and profound classical management foundation is integrated with the most relevant future topics: innovation management, sustainability and globalization.


More than 90% of our MBA students are international students. Global, intercultural networking begins right in the classroom. Renowned guest professors from partner universities and a semester abroad offer additional insight.

Over the last 25 years, 59 different nations have been part of the MBA.* The students come from Europe, South America, North America, Asia and Africa.


*according to the data since 1996.

German and International MBA Students

Cooperation with companies

Bosch, Mahle, Deloitte, Siemens Healthcare

Being surrounded by some of the world's most powerful companies will allow you to benefit from our cooperations. Company projects, visits and guest talks are a vital part of our MBA. Throughout their studies, our students get in touch with more than 30 companies.

MBA Pforzheim collaborates with companies like Bosch, Daimler, Deloitte, Hansgrohe, Henkel, Mahle, Mann & Hummel, SAP, Siemens Healthcare and many others.

In recent semesters MBA students visited Audi, Bosch, Daimler, Ernst&Young, Kärcher, Mann+Hummel, SAP, Schaeffler Technologies, Schlenk, Siemens Healthcare, Volkswagen, Witzenmann or ZF Friedrichshafen, HP Enterprise, Teva Ratiopharm and Vetter Pharma amongst others.