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Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR)

In my opinion, the focus on developing and applying mathematical tools is of particular value as it provides students with a profound understanding of the underlying economic concepts. I appreciate the fact that I can tailor the program of study to my individual needs and benefit from direct collaboration wit the associated doctoral programs.

Maxime Junak, student in the master’s program MMBR Finance Track / Photo credit: Xenia Münsterkötter
  • Program facts and information

    Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

    Standard period of study: 4 semesters (2 years)

    ECTS credits: at least 120

    Language of instruction: English

    Language requirements: English; for further information on the required proof of language proficiency see Admission Requirements and Selection

    Program start: Fall semester (September)
    Academic Calendar

    School: Business School

    Semester fee: €174.90 (more)
    Tuition fees for international students from non-EU countries: €1,500
    Tuition fees for a second degree: €650

  • Program overview

    The master’s program Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR) offers students the opportunity to further develop the methodological knowledge they acquired during their bachelor’s program in Business Administration. Thanks to the possibility to select from a wide variety of specializations students can tailor their studies exactly to their career plans in order to develop an individual profile. Students can specialize in the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Operations, or Taxation.

    As early as in the second year of study, students will attend courses of the structured doctoral program at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). This way they can reduce the time needed to complete a subsequent doctoral program by one year.

    The MMBR program is held completely in English. This way our students do not only meet many international fellow students but get what it takes to be successful on the world stage when they leave the university - whether they pursue a career be in academia or in industry.

  • Why study the Mannheim Master in Business Research program at the University of Mannheim?

    The Mannheim Master in Business Research program is the perfect choice for students who plan on pursuing a career in academia in the field of business administration. The master’s program is conducted in close collaboration with the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS). Thanks to this cooperation, the research infrastructure is excellent: Students will be provided access to all relevant databases and stay in close contact with renowned researchers from Mannheim in order to constantly exchange views. In addition, international speakers offer research seminars at the University of Mannheim.

    Studying Business Administration in Mannheim means studying at one of the most renowned business schools in Europe. Independent national and international rankings have confirmed the outstanding quality of the research and teaching at our university on a number of occasions. The magazine, Wirtschaftswoche, ranked the University of Mannheim number one for Business Administration in 2018.

    The Business School at the University of Mannheim has been accredited by three accreditation agencies, earning itself the internationally sought-after triple crown. The three most significant accreditation agencies, AACSB International (Tampa, USA), EQUIS/EMFD (Brussels, Belgium), and AMBA (London, UK) have all confirmed the top quality of the study conditions in Mannheim.

  • Career opportunities

    Depending on the specialization they have chosen, graduates of the master’s program Mannheim Master in Business Research can pursue a career in quantitative or analytical fields of work in business, e.g. investment banking or market research.

    As the master’s program is explicitly research-oriented, students are also perfectly prepared for a doctoral program and thus for a career in academia.

  • Required interests and skills

    Students in the master’s program Mannheim Master in Business Research should

    • take serious interest in courses focusing on quantitative and methodological topics,
    • have basic knowledge of mathematics, economics, and statistics,
    • have a firm idea regarding their research interests and areas of research.
  • Program structure

    During your first year, you will attend courses at at master's level. These may vary depending on the track that you have chosen. During your second year of study, you will attend modules of the doctoral program.

    Completing an internship during the master’s program Mannheim Master in Business Research is optional.

  • Doctorates

    The master’s degree Mannheim Master in Business Research qualifies students to begin a doctoral program in Business Administration. At the University of Mannheim, you can choose from the following options: 

    • Graduates of the master’s program MMBR qualify for a doctoral program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB). Credits obtained during the second year of the master's program will be counted towards the first year of the doctoral program. This way you can reduce the time needed to complete a subsequent doctoral program by one year.
    • Instead, you can also begin a doctoral program at the Chair of Business Administration. For more information, please read the guidelines for doctoral students.
  • Admission requirements and selection

    To be admitted to the master’s program Mannheim Master in Business Research, applicants need to have a bachelor’s degree and at least 36 ECTS credits in Business Administration.

    In addition, they are required to have completed the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 630 points or to submit an equivalent GRE result before the application period ends.

    We take a variety of criteria into account in our selection process:

    • bachelor grade,
    • GMAT/ GRE,
    • an academic essay written on an subject matter from the field of economics or business administration,
    • international experience gained from studying abroad,
    • methodological knowledge in Economics and Business Administration.

    Language requirements
    The result of the GMAT or the GRE serves as proof of your English language proficiency.

    Conditional admission
    If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s program by the application deadline, you may still be admitted to the master’s program as long as you provide proof that you have obtained at least 140 ECTS credits. In this case, your admission to the program is subject to receipt of your degree certificate up to a specific date (refer to selection statutes).

    Selection statutes
    You can find the exact requirements for the program in the selection statutes, which are only available in German.

  • Application

    Application deadline
    The application period is from March 15 to May 31. It is not possible to start your program in the spring semester.

    Admission to an advanced semester
    If you want to apply for an advanced semester, please contact Ms. Dörr in the Admissions Office.


Study Counseling Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR)

Study Counseling Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR)

Consultation hour(s):
by phone Mon 8:30–9:30 a.m. and Thr 3:30–4:30 p.m.