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The University of Cologne Business School

The University of Cologne Business School unites the University’s management training programmes under one roof.

The Business School offers one MBA study programme with a degree from University of Cologne and a degree from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. In addition, the Business School offers various certificate programmes and seminars as well as corporate programmes on a private sector basis.

It is attached to the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo Faculty) of the University of Cologne. The WiSo Faculty has hundred years of experience in the academic education of economists, social analysts, marketing strategists and political experts. It benefits from an international scientific network and collaborates in diverse research fields of economic and social sciences with many renowned universities, educational institutions and companies.

With around 10,000 students and roughly 100 professors, the WiSo Faculty is one of the largest and most renowned faculties of management, economics and social sciences in Europe. Also internationally the WiSo Faculty can rely on an excellent reputation in teaching. Since 2012 it is one of the six German EQUIS-accredited Business Schools. The WiSo Faculty was the second public institute of higher education in Germany to be accredited with the prestigious EQUIS seal of quality. The University of Cologne has commissioned the Business School to incorporate this quality standard into executive education accordingly.

The University of Cologne Business was established in 2015 and offers one English-taught MBA programme as well as a variety of management training programmes for individuals and companies. The Business School collaborates with national and international partners in order to deliver innovative programmes, geared to a target group ranging from young professionals to international executive managers. The programme participants receive proven qualifications that increase their job and career opportunities.

The Business School and the University of Cologne work hand in hand to develop the MBA programmes. The MBA programmes are offered on a private law basis and participation is subject to a fee. The organization and implementation of the studies is the responsibility of the Business School. As for the University of Cologne, it ensures the guarantee of the university law requirements applying to academic degrees and awards the Master's degree to the graduates.


The University of Cologne

The University of Cologne was founded in 1388 and is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities. With around 49,000 students, it is the third largest university in Germany. It is also the German founding member of CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education. The University of Cologne is characterised by its long tradition and success in academic management education. The University of Cologne is characterised by its long tradition and success in academic management education. According to a WirtschaftsWoche ranking, the University of Cologne is one of the most research-intensive German-speaking universities in business administration and ranks in second place within Germany (source: WirtschaftsWoche 50 / 4.12.2021).


Career-Boosting Continuing Education

Development programmes based on the latest research findings, delivered by internationally acclaimed professors and lecturers with innovative teaching methods and presentations reflecting real-life practice – that is what makes the Business School of the University of Cologne special. Be it an Executive MBA, a customised course or a seminar – the Business School has a wide range for you to benefit from. 

Professional development pays off, boosting career opportunities and increasing the chances of a pay raise. That is the conclusion drawn by the TNS-Infratest study on “Professional development trends in Germany, 2016”, in which 300 HR managers participated. 87% of them stated that professional development boosted employees’ career chances; 78% said it could result in a salary increase.


Our Vision 

We are a leading insitution for life-long learning enabling professionals to have a positive impact on people, organisations, society and the environment. By educating the leaders of tomorrow, we contribute in creating a diverse and responsible community within a culture of peer-learning, innovation and mutual respect.


Our Mission

We empower professionals to strengthen a responsible leadership culture and implement purposeful actions for a digital fast paced world. We live and enhance equality, diversity and sustainability. We strongly believe in education and life-long learning as a fundamental pillar for an ethical, mindful and innovative society. Therefore, we offer a broad portfolio of programmes that compel ideas and actions for sustainable, responsible and successful business.