University of cologne - Business School

10 Reasons for the Business School


Deciding to embark on a management development programme, be it full-time or part-time, can do wonders for your career – and so can your choice of university. At the Business School of the University of Cologne, we offer you an international environment and excellent quality.



The Business School is part of the University of Cologne and is attached to the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, which was awarded EQUIS accreditation in 2012. Our EMBA is based on the established and accredited Executive MBA at our partner institution, the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, itself an internationally leading “triple crown” business school. We have all of the programmes at the Business School of the University of Cologne quality-checked and accredited on a regular basis. These processes consider both the relevance of the programme’s content as well as its structure and manageability.


The University’s Business School offers you a global network of international professionals – the alumni organisations of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences and the University of Cologne have over 4,300 members in more than 80 countries. You too can benefit from this global network and enjoy lifelong contact with other alumni. In addition, the Faculty itself is part of a large network of partners and collaborates with big-name businesses.


No other German faculty boasts more CEOs in the blue chip and DAX-30 companies among its graduates than the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. In the prestigious “Wirtschaftswoche-Ranking”, based on interviews with 540 HR managers, the University of Cologne came second in 2015, maintaining its strong position among the five top German universities that train the majority of Germany’s executives. This is your opportunity to boost your career and join the business elite.


Our relationships with first-class universities worldwide have led to an attractive range of international programmes. We offer our students courses and programmes delivered in English by international experts and visiting lecturers. We embrace diversity: 50% of our applicants have an international background, that means you reap the benefits of our international, diverse student community and broaden your horizon.

Rich in Tradition

The University of Cologne was founded back in 1388. Following the establishment of Cologne’s Commercial College, “Handelshochschule Köln” in 1901 and, in particular, Germany’s Wirtschaftswunder, the University had started to develop into the institution we know today. With six faculties and more than 40,000 students, it is an important part of the city of Cologne and symbolises a renowned and strong international reputation in both research and teaching.


At the Business School of the University of Cologne, everything revolves around you. Competent, friendly staff is always on hand to help you with any questions you might have about our programmes and services. In order to promote contact between students and between students and lecturers, we make sure course group sizes are never too big.


All of our programmes and courses are future-oriented and cover current topics. The idea is to expose our students to promising ideas for the future to give them an opportunity to demonstrate their creativity, proactivity and professionalism.

True to Life

The Business School of the University of Cologne maintains close contact with famous (inter)national businesses from various sectors, such as McKinsey. External experts enrich the learning experience by providing real-life examples. You will also get to participate in workshops, where students work on real case studies, provided by real companies that help them to find solutions.


Thanks to its location in Cologne, the Business School offers you first-class connectivity options: internationally leading management at the crossroads of European trade routes that is right at the heart of Europe.


Campus, Kölsch and Karneval – if you are going to spend time in Cologne, these are three things need to experience at least once. The University of Cologne has a unique flair, with an urban campus in a green setting. And even though it is located in a big city, you never feel lost on campus, because the University, just like Cologne itself, has a very homely and intimate feel to it.

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