University of cologne - Business School

Financing Options


Get the most relevant information about financing options and other financial benefits to support your Executive MBA. Receive an overview of available scholarships, loans as well as education funds. Benefit from a possible tax rebate and the educational leave.


Application Deadline

The programme starts in September 2021.

Application deadline is 8 August 2021.

As we operate a rolling admissions process, you can submit your completed application at any time before the final deadline.

Please note that there are limited places in the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA. We therefore encourage you to submit your application as early  as possible.



We support our most exceptional candidates for the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA with different partial-scholarships.

If you want to apply for a partial-scholarship, please attach a letter of motivation to your online application. It should explain why you deserve the scholarship. Please also include the most important professional and personal successes. 
Admission to the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA is granted independently of the award of a scholarship.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Women for Leadership

Committed to increasing the gender equality of the Executive MBA class and business environment, the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA offers the “Women for Leadership” scholarship to females demonstrating exceptional business leadership potential.

Selection Criteria: The scholarship with a value of up to € 5,000 will be merit based and thus the quality of your leadership potential and your work experience will be the criteria for assessment, which you demonstrate in your CV, letter of recommendations and admission interviews. The jury will also look at your cultural background.

Corporate Social Responsibility

We place great importance on Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability. If your career exhibits extraordinary accomplishments in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, this scholarship makes a perfect fit for you.

Selection Criteria: The scholarship with a value of up to € 5,000 is not only merit based. We will also look at your profile concerning your achievements in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and regarding the contribution you are striving to make in this area.

EMBA Assistance Award

The Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA is designed for top-performers. With the "EMBA Assistance Award", we ensure that this outstanding programme is accessible to all high-potential executives, regardless of their financial situation.

Selection Criteria: The Assistance Award is open to high potential candidates who are in need of financial aid to enable them to pursue their EMBA degree. We will additionally look at your profile concerning your leadership capabilities and achievements you had in your career and your financial situation. The "EMBA Assistance Award" can save you up to 5,000 Euro of the tuition fee.

Alumni Offer

We believe in and foster life-long learning. Hence, we are offering graduates from the University of Cologne or the Erasmus University Rotterdam the “Alumni Discount”. This includes 10% tuition fee waiver of the Cologne-Rotterdam Executive MBA.

Please note: the Alumni Offer excludes the award of any other available EMBA scholarships or Early Bird discounts.

Loans and Education Funds

A selection of available loans and education funds in Germany to support your studies. All these options are eligible for EMBA students:

Please get detailed information about each terms and conditions from the individual patrons.

Tax Rebate

EMBA students can deduct the tuition fees and further expenses related to their studies from their taxable income. Requirements are: You are a German resident, taxable in Germany and finance your studies yourself. Please discuss your specific situation with your tax advisor.

Find some general information about this topic here.

Educational Leave

The Business School of the University of Cologne has been accredited by the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and the Cologne-Rotterdam EMBA is a state-approved educational programme. Thus EMBA students living and working in NRW are eligible to apply for five days of educational paid leave per year.

For more information contact our Admission Office via

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Your contact persons

Juliana Milla

Juliana Milla

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 (0) 221 470 76337

Benedikt Hänsch

Benedikt Hänsch

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 (0) 152 244 25953

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