University of cologne - Business School

Financing Options


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

Application Deadline

The programme starts on March 1st.

Application deadline is February 1st.

Early Bird Discount: Apply by December 17, 2021 and receive a discount € 3.000.

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


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

If you want to apply for a partial-scholarship, please attach a letter of motivation to your application, outlining why this scholarship should be allocated to you. Please also include the most important professional and personal achievements that are relevant to the scholarship you are applying for.

Admission to the MBA 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 MBA class and business environment, we offer a “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 and during the admission interview. The committee will have look at your cultural background, your work experience and your achievements during your professional life.

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.

MBA Assistance Award

The MBA is a programme for high-potentials. With the "MBA Assistance Award", we ensure that the programme is accessible to exceptional candidates, regardless of their financial situation.

Selection Criteria: The Assistance Award is open to outstanding candidates who require financial aid to enable them to participate in the MBA. We will moreover focus on your leadership capabilities as well as achievements in your career and look at your financial situation. The "MBA Assistance Award" can save you up to € 5,000 of the tuition fee.

Alumni Offer

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

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

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Loans and Education Funds

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

The individual institutions will be able to provide you with detailed information about their application process and terms & conditions.

Tax Rebate

MBA students can deduct the tuition fees and further expenses related to their studies from their taxable income in the case that you are a German resident, taxable in German tax system and self-finance your studies. Please discuss your specific situation with your tax advisor.

Find further information here.

Educational Leave

The University of Cologne Business School has been accredited by the state of North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW) and the MBA is a state-approved educational programme. Thus, MBA 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

Your contact persons

[Translate to English:] Benedikt Hänsch

Benedikt Hänsch

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 (0) 152 244 25953

Juliana Milla

Juliana Milla

Marketing and Admissions Manager

+49 (0) 221 470 76337

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