Master in Business Research (MMBR)
Structure and Contents
The Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR) is a consecutive Master-degree program, culminating in the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.). The MMBR is a quantitatively-oriented program with a clear focus on business research. The program is ideal for
- excellent students who would like to prepare for a structured PhD program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB), which is supported by the Excellence Initiative.
- Bachelor graduates striving for a non-academic career in a quantitative area of Business (e.g. investment banking, market research, logistics and supply chain optimization, etc.).
The chairs of the Business School of the University of Mannheim cover a broad spectrum of Business areas. Therefore, students enjoy a large course in a broad variety of Business specializations tracks:
- Accounting Track
- Finance Track
- Information Systems Track
- Management Track
- Marketing Track
- Operations Track
- Taxation Track
Generally, you decide which track you would like to choose when applying for the program. After that, a change of tracks is usually not possible.
The MMBR is offered completely in English language and open to international students. All students are prepared optimally for an international career, both in the academic and non-academic field.
Strong in Research
The MMBR distinguishes itself through a strong and above average focus on research. The program offers an ideal preparation for a structured PhD program as offered by the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB). MMBR graduates can abbreviate the PhD program offered by the CDSB by one year and will use their Master thesis as a research proposal.
The University also strongly believes that future managers and leaders are spawned only through all-round development. Students are encouraged to participate in the various workshops and guest lectures conducted by top management of our corporate partners.
The University campus is always bustling with activity. The various initiatives and clubs (sports, music, theatre, and several more) and the student association "Fachschaft BWL" offer several interesting activities through which students can hone their skills and pursue their interests away from academics.
Quick Facts - Mannheim Master in Business Research (MMBR)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
24 months (full-time)
Annually in Fall
Language of Instruction
- Undergraduate degree with at least 36 ECTS in Business Administration
- GMAT (min. 630 points)
March 15 - May 31
- Administration costs only
- As of fall 2017: 1500€/semester for non-EU/EEA applicants
- As of fall 2017: 650€/semester for a second German Master's degree
- GMAT score
- Grade of undergraduate degree
- Semester spent abroad
- Quality of the Essay
- Previous methodological knowledge
- Information Systems
AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Wirtschaftswoche: annually ranked among top positions
Student Association "Fachschaft BWL"
Annual online information fair in spring.
The MMBR is a selective program with a restricted number of places. The program starts in the fall semester 2016. To apply for the program, you are required to fill out the application form available via the online application portal of the University of Mannheim.
Once you have filled out the online application form, you will receive a checklist of all the required documents that must be submitted in hard copy. Find an overview of the required documents below (please refer to your personal checklist for a comprehensive list)
- Signed print-out of the application form
- CV (in table form)
- Copy of your university entrance certificate (Allgemeine Hochschulzugangs-berechtigung, high school diploma, secondary school leaving certificate); if not in English or German a notarized translation is also necessary
- Bachelor degree transcripts stamped and signed by your university; international applicants must also provide proof of the grading system if it differs from the German system
- If available, notarized copy of your Bachelor degree certificate including grades (if not in English or German a notarized translation is also necessary)
- If applicable: proof of semester spent abroad (transcript of foreign university or Bachelor certificate)
- If applicable: proof of prior academic knowledge in methods
- If applicable: Business-related, scientific essay (in English, max. 10 pages)
The application period runs from March 15 until May 31. The University Admission Office (address below) must receive the complete set of documents by May 31.
In the following section, you will find a summary of the most important information concerning admission and application. Please note: The current terms of reference for the Mannheim Master in Business Research are binding.
- An application in due form and time (31st of May at the latest; online application, application form and all other documents).
- A Bachelor degree in business administration or an equivalent in a business-related study. The program must be comprised of at least 180 ECTS or a standard duration of at least six semesters or three years. Furthermore, the business studies share must make up 36 ECTS. Please note: the lectures, that will be considered, are undergraduate courses from your Bachelor degree (e.g., marketing, management, human resources management, operations management, corporate finance, management, financial accounting, production, and logistics). Seminars and lectures from related areas such as economics, business law, mathematics of finance, business informatics, or statistics cannot be considered.
If the Bachelor degree has not been completed due to pending assignments by the 31st of May and it is expected that the degree will be completed by the time the semester starts, admission can still be requested. However, you have to provide proof that at least 140 ECTS points have been completed by the deadline. In this case, conditional admission is granted with the condition that the Bachelor degree must be obtained by the time of exam registration - mid October - at the latest. Should you not comply with this rule, the conditional admission will expire and you will be automatically ex-matriculated.
- A GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) certificate with a minimum score of 630 points. The "Official Score Report/ School Copy” has to be submitted directly from the test center. When you take the GMAT, please select the "University of Mannheim" and the "Mannheim Master in Business Research” in the drop down field. Your “Official Score Report / School Copy” is then automatically sent to the Business School at the University of Mannheim (Program Code: VLC-95-77). In addition, the GMAT functions as proof of English language skills, therefore no further English proficiency test is necessary. The University of Mannheim only accepts the GMAT score for application to the MMBR (the GRE and other aptitude tests are not accepted).
When applying for the Mannheim Master in Business Research you have to select your study track. It is not possible to switch once you have been admitted to the program.
Please also pay special attention to the application information and the notes regarding your application documents provided by the Admissions Office of the University of Mannheim.
Admission to the Mannheim Master in Management is restricted. Only applicants meeting all requirements are eligible for admission. A ranking list with a maximum of 225 points for each applicant is created according to the following criteria:
- Up to 45 points can be awarded for the final Bachelor's grade. If the Bachelor's program has not been completed by the application deadline, the average grade of all courses completed by the application deadline will be used for the selection process. This average grade has to be calculated by your home institution at which the Bachelor's program will be completed.
- Up to 75 points can be awarded for the GMAT score. However, the required minimum of 630 points has to be reached. Applications with a score of less than 630 points cannot be considered.
- 15 points are awarded for a study abroad semester.
- A maximum of 15 points can be awarded for prior academic knowledge in Business methods that was obtained during previous studies.
- Up to 75 points can be awarded for a scientific, business-related essay written by the applicant. The essay has to be written in English and should cover a research field fitting to the track. The essay should be of appropriate length, but maximally include 10 pages (minimum 12 pt font). The applicant can both write a new essay or use (parts) of previous research study assignments. Professors and junior professors of the Business School will assess the quality of the essay.
Notifications of admission and further places
Approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline (May 31), notifications of admission will be sent out. Along with the notification letter, you will receive all documents needed for enrollment as well as additional information material. You can also check the status of your application in the online application portal with your login ID.
The regular admission process is usually followed by a succession procedure during which you might also gain admission to the Mannheim Master in Management. If there are still open places after the succession procedure, there will be a lottery.
Transfer of credits and grades from other programs to the MMBR
Credits and grades acquired at an officially recognized university or other institution of higher education can be transferred as long as the verifiable skills acquired are essentially equivalent to the modules of the MMBR. According to §36a of the Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg, the Office of the Examination Board is required to provide proof in case of an insufficient transfer request.
What are the prerequisites for grade and credit transfer?
The skills acquired in the original course as well as the required workload have to be essentially equivalent to the course that is to be replaced. A foreign course or module needs to be essentially equal to a course offered in Mannheim. Please check for equivalency of skills and workload before you apply for grade transfer. In order to do that, please compare the Mannheim module descriptions to your modules.
Please note: Modules with a workload of 6 ECTS are about equal to 4 weekly semester hours (SWS). Two or more modules with equivalent content can be combined.
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