Goethe MBA


We look forward to your application!

We understand that embarking on a journey towards higher education is an important and often challenging decision. To assist you in this process, we have meticulously outlined the admission requirements and application procedures below, ensuring that your path to our program is as seamless as possible.

Our dedicated Recruiting & Admissions team is also here to support you every step of the way. Whether you have inquiries, require guidance, or simply seek to clarify any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us. We are available to assist you through various means, including phone consultations, virtual meetings via Zoom, or in-person appointments on Campus Westend. You can make an appointment per phone at +49 69 798 33501 or send us an email to recruiting@gbs.uni-frankfurt.de.

Additionally, our Let's Talk Admissions Video provides valuable insights into the admission requirements and offers tips and tricks on submitting a successful application to our school. We want to ensure that your path to our program is as smooth and seamless as possible.

Applying from Outside the EU?

If you are exploring the part-time master programs at Goethe Business School from a country outside the EU, please note that you will require a student visa to study in Germany. The German authorities will usually not issue a student visa for admissions to a part-time study program in Germany. Therefore, if you are able to relocate to Germany on a different type of visa other than a student visa, for example, a work visa, then you may be eligible to study with us. Otherwise, please consult your respective embassy or check out this portal to explore full-time study programs in Germany.


Candidates with an undergraduate degree (i.e., bachelor or equivalent) of 210 credit points (CP) based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) are eligible for admission. Candidates with less than 210 CP at the undergraduate level can have their post-university professional work experience assessed for up to 30 CP during the admissions process in the form of an interview. The allocation of credit points for work experience will appear on the Academic Transcript of Records and be titled ‘Prior Learning Assessment’.

To earn a German master degree, students must accumulate a minimum of 300 CP. With the successful completion of the master program, a total of 90 CP can be earned. Based on this, candidates with a total of less than 210 CP upon admission cannot be accepted to our programs.

You may use our calculation tool to help you convert your grades to determine your German GPA equivalent. Please note that we provide this only as a supporting tool for an easier program application process.

Proof of relevant post-undergraduate work experience of at least one year is to be submitted, e.g., a performance review, reference letter, or written confirmation from your employer.

Applicants must submit a recent proof of English language proficiency at the higher B2 level per the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The GBS Office of Admissions will accept test results of the following tests, taken no longer than two years ago upon the date of submission:

  • TOEFL iBT®
  • TOEFL iBT® Home Edition
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • English Language Level Test (ELLT) - Oxford International Digital Institute

Applicants may request a waiver of proof of proficiency in English in case one of the following conditions applies. The applicant

  • is a native speaker of English;
  • has graduated from an international baccalaureate program
  • has completed their undergraduate or master-level studies in a program taught entirely in English;
  • has worked in an English-speaking country for at least one year.

If the applicant has not taken any of the above tests when submitting the application, the applicant can upload a confirmation of the test registration to the online admissions portal. The official test certificate must be submitted via post to the GBS Office of Admissions before the subsequent application deadline to qualify for the respective tuition fee discount or by the final application deadline at the latest without any right to a discount.  

Applicants who submit a language certificate older than two years but without an expiry date will be invited for an additional interview with a native speaker of English.

Certificates submitted after the final application deadline can no longer be considered.

A complete application package includes the following documents:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Passport photo for your student file
  • Professional recommendation form (completed digitally via the application portal by the employer no later than the respective application deadline)
  • Proof of a minimum of one year post-undergraduate work experience (e.g., employment certificate, job description of the employer)
  • Essay of motivation (in English)
  • Proof of English-language proficiency at the B2 level (CEFR).
    For TOEFL, please provide the school code 3567 so that we can receive your results digitally.
    In December, there is a limited-time offer of a 25% discount on the regular test fee for the ELLT. If you are interested in this promotion, please contact the Admission Team at admissions@gbs.uni-frankfurt.de.
  • Official diploma, university transcript, and diploma supplement (if available) plus official translations into English or German - Only notarized copies will be accepted and must be submitted personally or via registered mail to

    Goethe Business School
    Office of Admissions
    Eschersheimer Landstraße 121
    60322 Frankfurt am Main

The receipt of your application documents will be confirmed via email.

Once you have submitted your application documents via the GBS Online Application Portal, your application documents will be reviewed by GBS. Further to fulfilling the formal admission requirements, additional individual competencies and qualifications are also assessed. Formally qualified applicants with whom we have not been in contact so far will receive an invitation for an interview. This conversation will be in English and can be conducted via Zoom.

Following the interview, the GBS admissions committee decides on admission to the program based on the submitted application documents (and the personal interview results). Applicants will be informed about the admission decision of the committee within four weeks.

Accepted applicants will then have the opportunity to accept or reject their study offer or defer their admission to a later date within seven working days of receiving their offer.

Ready To Apply?

Submit your documents via our Online Application Portal to the GBS Office of Admissions.

Only applicants whose complete application documents have been received by the GBS Office of Admissions before the application deadline will be considered for the admissions process and the respective Early-Bird Discount. For application or admissions questions, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@gbs.uni-frankfurt.de in a timely manner.