At GBS, the process of admissions does not need to be complicated! Our approach at the Office of Admissions is to provide a high level of personal support to qualified, motivated and well-prepared applicants. In this process, we get to know our successful applicants and work together to ensure a successful start to the academic journey ahead.
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 will 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 Digital Transformation MBA program, a total of 90 CP can be earned. Based on this, candidates with a collective 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 find out 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 two years is to be submitted, e.g. a performance review, reference letter, or written confirmation from your employer. Working experience acquired during a dual study program will not be considered.
Applicants are required to submit a recent proof of English language proficiency at the higher B2-level in accordance with 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 for a waiver of proof of proficiency in English in case one of the following conditions applies:
- The applicant is a native speaker of English;
- The applicant has completed undergraduate or master-level studies in a program taught entirely in English;
- The applicant has lived in an English-speaking country for at least one year.
In case the applicant has not taken any of the above tests at the time of submitting the application, the applicant can upload a confirmation of the test registration to the online admissions portal. The official test certificate needs to be submitted via post to the GBS Office of Admissions prior to the subsequent application deadline. This will ensure that the applicant will still qualify for the respective tuition fee discount. Applicants who have registered for the TOEFL-iBT® test or the TOEFL-iBT® Home Edition test, can ensure that their test result will be sent automatically to Goethe Business School by indicating our institutional code of 3567 upon test registration.
Certificates submitted later than 10 days after the final application deadline can no longer be considered.
If you are an applicant coming from a country outside the European Union, please note that you will require a student visa to study in Germany. The German authorities will however not issue a student visa for part-time programs in Germany. Therefore, if you are able to relocate to Germany on a different type of visa other than a student visa, then you may be eligible to study with us.
If you wish to obtain a student visa, you will have to look into full-time programs in Germany. A good starting point may be the website of the German Academic Exchange Service.
Ready to apply? Via our Online Application Portal you can submit your documents directly 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 questions, please get in touch with our Office of Admissions well in advance under recruiting[at]gbs.uni-frankfurt.de.
Register for one of our information sessions or contact our Recruiting & Admissions Team for an individual consultation via telephone, zoom, or in person on our campus Westend. We’re happy to answer all of your questions about the program, or offer an assessment of your CV with feedback on your profile and eligibility – completely non-binding.
You can make an appointment per phone at +49 69 798 33501 or send us an email to recruiting[at]gbs.uni-frankfurt.de.
A complete application package includes the following documents:
- Current curriculum vitae
- Professional Recommendation Form (completed digitally via the application portal by employer no later than five days after the respective application deadline)
- Proof of a minimum of two 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 (CEFR) B2-level (min. TOEFL-iBT score is 87; min. IELTS is 6.0, min. ELLT is 5). For TOEFL please indicate the school code 3567 for us to receive your score report digitally. For instructions and a voucher of the ELLT, please contact our Office of Admissions via firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 the fulfillment of 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 held in English and can currently only be conducted via Zoom.
Following the interview, the GBS admissions committee decides on admission to the study program on the basis of the submitted application documents and the results of the personal interview. 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.