Admissions Process

Your Qualification

  • A first university degree - at least a Bachelor’s degree (180 CP) or equivalent
  • At least two years of post-graduate work experience
  • Very good oral and written English skills

Application in Three Steps

You would like 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.

In case of a missing English language proficiency certificate, applicants need to prove that they have registered for a language test. The certificate of the successful completion of the language test needs to be submitted to the Admissions Office prior to the subsequent application deadline. This entitles applicants to receive the initial Early Bird Discount. Certificates delivered after June 30, will not be considered.

Get in touch with our Office of Admissions well in advance and before submitting your documents to clarify possible questions in good time!

A complete application package includes the following documents:

  • Completed Application Form (for email delivery)
  • Current resume
  • Professional Recommendation Form (completed by employer)
  • Proof of a minimum 2 years of post-graduate qualifying work experience (e.g. employment certificate or job description provided by employer)
  • Essay of motivation
  • Proof of English proficiency at (CEFR) B2-level (min. TOEFL-iBT score is 72; min. IELTS is 5,0)
  • Official diploma, university transcripts and diploma supplement (if available) - 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

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

Your application documents will be reviewed by the GBS. In addition to the fulfillment of the formal admission requirements, additional individual competencies and qualifications are also assessed.

After evaluation of your admissions documents, the GBS admissions committee communicates a final decision. Applicants will be informed about the admission decision of the committee within four weeks after the respective application deadline. 

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.

Applying from outside the EU?

If you are an applicant coming from a country outside the European Union, please note that you will need to apply for 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 it should be possible to study.  

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 following website of the German Academic Exchange Service:


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.

Elisabeth TakkenbergSenior Manager Recruiting & Admissions, Goethe Business School