Pharma MBA


Your Qualifications

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 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 Pharma 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 in the pharmaceutical industry or affiliated industries of at least one year is to be submitted, e.g. via a job description, 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 graduated from an international baccalaureate program
  • The applicants has completed their undergraduate or master-level studies in a program taught entirely in English;
  • The applicant has worked 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 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 2 years but without an expiry date, will be invited for an additional interview with a native speaker of English.

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 after the final application deadline can no longer be considered.

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:  

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Recruiting & Admissions Team

 +49 69 798 33501


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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]

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]

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 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 (CEFR) B2-level. 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
  • 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.


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


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