Pharma MBA


English-language Pharma MBA – alongside your job in only four semesters

  • Semesters 1-3: Lectures every two weeks on Friday afternoons (13:00 to 20:00) and Saturdays (9:00 to 17:00) on approx. 10 weekends, final module exams included
  • Semester 4: Preparatory seminar and final master thesis, no regular presence on campus required

The modular curriculum offers a variety of focus options: After having completed more general courses in the foundation phase, you can put together your subject combination individually in the specialization phase as well as choose a thematic focus of your master thesis in accordance with your professional and personal interests

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Foundation Courses

Based on focused case studies and current examples taken directly from corporate practice and presented by guest speakers, students learn to apply the foundations of management and leadership in their professional pharma context.

  • Strategic Management & Corporate Development
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Managerial Accounting & Controlling
  • Corporate Finance
  • Ethics in Business
  • Innovation Management & Pricing
  • High Performance Teams
  • Foundations of Patent & Pharmaceutical Law
  • Pharmaceutical Value Chain
Specialization Courses

Depending on your professional and personal preferences, students choose four modules from a broad range of courses. Expand your prospects and discover how to set up companies of the future. Courses on offer can vary from year to year, which ensures that current topics are always included.

  • Research Development & Medical Affairs
  • Production, Quality Management & Pharma 4.0
  • Regulatory Affairs & Pharmacovigilance
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Market Access & Health Economics
  • Intrapreneurship & Business Planning
Master Thesis & Seminar

The final master thesis project is intended to apply the knowledge gained in the program: Students address a real-world challenge from their own experience or company. In a preparatory seminar, students learn the necessary scientific methods and narrow down their thesis topic.


Personal Development & Skills Workshops, Summer Summit - Digital Transformation in Pharma

By participating in a series of workshops integrated throughout the curriculum, you have the opportunity to maximize your personal potential, develop leadership skills, and explore practical applications of the newest technologies and trends through hands-on sessions with industry experts. Theses workshops are designed to develop the skills you need to make an impact on your career.

Organized by the House of Pharma & Healthcare and GBS, the annual Summer Summit – Digital Transformation in Pharma explicitly addresses the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in the in the healthcare industry.


The Master of Pharma Business Administration fills an important gap: the pharma-centric customization of a traditional MBA curriculum. I also believe that the distinctive expertise of the lecturers and the practical nature of the classes – covering important aspects of the pharmaceutical value chain – make this program highly valuable for any aspiring executive in the pharma sector.

Prof. Dr. Hagen PfundnerManaging Director, Roche Pharma AG

Networking is an integral part of the MBA experience at Goethe Business School. We regularly invite prominent guest speakers from various backgrounds to talk about current topics in digital transformation. While chatting with the experts in an intimate setting, students and alumni gain unique insights into how these experts are dealing with digital transformation and are making change happen. Students can usually look forward to two events per semester, which take place on Friday evenings after regular lectures and are followed by an opportunity to network with other participants.