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Admission Process

Master Programmes for International Students

Our study programmes start every fall term (august/september). We recommend applying early because the number of students per course is limited. That is why we are happy to accept your application at any time throughout the year.

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    1. Requirements

    The admission requirements for our CBS MBA programmes are a first academic qualification (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts) with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. Applicants who have not attained this grade in their first study course must take a separate entrance examination. Furthermore, you need initial job experience of at least one year.

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    2. Application

    Please submit the following application documents for the English-language degree courses in English language:

      • Your CV in tabular format
      • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and certificates of your academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)
      • Proof of at least one year of professional experience
      • Letter of motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”
      • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)
      • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).
        We accept the following certificates: TOEFL certificate (at least 92 points Internet-based) or IELTS (at least band 6.5), Cambridge English Advanced (CAE), BEC Higher and further certificates. The tests must not be older than two years. Alternatively, you can furnish proof by taking the CBS language test within the scope of our Assessment Day (on campus) or an interview (via skype). Also, you can substitute the required language test if you provide evidence of a six month stay abroad in an English-speaking country or if you prove parts of studies in English (examination of individual case).

    Please apply online using our application form. Alternatively you may send your documents to: Cologne Business School (CBS) Admissions Office Hardefuststraße 1 50677 Köln / Germany

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    3. Assessment

    The CBS Admissions Office will review your application documents and is open for questions. In order to begin your studies with us you must first successfully complete our selection process. We will inform you within a few days if you meet the formal requirements.

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    4. Admission

    If you meet the formal requirements for a MBA degree course at CBS we will offer you a place at university. In order to be able to study at CBS you have to accept the offer within a given period of time.

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    If you require a visa for studying in Germany you will be required to pay an advance deposit of 5,000 €. In case your visa application is rejected we will refund the amount minus the applicable registration fee. More information on our study fees. More information on international payments.

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    You need a visa for studies in Germany?

    As soon as you have transferred the full deposit and sent us the signed study contract we will send you the Letter of Admission from the CBS. You need it to apply for the visa. Should your visa application be rejected we will retransfer the deposit less the one-time registration fee on presentation of visa rejection documents. Please note that it can take up to four months to process the application for your visa – depending on the responsible embassy in your home country. Please meet the following application deadline(s) if you need a visa:

      • English-language programmes: May 15
      • deutschsprachige Studiengänge: April 15
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    Travel to Germany

    Perfect! If all formal requirements are met you are ready to start your trip to Germany and Cologne. Please arrange your travel wisely to arrive on time before the term starts. You find further information for international applicants in our International Students section.

Any questions?

Give us a call at +49 (0) 221 / 93 18 09-31. Our advisors will gladly help you regarding all questions concerning the study programmes and the application process. We look forward to receiving your application and wish you good success!


Study Advisory

Martina Kuhnert

+49 (0) 221 93 18 09-31

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