Introduction to the Business School

The tradition of the Business School of the University of Mannheim traces its beginnings back to the Mannheim College of Trade, founded in 1907 and closed in 1933. It was reopened as the Public Business School. In 1963, it was extended and had now three departments: the School for Business and Social Sciences, the School for Humanities and the Law School. In 1967, the Public School was transformed into a university. In 1969, a new basic order was passed, in which now eight schools, among them the Business School, were fixed.   

Great names such as Walter Le Coutre and Heinrich Nicklisch helped to establish Mannheim's reputation as a learning center for economics and business. After the Second World War, professors such as Friedrich Heinzel, August Marx, Curt Sandig, and Walter Waffenschmidt ensured that this reputation not only continued but grew.

The University of Mannheim, Business School today

Today, with 33 fully ordained professors, 6 junior professors, more than 200 additional faculty members, and about 3,500 students, the Business School of the University of Mannheim is one of the largest and most renowned business schools in Europe. Research and teaching at the highest international level, consistent quality management, an international focus and distinctive practical orientation constitute the focal points of the "Mannheim Philosophy." The School's high esteem is reflected in the annual number of applications as well as in the number of students enrolled in the programs of the Business School.

In the fall/winter semester of 2006/2007, the study programs of business administration were reorganized into the international Bachelor/Master system. Since then, about 400 students enroll in one of the degree programs every year. The Bachelor (B.Sc.) program Business Administration prepares students for the challenges of the business world as well as a consecutive Master degree program. Another Bachelor program offered is the Bachelor Economic and Business Education, which prepares for a teaching position at a business-oriented high school or an industry career.

At the University of Mannheim, Business School, three Master programs (M.Sc.) are being offered: the Mannheim Master in Management, the Master in Economic and Business Education and the research-oriented Mannheim Master in Business Research, which will be offered for the first time in the fall/winter semester 2016/2017 and which is taught completely in English.

Rankings by news and business magazines constantly list the Business School of the University of Mannheim among the top positions. As the first German institution, the Business School of the University of Mannheim is accredited by AACSB International, by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and by EFMD (EQUIS), which are the three leading unions of educational institutions in business worldwide.