DBA – Application & Fees

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In order to be admitted to a study program at Munich Business School, you must fulfill academic, linguistic, and professional requirements. The required application documents may be submitted at any time. However, due to the limited number of spots in the program, MBS recommends you to commit yourself to a specific application round. One thing always applies: the earlier you submit your application, the more likely it is that you will be admitted to the next program start.

Admission Requirements

Munich Business School seeks to admit candidates to the DBA Doctor of Business Administration program who:

  • have successfully completed a Master's degree in business, management, or a related area
  • have minimum of 5 years of working experience, thereof 3 years of managerial experience incl. team lead, budget responsibility



Since the DBA program is conducted in English, all candidates must have good command of the language. Applicants can prove their English language proficiency by one of the following options:

  • Being an English native speaker
  • Having completed a university degree entirely in English, in an English speaking country, within the last 3 years (teaching and assessment)
  • English is the official language in daily business communication in your current position and company (we require a confirmation letter from your employer)
  • IELTS: min. level of 7.0 – Academic Module
  • TOEFL iBT: min. 100 (Listening: min. 23, Reading: min. 23, Writing: min. 26, Speaking: min. 22; MBS TOEFL Institution Code: 5772).

Test results can only be accepted if achieved within the last two years. If you are unable to obtain your test results before handing in your MBS application, please advise us of your planned test date. You can hand in your test results up to four weeks prior to the program start. Submission after start of studies is not possible.

Why do you want to pursue a DBA? Your answer should include reference to personal, professional, and educational experience, as well as the impact you expect it to have on your career.

What do you propose to research? Discuss a possible topic and research approach that interests you, and address the following:

  • Reason why this possible area of business and management is important
  • Identification of a clear research question
  • Contextualization of the research question within a body of existing scholarly literature
  • Possible methodology for the research
  • Potential impacts of the research
  • Relevance of the expected findings to management knowledge and practice

Application Process

Please provide the following documents for your application at Munich Business School:

  • Completed Application Form including Application Research Proposal (Guidelines for Application Research Proposal)
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts (plus translations if not already in English or German)
  • 2 reference letters (academic or professional), either as completed reference form or as a normal letter of recommendation (with English translation if not already in English)
    Download Academic Reference Form
  • Proof of English proficiency (test scores must still be valid, i.e., less than two years old)
  • Academic papers, articles, certificates etc. (optional)

Please apply online with your complete application documents.

The interview will last approximately 45-60 minutes and is intended to help both you as well as MBS to determine whether the DBA is the right program for you. Of course, the interview will also present you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

All applicants from Germany or close enough to travel must attend a personal interview at Munich Business School with the Academic Program Director. Applicants who cannot attend a personal interview due to unreasonable travel times will be interviewed via video conference.

The Admission Office will inform you about the outcome of the application process within 10 working days. If your application has been accepted, Munich Business School will provide you with an acceptance letter as well as two copies of your study contract. One copy needs to be signed and returned within two weeks to secure your spot in the program. The other copy needs to be kept for your own records.

Tuition & Financing

Overall Tuition Fee: € 36,000

The tuition fee is payable in the following yearly installments:

  • First year: € 12,600 (35%)
  • Second year: € 12,600 (35%)
  • Third year: € 5,400 (15%)
  • Fourth year: € 5,400 (15%)
  • Every additional year: € 3,600 (10%)

The first rate is due upon the beginning of your studies and can be paid via bank transfer or PayPal. Books, travel costs, and accommodation are not included in the overall tuition fee.

Application Processing Fee: € 60

The non-refundable processing fee is due upon application and is paid via bank transfer or PayPal.

For alternative payment methods, please contact your DBA Program Advisor.

If you are registered as a taxpayer in Germany and studying part-time, you may get a tax refund of your tuition fees. Please check out the website of the German Federal Ministry of Finance for the latest information on taxes.

In addition, MBS provides you with information about the financial assistance options available, whether supported by the government, foundations, or banks.

More about Financing Options

Contact & Information



Apply Online


Program Advisor

Victoria Fischer, B.A.

+49 (0)89 547678-252



Application Rounds