These tips are used for objective quality assessment
(but not for personal suitability) from the outside and
are only guidelines.
- Provider location / title allocation
actually awards the degree? You will often find local
marketing offices from internationally active schools.
Sometimes there are also collaborations in which the
domestic organization is only responsible for marketing
the participants. If the MBA or master's degree is
awarded outside the EU, caution should be exercised. The
title can then only be used with the approval of the
respective Ministry of Culture, which carries out
equality according to its own criteria. If the foreign
master's degree is not a course of study in the sense of
the authority, the title is usually refused.
Has the respective study program been checked by a
recognized accreditation agency? Has the accreditation
already been completed or is it still valid? If in
doubt, take a look at the website of the respective
- How long has the provider been on the market?
New providers don't have to be bad. But it is mostly
optimized in the first few years. Are there graduates
you can interview? What about the reputation?
- Who are the partners in a business school?
Universities, the federal government, the federal
states or municipalities usually stand for compliance
with all education-related topics with such a provider:
Great security, but often pragmatic procedures.
- Private-public partnership
A model that has often proven itself in practice: the
public sector and companies together form the
shareholder structure, which combines security and
dynamism as well as possible. However, you should ask
yourself the question who is involved to what extent, ie:
Which forces make up the majority?
Private shareholders can stand for highly dynamic,
market-oriented educational organizations. It is often
possible to adapt the content to customer needs. This is
where the risk of “title smithing” is greatest. In any
case, organizations with such a shareholder structure
need to be carefully examined.
- ECTS points
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System and
represents the workload of a training program. ECTS
points say little about the quality of the respective
offer. The workload is calculated from factors such as
attendance hours, e-learning modules, self-learning
phases and effort for the final thesis.
Attention: Although it would actually be the purpose
of the ECTS workload points to establish a clear
comparability across Europe, practice does not look like
Austria calculates differently and awards higher ECTS
points for the respective achievement. It may now be the
case, for example, that an equivalent MBA program prizes
150 ECTS points in Austria - but only 75 points are
awarded in Germany. In Germany, however, this Austrian
MBA would also be “only” worth 75 points and not 150
Curious: As soon as an accreditation agency such as
FIBAA accredits such an Austrian program, the points are
set to "German level". Ie the providers to be compared
would be equivalent if both have an accreditation from
- What is the reputation or reputation?
How is a training organization perceived by HR
decision-makers? The following generally applies: the
better known, the better. In practice, however, this is
difficult to determine. Clue: University rankings - but
mostly only make a statement for the “World Top 20
- Are there external references? How safe is
For example: graduates who can be interviewed or
companies that work closely with the provider? How many
recent graduates has a program already had? The more,
the more likely it is to continue after your year. The
termination of a study program can have a negative
impact on the job market for the previous graduates.
Beware of “abnormal” pricing. Part-time MBA programs
that cost less than 10,000 and more than 40,000 euros
should be taken under special focus.
- Alumni / network
The alumni organization is almost as important as the
course itself. This should ensure that you can still
benefit from it years after graduation. Targeted
inquiries from the provider can often shed light on
this: How many graduates does this alumni organization
include? How is the network idea lived? Alumni websites
often also provide information about size and
- Illuminate the participant structure
The fellow students are an important factor in an MBA
program. Not only does a lot of work in teams, your
fellow students form the network with you and form the
outside opinion about the respective provider. A high
percentage of international students would be desirable.
The admission requirements (degree, professional
experience, managerial experience) etc. can also be an
indication of the “other” participants.
- Get expert advice
If you are unsure of what to make of the program of
your choice, consult an expert.