1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Professional School of Business & Technology
  3. Offer
  4. Master’s degrees
  5. International Business Management & Leadership
  6. Special features of the Kempten MBA

Are you looking for a flexibly scheduled and practically focused MBA programme to boost your career? The MBA International Business Management & Leadership at Kempten focuses heavily on practical application and enables you to sustainably develop your personal leadership skills.

The MBA at our Professional School is certainly stands out from the crowd. But what makes it so different from the others on offer? Find out here.

This interview between two students and lecturer Dr Mark Baker will give you a brief initial insight into our extraordinary study programme.

Programme for developing managers

Programme for developing managers

A manager’s success stems only partly from applying functional specialist knowledge and managerial expertise. To achieve the aim of a successful and sustained executive career, a manager has to refine their social skills and personality.

This programme offers unique opportunities to do just that. We work on developing personal and social skills in core courses such as Cross-Cultural Behaviour and International Human Resources Management, augmenting this basis with elective seminars. The course in Principles of Leadership provides a profound insight into managerial behaviour and the motivational factors behind supreme performance. The two seminars Leading Self and Leading Others call for participants to explore their personal strengths and weaknesses. During these seminars, students get the chance to analyse and develop their emotional intelligence and means of strengthening their personality and leadership skills.

An empirical study has shown that our MBA participants significantly increase their emotional intelligence and enjoy extremely successful careers.

Develop Your Self! – with the Kempten model of leadership tasks
The aim of our MBA programmes is to teach cutting-edge managerial expertise to bolster executive careers. The Professional School of Business & Technology at Kempten University of Applied Sciences has dedicated itself to this objective since 2002. Our regular statistical surveys show that up to 70 percent of our participants progressed in their careers within two to three years of starting to study, meaning that many of them were already promoted before they completed their course with us.

Programme developing leadership traits
We are the only institution in Germany to run such a Programme developing leadership traits, which makes us the “leading” business school in Bavaria, as reflected in the largest annual intake of students (currently more than 40 MBA students from Germany and abroad).

Leadership Task Model
To meet the need for a systematic and scientifically based training programme, our lecturers developed an appropriate framework. The Leadership Task Model(Desjardins & Baker, 2013) describes the main leadership behaviour requirements of managers. It reveals the different levels of leadership – meta-leadership (me-level), macro-leadership (us-level) and micro-leadership (you-level). Managing executive tasks ensures maximum achievement of organisational aims, in other words maximum leadership productivity. This can only be attained on the basis of ethical standards and socially responsible action. At the same time, good leadership is also seen to encompass economic and social objectives.

The Leadership Task Model (Desjardins & Baker, 2013) 

MBA “Leadership” seminars
In the course of your MBA programme, you will be guided through the three interdependent levels of the Leadership Task Model. This involves you first developing your personal skills at the me-level before you can successfully tackle the tasks on the we and you-level.

The me and you-level are addressed both in the three seminars in the MBA “Leadership” module and in the seminar on “Business Ethics”.

Another means of developing your personality lies in coaching, as offered to you by the participants on our Business Coaching programme.

The us-level is addressed in various seminars on the MBA programme: “International Strategy”, “Cross-Cultural Behaviour” and “Change Management”.

To ensure sustained development of your leadership traits and skills we have put together a structured development process with proven success according to empirical studies – starting with a self-appraisal of your personality and skills performed with the aid of tried-and-tested psychological testing. Based on the results of these tests, you will then compile development plansrelated to your personal areas of potential in terms of emotional intelligence (me-level) and leadership tasks (you-level). You will then implement these plans at your workplace and in your private sphere. We offer ongoing practical support throughout the course of your studies with implementing your development plans, with the aid of status reports and supervision during our leadership seminars.

Join the MBA programme “International Business Management & Leadership” and develop your leadership traits!




In June 2015, the MBA (Master of Business Administration) in “International Business Management & Leadership” was awarded international EPAS-accreditation (European Program Accreditation System). EPAS is an international hallmark that certifies the quality and international scope of study programmes. This accreditation is awarded by the EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). The EFMD is on of three international accreditation agencies for MBA programmes, alongside the AACSB and the AMBA. The EFMD only accredits universities and programmes with an extensive international dimension. The renowned EQUIS seal is awarded by the EFMD to entire business schools or faculties, with the EPAS-accreditation singling out a particular course of study thus deemed outstanding.

Further information on EPAS-accreditation can be found here


The MBA programme in “International Business Management and Leadership” was launched in April 2002. It was reconfigured as a four-semester MBA degree programme in 2005 and gained FIBAA-accreditation in 2006.

The International Business Management & Leadership (MBA) programme has been reaccredited by since 1 March 2011.

The FIBAA audit highlighted several criteria in which the Professional School exceeds its quality thresholds:

  • The positioning of the study programme within the university’s strategy plan
  • The foreign-language content (100% English)
  • Collaborations with industrial companies and other organisations
  • Professional experience of participants
  • Integration of theory and practice
  • Leadership skills
  • Management concepts
  • Lecturers’ practical expertise
  • Student guidance from teaching staff
  • Equipment
  • Quantity, quality and media/IT equipment of classrooms
  • Number and technical equipment of library workstations for students

Further information on FIBAA can be found here.

Triple accreditation of our partner universities

Two modules on the MBA programme are taught in a two-week seminar block at the renowned University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in Cape Town (South Africa). Alternatively, you can choose to spend three weeks at the royal National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok (Thailand). In addition, participants have the option of completing an eight-week course at our partner university in Brisbane (Australia), the QUT Graduate School of Business der Queensland University of Technology.

Both partner universities – the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and the QUT Graduate School of Business der Queensland University of Technology – have triple accreditation. There are only some 50 universities worldwide that currently hold triple accreditation (less than 1%).

The National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) is AACSB-accredited and is currently completing the application process for EQUIS-accreditation.

International focus

International focus

The programme is conducted entirely in English, with a period of study abroad in South Africa, Thailand or Australia a core component. In addition, international students and lecturers enrich the content of lectures with their experience.


Networking & career development

Networking & career development

The flexible course structure means that while you are allocated to a core group, you will get to know more students on the MBA programme each semester. This presents networking opportunities with up to 100 different MBA participants. Sharing experience and knowledge with your fellow students is one of the most valuable aspects of the MBA programme, helping you to understand the subject matter covered in lectures better and to broaden your horizons. This contact with other students prove really beneficial for you personally and your career. Our university runs an alumni network to enable you to keep on benefitting beyond graduation.

Participating in an MBA programme furthers your career immensely. Empirical studies have revealed a distinct correlation between participating in an MBA programme and professional success. This can also be observed amongst our own MBA participants, most of whom took a considerable step up the career ladder after graduating.