MBA Business Administration and Engineering (MBA&E)

  • On Campus
  • 18 months
  • EUR11000 Module (Non-EEA)
  • English
HTW Berlin | Berlin, Germany
The MBA&E is a pioneering postgraduate program with a core management/technology course and two alternative specializations, Business Process Outsourcing and Interdisciplinary Management. The curriculum combines traditional MBA content with technology and newest management concepts in order to create a program with competitive advantage. The program is very practice oriented and contains projects, excursions and company visits.

Description of Business Administration and Engineering (MBA&E)


Multifaceted and interdisciplinary

The weighting of the course content of the MBA&E establishes a dual focus on topics drawn equally from business administration and technological subjects. Graduates from this course are equipped not only with exceptional specialist skills, but develop an analytical mind-set applicable to a variety of industries and business functions. We seek to train every MBA&E graduate to become a robust, interdisciplinary problem solver – professional, creative and collaborative.

Close to business practice

As a postgraduate programme of study, the course accepts applications from students with backgrounds in engineering, management, and more. As a young professional, you already possess the in-depth skills specific to your discipline. By taking the MBA&E, you will develop a holistic understanding of the wider business process. MBA&E graduates are "gap-bridgers" – specialists in their respective functions yet fully conversant with mainstream results-oriented management practices. Global companies need such "T-shaped people" - would you like to become one?

Personal and international

The MBA&E family of students and graduates is drawn from over 40 countries throughout the globe. Mechanical engineering, industrial management, intercultural communication, economics, material sciences, aeroplane design, nuclear physics and software engineering – these represent but a handful of the backgrounds from which our students come. Can you imagine a broader networking opportunity? This course is all about learning vital business skills in a tight knit international group. Experiencing one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, you will have the opportunity to improve your soft skills, to form lasting friendships and simply to have fun.

We look forward to welcoming you to the MBA&E family!

Three attractice specialisationsIn order to customise the programme for students with different career aims, three specialisation options are offered:
  • Automotive Management (AM)
  • Interdisciplinary Management (IM)
  • Lean Management (LM) (New!)

The AM specialisation prepares the students for work in the global automotive industry. There is a strong demand for business engineering graduates on the job market, and typical positions include technical and management jobs at automotive OEMs and suppliers. The MBA&E is the only English language business engineering programmes in Germany with special focus on automotive management.

The IM specialisation has a sharper focus on the management of complex technical projects where experts of different disciplines contribute.

The graduates of this specialisation habe broad job opportunities especially in large operations and projects across the industry.

The brand new LM specialisation provides the students with production and business process optimisation competence. With Lean Management becoming increasingly popular in production and service operations around the world, the graduates of this specialisation are expected to offer an attractive specialist profile on the labour market.

The programme office: service at a single location

All our students enjoy the convenience of the extensive services provided by a dedicated programme office. With support provision beginning before your arrival, this continues throughout the duration of your studies and thanks to our alumni network for the rest of your working life.

The regular duration of the course is three semesters. The first two semesters consist of seminars, lectures, projects and excursions, instructed and guided by HTW professors and external lecturers. The Masters thesis is written during the third semester. A single-semester internship is possible but not compulsory. The language of instruction is English.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June
Tuition fee
  • EUR 11000 Module (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 11000 Module (EEA)

The tuition fee in 2015 amounts to 11.000 (ten thousand) euros. The fee covers the entire programme and include transport and accommodation for all compulsory excursions. This sum can be paid in two instalments:

  • First instalment (50%) before commencement of the course ;
  • Second instalment (50%) before commencement of the second semester
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Three alternatives of specialization

Students can choose between two alternative specializations:

  • Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Interdisciplinary Management (IM)
  • Automotive Management (AM)

The specializations are build on the same MBA&E interdisciplinary program and provide students with the opportunity to lay the foundations for a future career path. Availability permitting, classes can be combined. Each student receives a personal time-table upon commencement of the course. Please see the programme curriculum for detailed information on the differences between the alternatives.

Master’s thesis

Areas of specialization are not restricted to the three alternatives described above. Writing a Master’s thesis, final semester students address a complex business problem of their choice under expert and close guidance from a member of staff. Enabling the student to demonstrate their new-found expertise, a successful Master’s thesis represents the perfect calling card for job applicants. Not only an indication of in depth knowledge of a specific business field, the Master's thesis also demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the academic method. In addition to supervision, The MBA&E programme office provides support in the form of materials, workshops and personal consultation.

Excursion programme

The MBA&E programme of excursions is an integral part of the course. Throughout the two study semesters, the students have the opportunity to visit a number of multinational companies and professional events in Germany and possibly abroad. Travel and accommodation are included in the tuition fees. The excursions are organized and led by the MBA&E programme manager.

Teamwork and communication skills

Students of the course are given the opportunity to develop the crucial skills involved in modern business practice in a working-by-doing manner, learning to navigate challenging assignments in a variety of team settings. The course imparts the whole range of effective collaboration, communication, presentation and argumentation skills required by the modern business environment.


Students have the opportunity to complete a full-time internship during the third semester, postponing completion of their Master’s thesis to the fourth semester. We encourage international students to complete an internship in Germany as a part of their studies. The MBA&E programme office provides assistance both in finding a work placement and during its course.

Berlin and the HTW

Berlin – a great city to study

A global city, Berlin’s liberal cosmopolitanism makes the German capital of 3.4 million inhabitants a special place to live. Its population of almost half a million foreigners drawn from over 180 countries contribute to an atmosphere unique in Europe. A diverse academic environment, incomparable cultural life and a pulsating nightlife combines with beautiful nature, waterscapes and parks to achieve excellent quality of life.

An international location in the heart of Europe

Its international workforce – to which courses of study such as the MBA&E contribute – makes Berlin highly attractive as a location for a number of multinational companies The good availability of business properties, employees and support networks also make Berlin an entrepreneurial city providing the testing ground for a number of new technical and service innovations.

Multifaceted and innovative – the HTW Berlin

The HTW Berlin, a multi-disciplinary application-oriented university of applied sciences boasts a student body of over 10.000 spread across five departments. Our students profit from a large university’s resources combined with the flexibility of a dynamic programme like the MBA&E. For more information, please visit the English-language version of our university website under or in German at


  • Prof Christian Boettger, PhD (MBA&E Programme Director)
  • Prof Soeren Dressler, PhD
  • Prof Ingo Classen, PhD
  • Prof Robert Finke, PhD
  • Dirk Foerster-Trallo, MSc (MBA&E Programme Manager)
  • Antti Kapanen, MSc (MBA&E Programme Manager)
  • Christoph Maisch, MA (MBA&E Program Assistant)
  • Prof Hermann Mohnkopf
  • Prof Martin Pohlmann, PhD
  • Prof Sven Prueser, PhD
  • Prof Ulrich Rudolph, PhD

Requirements for Business Administration and Engineering (MBA&E)

In order to be considered for admission to the course, students require a minimum of:

  • A Bachelor's degree or an international equivalent (at least 180 ECTS credits). We prefer degrees from a relevant field but are prepared to consider applications from any discipline.
  • At least one year of relevant work experience after graduation
  • Fluency in the English language:
  • A minimum score of 570 in the paper-based TOEFL test
  • A minimum score of 230 in the computer-based TOEFL test
  • A minimum score of 88 in the internet-based TOEFL test
  • A minimum score of 6.5 in the IELTS test
  • Other certificates or proofs of proficiency may be considered, please consult us separately

Student selection criteria

The MBA&E is a small and individual programme with a hand-picked body of students. The selection process considers the following criteria:

  • Academic background and previous achievements
  • The extent and nature of prior employment experience
  • A high level of motivation expressed in a suitable fashion in the application documents and a possible telephone interview

Work Experience for Business Administration and Engineering (MBA&E)

No work experience is required.

More Information


The MBA&E is accredited by the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Assurance Institute ACQUIN. The ACQUIN is a German organization that accredits both national and international degree programs. It operates under German state supervision and is a member of the ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education), the EUA (European University Association) and the INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education).

Link to the accreditation profile (German):

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