Your preparation semester - We equip you for your Master’s degree!

A sound knowledge of business administration is often the requirement for a master’s degree programme in management. However, many interested students do not always fulfill all admission requirements with their bachelor’s degree. For applicants who have a degree in another field of study other than Business Administration, e.g. Computer Science, Political Science, Law or Engineering, EBS Universität offers a preparation semester that teaches the management and business knowledge required for the Master´s programmes.

At a glance

  • Start: Fall and spring term
  • Study duration: 1 semester
  • Study type: full-time, hybrid
  • Achievable ECTS: 30
  • Investment: 3,500 euros
  • Language: English

Studying at EBS

  • Entire study course in English
  • Distinguished several times as one of the best universities in Germany
  • Small study groups with individual support and coaching
  • Strong corporate network


The compact preparation semester at master’s level enables you to qualify for the diverse master’s programme offered at EBS Universität. Have you decided on a Master’s programme, you will go through the regular application process.

To start your application, please submit the following documents or proofs to us:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 180 ECTS or an equally acknowledged degree
  • Proof of at least 8 weeks of practical experience
  • English language certificate (TOEFL iBT, IELTS or equivalent)
  • Valid GMAT or GRE


29 August 2022
Start of fall term

Good to know

  • EBS will resume its face-to-face teachings for the fall term 2022. As such, we expect students to be physically on campus by 29 August 2022 in most cases.

  • Recommendation for non-EU applicants: Although we follow a rolling admissions process, we recommend that international students who need to apply for a visa to study in Germany consider applying to EBS by the end of May for fall term 2022, as the visa application processes can last between 1 to 3 months depending on the country of origin. Please remember that we will still accept applications received after the recommended deadline and allow admitted candidates whose visa applications are delayed to move to the consecutive intake.

  • It pays to apply early. This will give you enough time to arrange everything necessary before starting your studies. Applying for a visa can take 1-2 months. Arrangements with your employer are often more effective if made without time pressure.

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Programme Structure

Business Management Preparation for Non-Business Students

In the one-semester Preparation Master, students with a non-business bachelor’s degree receive a well-grounded business education at the university level. The study program has been specially tailored to the needs of prospective managers so that they are optimally prepared for a master’s degree in business administration.

The Preparation Semester takes place directly before your actual master’s studies and takes place hybrid.

The preparatory semester offers you ideal preparation in all relevant fields of economics for a Master’s programme at the EBS. You learn the critical basic knowledge of Business Administration and gain in-depth insight into economic interrelationships. In addition to the core principles of business administration, accounting and quantitative methods, you will also learn about leadership management as well as international marketing.

Course of studies


Programme structure of the Master of Science at EBS University starting in the fall semester


Programme structure of the Master of Science at EBS University starting in the spring semester


Student Life

Student life on campus

Life at EBS is diverse, international and characterised by the outstanding commitment of our students. Due to the small number of students per intake and group, students get to know each other quickly and experience a family atmosphere that is also noticeable beyond the lectures. Our students’ sense of togetherness is extraordinary. The unique EBSpirit is born of our values of commitment, solidarity, thirst for knowledge and reliability. The common goal is to achieve great things, time and time again. And it works: with self-organised congresses, cultural events and much more.

Your study location – Living and learning in the Rheingau

The Rheingau is known worldwide for its Riesling, as are the fortresses, Castles and abbeys along the Rhine. You can find the UNESCO World Heritage Site Upper Middle Rhine Valley with Loreley and Drosselgasse only a few kilometres downriver. Every year a large number of tourists visit this region, which has so much to offer. Whether gastronomic, sporting or cultural, Oestrich-Winkel in the Rheingau provides plenty of variety for leisure activities.

The EBS campus in Oestrich-Winkel is also home to one of these historic, fascinating buildings in the Rheingau - Schloss Reichartshausen. Close to the Rhine and surrounded by vineyards, teaching and learning take place at this location in a unique environment. In addition to offices for teaching staff and service departments, the castle also houses several lecture rooms and representative event rooms.

Student services at EBS

Your study experience and success are important to us. To make it easier for you to start your studies and to guide you optimally through the study programme, we offer personal support and various services:


Identify potentials - Your road to EBS Universität

The preparation semester enables you to qualify for a Master’s programme at EBS Universität. If you have decided on a Master’s programme, you apply both for a place on your preferred Master’s programme and for the preparation semester.

Studying at EBS demands a high level of your prior mathematical and linguistic knowledge, your logical-analytical thinking skills, your willingness to learn and perform, and your personality. Our Master’s students need sound knowledge in all core areas of business administration, good communication skills, the ability to perform well under pressure, and the willingness to make a difference in their work.

Admission requirements

To take part in the Master Selection Process, you are required to submit the following documents:

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent with a minimum of 180 ECTS credits
  • Accelerated Track: Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum of 210 ECTS credits and a minimum one semester abroad
  • Have completed at least ten weeks of internships during or after your first degree
  • TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent. Training and tests are also possible at the EBS Language Center.
  • Valid GMAT or GRE with good quantitative results or participation in our internal EBSgrad test. Training and tests are also possible at the EBS Language Center.

If all requirements are fulfilled after a detailed evaluation, you will receive an invitation to an individual selection interview.

Your application

As part of our multi-stage application process, we examine the performance and study ability of each applicant. We take the utmost care in this process since we only accept the most suitable applicants.

If your application documents meet our admission requirements, we will invite you to an individual 45-minute interview. During this interview, we will check your motivation and social skills. The decisive factors are performance and learning motivation, the social-communicative profile, the willingness to take social responsibility, and the applicant’s initiative.

Such a selection procedure is exhausting and exciting at the same time. We know this and relieve our applicants by communicating the results as quickly as possible. It provides planning security – for all parties involved. If you are accepted, we are excited to welcome you to our campus at the beginning of the semester.

Tuition Fees

First-class education in a private institution

The quality of teaching is our focus: EBS Universität represents one of the best management training throughout the German-speaking world. As a private university, we finance ourselves mainly from tuition fees.

The tuition fee for the Preparation Semester is 3,500 euros.

We want to make the programme accessible for any excellent applicant – independent of their economic situation. Decisive factors are your performance, motivation and personality. The choice of financing options for a study programme is diverse, and often a combination of the various options can be helpful. Please look at our scholarships and student finance options to find out which offer suits you best.

Programme Benefits

Uncomplicated and fast: In just one semester you will gain the skills needed to complete a Business Administration Master Programme at the EBS Universität.

For a career in industry: After the preparatory semester you can continue your studies with one of our prestigious Master Programmes in Management, Automotive Management, Finance or Real Estate.

Flexible: You can choose whether you wish to start your preparatory semester in Autumn or Spring.

More time for preparation: As the preparation semester takes place completely online, you have enough time to take care of all the necessary preparations for your Master’s degree - e.g. visa - in peace.


After completing my Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, I concluded that I needed a deeper understanding of business contexts to achieve my career goals. While searching for the ideal study programme, I quickly realised nothing was comparable to the Preparation Semester at EBS Universität. The semester has provided me with a comprehensive overview of all kinds of business issues and prepared me in the best possible way. Regardless of what you have studied before, the Preparation Semester at EBS Universität prepares you perfectly for all Master programmes.

Andreas Weiske
Andreas Weiske
EBS alumnus // Managing Partner of ATW Capital GmbH