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MBA Aviation and Tourism Management

Study our well-established MBA in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and experience lectures all around the word

The Aviation and Tourism industry has been subject to constant change over the last decades. Recently, socio-political, environmental and economic events have extensively impacted on the industry. More than ever, questions such as the consequences of climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and negative effects of globaliziation force industry-leaders to reshape the aviation and tourism industry with new and innovative ideas.

With our MBA Aviation and Tourism Management, we will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to face future challenges. Our newly developed curriculum will empower you to initiate change, rethink processes holistically, and develop innovative and sustainable solutions for the future aviation and tourism industry. Our MBA program will equip you with the relevant skills in digitalization, strategic business development, sustainability and innovation management to actively shape the industry’s transformation process. Drawing on Tourism and Aviation knowledge we prepare you to understand the connectivity of both industries regarding customer centricity, sustainability, mobility and destination management. Furthermore, the MBA program will also qualify you in general management as well as in leadership competencies. Our MBA-program uniquely combines the benefits of a study program in Frankfurt, which can be studied while working, with the benefits of lectures at our international partner universities in Greece and the UK as well as our international course provider in Singapore. 

Your benefits

Enjoy studying at one of the world's largest aviation hub and benefit from our customized MBA program, which can be studied while working, designed together with well-known industry leaders like DFS, Fraport and MUC Airport.

Complement your academic training with seminars developing your rhetoric skills as well as your personality and enjoy networking with the industry's renowned lobbyists. 

Enhance your knowledge & skills in general corporate management such as strategies, business development, transformational leadership while focusing on the particular requirements of the aviation and tourism industry.

Expand your network, learn from peers, listen & talk to top executives at fireside chats and get stimulated by program partners like the University of Huddersfield and the University of the Aegean. 

This program uniquely combines what you need to know about the the relevant topics and the connection between the aviation and tourism industry and enables you to continue working for your company whilst still offering 100 % of the classes in small groups on campus.

At the end of the program you will receive an internationally recognised MBA, as well as a globally accepted IATA Training Certificate.

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Further information about our MBA

Application requirements

Entry Requirements

  • First academic degree (minimum 180 ECTS)
  • Proven minimum of one year of professional experience
  • Motivation letter
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Proof of good academic English Skills of at least B2 level (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, DAAD or other proof of language competence of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) ) not older than three years. If your first professional university degree was obtained in an English-speaking country or at a bilingual educational institution you do not need to submit any language test.
  • Succesful selection interview
  • An APS certificate is required for students applying from India, China and Vietnam.

Cross-entry to a Master's program without a first academic degree

Here you will find important information on admission to Master's degree programs without a first university degree. In Germany, you have the opportunity to enter a Master's program without a first university degree, as long as you have relevant professional experience.

That means that you need to have a completed vocational training, as well as at least four years of professional experience in a relevant industry and a university entrance qualification. If you want to apply for a masters degree program, you will also have to pass an aptitude test that is carried out by the University and which consists of:

  • four written examinations of 90 minutes each in four selected subjects of a relevant Bachelor's degree program. 
  • a project paper (completion period of 8 weeks) + colloquium (30 to 60 minutes)
  • One professional discussion (30 to 60 minutes)

The examination is meant to ensure a level of knowledge equivalent to that of a Bachelor's or Diploma degree by all applicants. If you decide to take the aptitude test, the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences will prepare you for the examination and a personal contact person will help you in case there are any questions. In the past, students taking the aptitude test were usually successful at the first attempt. To take the examination, a fee of € 690,00 has to be paid in advance. If you pass the aptitude test, the examination fee is refunded upon matriculation. You will receive a certificate confirming that you have passed the aptitude test, showing the overall grade as well as the individual examinations with your grades and subject areas. The certificate can be used to apply for admission to the respective MBA.

The application deadline for the aptitude examination is 15 February each year.

Overview over the application process

  • Aptitude test required
  • Deadline for test 15 February
  • Examination Fee of 690 € (refunded at matriculation, if examination is successful)
  • completed vocational training required
  • at least 4 years of full-time professional experience in a relevant industry required 
  • university entrance qualification required

Application

The MBA starts every year in the winter semester.

Application Deadlines:

  • Application deadline for candidates with foreign degrees: July 15th 2023
  • Application deadline for candidates with national degrees: July 15th 2023
  • Application deadline for the qualifying examination in accordance with paragraph 20 HHG: February 15th 2023

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Degree
The combination of the practical experience with the acquired theoretical knowledge prepares you for management positions in general management. Additionally you will approve your knowledge in the areas of marketing & sales, operation management, logistics, consulting, finance and controlling in the aviation and tourism industry.
Career perspective

After completing this MBA you will work as a consultant or expert within aviation and/or tourism industry. You will advise companies in change processes or general management issues, bring in strategic knowledge and problem-solving skills. You will also be qualified to take on leadership or management positions with tasks in the areas of corporate strategy and sustainable business development. With a unique blend of creative thinking, business acumen and an innovative approach, you have the ability to transform business ideas and products into a marketable offering.

Duration
The part-time study course is divided into four semesters (24 months). Teaching takes place in two 11-day blocks per semester at the House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM), a campus of the University of Applied Sciences close to the Frankfurt International Airport. Three modules are held at the partner universities abroad.
Module plan

New module plan (start September 2023)

Tuition fee

Total costs for the two-year study program amount to €19,900 plus semester fees.

Tuition fees can be paid in instalments.

In addition to the tuition fees participants are responsible

  • for travel expenses,
  • food and accommodation,
  • for obtaining a visa (if required) in time for the start of semester

Please, note that these costs are fully deductible from income tax in many countries (e.g. Germany). Please find information on financing options here. Under point 4 you may find information that is relevant to you.

Frequently asked questions

How does the application process work?

Please apply directly using our online form. Once you submit your application, feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions or comments regarding the program or admissions.

After you submit all required documents you will receive an email response confirming receipt of your application. The application will be reviewed and the decision to take your application to the interview stage will be made on the basis of the information submitted.

If you are approved for an interview, we will contact you by e-mail to plan an appointment. The interview may be held virtually or in person, with two members of the MBA Aviation and Tourism Management Program.

Afterwards, the admissions team will send you a final decision based on your interview results.

How can I apply to the program without a previous academic degree?

In Hessen, prospective students with relevant professional experience have the opportunity to enter a Master's program directly after successfully passing an aptitude test. The Hessian Higher Education Act (§16, Para. 2) regulates the scope of the aptitude test: Applicants must demonstrate a level of knowledge equivalent to that of a Bachelor's or Diploma degree. At the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences you, as a qualified professional, have the opportunity to apply directly for admission to our MBAs (Aviation and Tourism Management or Sustainable Business Development). Here we show you what you need to consider:

In addition to a completed vocational training, candidates need at least 4 years of full-time professional experience in a relevant industry and a university entrance qualification.

The admissions committee decides on admission to the aptitude examination and recommends the members for the examination committee.

The aptitude test consists of the following tasks:

  • Four written examinations of 90 minutes each in four selected subjects of a relevant Bachelor's degree program.
  • A project paper (completion period of 8 weeks) + colloquium (30 to 60 minutes)
  • One professional discussion (30 to 60 minutes)

Applicants will receive a certificate confirming that they have passed the aptitude test, showing the overall grade as well as the individual examinations with their grades and subject areas. The certificate can be used to apply for admission to the respective MBA.

A fee is charged for the aptitude test. The fee to be paid is currently € 690,00.

What differentiates this MBA Program from the others?

Our program is completely international – all courses and lectures are taught in english. We have students from all across the globe and we are proud to say, that we offer courses in several different countries. We have partner universities in Athens, England and other international locations.

Our numerous events allow for great networking opportunities and we encourage students to meet with fellow experts in the aviation field. Since Frankfurt is an international hotspot for aviation, we are able to connect students with industry leaders and introduce them to potential career opportunites.

Our yearly cohorts are relatively small, which allows for more intimacy between the students and lecturers, and put a lot of focus into one on one interactions as well. Students have the chance to work in diverse teams and work on several group projects.

Can I study and work at the same time?

Yes, since the two year program is indeed part-time, many of our students choose to work and study at once. In fact, we encourage students to gain as much professional experience as possible before studying, as well as throughout the duration of the program.

How much time do I have to conduct my master thesis?

The thesis is written in the fourth semester, and students have a total of 20 weeks for completion.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately, our university does not offer full scholarships. Please note our two-year program is designed for young professionals from the tourism and aviation industry. This means it is a part-time MBA allowing you to combine work and studying. 

If you have very good marks and are volunteering you can apply for the so-called Deutschlandstipendium and receive about 300€/month for a year. 

The information on the university’s website is only available in German. Please contact Ms. Ursula Klein for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please take a look at the DAAD database for incoming students: https://www2.daad.de/deutschland/stipendium/datenbank/en/21148-scholarship-database/ or search for a suitable scholarship on Eurodesk opportunity Finder: https://programmes.eurodesk.eu/learning#.

If you can immigrate with a student visa you are allowed to work part time. Further information can be found here: https://www.daad.de/en/study-and-research-in-germany/first-steps-germany/side-jobs/

You may also ask your government or company for financial support programs or take a student loan into consideration.

 

Is it possible to pay the tuition fee by installments?

Yes, we have different payment options available, and can offer up to four separate payment installments. Feel free to contact us to discuss individual payment options.

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