Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Program in General and International Management

The MBA program of the University of West Florida in Pensacola (USA), is offered as a part-time program at the Transatlantik-Institut of the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences.
The 18-month program is directed at university graduates from all academic fields who have at least two years of work experience.
The academic degree Master of Business Administration (MBA) is awarded by the University of West Florida and is valid and accepted in Germany, due to the accreditation of the program by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


• accredited by AACSB
• all classes in English (100%)
• US-Degree (awarded by the UWF)
• tuition fees: 18.400,- Euros
• duration: 18 months
• part-time
• class sessions face-to-face in Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Pensacola (USA)
• two short term study periods at the University of West Florida (2-3 weeks each)
• Master Thesis integrated through 4 seperate portfolio paper projects
• small, interdisciplinary student groups
GMAT: min. 450 points, TOEFL: min. 79 points

Contact us

Turmstraße 8
67059 Ludwigshafen/Rhein

Tel: +49 (0)621 5203 440
Fax: +49 (0)6215203 442

Program Type

The executive MBA-program of the University of West Florida and the Transatlantik-Institut is a part time, executive MBA.
The courses and the amount of study hours are planned out in a way that makes it possible for the time-constrained working professional to take part and complete the program in 18 months. This is the chance to obtain a US-american University degree wihtout having to move or interrupt your professional life.

  • Admission

    Admission to the Executive MBA Program is based on the following requirements: 

    • University degree
    • At least 2 years of work experience
    • GMAT score of at least 450 points
    • TOEFL score of at least 79 points
    • Personal interview

    The "Graduate Management Admission Test" is a prerequisite for participating in AACSB-accredited MBA programs. Preparatory courses for this test are offered by the Transatlantik-Institut.
    >> GMAT-Website

    The "Test of English as a Foreign Language" measures the ability of nonnative speakers of English to use and understand North American English as it is used in college and university settings.
    >> TOEFL-Website

  • Content

    The program contains all classic subjects, which constitute an MBA degree in General and International Management:

    Based on a solid foundation of knowledge in quantitative methods and modern information technology, the program addresses all major issues in controlling, financial management, operations management as well as marketing. Management and leadership skills are developed and extended in courses such as “Management and Organizational Behavior” and “Advanced Managerial Economics”.

    Finally, the course “Strategic Management and Policy Formulation” concludes the MBA program by combining all managerial functions within one final course. This final project session requires a 3-week stay on the campus of the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

    Download the course descriptions.

  • Structure

    The program begins with a two-week stay in Pensacola, Florida, where the first courses are started. These are completed on three weekends in Germany during the following three months. The remaining courses are held at the Transatlantik-Institut in Ludwigshafen on two weekends of each month (Friday 5 pm - 9 pm and Saturday 9 am - 5 pm ). Each course takes two months to be completed.

    For each course, the particular faculty member will provide a detailed syllabus, which enables the participants to thoroughly prepare for the in-class lectures and specific assignments (presentations, case studies, group projects, written exams and company projects, etc.). The in-class lectures are complemented by virtual and self-directed learning phases.

    The final course "Strategic Management and Policy Formulation" takes place on the campus of the University of West Florida in Pensacola.

    Example for time schedule

  • Lecturers

    The lectures are given by professors from accredited and internationally renowned universities, predominantly from the United States. In order to prepare the participants for international, managerial challenges, all lectures are given in English only. Thereby, the participants do not only benefit from their additional knowledge or their well-practiced language skills. They also improve their intercultural skills by working closely with people from other cultures.



    "The courses in the MBA program are some of the most rewarding classes I have ever taught. The students are top notch and a pleasure to teach. The international collaboration between our two universities provides a chance for both the students and professor to learn from one another.  It is my hope that I can continue to teach these courses for many years to come."
    Prof. Dr. John Batchelor
    University of West Florida
    Course: MAN6156 Organizational Behavior

    "I've never been more impressed by graduate students than from Transatlantik-Institut. These are some of the most bright, eager-to-learn students one could ever hope to meet.  They're a pleasure to teach, but even more interestingly, they bring a great variety of experience and perspective from an amazing host of employers, and that allows us all to learn from one another." 
    Prof. Dr. Kevin Krieger
    University of West Florida
    Course: FIN6406 Financial Management

    "The MBA program can be viewed as a set of connections.  On the individual side, students connect with each other, American students, experienced faculty and many others.  On the idea side, students make connections between material across courses, functions across a successful business and what separates a difference maker from the pack.  Each term, I look forward to connections I wasn't aware of." 
    Prof. Dr. Richard Hawkins 
    University of West Florida
    Course: ECP6705 Advanced Managerial Economics

    "Of all the courses I teach, I enjoy MBA Management Accounting class the most. And I am especially fond of the teaching the material to my international colleagues in Ludwigshafen. My course is a very practice-based approach to management accounting for evaluation and control. I think my students are sometimes surprised by how interesting and rewarding this financial analysis stuff can be. I am honored and proud to be a part of the program. The MBA candidates are intelligent, highly motivated, and they come to the classroom with a wide range of professional and international experiences. The teamwork spirit and comradery are inspiring to watch. The class sizes are small, and the students' professional experiences vary widely, so classmates have the opportunity to learn from each other, to discuss their professional experiences, and to share best practices. I am always humbled by what my classmates are able to teach me, every year, year-after-year. And beyond the classroom, the classmates develop personal friendships and professional contacts that will last a lifetime. From day one, we are all on a first-name basis. And by the time it is over, we are all good friends. I have maintained my friendship with dozens of former classmates over the past 12 years. I visit them in Germany and they visit me in Florida. No other MBA program can compare to this in terms of hands-on, personal-contact, active-learning environment. Oh, yes . . . I almost forgot to mention that the first three weeks and final three weeks of the MBA program are taught in beautiful, sunny, Pensacola, Florida!" 
    Prof. Dr. Joseph Donelan 
    University of West Florida
    Course: ACG6309 Accounting Aspects of Business Policy Determination

  • Kontakt

    For further information, please feel free to contact us.



    Hochschule Ludwigshafen am Rhein
    Kathrin Paul, MBA (USA)
    Turmstraße 8
    67059 Ludwigshafen
    Tel.: 0621/5203-440
    Fax: 0621/5203-442
    Internet: www.transatlantik-institut.de


    Program Directors

    Director Transatlantik-Institut:

    Prof. Dr. Gerhard Raab

    Graduate Program Director University of West Florida in Pensacola:
    Melissa Brode



  • Alumni

    Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    On a regular basis, we offer networking events for our alumni, students and everybody who is interested in the MBA program. This is a great opportunity to meet up with MBAs, current students, other interested people and prospective students.


    The University of West Florida maintains a great network with special offers and regular events via its Alumni Association.



    Read some of our alumni's opinions and comments about the MBA program:


    One of the best things I have ever done!

    It was not just about learning alone at home and working yourself through books and papers. It was a combination of studying and the adventure America! The two trips to the US were real high-lights: the Florida experience and the group feeling along with this great University, that Lifestyle and the US-Americans and their hospitality ­– I felt quite like being one of them after a very short time. It was an intensive schedule and a lot of work, but I wouldn’t hesitate to apply for this program again. In fact, I am starting to miss already.
    Eugen Scherer, MBA (UWF) 

    The MBA degree will be definitely a door-opener for new jobs. If you tell people that you have done an executive MBA program while working full time, they will certainly recognize the effort you have taken. I also appreciated the short duration of the program of only 18 months.
    Anne-Marie Rensland, MBA (UWF)

    I am working in Marketing in Sales, and I now have a much bigger base of educational und theoretical knowledge that helps me in very broad and general terms at work. Also, throughout the program we have worked a lot in groups and we have learned how to develop a team, and this has helped me also on the job where to find my spot and help my team to go together and to develop.
    Sarah Engel, MBA (UWF)

    "Soft skills are something you can hardly evaluate for yourself, but I recently had a performance review discussion with my boss, and he clearly said that he could see how I take more entrepreneurial positions now and that he has really seen a change in the way I deal with the people in my department, since I had started the program. As a result, I got a bigger project for the following year, which I consider an important career step. Especially the cases we worked on were very helpful for me, in order to be able to deal with future problems that might occur in real life."
    Alex Hunsinger, MBA (UWF)

    I had a great opportunity at SAP as an MBA student already, when I was allowed to join the leadership summit which gave me insight about leadership from executive managers. That was a big advantage that I gained with this program. Furthermore, within the MBA program I learned a lot about team work, improved my time management and learned how to deal with high workloads, which are all skills that will be very beneficent in the future. Julia Lakatos, MBA (UWF)
    "I really liked the business simulation game, which just like a real life experience. I enjoyed working in teams a lot and I also think that most of the learning in the program resulted from the class discussions with my fellow students." Marcel Steinleitner, MBA (UWF)
    "After the UWF program, I started a new position within the area of strategic marketing. One of the main reasons I got this job is the MBA from UWF! Not the fact that I received a master degree, especially the UWF MBA qualified me for this new position. The UWF education enabled me to outpace candidates which had much more experience and knowledge in the industry. In my personal opinion the industry approach and the concept of the portfolio papers are a huge asset of the UWF MBA program and are extraordinarily valuable for every working professional. Furthermore, the learning about motivation and group dynamics has proven to be very important." Michael Dürk, MBA (UWF)
    "Sowohl die betriebswirtschaftlichen Inhalte als auch die geforderte Disziplin tragen wesentlich zur Vorbereitung auf Jobs in der Wirtschaft bei und bilden Persönlichkeiten aus. Zudem ermöglicht es der interkulturelle Charakter des Studiums, praktische Erfahrungen in einem internationalen wissenschaftlichen Umfeld zu sammeln und zudem noch einen weltweit anerkannten Abschluss zu erlangen. Durch den engen Kontakt zu den amerikanischen Professoren und die kleinen Gruppengrößen erhält jeder einzelne die Möglichkeit, sich auch in seinen persönlichen Interessensgebieten weiter zu entwickeln." Daniel Bosch, MBA (UWF) Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft
    "Das AACSB-akkreditierte MBA-Studium am Transatlantikinstitut in Kooperation mit der University of West Florida kam für mich genau zur rechten Zeit. Kaum den Abschluß in der Tasche, hat mich der berufliche Weg innerhalb des BASF-Konzerns zur WINGAS, einem Joint Venture mit Gazprom zur Vermarktung von Erdgas in Europa gebracht. Das industriespezifische Know-how mußte ich mir erst erarbeiten, der MBA-Kurs hat mich aber gut auf neue Herausforderungen in einem unbekannten Umfeld (-> Manage Ambiguity) vorbereitet. Heute leite ich den Bereich Trading und Operations bei der WINGAS UK in London, wo mir das durch den MBA erworbene Business English natürlich sehr hilft. Ganz besonders freut mich, daß sich Freundschaften, die sich während des MBA gebildet haben, seit über vier Jahren gehalten und vertieft haben." Tobias Rop, MBA (UWF) Head of Trading & Operations, WINGAS UK Limited
    Als ich 1990 mein Diplomstudium zum Chemieingenieur erfolgreich beendet hatte, arbeitete ich noch weitere drei Jahre an meiner Dissertation. Wirtschaftliche Vorlesungen - wie Unternehmensfinanzierung unter den Bedingungen einer globalen Weltwirtschaft, Marketingstrategien oder die Erstellung einer Bilanz nach GAAP - standen damals nicht auf dem Studienplan von Ingenieuren an Technischen Universitäten. Inzwischen gehören Begriffe und Konzepte wie Empowerment, Value Based Management, DCF oder die Balanced Scorecard zur Arbeitswelt von Ingenieuren. Im Rahmen der beruflichen Weiterbildung gibt es mittlerweile zwar recht gute Einzelseminare, jedoch sind diese nur bedingt geeignet um das Wissensgebiet als Ganzes nachhaltig abzudecken. Zudem beschleunigt die fortschreitende Globalisierung in Verbindung mit dem demographischen Wandel die Notwendigkeit zum professionellen "lebenslangen Lernen". Ich war deshalb begeistert, als ich von dem Angebot hörte, dass in Ludwigshafen die Möglichkeit geboten wird, berufsbegleitend ein Executive MBA-Studium mit Schwerpunkt "International Management" zu absolvieren. Durch die Kooperation mit der University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida werden alle Vorlesungen von amerikanischen Professoren gehalten, die alle über eine langjährige Industrieerfahrung verfügen und so die Studieninhalte authentisch und praxisnah vermitteln. Durch den mehrwöchigen Studienaufenthalt in Pensacola und den Gegenbesuch der amerikanischen Kommilitonen in Ludwigshafen ist Pensacola für mich fast schon so etwas wie eine "zweite Heimat" geworden. Auch vier Jahre nach dem Studium finden noch regelmäßige Treffen und Unternehmungen mit den Professoren der Universität statt. Dr.-Ing. Armin Ulonska, MBA (UWF) BASF SE
    "Die Bedeutung von Weiterbildung und lebenslangem Lernen wächst stetig. Dieser Entwicklung trägt der MBA-Studiengang der UWF in Kooperation mit dem TI Rechnung. Der international anerkannte Abschluss einer AACSB-akkreditierten Universität war so auch für mich ein entscheidender Schritt, um meine Karriere nachhaltig weiterhin in eine aussichts- und erfolgreiche Richtung zu lenken." Philipp Rebling, MBA (UWF) Assistent Regionalleitung Nordwest, TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH
    Es gab für mich mehrere Gründe für ein Executive MBA-Studium an der University of West Florida (UWF) das überwiegend am Transatlantik-Institut in Ludwigshafen durchgeführt wird. Die beiden wichtigsten Entscheidungskriterien für diesen Executive MBA waren die berufsbegleitende Form des Studiengangs und die ideale Ergänzung zu meiner beruflichen Tätigkeit als Verantwortlicher für die Zertifizierung von Rasenpflegegeräten. Mit meiner neuen Ausbildung und den neu erworbenen Kenntnissen kann ich meinen ganz persönlichen Beitrag zur zukünftigen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie meines Arbeitgebers beitragen. Ich denke, eine MBA- oder Executive-MBA-Ausbildung ist an sich noch keine Garantie für eine erfolgreiche Karriere, aber es ist ein sehr wichtiger Grundbaustein, um Kenntnisse für die unternehmerischen Anforderungen in einer globalen Arbeitswelt zu erhalten. Auch den wechselnden und immer höher werdenden Herausforderungen in den Unternehmen fühle ich mich nun besser gewachsen. Ich habe bislang in meiner beruflichen Laufbahn ausschließlich im Bereich der Fahrzeug- und Maschinentechnik gearbeitet. Die wachsenden Anforderungen hinsichtlich Organisation und Wirtschaftlichkeitsuntersuchungen erforderten eine fundierte Ausbildung mit betriebswirtschaftlichen Schwerpunkten. Das Studium erlaubte mir, die im Beruf erarbeiteten Grundlagen in diesem Bereich zu verstehen und in den richtigen Kontext einzuordnen. Dipl.-Ing. Reinhard Frank, MBA (UWF) John Deere
    „Das MBA Studium des TI in Kooperation mit der University of West Florida war für mich die ideale Verknüpfung von Weiterbildung und Internationalität. Da das Programm berufsbegleitend ausgerichtet ist, war der persönliche Einsatz auch allemal leistbar. Die zwei Jahre waren sicherlich durch einigen persönlichen Aufwand geprägt. Aber eines ist für mich ganz eindeutig klar: Der Aufwand hat sich letztendlich mehr als ausgezahlt. Meine jetzige Position bei Daimler Trucks North America in Detroit habe ich sicherlich auch meinem AACSB-akkreditierten MBA zu verdanken. Die Betreuung und der Support durch das MBA Team sowohl in good old Germany als auch in den USA möchte ich als nahezu familiär beschreiben - danke dafür!“ Dietmar Hermes, MBA (UWF) Daimler Trucks North America Director Manufacturing Engineering Detroit Diesel Company
    „Das MBA Programm am TI in Kooperation mit der UWF hat mir neben der erworbenen Qualifikation und den gewonnenen Fachkenntnissen auch viel Spaß bereitet und interessante neue Kontakte in einem internationalen Umfeld vermittelt. Auch im Hinblick auf meine weitere Karriereplanung hat sich die Investiotion von Zeit und Engagement für das berufsbegleitende Studium bereits mehr als ausgezahlt.“ Peter Seider, MBA (UWF) Senior Product Specialist SAP Products & Solutions Strategic Customer Unit SAP AG
    "Als ehemaligem BA-Student war es mir zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt wichtig, mein Diplom aufzuwerten, und mir vor allem tiefergehendes Executive Know-How anzueignen. Während des berufsbegleitenden MBAs war ich als Sales Manager für einen Weltkonzern tätig, und kann sagen, dass man dieses MBA Programm auch bei sehr Reise-intensiven Jobs bewältigen kann. Die Betreuung sowohl von Seiten des deutschen als auch des amerikanischen Teams war stets vorbildhaft und einwandfrei. Ich kann dieses Programm jedem herzlichst empfehlen." Daniel D. Schambach Diplom Betriebswirt (BA), MBA (UWF) Vertriebsdirektor Schienenfahrzeuge Region West Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
    "In my position as manager of an EMEA wide operating department at Univar Europe, actually based in the Netherlands, the experience gained during my international Master’s degree in Business Administration was an indispensable foundation for my every day work life. Looking at the position I have reached until now, this MBA definitely was one of my key qualifications to make it this far. This MBA is an enabler based on which you have to proof yourself in practice and, combined with hard work, you can truly leverage on your career." Thomas York Goetz, Dipl.-Kfm, MBA (UWF) Manager Marketing Impact EMEA, Univar Europe
    "Der MBA der University of West Florida war für mich als Übersetzer durch die fachliche und internationale Ausrichtung die perfekte Ergänzung zu meinem deutschen Diplom. Und Wirtschaftswissenschaften an einer amerikanischen Hochschule studieren zu können, ohne umziehen oder den Job wechseln zu müssen halte ich immer noch für schlicht genial." Joachim von Hunnius, Dipl.-Übers., MBA (UWF)