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Cologne Business School (CBS)

3.4 out of 5 (22 reviews) Köln, Germany
The Cologne Business School (CBS) is an internationally orientated, state-recognised university of applied sciences and counts as one of Germany‘s top Business Schools.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



Cologne Business School GmbH (CBS) is a private business school established in 1993 in the city of Cologne, Germany. The business school is a state-recognized university of applied science and conducts research in many fields.



  • International Business
  • Intercultural Management
  • International Tourism Management
  • Digital Media Management
  • Business Psychology
  • International Business (IB)
  • IB - Financial Management
  • IB - HRM & Leadership
  • IB - Strategic Mgmt. & Consulting
  • IB - Marketing Management
  • Intercultural Management
  • Intl. Tourism Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • General Management (GM)
MBA / Executive Education
  • Full-time MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Fast Track MBA


The task of every university is to impart academic knowledge and to conduct and disseminate academic research. The professors at Cologne Business School are involved in both national and international research projects and publish their results in academic journals and books. Research activities CBS are organised into seven clusters (see figure below). The "Sustainable Management" research cluster has a central function of linking research and teaching at Cologne Business School. Sustainable Management is the interdisciplinary area that interrelates with the diverse research activities and results of the other clusters.


The Career Services main goals are:

  • Provide guidance in the search of internship/ job opportunities for students and graduates, according to their qualifications and aspirations
  • Give training on how to apply for internships or jobs (both in Germany and internationally)
  • Assist in the placement of CBS students and graduates
  • Support companies in the processes of identifying students and graduates whose profiles are most suited to their needs

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Library services

Cologne Business School library houses a large stock of specialist literature for the degree courses and in-depth studies. Moreover, you can access some forty German and international newspapers and periodicals (for example Wirtschaftswoche, Emprendedores or The Economist).

ICT services

Our service facility IT Support operates the CBS communication network with Internet connections and the central data processing systems: they incorporate, for example:

  • Servers for the Internet services
  • Computer pools
  • Peripherals such as laser printers, scanners etc.

Student Life

Campus life

Both a good atmosphere and cultivated, attractive surroundings provide the best framework conditions for a degree course completed with aplomb. Small but impressive - this is the impression gained at the Cologne Hardefuststraße campus. Bright, friendly rooms, PC workplaces, an in-house library, a cafeteria, a garden and also wireless Internet access everywhere. You should come and take a look yourself.

Sports facilities

All our university students can participate in the extensive "Kölner Hochschulsport" programme. Whether aikido, self-defence, yoga, flamenco dance, back training, water sports or winter sports, more than 100 courses of the widest range of disciplines should ensure that everybody can find something fitting.


  • FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
  • German Council for Science and Humanities
  • Ministry of Science North Rhine-Westphalia.

Student Reviews

Cologne business School
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars
people call it CBMESS. 8 weeks or more to get the results of the exams.
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars
it is a mess. From the student office, enrollment process and examination office... terrible. Regarding the lecturers, they teach like you are in Bachelor. It's not a proper MBA no cases, no arguments, no managerial skills. Pure Theory. I feel I'm 18 again. I'm an international student and I didn't get any help with acommodation which is difficult. If you are looking for a good MBA this is not...
mess and more mess
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars
Please study somewhere else. You will realize that the administrative departments (student office, International Office and examination office) is a mess. 1) You will get the signed contract with CBS after 2 months. 2) You will get your student ID after 1 month of arrival to cologne. 3) You will get your train ticket after 3 weeks in Cologne. 4) There is no help with housing for international s...