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Time management! How complex is an MBA/MBM?

Can part-time studies be mastered alongside your job? How much time should you plan for self-studies? In this article we would like to describe our experiences and and give you some advice.

№ 3/2021 from Mar 26, 2021



Are you wondering how you can reconcile your job with studying at the same time? The good news in advance, it's manageable! In the last 37 years, about 1270 people have completed the EMBM alongside their profession. And now comes the BUT. Yes, it is time-consuming. However, many of our graduates report that the fact that the study "only" lasts one year is a great motivation to take on the workload. By the way, if you want to know more about how an MBA and the EMBM differ, feel free to read our blog article "What is the difference between an MBA and the MBM?".

Since the EMBM is a part-time program of study, the workload with exception of the face-to-face seminars is generally designed in such a way that it can be performed outside working hours and within the planned one-year course of study.

Please note, however, that the EMBM program has a modular structure and is not structured according to semesters. The usual semesters, as they are common for full-time courses, therefore have only an administrative meaning here.

There is, therefore, no official interruption of studies except for the turn of the year and therefore no time free of exams, lectures or learning assignments in this sense. As a result, the study is on the one hand quite intensive, on the other hand it is possible that for the one-year (= 2-semester) part-time EMBM study 60 ECTS credit points can be awarded corresponding to a one-year full-time study (1 ECTS credit point = 30 hours of work; 30 ECTS per semester = about 900 working hours). Usually, part-time programs structured in semesters only award 60 ECTS credit points for 3 semesters (= 1.5 years). More information on the ECTS points system can be found here.

Basically, of course, it is individually very different how much time you need or want to spend especially for self-study, but also for recreation and private life, for example. Many factors play a role (understanding and support from employer/family/partner, previous knowledge, learning type, work situation, self-discipline, living environment, motivation, etc.).

Most of our students spend between eight and twelve hours per week studying in the distance learning phases. In concrete terms, it could look like this:

  • Schedule 6 hours each for Saturday & Sunday
  • Work on the teaching text 1 x per week in the afternoon and every Saturday
  • Study two hours every morning prior to the office & every other weekend a Saturday

Our students report that especially at the beginning, the time should be firmly scheduled. After the first few weeks, there is a certain learning effect making the reading of the specialist literature faster, the formulation of your written assignments becomes more fluid and you get more used to studying. Finally, we would like to give you some advice. For example, our students often reduce their work to 80 % for the duration of their studies. In theory, this sounds very reasonable and sensible. In practice, the plan of work reduction does not always run smoothly. In fact, it is not always possible to find someone who would like to take over exactly 20 % of your work performance for a year. Therefore, weigh up carefully whether a reduction in your work really helps you.