MBA International Rail Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Rail Management

Our MBA combines general management skills, personal competency development and the fundamentals of business administration with a specialization in International Rail Management. 

As part of the program, students work on projects that focus on industry-specific challenges. The interdisciplinary content is taught at SIBE, while the industry-specific seminars are provided by the Rail Academy of Deutsche Bahn. In this combination, the master’s program offers a holistic approach for railway companies worldwide.



MBA quick facts

Our Cooperation Partner


Cooperation Partner

The School of International Business and Entrepreneurship (SIBE) is the Graduate School for Leadership & Management at Steinbeis University. SIBE stands for successful knowledge transfer and systematic competency building between science and business. It is aimed at competent, entrepreneurial high potentials who think and act globally and who work in companies and organizations. It is located in Herrenberg and directed by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Werner G. Faix and Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kisgen. With Master’s degree programs since 1994, currently over 600 students, over 5,000 successful graduates and over 350 partner companies, SIBE is your capable partner for Management & Business Leadership Education and thus for innovation, growth and globalization.

Steinbeis University and the courses offered by the SIBE are state-recognized and accredited by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA). In addition, SIBE’s entire quality management system has been awarded system accreditation without any conditions. SIBE is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), underscoring the high-quality standards it sets for its own education and research in an international context.                     


As part of the program , you will develop solutions for key business challenges in rail management and thus ensure immediate benefits. At the same time, you will undergo competence development during the project implementation. By working on and reflecting on projects, you will learn to set goals and to successfully implement them in new situations.

By asking you to apply your previously acquired knowledge to concrete projects, we ensure that you not only acquire knowledge and qualifications (i.e. master things in theory), but that your competencies are built up in practice.

In addition, a structured project curriculum will give you the opportunity to work continuously and systematically on the scientific progress of the project and to reflect on this with fellow students, lecturers, and your company. This way, you will achieve the greatest possible practical and theoretical expertise in an individually chosen project area.

Format & Content

The focus of the study format is therefore on your own project implementation. You will be embedded in a close network of diverse sparring partners who will accompany you intensively on your way. Live seminars, transfer assignments and peer reviews alternate to ensure that your studies are as interactive as possible. Throughout your studies, you will be supported by permanent contact persons from SIBE of Steinbeis University and DB Rail Academy.


Study format


Furthermore, the program combines essential elements of general management, personal competency development and basics of business administration with a specialization in Rail Management, leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA). In this process , you will develop all the content together with German and international talents in seminars of DB Rail Academy and SIBE, which address the following topics:



Examination results

Since at work, skills and performance are more important than passing knowledge tests, we have designed the entire program to focus on your skills development. For this reason, you will not write any exams to test your knowledge during the MBA in International Rail Management, but you will work on problems and tasks in the form of presentations and project-related homework (so-called transfer or project study papers). Finally, your Master’s thesis will assess your ability to transfer theory into practice and thus certify your innovative contribution to your company.


Admission & Application


Candidates should meet the following criteria:



Fees & Funding


The total tuition fees for the MBA program are 27,700€ (VAT excluded), payable in monthly installments: one-time enrollment fee of 2,400€ + 23 monthly installments of 1,100€ each.

As a rule, all fees are fully deductible of tax in Germany – we recommend getting advice from a tax consultant.


Next Steps


With the MBA in International Rail Management in cooperation with SIBE, you will take the next step on your career ladder!

Four-step selection process: 

1. Step: *Application by mail at 

2. Step: Participation in the SIBE Online Assessment (incl. English test)

3. Step: Completion of the online-based KODE® - competence test  

4. Step: Start of studies

*Please be aware that by submitting your data to one of the above links you agree that this data will be shared with both parties (DB Rail Academy & SIBE).



For more information, please download our flyer:

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Rail Management

Ready to face new challenges?

If you are interested in the MBA program, please contact us by mail. We will take care of further steps in cooperation with SIBE.