MBA International Rail Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in International Rail Management


Our MBA in International Rail Management combines general management, personal competency development and the fundamentals of business administration with a specialization in rail management. As part of the program, students work on projects that focus on industry-specific challenges. The interdisciplinary content is provided by SIBE. 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 railroad companies worldwide.


Quick Facts


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 focuses on competent, entrepreneurially global thinking and acting high potentials who are employed 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.

The Steinbeis University and the courses offered by the SIBE are state-recognised 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) and thus underscores the high quality standards it sets for its own education and research in an international context.                                


Within the framework of the program, you will develop solutions for key business challenges of rail management and thus ensure immediate benefits. At the same time, you will go through a competency development during the project implementation. By working out and reflecting on projects, you will learn to set goals and to realize them successfully even in new situations.

Through application in the project, we ensure that you not only acquire knowledge and qualifications (i.e. mastering 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 it with fellow students, lecturers and your company. This way, you will achieve the greatest possible practical and theoretical expertise in an individually selected 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 on a regular basis. Live seminars, transfer assignments and peer reviews alternate to ensure that your studies are as interactive as possible. During the entire course of 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 development of competencies and basics of business administration with a specialization in Rail Management leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA). In doing so, you will develop all contents together with German and international talents in seminars of DB Rail Academy and SIBE, which address the following contents:



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.

Regularly, 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: Execution of the online-based KODE® - Competencies test 

4. Step: Start of studies

*Please be aware when sending your information to any of the links above you agree that this information 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.