Certified In Programs

What is a “WHU Certified in Program”?

The WHU Certified in Programs allow you to enhance and deepen your knowledge in various management areas. On successful completion of a WHU Certified in Program, you will be awarded a certificate with 8 ECTS credits.

  • Do you want to deepen your knowledge in a specific area of management?
  • Do you favor hands-on, highly international courses on MBA level?
  • Are you interested in broadening your personal network?

Then we have just the thing for you: WHU Certified in Programs equip you with the knowledge you need. Join our WHU Certified in Programs on Saturday and Sunday, and apply your newly gained knowledge and skills in your workplace by Monday!

Your way to the certificate

The WHU Certified in Programs offered by WHU Executive Education are short specializations in specific management topics that confer ECTS credits and are specially designed for professionals interested in certain parts of an MBA, or those who do not have the time or resources to attend a full MBA program.

Every WHU Certified in Program consists of 4 courses. Some Programs offer 5 courses of which 4 are selected on enrolment. Each course comprises 3 days of teaching and is held only on Saturdays and Sundays. To receive a certification, you are bound to one of the named “WHU Certified in Programs” and participate fully in all four courses, with a total of 12 teaching days, successfully passing each course’s examination (grades are derived from class participation, team assessments, and a final written examination). The certificate constitutes 8 ECTS credits (13% of an MBA).

It is also possible to participate in just one course or several courses different to the offered WHU Certified in Programs (please also see Fees). A Certificate of Participation will be granted for every taken course, but no ECTS credits will be awarded. 


If none of the WHU Certified In Programs suit your needs, please have a look at our Open Enrollment Programs. Some of these programs also offer ECTS credits, such as our innovative General Management Plus Program (15 ECTS credits).

The WHU Certified in Programs are specially designed to combine a professional schedule with a learning opportunity, and are therefore highly suited to young or middle-management talents. Participants should be willing and able to engage fully during the courses, as team work makes up a substantial part of the programs and course gradings.

The participants come from diverse industry and organizational backgrounds, further enriching the learning experience and creating a valuable network of peers.

All WHU Certified in Programs consist of 4 different courses; with the WHU Certified in Finance & Accounting and the WHU Certified in Strategy & Organization you can choose 4 out of 5 courses. Each course comprises 3 teaching days, scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays only.

To receive a certification, you must participate in 4 courses (a full “WHU Certified in Program”), with a total of 12 teaching days, and successfully pass each course’s examination. The certificate grants 8 ECTS credits (13% of an MBA).

Participants may also attend single courses, in which case a Certificate of Participation without ECTS credits will be granted.  

All courses take place at WHU’s Düsseldorf campus with English as the program language. A sound knowledge of English will be necessary to complete any of the courses. For ECTS credits to be granted proof of a Bachelor or equivalent first degree is necessary.

Full WHU Certified in Program (4 courses; accredited):
€5,000 including tuition, Certificate (incl. ECTS accreditation), session materials, case studies, and most meals; excluding accommodation.

Single courses (non-accredited):
€2,195 including tuition, Certificate of Participation (excl. ECTS accreditation), session materials, case studies and most meals; excluding accommodation.

Our program fees are VAT-exempt.

Applications can be submitted until one week before course start.

Information for taxpayers in Germany:

The tuition fees for WHU Executive Education Programs are tax-deductible as anticipated professional expenses. For detailed information please contact your legal tax advisor.

Further education can be financially supported by the federal states (Bundesländer) in Germany. Please find a list with links for more information here.

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