What sets the Gisma University of Applied Sciences Global MBA apart is that you will be ready to meet the demands of an uncertain world.  A strong critical thinking approach will equip you with the most important leadership competencies and soft skills to advance your international career in fields such as strategy, finance, marketing, and operations.

Programme details

  • An AMBA accredited programme, an honour shared by only 6 German business schools and 2% of business schools worldwide.
  • Access to student network comprising of students from over 55 countries.
  • Helps you build strong business management skills in areas such as strategic decision-making, HR management, organisational design, and business control.
  • Provides in-depth knowledge in subjects like international marketing, international accounting, and managing people in cross-cultural environments.
  • Suitable for people interested in a global administrative or managerial career or international entrepreneurship.
  • Expands your career opportunities in fields like global innovation and strategic business, corporate finance, international marketing, and creative entrepreneurship.
  • A flexible learning format, as well as virtual access to the Gisma Campus at Potsdam, allows you to study online.
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The Global MBA programme awarded by Gisma University of Applied Sciences is AMBA accredited, which is an honour shared by only 6 business schools in Germany and 2% of business schools worldwide.

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I am thoroughly enjoying studying and being part of the Global MBA programme at Gisma. It has given me an international perspective on the business world and the knowledge and in-depth understanding across all sectors in an organisation.

The programme has provided me with such valuable tools to develop my leadership and entrepreneurial skills. I am part of an international community, and I am able to connect and build relationships with students from different cultures and parts of the world. The professors and academics are amazing; they’ve truly created a Global MBA family.

Natasha Scheiblecker, Global MBA

The Gisma Study Guarantee

The intuitive Gisma e-learning platform allows you to pursue the course from your home country and visit the Gisma campus at Potsdam virtually. This ensures the continuity of your academic life without any interruptions.

The course will be taught through streamed lectures in real-time along with complimentary teaching and e-learning package.

You will work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in discussions, and participate in group exercises and projects. Just like our on-campus programme, this variety of learning methods is part of our unique teaching strategy, which includes student-centred pedagogy, project-based learning, collaborative learning, and personalised coaching.

Students starting online will have the option to complete the programme on-campus in Germany seamlessly. 

Learn from the very best in the field

You can be confident that you will be learning from some of the most accomplished and industry-respected professionals. Our professors at Gisma University of Applied Sciences are experts in their respective fields, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. They have come from and worked with some of the world's largest and most prestigious companies, including Amazon, United Nations, Harvard, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, KPMG, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Allianz.

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Hear directly from our students and staff about why Gisma University of Applied Sciences should be your top choice. In this video, our President, Prof. Dr. Stefan Stein, along with our diverse student body and dedicated staff, share their unique experiences at Gisma, located in the heart of Potsdam, Germany.

Immerse yourself in the serene yet vibrant life of Potsdam as a student at the Gisma University of Applied Sciences. Set in the historic and beautiful city of Potsdam, with its rich tapestry of cultural and historical sites, Gisma acts as your gateway to the dynamic German economy.

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Gisma is a proud member of the prestigious SAP University Alliances program, offering unparalleled opportunities for our students and staff. This exclusive partnership provides access to SAP's academic materials, internships, and graduate programs. Our students benefit from open access to SAP training, certifications, and exciting workshops on cutting-edge topics. With the support of SAP experts, we equip our students for success in the digital economy. Join us to thrive in the world of endless possibilities.

Programme Structure


Strategy, operations and business control

  • International Strategic Management & Innovation
  • Operational and Project Management in a Digital World
  • Economics & Society
  • International Accounting

Value generation and protection

  • International Marketing
  • Finance & Risk Management
  • HR Management and Leadership
  • HR Management and Organization Design
  • Management of People in Cross-Cultural Environments

Digital competencies

  • Electives in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Cyber Security from Amazon, Alibaba & Co.

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Master Thesis


Your future career

This Global MBA programme allows you to step into any senior management role in any MNC or international start-up. It also prepares you to become an entrepreneur and start your own global business.

Our dedicated Career Centre will help students fulfil their career goals through a variety of specialised services and establishes long-lasting relationships with alumni and employers.

Here are a few worthwhile career options open to our Global MBA graduates along with their salary prospects.

  • International marketing manager: annual salary can be around € 62,068 (source).
  • International trade policy advisor: annual salary can be around € 57,171 (source).
  • Regional business manager: annual salary can be around € 134,615 (source).
  • Global supply chain manager: annual salary can be around € 58,679 (source).
  • International management consultant: annual salary can be around € 55,000 (source).
  • Global digital marketing manager: annual salary can be around € 47,206 (source).

Fees and funding

Please contact a programme consultant for more details on how to apply.

New pricing - from 31st March 2023:

Price per year
Standard Price  15% Incentive 25% Incentive:
Half of the fee is paid prior to orientation
30% Incentive*: 
€3,000 Deposit paid; rest of the full fee paid within 3 months from orientation
33% Incentive:
Entire fee is paid prior to orientation
€ 18,000 € 15,300 € 13,500 € 12,600 € 12,060

Regional incentives are available for students from certain countries. Please check the fee section on this page.

*Please Note: The 30% incentive will be activated when the remainder of the tuition fee has been paid, 3 months from orientation. The standard payment schedule of the 15% incentive will apply and must be followed until the 30% incentive option is activated.


Flexible payment plan

Gisma offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees in up to six instalments. A refundable* deposit of €3,000 is required to secure your place, and the remainder of the tuition fee is to be paid after the start of the programme in accordance with your payment schedule.

Payments are accepted by bank transfer, or via one of our payment partners – Transfermate and Stripe. If you have any queries regarding payment options, please speak to a programme consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Financing your studies


In many cases, non-German citizens studying in Germany are entitled to apply for the BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) grants-and-loans system, if certain conditions are met. 

If foreigners have the prospect of staying in Germany and if they are socially integrated, they are considered eligible for funding. For more information and to check your eligibility please use the link below (which can be translated into English). 

BAföG for non-German citizens


Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or equivalent work experience
  • 3 years of work experience
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.5 overall, no less than 6.0 in any component) or equivalent scores in TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE or Duolingo. Gisma also offers an English test free of charge.
  • Personal Interview
  • Job reference

For non-standard entry routes please seek clarification on requirements with our admissions team.

For students who have educational degrees from India

Students who have acquired their education degrees from India will need to follow the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) process required by The German Foreign Affairs Ministry. For more information, please refer to our APS Step-by-Step Guide webpage.

Frequently asked questions

Question 1: What is the duration of the Global MBA programme at Gisma?

You can complete the Global MBA programme in one academic year.

Question 2: Do I need to learn German to pursue the Global MBA degree?

No! You can study the Global MBA degree in English which can be an advantage if you come from a non-German speaking country.

Question 3: Will I be able to work as an international student during my Global MBA?

As per German immigration laws, international students are permitted to work for only 20 hours per week. However, you should ideally work for fewer hours should you need to work because the course curriculum can be quite intensive.

Question 4: How much work experience do I require to enrol in the Global MBA programme?

Gisma requires you to have a minimum of three years of work experience and a relevant bachelor’s degree to be eligible for the global MBA programme.

Question 5: Do I need a GMAT score to qualify for the Global MBA programme?

No. However, you do need to demonstrate a certain level of English proficiency which should be equivalent to B2 level or an IELTS score of 6.5.

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  • Potsdam
  • 12 or 24 months
  • October 2023
  • € 18000 per course

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