MSc in Leadership for Digital Transformation

Digitalisation: lead the business into the next stage.

Digitalisation is changing business models, technologies and the value proposition of organisations. This means that there is a need for redefining and restructuring efficiency and customer value propositions. Business logics of scale, time and customisation will change dramatically. This programme focuses on how to lead this process and guide your organisation into the future from an international perspective.

Accreditations and rankings

This programme is FIBAA accredited and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval. 

FIBAA is a nationally as well as internationally experienced agency for quality assurance in higher education. Customer-oriented, efficient, fast and flexible work are some of its trademarks. This accreditation is according to the standards of the German Accreditation Council.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is for managers and consultants who have or want to prepare themselves to take the lead in the digitisation process related to the business functions.

Business and/or management experience after the first academic degree is highly desirable, not necessary.

What will you learn?

You will be able to:

  • gain knowledge about digitisation (technology), leadership and business model innovation
  • have an impact on business and society
  • use practical management competences around change management and digital disruption
  • communicate and drive change and transformation through knowledge and communication strategies.

Why choose this programme?

Leading the digitalization from a broader perspective (business, technology and society) is the focus of this program. It will be supported by insights of the bigger picture of the organization and management, as well as communication skills on “how to change”.

How will you study? 

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic blended learning scheme. The blended learning is composed of e-learning phases as well as intensive block phases (residencies). The residencies take place in Hannover and require your physical attendance. During the e-learning phases, you can access materials, work with your study team and talk to your professors from anywhere in the world through our e-learning platform.

You can also choose between studying in full-time or part-time mode:

As a full-time student, you will spend approximately eight weeks in class physically in Hannover. These residencies will be split into two-week blocks that are spread evenly over the year. Between the residencies – in the e-learning phases – you will for example work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in online discussions and participate in group exercises and projects.

As a part-time student, you engage in the same structure and activities, however, your schedule and workload are stretched over a longer period to allow you to stay on the job or take care of other commitments. In the part-time mode, you will normally have two residencies of two weeks per year.  

The master thesis, which normally takes six months for full-time and 12 months for part-time students, can be started after the last residency has been taken place.

Please note: As a full-time student it is possible to stay as a student all the time in Hannover OR stay in your home country and travel four times a year to attend the residencies.

Details of block learning to be confirmed.

Digital Competence and Leadership

In this module, students acquire basic knowledge of leadership in different contexts - with special consideration of the concrete requirements resulting from the digitisation process.

T.I.M.E (Technology-, Innovation Management, Entrepreneurship) in a Digital World

One of the key elements for sustainable successful entrepreneurship is the effective integration of technological development, innovative thinking and attention to the development of services and products in the business model.

This module aims to show students approaches and levers of technology & innovation management and entrepreneurship, especially in combination with real-world examples.

Organisation Design

The module analyses the context and development of personnel management and organisational design in the context of globalisation and digitisation.

Data Literacy

This module teaches students the tools, techniques and framework to professionalise the way data is used, both for themselves and for the organisation.

Spring Conference (Residency)

The second residency will focus on the question of which special and new leadership qualities are required in organisations and companies to deal with the complex challenges of the 21st century (economic, social, cultural, political, climatic, etc.).

Managing Corporate Resilience & Finance

Corporate and Organisational Resilience in the context of digital transformation based on cybersecurity and sustainable financing strategies.

Delivering Business Transformation

This module deals with how systematic change management can be carried out under the prevailing conditions, especially about flexible growth strategies (strategic alliances) and the enormous opportunities (and problems) arising from digital marketing.

Cognitive Psychology & Leadership

Decisions are not only made based on individual rationality and calculation. Decision-making behaviour takes place in a complex social and psychological context of individual pre-dispositions, groups, organisations and society. Perception and reality are shaped and changed by narratives, illusions, ideologies and common beliefs.

Shaping the digital and global society

This module on shaping the digital and global society focuses on students as actors. It requires a self-directed reflection of the study contents by groups of students to solve tasks concerning globalisation, digitisation and legal questions in connection with international organisations and management.

Digital Leadership Conference II

The general objective of this module is to enable students to deal competently and critically with instruments for personal development on the one hand and to draw concrete and practice-relevant conclusions about their own competences and possible development needs on the other.

Career direction

As a manager leading digitisation, you will prepare yourself for the leadership of a digitised organisation. As a consultant, you will be in the pole position to bring businesses to the next (digitised) level.

Fees and funding

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

Tuition fee - €18,600 / Year

Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees across three instalments. A deposit of €2,000 is required to start, then 1-12 month instalments of €1,383.33.

Please note that all payment plans are suggested only. A specific payment plan for you can be agreed with GISMA and only the deposit is the fixed amount that is required. Students can spread out the payments as they like, as long as this is in line with the payment date deadlines.

*Terms and conditions apply.

Entry requirements 

  • Undergraduate or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of a good grade average in economics, social sciences, psychology, law, engineering, computer sciences  or related disciplines
  • English proficiency: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • CV
  • Motivational Statement of 500 words

Non-standard entry routes are not available. Please seek clarification on qualification entry requirements with our admissions team. 

Career statistics you need to know

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Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe^

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4th Best Graduate starting salary at £40,650**
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Key facts

  • Full-time Part-time
  • Hannover, Germany
  • 18 or 36 months
  • April 2020
  • € 18600 per course

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This programme is FIBAA accredited and GISMA Business School is awaiting final state approval

2nd best

Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in Europe at 3.4%*



Earn up to €40,000**, the average graduate salary in Germany 

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