This master's degree programme is designed to prepare you for for independent entrepreneurial activity or senior management positions with leadership responsibilities in corporations of all sizes and industries.

The course provides comprehensive knowledge and skills in internationality, interdisciplinarity, and information technology experience. Furthermore, management-relevant knowledge and application-specific specialisation skills are taught. As a student you will grow into an entrepreneurial individual who is aware of the needs of today's business world.

Through a number of optional specialisations, this programme supports various business management functional areas. The programme allows you to specialise in Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Cybersecurity, or Project Management. These clearly structured and narrowly focused specialisations provide students with the opportunity to develop a qualification profile geared toward professional fields.

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The course is available to study both full-time and part-time. The standard period of study is two years full-time, part-time correspondingly longer. Talk to our study advisors to find out whether your previous learning outcomes or relevant work experience make you eligible to shorten the study period to one, or one and a half years.

What you will learn

Our MSc Business Management degree is a dynamic and specialised programme that covers key areas of business with a high demand for qualified employees. You will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to thrive in your career in the field from strategic business to sustainability management, fintech, cybersecurity, human resource management, and customer experience design, depending on the specialisation you choose.

Accreditations and rankings

GISMA Business School is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 business school in Germany and 2% of all business schools worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.

How you will study

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic hybrid learning scheme.

You will spend part of your lectures in class at our Potsdam campus. These face-to-face phases are complemented by e-learning sessions. You will work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in online discussions, and participate in group exercises and projects. 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.

Potsdam, your next study destination

As a student at GISMA University of Applied Sciences, you will be based at our flagship Potsdam Campus. This ultra high tech campus is home to all of our University of Applied Sciences students, either in person or virtually. Our classrooms feature the hyflex system, meaning regardless of where our students are in the world, they connect in real-time and benefit from seamless peer-to-peer learning. The campus is in great company, with neighbours such as SAP right across the road.

Potsdam is the picturesque capital city of the state of Brandenburg. It is known for technological innovation, economic growth, a unique culture, and a high standard of living. It is a world heritage site, with the backdrop of outstanding nature. The city also benefits from being the twin city of Berlin, the German capital. The two cities share a border, and the journey from Potsdam Main Station takes just 20-30 minutes to be in the centre of Berlin, where you can find an extensive cultural, retail, and nightlife scene.

 

Hear from one of our professors

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Studying is a unique time in one’s life and I believe that it should be as diverse as possible. When teaching at GISMA I bring my personal experiences with me: Lectures are geared toward interactive content with a variety of activities and are always connected to practical examples and outcomes. My objective is that you can take something with you for your life and your career out of the modules. They should be sometimes challenging, yet fun, but always feel beneficial in multiple ways for you. And, on a side note: I really think that the direct contact of students with faculty and staff at GISMA is quite unique. Open and direct communication is key here!

Prof. Dr. Peter Konhäusner
Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship

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This master’s programme will comprise of a study period of four semesters for full-time study and seven semesters for part-time study. The programme is modularised, whereby each module is assigned a fixed number of credit points and concludes with an examination.

For the master's programs, the total student workload for the courses is 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, depending on the variant.

As a student you will choose from one of five specialisations either in marketing, finance, human resources, cybersecurity, or project management to develop a qualification profile geared towards various professional fields.

You will learn an overview of the main business functions that contribute to the success of a business and then be able to specialise in an area of your choice.

In the 2-year format (120 ECTS credits), the curriculum includes a “mobility window” in the 5th semester: a semester reserved for you to study abroad, undertake an internship or complete a business project in practice.

 

Modules

 

MSc Business Management & Cybersecurity

General Business Competencies

  • International Strategic Management
  • International Economics 
  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation 
  • CSR, ESG and Ethics 
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Emotional Agility in International Business 
  • Finance and Risk Management 
  • CEO Decision Making and Case Studies 
  • Study abroad or Internship or Business Project 

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work 
  • Research Seminar 
  • Master Thesis 

Specialisation: Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity and Digital Risk Management 
  • Data Management & Protection 
  • Cryptology 
  • Cyber Forensics 
  • Business Project in Cybersecurity 

 

MSc Business Management & Finance

General Business Competencies

  • International Strategic Management
  • International Economics
  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • CEO Decision Making and Case Studies
  • Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Research Seminar
  • Master Thesis

Specialisation: Finance

  • International Accounting
  • Finance and Risk Management 
  • FinTech, Blockchain & Crypto Assets 
  • M&A and Structuring the Firm 
  • ESG and ESG Reporting 
  • Asset Management and Derivatives 

 

MSc Business Management & Project Management

General Business Competencies

  • International Strategic Management
  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • International Marketing
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • CSR, ESG and Ethics
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Research Seminar
  • Master Thesis

Specialisation: Project Management

  • Project Management 
  • Project Costing & Control 
  • Corporate Governance & Risk Management
  • Project Communication & Stakeholder Management 
  • Management Consulting 
  • Management of IT Projects 

 

MSc Business Management & Marketing

General Business Competencies

  • International Strategic Management
  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • International Economics
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • CSR, ESG and Ethics
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • Digital Competencies: Electives in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Cyber Security
  • Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Research Seminar
  • Master Thesis

Specialisation: Marketing

  • International Marketing
  • Pricing Policy
  • Brand Management & Product Development
  • Digital Marketing & Analytics
  • Customer Experience Design

 

MSc Business Management & Human Resources

General Business Competencies

  • International Strategic Management
  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • International Economics
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • CSR, ESG and Ethics
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Digital Competencies: Electives in Cloud Computing, Big Data, Cyber Security
  • Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Research Seminar
  • Master Thesis

Specialisation: Human Resources

  • Employment Law
  • Cognitive Psychology & Leadership
  • HR Management and Organisation Design
  • HR Analytics
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments

 

 


A business management degree provides the academic knowledge and skills to pursue global career opportunities and helps you develop a broad and diverse understanding of businesses. With your choice of specialism, you will have the skills and knowledge to delve into a specific field within business management.

Graduates of business management are presented with a variety of job opportunities in:

  • Management
  • Consultancy
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Human resources
  • Retail and sales
  • Finance

As a student at GISMA, you will be supported by our Career Centre, who will provide coaching sessions to improve your soft skills, such as CV writing, interview preparation, and interpersonal skills. They will also host Career Days, where local, national, and global organisations interview GISMA students for internships, graduate, and leadership positions.


Fees and funding

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

    Total price Early Bird Discount
EU/Germany 1yr  €      13,000 20%
2yr  €      17,000 20%
International 1yr  €      15,500 20%
2yr  €      20,000 20%

 

*Early bird offer for applications submitted at least 8 weeks before orientation date.

Regional discounts are available for CIS, MENA and LATAM regions. Please check the fee section on this page.

 

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 €2,000 is required to secure your place, and the remainder of the tuition fee is to be paid after the start of programme in accordance with your payment schedule.

You will be eligible for a discount of 5% off the total fee if the payment of the entire tuition fee is completed before the first instalment due date.

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.

 

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree of minimum 180 ECTS credit points (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (business, economics or social sciences, psychology, law, engineering, computer science).
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0) or equivalent

Financing your studies

BAföG 

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

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Recognised


GISMA Business School is state recognised and AMBA-accredited for our Global MBA

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

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Chance to earn to €45,000**, the average graduate salary in Germany

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