The GISMA University of Applied Sciences MSc Leadership for Digital Transformation provides you with all of the essential tools and practical skills to pursue a career in leading transformation projects and change agendas for the digital economy.

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. 

Programme details

  • A state-recognised business school with an AMBA accreditation received for the Global MBA programme.
  • Additional accreditation's received from AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS, and EPAS.
  • Suitable for aspiring managers and consultants who want to take on leadership roles in the digital domain
  • Opens career opportunities across multiple industries like business management, government administration and digital consulting
  • Helps you gain additional skills in Big Data, cybersecurity, and cloud computing through technical know-how provided by Amazon.
  • A flexible learning format, as well as virtual access to the GISMA Campus at Potsdam, allows you to study online.
  • Provides in-depth knowledge about digital transformation efforts like innovation management, technology, and data control organisation.

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. Akin to our on-campus programmes, our online programmes also feature a variety of learning methods. These include 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. 

Programme structure


Leadership and Decision Making

  • HR Management and Organization Design
  • Cognitive Psychology & Leadership
  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • CEO Decision Making & Case Studies

Project Management and Sustainability

  • Project Management
  • CSR, Diversity and Ethics

Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Digital competencies

  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • I.M.E. in a Digital World
  • Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Cybersecurity and Digital Risk Management
  • Electives in Cloud Computing, Big Data and Cyber Security from Amazon, Alibaba and Co.

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Master Thesis

Your future career

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

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 interesting career options available after the programme, along with their salary prospects.

  1. Cloud specialists; annual salary ranges about € 65,000 (source).
  2. Digital product managers; annual salary ranges about € 68,000 (source).
  3. Financial analysts; annual salary ranges about € 48,100 (source).
  4. Solution architects; annual salary ranges about € 69,710 (source).
  5. Chief digital officers; annual salary ranges about € 1,41,463 (source).
  6. UX designers; annual salary ranges about € 42,602 (source).
  7. Digital transformation specialist; annual salary ranges about € 76,333 (source).

Fees and funding

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

1-year programme

Tuition fee - € 13,000 / Year

International fee - €15,500 / Year

Early bird discount of up to 20% available*


2-year programme

EU tuition fee - € 8,500 / Year 

International fee - € 10,000 / Year

Early bird discount of up to 20% available*

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


2-year online programme

Online fee - € 4,750 / year

Discount of up to 20% available.


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’s degree in relevant discipline
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0) or equivalent

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

Frequently asked questions

Question 1: Is studying in Germany worth it?

Yes! Germany ranks among the topmost popular study destinations across the world owing to its academic excellence and high standard of living.

Question 2: Where can I study leadership in digital transformation?

GISMA Business School in Potsdam offers a great MSc Leadership in Digital Transformation programme, which can be apt for you. This course teaches you everything you need to know about leading digital transformation efforts in your company.

Question 3: What are the four main areas of digital transformation?

The four primary areas of digital transformation include technological transformations, data transformations, operational or process-related transformations and organisational level policy changes.

Question 4: Which leadership skills are essential during digital transformation?

Here is a list of must-have skills for business leaders heading digital transformation changes in their company:

  1. Excellent communication skills
  2. Digital literacy
  3. Familiarity with the latest tech
  4. Innovation
  5. Organisational skills

Question 5: What is the role of leadership in digital transformation?

The top responsibility of business leaders in digital transformation is to ensure that the employees are comfortable with adopting new technology. They should also introduce tech that can reduce manual errors and workload.

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  • Full-time
  • Potsdam | Online
  • 12 or 24 months
  • Jun, Sept 2022 | Jan, Apr, Jun, Sept 2023
  • € 13,000 per course

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GISMA Business School is state recognised

Top 2

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



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

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