Global MBA

Global MBA

The internationally recognised degree will help you build the knowledge and networks you need to achieve your career goals. Incentives of up to 33% available!



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.

*Subject to student numbers

Potsdam, near Berlin

12 or 24 months

Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2024

€ from 18,000 per course

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 universities in Germany and 2% of universities worldwide.


Hear from one of our students

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. 

Potsdam, your next study destination

This high-tech, modern campus, situated just a short distance from the vibrant city of Berlin, serves as a dynamic hub for our University of Applied Sciences students. Here, students engage in both in-person and virtual learning experiences. The architecture and building concept of the campus are designed with intelligence and efficiency in mind, creating spaces that emphasise flexibility, networking, and collaborative working. This environment is tailor-made to foster innovation, providing an exceptional setting that’s ideal for collaborative teaching and learning methods. The campus features ‘Open Spaces’ that cater to various needs, including relaxation, networking, individual study, and group work. The proximity to Berlin further enriches our students’ academic and cultural experience, connecting them to a broader spectrum of opportunities and inspirations.

The camera and sound technology in the classrooms is specifically suited to enable blended or hybrid teaching formats, where students on and off campus can join the class and connect in real-time, benefitting from seamless peer-to-peer interaction with each other. The campus is in a great location, with neighbours such as SAP Innovation Centre Network right across the road.

Potsdam is the picturesque capital city of the state of Brandenburg. It is known for its highly reputed science institutions, technological innovation, economic growth, a unique culture, and high living standards. 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 the centre of Berlin, where you can find an inviting cultural, retail and nightlife scene.

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 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.


This programme is AMBA accredited, which is an honour shared by only 6 universities in Germany and 2% of universities worldwide.

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



Chance to earn €105,000**, the average MBA graduate salary in Germany



Join a network of students from over 90 nationalities across the globe

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 Organisation Design

Digital Skills

  • Electives in Digital Competencies

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 Entry Reqs

Standard Tuition Fees

For all applicants – € 18,000

Visit our fees and funding page for a more detailed breakdown all our tuition fees, additional programme savings, and your funding options.

For more details speak to a programme consultant or learn how to apply.

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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*Data is from 2021 intake