MSc Business Management
Become a leader, improve your communication skills & find your inner entrepreneur.
Management is the cornerstone of any organisation and if you want to stand out in a competitive global marketplace, it is important you earn the right qualification to do so. The master’s in business management equips you with the strategic skills and cutting-edge knowledge required to break into the field and make an impact – whatever role you end up securing. With a Master of Science in Business Management, you will be ready to take the lead in a variety of roles and achieve greatness in your career.
This master’s degree is designed to prepare you for independent entrepreneurial activity or senior management positions with leadership responsibilities in corporations of all sizes and industries.
You will gain comprehensive knowledge of the business management field with a focus on transferable international skills. This course prioritises interdisciplinarity and there is a focus on information technology. Students also get the chance to enhance their management knowledge and application-specific specialisation skills, with a focus on real-world challenges.
Through several optional specialisations*, this programme supports various business management functional areas.
Potsdam, near Berlin
12 or 24 months
Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2024
€ from 13,000 per year
€ 15,500 International students
Accreditations and rankings
Gisma is a state recognised University of Applied Sciences which benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for our Global MBA. AMBA accreditation is an honour shared by only six universities in Germany and 2% of all universities worldwide. The prestigious accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education, which is one of our core values at Gisma.
How you will study
Gisma supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic state-of-the art hybrid learning scheme. You will be based at our flagship Potsdam Campus, 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.
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
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.
Hear from one of our professors
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
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.
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.
Gisma University of Applied Sciences is state recognised and AMBA-accredited for our Global MBA
Germany has the 2nd best unemployment rate in Europe at 3.4%*
Chance to earn to €45,000**, the average graduate salary in Germany
Join a network of students from over 90 nationalities across the globe
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. If you have the relevant academic or professional experience, you could be eligible to shorten the study period to one, or one and a half years. Talk to our programme consultants to find out whether this is the case for you.
The programme is modularised, which means each module is assigned a fixed number of credit points and concludes with an examination. For this programme, the total workload for the courses is 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, depending on the study period you select or are eligible for.
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.
Students starting online will have the option to complete the programme on-campus in Germany seamlessly.
Your Future Career
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:
- Marketing and advertising
- Human resources
- Retail and sales
As a student at Gisma, you will be supported by our Career Centre, who 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 Entry Reqs
Standard Tuition Fees
New pricing – from 31st March 2023:
- 1 Year Duration – € 13,000 per year
- 2 Year Duration – € 8,500 per year
- 1 Year Duration – € 15,500 per year
- 2 Year Duration – € 11,575 per year
For more details on how to apply, fees, additional savings of up to 15%, and your funding options, please speak to our programme consultant.
Regional incentives are available for students from certain countries. Please check the fee section on this page.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (business, economics or social sciences, psychology, law, engineering, computer science, or closely related sciences)
- English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0 overall, no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent scores in TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE or Duolingo. Gisma also offers an English test free of charge.
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.
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 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).
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