MSc Leadership for Digital Transformation
Digitalisation: lead the business into the next stage. Incentives of up to 33% available!
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.
*Subject to student numbers
Potsdam, near Berlin
12 or 24 months
Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct 2024
€ from 13,000 per course
- 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.
Accreditations and rankings
Gisma University of Applied Sciences is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 universities in Germany and 2% of all universities worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.
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.
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.
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
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
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
- 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.
- Cloud specialists; annual salary ranges about € 65,000 (source).
- Digital product managers; annual salary ranges about € 68,000 (source).
- Financial analysts; annual salary ranges about € 48,100 (source).
- Solution architects; annual salary ranges about € 69,710 (source).
- Chief digital officers; annual salary ranges about € 1,41,463 (source).
- UX designers; annual salary ranges about € 42,602 (source).
- Digital transformation specialist; annual salary ranges about € 76,333 (source).
Fees and funding
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 relevant discipline
- 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).
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 University of Applied Sciences 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:
- Excellent communication skills
- Digital literacy
- Familiarity with the latest tech
- 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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