Our history, accreditations and partners are the strength of GISMA Business School

About GISMA Business School

Since its establishment in 1999, GISMA Business School has paved the way for talented and skilled individuals to develop tech-driven and innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the business world. With our goals in mind, we are continuing to expand and grow, helping students from across the globe to pursue their dreams and succeed.

We award both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees as GISMA Business School University of Applied Sciences, and we are also trusted to deliver degrees from some of the top academic institutions across Europe.

Our Mission

GISMA educates individuals to be leading members of the global business community. GISMA stands for practice-oriented and inspiring management education that enables students to be engaged in life-long learning and synergising relevant academic science and practice. GISMA cooperates with a network of globally operating organisations in business and higher education and supports the business community in its internationalisation and change processes by preparing students for the global and regional (German) business community.


One of six AMBA accredited business schools in Germany.


Programmes with top global rankings – the MIB was ranked 20th in the world by the Economist in 2017.


Scholarships, flexible payment plans and early-bird discounts.


Corporate partners with English speaking global organisations in Germany.


Free German lessons and programmes taught 100% in English.


Average starting salaries of €62k for the Grenoble MBA.

GISMA University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Maurits van Rooijen

Chairman of GISMA’s Board of Governors

Prof. Dr. Stefan Stein

Founding President GISMA University of Applied Sciences

Lars van der Leeuw-Holtvoeth

Chancellor GISMA University of Applied Sciences

Daniel Bolz

Director GISMA

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Abu-Alkheil

Programme Leader Global MBA; International Business Management; International...

Prof. Dr. Mohammad Mahdavi

Programme Leader Data Science, AI, and Digital Business; Leadership for Digit...

Prof. Dr. Ralf Frank

Professor of Organisational Transformation

We strongly value diversity in the backgrounds, ideas, strengths, interests and experiences of our students, faculty and staff.

Our Journey

Since 1999, GISMA Business School has expanded and grown significantly, we now have 5 locations across Germany and in London.

The school was founded on the initiative of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Since 2013 GISMA has been part of Global University Systems (GUS), a network of unique institutions all committed to providing flexible, affordable and innovative professional programmes. With over 75,000 students around the globe, GUS is a leading provider of higher education.

Additionally, through a range of partnerships with schools including the triple-accredited Grenoble Ecole de Management, The University of Law and Kingston University, GISMA has expanded its selection of programmes providing more students with the opportunity to pursue their career ambitions.

In 2018, GISMA announced the establishment of its first centre outside of Germany, in London, dedicated to delivering executive education. This was a significant step for GISMA in terms of achieving an international presence.

From 2021, GISMA Business School will expand into its brand-new flagship GISMA Berlin-Potsdam Campus. With the new campus, GISMA portfolio is extending to include programmes such as Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, all awarded directly by GISMA Business School. These programmes allow GISMA students to become even more appealing to the evolving demands of the job market.

We strongly believe in the positive power of change as a motor for continuous improvement and innovation.

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Leaders for the Future

Our faculty and staff are passionate about creating the leaders of tomorrow.

Students are supported in their pursuit to secure internships and job opportunities in Germany. With campuses in Berlin, Potsdam, Hannover and Hamburg, our students have access to numerous employers from the world’s biggest tech firms as well as a range of start-up companies. Cooperation between GISMA and employers has enabled students to find exciting job opportunities and work on collaborative projects.

GISMA continues to expand its campuses, capabilities and vision. Discover our range of programmes here to start on your journey with GISMA Business School.