The Master's Programme in Management at the University of Göttingen

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Make a difference, take management responsibility
Climate change, digitalisation, complex supply chains - companies and society face unprecedented challenges. To empower you to tackle these as a manager, our Master's programme in Management not only arms you with knowledge and skills, but also helps to develop your personality, lets you discover your strengths and build a valuable network in the business world on which you can build your career.

Strengthen your individual profile in the specialisation area
By choosing a specific focus of study (see "programme structure" for details), you can develop an individual and unique profile of skills and capabilities. If you do not choose a specific specialisation, but instead wish to pursue a generalist perspective, you can choose the option "General Management":

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management
  • International Management
  • Leadership & Human Resource Management
  • Marketing & E-Business Management
  • Corporate Control & Supply Chain Management
  • Business Development & Strategic Management
  • General Management

Master of Science (MSc) in Management

  • The regular duration of this degree programme is four semesters (120 Credits).
  • Enrolment is possible every winter semester.
  • Language: German

Application deadline

  • The application window for starting the programme in winter is from April 1 to May 15 of the same calendar year.
  • An application to the master's programme is possible even if you have not completed your current programme of study at the time of application, but have collected at least 150 credit points in a related bachelor's programme. You will find the online application form and detailed information on the application and admission procedure under Application and Admission. This deadline is also valid for international applicants. International applicants must also complete the online form.

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Do you want to take leadership responsibilities or work as a consultant? Our Master's programme in Management gives you the skills to solve increasingly complex social and business challenges. You gain theory insights that help you to recognise patterns, make data-based decisions and understand their impact.

But you can only solve the challenges of the future if you can inspire people from a wide range of disciplines, motivate them and get them to collaborate. That's why our degree programme focuses on developing your personality and soft skills such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills. Joint projects with our corporate partners from the business world support you to expand your professional network. The practical work is not only intended to promote teamwork, but also helps you to enjoy of your future job. In this way, you not only have a great time while studying, but also assure the best possible start in your career.

In the Master's programme in Management you can choose between a highly specialised or a generalist education - and you can even switch between these orientations during the course of your studies, so that you don't have to decide right at the beginning. Our Master's programme gives you the flexibility to adapt your studies to your personal development and to stand out from the crowd. By choosing a specific focus, you can also prepare your direct entry into professional life later on.

1. Basic Modules: Management Skills (30 credits)
2. Focus Area (30 credits)
3. Compulsory Elective Area: Seminar (6-12 credits)
4. Elective Area (18-24 credits)
5. Master's Thesis (30 credits)

1) Basic modules: Building crucial knowledge (30 credits)
The Master's programme starts with four basic modules that will teach you crucial management skills and enable you to identify your own strengths and interests.

  • Problem-solving and communication skills: Learn to identify and understand problems and communicate solutions.
  • Research methods: A valid impact analysis of management decisions can only be achieved using robust methods. Methods (e.g. statistics) also remain constant in the long term and can always be applied to new challenges (e.g. business analytics or measuring sustainability). Conceptual considerations, i.e. theories and models, are important to understand patterns behind developments.
  • Career Development: Identify your own strengths and interests in order to select the optimal career option for yourself.
  • Practical Project: You take the practical project in the second semester. It helps you to become more aware of your own role and strengths in a team.

2) Focus area: Choose an individual profile (30 credits)
The specialisation area deepens your knowledge in one of six specific business management areas or enables you to receive a generalist education.

Selectable focus areas:

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship Management: Gain the skills to start a business or manage innovation in established companies.
  • International Management: Learn to manage business operations in an organisation serving international markets.
  • Leadership & Human Resource Management: Learn how to balance the needs of employees and the goals of the company.
  • Marketing & E-Business Management: Learn to open up markets and develop problem solutions for consumers through intelligent technologies and innovative distribution channels.
  • Corporate Control & Supply Chain Management: Learn how to manage the flow of goods, data and finances associated with a product.
  • Business Development & Strategic Management: Get the skills to drive strategies to grow or reorient a business.
  • General Management: Be trained as a generalist in management to learn about business management from a variety of perspectives.

3) Elective: Seminar (6-12 credits)
The seminar offers you the chance to deepen your knowledge and improve your ability to discuss and argue as well as to develop your written and oral communication.

4) Elective: Deepening interests and specialisations (18-24 credits)
In the elective area, you can freely choose further modules from the range offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics according to your interests and, for example, thereby further sharpen your individual profile.

5) Master's thesis: Combining acquired skills (30 credits)
Research methods, critical thinking, independence and time management: In the final thesis, you bring together all the skills you have learned during your studies. For example, you work on current and practice-relevant topics and issues with the help of real data. In addition, you can also write your Master's thesis in cooperation with a company. You will demonstrate your communication and presentation skills in the final colloquium.

Graphic: Recommended course of study

The Faculty of Business and Economics offers you many opportunities to study one or two semesters at an international partner university. There are three different programmes, each with different partner universities and application deadlines:

  • Erasmus+: You will study at one of the more than 60 partner universities of the Faculty in other European countries (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).
  • Worldwide faculty programmes: You will study at one of the numerous partner universities of the Faculty of Business and Economics abroad, e.g. in the USA, Latin America, South Africa, Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).
  • Worldwide university programmes: You study at a partner university of the University of Göttingen, e.g. in Australia, India, the USA, Canada or China (all students of the University can apply for these programmes).

If you go abroad within the framework of one of the above-mentioned programmes, you usually do not have to pay tuition fees for studying at a foreign partner university (the University of Mississippi charges reduced tuition fees). Some programmes even receive additional financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service. Comprehensive information about the programmes, application deadlines and contact persons can be found here.

In our Database you can see which achievements/modules of other universities in Göttingen have already been recognized (in German). In order to keep your choice of course abroad as flexible as possible, we recommend that you complete modules from the elective area of your respective degree programme abroad.

If you would like to get into contact with other international and German students during your studies in Göttingen, please take a look at our Study Buddy Programme and our Exchange@WIWI events: Both programmes serve to network international and local Göttingen students.

  • Of course, you will also apply the knowledge you have acquired in your studies. This is done in the practical project (see above).
  • A practical focus is also established in the programme through compulsory basic modules in the 1st and 2nd semesters (see above) as well as, for example, through

    • Lectures by practitioners in lectures; especially by alumni
    • Joint seminars and research projects with companies
    • Practice-relevant final theses in cooperation with companies

  • You can also receive credits for a voluntary internship in the elective area of your studies under certain conditions. Detailed information can be found here.
  • In addition, an annual job and career fair with numerous companies takes place on the university campus.
  • Job portal of the University of Göttingen with job offers from companies, etc.: Stellenwerk Göttingen (in German)

Two university degrees from renowned universities, an international study environment, a specialization in International Management and intercultural competencies - this is what the Double Degree Programme with the Nanjing University Business School (NJUBS) in China offers you.

Within four semesters, well-qualified students can complete both a Master of Science degree at the University of Göttingen, as well as a Master of Management at Nanjing University: More information
Our graduates can work in a wide range of industries - depending, for example, on the focus they choose.

Three examples of possible career paths with a management master's degree:

Business Development Strategic Thinking
Sales skills and networking are your strengths? In business development at a start-up, you can use these skills to develop new business opportunities and drive the company's growth.

As a consultant

You advise companies, for example, on optimising processes, managing risks or taking over companies. For this, you need to be able to think strategically and have strong communication skills.

As a production controller
Accuracy and numbers are your thing? As a production controller, you plan, monitor and optimise production and manage supply chains to ensure that products are produced on time and with high quality.

Get to know the other career fields of our graduates in the alumni portraits (in German).

Maybe you want to be your own boss after graduation? The start-up support of the University of Göttingen supports you in this (in German).

Did you discover your interest in research during your studies? With your Master's degree, you can follow up with a PhD.
Apply directly to the Faculty of Business and Economics from April 1 to May 15 each year for the Master's in Management programme. Apply via an online form that is online during the application period. Detailed information on the application and admission process can be found here.

What our alumni say about studying in Göttingen