Management of Mid-Sized Companies
This Master’s program is directed towards motivated, high-performing graduates with Bachelor's degrees who want to expand their basic business administration knowledge in a practical way, while having the opportunity to reflect on their work academically. The degree program focuses on processes, questions, and structures in mid-sized companies.
Students grow their skills and abilities to handle complex tasks in mid-sized companies using problem-oriented learning methods.
Program activities include lecture courses, exercises and seminars. These are primarily held in German, although some are held in English. Lecture courses serve to teach module content. Exercises and seminars dive deeper into specific topics, help students develop solutions, carry out projects and critically question different theses. Guest presentations and workshops by external professionals and managers integrate topics related to mid-sized businesses into the degree program in a practical way.
Graduates of the degree program will be qualified to take on professional or management positions in mid-sized companies, such as:
- Entry-level management positions in accounting and financial departments
- Entry-level management positions in controlling and production management
- Entry-level management positions in human resources
- Entry-level management positions in marketing and strategic management
- Commercial management
- Project management at a company or corporate advising
- Entry-level management positions in public administration
- Founding their own companies
- Acting as successor to an existing company
The degree also qualifies students to continue their academic career at a university, college, or research institution, including the option of completing a Ph.D.
Bachelor’s or other graduate degree with an overall grade of 2.5 or better.
Any past degree must include at least the following level of coursework in the following areas:
- Business administration 70 credits
- Economics 10 credits
- Quantitative methods (mathematics, statistics, operations research) including information systems 25 credits
- Business English 5 credits
- Bachelor's thesis 10 credits (the credits for the Bachelor’s thesis are not included in the other credit hour totals)
For elective options in the second, third, and fourth semester, please refer to the semester course plan. Students must select three of the following six focus areas:
- Competition policy
- Corporate succession and restructuring management
- Corporate management and corporate controlling
- Staff management
- Compliance management systems
- Supply chain management
The degree program is four semesters long, and students can complete elective modules in addition to required modules on management in mid-sized companies. Students will write their Master's thesis during the fourth semester and defend it in a colloquium.