International MBA: your future dawns here
The MBA programme at the University of Magdeburg will provide you with the knowledge, methods and skills indispensible to professional managers the world over to achieve success. Building on a solid basis in management, accounting and finance, this programme prepares you for high level positions in foreign or multinational companies, consultancy firms, financial institutions, international organisations and other highly qualified positions. Structured as a full-time course, our MBA programme is founded on a relatively new concept specially designed for people with no background knowledge in this field but with an interest in management and economics. Prior work experience as well as a Bachelor’s degree is required for admission. The language of instruction is English.
The programme's focus and the forms of teaching are tailored to the specific demands that executives expect of an education. Above all, a scientific education should equip students with key qualifications. This is the goal of our MBA programme. The focus of the programme is the systematic teaching of content that is, on the one hand, practice-oriented, but on the other hand, provides students with the ability to deal with problems in an analytical manner, to recognize structures and to design problem-solving strategies. In order to achieve this goal, the teaching of appropriate analytical techniques is a necessary requirement. Therefore, the introduction to formal methods is an important part our our study programme. It creates the prerequisite for being able to handle even challenging decision-making and planning problems.
Managers and Trainees as well as workers of all subjects, who want to
- take responsibility in the field of management,
- combine leading and strategic thinking
- refresh or gain knowledge in the field of economics and management.
Subjects: Economic Fundamentals & Entrepreneurship, Accounting & Controlling, Finance & Taxation, Production & Logistics & Operations Research, Marketing & International Management, Personnel & Information Management, Strategy & Behaviour, Globalization & Economic Policy
Mode of Study: (online-)hybride lectures, seminars, discussion, presentation, small group size (max. 40 participants)
Exams: written exam, presentation, written papers, graded homeworks, Master's Thesis.
- 2 years (1.4 years lectures and 0.6 years Master's Thesis
- lectures during weekdays
- 24 lectures, 2 seminars, Master's Thesis
- 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
Curriculum Master of Business Administration (English)
Introduction to Management I + II
Students acquire a basic knowledge of management and the organisational environment in this course. This includes strategic management, decision making, marketing and international business.
Introduction to Economics
This course is an introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics. It seeks to explain the behaviour of economic actors as well as the behaviour of the aggregate economy.
Business Statistics and Mathematics
Here students gainan understanding of the basic mathematical methods and algorithms re-quired for business and economics. They will learn to apply basic techniques of data explora-tion and visualization.
Introduction to Law
This course provides students with the basic knowledge of the principles of German Constitutional Law, Euro-pean Law and Civil Law. They will learn how to apply law by solving cases.
This course addresses the fundamentals of accounting and aims at students making appropriate accounting judgements. It also looks at balance sheets, income statements and owner’s equity.
This course gives an overview about internal used methods to collect information for a better company decission making. All input costs related to the transformation process are important.
This course provides an overview of global banking regulations and the institutional frame-work of the risk management cycle. Students learn how to identify risks and how to measure them using different approaches to analyse risk.
An introduction to financial management, this course enables students to acquire basic knowledge about valuation of investments using analytical tools.
This course provides further insights into financial management and methods to judge investments, including exposure to forward rates, swaps and capital structure.
Students learn how to select portfolios using statistical methods. In addition, they study the basic concept of capital market theory.
Logistics and supply chain management today represents a both great challenge and a tremendous opportunity for most firms. The most important concepts, methods, and techniques of managing logistics and supply chain will be discussed in the course using examples, cases, numerical illustrations and problems.
This course investigates the responsibilities, problems, and necessary coordination for creat-ing products and providing services using Operation Management techniques. Topics cov-ered include forecasting, planning, materials management strategies, inventory control, scheduling, and quality assessment.
Students learn how to use analytical tools in operations research such as linear program-ming, discrete optimisation, metaheuristics and dynamic programming.
Students acquire a basic understanding of marketing as a business function as well as a stra-tegic management concept. This includes information about the marketing process, custom-er relationship, product life cycle and analytical tools.
This course examines the differences between international and non-international manage-ment. Topics covered are: organisational forms for international expansion, tools for limiting risks in international business, international workforce and negotiations.
This course introduces fundamental concepts and models of personnel economics with special ref-erence to problems in international corporations.
Students examine basic concepts concerning organisations and the influence of their structure on doing business.
Introduction to Game Theory
As an introduction to strategic decision making this course explores how strategic interactions among economic agents influence the outcome.
Decision Theory is concerned with the question of identifying the principles that guide individuals in making decisions.
Students become familiar with the fundamentals of the economics of the public sector including the differ-ent cases of market failure.
Students acquire an analytical understanding of the determinants of economic growth and business cycles.
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of international trade and finance theories and develop a thorough understanding of the real and monetary aspects of globalisation.
Seminar I + II
This course introduces to and improves their skills in academic writing. Seminar papers will be written in team-work usually accompanied by a presentation.
A final master’s thesis is to be submitted for successful completion of the programme.
The programme is divided into four semesters. A total of 29 courses with 20 teaching hours each are divided into three sections:
Basic Studies | 6 Lectures
In the basic studies, introductions to business administration and economics are taught. Economics courses are part of the programme because an understanding of basic economics is of significant importance for managing businesses. In addition to the basic economics courses, the program also includes introductions to formal methods, particularly mathematical methods that will be needed as the student pursues further courses of study. In this way, it is ensured that students without previous knowledge of mathematics can also successfully complete the programme.
Advanced Studies | 18 Lectures
The advanced study course covers the most important areas of modern business administration as well as legal and economic topics. The scope of study ranges from controlling to balance sheet analysis as well as issues of Marketing and Finance. Special topics of particular relevance to business practice are also covered. These include Risk Management, Game Theory, Decision Theory, and operation research techniques (and a lot more).
Seminars and Master's Thesis | 3 Classes
The study programme is completed by two seminars and your Master's Thesis. You will spend a significant part of the last two semester writing three acadmic papers.
Your lecturers will be professors and research assistants from the Faculty of Mangement and Economics or renowned academics from other universities.
Magdeburg - your green study city in the heart of Europe
Magdeburg is a modern city with more than 1200 years history, lying in Central Germany. It is the capital of Saxony-Anhalt, which is located on the Elbe River and has approximately 230,000 inhabitants. Nowadays Magdeburg is an industrial and trading center.
There is a lot to discover in Magdeburg. The city is not only characterized by historical build-ings, but also modern architectures. The activities and attractions are diversified. The river Elbe and city parks provide an idyllic environment for boat trips, bicycle tours and other our-door activities. Besides, theatres, museums and modern bars with interesting cultural and musical events also add more entertaining variety to daily life.
Futhermore, being the town of two universities, Otto-von-Guericke University and the Mag-deburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Magdeburg creates an opportunity for people to get to know students all around the world and experience multi-caltural atmosphere.
More information can be found in the following here.
Magdeburg can be easily accessed by both train and car. There are three international airports that are located near Magdeburg:
1. The BER airport in Berlin
You can take common train from the BER to Magdeburg. Please pay attention that you will need to switch the train at least once. Depending on your time of arrival, it might take 2.5 - 3 hours.
2. The LEJ airport Leipzig/Halle
There is a direct train connection between LEJ and Magdeburg. The journey will take about one hour.
3. The HAJ airport in Hanover
Please note that you will need to swich trains at least once. There is a suburban railway that will bring you to the main station. The journey will also take approximately about 2 hours.
We recommend that you consult the timetable information for all journeys by Deutsche Bahn. Magdeburg Hauptbahnhof is the main station that you might want to travel to.
Going by car
Please use a navigation system and enter
street: Universitätsplatz 2
This will lead you directly to the main entrance of the university.
Moving around in the city itself
In Magdeburg, trams and buses are the common public transportation which can reach most of places in the city. Please pay attention that night lines are different from day time lines. You can find the time plans at each tram or bus station. All information is also available online.
Taxi is another choice. Normally you need to call the taxi company to book the taxi, however, you can find waiting taxi outside the train station. In general, it holds that a taxi that is available has a shining yellow sign on the car's roof. If the sign is not lit, the taxi is already taken.
You can find some general information about the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg here.
There are also some Chinese information that you can find here.
On arrival in Germany you will soon realise that there are some bureaucratic barriers to pass. The Business School Magdeburg therefore has English, French, Spanish and Chinese speaking assistants who are happy to help you out with your first steps in Magdeburg. Here is an overview of what to do:
Before coming to Magdeburg
- Obtain your Visa
- Open a bank account
- Prepare the following material:
- biometric ID pictures since you’ll need them for university or health insurance documents
- Personal documents (ID, Visa…)
- recommended: copies of all personal documents for your own safety
We provide a pick-up service from Berlin Airports for groups larger than 5 persons. If you would like to make use of this, please contact us in advance and inform us of your estimated time of arrival. Besides, we will also support you in the following:
- Obtaining our information material
- Finding accommodation (e.g. a flat, or shared accommodation) and organising a tenancy/rental agreement.
- Going to the Residents’ Registration Office (Bürgerbüro) to register as a resident of Magdeburg and get a certificate of registration – “Meldebescheinigung”. You need to bring a valid identification document/passport, the admission letter from your study programme and a tenancy/rental agreement with you.
- Verifying your bank account
- Organising health insurance needed for university registration (or bring your European Health Insurance Card)
- Enrolling at the university
- Getting your student identity card, which also serves as public transport ticket and cash card at the university’s restaurant
- Registering at the library
- Remembering to re-register your student ID card every semester
- Getting a mobile phone number and internet contract.
- Extending your visa within 3 months
- Enjoying life!
- Cancel all contracts (flat, internet, health insurance) 3 months in advance! (This is only a recommendation – specific periods of notice can be found in your contracts. Notice of cancellation should be in writing, i.e. a letter)
- Deregistration from the university (Exmatrikulation) and from the Residents’ Registration Office. (Note that your student visa is no longer valid after you complete your study programme.)
Please note that we are happy to provide you with recommendations regarding banks, health insurances or flats. Our recommendations are all based on experience, but they are only recommendations. Business School Magdeburg is not liable for any resulting problems.
Place and Time of Lectures
All lectures take place on our Campus in Magdeburg. Lectures and exercises start usally at 5pm every workday and last until around 8.30pm. Therefore you can study or work during the day and enjoy lectures during the evening. Breaks are included in the lecture times. Moreover there are breaks over public hollidays and during August/September.
In general, the full tuitions have to be paid in advance. Depending on your partner, installments can be possible.
Our tuitions are "all inclusive", i. e. independent of how often you are joining our lectures the tuitions are constant. Please note: tuitions do not cover living costs or health insurance, only teaching and examinations.
As an enrolled student at Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, there is an additional semester fee of 155.20€ that has to be paid directly to the university.
Our international MBA starts in October every year while the application deadline is the 15th July of that year (under special circumstances a later application is possible). You can use the provided checklist to complete the list of documents. Please send only complete application packages.
We do not charge any application fees. After enrolling at the university, the tuition fees (see here) apply.
The following are necessary to meet the admission requirements/enrollment:
- completed application form for admission to studies (see the link below)
- copy of the page in your passport with your name
- one additional photo
- a general Bachelor’s degree (at least 6 semesters at university or equivalent) translated and certified by a notary
- transcript of records, either certified by a notary public of a sealed envelop of the university records office
- letter of motivation
- key fact sheet
- passing individual interview, or GRE (148 quantitative, 143 verbal), or GMAT (550 points in total)
Further information can be found here.
Chongqing Uiniversity of Education, China, Ms. Li Wenyan
CASA - Center of Academic Support and Advising, Mahmoud AlJnini Institution
MOKSH India Mr. Dhananjay Shah, first visit in India 2019
Mr. Hasouneh Abdullah, valid until 2021
Mr. Aljnini Mahmoud, valid until 2022
CASA - Center of Academic Support and Advising, Mahmoud AlJnini Institution
Heilongjiang International University, China, Mr. Gou Qiao
Heilongjiang University, China, Mr. Gou Qiao
Beijing International Institute of Asia-Europe Education and Culture (AEEC), China, Mr. Yao Bo, valid until 2023
Open University of China - Statistical Learning Center (permission for APS P-Procedure), China, Mr. Yao Bo, valid until 2018, prolonged until 2023
Anhui University of Finance and Economics, China, Mr. Zhang Ziqian, valid until 2020
Henan Normal University, China, Mr. Sun Ruchao, valid until 2020
Huaibei Normal University, Mr. Sun Ruchao, valid until 2020
Wuhan Normal University, China, Mr. Sun Ruchao, valid until 2020
University of Miskolc, Mr. Dániel Kuttor & Mr. Nagy Szabolcs
Taiyuan Normal University, Mr. Xie Songtao, (MOU signed 2017/05/31)
MWK Global Ltd (London, UK), Mr. James Yip & Mr. Dr. M. Shabbir (MOU signed 2017/11/23)
Icarasia Sdn Bhd (Malaysia), Mr. James Yip & Mr. KC Wong, (MOU signed 2017/11/23)
Nanjing Audit University, Mr. Zhao Ningru & Mr. Zhang Chunlei, (first visit 2017/11/03)
Taiyuan Normal University, Mr. Xie Songtao, (MOU signed 2017/05/31)
North University of China, (MOU signed 2017/05/31)
Jilin Normal University, China, Mr. Guo Qiao, expired 2019
Jiangxi Normal University (School of Intercultural Studies), China, Ms. Wang Aizhu, expired 2017
Nanjing University of Science and Technology (NUST), China, Ms. Wang Aizhu, expired 2016
Statistical Education and Training Centre of the National Bureau of Statistics of China, Mr. Lu Zhixian, expired 2016, follow up by AEEC in 2017
Wadi International University (WIU), Syria, expired 2013
Your Timeline 2023
from 15.04.2023 until 15.07.2023
Sending Applications Documents
Please send your application documents until July 15th at the latest.
from 15.04.2023 until 15.07.2023
We are running individual interviews with every applicant to check language and motivation.
Apply for Visa
Apply for your visa at any German embassy world wide.
Travel to Magdeburg
Have a pleasent journey and register in Magdeburg. We are happy to help you.
Start of Study
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