Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Business Administration

Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

For experts and managers wishing to acquire strategic managerial expertise in order to pursue new career opportunities.

The general management degree for the top managers of tomorrow: During the MBA degree course from FOM University of Applied Sciences you will acquire all-round expertise in all of the most important corporate functions – in a way that is hands-on, forward-looking and with reference to international correlations.

Graduates of the full time Master’s programme “Master of Business Administration” are distinguished by their entrepreneurial 360°-view: by conveying comprehensive business knowledge and management competencies, MBA students develop into business-minded, assertive personalities, who are able to safely navigate the international business world.

The core goal of the MBA degree is the development of integrative, practice-oriented thinking and action. Real case studies from the world of business and a lively mix of teaching methods help to sharpen your overall, interdisciplinary perspective. Thus, you will gain important knowledge that will allow you to maintain an overview of all operational processes when making decisions. A voluntary coaching programme, which runs alongside the degree course, can also support you with your own personal development. 

You will complete your master studies in Business Administration with the academic degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA).


3 semester inclusive Thesis

Accreditation (Master)

The FOM University of Applied Sciences is accredited by the German Council for Science and Humanities for its special service to education and research and was the first private university in Germany to receive system-accreditation by the FIBAA in 2012. This seal of approval proves that the quality management of the FOM University meets the high standards of the Accreditation Council, the most important body for the quality of studies and education at German universities. In 2018 the FOM University received system-accreditation for further eight years. Thus, all courses of study offered by the FOM are accredited. A Master’s degree from the FOM University enables entry to a subsequent a PhD programme.
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Studying full-time in India and Germany

Master’s degree on campus

In cooperation with FOM Hochschule, students from India now also have the opportunity to participate in the Business Administration Master’s programme at Great Learning Education Services Pvt. Ltd., India.

The first semester of the study programme will be held online with Great Learning in India, and the second and third semester will take place at the FOM Hochschule at the German University Center in Essen, Germany.

What you need for admission

University degree* (Diplom, Magister, Bachelor, Staatsexamen)

  • worth 210 Credit Points** (applicants with a university degree worth 180 Credit Points** may be admitted to a course after appropriate professional experience or other university achievements are recognised)
  • at least one year’s professional experience after the first degree
  • an adequate knowledge of English (corresponding to an intermediate language level B2 according GER, e.g. at least 860 points TOEIC or at least 83 points TOEFL)

* Degrees from accredited Bachelor training programmes at Berufsakademien [tertiary education institutions offering academic training and practical in-company training]
** FOM awards credit points according to the standards of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). They measure the workload required of students in the study programme

All information on registration and tuition fees can be found on Great Learning Education Services Pvt. Ltd. website.

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Study programme

Semester Overview

Supply and demand
Costs and revenues
Theory of the firm
Factor markets
Market failure
Unemployment and inflation
Money and monetary policy
Policy approaches
International trade

Marketing & Communication
The role of marketing
Market analysis
Company Analysis
Marketing objectives
Marketing mix
Communication: Internal, External, Digital, International

HR & Leadership Competencies
General Framework of Human Resource Management
Corporate Culture
Leadership in teams
Motivation Theory

Financial Management
Objectives in financial management
Stakeholder vs. Shareholder Management
Ethical aspects in financial management and corporate governance
Financial planning
Cash management

Management Decision-Making
Decision-Making techniques
Rational and intuitive decision models
Information requirements and information management
Managing risk and uncertainty

Research Methods
Organisation and management research
Research strategy and design
Questionnaire and survey design and sampling techniques
Analysis of quantitative data
Dilemmas of research choice

Strategic Corporate Management
Strategic analysis
Theoretic approaches
Strategy formulation
Choices and implementation
Different strategic context

Value-based Controlling & International Accounting
Classification of accounting methods according to IFRS in the national and international normative context
Goals, objectives and principles of IFRS accounting methods
Components of IFRS annual financial statements
General reporting and valuation rules of the IFRS
Value-orientated controlling and indicator systems
Possible applications and limitations of value-orientated indicators/systems for performance measurement and management through controlling

International Investment
Theoretical foundation of asset management
Information content of derivatives and instruments
Corporate diversification and hedging
Net present value vs real options
Planning of earnings, investments and finance
Analysis of earnings, cash flows and assets/liabilities
Finance and investment decisions (e.g. Private Equity, M&A)
Shareholder value management

Specialisation International Management:

International Strategy & Sales Management
Sales Goals
Organisation, Personal and Team Selling (negotiation skills)
Selection and Management of Distribution

International Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Business Plan
International Business Activities
Structuring and developing a Innovation Management Process
Structuring and developing a (Digital) Business Model and (Digital) Value Chain

International Business Law
Main features of the German legal system and embedment in European and international law
Basics of contract law (including European and international references)
Basics and current developments of commercial and corporate law
Industrial property rights – Introduction to the national, European and international competition, trademark and patent law
Basics of international arbitration procedures

Master’s thesis and colloquium

Subject to change.