Business Administration

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degree: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Business Administration

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).



Credit Points


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.

Total costs

17.500,00 euro

 including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee


Studying full-time in Germany

MBA on campus

International students from all over the world now also have the opportunity to participate in the Business Administration Master’s programme at FOM Hochschule. All three semesters will take place at FOM Hochschule at the study center in Essen, Germany.

Experience life in Germany and on our campus, deepen your academic skills and expertise in Business Administration, improve your intercultural competencies and interact with other international students.

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


  • registration fee 1.580,00 euro

    one-time payment registation fee.

    Participants who have already completed or are taking a course of study or a recognised continuing education programme at one of the institutes belonging to the BCW Group pay half the enrolment fee. 

  • tuition fee 15.570,00 euro
  • examination fee 350,00 euro

    The examination fee will be charged again if the student resubmits their thesis.

  • total fees 17.500,00 euro

     including registration fee, tuition fee and examination fee

Total fees payable in two installments (before the start of studies) or in three installments. The first installment (enrollment fee of €1,580) is payable upon receipt of the Offer Letter to confirm the place. After that, the rest can be paid in one installment (€15,920). Otherwise, students can split the fees into a second and third installment. The second installment must be paid before the start of the program and includes, among other things, the tuition fees for the first two semesters and the examination fees (2nd installment of €9,302). The third installment must be paid before the start of the 3rd semester and consists of the tuition fees of the 3rd semester (2nd installment à €6,618).

How to apply

Please download the application form at the bottom of this page.

Step 1: Register your personal data and educational background in the application form.

Step 2: Please send the filled out and signed application form as well as the following documents as certified copies via email to 

  • Authenticated copy of General university entrance qualification certificate
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Authenticated copy of Bachelor degree certificate (for details check the admission requirements) 
  • Authenticated copy of Transcript of records Bachelor’s degree
  • If applicable: Authenticated copy of Master degree and diploma
  • Proof of sufficient English language skills (at least B2 proficiency level – for details check the admission requirements)
  • Proof of professional activity for at least 1 year after completion of the bachelor degree (prerequisite)
  • Scan of passport

Please always enter your full name as it is mentioned in your passport. If you do not have a last name, please enter "-".

All documents must be in German or English. If your original document is written in another language, you must have your document translated by a certified translator. Please then send a certified copy of the original and the certified translation when applying.

Please send all documents as one PDF and name the file as followed: Last name, first name_Study programme (e.g. Smith, Jane_Big Data and Business Analytics). 

Note: Where can I have my documents certified?

  • issuing institutions, e.g. schools, universities and language schools,
  • the Ministry of Education in your home country
  • the German embassies and consulates,
  • the cultural department of the embassy of the country from which the certificate originates,
  • the authorities and notaries who are authorised to carry out official certification in your home country.

Important: Translators are not allowed to certify documents in the original language.

Step 3: After the successful admission the originals and authenticated documents as well as the originally signed registration form need to be handed in at the International Office.

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Semester Overview

Study programme

Economics (5 CP)

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 (6 CP)

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

HR & Leadership Competencies (5 CP)

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

Financial Management (6 CP)

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

Management Decision-Making (5 CP)

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

Research Methods (5 CP)

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 (6 CP)

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

Value-based Controlling & International Accounting (5 CP)

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 (5 CP)

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 (6 CP)

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

International Entrepreneurship & Innovation (6 CP)

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 (5 CP)

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 (25 CP)

Subject to change.