Business Administration – Shaping a Sustainable Economy
Master of Arts (part-time in-service possible)
Proceed unconventionally, give free rein to your ideas and think outside the box. Most people don’t learn this in conventional business administration programmes. But more and more companies are seeking employees and managers who are flexible creative thinkers, who are innovative and who can develop and implement new concepts for socially responsible business.
This is why the state-recognised Master’s Programme Business Administration at Alanus University relies on a holistic approach. Expertise in business management is combined with artistic methods, philosophy and ethics, and practical examples are integrated into the course content. The Master's programme provides you with tools that you can apply in practice. The focus is on professional qualification, and personal development plays an important role.
The Master's programme can be completed within 2 years. The modular structure of the course also enables studies to be completed part-time in-service parallel to your job. Another advantage: you learn in small groups under the guidance and support of our lecturers.
The Master's programme in business administration imparts professional knowledge and skills and integrates practical examples into course content. You attend modules such as “Business and Social Responsibility”, “Community Building and Teamwork”, “Organisational Development”, “Marketing Management” and “Theoretical and Practical Philosophy and Business”.
You can already choose your specialisation from 1 September.
The following specialisations are offered in the programme:
- General Management
- Sustainable Management
- Art in Corporate Design
- Socially Responsible Finance
Students without any previous knowledge of business administration also attend the modules “Business Management” and “Business Planning and Analysis” at the beginning of their studies.
The combination of business administration with modules from art and the Studium Generale is unique. You develop personally and socially through practical exercises in art. You learn to train your perception and to become involved in the economy creatively and with the commitment to help solve social challenges.
Students from all disciplines learn together in the Studium Generale, a supplementary cultural studies programme that is an essential part of all degree courses at Alanus University. The lectures and seminars encourage students to reflect upon cultural and philosophical issues and thus find and form their own position in the social context.
Students go beyond mastering technical requirements and prepare themselves for responsible positions in business through this holistic learning approach.
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The Master's programme can be completed in 4 semesters of standard study. Employed students can complete their studies in 6 semesters due to the modular scheduling of study contents.
In the 4 to 6 attendance semesters, the student must plan to spend 3 to 5 modules (each between 3 and 5 days) per semester on-site at Alanus University. Added to this on average are about 4 hours of preparatory and follow-up work each week per module. The intensity of the programme can be individually adjusted according to the student’s own goals and possibilities.
Students work intensively in small groups in the 3 to 5-day attendance phases and are individually guided and supported by experienced lecturers in theory and practice. Motivational teaching methods, practical topics and a high level of expert knowledge ensure a sustainable education that is geared to future professional requirements.
International degree-seeking students are asked to contact the General Student Advisory Service for the admission procedure. Please contact the person at this office who is responsible for the degree programme you are interested in.
For the first phase of the admission process, we require the following documents:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Letter of Motivation:
In your Letter of Motivation, please include why you are especially interested in this particular programme at Alanus University.
- Current letter of reference
As soon as you have received an invitation for a personal interview, we would like to ask you to compile the following documents and bring them with you to the appointment:
- Officially certified copies of school leaving certificates and degrees (officially certified and stamped German translation of foreign certificates)
- A passport photo for the student I.D.
- Certificate of registration from a German health insurance provider to submit to the university. This can be requested free of charge from the insurance provider. A copy of the insurance card is not sufficient.
If you have private or European health insurance abroad, we require an exemption from the statutory health insurance obligation in Germany. This will be issued by any statutory (German) health insurance company upon request.
- Proof of language skills (German, English)
- Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills (TestDaF 4 or an equivalent certificate)
The Master's programme in Business Administration builds on a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration or another Bachelor’s degree from a state-approved university. This means that graduates of a Bachelor's programme outside this specific field of study can still apply for admission to the Master's programme.
Requirements for admission include a profession-qualifying university degree and, if applicable, proof of German language skills (e.g. TestDaF 4).
FAQs on Admission to the Master's Programme Business Administration
- Can I be admitted to the Master's programme if I don’t have a Bachelor's degree? No, a Bachelor's degree is required for admission to the Master's programme.
- Can I be admitted to the Master's programme if my Bachelor's degree is not in a business-related field? Yes, degrees from other disciplines also qualify you to apply for admission to our Master's programme in Business Administration.
- Can I be admitted to the Master's programme if I only earned 180 ECTS credits for my Bachelor's degree? Yes, you qualify to apply for admission even in this case. All that is required is that you prove that you have the equivalent qualifications of a student who earned 210 credit points in a Bachelor’s programme. There are a number of ways to prove this. We’ll gladly help you determine which of these is the most suitable option in your particular case.
- How do I prove that my qualification is equivalent to a degree with 210 credit points? Together we determine which competencies required for the Master’s programme cannot be demonstrated by your previous degree. You can then prove that you possess these competencies by:
- Completing suitable modules from our range of courses to acquire the required competencies and/or
- Presenting qualified certificates or attestations showing that you have acquired the competencies in question through your professional work or other training.
We’re happy to advise you on any questions you may have regarding admission and will work with you to draw up an individual plan for admission to “Business Administration – Shaping a Sustainable Economy”.