Witten/Herdecke University

    General Management (M.A.)

    What is special about General Management at UW/H?

    If you have been studying humanities or social sciences so far, or aim to graduate in natural sciences, law or health science, you will improve your professional options and open up new career prospects by studying General Management at Witten/Herdecke University. Our large network of businesses and organisations is an ideal starting point for the next stage of your career.

    The degree programme suits you if you …

    • like teamwork and finding solutions together,
    • enjoy interdisciplinary and self-organised work,
    • are ready for new academic and professional horizons,
    • aim to change society for the better,
    • want to stand out as a smart creative.
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    Winter semester: 1 October

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    Scope and duration 120 CP (four semesters)
    Degree Master of Arts (M. A.)
    Type of study Full-time programme; concurrently working part-time is possible
    Course language German
    Stay abroad Voluntary; highly recommended and easy to integrate
    Size of courses about 25 students
    Application Online application and personal selection procedure
    Application fee No application fee for the winter semester 2020/21
    Requirements See "Application"
    Accreditation The degree programme has been accredited by FIBAA.
    Students from various disciplines acquiring management skills
    Students from various disciplines acquiring management skills
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    Modules and course structure
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    Do you hold a bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences and aim to improve your career opportunities through sound management knowledge? Are you studying or have studied health science and are looking for a master’s degree opening up new career prospects by conveying business and management knowledge? In the General Management degree programme, students from diverse educational backgrounds come together, looking to re-orientate their career by acquiring management expertise.

    Individual specialisation options, studies abroad or internships

    While familiarising yourself with management theories and concepts during the first year of studies, you may choose between several majors, study at one of our partner universities abroad or complete an extended internship at one of our partner businesses and organisations in the second year. In addition to specialisations proposed by the faculty in the fields of Family Business Management, Entrepreneurship and Health Care Management, you also have the option of choosing your personal focus from the wide range of faculty subject areas. Moreover, your Master Thesis may address practice- or project-related issues in collaboration with our partners.

    Majors

    Major in Health Care Management
    Major in Entrepreneurship
    Major in Family Business Management

    Why study at UW/H?

    Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H)
    The Faculty
    Studium fundamentale (Stufu)
    Mentoring
    Independent Projects
    Witten didactics - small groups
    A dedicated community
    Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner, Chair of Marketing
    The General Management Master programme opens up new career options for graduates of disciplines other than management/business. I am looking forward to accompanying students on this journey!
    Prof. Dr. Michael Steiner, Chair of Marketing
    Prof. Dr. Sabine Bohnet-Joschko, Programme Coordinator
    In order to shape the future, we do not only need specialists, but also unconventional thinkers and commuters across disciplines. I am looking forward to committed students who will enrich our Faculty with their diverse professional perspectives, looking at economic issues with fresh eyes in the new General Management programme.
    Prof. Dr. Sabine Bohnet-Joschko, Programme Coordinator
    Prof. Dr.med.vet. Jan Ehlers, Vice President
    Our didactic concept allows students to learn productively from each other and to work for a scientific and practical basis.
    Prof. Dr.med.vet. Jan Ehlers, Vice President
    Dipl.-Ök. Stefan Kunze, Manager and Faculty of Management and Economics Alumnus
    After completing my studies of music and working as a professional musician, I have changed my career path and now work in the management of an insurance company in my second career. If the General Management Master had already existed in Witten back then, it would have been the programme of my choice.
    Dipl.-Ök. Stefan Kunze, Manager and Faculty of Management and Economics Alumnus

    Students at Witten/Herdecke University organize their financial contributions to the tuition fees by themselves. In 1995 students designed the Reverse Generational Contract in order to enable students to study regardless of their financial background. To date, they design the contract independently within the StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) which, together with UW/H, guarantees that personality and talent are the decisive factors for access to higher education – not the financial background.

    As the amount of the financial contributions exclusively depends on the income of our graduates, they reflect the prospective income of students and create a high level of mutual responsibility.

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    UW/H Career Service

    Our Career Service fosters the professional career of our students right from the start by organising career workshops on job applications, design thinking workshops, the "Marriage Market" recruitment fair or company field trips. Various events throughout the year aim to bring students and companies together, provide start-up support for successfully launching their career and help gaining initial work experience. In addition to these services, the Career Center site – an online job market for UW/H students – provides access to job offers and events for UW/H students.

    Marriage Market recruiting evening

    The UW/H Marriage Market is a recruiting evening at which UW/H students can meet future employers. Twice a year, various companies present their job offers and career opportunities on campus, aiming to meet potential employees on a personal level. From the prospect of getting a student trainee job to successfully starting their career: Students have the opportunity to connect through face-to-face conversations, as well as to establish and expand their professional network from the first semester.

    Lifelong relationships: UW/H alumni

    Our alumni remain closely connected to their alma mater long after graduation. By participating in various committees and initiatives around the university, they keep track of our development and get actively involved. Our annual UW/H Alumni Meeting is therefore not only a reunion event for former fellow students and for recollecting past memories: Graduates also meet current students in workshops, impart their experience and establish new contacts. Via the Almanac – the alumni online portal – they are also able to access the experience and expertise of the alumni network, now over 7,000 members strong.

    UW/H Network of Businesses and Organisations

    Our network of businesses and organisations does not only comprise contacts to partner companies and organisations in the region, Germany and abroad, but also the continuous involvement of external experts in seminars of our degree programmes, our alumni network, the Marriage Market recruitment fair, and our Career Service, which advises students on their career development.

    Application deadlines: Apply any time and secure your place to study at UW/H!
    Admission requirements
    Application documents
    Your contact for the application process
    Christiane Weber
    Your contact for the application process

    Christiane Weber

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    WHICH DEGREE WILL I HOLD AFTER GRADUATING?

    You will conclude this degree programme with a state-recognised Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CONCLUDE THE GENERAL MANAGEMENT MASTER PROGRAMME?

    The standard period of study is four semesters. 30 CP per semester are envisaged.

    WHEN DOES THE MASTER PROGRAMME START?

    The programme starts once a year in the winter semester, usually at the beginning of October. Please refer to the corresponding annual study plans for the particulars.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO WORK DURING MY STUDIES?

    Many students work part-time during their Master studies (20 hours/week maximum).

    HOW MANY PLACES TO STUDY ARE AVAILABLE?

    25 places to study are allocated per semester. Small groups ensure an excellent student-teacher ratio and provide individual curriculum design options.

    WHO MAY STUDY GENERAL MANAGEMENT AT UW/H?

    Graduates of non-management/business programmes with a first higher education degree (180 CP minimum), for instance in social or natural sciences. This includes degrees such as a Bachelor’s degree, Magister, Diploma, 1st State Examination; for example, in political science, sociology, art, cultural studies, psychology, linguistics, mechanical engineering, health sciences, biology, physics, computer science, etc.

    OR

    Graduates of a Bachelor programme with less than 90 CP in Economics, Business, Management or closely related disciplines, but with at least 30 CP in methodology (in particular: mathematics, statistics, law, quantitative/qualitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics); for example, in politics and economics, nursing management, business psychology, etc.

     

    WHY DO I HAVE TO MAKE FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS?

    Witten/Herdecke University’s three core values are freedom, truth and responsibility. The Faculty implements these core values by offering students outstanding scientific education, the focus of which is on imparting academic knowledge and helping students develop a sense of judgement and responsibility. The financial contribution facilitates innovative and entrepreneurial education fostering personal growth in small interactive courses and seminars. Students have excellent access to company partners and the alumni network.
     

    HOW DOES THE REVERSE GENERATIONAL CONTRACT WORK?

    In 1995 students designed the Reverse Generational Contract in order to enable students to study regardless of their financial background. To date, they design the contract independently within in the StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) which, together with UW/H, guarantees that personality and talent are the decisive factors for access to higher education – not the financial background.

    You do not have to pay any contributions during your studies. Not until you earn money you will have to contribute, depending on the level of your income (6 %) and over a fixed period of time (10 years).

    •    Those who earn little repay little; those who earn much repay more.
    •    Lower limit: If you earn less than 21,000 EUR of decisive income per annum, you will be exempt from repayment in the respective year.
    •    Upper limit: A defined upper limit caps the repayment.

    DOES STUDYING IN WITTEN DEPEND ON A GOOD FINANCIAL BACKGROUND?

    Studying at a private university is not a question of money at Witten/Herdecke University. Due to the Reverse Generational Contract everyone may start their studies at UW/H, independent of their financial background.

    DO RESTRICTIONS TO ADMISSIONS APPLY?

    No restrictions to admissions (e.g., numerus clausus) apply. Places to study are allocated after successful online application and subsequent personal admission procedures.

    WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY AN APPLICATION FEE?

    Our admission procedures are more complex than just defining restrictions to admissions or implementing standardised admission tests. This is why we kindly ask you for an application fee.

    WHO DECIDES WHETHER I WILL BE INVITED TO STUDY AT UW/H?

    After a pre-selection based on your written documents admission procedures will take place. We will devote a lot of time to getting to know each other: A faculty professor chairs the admission committee, which also includes research assistants, alumni and experts from cooperating enterprises.
    We are interested in your personality and would like to get an idea of your individual potential. Therefore, we do without admission tests and rather engage in dialogue with you.

    MAY I COMPLETE PARTS OF MY MASTER PROGRAMME ABROAD?

    We explicitly recommend internships and study periods abroad. They can easily be integrated into the programme, but are not compulsory.

    HOW WILL CREDITS ACCUMULATED ABROAD BE TRANFERRED?

    Internship credits may be transferred, for example, as part of the Practice Reflection module. Credits acquired by taking and passing examinations during a programme (ERASMUS or PROMOS) can also be transferred (after case-by-case review).

    WHICH PARTNER UNIVERSITES DOES UW/H HAVE?

    Our university maintains a large network of renowned partner universities across all five continents. 

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