Die Universität Witten/Herdecke ist durch das NRW-Wissenschaftsministerium unbefristet staatlich anerkannt und wird – sowohl als Institution wie auch für ihre einzelnen Studiengänge – regelmäßig akkreditiert durch:
Then you are ready for the innovative General Management Master programme, focusing on management theories and concepts, and their application in business and society. You will learn how social relationships in organisations may or should be formed and develop awareness for the implications of management decisions. Moreover, you will join an excellent and extensive network of partner companies and alumni at Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H).
Studium fundamentale or fundamental studies is the interdisciplinary core curriculum of each degree programme at Witten/Herdecke University: Once per week students of all disciplines meet for seminars on a wide range of topics from arts and culture or engage in creative exercises. Fundamental studies promote new insights, a view beyond boundaries and critical scrutiny of apparently self-evident truths. The course selection is unrestricted.
(a) The field of reflexive competence serves to train systematic thought and discrimination by conveying basic theoretical and methodological knowledge beyond one’s own discipline. In addition, students discuss current national, European and international policy issues.
(b) The field of communicative competence helps practice communicative techniques and strategies being appropriate for specific subjects and speech situations. This training ranges from vocal training to group communication as well as from direct interaction to virtual communication.
(c) The field of artistic competence offers ample opportunity to test and expand artistic potential inherent in fine arts, music, dance and theatre. The arts invite students to explore their cognitive and physical potential in order to view the world from a perspective different from the scientific one.
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.
Winter semester: 1 October
|Application||Rolling Application Process|
|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|
|Stay abroad||Voluntary; highly recommended and easy to integrate|
|Size of courses||about 25 students|
|Application||Online application and personal selection procedure|
|Application fee||100 Euro|
|Requirements||Non-management/business degree (Bachelor, Diploma, Magister, State Examination) with at least 180 CP |
Bachelor’s degree 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)
|Language skills||For students who have not acquired their higher education entrance qualification at a German-speaking institution: Proof of German proficiency according to the German language proficiency test for admission to higher education ("Ordnung für die Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" - DSH)|
|Accreditation||The degree programme has been accredited by FIBAA.|
The degree programme starts each year in the winter semester (1 October). We offer a rolling application process: This means that you can apply all year round and thus secure your study place at an early date. After having positively assessed your submitted and complete application during pre-selection, we invite you to an admission seminar. This takes place either at our university or – for applicants from abroad – in the form of online interviews. A few days after the seminar, you will receive either an offer for a study place or, in the unfortunate case, a rejection.
If the cohort of the coming winter semester is already full, you will receive a place on the waiting list as well as a secure study place in the following year. On request, we are always happy to inform you whether there are still places available for the coming winter semester.
If you are an EU national and plan to start studying at UW/H in a particular year, the deadline for submitting your application is 31 July of that year. Prospective students from non-EU countries should submit their application and additional documents well before the deadline as they may have to obtain a visa, which requires further paperwork. The time needed to complete this process with the German authorities can vary considerably from one country to another and may take six months or longer. It is therefore advisable to check early enough with the German embassy or consulate in your country in order to find out about visa processing times and to submit your application early enough.
Please do not hesitate to contact our applications office for any queries and questions you may have. If due to reasons beyond your control you manage to apply on short notice only, we will always do our very best to find an individual solution for you.
Early selection seminars for early bird applications:
The following documents are required for an application at the Faculty of Management and Economics, to be uploaded in the electronic Campus management system UWE. If you have already submitted an application at UW/H before, please use this UWE link.
As the selection seminars are rather complex, each applicant has to pay application fees to cover the expenses. These application fees will not be refunded in case admission is not granted. Please do not post any cash or cheques.
The application fees amount to 100.00 euros and are to be transferred to:
Private Universität Witten/Herdecke gGmbH
IBAN: DE06 4525 0035 0000 4530 35
Bank: Sparkasse Witten
Alternatively, you can transfer the fees to our PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference: Application fees/Management and Economics + name of applicant
After a successful written application, we will invite you to a selection seminar at our university. We are looking for applicants with motivation, creativity, curiosity and dedication. In other words: It is your personality that counts, portrayed by previous commitment in entrepreneurial, social, practical, political or sports activities!
The selection seminar involves interviews with professors, research assistants and students. Further participants will be alumni and experts from business, culture and politics. We would like to get to know you better and to offer you the opportunity to get to know us as well.
Shortly after the selection date, we will inform you whether we can offer you a place to study.
You will conclude this degree programme with a state-recognised Master of Arts (M.A.) degree.
The standard period of study is four semesters. 30 CP per semester are envisaged.
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.
Many students work part-time during their Master studies (20 hours/week maximum).
25 places to study are allocated per semester. Small groups ensure an excellent student-teacher ratio and provide individual curriculum design options.
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.
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.
Witten/Herdecke University’s three core values are freedom, truth and responsibility. The Faculty of Management and Economics 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.
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.
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.
No restrictions to admissions (e.g., numerus clausus) apply. Places to study are allocated after successful online application and subsequent personal admission procedures.
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.
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.
We explicitly recommend internships and study periods abroad. They can easily be integrated into the programme, but are not compulsory.
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).
Our university maintains a large network of renowned partner universities across all five continents.