Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke
Faculty of Management and Economics

    General Management (M.A.)

    Students from various disciplines acquiring management skills
    Students from various disciplines acquiring management skills
    Modules and course structure
    Modules and course structure
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    • Do you hold a degree in social sciences (i.e., political science, sociology, art, cultural studies, psychology, linguistics) or in natural sciences such as biology or physics, computer science or engineering?
    • Do you also aim for a management degree to improve your career opportunities and boost your prospects for leadership positions in the business, political, social and/or cultural sector?
    • Do you look for a university for your graduate studies which offers a placement semester, a semester abroad and an optional specialisation (e.g. Entrepreneurship, Family Business Management or Healthcare Management)?

    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).

    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

    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.

    Three fields of competence are addressed within Studium fundamentale:

    (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.

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    • Facilitates teamwork from day one in the practice-oriented Master kick-off project
    • Fosters and demands thinking from different perspectives and a pluralistic approach
    • Conveys practice-relevant content, enabling students to work in a self-organised, interdisciplinary and problem-solving manner
    • Offers small group teaching, an excellent student-teacher ratio and individual curriculum design options
    • Follows the Principles for Responsible Management Education
    • Promotes awareness for the implications of management decisions
    • Lays the foundation for management positions in business and society
    Start

    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
    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 100 Euro
    Requirements Non-management/business degree (Bachelor, Diploma, Magister, State Examination) with at least 180 CP
    or
    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.
    Application deadlines: Apply any time and secure your place to study at UW/H!

    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.

    Please note:

    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.

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    Information on application fees
    Personal selection procedure
    Your contact for the application process
    Christiane Weber
    Your contact for the application process

    Christiane Weber

    Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft
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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 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.

    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. 

    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: