Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke
Faculty of Management and Economics

    Strategy & Organization (M.Sc.)

    • Do you aim for a management degree preparing you for challenging leadership tasks?
    • Do you wish to understand organisations holistically and to learn how to lead responsibly and sustainably?
    • Do you look for a university where you are able to study in a research-based and practice-oriented way for your graduate studies?

    The unique and innovative Master programme Strategy & Organization provides the tailor-made qualification to boost your career. You will acquire valuable knowledge and all relevant skills for starting your professional career – and for future leadership positions.

    The best of both worlds: Double degree programmes with the University of Buckingham

    At Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H), highly qualified students also have the opportunity to supplement their Master studies with international experience and an additional focus on finance, accounting or investment by applying for the double degree programme in collaboration with the University of Buckingham/UK.

    Students in this programme spend one year of their UW/H Master programme in Buckingham, studying either M.Sc. Accounting and Finance or M.Sc. Finance and Investment. The credits acquired in Buckingham will be transferred completely, so participants will hold both degrees at the end of the programme.

    Alexander Werner, M.Sc. Strategy & Organization, 2. Semester
    I would like to work in the controlling department after finishing my master.
    Alexander Werner, Master Strategy & Organization, 2nd semester
    Nina Bense, M.Sc. Strategy & Organization, 2. Semester
    You matter as a person at Witten/Herdecke University. And everything is up to you and what you would like to achieve.
    Nina Bense, Master Strategy & Organization, 2nd semester
    Johanne von Danwitz, M.Sc. Strategy & Organization, 2. Semester
    Working together in small teams is what I like best about this master programme.
    Johanne von Danwitz, Master Strategy & Organization, 2nd semester
    It’s imperative to me to cover current HRM topics, but giving students individual feedback for their personal development is just as important.
    Hon.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Strack, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, Honorary Professor at the Reinhard Mohn Institute UW/H
    Dr. Immanuel Hermreck, Personalvorstand, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
    I'm looking forward to the graduates of this master programme. They will have developed just the right skills and personality to take on strategic and organizational responsibility early on.
    Dr. Immanuel Hermreck, Chief Human Resources Officer, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
    As professor, I enjoy working closely with UW/H students and enabling them to become tomorrow’s responsible leaders who stand out for their strategic and organisational perspective and personal integrity.
    Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering, Programme Coordinator
    Christian Aping, M.Sc. Strategy & Organization, 2. Semester
    After graduaing I would like to start in a company, that has a focus on social entrepreneurship.
    Christian Aping, Master Strategy & Organization, 2nd semester
    Eero Vähämöttönen, Erasmus-Student von der Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finnland
    On the long run, of course, I want to be a CEO.
    Eero Vähämöttönen, Erasmus student from Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
    Giulia Salotti, Erasmus-Studentin von der Freien Universität Bozen, Italien
    I didnʼt expect so much discussion from the students.
    Giulia Salotti, Erasmus student from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
    I like to work with students from different countries. It is one of my favourite aspects about the Strategy & Organization Master.
    Lars auf der Springe, Master Strategy & Organization, 2nd semester
    Prof. Dr. Günther Ortmann
    Organization follows strategy like one foot follows the other, as Henry Mintzberg put it. Understanding this recursiveness is highly relevant today and the M.Sc. programme contributes greatly to it.
    Prof. Dr. Günther Ortmann, Professor of Leadership

    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.

    • Aims at educating ambitious leaders in enterprises and organisations through made-to-measure course content
    • Develops a sound understanding and critical reflection enabling graduates to assume responsibility and transform ideas into action from day one of their professional career
    • Offers in collaboration with the University of Buckingham the possibility of acquiring an international double degree in the Buckingham programmes "Finance and Investment" or "Accounting and Finance".
    • Fosters and demands holistic thinking
    • Conveys a comprehensive and strategic perspective of organisations and their processes within the wider context of business and society
    • Promotes personal integrity, ethical awareness and willingness to assume responsibility
    • Offers a broad range of compulsory elective modules
    • Provides an excellent platform for starting your career through close cooperation with a wide range of regional, national and international enterprises
    • Offers interactive personal engagement in small groups and with accessible professors

    Winter semester: 1 October

    Application Rolling Application Process
    Scope and duration 120 CP (four semesters)
    Degree Master of Science (M. Sc.)
    Type of study Full-time programme
    Course language English (few elective courses in German)
    Stay abroad Voluntary; highly recommended
    Size of courses about 25 students
    Application Online application and personal selection procedure
    Application fee 100 Euro
    Requirements Bachelor of Science in Economics, Business, Management or closely related disciplines with at least 180 CP
    Bachelor of Arts with at least 180 CP in Economics, Business, Management or closely related disciplines and a standard period of study of at least six semesters, as well as 30 CP in methodology (in particular: mathematics, statistics, law, quantitative/qualitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics)
    Bachelor’s degree with at least 90 CP in Economics, Business, Management or closely related disciplines, including 30 CP in methodology (in particular: mathematics, statistics, law, quantitative/qualitative methods, microeconomics and macroeconomics)
    Language skills Proof of proficiency in English (CEFR: at least B2 level)
    Accreditation The degree programme has been accredited by FIBAA.
    Our students are your guides on your Taster Day
    Application Process

    We offer a rolling application process. This means that you can apply all year round. You will hear within a month of application whether you have been invited to a selection seminar or not. 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.

    Current selection dates
    Application documents
    Information on application fees
    Personal selection procedure
    Your contact for the application process
    Christiane Weber
    Your contact for the application process

    Christiane Weber

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    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: