Faculty of Management, Economics and Society

    Strategy & Organization (M.Sc.)

    What is special about Strategy & Organization, the Management Master in Witten?

    The Strategy & Organization Master’s degree programme offers more than common economics, business or management programmes. By focusing on leadership tasks students prepare for meeting challenges and decisions holistically. They know the academic state of the art and learn how to apply it. Practical insight into innovative companies and close supervision by professors complement the concept.

    CHE Ranking Wirtschaft 2020/21

    The degree programme suits you if you …

    • are a team player and like finding creative solutions together,
    • think innovatively, reflect critically, are interested in facts and figures and are not afraid of learning by doing,
    • have understood that contemporary management and economics integrate various perspectives such as business administration, psychology and sociology,
    • are interested in research and even want to conduct research yourself,
    • would like to understand structures in a rapidly changing competitive environment and learn to implement innovative ideas,
    • are keen on getting things underway and changing society for the better,
    • aim at leaving footprints of your involvement at and around the University by actively contributing,
    • and therefore consider yourself a leader for society of our times.

    If this is you, then Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) offers perfect professional and personal development opportunities. We would be happy to support you on your way to achieving your goals.


    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 No application fee for the winter semester 2020/21
    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.

    Learning to understand, shape and lead organizations

    After having successfully completed your Management Bachelor’s degree: Are you now looking for a master’s programme providing you with an integrated approach to organizations, training you theoretically and practically in the key fields of management – strategy and organization – and preparing you perfectly for future leadership positions? Traditional management programmes usually broaden knowledge in just one subject area, such as marketing, controlling or finance. At UW/H, courses like "Theories of Leadership in Organizations", "Strategy Implementation" or "Organizational Culture and Change" will provide you with interdisciplinary knowledge of corporate and organizational structures. You will learn about requirements for flexibility and how to lead organizations as a whole.

    Moreover, you will learn to think entrepreneurially, try to develop and implement strategies, and develop a feeling for responsible decision-making processes – not only from the profit maximization perspective, but in particular by taking societal changes into account, as well as an organization’s global, economic, social, cultural and ethical contexts.

    Chat with current students from this programme and get an authentic insight into studying at Witten/Herdecke University. Our students look forward to chatting with you and will be happy to give you closer insights into student life in Witten.

    When using our chat for the first time, you will be asked to create an account with our partner Unibuddy. After that you can chat with all students you see on this page.

    For specific questions regarding your application, please contact the admission office at the Faculty of Management, Economics and Society.

    Why study at UW/H?

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    Studium fundamentale (Stufu)
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    Double Degree in Accounting, Finance and/or

    Gathering international experience and acquiring valuable additional skills – Strategy & Organization students may study at the University of Buckingham (United Kingdom) for a year, where they can either graduate with an MSc in Accounting and Finance or an MSc in Finance and Investment.

    Find out more

    The University of Buckingham

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    Top scores for Strategy & Organization master’s
    degree programme in StudyCheck.de ranking

    StudyCheck rankings regularly confirm: Students of Strategy & Organization at Witten/Herdecke University highly recommend their study 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 graduating 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

    Students at Witten/Herdecke University organize their financial contributions to the tuition fees themselves. In 1995 students designed the Income Share Agreement (ISA) and set-up the StudierendenGesellschaft (SG) in order to enable students to study regardless of their financial background.

    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!
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