University of cologne - Business School

MBA Curriculum


Those who wish to actively shape and develop Digital Transformation processes are required to engage in the operational and strategic leadership aspects of digital transformation. This means not only having thorough knowledge of the operational processes of the company, but also to understand how to implement ones’ leadership skills, in order to effectively, expediently and responsibly lead projects and persons in a digital environment.

The MBA programme is spread over a period of four terms and is divided into two study sections.The first study section addresses the challenges of “Managing the Organisation”.The second section is dedicated to “Managing the Business of Tomorrow” and focusses on the drive of Digital Transformation for successful business.

Over the four terms, participants also develop their management and leadership competences through an intensive soft skills training. The MBA concludes with the Master’s Thesis, which should tackle a practical issue that can be addressed in your company or related to a real-business case.

First Study Year

Managing the Organisation

The first semester is designed to focus on the fundamentals of business management and ​corporate governance (Accounting, Finance, Corporate Development) while the second semester dives into the functional areas of Marketing, Operations Management and Human Resource Management across the spectrum of digitalisation. For this purpose, theories and methods from business administration are explored, elaborated on and clarified with examples from professional practice.

Second Study Year

Managing the Business of Tomorrow

The second year focusses on the Management of the “Business of Tomorrow“ in the context of Digital Transformation. It comprises the four modules “Digital Leadership and Change“, “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, “Digital Business Strategy” as well as “Data and Competitive Advantage”.

Programme Highlights

Leadership and Management Skills Development

During the course of four semesters, participants will take the modules “Leadership and Management Skills I and II” in order to develop their management and leadership skills through intensive soft skills training. In addition to learning theoretical concepts, the participants develop their own skills through intensive workshops and role-plays. They learn to recognise their abilities, to build up their strengths, to develop strategies for action and explore how they can develop as responsible and motivating leaders.

Study Trips

Another highlight of the MBA curriculum are two international study trips. The first one-week study trip takes place in the third semester and leads the participants to New York City, into the heart of Manhattan, and is dedicated to the topic of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In addition to various courses and company visits, the Study Trip also offers an exciting social and cultural programme.

The MBA programme concludes with an Outdoor Leadership Expedition on the Portuguese volcanic island of Madeira. During this leadership expedition, the students will have to prove their leadership skills under the very special circumstances of a large-scale outdoor expedition.

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