Business Administration M.Sc.
A degree program for non-economists
If you are an engineer, doctor, lawyer, lawyer, natural sciences, social sciences or humanities graduate, or if you come from another non-economics profession and would like to deal more intensively with business management issues in order to gain a deeper understanding of terms such as cash flow,contribution margin accounting and balance sheet, then initiate your next step in the change process and study for your Master of Science in Business Administration with us. It will help you advance.
What's in store for you
The master's degree program in Business Administration is a full-time degree program which, due to the timing of the modules on offer, can also be studied part-time in addition to work. The individual courses take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as on Wednesday afternoons in the first and second semesters. In a block week before the beginning of the third semester, you will learn to make fundamental entrepreneurial decisions as part of a business planning game. The week before the beginning of the fourth semester is intended for the international excursion to another cultural area.
The teaching concept of the Master of Science in Business Administration is based on different forms of learning. In principle, the program uses the methods of the Anglo-Saxon system, including in particular the use of case studies and guided self-study.
Corresponding to the Anglo-Saxon system, the character of a lecture changes due to the "reading assignments" with which you prepare yourself for the lecture. The lecture only briefly summarizes the content, so that teachers and students can intensively discuss specific questions - for example, the implementation of individual concepts in practice.
In contrast to the typical German practice of short-term exam preparation, continuous self-study is therefore given high priority. The "reading assignments" contain case studies that you work on in teams, as well as excerpts from specialist literature.
The results of the group work will be discussed in tutorials under the direction of the lecturers.
The aims of the degree program
The consecutive master's degree program in Business Administration is characterized by a practice-oriented, comprehensive and in-depth teaching of business administration content for graduates of programs other than business studies who wish to prepare themselves for the assumption of management tasks or who are already entrusted with management tasks and wish to develop and expand the necessary knowledge. From an overarching point of view, an integrative way of thinking should be promoted, one which is based on a sustainable and ethically responsible management understanding.
The following qualification goals are aimed at:
This enables you to analyze management problems from a comprehensive and sustainable perspective and to develop suitable solutions. It is also a matter of imparting fundamental and in-depth knowledge on the current state of development in important business management areas.
This helps to identify problems of change at an early stage and to meet these challenges successfully.
This ensures that the requirements of internationally active companies are met. This includes, for example, the teaching of concepts from international management in the context of lectures as well as case study work. Through an international excursion and the employment of foreign lecturers, you will get to know structures, processes and specificities in other countries and deal with intercultural topics. It also promotes the development and application of foreign language skills (English).
This includes not only the teaching of theoretical leadership concepts (such as transactional vs. transformational leadership style), but also the development of practical competencies and leadership behavior. This includes social skills (particularly team leadership, negotiation skills, conflict management, dealing with and reflecting on one's own leadership behaviour in simulations) and the promotion of analytical competencies according to the management cycle (analysis, decision-making, implementation and control). Leadership competence also includes raising awareness of the conscious handling of issues regarding value and meaning, as well as sustainability in management.
You will also work on your ability to make decisions when different information and views are available. In such decision-making situations, social and ethical aspects must be included in the evaluation, which are particularly advantageous against the background of the heterogeneity of the students. Case studies are used here, which are worked on by you in group work. The systematization of valuation alternatives in the group requires not only a high degree of professional qualification but also the unrestricted acceptance of other opinions and the ability to represent one's own evaluation competently. In order to reach a mutually acceptable result, one's own views must be critically reflected during this process. This promotes personal development and strengthens the ability to engage in civic activity. These aspects are particularly deepened in the modules of personnel management, leadership development, strategic management and business simulation.
Within the framework of various modules, you will also deal with socio-political issues. For example, sustainability is explicitly dealt with in several modules such as supply chain management or human resources management. The international excursion to other cultural and economic areas creates awareness of other cultural realities and the living conditions of the people there - especially in poorer countries.
The Program Structure
Your professional prospects
The program is designed to enable you to take on management functions in the business world. In this context, management positions are primarily possible in industries in which the specialist competences of your first degree combine with those of business administration. The leadership skills imparted here complement your professional strengths.
The graduates work in private companies, but also in companies, associations and organisations of the public sector. Employers include large international companies such as Boehringer Ingelheim, Schott and Fraport, as well as small and medium-sized companies, including those from the Rhine-Main region, such as J. N. Köbig GmbH in Mainz and BioNTech AG in Mainz.
A broad spectrum of measures ensures vocational orientation. This includes dealing with practical questions from companies using scientific methods. For example, full-time students often write their master's thesis in companies in which they are doing or have completed internships and deal with a business problem from these companies.
The international excursion with several company visits also contributes to career orientation - as well as excursions and guest lectures in the event series (Boehringer Ingelheim, Schott, Deutsche Bahn, for example). In addition, lecturers from the entrepreneurial practice side offer insights into the everyday life at companies.
Each semester, the M3 lecture series (Mainzer Management and Marketing Forum) also offers two specialist lectures in the evening. Top leaders from business and public institutions report on their day-to-day business activities. In the past, for example, these included Gerhard Oswald, Member of the Executive Board of SAP; Dr. Frank Heinricht, CEO of Schott Glas; and Dr. Rüdiger Mittendorf, CEO of Sebapharma.
The lecture and examination schedules of the degree programs of the School of Business are completely available under HIP.