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MSc Global Management and Digital Competencies

The global manager today needs a sound knowledge of the global business context, the appropriate business toolbox, data and digital competencies as well as good leadership skills to successfully deal with the organizational and technological challenges facing corporations with global operations. This exciting master programme unites all of these elements.

Prof. Dr Niamh O'Mahony, Programme Director MSc Global Management and Digital Competencies


Why study MSc Global Management and Digital Competencies?


  • this degree program prepares you for a global management career in the era of digital disruption.
  • you study completely in English.
  • you study in two countries (Germany plus France, Ireland, Italy or Canada) and, depending on the partner university, you obtain a single or double degree.
  • your studies will have a a strong practical focus.

And because companies need managers who ...

  • have a global outlook.
  • have the advanced business knowledge and tools necessary to develop effective solutions for the problems facing companies operating in a global environment.
  • are aware of the impact of digitalization on organisations and have the skillset to manage the arising challenges and opportunities.
  • have the necessary communication, problem-solving, analytical and team skills to function effectively in an intercultural environment.

Key facts

Length of course

15 months

Students writing their thesis with a company or those who have to do a compulsory internship (Applicants with 180 ECTS) should add approx. 6 months.

Place of study

Reutlingen and location of partner university (St. Catharines, Canada / Reims, France / Dublin, Ireland / Piacenza, Italy)

Beginning of course

Winter semester 2022/2023

Application deadline

Application deadline:


15 June 2022


15 July 2022

Applications for winter semester 2022/2023 expected to open on 17 January 2022

Language of instruction


Foreign languages

You study completely in English.



Students with a 3 year bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) must additionally do a compulsory 6 month internship (30 ECTS).


MSc Global Management and Digital Competencies,

for double degree tracks also the degree title of the partner university


For full details see


  • Application fee: €50
  • Semester contribution as of summer semester 2019: €167.30 (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs)
  • Applicants who have already completed a German master’s programme: tuition fees of €650 per semester
Admission requirements
  • Bachelor degree in business or related field (min 3.5 years/ 210 ECTs) with a minimum grade of 2.5 (German grading system) (2.3 for Canadian track); applicants with 180 ECTS (3 year bachelor) have to complete an additional internship during the programme (relevant work-experience post graduation may be pre-accredited); graduates of non-business degree programmes must have taken at least 4 courses in business, including two from the quantitative area.
  • Very good English language skills (TOEFL - minimum of 88 ibt (min. of 21 speaking & writing) / IELTS minimum of 6.5 with minimum of 6 /unit) / Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTEA 60 (min. 50 in each component) / Cambridge First (min. 175) / Cambridge Advanced or Cambridge Proficiency
  • Applicants require minimum 6 months relevant full-time work-experience (or equivalent in part-time) from the start of their bachelor degree. This may include internships. Applicants must not have more than 5 years full-time work-experience at the time of application.
Available places

depending on quality of applications

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • What tools do you use for effective global decision-making and strategic management?
  • How do you lead and bring about change in an era of organizational transformation?
  • How do you develop and communicate effective data-driven organizational solutions?
  • What financial and regulatory risks do companies face in the global arena?
  • How do you transform a classic Supply Chain into a Smart Supply Chain?
  • How do use tools like design thinking or scrum as part of agile project management? 

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical corporate areas:

  • General management
  • Management consultancy
  • Management accounting & finance
  • Human resource management
  • Operations management
  • Marketing & sales
  • Self-employment

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2022: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. To the ranking (German Article)
  • Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: Top positions in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance"
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • Wirtschaftswoche 2020: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 6 in International Business Engineering.
    To the ranking (German Article)
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking
  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18, Business Management: Top group in several areas including international orientation, degrees completed within an appropriate timeframe and the overall study situation
    To the ranking
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