In order to graduate from the Master’s degree programme in Global Leadership and HR Management (specialisation in the Master's programme Global Strategic Management), and obtain your degree as a “Master of Arts in Business (MA)” you will need to:
successfully complete all the classes of the curriculum,
write a master’s thesis, which must be approved and graded positively, as well as
pass the oral master’s examination.
In the fourth semester, you can demonstrate your knowledge as well as your research skills. Your thesis should combine both theory and practice, and is not merely a literature review.
By working on a topic of your choice, you will gain a deeper understanding of a particular subject area (i.e. international finance, marketing, human resources). The thesis subject must be related to a relevant topic covered by your specialisation or the study programme. In your master’s thesis, you should provide a solution to business and practice-oriented questions and may be based on a project or topic worked in cooperation with a company.
Once the topic has been chosen, you, your supervisor, and (if appropriate) the company must sign and submit the application form to the degree programme. The head of the degree programme will then check and confirm your topic.
The Master’s examination is an oral board exam that is open to the public. The board always consists of at least three lecturers from the degree programme. Usually, your thesis supervisor, one or more other lecturers, and the head of the degree programme will be in the commission. The examination includes the following elements:
Presentation of your master’s thesis (approx. 20 minutes)
Defence of your master’s thesis (approx. 20 minutes)
Presenting a case study and answering questions about it (approx. 20 minutes)
To prepare the case study, you will have 90 minutes directly before your master’s examination and selected core literature from the degree programme.
After completing their studies, most of our graduates normally start to work full-time straight away. However, there are various other options, such as conducting internships and traineeships or attending another post-graduate programme.