Economic Sciences

Innovations-Management MBA (En)

Profile and content

Innovation is a key to success for most companies and a possible source of differentiation. In addition to a solid management education, the MBA Innovations-Management prepares students for the specifics of the focused design of success-oriented innovation management, especially in an international context.

The distance learning programme MBA Innovations-Management comprises the following contents:

1st semester

  • Management-Framework
  • Communication & Soft Skills for Leadership
  • Marketing Politics and Strategy

2nd semester:

  • Performance and Financial Management
  • Marketing: Market Research & Customer Management
  • Management: Economics & Quantitative Analysis

3rd semester:

  • Innovation Management in Companies
  • Human aspects of a corporate strategy and culture promoting innovation
  • Methodologies for systematic innovation management

4th semester:

  • International Master Thesis Seminar
  • Master Thesis and colloquium

You can be admitted to the MBA distance learning programme if you have completed a first university degree (at least six theory semesters)  with a good final grade (German grade of 2.5 or better; we translate grades from different grading systems into the corresponding German grade). In the case of a final grade worse than 2.5, an interview with the course director will take place.

To reach the Master's level, 300 ECTS points are required, including the first university degree. Since you will achieve 90 ECTS credits in the MBA programme, your first university degree should have a workload of 210 ECTS credits.

Applicants with less than 210 ECTS credits have various options to acquire the missing ECTS credits during the MBA programme.

In addition, you need one year of professional experience after completion of your first university degree and documentary proof of English language skills equating at least with level B2 (CEFR) or equivalent.

If you do not have a first university degree, it is possible to be admitted to the degree programme via an aptitude test.

Admission to the aptitude test requires

  • University entrance qualification as well as
  • at least three years of creditable professional experience with sufficient connections to the content of the chosen degree programme.

The Master's programme comprises a workload of 90 ECTS credits. After successful completion, the internationally recognised academic degree Master of Business Administration (MBA) is awarded.

This course of studies can also be taken as a certificate programme or on a modular basis.

Tuition fees are 2100 € per semester for the 1st - 4th semester.

In addition, there is a social contribution of about € 113 each semester, which Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences requests separately, and a one-time fee of € 8 for the issuing of the student ID card.

Not included are the costs for retakes of exams of 50 €, the expenses for the Master Thesis seminar and, if the standard period of study is exceeded, from the 6th semester onwards, a contribution of 800 € per semester. In case the Master's thesis has to be repeated additional costs of 550 € will be incurred.

You can find out about funding opportunities for continuing education in Germany here, such as tax deductibility or educational leave. The information is only available in German.

4 semester
costs per semester
2.100 €
  • Augsburg - Bayern
  • Nürburgring - Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Zweibrücken - Rhineland-Palatinate

details and procedure

The Master's programme comprises four semesters including a thesis semester. It takes place on a part-time basis with the help of study materials and learning software as well as three attendance sessions per semester. An out-of-campus event is scheduled in the fourth semester. The Master's thesis is also written in the fourth semester.

This programme is offered by the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, Zweibrücken, in cooperation with the zfh and is accredited by the German Accreditation Council/ Stiftung Akkreditierungsrat.

Professor Dr. Christian M. Thurnes is the course director.

Our partner, Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, has more information about the distance-learning programme available for you.

Admission is possible in either summer semesters or winter semesters

Annual application periods:

  • for the summer semester: beginning of November until 15th January
  • for the winter semester: beginning of May until 15th July

If you would like to register please click here.


questions concerning your application

Lina Böhlke

+49 261 915 38-20

specific course advice

Martina Fremgen

+49 631 3724 5509

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