Information for those interested in the MBA Leadership: Diverse - Innovative - Sustainable program

Megatrends? Your megachance. Study now!

Anyone who sees change as an opportunity knows that diversity in teams and innovative leadership are the success factors of the future. Our part-time MBA program gives you the career kick for contemporary leadership approaches such as transformation management, agility or coaching - and integrates diversity as a "mindset" into your leadership behavior. Expand your personal competencies and help shape tomorrow today.

An all-in-one program with a seal of quality - for committed individuals and companies

An in-service training program that will be of great benefit to you, your colleagues and your employees. Because teaching innovative leadership skills and promoting diversity in the workforce can improve performance and effectiveness in teams and lead your company successfully into the future. You prove that you think faster than others!

Why us – why here?

With more than 15,500 students from over 100 nations in four departments, we are one of the largest universities of applied sciences and one of the outstanding educational institutions in Germany. Through our practice-oriented teaching and application-oriented research, we guarantee you professional and personal education as a return on investment for life.

Our KompetenzCampus team will be happy to provide you with advice and support at any time before, during and after your continuing education!


Study program

MBA Leadership: diverse – innovative – sustainable


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Standard period of study

4 semesters

Form of study


ECTS points


Lecture language


Admission requirements



ZEvA until 08.12.2030

Start of study


Application deadline

01.09. (at the normal rate) 15.07. (at the “Early Bird” rate)


Normal rate: 18,500 euros plus semester contribution


“Early Bird” rate: 17,000 euros plus semester fee

The Modern Art of Leading: Innovation meets Diversity

Future-determining mega-trends, which can be clearly derived from the structural changes in our globalized world, presuppose an enormous need for advanced training in order to be able to safely shape the development of the economy. This is especially true for executives and those who want to become one! It is equally true for companies that want to gain a clear advantage in "Innovative Leadership Culture" over their competitors. Those who are open to change and effectively use the signs of the times are well advised.

A contemporary leadership culture begins where leadership approaches such as transformation management, agility or coaching are linked with the ability to implement diversity as a "mindset" in one's own leadership behavior. External and internal studies have long shown that gender-, age-, socioeconomic- and culture-mixed teams contribute to a far higher level of corporate success than conventional teams.

With the "MBA Leadership: diverse - innovative - sustainable", we have developed a part-time leadership program for you based on our applied teaching and research, which - "all in one!" - combines innovative leadership approaches with diversity competencies. In addition to the constantly changing technical knowledge, personal, social and project-specific skills in particular are of elementary importance. Only the synthesis of soft skills and professional competence can lead to sustainable success in lived corporate practice. The unique leadership orientation of this MBA sets the right impulses for a diverse, innovative and sustainable leadership behavior.

By transferring theoretical knowledge into practical issues, we teach you how to deal with the most important effects of complex economic and social change processes for companies in a confident and promising way - with a promising degree: the MBA.

Study structure

The course is designed to be part-time and is scheduled for four semesters. The seminar blocks are scheduled in such a way that you - or your employees - can optimally combine the continuing education program with your professional and private life.

The program is divided into a total of 15 modules, each of which is completed within one semester. The Master's thesis with colloquium follows in the 4th semester. The subject modules can be assigned to one of the following pillars: Diversity, General Management, Individual Development, Corporate Development.
The topic of sustainability is addressed in various modules in the areas of general management and organizational development - both in terms of successful long-term corporate development and in terms of taking into account economic, legal, ecological and social aspects. The Business Impact Project and the Master's thesis with colloquium serve the overarching acquisition of competencies and, like the elective module, open up scope for self-designed studies. In addition to the latest didactic formats, practical examples - case studies, role plays and situations from your practice - offer ideal learning situations and the opportunity for reflection.


First semester:


1. Personality Development I: Self-Management and Coaching for Executives (Prof. Dr. Veronika Kneip and Sonja Thiemann)

  • Analyzing one's own strengths and development potential as a leader
  • Selected techniques of self-management and coaching.
  • Work on individual development goals with regard to leadership in mixed teams


2. Leadership I: Leadership Behavior and Communication (Prof. Dr. Barbara Lämmlein)

  • Trends & Leadership Basics
  • Toolbox the competent handling of leadership tasks
  • Professional communication in diverse teams


3. Diversity Management I: Diversity as Mindset (Veronika Hucke and Sarah Sorge)

  • Fundamentals of diversity and cultural or social imprinting
  • Reflection competence of the "Unconscious Bias" in own thinking and behavior/leadership behavior
  • Benefits of diverse teams, diversity promotion techniques.


4. General Management I: Law for Managers (Prof. Dr. Jörg Kupjetz and Prof. Dr. Christiane Siemes)

  • General legal issues in day-to-day management, contract management, compliance management
  • Responsibilities and liability risks including product liability, data protection, data security, business ethics
  • Individual and collective labor law; in particular discrimination, advancement of women and diversity


5. Corporate Development I: Change Management and Cultural Change (Sigrid Knorr)

  • Importance of change and one's own attitude in the change process
  • Leadership and management of change processes, communication techniques and tools
  • Cultural analysis in organizations and change of organizational culture


Second semester:

6. Personal Development II: Rethinking Negotiation (Anja Henningsmeyer)

  • Know negotiation strategies and tactics and apply them situationally
  • Recognize negotiation strategies - even those that are not "labeled" as such.
  • Develop individual strengths, identify benefits and use of mixed negotiation teams.


7. Leadership II: Agility, Diversity and Mixed Leadership (Prof. Dr. Tobias Bornemann)

  • Dynamic change in the work environment and servant leadership
  • Leadership in the context of agile methods (Kanban, Scrum, Lean, etc.)
  • An open mindset for mixed leadership


8. Diversity Management II: Diversity as a Design Principle (Britta Niemeyer)

  • Diversity in corporate practice; role and responsibility in implementing a diverse corporate culture.
  • Successful integrity in business: Tools and rules versus principles and leadership in implementation
  • Diversity conflicts and strategies for conflict resolution


9. General Management II: Finance and Controlling (Dr. Fawad Khaleel)

  • Concept and functions of controlling, framework and structure of accounting and finance
  • Short-term oriented cost management and long-term cost management
  • Concept and structure of budgets, budget preparation and analysis, advancements of traditional budgeting

This module is taught in English.


10. Corporate Development II: Innovation Management (Heike Wörner)

  • Toolkit for innovation projects and organizational innovation
  • Creativity techniques and use of the think-tan methodology
  • Innovation potential of mixed teams and diversity teams, mixed team innovation project management, mixed team new venture management.


Third semester:

11. Elective module: Leadership Competence through Arts Education (Prof. Dr. Ulrike Gerdiken)

  • Reflection of personal competence acquisition through artistic-creative action
  • Innovations in leadership through creative-artistic impulses
  • Possible applications of artistic-creative activities in everyday working life
  • Practical exercises from theater, music and art


12. Elective Module: Self-Marketing - Personal Branding (Prof. Dr. Erika Graf)

  • Determining the location and setting goals for building a career brand
  • Shaping, promoting and improving professional reputation
  • Network and reputation management in the online and offline world
  • Risk and crisis management in self-marketing


13. Project Management: Business Impact Project (Anna Ayse Guel)

  • Implementation of a project in one's own professional context
  • Generation of a project idea, definition of project goals and a project structure
  • Stakeholder analysis, project plan and project phases as well as project tools
  • Reflection on success factors and lessons learned


14. General Management III: Strategic Management and Marketing (Dr. Nathalia Tjandra)

  • Strategic management concepts and models
  • Sustainability and the business case: sustainability challenges and oppurtunities, integration of sustainability into the strategic management progress
  • The impact of diversity in strategic corporate management
  • Strategic marketing: marketing of new business models, trends and new framework of marketing in the digital economy

This module is taught in English.


15. Corporate Development III: Digital Transformation and Information Management (Prof. Dr. Swen Schneider)

  • Digital transformation and leadership: Shaping instead of being driven
  • Digital trust: Being master of the data
  • Optimize processes in the enterprise: Software and Application Management, Business Process Management, Agile Project Management and New Work
  • Managing data: data and information management, cloud computing, and more.
  • Digital Applications for Business Success: Digital Business Analytics, Big Data and Applied Artificial Intelligence, etc.


Fourth semester:

  • Master thesis
  • Colloquium


A coordinated examination concept ensures that the examination load is distributed adequately over the entire course of study. This is achieved by varying the examination forms of the individual modules and thus achieving an appropriate and balanced distribution between written examinations, written assignments and participation within the attendance phase (through presentations, etc.) for each semester. Many of the examination forms are directly linked to the respective work areas of the participants. These include, for example, the presentation of case studies from professional practice or projects for individual development that can be integrated into their everyday work.

  • The MBA Leadership: diverse - innovative - sustainable comprises 90 credit points (ECTS) and has been accredited by ZEvA.
  • Upon successful completion of your continuing education program, we will award you the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree
  • After successful completion of the modules of the 1st and 2nd semester you will receive an intermediate degree: "Mixed Leadership | Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)".

October 1, 2024


The duration of the program is 4 semesters. The study program is designed to be part-time. In the first three semesters, there are approximately 15 attendance days per semester. In the first and third semesters, the attendance days initially take place in a block week from Monday to Saturday. Both block weeks are recognized as educational leave. If possible in your federal state, you can apply for educational leave. The other attendance days are distributed over Fridays and Saturdays or are offered online in the evening hours. The master's thesis is written in the fourth semester.

The costs for the entire course of study amount to 18,500 euros plus the student semester fees (incl. semester ticket). The costs can be paid in installments. There is an "Early Bird" discount for applications received by July 15 of each year. The cost of the program is reduced to 17,000 euros plus the student semester fees.

Here we present a selection of the many funding options available for your professional development: Funding opportunities

Fee schedule:
Please read the fee schedule carefully!


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