GISMA Executive MBA

GISMA Business School
City, country:
Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany
MBA (Master of Business Administration)
24 months


In this programme, we approach business functions (e.g. Strategy, Finance, HR) and the external context from non-traditional international perspectives: uncertainty, change, agility and responsiveness of organisations. The mind-set of leadership is “leading change”. Additionally, you will extend and build up your network of like-minded professionals. This group of peers is a crucial element of the Executive MBA at GISMA.

GISMA Business School supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic blended learning scheme. The blended learning is composed of e-learning phases as well as intensive block phases (residencies). The residencies predominately take place in Hannover and require your physical attendance. During the e-learning phases, you can access materials, work with your study team and talk to your professors remotely from anywhere in the world through our e-learning platform. The Executive MBA is a blended part-time programme. Students will work together in peer groups of 4-6 people for the duration of the programme and will come together for two residencies per semester, each lasting one week.

Job profile and target group

This programme is designed for managers with at least 7 years of experience, of which at least 3 years have to be relevant management experience. It is for ambitious managers and their organisations, who are curious to manage their business in uncertainty and would like to know how to integrate sustainability in business opportunities.

You have come a long ways already and you want to take the next step. This programme will equip you with skills, competences and networks, which you previously did not possess. You are well prepared for future challenges and opportunities for yourself and your organisation.

Programme structure

  • You will be able to manage your organisation in the real world of uncertainty
  • You will learn to make decisions in situations of incomplete information by making the right assumptions.
  • You will also gain competences and skills on how to manage people in a world of uncertainty
  • Using these skills to your advantage, you will realize real sustainable value creation. 
The International Executive MBA evolves around three core modules

The World, Society and Business – Understanding the essence of transitions and uncertainty
  • Global Developments and Geopolitics
  • Uncertainty: Complexity and Dynamics
  • Circular Economy, Smart Cities
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy Development
  • Marketing Management
  • Innovation
  • International Supply Chains
Creating a Sustainable Future – What can be done to make a difference
  • Financial and Management Accounting
  • International Investments
  • Logistics and Operations Management
  • Sustainable Finance and Risk Management
  • Customer Management
  • Network Science and Practice
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Model Innovation
Shaping and Moving Forward – How to excel in a changing environment
  • Management and Digitalization
  • Organisational Development
  • International HRM
  • International Cultures
  • Human Resources Development
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Leadership as Science
  • Leadership as Art
Additionally, all students will work on Action and Change Projects and topics such as Self Management and Leadership Development. The programme includes an international Summer School.

Entrance requirements

  • A better than average university degree (final grade at least 2.5 or corresponding).
  • At least seven years professional occupation after being awarded the first university degree.
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language, which will be proven through either a TOEFL ibt test result of at least 77 or an IELTS test result of at least 6.5.
  • Motivational Statement of 500 words
  • Two professional or academic references
  • Interview

Fees and funding

  • Tuitions fee - €28,600 / Year
GISMA offers flexible payment plans for this course that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees via three payment options including monthly instalments. Discounts are available. A deposit of €2,000.00 is required to start.

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GISMA Business School, the German International Graduate School of Management and Administration, was founded on the initiative of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder in 1999. Its purpose is to offer globally recognised management education and give students the opportunity to study in an international setting. The idea for GISMA came from the need to retain management talent in Germany and attract skilled internationals to study and subsequently work in the country. GISMA was created with the help of the State of Lower Saxony and several organisations around the region including Continental, Georgsmarienhütte, Nord/LB, Siemens, TUI, and Volkswagen.

Until August 2013, the school operated and financed as a public/private partnership, partially by the State of Lower Saxony and by sponsoring companies. GISMA’s founding basis - the combination of its strong location and the international focus of its programmes - has remained the guiding principle and rationale for the school’s existence.

Studying in Hannover

As a well-established economic region, Hannover supports a range of industries, including automotive and tourism. Home to the World EXPO in 2000, Hannover has since come to enjoy an international reputation as a trade fair and conference venue, earning the nickname ‘EXPO City’. Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe, recognised for its high-quality education of which you can experience this with GISMA.

With the campus located in the city centre, there is easy access to the Kreuzkirche, the Historical Museum, New Town Hall, the Hannover 96 stadium, Maschsee Lake and much more.

GISMA Business School

Goethestraße 18
30169 Hannover