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Master in Entrepreneurship: Our Curriculum

For those who want to build and grow. For the creative, the open-minded, the proactive. For the explorers.

We believe the beating heart of WHU is our entrepreneurial spirit. Join us.
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An innovative program designed for your success.

There are two available tracks for the Master in Entrepreneurship Program: 90 credits (17 months) or 120 credits (21 months).

90 credit track: Students who have a Bachelor’s degree with at least 210 ECTS credits can choose the 90 credit track. This track includes a one-week international capstone module. Proof of study or work experience outside of Germany for at least 12 weeks is required.

120 credit track:  Students who have completed a 180 ECTS credit Bachelor’s degree will join the 120 credit track. This includes a mandatory semester abroad at one of our partner universities.


Year 1

Recommended courses:

  • Foundations of Management
  • Financial Accounting

September - October

Core Modules

  • Sprint2Berlin
    The Sprint2Berlin has been the starting point for several start-ups of our students in the past. During this course you develop a real business idea (either given or new) and then finally pitch it to real investors at the end of the course.
  • Venture Capital Finance

Electives (pick one)

  • B2C Price Management
  • Entrepreneurial Selling
  • International Strategy
  • The Analytics’ Edge
  • Value Creation in Family Firms

November - December

Core Modules

  • Advanced Entrepreneurial Finance
    This course will help all students who consider starting their own company to build and run more successful firms and aims to familiarize students with entrepreneurial finance and business models.
    Students will solve two interactive entrepreneurial case studies in the two areas and one in-class case in Berlin, while building up a network of future partners among startups, consultancies, investors, and a law firm in Berlin.
  • Platform Markets and Regulations
    Many of today’s biggest, fast-growing, and disruptive companies, such as Google, Amazon, Uber, Airbnb, or PayPal, rely on platform business models. Hence, it is important to understand how platform markets work and how regulations influence their success, considering raising concerns that they may engage in anti-competitive behaviors.

Electives (pick one)

  • Actionable Customer Analytics
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • B2B Pricing: Negotiation, Calculation, Strategy
  • Heinz-Nixdorf-Lecture: Strategic Intellectual Property Management
  • International Strategy
  • Prescriptive Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Strategic Marketing

January - February

Core Modules

  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
    This course is designed for those interested in learning how managers can create, develop, sustain and lead innovative new businesses or initiatives within their organizations. Through real-life projects with some of Germany’s leading companies and by adopting an open systems perspective, we will focus on how corporate managers can effectively tap into external environment to initiate change, drive innovation and build new growth platforms.

Electives (pick two)

  • E-commerce Operations Management
  • Financial Technologies
  • Leading the High-Performance Sales Force
  • Managing Data Science
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Operations Research
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Strategic Technology and Innovation Management
  • Sustainability and Marketing

March - April

Capstone Module Abroad (for 90-Credit Track)

Students in the 90-credit track are required to complete a one-week capstone module.

The capstone is a one-week module abroad where students attend tailor-made lectures and visit local companies to experience international business ecosystems.

Electives (pick three)

  • Building and Scaling Successful Companies
  • Data Driven Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Sustainable Operations Management
  • Visual Prototyping
Year 2

May - July

You will gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to apply theory learned in class through an internship in Germany or abroad. The Career Center supports you in finding an internship position via a broad range of activities such as individual career counseling, workshops, and company presentations.

September - December

The Master in Entrepreneurship Program also includes a semester abroad at one of WHU's 200 partner universities worldwide. During the semester abroad, you will gain a global perspective and immerse yourself in another culture.

September – January (90 ECTS), January – May (120 ECTS)

The Master thesis concludes your studies, providing you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the course of the Master Program. While writing your thesis, you will be supervised by a WHU faculty member. You may also write your thesis in collaboration with a company.

A helpful guide to our courses

For more information about all of the courses included in our Master in Entrepreneurship, please click below. 

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Optional Double Degree

Want to live abroad? After two semesters at WHU, you can apply for an optional double degree. After two additional semesters at our partner university, earn a full second degree (either an MBA or a Master of Science) in addition to a Master of Science degree from WHU.

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