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Master in Management: Curriculum

One program, countless course combinations. A program built to reflect its subject. And its students. WHU’s flagship MSc Program has a strong reputation for good reasons — expert faculty, small classes, a focus on practical learning. And the leaders we help grow. Welcome to the Master in Management.
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Chart your career trajectory with our comprehensive curriculum, offering structured guidance and flexible options for a tailored study experience. Immerse yourself in essential business skills through six core electives, followed by specialized studies in six electives matched to your interests. Opt for concentrations such as Business Analytics, Leadership, and Innovation from a selection of eight. 

Beyond academic rigor, engage in a range of student clubs, conferences, and industry events — enriching your life at WHU. Acquire practical expertise  and cultivate meaningful connections with peers, alumni, and valuable WHU partners.

Curriculum

Year 1
September - October

Core Electives: Accounting & Finance (pick one)

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • International Tax Strategy

Core Electives: Economics (pick one)

  • Exchange Rates and International Finance
  • Industrial Organization

Electives (pick one)

  • Accounting and Financial Analysis
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • B2B Pricing: Negotiation, Calculation, Strategy
  • B2C Price Management
  • Entrepreneurial Selling
  • Exchange Rates and International Finance
  • Game Theory
  • Industrial Organization
  • International Tax Strategy
  • Monetary Economics and Central Banking
  • The Analytics’ Edge
  • Transportation Management
  • Value Creation in Family Firms
November - December

Core Elective: Data Analytics (pick one)

  • Actionable Customer Analytics
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Modern Tools and Applications of Data Science

Core Elective: Strategy & Management (pick one)

  • Advanced Management Accounting and Control
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Strategy

Electives (pick one)

  • Actionable Customer Analytics
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Control
  • Advanced Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Governance
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Heinz-Nixdorf-Lecture: Strategic Intellectual Property Management
  • International Marketing Management
  • International Strategy
  • Modern Tools and Applications of Data Science
  • Venture Capital Finance
  • Visual Data Analysis
January - February

Core Electives: Marketing & Sales (pick one)

  • Leading the High-Performance Sales Force
  • Product and Shopper Marketing
  • Sustainability and Marketing

Electives (pick two)

  • Accounting for M&A Transactions
  • Advanced Methods of Market and Management Research
  • Behavioral and Cultural Finance
  • E-commerce Operations Management
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Reporting and Capital Markets: Current Challenges
  • Financial Technologies
  • Leading the High-Performance Sales Force
  • Managing Data Science
  • Managing The Family Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Product and Shopper Marketing
  • Psychology and Economics
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Service Excellence
  • Strategic Technology and Innovation Management
  • Sustainability and Marketing
March - April

Core Electives: Supply Chain Management (pick one)

  • Advanced Supply Management
  • Operations Analysis and Control
  • Sustainable Operations Management

Electives (pick two)

  • Advanced Supply Management
  • Building and Scaling Successful Companies
  • Current Topics in Accounting
  • Data Driven Entrepreneurship
  • Elements of Computational Intelligence
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Health Economics, Policy and Management
  • Household Finance
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Operations Analysis and Control
  • Strategy Execution
  • Sustainable Operations Management
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 Management 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.

January - May

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 Management, please click please click below to see our Online Course Guide. 

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Go further: Double Degree

After two semesters at WHU, students have the opportunity to earn a second degree by completing two semesters abroad at one of our Double Degree partner universities. In addition to a Master of Science degree from WHU, the second degree will either be a Master of Science or an MBA.

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