At a glance
We are pleased to note that you are interested in our MA programme.
|Programme name and degree||Supply Chain Management |
Master of Arts (MA)
|Target group||Students and graduates in the areas of Logistics and Supply Chain Management (and related topic areas)|
|Goal||Familiarity with and application of the content, concepts, methodologies and instruments of supply chain management. Building the expertise needed to meet future professional responsibilities as well as to improve career opportunities.|
|Start||Winter semester each year|
|Standard duration||3 semesters|
|Teaching methods||Seminar-based teaching, case-study work, electronic data processing (EDP) in the computer labs, use of an e-learning platform, etc|
|Language of instruction||German and English|
|Lecturers||Professors from the Department of Business at Fulda University of Applied Sciences as well as from other universities, guest lecturers from English-speaking countries and other experts working in the field|
|Accreditation||Successful reaccreditation by AQAS in 2014|
These pages give you an overview of our programme, its structure and the admission requirements.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our programme.
Profile and objectives
Supply chain management und logistics are becoming increasingly important for the success of a company. Globalisation trends and technological advancement are presenting supply chain managers with new challenges. This programme is an optimal way of preparing to meet those challenges as it combines academic studies of the contents, concepts and methodologies of supply chain management with a distinct practical orientation.
Applicants can look forward to small groups that ensure interactive lessons and personal attention, state-of-the-art teaching and learning concepts, the strong integration of case studies from actual practice and field trips. All this gives students the best possible opportunity to acquire further subject-specific knowledge, apply expert methods and gain the social competences that are necessary for a high-level career in supply chain management.
To put it in a nutshell, as a graduate student you will be able to apply what you learn to the solving of problems in actual practice. You will therefore be grooming yourself to be an excellent future manager in the field of supply chain management and logistics.
Content and structure
The programme focus on conveying the content, concepts, methodologies and instruments of supply chain management (SCM) and on applying them to familiar and new challenges in SCM and logistics.
|1st semester||2nd semester||3rd semester|
|Logistical Processes||Outsourcing and Collaboration||Business Simulation Game|
|Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management||Planning Methods in Operations Management||Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Intercultural Communication|
|Planning Methods in the Logistics of Procurement and Distribution||IT Applications in SCM|
|Cost Accounting in SCM||ERP and SCM Tools|
|Management Skills||Supply Chain Controllership|
|Business and HR - Management||Project Work|
Supply chain management has an integrative function; its primary purpose is to connect business functions and business processes within a company and between companies to an interconnected and efficient business model. Supply chain management incorporates all logistics and production management activities and governs the coordination of processes in and between the areas of marketing, sales, research, development and finance as well as information technology.
- You will be familiar with the strategies and goals, instruments and methodology of supply chain management as well as with related structures and procedures. You will be able to model, analyse and evaluate supply chains by implementing suitable methodologies.
- You will be familiar with the possibilities and implications of implementing suitable information technologies and electronic data processing. You will understand the key SCM technologies and be able to contribute to decisions about the introduction and utilisation of new technologies.
- You will have learned about the instruments and methodologies used in supply chain management control and will thus be able to use them when modelling, analysing, evaluating and designing supply chains.
- You will have developed the sensitivity needed to recognise conflicting goals and the resulting need for coordination in supply chains. You will have acquired essential social and leadership skills through training courses in conflict resolution, behavioural skills and intercultural communication.
- You will be well versed in the special requirements needed to manage internationally orientated supply chains.
- You will be able to present and lead discussions in German and in English about the contents and concepts covered in the course of your studies.
The module handbook is an integral part of the Examination Regulations.
Students can enroll in the MA programme in Supply Chain Management if they have obtained a university degree in the field of business or economics, including industrial engineering and business information technology.
As the programme is conducted in German and in English, appropriate skills in these languages are an essential requirement.
The admission requirements are explained in greater detail in the Examination Regulations. Click here to access the Examination Regulations - to which the module handbook is appended.
This Master' programme does not include an obligatory internship or study period abroad.
However, an internship or a study period abroad may be cmpleted in order to gain additional credit points if the student's undergraduate studies were only worth 180 credit points (ECTS).
The Department of Business has many active and productive ERASMUS partnerships with institutes of higher education throughout Europe, as well as other forms of partnership and exchange with universities in Europe, USA, Korea, Jordan and Australia.
You will be able to take advantage of this excellent departmental network to set up supplementary study options abroad. In some cases there are even opportunities to earn a second degree while studying abroad.
In addition, the Department’s internship coordinator can halp you to find a place for an internship in Germany or abroad. The internship semester can also be an alternative way of earning further credit points if your Bachelor's degree is only worth 180 credit points (ECTS).
Instruction and instructors
The quality of this programme is largely attributable to its organisational framework and the didactic skills of our experienced educators. Our team consists of professors, highly qualified staff lecturers and adjunct lecturers. Depending on the module, we also employ the services of guest speakers whose mother tongue is English, as well as guest lecturers from other tertiary institutes and other experts from the field. Our strength lies in conveying the skills and knowledge of SCM and logistics required in actual practice. During project work on a case study and in the preparation of your Master’s thesis, you will also learn the techniques of academic and scientific research, analysis and writing. This will prove especially beneficial should you decide to pursue a doctoral programme.
We prefer seminar-based teaching. In other words, we encourage an active exchange between teachers and students. Traditional lectures tend to be an exception. Complex subject matter is taught through specific, comprehensible examples, case studies, and sometimes with the support of e-learning tasks and software (e.g. Excel and corporate strategic planning simulations).
Some of the classes are conducted in English. This gives you a valuable opportunity to familiarise yourself with subject specific terminology in English.
Students can access teaching material on the Department’s electronic platform “eFBW“, which is also a platform for communication between students and their professors and instructors.
Our classes and teaching are assessed towards the end of each semester as part of our quality assurance processes.
Excellent career opportunities for graduates
The first students were admitted to this MA programme in October 2009. Since they graduated, we have been delighted and proud to observe the excellent career opportunities enjoyed by our graduates. Our alumni begin their working lives in large companies as well as in medium-sized firms in manufacturing, trade, logistics services or consulting. Many of them now hold management positions - after just a few years.
The following are examples of realistic career goals of our graduates are:
- Managing Director (Industry)
- Global Logistics Specialist (Industry)
- SCM Coordinator (Industry)
- Departmental Head of Refrigerated Warehousing (Trade)
- Senior Consultant Logistics (Consulting)
- Continuous Improvement Manager (Logistics Services)
Come and experience these excellent career opportunities for yourself!