At a Glance
We are pleased that you are interested in our M.A. program.
|Name and degree||Supply Chain Management |
Master of Arts (M.A.)
|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 of expertise for meeting future professional responsibilities as well as improving career opportunities.|
|Start||Winter semester each year|
|Duration||3 semesters (standard)|
|Teaching Methods||Includes: seminar-based teaching, case-study work, Electronic Data Processing (EDP) in the computer labs, utilization of an e-learning platform.|
|Language of instruction||German and English|
|Lecturers||Professors from our business department as well as from other colleges and universities, guest speakers from English speaking countries, and other experts from the field.|
|Accreditation||Successful reaccreditation by AQAS in 2014|
On these pages we offer you an overview of our program, its structure, and the admission requirements.
Please contact us if you have any questions about our program.
Profile and Objectives
Supply Chain Management und Logistics are ever-increasingly important factors for the success of a company. Due to tendencies arising from the process of globalization and to technological advancement, there are new challenges for managers in Supply Chain Management. This program offers you optimal preparation for these challenges by conveying the contents, concepts and methodologies of SCM with a practical orientation.
We offer you small groups that enable interactive lessons and personal attention, state of the art teaching and learning concepts, strong integration of case studies from actual practice, and field trips as part of the classroom hours. All of this will provide you with optimal opportunity to acquire further subject-specific knowledge, utilize expert methods and gain the social competencies that are necessary for a stellar career in Supply Chain Management.
In short, 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 as an excellent future manager in the field of SCM and logistics.
Content and Structure
The focus of the program is on conveying the content, concepts, methodologies and instruments of Supply Chain Management and applying them to known and new challenges of 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 activities of logistics and production management and further operates the coordination of processes in and between the areas of marketing, sales, research, development and finance as well as information technology.
Breakdown of the goals of our program:
- You will be familiar with the strategies and goals, instruments and methodology as well as structures and procedures of Supply Chain Management. You will be able to create models of, analyze and evaluate supply chains by implementing suitable methodologies.
- You will know the possibilities and ramifications of the implementation of suitable information technologies and electronic data processing. You will understand the key technologies of SCM and be able to contribute to decisions about the introduction and utilization of new technologies.
- Instruments and methodologies of supply chain management control will have been learned and will thus be implementable when modeling, analyzing, evaluating and designing supply chains.
- You will have developed the sensitivity to recognize conflicting goals and the resulting need for coordination in supply chains. You will acquire necessary social and leadership skills via conflict resolution, intercultural communication and behavior training.
- You will be well versed in the special requirements for the management of internationally orientated supply chains.
- You will be capable of presenting and leading discussions in German and in English about the contents and concepts you have internalized during the course of your studies.
The module handbook is integrated in the Examination Regulations.
You will be admitted and able to pursue an M.A. in Supply Chain Management if you have obtained a university/college degree in the areas of business or economics, including industrial engineering and business information technology.
As the study course is held in German as well as in the English language, an appropriate competence in these languages is required.
The admission requirements are explained in greater detail in the Examination Regulations. The Examination Regulations - with the module handbook as an appendix - can be found here.
There is no obligatory internship or study abroad segment in this Master’s program.
The completion of an internship or a study abroad segment is only required when additional ECTS must be earned, for instance when only 180 ECTS were obtained in your undergraduate degree.
The Faculty 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 make use 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 offers assistance in finding a place for an internship - either in Germany or abroad. The internship semester also offers an alternative way of earning further ECTS-points if your Bachelor degree “only” has 180 ECTS-points.
Instruction and your Instructors
The quality of this program is largely due to the organizational framework and the didactic skills of our experienced educators. Our team consists of professors as well as highly qualified on-staff and adjunct instructors. Depending on the module, we employ the services of English language guest-speakers as well as guest-lecturers from other tertiary institutes and other experts from the field. Our strength lies in the conveying of the skills and knowledge for SCM and logistics as required in actual practice. During the project work on a case study as well as during your master’s thesis, you will, in addition, learn the techniques of academic and scientific research, analyses and writing. This will prove especially beneficial should you decide to pursue a PhD.
We prefer seminar-based teaching. This means that we prefer an active exchange between teachers and students. Traditional lecture styles are more of an exception. Complex subject matter is taught via concrete, comprehensible examples, case studies, and sometimes with the support of e-learning tasks and software (e.g. Excel and corporate strategic planning simulation).
Classes are partially held in the English language. Thus you will take advantage of a valuable opportunity to familiarize yourself with subject specific terminology in English.
Teaching material is provided on the department’s electronic platform “eFBW“, which is also a platform for communication between students and their professors and instructors.
Evaluations of our classes and teaching take place toward the end of each semester and enhance our quality management.
Excellent Career Opportunities upon Completion of the Program
The program started with the first incoming M.A. students in October 2009. Since the first students completed the program, we have been observing with pride how our graduates enjoy excellent career opportunities. Our former students begin their working lives in large companies as well as in medium-sized firms in manufacturing, trade, logistics services or in consulting. Many are already in a management position after just a few years.
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!