MBA program at glance

The International Master's Program SEPT is a research and practice oriented postgraduate program at the University of Leipzig, mainly sponsored by the DAAD. The aim of the Master's Program is to convey theoretical knowledge, as well as application-oriented findings and practice-relevant experience surrounding the promotion and development of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The SEPT MBA is a two-year program that prepares participants for the promotion and development of SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) and general entrepreneurship knowledge. It encompasses the global orientation necessary in today's complex world:

  • Expert knowledge and specific knowledge of business development with special emphasis on the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Expert knowledge and specific knowledge of the characteristic aspects of business formation and successful management of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Knowledge of the social, legal and economic environment specific to small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Ability to evaluate small and medium-sized enterprises, promotion programs and policies
  • Communication and management skills

Furthermore, the study program provides the students with the specific ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and in the context of different cultures.

The program is designed as an integrated whole with the clear focus of SME development in the macro and micro level. At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the complex global environment in which SMEs operate
  • Focus on the application of theories rather than isolated academic concepts
  • Respond to new managerial problems of SMEs in the international context
  • Emphasize long-term, proactive strategic planning for sustainable competitiveness
  • Demonstrate competence for leadership and learning within SMEs

The following fields of activity are especially suited for graduates of this program:

  • Planning, realization and evaluation of business development programs and projects (in government institutions, non-government organizations, bilateral and multilateral donor organizations, etc.)
  • Work in private business-oriented service companies
  • Work in business-oriented education and training institutions
  • Work in university faculties with appropriate training programs
  • Management of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Start and manage own businesses


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