Our MBA is a four-term course that comprises two terms of formal tuition and training at the University (2 semesters), the third term comprises of a research project in (preferably) the participant‘s home country and a finishing term at the university which covers the Master Thesis preparation and its respective colloquiums and follow-ups. There is the possibility of a practical training/ internship in relevant institutions in Germany or elsewhere in Europe.

German Language Course (August - October)

It is recommendable for those students with little or no German Language to visit an intensive German-Language course before the tuition begins. The Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig offers special German Courses for foreign students interested in accessing German Universities. For further information, please contact directly the InterDAF Program organized by the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig.


The study content (delivered mainly within the first 2 semesters at the university) is taught in modules. The term module refers to a combination of lessons that are stretched over a certain time and connected by methods and content. Modules will be respectively assessed by either a written exam, an essay, an oral examinationor or a project’s report.

1st Semester (from October to February)

This semester consist of three modules:

  • Module 101: Foundations of Economics and Development
  • Module 102: Entrepreneurship Management
  • Module 103: Strategies for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

In addition to the courses, a one-week excursion to business promotion and development cooperation institutions in Germany is part of the Module 101.

Module 101 Foundations of Economics and Development

  • Development Economics
  • International Economics
  • Reading Course on Economics
  • Field trip – Visit to German development and business promotion institutions

Module 102 Entrepreneurship Management 

  • Business Model Development
  • Idea Management
  • Business Plan
  • Market Research
  • Marketing and Distribution
  • Financial Planning
  • Business Simulation Game

Module 103 Strategies for the Development of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

  • Innovation and Technology Promotion
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Internationalization of SMEs
  • Local and Regional Economic Development


2nd Semester (from April to July)

During the second semester, students can choose 2 of the 3 modules according to their own interests. In doing this, students can put emphasis and concentrate on the subjects they prefer. Participating in other courses without taking the respective examinations is always possible. For those students interested in gaining insight into institutions or firms dedicated to the promotion and development of small and medium sized enterprises in Europe, our curriculum provides for the possibility that an internship/practical training in Germany or Europe might be recognized as one of the elective modules.

Elective module

  • Module 201: Innovation Management in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Module 202: Marketing in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Module 203: SME Finance
  • Module 204: Competence Development in SMEs
  • Module 206: Internship in Germany or Europe (6 weeks)

Mandatory module:

  • Module 205: Research Methodology and Project Management

 Module 201 Innovation Management in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

  • Strategic Innovation Management
  • Quality Management
  • Tools for Innovation Management
  • Innovation Systems

Module 202 Marketing in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

  • Marketing in SMEs
  • International Marketing
  • Distribution Marketing

Module 203 SME Finance

  • Introduction to Financial Systems
  • Financial Instruments for SMEs
  • Financial Planning

Module 204 Competence Development in SMEs

  • Human Resource Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Competence Development
  • Organizational Learning

Module 206 Internship in Germany or Europe (6 weeks)

Module 205 Research Methodology and Project Management (Compulsory)

  • Methods of Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Project Management


3rd Semester (from October to February)

Every participant will carry out his/her research project in conjunction with an institution working in the area of economic promotion (for example economic promotion agencies, chambers, ministries, development co-operation institutions, international organizations) at his/her home country.


4th Semester (from April to September)

Back in Germany for the last semester, the students will evaluate, present and discuss their research results. At the end of this process, they will hand in their master thesis documenting their research results.

Students finish the program with a Master thesis, which is based on an empirical research in one of the most relevant topics of SME development. A member of our faculty serves as thesis supervisor and helps to maintain rigor and continuity during the whole process.

Within the fourth semester, students complete the last module:

Module 401 SEPT Colloquium

  • Business Communication
  • SEPT Colloquium
  • Advanced Data Analysis

Summarized schedule


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