What you can expect


Conceptual tools for digital business & AI (including digital business models, digital transformation management, digital forms of work, agile management, change management)

First Level

Technical and analytical tools for digital business & AI (including machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, Internet of Things, cloud computing, blockchain, data science)

Second Level

Operational tools for digital business & AI along the value chain (e.g. design thinking, Industry 4.0, robotics, digital processes, e-procurement & e-commerce, online/social media, marketing, digital pricing, digital marketplaces, IT encryption, data protection)


Transfer-related tools to round off and crown the program (especially application in projects and Master’s thesis)

Das Bild zeigt die vier Ebenen des digitalen Geschäftserfolgs: das Fundament mit Schwerpunkt auf Strategien für die Digitalisierung in Unternehmen, die erste Ebene mit technischem und analytischem Rüstzeug, die zweite Ebene fokussiert auf operative Werkzeuge entlang der digitalen Wertschöpfungskette und das Dach, das den Transfer in die Praxis darstellt. Diese Schichten symbolisieren einen umfassenden Ansatz für die Ausbildung im Bereich Digital Business, von der Konzeption bis zur praktischen Anwendung.

“Strategy” Module

Digital Strategy & Leadership

This module provides detailed knowledge with regard to the development of digital & AI strategies and the management of companies. Important basic concepts of digitalization and strategic management are first explained. A process model is then presented and its phases discussed. Participants learn to understand the company as a system of interaction between the environment, organizational structure, organizational culture, and corporate strategy against the backdrop of advancing digitalization. They also learn to apply the content discussed to specific practical problems and to independently analyze strategic decisions.

Digital Transformation & Projects

Digitalization and AI projects continue to fail because the resulting changes are not actively shaped and people do not accept them. The aim of this module is to enable participants to analyze, visualize, and discuss the consequences of these projects and possible implementation problems that result, for example, from resistance on the part of the workforce. On completion of this module, participants will be able to understand challenges on the specialist and user side and successfully design digital transformation and AI projects.

“Methods” Module

Digital Technologies & Applications

Only those who have a deep understanding of digital technologies can use them effectively. Participants in this course deal with the paradigms, concepts, principles, models, methods, and approaches for the effective development of user-friendly technologies. In addition, the role of artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning and deep learning, in the implementation of “smart” technologies will be discussed.

Business Analytics & Data Science

Data forms the basis for decisions in companies. Companies are increasingly utilizing data sets that are too large or too complex for traditional database systems. Such data sets are commonly referred to as mass data (big data). The module covers methods and technologies for storing, processing, integrating and analyzing mass data.

Applied AI

This module not only teaches and deepens knowledge of artificial intelligence, but also demonstrates the application of this knowledge. Participants learn about numerous fields of application of machine learning and deep learning and the opportunities and challenges of the use of artificial intelligence.

“Functions” Module

IT Security & Law

The module provides an overview of the basics of IT security, cryptography, and IT law. Using various application examples, the security of modern technologies (e.g. blockchain, password-protected encryption, digital currencies) will be discussed and their legal categorisation discussed. The course will also look at how (criminal) law protects IT security and how cybercrime can be prosecuted under criminal law.

Digital Innovation & Business Models

Innovations are the real source of a company’s success. New products and services as well as new processes and business models follow and determine market trends, replace existing solutions, and open up new growth opportunities. In digital competition, creativity and speed are particularly important. Innovations gain comparative advantages. This course provides an overview of digital & AI methods, approaches, processes, and concepts of innovation management. Participants will then analyze innovative business models, in particular data-driven, value-added, and platform business models based on digital technologies such as artificial intelligence. On this basis, they will develop, present, and evaluate our own creative innovation ideas.

Digital Processes & Services

The module focuses on the process mining, which deals with data-supported business process analyses. Process mining is the subject area of the digital industry in which German companies and researchers are global leaders. First, the basics of business process management are examined, taking a closer look at the technical, organizational, and economic aspects of process improvement measures. The module will then cover the analysis methods, tools, and application potential of process mining.

Digital Marketing & Sales

This module deals with concepts, approaches, and tools for marketing and sales in the digital age. It looks at how digital & AI tools can be used to gain data and insights about customers, competitors, and general market developments. It also examines how digitalization and machine learning can help to involve customers in new product development. The definition, differentiation, and enforcement of prices in the digital age will also be addressed. Due to its importance, customer communication using digital tools (e.g. online advertising, social media marketing) and their integration into the overall communication strategy is explained. A special focus is placed on digital sales channels.

“Application” Module

Digital Field Trip

As part of this extracurricular module, participants travel to a digital hot spot city and get to know exciting digital business & AI start-ups and unicorns. This field trip is rounded off by an entertaining supporting program.

Master Thesis

The Master thesis is written at the end of the program. Depending on the medium-term personal goals of the participants, three different orientations are possible here: “Job Development”: practical project work, “Business Development”: business plan, or “Science/Promotion”: Theoretical work. From finding a topic to the final submission, participants are accompanied and supported by a professor from the MBA program. Supervision is competent, intensive, and personal.

Frequently asked questions

  • How high is the proportion of digital business in the part-time Master’s program MBA in Digital Business & AI?

    The MBA program covers digital business topics across all modules, including digital technologies, platforms and projects, business analytics, and artificial intelligence. Designed as a part-time Master’s program, it aims to provide participants with comprehensive expertise in digital business and AI, allowing them to stay current with the digital landscape while balancing their professional commitments.

  • What does the Master’s thesis on the part-time Master’s program MBA in Digital Business & AI cover?

    The Master’s thesis focuses on contemporary topics, allowing participants to delve into the latest research and apply it to real-world scenarios within selected companies. This approach enables students to address practical challenges faced by companies in a systematic and well-informed manner. As an integral component of the thesis, students have the opportunity to explore a topic of their choice from professional practice, under the guidance of an experienced supervisor. The Master’s thesis emphasizes digital themes such as digital innovation and AI.

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