MBA

Logistics — International Management and Consulting

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 2.33k / 1 Semester(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:768
The postgraduate MBA online study programme "Logistics - International Management & Consulting" has been specifically tailored to logistics professionals who will have to handle processes at the interface of different disciplines. It responds to the high demand for logistics managers with knowledge of modern logistics and understanding of its complexity and experience on an international scale.
This study not only deals with the classic three-dimensional alignment of logistics teaching (business management - IT - technology) but also includes logistics-relevant contents, such as management, consulting, and social competence. It also covers international subjects such as intercultural competence and international logistics management, which is decisive particularly for logisticians in "interface areas" - working across borders, departments, and nations. The extra-occupational concept of the studies permits a high practice relationship during the study programme and direct application of method knowledge on the job.
At our university, we teach logistics in an integrated and interdisciplinary manner and understand global logistics as long-term, sustainable logistics.
The content of the study programme is as follows:

First year - basics:
  • General Management
  • Law
  • Intercultural Competence, Soft skills & Business Ethics, Change Management, Project Management
  • Extralogistics: Supplier Relationship Management, Distribution Management, Transport
  • Intralogistics: Elements of Intralogistics, Logistics Systems in a Digital Factory, Production Management

Second year - executive knowledge:
  • Logistics Management: Lean Management, Logistics Controlling, Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Consulting International: Logistics Management Consulting, Business Process Management, Knowledge Management
  • Master's Thesis

Extra modules: Marketing, Human Resources Management, Industrial Psychology

Educational organisation

Distance learning course integrated into the profession, based on three core elements:
  • Flexible, independent studies using online textbooks and learning materials
  • Learning together via the online platform OpenOLAT, and
  • Residential teaching phases with methods of active and reflection-promoting teaching, such as case studies, exercises in a Digital Factory, presentations, group work, etc.
Four semesters total regular study time. The first three semesters of the study programme contain 24 residential teaching days. They take place in block seminars of eight to ten days in the first three semesters - in mid-February and mid-July - at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen am Rhein. The dates are determined at least six months in advance and students are informed accordingly with plenty of notice. Participation is mandatory. The Master's thesis is written in the fourth semester.
The studies are designed as a time- and mostly location-independent blended learning concept and are suitable for employees from around the world who would like to acquire further qualifications without interrupting their career. The teaching contents are mostly provided electronically in the form of texts. The latest trends and insights can thus be integrated and updated at all times.

Study abroad unit(s)

None

Internships

The study programme does not include an internship, since the students are all professionals. One benefit of this praxis-oriented distance learning programme is that students can implement their new knowledge in their daily work from the beginning of their studies in order to improve their efficiency. A further advantage is that students gain interesting insights into logistics solutions implemented in the companies of the other students.

Forms of assessment

The residential teaching phases cover some modules or module subjects. In the first step, there is a lesson or learning phase, soon followed by the examination of the corresponding module - as a written exam, oral exam, presentation of a student paper, or term paper in the English language. Thus, a comprehensive final exam at the end of the studies is not necessary.
The Master's thesis is usually written in the fourth semester. Students may suggest the subject. From the time the subject is assigned, the student has up to six months of support time for the Master's thesis. The thesis is between 70 and 120 pages in length, in a specified layout. At the end of the studies, a 30-minute colloquium will be held, in which each student will orally defend his or her thesis. This can be done virtually on request.

Course objectives

The objective of the programme is to help you obtain
  • a greater understanding of the various areas within logistics for professional conceptual competences
  • a refinement of your skills in the fields of management and consulting to help you decide, negotiate, and act on a leading level and
  • preparation for individuals in leading or senior management positions to make innovative and efficient decisions

Graduates of this international programme are in high demand as executives or project managers in a variety of fields in industry and trade as well as in services and consulting.

The compact, hands-on curriculum allows future graduates to acquire the relevant strategies, techniques, and skills they need for their respective jobs. This degree qualifies them to gain access to positions in the higher civil service and/or for doctoral degree programmes.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide documentary proof of English language skills equal to at least level C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (e. g., IELTS 7.0 and higher, CAE, BEC higher, TOEFL iBT 110 - 119, and other known tests).
Applicants do not need to provide any proof of German skills.

Academic requirements

(a) Postgraduates (with academic degree of 210 ECTS credit points)
1. academic degree with a grade of at least 2.5 (according to the German grading system, equivalent to a "good" or lower second)
2. work experience (at least one year) after the first academic degree in the fields of business administration, technology or IT, respectively, and at least a further year before completing this MBA degree
3. documentary proof of English language skills equal to at least level C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (e. g., IELTS 7.0 and higher, CAE, BEC higher, TOEFL iBT 110 - 119)
4. students with a grade lower than 2.5 (according to the German grading system) must take an admission test (normally feasible in your country and online)
5. students with an academic degree of only 180 ECTS credit points have to take a compulsory extra module (Specific Management Skills, additional fee: 500 EUR)

(b) Students without an academic degree
1. university entrance qualification (equivalent to the German Hochschulzugangsberechtigung)
2. certificate of employment which proves significant executive work experience (at least three years), closely aligned to the study programme in the fields of business administration, technology or IT, respectively, as well as experience abroad
3. admission test (normally feasible in your country and online)
4. documentary proof of English language skills equal to at least level C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (e. g., IELTS 7.0 and higher, CAE, BEC higher, TOEFL iBT 110 - 119)
5. compulsory extra module (Specific Management Skills, additional fee: 500 EUR)

Enrolment fees

Currently approx. 122 EUR per semester

Arrival support

We provide information and support for travel planning. Students can obtain a student card for public transport in the region.

Services and support for international students

Our University of Applied Sciences has an International Office for international co-operations with partner universities in Europe (Erasmus) and outside Europe (currently 122 partners) as well as for the central coordination of the foreign contacts of the University of Applied Sciences. At the International Office, potential international students and exchange students from partner universities are informed about options for stays abroad during their studies (studies and internship) as well as about scholarship programmes for stays abroad. Questions about the organisation of their stay in Ludwigshafen am Rhein can be answered here as well. The offers are especially intended for students who stay in Ludwigshafen for one semester or longer.

Accommodation

Students can find information about accommodation that is available close to the university on our website. (Please click on the heading titled "Service".) The duration of stay is about eight to ten days each semester. Therefore, we suggest hotels, backpackers' hostels, or bed & breakfasts.
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