MBA Leadership & Digital Business Transformation

Digitalisation and innovation are increasingly the core of sustainable business models. In order to shape this global transformation, trained specialists and excellent leadership are needed. The MBA Leadership specialisation in Digital Business Transformation gives professionals the confidence to set the tone in companies, organisations and other institutions. The MBA specialisation Digital Business Transformation therefore focuses on the personal development of important leadership skills, the business-oriented transfer of management know-how and the acquisition of digital communication strategies. Consequently, the master’s degree at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin offers the necessary tools for a dynamic professional world.

At least 18 months (faster)
Up to 30 months (more flexible)
Attendance time
ca. 56 days
plus Online-Sessions
Starting dates
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Stay abroad
Study trip to Singapore
University graduates with professional experience
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
60 ECTS-Points


The MBA Leadership specialisation in Digital Business Transformation focuses on the ever-changing professional conditions of the 21st century – especially due to digitalisation. Further education at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin allows experienced professionals to update their digital know-how and also to acquire leadership skills. The students of the MBA specialisation Digital Business Transformation gain business-related specialist knowledge in the fields of business management, marketing and communication, which makes it possible to initiate change processes in companies directly. The exchange of ideas with international business leaders enables the students to develop a precise understanding of the challenges facing current companies and to learn digital concepts for the future. A special focus of the MBA curriculum is the personal development of important soft skills. This means that graduates are perfectly equipped to drive forward successful innovation management in companies after completing their master’s degree. The courses at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin are state-recognised and receive the accredited title MBA upon completion. Digitalisation and internationalisation as framework conditions on the one hand and sound specialist knowledge on the other offer professionals a future-proof further education that makes them fit for the communicative challenges of modern times.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)



Language(s) of instruction

English / German


The MBA Leadership specialisation in Digital Business Transformation is aimed at experienced professionals from companies, associations, NGOs, political parties, agencies and other organisations. Interested parties should have a first higher education degree and several years of professional experience. This is aimed at professionals with positions in project or departmental management, in the area of board assistance, but also at young entrepreneurs with start-up experience, who wish to adapt their management skills to innovative organisational and working forms. In addition, the MBA specialisation in Digital Business Transformation is aimed at management consultants and freelancers who want to make their mark in the digital market.


The MBA Leadership specialisation in Digital Business Transformation is a part-time study programme and consists of on-campus and self-study phases. The MBA at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin is therefore an in-depth distance learning course in the field of digitalisation.


On-Campus Study Sessions

The Quadriga Campus in Berlin is the centre of the study sessions, which take place once a month, generally from Thursday to Sunday. Seminars, practical sessions and group discussions are supported by contributions from international business players and a large network. Joint, interactive learning through discussion provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition, longer study sessions are anchored in the study programme, during which students spending five to seven days in Berlin. These somewhat longer study sessions are intended to integrate practical sessions and group projects to better prepare students for the demands of the market. An integral part of the courses of study at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin, including the master’s degree specialisation Digital Business Transformation, is a one-week field trip.


Independent Study

Broad parts of the knowledge imparted are developed in directed self-study. It is therefore possible to undertake the master’s degree in digitalisation at the Quadriga University of Applied Sciences whilst being employed. The required study material is available to students online. Consequently, digital learning content on topics such as accounting, finance, law or digital strategy can be accessed at any time.


Family and career

The MBA programme at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin is also an interesting study model for students with families. The high proportion of independent study allows students to combine their family life, study and career. The small group sizes means that the teaching staff can meet the individual needs of students with family obligations. On-campus study sessions are bundled and pre-planned, allowing students to arrange childcare well in advance.


MBA criteria

The EQUAL criteria are regarded as the standard for teaching. Overarching economic topics – such as economics, finance, marketing and strategy – are integrated in the teaching. The teaching of wide-ranging management skills is also a central component of the MBA specialisation Digital Business Transformation. Graduates of the MBA can negotiate and impress in the business area in a target-oriented way. In addition, they have the leadership skills required by the EQUAL criteria.



The following qualifications are required for the MBA specialisation in Digital Business Transformation and will be checked during the application process:

A degree in a relevant business-related subject (e.g. diploma, Magister, state examination, Master’s or Bachelor’s degree)

  • Applicants must have achieved at least 240 credits (credits / ECTS points) in total. The required credits are normally achieved with a Magister, diploma or Master’s degree.
  • In many cases, a Bachelor’s or comparable degree corresponds to only 180 or 210 ECTS points. Relevant professional experience may be regarded as evidence that you have achieved the credits required. Our student support advisers will be happy to help you in this regard.

At least one year postgraduate professional experience in a pertinent field following a first degree in a relevant subject.

  • Part-time professional experience is calculated and recognised pro rata.

This means, for example: If you have worked in a part-time post for a year, half a year is counted as professional experience.

  • Whether you have gained professional experience in one post or have changed positions is irrelevant for the calculation.

Proficiency in English

In order to enrol on the Master’s degree course at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin you need to provide evidence of your English language skills at B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. There are different ways to provide this:

  • During the assessment process, we offer a free English test.
  • If the English language is part of your everyday working life, please contact our programme director to discuss the requirements for proof by the employer.
  • If you already have a certificate of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, etc.), which is not older than two years, this can also be recognised.

Proficiency in German

  • Citizens of any non-German-speaking country applying for a German-speaking course should be proficient in German (equivalent to level C1). A DSH 2 certificate (German language proficiency test for university admission) or a degree from a German-speaking course at a recognised German university is normally considered sufficient evidence.

Disabled students

  • Allowances may be made for people with severe disabilities, or equivalent issues, if relevant proof is provided. Please contact our directors of studies with regard to this matter.

Course details & dates

Overview of the course

Length of course: 18 months (part-time)

Classroom time: approx. 50 days in Berlin

Online sessions: approx. 24 sessions lasting 2 hours each

Study trip: 6 days in Singapore


Important dates 2020:

Application deadline: 11 May 2020

Start of course: 10 June 2020


The MBA in Leadership & Digital Business Transformation is made up of eight modules and the Dissertation.


  • Corporate Strategy & Managerial Economics,

    This module deals with aspects of business which you need to understand in order to carry out managerial functions: strategic management, organisational theory and change management. In addition to the importance of governance systems, the influence of financial parameters on a company’s or organisation’s scope of action will be discussed.

  • Management of Accounting, Finance, Controlling & Law,

    Through the lectures, students become familiar with operational areas that sales and organisational developers need to internalise in order to play a decisive role within corporate management: accounting, investment and finance. Students are taught how to use financial controlling instruments with regard to incentive structures and performance measurement.

  • Supply-Chain-Management & Operations,

    To improve a sales sector’s approach, personnel and organisational development managers must have an understanding of which processes and structures within a company create value and secure competitiveness. This module provides an introduction to the structural parameters of production processes and outlines the targeted utilisation of management tools.

  • Marketing, Sales- & Servicemanagement,

    The course familiarises with tasks and processes within a corporation that are primarily market- or customer-oriented: product and service management, sales and marketing. The module demonstrates various possibilities of designing an organisation’s service portfolio, geared specifically to its target group.

  • Communication based Leadership,

    This module provides an introduction to the tasks, operating methods and principles of communication management. The course concludes with practical exercises which improve your managerial communication skills in different contexts.

  • Competence & Potential based Leadership,

    Modules 1-5 conclude with the creation of professional job profiles and functions. These are used as frameworks to coordinate managerial tasks in all departmental areas, creating a corporate strategy within the framework of strategic skills management and employee potential analysis. For this purpose, personnel development tools are trialed.

  • Digital Strategy,

    After completing this module, students will understand the principles and effects of digitalization on business models. Based on an understanding of digital markets and business models, students will be able to identify innovative strategies fields (technology scouting) and integrate these into an organisation. Students learn the necessary tools for digital transformation. These range from new incentive systems in agile organisations all the way to a new understanding of the classical finance department as a technical investment area.

  • Digital Leadership & Transformation,

    This module focuses on the implementation of the conceptual and strategic topics of the previous module “Digital Strategy”. Participants actively learn which instruments can be implemented into existing organisations in order to work in a more agile and data-driven way. Changing working methods towards a more flexible workplace with collaboration tools is also important in this context. Students learn to think in terms of data-driven organisations and sales models. A new digital leadership style applied across generations is also a focal point of the lecture, including the use of business analytics in marketing, supply chains and HR.



Degree programmes for high potentials

The Quadriga University Berlin has a multistage application process. This helps ensure that all participants of Quadriga University Berlin’s degree programmes share the necessary qualifications for an ideal and successful course of study. Furthermore, the university wants to lay the foundation for successful interpersonal learning within the study group.

Application process

For an initial consultation, simply contact our programme director or complete the scholarship check – after a few days we will come back to you with an initial assessment of your scholarship opportunities.

Following the consultation, the approval process is divided into only a few stages.

  1. Upload of application documents
  2. Assessment at Berlin Campus
  3. Acceptance
  4. Matriculation

Visit us

For all those interested in our M.A. and MBA programmes, we offer numerous visiting days around the attendance phases and conferences on the campus of Quadriga University Berlin.

We will arrange an appointment with you to attend to a course or a conference lecture. During the subsequent talk, the respective professors and our head of studies will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the study programmes.

Info Webinars

The webinars at the Quadriga University Berlin clarify all questions concerning the study programmes regardless of location. Thanks to impulse lectures on key areas of the curricula, an overview of the course of studies and the application procedure, and a forum for individual questions, participants can receive an in-depth impression as well as ample opportunities for further exchange.

Any questions? Get in touch.

Director of Studies
Quadriga University of Applied Sciences