MBA Leadership People & Organization

In the MBA Leadership People & Organization, the former specializations Human Resources and Organization grow together to form a new programme – with people at the center of strategic organizational development.

Our students learn to shape transformation processes at all levels: from personal development to navigating team performance to new and agile organizational models. The smart use of data and digital tools become crucial levers to act more effectively.

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

Study concept

Organizations are feeling permanently increasing pressure to change. In order to make positive use of this, human resources and organizational development must be lived in harmony with the overall strategy. It is essential to overcome the limits that the term Human Resources sets for itself. That is why Quadriga University has developed a new standard of education with the MBA Leadership People & Organization, which enables our students to become key players in transformation processes at all levels.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)



Languages of instruction

English & German

Overview of the course

Duration of studies: 12 months or up to 24 months (in each case plus master thesis)

Classroom time: approx. 50 days (in Berlin)

Online-Sessions: approx. 24 sessions lasting 2 hours each

Study trip: 6 days in Singapore

Overview of the course


The courses at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin are attended while in employment. The Master’s programme therefore includes on-campus study sessions and self-study.


On-Campus Study Sessions

The on-campus study sessions take place on the Quadriga campus in the heart of Berlin. The interdisciplinary focus of the seminars, exercises and projects is supported by contributions from important innovators in the sector and thus provides students with practical know-how. Joint interactive learning through discussions and a constant multinational perspective prepare you to take on a leading role, ready to face the demands of a complex market.

The study sessions are scheduled once a month, generally from Thursday to Sunday. Additionally, the Human Resources specialisation includes a one-week long field trip abroad, strengthening the course’s international perspective.


Independent Study

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin attaches a great deal of importance to guided self-study and therefore provides online learning content on topics such as transformational leadership, controlling, law, and service management. The MBA Leadership provides flexible opportunities to prepare for study sessions and apply learned content, as well as project and group work.


Family and Career

The MBA programme at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin is also an attractive study model for students with family obligations. 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 children. What’s more, the classroom days are bundled and pre-planned, allowing students to arrange childcare well in advance.


MBA Criteria

The content of the MBA programmes is based on the EQUAL criteria. The overarching economic topics presented in the courses – such as economics, finance, marketing and strategy – originate in the Management & Economics area of expertise. They are therefore taught by lecturers from these disciplines. What’s more, the EQUAL criteria require that the MBA teaches diverse management skills. Hence, leadership in management is a key aspect of the Human Resources specialisation. In addition to general leadership skills, this also includes communication management and skills in presentation and demonstration, negotiation and persuasion.

Target Group

The MBA Leadership People & Organization is aimed at experienced professionals from organizations of all kinds who perform tasks in HR management, personnel or organizational development and aspire to more responsibility. In addition to leadership tasks and the hierarchy level, this includes above all the desired design influence in transformation processes.

Important dates 2020:

Application deadline: 09 May 2021

Start of course: 09 June 2021



The following qualifications are required for the MBA Leadership specialisation in Human Resources at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences in Berlin:

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.

  • Professional experience refers to employment in a full-time position. Part-time experience is calculated and recognised pro rata.

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

  • Whether you worked in one and the same post for the entire period or changed positions is irrelevant for the calculation.

Course-specific knowledge for the MBA in Leadership specialisation in Human Resources

  • You should be able to demonstrate relevant professional experience in HR management, or sound experience in HR-relevant processes in other functional areas for the MBA specialisation in Human Resources.

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 by the Examination and Admissions Committee if relevant proof is provided at the time of application.


Tuition fees without scholarship: 29,000 EUR*.
Matriculation fees: 500 EUR*.

*exempt from VAT


Together with our partners, we offer scholarships of up to 15,000 EUR for tuition fees. Do the scholarship check directly and learn more about the procedure.


Quadriga University Berlin offers various interest-free payment models to help you finance your studies.


The MBA Leadership People & Organization is made up of eight modules and the thesis.


  • 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,

    This course familiarises you 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 towards 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.

  • Strategic Impact & People Enablement,

    In this module we work out how “People & Organization” can be set up and managed as a function in order to unfold its full strategic relevance. Students learn to design and implement suitable (agile) organizational models based on the purpose and the overall strategy. This top-down perspective is supplemented by a bottom-up view in which the focus is on the individual needs of employees. Appropriate leadership approaches and training programs are derived from this. The module is rounded off by topics such as team effectiveness and diversity and inclusion.

  • Performance & Operational Excellence,

    In this module, we jointly analyze how holistic performance measurement and management can be developed on the basis of the organizational strategy. This includes targeted approaches and tools for different organizational units as well as forms of New Work. In addition, different digital methods and tools are evaluated with regard to their possible applications and limitations, and the requirements that must be met in order to use them for effective people and organization management are considered. This includes, in particular, data analytics and automation processes.



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