MBA Leadership & Human Resources

The MBA Leadership & Human Resources at Quadriga University aims to strengthen skills in the realm of strategic structuring. A qualitatively new approach to HR is needed in order to provide the necessary leadership skills in all departments within a business. Only by doing this will it be possible to establish HR as an active participant in the change and development processes of a business and achieve the acceptance necessary.

Study Concept

HR is associated with a range of diverse and demanding tasks and requires mastery of three key areas of expertise. In a unique way, the MBA programme links management knowledge from all operational processes with communication skills, as well as competence-based assessment and evaluation methods that help to realise the value of HR within a company. The degree programme is distinctively practical.


Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Language of Instruction

English / German 

Applicants for the MBA Leadership & Human Resources

The MBA is primarily aimed at potential students from international, industrial, family-run and -controlled companies, who have qualified as prospective leaders through their previous professional success. Not only is the MBA suitable for young professionals from the field of HR, but also those from other departments where HR processes are relevant.

Post-graduate career paths

The MBA programme qualifies you for management roles in the area of strategic personnel and organisation development, particularly in fields such as performance management, talent management and organisational evaluation and development. The holistic curriculum allows graduates to take on leading positions with a strong perspective on strategic HR management. That way, you can overcome the pillarisation of career paths, which creates added value for flexible and transparent organisations.


Extra-occupational (Part-time) Study Programme

All degree programmes at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin are offered on a part-time basis. The degree courses consist of both on-site classroom training and self-study. The classroom sessions mostly take place at the Quadriga campus in Berlin. Most knowledge segments are being acquired via guided independent study.

Classroom Training

The on-campus classroom sessions form the core of Quadriga University’s study programme. The regular on-site segments are normally scheduled over a long weekend, lasting from Thursday to Sunday.

Scheduled alongside these monthly teaching units are several extended classroom sessions of approximately five to seven days. Summer School, the longest on-site segment, lasts about ten days. It provides students with a particularly wide variety of teachings, practice-oriented events and further joint activities. Furthermore, an integral part of each degree programme is a one-week educational trip.

Guided Self-Study

Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin places great value on guided self-study. This includes lesson preparation and follow-up, as well as project and group work. Students are provided their study material in print; additional materials such as presentations and case studies are available on the school’s intranet.

Compatibility of Family and Study

Quadriga University makes sure to shape its study model to be suitable for professionals with young families.

  • The high proportion of self-directed study allows for studying and working simultaneously.

  • The small number of students and the personal mentoring allows the faculty to individually address the specific needs of students with children.

  • The classroom training segments are announced months in advance, to make it easier for participants with children to find childminding options.

  • Bundling the on-site segments into selected long weekends allows to organise childminding by the partner or other family members.

MBA Criteria

Quadriga University´s MBA degree programmes adhere to the European guidelines for MBA courses proposed by the European Quality Link (EQUAL), the association of national accreditation institutions.

The content of the MBA degree programmes follow the EQUAL criteria, which provides a strong focus across all business topics, such as principles of business economics, finance, marketing and strategic foundations (business policy and strategy). Core issues like these fall within the scope of the management and business economics department and are therefore taught by their lecturers.

Alongside specific business content, EQUAL requires the teaching of a broad set of management skills. Amongst these are – as well as leadership skills – human resources management, presentation and representation, and the art of negotiation.



The MBA Leadership & Human Resources comprises eight modules and the final assignment (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 & Service Management

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.

Human Resources in Organisations

This module addresses leadership in HR management: Alongside the development of leadership skills, improvements of HR skills as a team, analysing effective organisational units is also covered.

Transformational Leadership in Organisations

In this module, the lectures familiarise you with in-depth aspects of strategic human resources and organisational development: performance and talent management, compensation models, diversity in organisations, systemic coaching and transformational leadership. The module concludes with aspects of corporate ethics that are becoming increasingly relevant to decision makers.

Admission Requirements

In order to take up a course of studies at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin, certain qualifications are required:

1. A successfully completed degree, qualifying for a profession (e.g. diploma, master’s, state examination or bachelor)

  • Applicants must have earned at least 240 ECTS credits. Normally, the required credits have been earned with a magister, diploma or master’s degree.

  • Upon application (e.g. if you have a bachelor degree or comparable that does not provide the required credits), relevant work experience can serve as a substitute for part of the required academic credits. Please speak with the student advisors.

2. Minimum of three years work experience in a relevant field, of which two years post-graduation

  • You may have spent the entire period in the same position, or changed your position.

  • Work experience should be calculated based on a full-time position. If you have held part-time positions, these will only count proportionately.
    Example: You worked half-time for one year – this would count for six months of professional experience.

3. Specialised knowledge requirements for the MBA Leadership & Human Resources

  • Applicants to the MBA Leadership & Human Resources should bring along relevant professional experience in HR management or possess a sound knowledge of HR-relevant processes in different operational areas.

4. Excellent command of English

  • To take up your studies at Quadriga, you need to prove sufficient knowledge of the English language. Therefore, a TOEFL with a result of at least 80 points should be submitted (internet-based). The test must have been taken within two years of the start of the degree programme. Quadriga University’s institution code for TOEFL is 6989

If you would like to do a different English test or prove your English skills another way, please contact the directors of studies at the University.

Course Structure & Dates

Overview on the course structure

Duration of study: 18 months (extra-occupational)

On-campus attendance: 46 days (in Berlin)

Study trip abroad




Assessments: ongoing 

Next course start date: June 12th 2019




Fees, Financing & Scholarship

Tuition fees: 29.000 EUR*

Enrolment fee: 500 EUR*

Scholarships: Partial scholarships up to € 10.000 EUR** 

*exept from VAT
** Scholarships are limited, 1/3 or 1/4 available 


Financing Options

Scholarship Programmes

Quadriga University offers a number of scholarships to its students. If you would like to apply for a scholarship please contact the university’s directors of studies to receive information about our scholarship partners and to look at your chances of receiving a scholarship. Furthermore, MBA and M.A. students may be offered various means of funding.

Financing Through the Employer

There are a number of sponsorship models, which can provide employer-funded study at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin, for example a binding clause guaranteeing partial or total repayment binds the employee to their company for a certain period of time. In return, the employer completely or partially covers the tuition fees and additional study costs. Sponsorship offers an ideal opportunity for talent management within modern and innovative personnel management departments. Talents are purposefully and consistently promoted. Since Quadriga’s study programmes are part-time degree courses, the sponsored employee remains a full member of their company’s work force. This sponsorship model demonstrates an employer's confidence in their employees as well as honouríng their work done up to that point.

Financing Through Student/Education Loans

Students are provided with financial assistance in the form of education or student loans, which are granted by public or private sponsors. The main advantage of such loans over conventional bank loans is their lower interest rate. A student loan is usually granted without other collateral, as it is calculated based on expected future earnings after graduation.

Financing Through Education Funds

Education funds are offered privately and are a form of educational funding that allows for maximum flexibility, independent from bank obligations. The financial support thereby covers cost of living, tuition fees and trips abroad. The repayment terms are individually negotiated and calculated based on expected future earnings. With education funds, interest and repayments do not apply and, therefore, the maximum amount of repayment is limited.

Tax Deductibility of Tuition Fees as Training Costs

Studying at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin serves as a professional qualification in communications management and public affairs, and is therefore, by law, considered professional development. Therefore, tuition fees at Quadriga University as well as further additional costs, such as textbooks and periodicals, study materials and travel expenses, are deductible as business expenses in the annual tax return. However, binding information from a tax counselor or tax lawyer should be collected regarding country-specific distinctions.

Individual Payment Agreements with the University

In addition to the options listed above, you may also be offered an individual payment plan with the university. Here, distinct conditions for a payment period going beyond the duration of the study programme or special rates and repayments can be laid down. The directors of study will be happy to provide more information on possibilities.

Mentoring Programme

Mentors play a key role regarding Quadriga’s teachings. Our mentors are experienced and renowned practitioners, foremost from the fields of communication management, media, politics and human resources management, amongst them also members of the university’s Board of Trustees.

To guarantee personal knowledge transfer and practical relevance, every student (mentee) is assigned a mentor. The mentor supports the mentee on questions regarding personal career management, gives practical insights, imparts relevant contacts as well as extended access to various networks.

The mentoring process spans throughout the entire course of studies. During this time frame, mentor and mentee meet on a regular basis by individual arrangement. For further information on Quadriga University’s mentoring programme, please contact our directors of study.





















Advisory Board

Practical Relevance and Quality Management

To meet the demands of its practical content, a quality-focussed Advisory Board advises and supports the running of the MBA Leadership & Human Resources programme. The Board is composed of individuals who offer high added value for students, in particular due to their wide range of skills and experience in corporations and institutions.

The overall task of the Advisory Board is to keep track of current and future leadership challenges and bring relevant knowledge to the design of the course and lectures. The Board also supports Quadriga’s research.

Geared to the specific needs of students, the mentoring programme at Quadriga University is a key opportunity for networking. Advisory Board members support students as mentors with issues of individual career planning, and provide practical insight and relevant networking contacts. Because of their expertise and experience in all areas of operational value, they represent a new quality of future leaders in the field of HR and other departmental areas.

As lecturers, Board members also make a valuable contribution to practice-based teaching, complementing the academic profile of the MBA Leadership & Human Resources.






















Advisory Board Members


Dr. Thomas Bachmann
Managing Partner
artop GmbH

Dr. Petra Bahr
Head of the Department of Politics and Consulting
Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Udo Bekker
Member of the Board
MVV Energie AG

Dr. Axel Brand
Managing Director
PUK-WERKE KG Kunststoff-Stahlverarbeitung GmbH & Co.

Wolfgang Büchel
Head of Eastern Branch Association

Dr. Christian Debus
Global Executive Vice President
Camfil Air Pollution Control

Prof. Dr. Birgit Felden
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Succession Berlin
School of Economics and Law and TMS AG

Prof. Dr. Gernold Frank
Emeritus Professor for Human Resources und Organisational Studies
Berlin University of Applied Sciences

Lorenz Freudenberg
Consultant for corporate succession.
Change process support.
Consulting Freudenberg

Manfred Grundke
General partner and spokesman for the Knauf Group
Gebr. Knauf Verwaltungsgesellschaft

Gerd Hartwig
Chief representative CLAAS Group/HR

Roland Hehn
Chief Human Resources Officer
Heraeus Holding GmbH

Dr. Susan Hennersdorf
Chief representative Sales
EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Dr. Katharina Herrmann
Human Resources Director
50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Markus Hipp
Executive Board member
BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt

Jörg Hurtz
Executive Vice President Global Operations
Heraeus Quarzglas GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Walter Körmer
Managing Director
Lindenfarb Textilveredelung Julius Probst GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Brigitte Lammers
Office Leader Berlin & Member of the
Global Executive Committee of Egon Zehnder

Tobias Leipprand
Executive Director
LEAD | Mercator Capacity Building Center for ­
Leadership & Advocacy

Holger Lösch
Member of the Executive Board
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
(BDI – Federation of German Industry)

Dr. Uwe Mazura
General Manager
Gesamtverband der deutschen Textil- und Modeindustrie e.V.
(Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry)

Dr. Hans-Jürgen Meyer
Member of the Board
Dussmann Stiftung & Co. KGaA

Jürgen Noll
Executive Vice President Human Resources
Vibracoustic GmbH

Katharina Pahl
Senior Advisor HR

Jörg Reckhenrich
Artist, Consultant, Author, Speaker 

Stefan Ries
Chief Human Resources Officer

Ulrich Schuemer
Chairman of the Board
Schmitz Cargobull AG

Andrea Teutenberg
Member of the Supervisory Board
Bombardier Transportation GmbH

Jörg Unger

Dr. Albrecht von Breitenbuch
Lawyer and Partner
Berwin, Leighton und Paisner LLP

Felix von Nathusius

Matthias von Plotho
Head of Finance EMEA
Linde AG / Linde Gas Division

Thomas P. Wagner
Senior Advisor Familiy Business

Volker Walprecht
CFO and Managing Director
HX Holding GmbH

Julia Weiss
Managing Partner and owner
Weiss & Cie.

Christian Werner
Chief Human Resource and Public Affairs Officer
Scope Group and Scope Ratings AG

Lars Zimmermann
Executive Vice President
hy! Berlin

Educational trip

The ‘Human Resources in Organisations’ module has participants sharpen their international perspectives during a one-week stay in the USA. During this, you will collaborate with renowned institutions that provide inclusive insight into trends, dynamics and the future of (HR) management while simultaneously promoting your development towards having confident leadership skills.





















It is of great importance to Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin for the participants of the degree programmes to be qualified, motivated and goal-oriented. For this purpose, the University 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

The application process at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin is divided into five stages:

Personal Consultation

The student counsellors at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin will be happy to assist you and to provide all information necessary about the application process. Please start your application process with a personal consultation with one of our student advisors, either by e-mail, phone, or in person at the university campus in Berlin.


Submit the necessary documents to the university. The application documents are available for download here. Consult the checklist and see if you have all of the required application documents.


Based on their application, applicants who qualify for a degree programme at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin will be invited for a personal interview. All other applicants will receive a letter of rejection.

The assessment usually takes place about two weeks after the application closing date, at Quadriga campus.

During the assessment, which will last approximately one hour, university representatives will conduct an intensive interview with you. This assessment is to ensure that the applicants fulfil the necessary criteria to complete the chosen degree programme. Therefore, the assessment evaluates both the applicant's professional expertise and their personal motivation to enrol for their chosen degree programme.


If we are convinced of your suitability and motivation, you will receive a written letter of acceptance from the University, together with a training contract for your selected degree programme.


As soon as you have mailed back your signed training contract and all other documents, you will be officially enrolled at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin, and then receive a certificate of enrolment. Your student identity card will be mailed to you within approx. four weeks..

Application Documents

In this section you will find an overview of all documents to be included in your application. This will assist you in compiling all of the required documents. Please download the checklist, which you can enclose with your application.

You must submit the following documents when applying:

Completed Application Form

Please use the official application form to provide all necessary personal information as well as your past educational and professional experience.

You find the application form here:


Curriculum Vitae (tabular form) with passport photo

Please give a brief outline of your key life stages (max. 1 page) and add a passport photo.


Proof of Academic Degree

Please include an officially certified copy of the diploma/graduation certificate from your first academic degree in your application (in case you earned several degrees: officially certified copies of all academic degrees).

If you have acquired less than 240 ECTS credits during your academic training so far (especially bachelor degrees with 180 ECTS credits), your professional experience may count for up to 60 credits.


Proof of Professional Experience

You need at least three years of professional experience in order to be accepted onto a degree programme at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Please include relevant certificates and reference letters in your application.


Proof of English Language Skills

Please provide evidence of an adequate command of English through a successfully completed TOEFL (80 points, internet-based). On the day of the test, please provide the institution code for Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin (6989) so that the results will be sent directly to the university. You may find acknowledged tests for proof of language skills in the document “Acknowledged Language Tests”.


Personal Statement

Please include a motivational letter, approximately one page in length, explaining why you are interested in your chosen degree programme at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Please describe your future goals for when you have successfully completed your degree and how the programme’s focus aligns with your future career planning.


Letter of Reference

Please enclose a letter of reference from a superior or somebody in a comparable position who can evaluate your strengths and weaknesses from a professional perspective, and state how and why the successful completion of the degree programme will further your career planning (approx. one page).

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