Master of Science

Business Consulting

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The perfect combination of business, IT and soft skills

Organising business processes well. This is the core of every successful business model. With our master's programme we teach the tools needed for this – the analysis, optimisation and monitoring of processes. No matter how large and complex the business is. We focus on the flow of money and information within IT solutions.

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Furtwangen
  • Faculty: Business Information Systems
  • Programme begins: summer semester (March)
  • Application deadline: 15 October (summer semester)
  • Entry requirements: University degree (bachelor) in business information systems, information technology, economics, or similar. At least one year of professional experience after graduation. English language skills
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • International Lessons are held in English. Our groups are very international. This allows you to build up a worldwide network during your studies.
  • SAP Lab We have the SAP ECC and BI core system at our faculty. We also offer access to SAP CRM, HANA, SCM and much more. We provide our students with an overview of all relevant processes.
  • Organise business processes well You work at the interface between IT and specialist departments. With the management and consulting skills you learn here, you'll understand all areas and can optimise them. Become a Business Consultant!
  • Where can I work? This course is suitable for anyone who would like to work in SAP consulting, business process optimisation, strategic consulting or similar areas.

Details of study programme

Programme content and structure

The standard period of study for our master's degree programme is three semesters. The first semester focuses on the basics, from supply chain management and consulting methods to business process management. The second semester builds on this, for example when it comes to business strategies and data warehousing. In the third semester, you will write your thesis, either outside the university with contact to industry or at the university.

Entry requirements

A first degree and English language proficiency are required to apply for a "Business Consulting" study place.

In detail: We require a first, above-average, professionally qualifying university degree in the field of economics, computer science, business informatics or a related field, which involved at least three years of full-time study resulting in a bachelor's, master's, magister, a diploma recognised in Germany, or equivalent. In terms of language skills, proof of English language proficiency of at least TOEFL IBT 76 or IELTS Academic 6.0 or equivalent must be provided. Only native speakers from the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and anyone who has completed a university degree in these countries do not need to send proof of English language proficiency. German language skills do not need to be proven - but we encourage all our students to take part in the free German courses at the university.

Your application

The application period runs from 15  April to 15 October. The course only starts once a year on 1 March, i.e. in the summer semester. We send out our admission letters by post at the end of December and at the same time by email so that students can apply for a visa as early as possible. If you move or change your email address, we need this information immediately so that we can keep in touch. 

Please send your application to the following address: Ms Sabina Tomas, BCM, Furtwangen University, Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1, 78120 Furtwangen, Germany.

We will send an automatic confirmation of receipt. This can take up to three weeks. It is not necessary to send a confirmation of dispatch by post.

What's included

Special features

Our lecturers are top experts from industry. 
Our students benefit from their expertise and many years of practical experience!

Your career prospects

Blue skies ahead

Business consulting professionals are trained to become all-rounders with the ability to find creative solutions. Our graduates have a comprehensive knowledge of business administration, accounting, logistics and corporate management as well as the use and application of modern information technologies. Students receive practical training in analysing the flow of goods, money and information in companies, particularly in the industrial sector, and in developing competently evaluated concepts for designing optimal business processes. BCM graduates are able to select or design, adapt, integrate and introduce comprehensive application systems at company level, including user training and support.

Professional responsibilities may include:

  • Process management in companies of all sizes and industries
  • Design and development of database systems and business intelligence concepts
  • Use of business and logistics knowledge as a basis for the introduction of new standard software
  • Use of standard software to implement logistics and business processes
  • Application of methodology to manage projects and companies (e.g. consulting companies)
  • Profile enhancement for more targeted communication with the market

Sought-after expertise

The demand for consultants with this profile is extremely high and is growing steadily. There are currently around 11,000 consulting firms in Germany. Twenty of the large consulting firms alone employ more than 5,000 people. In addition, solution providers that market standard software or software packages require around the same number of employees. The demand for specialists in this area cannot currently be met.

BCM graduates can choose from a variety of career paths in different areas, from management to information technology. Graduates of this degree programme can get off to a flying start in any business area or industry around the world!

Here are just a few possible career paths:

  • SAP consulting
  • Business process consulting
  • Supply chain management consulting
  • Consulting for Business Intelligence
  • Business analysis
  • Software engineering
  • Financial consulting

 

Testimonials

Aniketa Sharma

"I can attribute my outstanding SAP skills to Business Consulting at HFU. Professors at HFU are really helpful and university staff are so friendly. Living in Furtwangen is an altogether beautiful experience. It also has provided me with an opportunity to strengthen my core subject SAP BI and hone my managerial skills. BCM is the plinth on which my pillar of success stands."
Aniketa Sharma, India - Erlang Developer at Kairion Gmbh, Germany

Jothiswaren Athma Rao

"This course blends Business and IT consulting with Management Principles. Perfect tailor-made course for anyone interested in starting their career in SAP or Process Consulting as it offers plenty of options to develop a solid foundation."
Jothiswaren Athma Rao, India - Senior Consultant at Deloitte GmbH, Germany

Stefan Geiselhart

"Within three semesters of studying in a professional and intercultural environment, skills and expertise get leveraged and pushed to the top. Even beyond studies I was offered a broad variety of opportunities to take and work with. During the Business Consulting master's programme at HFU you undergo a profound change, becoming perfectly prepared for your future work and challenges. The future world of consulting can hardly wait for you to finally graduate!" 
Stefan Geiselhart, Germany - Student at HFU, Germany

Amit Upadhye

"BCM helped me to expand my horizons. I learned many useful professional skills which helped me to jumpstart my career. All the professors were really helpful. I would also like to mention the student community at HFU which was like a big happy family living in beautiful Furtwangen."
Amit Upadhye, India - Engineer COE SAP, Ireland

Karthik Suresh

"BCM programme is very good for students who want to enter the field of consulting or SAP. The curriculum gives a very good overview of SAP, which gave me the opportunity to learn SAP SD/MM/PP/BI modules with practical exposure of using the SAP system. I appreciated it very much that new subjects such as SAP Customisation were added to the programme upon students’ requests. I would like to thank the whole BCM programme team. Thanks to their guidance I was able to get a full-time job here in Germany."
Karthik Suresh, India - Junior Consultant at Triumph GmbH, Germany

    Faculty of Business Information Systems

    At the Faculty of Business Information Systems, we offer two exciting subject areas in one – our degree programmes combine aspects of business with computer science – and this means our students are sought-after experts in digitalisation and cutting-edge fields such as data science, artificial intelligence, mobility, robotics automation and sustainability.

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    Our research topics include logistics, business application development, business intelligence and IT management. The research results are published and presented at national and international conferences and trade fairs.

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    •  Prof. Dr. Holger Ziekow
      Prof. Dr. Holger Ziekow Vice Dean Academics
      Dean of Studies Business Consulting (MSc)
    •  Sabina Tomas
      Sabina Tomas Programme coordinator
      Business Consulting (MSc)