Executive Master of Science in Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP

Europe's only part-time, university Executive Master of Science in Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP trains creative company employees in the art of digital business concepts. As part of the master's program, the underlying conditions, trends and effects of digitalization are examined in terms of economics, communications, and social sciences.

The development of a personal digital business idea , face-to-face encounters with innovative players in the field of digitalization, the practice of academic methods and the interdisciplinary consideration of transformations all combine to make Digital Pioneering a cutting-edge conceptual space with global relevance. Collaborations with prestigious universities and a worldwide network of partner universities allow the students to take a global outlook when arranging their study content, while also allowing them to gain hands-on entrepreneurial experience.

This master's course is not just aimed at IT specialists with a background in computer sciences, business information systems or mathematics who desire a straightforward management career; it is also aimed at employees in the fields of corporate development, marketing and sales, journalism, trade and services, as well as people starting their own company.

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Qualification: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Study format: Part-time (17-21 months)

ECTS credits: 90+30 (with accreditation for work experience)

Course language: English

Languages required: English to C1 level is required

Course commences: October '22, '23, '24

Faculty: Faculty of Corporate Management & Economics

Tuition fees: 25,900 euro

Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP alumni careers

Our alumni outline how the Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP executive master's program positively impacted their broader professional and personal development:

Main topics & teaching portfolio

The study program will teach you about all digital matters and theories based on the most recent academic research . It provides methods and tools in addition to interdisciplinary skills from a variety of academic viewpoints. Equipped with these techniques, you will be in a position to methodically carry out your own research activities. The final semester of the study program is therefore dedicated to writing a research-oriented, university-equivalent master's thesis.

The master's study program is taught in weekly blocks from Monday to Friday in small groups. It takes place at our campus in Friedrichshafen (10 modules), Berlin (1 module) and South Africa (1 module).

Overview of mandatory modules

  • Innovation & Technology Management
  • Business Model Development
  • Platform Business and Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurial Finance & Corporate Venturing
  • Digital Value Network & Collaboration in Networks
  • Management of Knowledge-Based Firms
  • International Academy
  • New Digital Business in Mobility & Other Markets
  • Future Developement in Digitalization

Study program & sequence

The master's study program consists of a single phase with mandatory modules, elective modules and the master's thesis.

Classroom-based modules & elective modules

  • Our classroom-based modules cover facets of management research relating to economics and social sciences, as well as legal, social and political aspects. In addition, elective modules allow you to fine-tune your personal profile and study alongside students from other eMA programs.

Project work

  • As a master's student, during the first twelve months of the course you will do a project relating to your own business context in parallel with your seminars. This project allows you to immediately apply the content you have learned in a company environment and to consistently translate theory into practice.

Master's phase

  • The master's phase involves the completion of the study program with the writing of the master's thesis and the subsequent thesis defense.

  • Mandatory modules 1-10

totaling 40 ECTS credits

  • Elective modules 2 from 4

totaling 8 ECTS credits

  • Project work

totaling 12 ECTS credits

  • Master's phase

totaling 30 ECTS credits

Professional development, practical training & internationality

The executive, university-equivalent master's course takes an interdisciplinary approach and will enable you to develop and realize digital business models. Supervised by trainers and coaches, and with personalized and experience-based learning formats, you will expand your research skills and methodological know-how to enable you to effectively bring digital business models to fruition and drive innovations.

Practical application and the transfer of knowledge are at the forefront of the program. That's why you will work on a business project for the duration of the study program and, all going well, you will apply this specialist knowledge to your own business.

A key part of the Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP executive master's program is the week-long trip abroad which is run in cooperation with the University of Cape Town in South Africa and gives students the chance to apply their skills in an international context. The overseas module is designed to help develop cross-cultural perspectives and to reinforce the course content in real-life business situations abroad.

How your company can actively benefit
  • Project work

Carry out a project which is relevant for the company based on the most up-to-date research

  • Increase in-house expertise

New process knowledge in the form of finding, developing and marketing relevant solutions in fields such as Cyber Security, Procurement, and Digital Services

  • Network & research

Increased networking opportunities with experts from other companies, organizations and institutions spanning a wide range of industries and technologies

Conditions of admission

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification
  • Relevant professional experience of at least 12 months
  • Current employment contract or registered self-employment
  • Knowledge of English (ZU test)
  • Successful participation in ZU selection process

Business cooperations & financing

The tuition fees for the 21-month Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP executive master's program are € 25,900.

There are numerous personal financing options available for your studies at ZU. Some business cooperations require specific conditions to be met (e.g. for grants). Contact us for further details.

Selection process & application

We are looking forward to getting to know you, your professional path, your ideas and your goals.

That's why, subsequent to the extensive online application, the selection process for the executive master's program includes a face-to-face meeting on campus.

We will conduct one or two interviews with you, where your interview partners will be academics or, for certain programs, even external people such as friends and patrons of Zeppelin University.


The application procedure for the Digital Pioneering | eMA DIP will also involve a written English test on the same day as your interview.

Overview of application steps
  1. Kick-Off
  2. Online application
  3. Selection day
  4. Response with approval or denial

Program management | Academic contact partners

Schulz, Wolfgang H.
Schulz, Wolfgang H. Prof Dr habil
Director of the Center for Mobility Studies
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1610
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1199
Room:Semi 1.04
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