Master of Science in Corporate Management & Economics | CME

Innovative, interdisciplinary, individualized and international – a cutting-edge management qualification | Two-year master's in CME

For pre-thinkers and post-thinkers: our CME master for in-depth study.


More than ever before, decision-makers and entrepreneurs are being confronted with issues that can no longer be resolved with a traditional economics approach or a standard management qualification.

It is not just business schools that regularly underestimate the fact that the future viability of organizations and economic developments will be heavily influenced by how we structure the pace and complexity of the social, industrial and technological transformation.

Description of CME master's program

We believe in variety within depth. We believe in all-rounders who can specialize, and interdisciplinary experts who can be employed where disciplines cannot be identified – because economic problems are no respecters of specialist disciplinary boundaries.

In keeping with the ideal of a general entrepreneurial qualification, we are convinced that the combination of Business Administration & Political Economics with aspects of Communication & Cultural Sciences and Political & Administrative Sciences, will enable you to meet the complex leadership and management challenges of the 21st century – including the digital transformation, complex and international organizational structures, and the fragmentation of markets – with increased composure. Our main aim is to make you more sensitive to complex and interdisciplinary problems – because intelligent and sustainable decision-making requires more than just the accumulation of specialist knowledge.

Focus of CME master's program

As the constructive and responsible instigators, founders and leaders of tomorrow, we demand a lot from you today – and we know that you will be equally demanding of us. They say that economists like to optimize. Well, how about optimizing your analytical and learning abilities in our CME master's program?

Expand and consolidate your specialist knowledge by prioritizing a topic of your choosing from the following areas:


  • Family Business 
  • Sustainable Transport & Mobility,
  • Leadership & Relational Societies. 


They also say that a lack of discipline results in the need to consistently (re)integrate entrepreneurship into science, teaching and practice. Our CME master's program will task you with conducting your own individual research, and will equip you with the skills to do so – if you are open to it.


Bring along your questions and we will systematically and critically challenge traditional and current theories, business models, organizational and leadership modes, as well as their associated social systems – not just for your thesis, but also as part of a curricular (yet optional) research project. We believe that this will help you to acquire individual, internationally applicable and innovative skills which you will be able to productively apply to your career, be that in skills-intensive public spheres, non-profit and private spheres or in science, thus equipping you to find novel answers to the economic questions of tomorrow. Are you with us?

Course facts and information

  • Qualification: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters (= 2 years)
  • ECTS points: 120
  • Course language: German and English
  • Language skills: Good knowledge of English is necessary
  • Course begins: Fall semester (September)
  • Faculty: Faculty of Corporate Management & Economics
  • Fees per semester: € 5,490

Interested? Please note the language requirements

Although quite a few courses at ZU are offered in English, it is not possible to complete the CME degree program entirely in English. Language skills in English are preferred, while German is an absolute necessity. ZU requires very good proficiency in German language on C1 level for all degree-seeking applicants.


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Applicant Advisory & Admissions

Dierolf, Nadine
Dierolf, Nadine

Team of Applicant Advisory & Admissions


Phone: +49 7541 6009-2000
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Do you have any questions about the study programs and the application process? Then please contact our applicant advisory service.

A questionable program for the economy. We already had enough answers

So you've got your bachelor's degree in the bag, but still have questions? So do we. Our professors in the Faculty of Corporate Management & Economics are currently dedicating themselves to such issues as:


Leadership, governance and business ethics
Leadership is… when those you are leading follow of their own accord?

zeppelin-university.com/leadership




Mobility, trade & logistics
How will Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) transform our living environments and value creation processes?

zeppelin-university.com/mobility




Corporate financing
Which opportunities and risks does digital transformation entail for major corporations, SMEs and start-ups when choosing their financing mix?
zeppelin-university.com/corporate-finance


International economic theory & policy
Is (income) inequality increasing in the world? If so, what can economic policy do to counteract this?

zeppelin-university.com/international-economics


Family businesses
How can family businesses ensure their future viability? In doing so, how can the children of entrepreneurs, successors and the active senior generation collaborate to improve their prospects?
zeppelin-university.com/family-business



Financial market econometrics
What will electronic stock exchange trading look like in the future? How can the informative content of prices on electronic stock exchanges be measured using econometric models?

zeppelin-university.com/econometrics


Economic & transport policy
What will sustainable mobility look like in the future? How will transport infrastructure be developed for the 21st century?

zeppelin-university.com/transport-policy



Innovation & technology management
How can the integration of partners and solutions from other industries lead to radical innovations in a quicker and less risky way?

zeppelin-university.com/innovation




Financial market econometrics
Why is “culture” the hardest organizational “structure” to change? Should science always be taken seriously? And if so, then why?

zeppelin-university.com/socio-economics

Team of Applicant Advisory & Admissions

Dierolf Nadine, Gröner Alissa, Wallace Birgit
Dierolf Nadine, Gröner Alissa, Wallace Birgit
Team Applicant Advisory & Admissions
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2000
Room:ZF Campus

Executive Program Director

Ege, Verena
Ege, Verena
Executive Program Director Corporate Management & Economics | CME and General Management | GEMA
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1805
Room:FAB 3 | 0.69
Häcker-Kruck, Isabell
Häcker-Kruck, Isabell Dr
Executive Program Director Corporate Management & Economics

Program advisory board

The critical assessment of our study program by third parties is a key part of our quality assurance concept. Experts from science and practice are involved as external appraisers on all aspects of improving and reconfiguring our study and exam regulations.

The current members of the program advisory board are:

  • Dr. Christa Hainz
  • Dr. Christoph Kneip
  • Prof. Dr. Winfried Pohlmeier
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