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Operations Research and Business Analytics/ ORBA


Study Program: Operations Research and Business Analytics
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Type: Research, theoretical orientation
Class: Numerous Clausus; Classes with 30 (winter)  and ... (summer)students
GPA: 2,9
Tuition: Subsidized by German goverment for all students
Admission: Documents + Academic Requirements
Modules: Overview of classes: Program Structure
Credits: ECTS 120, including Master's Thesis
Regulations: Study- and Exam Regulations
Internships: Not integrated in the study program
Begin: Winter semester (October), summer semester (April)

Study program description:

The MSC program in Operations Research and Business Analytics is designed to equip students with knowledge, quantitative tools and skills for analyzing and monitoring the performance of public and private enterprises and providing managers with quantitative information for strategic, tactical and operational decisions. In particular, students learn to solve challenging problems in Supply Chain Management and Financial Management.

The program builds upon a strong basis in data analysis, quantitative modelling and algorithms. The program qualifies students for accepting challenging positions in the private and the public sector worldwide, as well as for future scholarly research, for example, in our doctoral program in Business Administration. The quantitative modelling expertise gives students excellent career opportunities

During the first semester, students must choose between two specialization tracks:      Financial Management or Supply Chain Management

The fourth semester is reserved for a master's thesis including a research seminar. Candidates must demonstrate their ability to work independently on a selected topic using scientific methods.

Note: This study program is a cooporation between the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Economics & Management.

Academic requirements for admission:

Applicants must proof an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a recognized university, with sufficient credits in economics and business administration or mathematics and statistics. Please see application details  below for specific information regarding the number of credits. Additionally, English skills must be proven through with a recognized English test, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

An undergraduate degree is considered relevant with:
a minimum of 65 credits /ECTS (EU) or 13 modules (Non-EU) in: economics, business administration plus 18 ECTS/4 modules with quantative studies;
or ...a minimum of 65 credits /ECTS(EU) or 13 modules (Non-EU) orientated in: mathematics, statistics;
or ...a minimum of 80 credits /ECTS (EU) or 16 modules (Non-EU) all together in: mathematics, statistics, economics, business administration. 

English language proof and list of options:

The language of instruction and assessment in our full-time master's study program is exclusively English. Students must demonstrate fluent written and spoken English on a graduate level, such as the knowledge and skills necesary to complete academic papers. Applicants with good knowledge of English may proof their performance with one of the recognized options.

Counseling option:

The university has a variety of offices to support students during their studies, including workshops and personal counseling. Exclusively for ISP students, the program coordinator of International Study Program Office assists with study organization and advising. Additionally, an academic orientation seminar is offered at the beginning of the winter term as well as multiple presentations which are held by students for students (SIMP-SON) about university life and integration into German society.


The M.Sc. Operations Research and Business Analytics prepares students for careers in supply chain management, operations, logistics, finance and risk management, consulting, and IT. If you would like more information about career services, internships, job search counselling, job interviews, workshops, etc., please check out the Career Service Center which is an institution of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg.

Study abroad:

Our faculty fosters well-established relationships with reputed universities in many countries. If a graduate student wishes to study abroad for one semester (the third semester is suggested), we will be happy to advise him/her and provide credit transfer counseling. Travel grants may be available on an individual basis and must be applied for. For detailed information and counseling, please visit the homepage of the International Office and of the faculty.


There are no compulsory internship requirements. However, graduate students are encouraged to complete at least one internship over the course of their studies in order to gain experience within a German, or an international, workplace culture and environment. Internships must be self-organized; furthermore, the AIESEC, IAESTE, and Leonardo Da Vinci organizations provide opportunities and assistance to both German and international students.

A short introduction to the educational system in Germany:

The university system in Germany is based on a strong self-organizing structure, which includes familiarizing yourself with the study handbook and regulations. Students should be very responsible, self-organized, and flexible to ensure that they can finish the program successfully. A typical study week involves approx. seven lectures of 90 minutes each, plus two or three tutorials. Prior to and after attending lectures, students are required (approx. 3 hrs/wk per class) to independently study in order to expand and reinforce their understanding of the material introduced in class.

Letzte Änderung: 16.03.2018 - Contact Person: Webmaster
Program Director:

Prof. Dr. G. Kiesmüller