The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, Risk and Insurance is designed for professionals who aspire to a successful career in finance, risk management as well as investment and trade credit insurance.
This world-class postgraduate program will guide you through management and entrepreneurial leadership and financial and insurance skills enabling you to perform at the top of the international trade, finance, and insurance industry.
The Offenburg University MBA includes the Postgraduate Certificate in Export Finance and Trade Credit Insurance and takes 18 months to complete.
The MBA will prepare you for senior roles that have a major responsibility, accelerating your progress towards well-paid positions of leadership.
The program provides a unique combination of the latest academic research, practical application and a broad variety of topics.
Participants will learn from leading finance and insurance practitioners as well as renowned academics how to put academic thinking and business strategies into professional practice. The program is designed to be flexible in the delivery in order to cater for a diverse range of students from a variety of backgrounds, places, and sectors.
How You Learn
You will study a variety of online/distance learning modules and will attend block seminars in the stunning German Black Forest across three semesters at Offenburg University’s highly-ranked Faculty of Business.
- International Financial Markets
- Fintech and Insuretech
- Macroeconomic Risk Analysis
- ECA Foundations and Principles
- Underwriting and Portfolio Management
- Corporate Diplomacy
- Innovative Decision Making
- International Negotiation Skills
- Delivered by experts: Program Director Professor Andreas Klasen
- Duration: 12 Months (PG Cert) + 6 Months (MBA Top-Up) = 18 Months (Full MBA)
- Delivery: Online/Distance Learning and Block Seminars
- Awards: Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The Offenburg University MBA in Finance, Risk and Insurance enables you to work with ambitious professionals discovering an experience that is truly transformational.
The course structure of the MBA in Finance, Risk and Insurance is based on seven core taught online/distance learning modules in Semester One and Semester Two with 60 (ECTS) credits focusing on management and leadership as well as finance, risk, and insurance topics leading to a Postgraduate Certificate. The module “Introduction to Finance and Insurance” includes a non-compulsory induction week in the German Black Forest.
Students who successfully complete the 12 months Postgraduate Certificate (equivalent to a UK Postgraduate Diploma) can convert this to an MBA in Finance, Risk and Insurance by completing the Master’s Top-Up. This will take an additional 6 months to complete.
The Master‘s Top-up
In Semester Three, students will gain 30 ECTS and attend block seminars at Offenburg University‘s Campus Gengenbach choosing one elective (modules offered may vary). In addition, research skills will be developed in order to prepare participants for their Master Thesis.
How You Are Assessed
The program will be assessed through written examinations at the end of each semester, and attendance in person at the examinations in Offenburg is compulsory for all students. Written examinations may include short case studies, calculations, or multiple choice questions. Additionally, students will be assessed through coursework which may include essays or individual/group presentations.
An undergraduate degree (Bachelor, Diploma or equivalent) in Business or a related discipline with 210 ECTS and a 2.5 grade, or a good second class standard or above.
Candidates with other professional or academic qualifications will be subject to a pre-examination and/or review by the program director.
Proof of either professional or relevant work experience in finance, risk, and/or insurance (minimum 2 years following graduation).
Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: Grade 6.5 (no section less than 6.0), or TOEFL: 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 87 (internet).
Research-Rich & Business Focused
Offenburg University is a research-rich, business-focused high-performance institution. It is based in the Black Forest, one of Germany’s economic powerhouses. Offenburg University is top five in applied research in the South West, forming a thriving community with more than 4,000 students on two campuses. The university is widely recognized for its international reach and was one of the first German universities with international Master programs. Students benefit from world-class research and hands-on teaching.
The Faculty of Business is consistently ranked among the top business schools in Germany. The faculty has a reputation for innovative teaching methods and individual supervision with small classes ensuring a unique learning experience. Offenburg University is business focused with global links to corporates, banks as well as national governments and multilateral.
The MBA is closely connected with Offenburg University’s Institute for Trade and Innovation (IfTI). IfTI members have a reputation for their methodologies and methods as well as their unparalleled experience in innovation, trade policy, and export finance. IfTI researchers support benchmarking, strategy, process improvement, and evaluation projects for world-class institutions such as African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), EKF Denmark’s Export Credit Agency, the International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (ICISA) and ITFC, Islamic Development Bank Group.
Who Should Study for an MBA?
This program is suitable for corporate practitioners looking for an in-depth and practical understanding of export finance and trade credit insurance. It is aimed at individuals working within Trade & Export Finance Banks, Private Credit and Political Risk Insurance Underwriters and Brokers, Export Credit Agencies and Development Finance Institutions, Governments, Law firms, as well as Corporate Exporters.