The Master’s degree programme in Small Enterprise Promotion and Training comprises four semesters (Two years), beginning in the winter semester and completed with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The international degree programme is dedicated to business promotion, development and training of medium-sized enterprises in developing and emerging countries and is aimed at people with professional experience. More information about the contents of the degree programme, the course of studies and how to apply for this degree programme can be found on the following page.

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A seminar group in MBA Small Enterprise Promotion and Training. Photo: SEPT

Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (Master of Business Administration)

The international Master's degree programme is aimed at people with professional experience who work in developing and emerging countries in the area of small and medium-sized enterprises - for example in state institutions, associations, banks or consulting firms.

The design of the Master's degree programme as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Development combines different approaches to the management and promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises. While classic MBA programmes deal with questions of professional management of companies in different fields, problems and perspectives of economic development have so far mainly been part of administrative science degree programmes.

The degree programme established in Leipzig uniquely combines both aspects and thus offers the target group sound management knowledge as a basis for management positions not only in the private sector, but also and especially in institutions and organisations of economic development.

  • Completed qualification: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Accreditation: Reviewed by ZEvA and accredited by the Accreditation Council
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters
  • Volume: 120 credit points
  • Start: Winter semester

The Master's programme in Small Enterprise Promotion and Training is modularised and follows a clear structure.

1st semester

  • Foundations of Economics and Development
  • Entrepreneurship Management
  • Strategies for the Development of Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises

2nd semester

  • Research Methodology

Elective modules (2 out of 5):


  • Innovation Management in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • Marketing in Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises
  • SME Finance
  • Competence Development in SMEs
  • Internship

3rd semester

  • Research Project

4th semester

  • SEPT Colloquium
  • Master thesis

Application requirements

  • Completed university studies in economics, social sciences or engineering specialising in economics
  • In general at least two years of vocational experience
  • B1 level English skills

Please refer to the Page of the degree programme for the relevant application deadlines.

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