M.Sc. Business Management
in Banking


FIBAA accredited

Accredited​ by FIBAA, the international association of business schools, standing for the high quality of our internationally recognized, part-time Master degree.

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Future proof skills

During your studies, we strengthen the future skills proclaimed by the World Economic Forum 2023: analytical thinking, creativity, agility and motivation.

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Sustainable Development Goals

The curriculum content is based on the global sustainability goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Build the Future of Finance

Leading in Banking

The way banks operate is undergoing a radical transformation. New skills, approaches, and mindsets are required, not just in IT but – more importantly – across all functions and levels of the bank. A completely new strategy is essential.

Regulatory issues, digitalization, sustainability, as well as uncertain interest rate developments – in face of high inflation and the economic consequences of various crises – present modern finance with enormous challenges.

For a financial institution’s success, a comprehensive, high-quality management system is still essential. This includes successful sales, an efficient structure of Organization and IT, combined with profitable use of all variants of artificial intelligence, continuous engagement with financial innovations, as well as the constant improvement of all control systems, and other success drivers.

Leading in Banking means being able to intricately interweave successful sales strategies, regulatory restrictions, and economic management philosophies in the fast-paced digital world. This applies not only to traditional financial institutions. Fintechs, insurtechs, or the finance departments of companies also need to position themselves accordingly.

This is the origin of zeb, founded by Professors Rolfes and Schierenbeck. The authors Schierenbeck, Lister, and Kirmße, with their famous book “Ertragsorientiertes Bankmanagement”, represent the state of the art in bank controlling. The zeb.business school embodies a comprehensive concept for research and education based on all these drivers of modern banking.

What to expect

For a career in leadership positions you need to understand the management of banks, insurance companies, or financial departments of companies, fintechs, or insurtechs. You will learn to make entrepreneurial decisions and solve business problems. You need competencies to make strategically sound decisions about the profitability and risk of your company. For this our Master in Banking offers a wide range of alternative modules that go far beyond controlling, including key aspects of Digital Finance, Sustainable Finance or Wealth Management.

Start date

Start at any time on your preferred date


Münster, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Vienna and Zurich or online

Costs & Fees

24 months € 18,900
incl. all examination fees

18 months € 15,400
(with recognition of 30 CP)

12 months € 11,900
(with recognition of 60 CP)


24 month, part-time, but it can be extended up to four years without additional costs (and with additional costs beyond that).


The 24 month Master comprises 120 CP.
Recognitions of up to 60 CP can shorten the study duration to as little as one year.


Master of Science (M.Sc.)
State acknowledged
FIBAA accredited

Flexible course of studies

You can individually combine the elements of your studies according to your schedule.

For example, if a presence session for a module does not fit into your schedule, you can take it in the following semester.

You can participate via online streaming if you cannot attend the events in person. In compliance with GDPR rules, all presence sessions are transmitted and recorded via video meetings.


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FOCUS Modules

The Focus Modules correspond to your specialization, giving you the crucial competencies and knowledge advantage in Banking.

Additionally, we offer the option to choose and exchange Focus Modules from our other Master’s specializations.

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Banking supervision

National and international supervisory system, MaRisk, Solvency Regulation / Large Exposure and Million Loan Regulation for the implementation of the Capital Requirements Regulation and Capital Requirements Directive / Counterparty default, operational, market price, liquidity and option price risks / Use of the bank’s own risk models

Calculation of profitability and risk in credit institutions

Get to know modern management concepts of credit institutions at individual transaction level, including in particular Contribution margin calculation / value calculation / extended ROI analysis / strategic planning / basic principles of risk management / spectral measures

Integrated risk/return management

Strategically implement risk and return, develop risk-bearing capacity strategies / develop risk-opportunity strategies / optimize risk capital allocation

Interest rate risk management esp. Treasury management

Interest rate risk measurement: duration concepts and cash flow revaluation / simulation calculations / active interest book management / passive interest book management / use of derivatives as part of interest rate management / interest rate risk strategies with alternative interest rate structures: optimization of maturity transformation success / optimization of net interest income in the trading and present value balance sheets

Credit risk management

Rating procedures and early warning systems / Risk premium calculation in the individual lending business / Migration matrices / Measurement of credit risks for corporate bonds and for the traditional customer lending business / Correlations and copulas / Monte Carlo simulation calculations / Mobilization strategies in the lending business: credit default options, credit default swaps, asset-backed securities and other credit derivatives

Strategy development for banks and savings banks

Determination of the strategic position / development of institution-specific strategies / derivation of risk strategies and profitability strategies

Management of restructurings and mergers: Mergers & Acquisition

Overview of the international M&A scene / Functions of an M&A consultant – downsizing, outsourcing as examples / Structure and process of M&A projects based on practical case studies

Corporate University

Unternehmen können ein eigenes Modul entwickeln und dessen Inhalte vorgeben. Das Modul kann einem geschlossenen Teilnehmerkreis oder offen für alle Studierenden angeboten werden.
Außerdem entwickeln wir jedes Jahr ausgehend von aktuellen Megatrends der Branche ein brandaktuelles neues Modul – bleib am Puls der Zeit und besuche die Corporate University als Teil deines Masterstudiums.


CORE Modules

The Core Modules are compulsory. They form the business management foundation for your specialization.

Philosophy of science and research methods

Overview of economic research directions, methods, concepts and ideas for conducting independent research at university level

Economics, Politics and Society

Understand microeconomics and macroeconomics / be able to apply models and instruments / analyze and understand monetary and currency policy decisions

Project management

Project management styles & consulting-innovative methods and key success factors for managing projects

Strategic corporate management

Strategic Management / Entrepreneurship: Development of individual business cases from vision to strategy to foundation. Methods: Scrum, business model canvas, minimum viable product

Leadership and communication

Modern Leadership and CRM: Understanding concepts from leadership theory Success factors for internal and external communication

Mathematics advanced

Statistics & Data Analytics Basics:
Understanding and applying basics in empirical data analysis & interface to AI / scale levels, regression methods, cluster analyses

Advanced statistics

Statistics & Data Analytics advanced:
Understand and apply modern advanced methods of AI-based data analysis from planning to interpretation. Basics for the implementation in R and Python / independent coding


Scientific Modeling & Econometrics:
Insights into the scientific modeling of complex interrelationships and normative knowledge acquisition

Innovation Project

zeb.bs student consultancy: You set up a (student) consultancy in a team and solve real, complex practical problems

Integration module: Introduction, Theories and Developments in Finance, Banking & Controlling

Trends in finance, banking & controlling and the resulting implications for the management of financial service providers, wealth managers, ORG/IT structures and the digital transformation in the financial sector


Balancing studies, work, family, and leisure can be challenging for part-time students.

We have given much thought to how we can support, motivate, and nurture you during this challenging phase.