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Transition Management (M.Sc)

The English-language Master’s Programme "Transition Management" (accreditation since July 2006) is an interdisciplinary study programme established by five faculties of Justus Liebig University Giessen, headed by the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management (Faculty 09). The Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) at Giessen University contributes topical input and teaching modules specifically tailored to the needs of the programme.

Transition Management addresses the enormous economic and political transformations we observe in many transition and emerging economies worldwide. Their societies are changing from state management to a market economy, from autocracy to democracy, often at a rapid pace and at higher income and technology levels than in a typical developing country.

The group of transition countries includes the successor states of the former Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as transition economies in Asia, such as China and Vietnam. The programme also provides relevant insight on emerging economies in Latin America and Africa. Graduates of Transition Management qualify for senior positions in private and public sector management, public administration, academia, and international technical and economic cooperation.

Justus Liebig University Giessen has been the first university in Germany addressing the specific problems of transition countries in an international, interdisciplinary study course, combining both theory and practical experience.

The Master' Programme Transition Management enabels students

Target Group

  • to understand the complex processes and specific demands of transition and emerging economies
  • to comprehend the various areas of transition, including economic, legal, political, social, agricultural, and environmental aspects and their interlinkages
  • to gain knowledge as well as practical competences in methods and strategies to enhance the transition process
  • to train their soft skills by learning and working in international and interdisciplinary teams.
The Master's Programme appeals to students who are interested in both learning about the complex problems of transition countries as well as developing approaches to overcome these problems by linking economic, political and environmental aspects.
A background in related academic disciplines of economics, law, and/or the social sciences is required.


Link to the Programme