The university. For professionals.

Offering professionals the chance to gain a state-recognized university degree without having to give up work or restrict their professional activity – this has been the objective of FOM University of Applied Sciences since its foundation in 1993.

Alongside professionals from all sectors of industry and with varying functions, trainees wishing to combine in-company training with a Bachelor degree course as part of a dual study programme also study at the internationally oriented university. To enable both professionals and trainees to optimally combine study and work, lectures are held in the evenings and at weekends. Many courses can also be taken on two days a week during the day.

  • FOM University of Applied Sciences offers prospective students numerous ways to gain a university degree while they continue to work.
  • Professionals with a university entrance qualification can take a "traditional" Bachelor course in seven semesters.
  • Alternatively, professionals with or without a university entrance qualification can gain a Bachelor degree at the Open Business School department as part of a three-phase model.
  • Professionals with an initial university degree can obtain their Master's degree, including the internationally renowned MBA, in four semesters.
  • High school graduates completing in-company training can study at the Dual Studies Department parallel to their training programmes.
  • Professionals from the health and social services sector can study at the Health & Social Management department
  • For professionals in technical professions, FOM concentrates its engineering courses in the Engineering department.

Specialist for work and study programmes

Having more than 57,000 students, FOM is one of the largest private Universities in Germany offering face-to-face courses, followed by the University of Cologne and LMU Munich (Source: Federal Statistical Office 2020). It has been accredited by the German Council of Science and Humanities, Germany's most important advisory body for science policy. At the beginning of 2012, FOM was also the first private university in Germany to be accredited as an institution by the FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation). This seal of approval from one of the world's most important higher education assessment agencies proves that FOM's quality management satisfies the highest international standards.

FOM is supported by the non-profit Stiftung BildungsCentrum der Wirtschaft. Experienced lecturers from the academic world and industry give on-site lectures at 35 study centres throughout Germany and in Vienna/Austria. FOM University of Applied Sciences is headquartered in Essen. The university is consequently under the supervision of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

FOM sees itself as a complementary addition to the German university landscape. It offers outstanding study programmes with conditions that are appropriate for and attractive to target groups, and it focuses on courses that can be completed while students work or undergo vocational training.

Study programmes can only be attractive to students and companies if a high standard of teaching and research is guaranteed and the organisational conditions of on-site study are tailored to the special needs of students who work and study simultaneously. This also includes affordable tuition fees.

FOM engages in applied research with a special emphasis on the fields of human resource management, career and education and skills development in small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). Other areas of research are developed in line with FOM's study programmes. Research output is integrated into teaching activities.

FOM ensures that the goals based upon this mission statement are achieved with a comprehensive quality management system that embraces quality planning, quality control, quality assurance and quality improvement, and which guarantees excellent standards in all aspects of its goals.

FOM is committed to an equality-oriented university culture which nurtures all existing talents and potentials irrespective of sex, age, nationality, religion and social background.

University Management
President:  Prof. Dr. Burghard Hermeier
Chancellor: Dr. Harald Beschorner

Managing Director
Dr. Harald Beschorner, Klaus Dieter Braun, Michael Dittrich, Prof. Dr. Burghard Hermeier

Supporting organisation
gemeinnützige Stiftung BildungsCentrum der Wirtschaft

Central administration
Leimkugelstraße 6, 45141 Essen

Focusing on quality in research and teaching

Responsibility for the academic organisation of FOM lies with the President, Vice-Presidents, regional Directors of Study, Deans and Module Supervisors. They guarantee the quality of teaching and research and ensure that the university curricula always correspond to the latest academic findings and that teaching staff develop their didactic skills on an ongoing basis.

The Senate Advisory Board and Friends of FOM ensure that course content is linked to practice. They support the university in an advisory capacity and are composed of high-ranking representatives of industrial associations and other enterprises and organisations from all over Germany.


If you have any questions concerning studying at the FOM do not hesitate to contact our Student Advisory Service:

+49 (0) 201 81004-0

FOM's Student Advisory Service

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