FAQ - Certificate Courses



Which certificate courses does the Open Institute offer?

The Open Institute offers various certificate courses leading to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS). Also on offer is a certificate course for Certified Business Economist.


What is the language of instruction of these certificate courses?

Certificate courses are conducted in English, but might as well be taken in German.


When can I start with a certificate course?

Certificate studies can be started at any time.


What is a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)?

A Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) is a continuing education certificate which is usually obtained after successfully graduating from university and gaining initial working experience. The certificate course provides students with the opportunity to specialize in a particular field intensively and with a practical orientation.


Which courses leading to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) are currently on offer at the Open Institute?

All CAS courses currently on offer can be viewed here.


What are the admision requirements of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course?

Completion of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course requires successful graduation from university as well as initial working experience. An alternative admission requirement is higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) or successfully completed vocational training, respectively as well as working experience in each case, or admission and aptitude test procedures.


Can previous study achievements from another educational institution be recognized for a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course offered at the Open Institute?

No. Since the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course at the Open Institute provides advanced knowledge and has a practical orientation, examinations taken at other educational institutes cannot be recognized.


What study achievements must be made in order to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)?

To obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), several modules must be completed.


Which examinations must be taken in order to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)?

Each completed module involves the solving of a case study as well as writing a certificate thesis comprising round about thirty pages.


What is the education level of a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)?

Given the course concept, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) course can be classified as Level EQR5 according to the European Qualifications Framework. Recognition of the obtained Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), however, depends on the autonomous decision of each educational institution.


What is a Certified Business Economist?

The continuing education program Certified Business Economist is a generalist management training where one can qualify for higher tasks at the operational, organizational, and management level of companies.


What are the admission requirements of the Certified Business Economist course?

Gaining admission to the Certified Business Economist course requires higher education entrance qualification (Abitur or equivalent), or completed vocaional training, as well as two years of work experience. Alternatively, one can undergo an admission or aptitude test procedure.


Can previous study achievements from another educational institution be recognized for a Certified Business Economist course offered at the Open Institute?

Yes. Upon request, module examinations taken at other educational institutions can be recognized by the submission of supporting documentation.


What study achievements must be made in a Certified Business Economist course?

Study achievements for the Certified Business Economist course are composed of twelve modules: General Business Administration, Economics, Scientific Methodology, Accounting & Management Control, Financial Management, Marketing, Sales & Distribution, Commercial Law, Human Resource Management, Organizational Management, Management & Leadership, and Logistics.


Which examinations must be taken in order to successfully complete the Certified Business Economist course?

Each module concludes with a module examination consisting of a case study, project paper or term paper. After the successful completion of all modules, one is required to write a graduate thesis comprising sixty pages.


What is the education level of a Certified Business Economist?

Given the course concept, a Certified Business Economist course can be classified as Level EQR6 according to the European Qualifications Framework, which is equivalent to the first study cycle (Bachelor). Recognition of the Certified Business Economist diploma, however, depends on the autonomous decision of each educational institution.