“Master in Blockchain & Digital Assets” — 2nd intake in October 2023
We have designed a four semester long post-experience master program (MSc) last year. The next intake will start in October 2023. The Frankfurt School’s goal is to provide the expert knowledge necessary to students looking to shape and lead blockchain innovation around the globe and in all industries. Technical and economical understanding on the topics of blockchain, digital assets (including Bitcoin and Ethereum), DeFi, Web3, tokenization, smart contracts, NFTs, financial technology, metaverse, digital euro, CBDCs, legal frameworks and entrepreneurship are part of the curriculum that is taught in seven block weeks and further deepened during the students’ master thesis. Application deadline is autumn 2023, and lectures will commence in October 2023.
During the study program, we will also make an excursion to the crypto valley in Switzerland, students will also setup up a Bitcoin node, do analytics of on-chain data and do a “coding camp” to understand smart contracts.
Tailored to students who have completed their first academic degree (min. Bachelors or equivalent) and have taken their first practical steps in the world of business with a minimum of one year of relevant work experience, the Master in Blockchain & Digital Assets course offers a way to take your career to the next level by adding innovative and revolutionary components, competences and methodology as well as objectives for their businesses. Our graduates are qualified to lead in areas such as digital strategy, digital asset management, growth management, business development, decentralized application development, blockchain development, policymaking and many more. Blockchain is considered by many to be one of the most important developments in recent history. This course is meant to prepare you to take on a leading role in the development and expansion of this technology.
The programme is specifically tailored to the needs of managers or professionals who wish to stay fully employed throughout their studies while gaining expertise to develop their businesses further.
What is the Masters’ program about?
In this seven week block program you will be taught how blockchain builds the infrastructure for future financial markets and how companies can leverage the new technology to provide more security, transparency, efficiency and digitalization. Blockchain technology will be the basic infrastructure for finance and capital markets in the future. This includes crypto assets and enterprise DLT solutions. With this, a transformation of operating cycles, design and development of products and organisational structures can be expected in any business sector. Existing assets will be tokenised, resulting in digital securities, money will be running on blockchain ledgers, crypto assets are now an asset class on their own.
In order to get up to speed, step one is to cover the technical background such as DLT technology, blockchain, DeFi, tokenization, digital money, smart contracts and the coding thereof. In the second step, we look at applications for advancing blockchain solutions and the design of suitable strategies, as well as their regulation through law and ethics. In the third step, you will have the choice between the Blockchain in Business or the digital strategy elective. In the seventh module called “Blockchain in Business” (pictured below), we will identify emerging topics in DeFi and FinTech while understanding their impact on entrepreneurship, sustainability and innovative business models. In the digital strategy module, we will focus on law and data protection, ethics and building digital strategy for businesses.
What are the admission requirements?
To be admitted to the blockchain and digital asset Master we require you to have:
- A first academic degree* (Bachelor, Diploma or equivalent)
- A minimum of one year of relevant work experience
- English language skills** (TOEFL — 90 iBT/IELTS 7.0 or equivalent)
- Successful participation in our admission interview
- Basic experience in coding/ programming is an advantage
*Applicants without a first academic degree must complete an eligibility assessment and demonstrate a level of knowledge comparable to that of a first university degree relevant to the intended course of study.
**Language proficiency waivers are possible for candidates, who have completed a previous degree in English, lived in an English speaking country for longer than a year or whose work language is English (confirmation from an employer required).
Why do we offer a Masters’ program for blockchain and digital assets?
Blockchain technology not only enables radically new business models, but also enhances legacy systems by reducing down-time, increasing security, and much more. While the momentum at which this technology, and its use-cases, have come to be adopted is unparalleled, there is still much to do. We are moving toward a phase of wide-spread institutional integration and it is becoming clear that blockchain will be the foundational infrastructure for finance and capital markets in the future. This includes crypto assets and enterprise DLT solutions. With this, a transformation of operating cycles, design and development of products and organizational structures can be expected in any business sector. Existing assets will be tokenized, resulting in digital securities, money will be running on blockchain ledgers, crypto assets are now an asset class on their own. Now it is safe to say that this technology is here to stay, and our students will acquire the necessary competencies and technical foundations to manage purpose and IT-driven organizations experiencing financial, digital and business transformation.
After keeping a close eye on the pulse of the industry, the technology and the market, blockchain and digital assets is now ripe to be taught on a Master’s level but still nascent enough to stay ahead of the major adoption curve. The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management hereby continues its long-lived pattern of identifying new demands in the finance industry and business operations and reacting accordingly.
What are the highlights of this master?
The curriculum, taught completely in English, not only keeps pace with emerging topics and trends but also offers an excursion to Zurich, Switzerland, one of the most renowned crypto and blockchain hubs worldwide. This will give students the opportunity to discuss and network with industry experts. To gain hands-on experience with Bitcoin, students will be building a Bitcoin Lightning Node to go beyond theoretical understanding of the subject. The smart contract boot camp as one of the week long modules further deepens the learnings and prepares students to drive blockchain adoption in their industries regarding products, business operations and new business models. We aim at combining technical and economical understanding. Our lecturers and guest lecturers are experts in their fields and experienced in working with blockchain technology and digital assets. Thanks to the close affiliation with the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center think tank students are offered the possibility for further research and study possibilities, networking, redirection of the student’s career path, and integration into the blockchain space.
Read more about what each block week consists of, admission requirements, learning goals, career growth opportunities and other details here Master in Blockchain and Digital Assets (frankfurt-school.de). It is time to onboard yourself onto the blockchain ecosystem.
About the Frankfurt School and the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC) is a think tank and research center focused primarily on investigating the implications of blockchain technology. In addition to general research and prototype development, the FSBC serves as a networking hub for managers, start-ups, and experts to exchange knowledge and best practices. The FSBC also organizes educational opportunities for both students and executives, including on-campus courses, workshops, and conferences. Currently, the FSBC is focusing on crypto assets, digital securities, the digital euro, CBDCs, tokenization of assets, decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Further information: www.fs-blockchain.de
The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management is an internationally accredited research-oriented business school at university level by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. The Frankfurt School Blockchain Center is a think tank and primarily deals with the implications of blockchain technology for companies and the economy. In addition to the development of blockchain prototypes, the center offers a platform for knowledge exchange for decision-makers, startups, technology and industry experts. The center focuses primarily on the areas of banking, energy, mobility and Industry 4.0. Further information: www.fs.de
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