Free Specialization Module

The Free Specialization Module (FSM) in the MIBS allows students to take electives of their choice within the Area studies. A maximum of 20 ECTS is allowed as FSM in the Area Studies. All courses from FAU can be considered as FSM, if accepted by the degree coordinator.

A few rules for taking a FSM apply that can be found below.

First, courses that are listed in the module handbook in the respective Area are regular Area courses and no FSM. Courses that cannot be found in the MHB under an Area heading are considered as FSM, in case they are accepted by the degree coordinator. FSM are only courses at FAU, abroad courses do not belong to this classification.


Please read all information given on the homepage as well as in the module handbook carefully in order to be allowed to take a FSM.

Next, please read the attached PDF file in detail that explain how the mechanism of the FSM accreditation works.


If you are looking for accepted courses for the FSM, please have a look at the end of the most recent module handbook for the MIBS: click here and choose MIBS


Please comply with the mentioned mechanism, if you intend to take a FSM.

In case you have found a course that was already accepted, please inform yourself at the respective department if the course is still offered and still open for MIBS students, in which terms the course is offered, and whether there are any restrictions on admission. If you have to write a paper for a course, it is mandatory that it is related to your chosen Area focus. If the course was recognized as an FSM before, it is necessary to visit the examination office (Mrs. Baumann) during the examination period and fill in a form that includes the course name and examination number. The examination office will register you for the course.

Once again, if you want to take a course not included in the FSM list yet, you will have to send a written statement to your Area program coordinator. This written statement needs to state why the respective course is suitable to your area and which objective you pursue by taking that course. The letter of two pages needs to contain the following information:

– First and last name of student

– Matriculation number of student

– Course name and chair / professor

– Course number / course unique ID (4 digits)

– Examination number(s) (5 digits)

Letters without those pieces of information cannot be processed.

When a course is accepted, you will get a learning agreement and the examination office will register you for the course within the examination period.


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