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FAQs

Stefan Malzkorn

Choice of a Master's Programme

In terms of content, the consecutive MSc builds on the specialist knowledge and methodological skills acquired in a primary degree in business or economics and provides more in-depth knowledge and skills.

An MBA is geared towards university graduates from other disciplines (engineers, legal experts, doctors, etc.) who have assumed management tasks as part of their professional activity or who plan to do so and wish to acquire the necessary business expertise. An MBA can also be of interest to professionals with a background in business who wish to undertake applied further training having worked for a longer period.

Due to the part-time structure, the master's programmes provide a unique opportunity to qualify oneself while receiving a salary at the same time. In addition, the content learned can be applied directly in practice and vice versa.

Yes. As a state-recognised university HSBA offers accredited courses with high practical relevance.

Yes, the master's degrees of HSBA entitle the students to pursue to doctoral studies. During the application process HSBA makes sure that after finishing their studies, HSBA students have at least 300 ECTS (European Credits) and can proceed to doctoral studies. As a result each course has different admission criteria.

Application and Admission

Yes, to study a master at HSBA you do not need to have a working contract.

Applications can be handed in at any time. But since HSBA has a limited capacity of students per course and some grants and scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, we recommend to apply early.

If you want to apply for the Job & Master programme we recommend you to apply even earlier due to the longer procedure of the application.

Yes, you can already apply for the study course even if you are still studying. Please then attach a transcript of records to your application documents. 

Graduates can be admitted when business modules as well as methods modules formed more than 50% of the obtained ECTS.

Business and methods modules for examples are:

  • Business Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Cost-Performance Analysis
  • Economics (Micro, Macro)
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Business English
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Marketing Management
  • Investing and Financing
  • Strategic Management
  • Projekt Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Operations Research
  • Controlling
  • Business Informatics

Particularly important is previous knowledge in the following areas:

  • Economics (Micro, Macro)
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

If you are unsure if you can be admitted please send us your transcript of records and module descriptions for review.

For admission to the MBA courses qualified professional experience is one of the admission criteria (Executive MBA: 5 years, MBA Corporate Management / MBA Shipping: 2 years).

This professional experience is usually accredited, if the work was absolved

  • in the context of a full-time position,
  • within management,
  • after receiving a first university degree.


Professional experience as part of a part-time job or self-employment may be taken into account if this experience exceeds the minimum requirements.

Work experience prior to the completion of a first degree (e.g. in the context of a dual study programme) cannot be taken into account.

There may be a gap between the existing scale of the first degree and the required one in the following cases:

  • MBA Corporate Management / Executive MBA: The candidate has a bachelor's degree covering 180 ECTS = The gap is 30 ECTS
  • MBA Shipping : The candidate has a bachelor's degree with 210 (180 ) ECTS = The gap is 30 ECTS (60 ECTS)

The ECTS gap can be closed as follows:

  • Each additional year of professional practice can be accredited with up to 30 ECTS. This professional practice may have taken place before or after graduation.
  • A dual vocational training degree or a similar qualification can be accredited with up to 60 ECTS, e.g. if the applicant has finished his "Schifffahrtskaufmann".
  • Further education at university level while studying and outside studies may be accredited, e.g. credits gained during a Summer School.
  • Credits out of an aborted study programme.

In cases of doubt, please send in your CV and certificates to the contact person listed under "Admission" in the respective study course.

We need to check whether your degree can be recognised in Germany. Please hand in all your relevant documents, so that we can verify the recognition under German law. In exceptional cases this can take up to six weeks.

If the degree is recognised under German law, we usually accredit 60 ECTS per academic year of full-time study.

M.Sc.: No.

MBA/EMBA:
Applicants without a completed third-level degree are admitted under certain conditions and can be accepted onto the entrance exam.

Admission requirements for the entrance exam (further details):

  • A completed dual vocational training degree or a similar qualification
  • Extensive qualified professional experience in a responsible position (MBA Corporate Management/ MBA Shipping: more than 6 years; MBA Honourable Leadership: more than 8 years)
  • Proven qualification activities.

In case of any doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The entrance exam comprises a written paper, a 30-minute oral exam and a two-hour written exam. The written paper deals with a management topic. The paper must be 10 to 15 pages long and has to be submitted within four weeks. The entrance exam takes place after the Admission Day.

Yes, if you have sufficient relevant professional experience. A figure of 0.2 can be credited to your grade for each year of substantiated relevant professional experience.

It should be noted that this professional experience has had to be gained additionally to the professional experience needed to fulfill the other respective admission requirements (MBA or the ECTS-gap). This professional experience may be acquired before or after the first university degree.

This rule does NOT apply to our MSc Real Estate & Leadership!

The minimum level of English should be B2 of the Common European Framework, being comparable to a score of 90 points on the TOEFL.

If you already have a certificate that confirms this language level, you can attach it to your application documents. In addition, HSBA performs an English proficiency test during the Admission Day.

Organisation of the Study Programmes

Master students can absolve a semester abroad but it needs to be individually reviewed together with the company.

Generally it is possible to receive credits for the absolved and passed exams and needs to be discussed before going abroad with the international office of HSBA.

You can find more information on the options of studying abroad or a summer school here.

The courses in the master's programmes are held on extended weekends (Thursday evening or Friday to Saturday) and full-time weeks.

Generally we can ensure that the chosen specialisation in your master's programme will take place. We do reserve the right to not offer a specialisation, should there be less than five participants.

The weekly workload on average is 15 to 20 hours; there might be substantial deviations depending on the individual case. About one-third of the workload consists of contact hours, whereas the rest is reserved for the preparation of classes and exams.

Further Questions

No, the candidates are responsible for these issues. Of course HSBA informs about the regulations and offers help in special cases.

In many countries employees are allowed to take educational leave. Germany allows for ten days in a timeframe of two years. The master's programmes of HSBA are accredited by the German authorities, therefore the students benefit from this possibility. The relevant dates are announced in due time.

If you have an employer, the first step is to discuss with him the possibility of completing the part-time degree with his support. We will be happy to provide further information for this discussion.

In general we recommend to come to the Admission Day in order to gain a personal impression of HSBA and the chosen study programme. Should you not be able to come, we offer Skype or telephone interview in individual cases. Please do not hesitate to contact us

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