Application & Admission Requirements Master's Programmes

Stefan Malzkorn

Application and admission for a Master's programme at HSBA

How do I apply for a Master's degree at HSBA?

The application process at HSBA consists of several steps:
At the beginning you should inform yourself about our part-time programmes and the respective admission requirements. After you have submitted your written application to us, you will go through our selection process. The process ensures that students have the personal, social and professional prerequisites needed to complete the study programme successfully. Afterwards, enrollment takes place and you can start your Master's studies at HSBA.

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Step 1: Get Information

Master's Programmes at HSBA

At HSBA in Hamburg, students can choose between the following MSc's programmes:

Business Development (MSc)

Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc)

Overview of all Master's study programmes


Feel free to attend one of HSBA’s Master Programme Information Sessions.

Admission Requirements

On the Master's Programmes the following admission requirements apply:

On the MSc Business Development the following admission requirements apply:

  • A completed third-level degree in economics or business covering 180 ECTS credits. The third-level degree should have been completed with a minimum German grade “good” (2.5) or equivalent.
  • Ability to complete a course of studies in English (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or an academic reference.
  • Successfully completed HSBA selection process (written application, telephone interview, admission day).

On the MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability the following admission requirements apply:

  • A completed third-level degree in economics or business or a hybrid study course covering 180 ECTS credits.
  • Ability to complete a course of studies in English and German (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or former employer or an academic reference.
  • Personal recommendation or comparable document proving previous social engagement
  • Successfully completed HSBA selection process (written application, telephone interview, admission day).

Financing & Funding Options

Here you will find information about tuition fees, scholarships and funding opportunities.

Step 2: Application & Selection Process

Application to HSBA

Please complete your application online and hand in the following documents:

  • English Motivation letter (why are you interested in the specific study programme; maximum one DIN A4 page).
  • Curriculum vitae, preferred in English
  • Work Experience Letter (mandatory for MBA programmes)
  • Letter of recommendation (covering the academic and/or personal aptitude for the programme, preferably written by a current or former employer or former academic teacher with an official letterhead)
  • Degree Certificate / Transcript of Records / official grading scale and/or explanatory notes
  • English certificate (min. B2) if applicable

    Please put together your application documents in one PDF document.

    Please note: For candidates who apply while being employed it is recommended to discuss their interest in studying part-time with their employer well in advance.

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    Telephone Interview

    After reviewing the documents, a 30-minute telephone interview takes place to discuss your motivation to study at HSBA and all queries surrounding the study course and the university.

    Admission Day

    Admission day runs for one day and involves an in-depth assessment of the applicant’s personal and academic suitability. Applicants have the opportunity to get to know the professors, staff and potential fellow students and gain an impression of the university.

    Admission day takes place once a month in Hamburg and is held in English.

    Important: Due to the current corona virus situation, the Admission Day takes place virtually until further notice. Of course we are in close contact with all candidates to successfully lead them through the admission process.


    After a successful Admission Day and a vote by the admission commission a contractual offer is made to the successful applicant. 
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    If the candidate assessed is also suitable and accepted onto the JOB & MASTER programme, the placement process starts immediately after enrolment for the respective master's degree course.

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    Accreditations, Memberships & Rankings

    State-approved – Accredited by the German Council of Science – All study programmes accredited by FIBAA

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    What are the advantages of the part-time Master’s degree at HSBA?

    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.

    What is the difference between a consecutive M.Sc. and a MBA?

    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.

    When do I have to apply?

    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.