Application Process & Admission Requirements (Master)

Everything you need to know about applying for a Master's degree at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

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:

MSc Business Development

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).

MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability (in German)

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
  • 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 CEFR (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS, PTE, DAAD, study abroad certificate in an English speaking country)

    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.

    Tip for international applicants and prospective students: You can find detailed information here and in our International Student Guide.

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    Individual Interview

    After reviewing your documents and if you meet our formal admission requirements, you will be invited to an individual interview with the academic head of the study programme. This can also take place virtually. As part of the individual interview, we check your personal and academic aptitude. You also have the opportunity to get to know the professors. If the interview takes place at HSBA, you will also have the opportunity to get to know employees and possibly future fellow students as well as to get a first impression of our campus. The interview is conducted in English in the MSc Business Development and in both German and English in the MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability.


    After a successful individual interview and a positive vote by the admissions committee, you will be offered a study place and your contract and all other information (e.g. on the JOB & MASTER offer) will be sent to you. After countersigning the contract and providing proof of finance, we look forward to welcoming you to HSBA! Studies start on 1 October of each year.

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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.

    Does the qualification entitle me to pursue doctoral studies?

    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.

    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.

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    Senior Manager Admissions, Master-Team
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