The academic head Prof. Dr. Johns explains the focus and the special features of the parte-time postgraduate degree programme in Business Development (MSc).
Part-time postgraduate degree programme with a focus on business planning and innovation
This part-time Master of Science, taught entirely in English, focusses on business planning and innovation in a digitalised and globalised world. Students will learn to apply advanced tools and processes, including collecting and analysing numerical data in large quantities, when developing new products and services. Knowledge in applied maths and stats is equally important in this context as are negotiation and project management skills. Students learn to run complex projects successfully, structure change processes and actively embrace and design digital thinking in companies.
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"I can sincerely say that HSBA offers a very lively, comfortable and fun environment to study. After my Erasmus semester in HSBA nearly three years ago, I knew I had to return to fully benefit from the innovative study structures, incredibly qualified and successful professors, warm, helpful staff and the international environment at HSBA. What I enjoy most is the entrepreneurial context of our courses. It helps us reach an entrepreneurial, growth-mindset that can easily be applied on an intrapreneurial level too."
"The MSc Business Development at HSBA combine the foundations of business administration with the tools of modern entrepreneurship. Focusing on the innovative and digital business world of the 21st century, the degree programmes provide students with the opportunities and skills to master the challenges of the future."
"The study group is very diverse and international, so we all benefit from our different individual experiences. Teamwork is great and we can rely on each other even in difficult situations such as exam times."
"Business Development in the digital age plays a fundamental role in the existence and evolution of our modern society and it has increased in importance. I am convinced the MSc in Business Development is the perfect programme to push every business career to the next level."
Fernanda Suarez Jaimes
"Being part of the MSc Business Development programme at HSBA has been a great opportunity for me to develop my hard and soft skills. The programme has enabled me to implement innovative and digital tools to my current work and I am looking forward to apply them into the design of my own business model at a time when the advance of digitalisation is unmistakable."
Study trip to China or another international destination
Multiple case studies
Several real-life projects
Teaching methods include Design Thinking, Kanban, Agile and Scrum
Digital Toolbox @ HSBA: unique offering to teach HSBA's students digital tools and strategies
JOB & MASTER Service: JOB & MASTER is a free-of-charge placement service for applicants who wish to combine a challenging academic education at HSBA with valuable professional experience.
Mentoring Programme: Students are matched with experienced HSBA Alumni from the Hamburg business community, offering to be ideal sparring partners / role models.
Campus in the heart of Hamburg
|Course Duration||30 months, start on 1 October|
|Degree||Master of Science with the right to proceed to doctoral studies|
|Students||25 students on average, maximum of 40 students per class|
|Course Organisation||Part-time, contact hours on extended weekends and some full-time weeks|
|Accreditation||FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)|
|Study Fees||22.500 Euro (=750 Euro per month)|
To successfully complete the programme and be awarded the Master of Science degree, 120 ECTS must be collected. The credits are spread over ten modules in the first year and seven modules (Digital Toolbox / Master's elective) in the second study year. The programme concludes with the thesis. Teaching takes place on extended weekends and during a few full-time weeks per semester. On average, the weekly study workload amounts to 15 to 20 hours.
The core modules focus on designing successful business models and innovation in a changing world. Students learn to organise a company strategically and financially, while dealing with challenges and change, deploying careful analysis at all times. In the Project modules students act as consultants, facing real-life problems and thereby applying theory in praxis.
The shared modules with students from MSc Finance include Project Management where concepts such as Design Thinking, Scrum or Agile are taught. Data Analysis & Statistics focusses on IT tools like MatLab, delving deep into maths and stats. Negotiation techniques and research methods are acquired in Scientific Methods & Competences, conveying methodological and analytical skills. Sustainable Innovation & Compliance, Digital Economics and Applied Econometrics highlight the need for embracing digitalisation and provide a combination of mathematically well-grounded method-building and wide-ranging applied work with data. Students gain an international perspective on business development in International Markets & Study Trip, a module which takes the cohort abroad (current destination: Shanghai).
Students from across all postgraduate courses learn together in Digital Toolbox / Elective* which is a unique offering on digital tools and strategies.
* Please note that electives only run if the minimum number of participants has been reached.
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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.
JOB & MASTER Service
HSBA assists you in finding the ideal company for your part-time Masters' studies.
The course fees are 22,500 Euro for the overall programme. HSBA alumni and staff at partner companies, JOB & MASTER candidates as well as applicants that apply before 31 May receive a 10% discount.
The course fees include the exam fees but please be aware that costs related to the study trip are not included. Usually the employer pays a part of the course fees.
JOB & MASTER is a free service for applicants who are looking for a matching partner company for their part-time master’s degree at HSBA in order to combine demanding academic and professional development. Renowned companies based in Hamburg are seeking Bachelor’s graduates with a focus on business administration, economics, and related fields, who can be hired as young professionals in the company parallel to their part-time MSc degree.
Please note that not all students are eligible, for participation requirements please take a look at the JOB & MASTER Service.
If the applicant is already in employment, it may be possible, depending on the company, for the employer to cover most of the tuition fees.
With Income Share Agreements (ISA) tuition fees are financed in whole or in part* by CHANCEN eG. In return, starting from a fixed annual minimum income, the student will repay a fixed share of his income to the Chancen eG after completing his studies. The concept envisages that student repayments can be used to fund study places for future generations using the same model. On the website of Chancen eG you can find further information. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
*Partial financing is possible from a minimum funding limit of EUR 8,100.
Of course, you can also finance your studies yourself. If you finance your studies from your own resources, tuition fees can usually be deducted from tax. Additionally, there are some more options to support you:
HSBA Scholarship: As part of the HSBA study funding programme, funding of 25 or 50% of tuition fees for the MSc Business Development is possible. We encourage especially incoming students to apply for these scholarships. Other funding programmes and scholarships remain unaffected. More information on the HSBA scholarship here.
Scholarships & Foundations: For further funding needs, HSBA students may qualify for other scholarships. A good place to look for the most appropriate scholarship is mystipendium.de. To find a suitable foundation, please check the platform stiftungssuche.de. When choosing a scholarship, always make sure that students of part-time Master's programmes are eligible to apply.
Student Loans: The following banks offer student loans on special terms:
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A degree in economics is, for example, a bachelor's degree in business administration, economics, (international) management, business administration or similar. You are eligible for admission if at least 50 percent of the ECTS of your degree program consists of business administration and methods modules. Business studies and methods modules are, for example:
Particularly important is previous knowledge in the following areas:
If you are unsure if you can be admitted please send us your transcript of records and module descriptions for review.
In the Master's programme Business Development (MSc), the courses take place on extended weekends and in individual full-time weeks at the HSBA in Hamburg. In the Master's programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc), the courses take place on two attendance days and in two full-time weeks at the HSBA in Hamburg.