Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc) – Master

Innovative Master of Science that combines two major topics of the future in one business study course

Master's Programme Digitalisation & Sustainability at the Hamburg School of Business Administration

Part-time Study

The innovative Master of Science Digital Transformation & Sustainability combines, for the first time, two major topics of the future in one business study course: digitalisation and sustainability. Rethink teaching, learning and researching! With a maximum of 18 students the study group is small. Project-based learning is used throughout the degree programme. The group is accompanied by two professors and project consultants. Are you interested in making your own contribution; do you want to develop your own projects and ideas? This programme is ideal for you! Aligning with the UN's Global Goals, the graduates of the programme master the challenges of a rapidly changing digital world sustainably – perfect for a career as Change Manager, Project Leader, and future Executive...

 

Apply now for 2021!

Isabel Dammann

"For me, the study programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability combines the two biggest challenges that companies have to master in the future. Through exciting, interactive collaboration with my professors and fellow students, I get the necessary know-how at HSBA to be able to make a relevant contribution in the field of digitalisation and sustainability."

Isabel Dammann
MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability (Class of 2021)
Tim Geringer

"Both in my professional and in my private life, I have repeatedly been confronted with the topics of sustainability and digital transformation. With today's fast-paced world and environmental influences, I am convinced that as an active participant in this study programme, I can make a lasting contribution to improving the big picture."

Tim Geringer
MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability (Class of 2021)
Fabienne Meyer-Pohl

"The fascination that many things we have always dreamed of might come true soon is what drives me. I am convinced that digitalisation will not only allow our society to develop, but to improve. It is important for me to not only be a spectator of this exciting and often scary journey, but to help shape it. That is why I want to develop skills that enable me to participate in this inevitable development. For me, the Master's programme in Digital Transformation & Sustainability is the perfect starting point, as it offers an impressive range of relevant modules that not only deal with digital innovations, but also incorporate the core ethical challenges of our generation in form of the Sustainable Development Goals."

Fabienne Meyer-Pohl
MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability (Class of 2021)
Isabelle Marie Eckartz

"As students of the new degree programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability at HSBA, it is our aim to anchor the idea of sustainability in the process of digitalisation. The course offers me the opportunity to learn in a practice-oriented way. Digitalisation can help to protect the environment and the climate and does not have to lead to more resource consumption. It is great that HSBA creates awareness for the future with this study course and that we can be a part of it."

Isabelle Marie Eckartz
MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability (Class of 2021)

Why you should study Digital Transformation & Sustainability at HSBA

Key Features

  • Innovative combination of the topics Digitalisation & Sustainability – breaking the boundaries between disciplines

  • Projects – from practice & research, which can also include your own ideas – instead of exams and tradition

  • Small groups and individual support

  • International excursion (into the digital world)

  • 4 Competencies of the Global World: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration

  • Innovative topics: networking of people, organisations and the world, influence of digital media, growing importance of data and machines

  • Continuous reference to the 17 Global Goals of the United Nations (SDGs)

  • Campus in the heart of Hamburg

You want to get an impression of studying DTS: Follow our student's Instagram Account ► #digistainables

www.digitalsustainable.world

The academic heads Prof. Dr. Susanne Hensel-Börner and Prof. Dr. Michael Höbig explain the focus and the special features of the parte-time postgraduate degree programme in Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc).

Master of Science in Digital Transformation & Sustainability

Quick Facts

Course Duration 30 months, start 1 October
Degree Master of Science (MSc) with the right to proceed to doctoral studies
Credits 120 ECTS
Language German, some content may be taught in English
Students 18 per year
Course Organisation Part-time, one quarter per semester with two days on campus per week and one full-time week per study year or two full-time weeks during the entire study course
Accreditation FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)
Study Fees 28.500 Euro (=950 Euro per month)

Study Organisation and Programme Structure

To successfully complete the programme and be awarded the Master of Science degree, 120 ECTS must be collected. The credits are spread over core modules as well as five semester projects and one mandatory elective module. The programme concludes with the thesis.

Programme Content Digital Transformation & Sustainability (Master of Science)

Semester 1
  • Learning Journey
    5 ECTS
    56 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Studierende, Lehrende und Programmstruktur kennenlernen
    • Identifikation mit den 17 Zielen für Nachhaltige Entwicklung der UN (SDGs)
    • Eine Gemeinschaft werden

     

  • Effects of Digitalisation
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Impact of digitalisation and digitisation through technological developments
    • Effects in the economy, politics and society
    • Innovation processes and organisational changes

     

  • Customer Experience
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Marketing re-thought in its structure / pull with connection to communication
    • The customer and his point of view as a starting point for all considerations and decisions
    • Sustainable development of goods and services

     

  • Systems Thinking
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Introduction to systems theory
    • Understanding complexity as a system property: levels, interdependencies, dynamics
    • Consider organisation as a social system

     

  • Agile Work
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • What are modern project management tools and techniques?
    • What is and what needs agility?
    • Accompanying transformation: who and what needs to change and how to achieve it?

     

Semester 2
  • Research Project
    10 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Project learning as defined by John Dewey (often cited as learning by doing) provides the students with autonomous freedom of action. In this module, students are enabled to apply this technique in real contexts.
    • Students learn how to effectively organise and critically control projects in entrepreneurial or non-profit contexts as well as how to achieve and present project results present.
    • Research projects enable students to practice structuring problems scientifically, establish the connection to research and to document and transfer generated knowledge.

     

  • Data-Based Decision Making
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Which data sources are available and how is data systematically gained?
    • Generate knowledge from data
    • Learn, understand and apply analytical methods

     

  • Leadership & Change
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Basic communication and behavioural theories
    • How does communication work in the digital age?
    • Different levels of communication: Corporate Communication, Individual, Society & Politics
    • Which channels are used when and by whom?

     

Semester 3
  • Company Project
    10 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Project learning as defined by John Dewey (often cited as learning by doing) provides the students with autonomous freedom of action. In this module, students are enabled to apply this technique in real contexts.
    • Students learn how to effectively organise and critically control projects in entrepreneurial or non-profit contexts as well as how to achieve and present project results present.
    • Research projects enable students to practice structuring problems scientifically, establish the connection to research and to document and transfer generated knowledge.

     

  • Values & Behaviour
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • The human being is and remains the central actor: What is the digital honorable businessman?
    • Handling of (personal) data and digital information
    • Individual vs. Collective: boundaries are falling away, social systems are in danger

     

  • Algorithms & Intelligence
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Databases: How are large amounts of data organised and linked?
    • Basic understanding of algorithms
    • Artificial intelligence and neural networks

     

  • Study Trip
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    English
    Info

    Students can choose between four study trips (subject to change) and are themselves in charge of the planning, organisation and implementation of their excursion.

    • Silicon Valley (USA)
    • London (UK)
    • Brussels (Belgium)
    • Hamburg/Berlin (Germany)

     

Semester 4
  • Sustainability Challenge
    5 ECTS
    24 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • The students are involved in initiatives, associations, NGOs, social projects or similar
    • Changing perspective / thinking outside the box
    • External responsibility: commitment to the society in which we all live

     

  • Sustainable Economy
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Post-growth economy / alternative economic models (e.g., Shareconomy)
    • How to deal with zero growth? Qualitative vs. quantitative growth
    • Circular economy / material and raw material usage

     

  • Human & Machine
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
    Info
    • Cooperation of humans and machines in the working world
    • AI / Machine Learning / (I) IoT / Industry 4.0 / Robotics in concrete application
    • Pictures of the future: algocracy, singularity, new work

     

  • Digital Toolbox/Masters' Electives
    5 ECTS
    64 Contact hours
    English
    Info

    Students of all Master's study programmes can choose obe profile from the following six profiles:

    • Digital Strategy
    • Intrapreneur
    • Communication
    • Programming
    • Data Business
    • Business Process Transformation

     

    Please note that electives only run if the minimum number of participants has been reached.

     

Semester 5
  • Concluding Conference
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
    German
  • Master's Thesis
    25 ECTS
    English
    Info

    Gemeinsam mit ihrem Betreuer wählen Studierende ein Thema für eine abschließende wissenschaftliche Arbeit aus (in Deutsch und Englisch möglich).

     

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Application & Admission Requirements

Application

Set the course for your career!

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.

 

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Admission Requirements

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

  • A completed third-level degree in economics or business or a hybrid study course with 180 ECTS
  • Ability to study in English & German (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
  • Letter of recommendation from a current or recent employer, or an academic reference
  • A character reference or comparable document proving previous social engagement
  • Successfully completed HSBA selection process (online application, individual interview)

Questions?

We are happy to help!

Minh Nguyen, HSBA
Minh Nguyen
Admissions & Service Office
+49 40 822160 912
masters.admissions@hsba.de

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Financing of the Study Course

The course fees are 28,500 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.

Your Financing Options

Option 3: Financing from Own Funds

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:

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:

Further information on the topic can be found on the websites www.studienkredit.de and the CHE-Studienkredit-Test. Please be aware that these websites are only available in German.

Option 1: Financing with the Support of the Employer

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.

Option 2: Financing with the Support of Chancen eG (for EU Students only!)

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.

Partner Companies

heyconnect GmbH
REM Capital
Phase BE gGmbH
CLUE ONE GMBH & CO. KG
Sapherior GmbH
GHD GesundHeits GmbH Deutschland
FKS Friedrich Karl Schroeder GmbH & Co. KG
Barclaycard Barclays Bank PLC
PHAT CONSULTING GmbH
Intersoft consulting services AG
REOS GmbH
HTC Hanseatic Transport ConsultancyDr. Ninnemann & Dr. Rössler GbR

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FAQs

Which Master's programmes can I study at HSBA in Hamburg?

At HSBA you can study two Master's programmes: The Master of Science (Msc) Business Development and the Master of Science (MSc) Digital Transformation & Stustainability. Both programmes are business-oriented and take place part-time in Hamburg.

What exactly is a first degree in economics?

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:

  • 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.

When do the courses in the part-time Master's programs take place?

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. 

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