Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc) - Overview

Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc)

Roland Magunia

Study Profile Master Digitalisation & Sustainability

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 17 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, CEO...


Highlights of the Study Course

  • Innovative combination of the degree programmes 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) a


Students 17 per year
Degree Master of Science with the right to proceed to doctoral studies
Credits 120 ECTS
Language German, some content may be taught in English
Course Duration 30 months, start 1 October
Course Organisation Part-time, 11 weeks 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
Admission Requirements Good bachelor's degree, work experience not obligatory but beneficial for JOB&MASTER-placement, B2-level in German and English
Financing JOB&MASTER, additional grants
Study Fees 28.500 Euro (=950 Euro per month)*, early-bird discount of 10% if application is received by the 31 May. Fees include examination fees.
Application Process Written application, telephone interview, Admission Day. Applications are accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. We recommend to apply early, since grants and JOB&MASTER-places are eventually allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis
Accreditation FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation)

Impressions from our Students

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

Study 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.

Plan of Studies


José Luis Carretero López

José Luis Carretero López

Modules: Human & Machine

Negar Nazemian

Negar Nazemian
HR Manager

Modules: Project 3: Leadership Experience

Elmar Seestädt

Elmar Seestädt
Consultant for Digitalisation, Agile Transformation and Project Management

Modules: Agile Work


Application Process

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 and German languages (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 (written application, telephone interview, admission day).

Secure Your Study Place on the MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability in Four Easy Steps:

Step 1: Written Application Please send the following documents in one PDF to application form, motivation letter in English language, CV, academic and personal reference, degree certificate, transcript of records, English language certificate (min. B2)  
Step 2: Telephone Interview You are asked to explain your motivation to study at HSBA and you can ask questions about the programme and the university. The telephone interview lasts about 30 minutes.  
Step 3: Admission Day We meet in person! We get to know you better while you complete different tasks throughout the day, including a presentation that you will have to prepare in advance. Today you have the chance to visit our campus, meet professors and ask more questions.  
Step 4: Admission If successful at the Admission Day we welcome you to HSBA officially. If applicable, you will be accepted to the JOB & MASTER programme at this time and will of course receive your contract and further information relevant to the programme.  


...with the Support of the Employer

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 the JOB & MASTER Programme

HSBA’s JOB & MASTER programme is a free placement service for applicants (still) looking for employment. If you are eligible to join the placement service, HSBA will assist you in finding a job. Please note that not all students may be eligible to take place. 

The course fees include the exam fees and the mentoring programme. The costs for the study trip are not included. 

Other Scholarships and Funding Programmes

As part of the HSBA study funding programme, a maximum funding of 50% of tuition fees is possible. Other funding programmes and scholarships remain unaffected.

More information on the HSBA scholarship here.

The "Deutschlandstipendium" scholarships are awarded based on performance and amount to EUR 300 per month. 50% stem from public funding from the German government and 50% from the university's own private funding.

For further information please take a look at the specific information and regulations regarding the "Deutschlandstipendium". 

For further funding needs, HSBA students may qualify for other scholarships . 

A good place to look for the most appropriate scholarship is To find a suitable foundation, please check the platform

To secure funding students of HSBA can also apply to certain foundations which grant scholarships, such as:

The following banks offer student loans on special terms:

Further information on the topic can be found on the websites and the CHE-Studienkredit-Test 2016. Please be aware that these websites are only available in German.

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