Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc) - Overview

Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc)

Roland Magunia

Master Digitalisation & Sustainability

The innovative Master of Science Digital Transformation & Sustainability combines the two future topics of digitalisation and sustainability in a business study course for the first time.

Rethinking teaching and research! The small study group with a maximum of 17 students use project-based learning and are accompanied by two professors and project consultants.

You are interested in making your own contribution and 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 get the job done to sustainably master the challenges of a rapidly changing digital world - perfect for the career as a 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 into doctoral studies (state recognition in preparation)
Credits 120 ECTS
Language German, some contents may be taught in English
Course Duration 30 months, start on 1 October
Course Organisation Part-time, 11 weeks per semester with two presence days 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 the application is handed in by the 31 May. They 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 The study course is accredited by the FIBAA.

Study Structure

120 ECTS must be acquired over the course of the study programme. The credits are spread over core modules as well as five semester projects and a mandatory elective. The programme concludes with a Master's thesis.

Plan of Studies


José Luis Carretero López

José Luis Carretero López
Partner/Managing Director, Dr. STEINER & CARRETERO GmbH

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

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).

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

Step 1: Written Application Please send us the following documents in one PDF to Application Form, English Motivation Letter, CV, Academic & Personal Reference, Degree Certificate, Transcript of Records, English certificate (min. B2)  
Step 2: Telephone Interview In this first interview you should explain your motivation, but of course you can also ask questions about the programme. The telephone interview lasts about 30 minutes.  
Step 3: Admission Day We get to know you better by setting different tasks throughout the day such as a presentation that you will have to prepare in advance. This day also gives you the opportunity to visit our campus and meet professors.  
Step 4: Admission After a successful Admission Day we welcome you to HSBA officially. If applicable, you will be accepted into the JOB & MASTER programme at this time and will of course receive your contract and all other information relevant to the programme.  


...with the Support of the Employer

If the applicant is already in employment, it is 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 looking for a study place who wish to combine challenging academic and professional development.

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 also qualify for other scholarships . 

A good help for finding 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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