Digital Transformation & Sustainability (MSc) Overview

Roland Magunia

Study Profile

The German MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability offers a business administration study course that addresses the challenges of a rapidly changing world in the 21st century. The aim is to enable students to shape digital transformation in companies and organisations in the sense of sustainable development. The areas of digitisation and sustainability are systematically linked here for the first time. A consistent competency orientation and the 17 Global Goals of the United Nations (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs) as the guiding principle of the programme reflect a completely new thinking in teaching and research.

Highlights of the Study Course

The German Master of Science programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability offers a degree in economics that meets the challenges of a rapidly changing 21st century world. The aim is to enable students to shape the digital transformation in companies and organisations in the interests of sustainable development. The areas of digitisation and sustainability are systematically linked here for the first time. Consistent competence orientation and the 17 global goals of the United Nations (Sustainable Development Goals, Digital Transformation and Sustainability) affect everyone, all companies and institutions, sectors and markets. This results in a high degree of complexity in which executives will have to make their future decisions. The study course therefore takes a holistic approach and tries to break the boundaries between disciplines, structures and ways of thinking.

Instead of thinking in traditional subjects, we focus on the following topics:

  • The increasing networking of people, organisations and the world,
  • the influence of digital media and
  • the growing importance of data and machines.

For all these topics it is important to critically reflect the opportunities and risks in order to use them in the sense of sustainable development. For us, sustainability means always taking into account the effects our actions have on others - everywhere in the world and also over the long term - in all our decisions. A common goal facilitates the focus of these actions. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) serve as a model for all participants in the study programme and reflect a completely new way of thinking in teaching and research.

The teaching of the study programme is consistently oriented towards the 4K competencies of the 21st century. It is the skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration that are defined as central competencies in a global world. In a digital knowledge-based society, it is important to develop and expand these skills beyond technical competencies.

Only those who can ask questions and have the courage to question, develop innovative solutions and communicate their ideas, becoming the responsible creators of digital transformation in the sense of sustainable development for the benefit of all.

For us, research-based learning and project learning are the best prerequisites for competence development. There is no such thing as teaching and examinations in this degree programme. Instead, a total of five different projects are being worked on during the course of study. It deals with current issues of digitisation as well as with scientific research questions. Students can also bring their own and innovative ideas, which they want to realise during their studies. Specialist and expert knowledge is developed in accompanying topic modules and elective courses.

The programme is based on a student-centred understanding of teaching. Innovative methods in teaching take different learning paths into account and promote and demand the active participation of all students to the same extent. Such an intensive and interactive teaching concept works only in small groups. Thanks to this and the intensive support we can offer only 17 places per year.

A team of economists, engineers, education researchers, media experts and philosophers have designed the course together and will teach it. According to our teaching philosophy, we do not see ourselves as knowledge mediators, but as learning and project consultants for our students.

In a modern designed learning environment, students and teachers work with companies and organisations to find answers to the challenges of a global and rapidly changing world.

Facts on the Study Course

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 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.

* HSBA alumni and partner companies, Job&Master candidates as well as applications that reach us before 31 May receive a 10% discount. Please refer to the section Finance.

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