Digital Transformation & Sustainability (M.Sc.) Overview

Roland Magunia

Study Profile

The German M.Sc. 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 program reflect a completely new thinking in teaching and research.

Highlights of the Study Course

In a modern learning environment, students and teachers together with companies and organisations are looking for answers to the challenges of a global and rapidly changing world. Teachers become the learning and project consultant for the students.

Project work as a teaching philosophy
In three semesters, research questions and practice projects of the digital transformation are worked on. These are both current questions of companies on digitisation as well as scientific research questions. Analyses are regularly presented to companies and research results are published.

Competence orientation
The teaching of the programme is consistent with the 4K competencies of the 21st century. Creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are defined as central competences in a global world. These are to be developed and expanded considerably throughout the course of studies.

Students become ambassadors of the 17 SDGs. Through their thinking and action, they learn to make their own contribution to the global goal achievement by 2030. They should be encouraged to take on this sustained responsibility and contribute their individual contribution to the transformation of society.

Digital transformation and sustainability affects every individual, all companies and institutions, industries and markets. The course of studies is holistically oriented and attempts to break the boundaries between disciplines, structures and ways of thinking.

With the JOB & MASTER programme HSBA matches ambitious Bachelor's graduates with companies interested in recruiting young talents and qualifying them with a Master of Science.
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With JOB & MASTER, students get substantial practical experience besides their part-time study programme. Students and companies negotiate the content of the employment agreement (scope, salary, percentage of course fees to be paid by the employer), with the partner company generally paying for the course fees and the salary covering the student's living expenses. Reduced course fees for JOB & MASTER students are EUR 675 per month.

The bright and friendly atmosphere and modern technical equipment at the City Campus and the Commerzbibliothek library give students the best possible conditions for learning.
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At HSBA students find optimal learning conditions with small study groups of only 17 students. Our facilities are state-of-the-art (rooms, literature, databases) and our campus is welcoming. During their studies, students receive academic support from teaching staff and support in all other issues from management. Low dropout rates and high levels of satisfaction of students are the result of this concept.

Hamburg, the waterfront city, is one of the world’s safest big cities and an extremely attractive place to live, work and study. The mix of economic potential and a good quality of life makes Hamburg one of Europe’s most dynamic business regions. With the Inner Alster lake in the centre of the city, countless parks and green spaces, its proximity to two oceans, a large range of diverse leisure activities and excellent shopping, Hamburg is one of the top ten city destinations in Europe and a popular place to live and study. The high quality of life is also due to the fact that Hamburg is one of the safest cities in the world.

Facts on the Study Course

Students 17 per year
Degree Officially recognised Master of Science with the right to proceed into doctoral studies
Credits 120 ECTS
Language German, some contents may be taught in English
Course Duration 30 months, start on 1 April
Course Organisation Part-time, 11 weeks per semester with two presence days and two full-time weeks per study year
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 January. 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 Accreditation in process

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

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