Frequently asked questions about the Master's programmeWhat are the benefits of studying part-time? Am i entitled to pursue doctoral studies with this degree? We answer these and many more questions in our FAQ.
A business administration master's degree at HSBA in Hamburg combines a challenging business degree programme with a parallel professional activity in the company. You can immediately put the content learned at the university into practice and thus set the course for your professional future. In addition, you will already receive a salary during your studies.
With a part-time master's degree programme, you study alongside your job. You can already have a job or apply for one through our JOB & MASTER offer. With dual studies, you apply directly to the company for a dual study place. Our Bachelor's programmes are dual, our Master's programmes are part-time.
No, you do not need an employer to study at our university. If you are still looking for a job, our JOB & MASTER offer is a good option to find a suitable partner company in Hamburg or the metropolitan region.
The admission requirements for a part-time Master's programme at HSBA are:
- A completed third-level degree in economics or business with 180 ECTS, including good knowledge in maths and stats. The degree should have been completed with a minimum German grade “good” (2.5) or equivalent
- Ability to study in English (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
- Letter of recommendation from a current or recent employer or an academic reference
- Successfully completed HSBA selection process (online application, individual interview)
- Additionally for the Master's programme Digital Transformation & Sustainability: A personal letter of recommendation or comparable proof of your previous social commitment
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
- Corporate Taxation
- Marketing Management
- Investing and Financing
- Strategic Management
- Projekt Management
- Quantitative Methods
- Operations Research
- Business Informatics
Particularly important is previous knowledge in the following areas:
- Economics (Micro, Macro)
- Human Resources
If you are unsure if you can be admitted please send us your transcript of records and module descriptions for review.
Our programmes are Master of Science (MSc) degree programmes in Business Administration. Admission requirements are a first university degree in an economic subject (Business Administration, Economics, (International) Management or similar). Therefore, unfortunately, you cannot study at our university if you do not have a first university degree.
Our Master's programmes are Master of Science (MSc) programs. Admission requirement for a business Master of Science is a first degree in economics (e.g. Business Administration (BWL), Economics (VWL), (International) Management or similar). Therefore, it is unfortunately not possible to study at HSBA without a first degree in economics.
Of course, you can already apply if you are still studying. In this case, please enclose a current transcript of records with your application. You can then submit all other transcripts after you have completed your bachelor's degree.
Yes, you can also apply if you did not achieve an average of 2.5 or better in your Bachelor's degree. For this, it is important that you have sufficient qualified professional practice. For each proven year of qualified work experience, 0.2 can be credited to your existing bachelor's grade. The professional experience does not necessarily have to have been gained after graduation.
Applications are possible at any time. However, since HSBA only has limited study places and funding programmes are partly awarded after receipt of the application, we recommend an early application for your Master's programme. If you want to apply for the JOB & MASTER offer at the same time, we recommend an early application to our university due to the longer procedure.
In the first step, please submit your written application for the Master MSc Innovation Management or the Master MSc Digital Transformation & Sustainability to us here. Please also upload all required documents there:
- Curriculum vitae, preferred in English
- Work Experience Letter
- Letter of recommendation (covering the academic and/or personal aptitude for the programme, preferably written by a current or former employer or former academic teacher with an official letterhead)
- Degree Certificate / Transcript of Records / official grading scale and/or explanatory notes
- English Certificate min. B2 CEFR (e.g. TOEFL, Cambridge, IELTS, PTE, DAAD, study abroad certificate in an English speaking country)
If you meet the admission requirements of our university, you will be invited to an individual interview with the Academic heads of the Master's programme in Business Development or Digital Transformation & Sustainability. This can take place virtually or in person at HSBA in Hamburg. During the interview, we will assess your personal and academic suitability. After a successful interview and a positive vote by the admissions committee for the corresponding programme, you will be offered a place at our university and sent your study contract as well as all further information (e.g. on the JOB & MASTER offer). After countersigning the contract and providing proof of financing, we look forward to welcoming you to HSBA.
In the Master's programme Innovation Management (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.
Yes, you can complete a semester or summer school abroad. The planning takes place in consultation with your own employer. Crediting of completed and passed courses is possible in principle and will be clarified in cooperation with the International Office of HSBA before the start of the stay abroad. You can find more information about the options for a semester abroad or a summer school here.