Frequently Asked Questions
A dual course of study combines career training with academic study, enabling the student to combine practical work experience with gaining an academic degree (at HSBA this is the Bachelor of Science (BSc)). Theoretical phases (at the university) and practical phases (at the company) alternate roughly every three months.
In the part-time programmes students acquire an academic qualification alongside their job - at HSBA this is the Master of Science (MSc). Teaching at the university takes place on extended weekends and in some full-time weeks allowing the student to follow through with their day job.
Yes, the master's degrees of HSBA entitle the students to pursue to doctoral studies. During the application process HSBA makes sure that after finishing their studies, HSBA students have at least 300 ECTS (European Credits) and can proceed to doctoral studies. As a result each course has different admission criteria.
In terms of content, the consecutive MSc builds on the specialist knowledge and methodological skills acquired in a primary degree in business or economics and provides more in-depth knowledge and skills.
An MBA is geared towards university graduates from other disciplines (engineers, legal experts, doctors, etc.) who have assumed management tasks as part of their professional activity or who plan to do so and wish to acquire the necessary business expertise. An MBA can also be of interest to professionals with a background in business who wish to undertake applied further training having worked for a longer period.
Applications can be handed in at any time. But since HSBA has a limited capacity of students per course and some grants and scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, we recommend to apply early.
If you want to apply for the Job & Master programme we recommend you to apply even earlier due to the longer procedure of the application.
Graduates can be admitted when business modules as well as methods modules formed more than 50% of the obtained ECTS.
Business and methods modules for examples are:
Particularly important is previous knowledge in the following areas:
If you are unsure if you can be admitted please send us your transcript of records and module descriptions for review.
We need to check whether your degree can be recognised in Germany. Please hand in all your relevant documents, so that we can verify the recognition under German law. In exceptional cases this can take up to six weeks.
If the degree is recognised under German law, we usually accredit 60 ECTS per academic year of full-time study.
Yes, if you have sufficient relevant professional experience. A figure of 0.2 can be credited to your grade for each year of substantiated relevant professional experience.
It should be noted that this professional experience has had to be gained additionally to the professional experience needed to fulfill the other respective admission requirements (MBA or the ECTS-gap). This professional experience may be acquired before or after the first university degree.
Master students can absolve a semester abroad but it needs to be individually reviewed together with the company.
Generally it is possible to receive credits for the absolved and passed exams and needs to be discussed before going abroad with the international office of HSBA.
You can find more information on the options of studying abroad or a summer school here.