Shipping (MBA) Overview

Hapag Lloyd

Study Profile

The MBA Shipping Programme is focused on business development in the shipping industry and related industries. The programme provides the students with the necessary knowledge, analytical skills and competences regarded as essential for extraordinary managerial performance in the maritime industry. The course is taught and assessed in English. 

Highlights of the Study Course

The focus on business development in the maritime industry is unique in Europe.

The students improve their intercultural competencie as some modules are taught in London, Athens/Piraeus and Dubai.

The students are taught by experienced lecturers from the shipping industry.

The Master students benefit from a special mentoring programme by the German Shipowners' Association (Verband Deutscher Reeder) and the network between HSBA and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

Mentoring Programme of the German Shipowners' Association 
Within the framework of the mentoring programme members of the German Shipowners' Association and experienced entrepreneurs support the HSBA Master students on their way into the management levels of the maritime industry.

Access to Networks
For business success, networks are of essential importance. Core of the networks are the master's students themselves and more than 1.000 alumni of HSBA. Additionally, HSBA intensively cooperates with more than 250 companies and  HSBA's Friends and Sponsors' association. Via the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the founder of HSBA, students have access to links to more than 170,000 Hamburg based companies. 

For students of the MBA Shipping there are several funding opportunities:

  • Support by the employer
  • HSBA Scholarship
  • VDR Scholarship
  • Other Scholarships

More information on the different funding opportunities, please check here.

Facts on the Study Course

Students Generally approximately 20 per group
Degree Officially recognised Master of Business Administration with the right to proceed into doctoral studies
Credits 60 ECTS
Language English
Course Duration 24 months on the regular track and 12 months on the fast track, start is 1 October
Course Organisation Part-time, contact hours during 6 full-time weeks per year for the regular track, and 12 full-time weeks for the fast track
Admission Requirements Good bachelor´s degree and a minimum of 2 years of relevant management experience or an apprenticeship + a minimum of 6 years of relevant management experience + entrance examination, B2-level in English
Patronage and Mentoring German Shipowners' Association
Financing Grants of 25% to 50% of the study fees as well and a grant of 100% of study fees under a VDR scholarship
Study Fees 20.000 Euro (living and travel expenses not included) inclusive early-bird discount of 12,5% if the application is handed in by the 31 May.
Application Process Written application, telephone interview, Admission Day. Applications are accepted until the maximum number of students is reached. We recommend to apply early as study places are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Accreditation The study course is accredited by the FIBAA. HSBA is accredited by the science council.
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