Shipping (MBA)

Hapag Lloyd

Study Profile MBA Shipping

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

  • Focus on Business Development in the Maritime Industry

  • Modules are taught in London, Athens/Piraeus and Dubai: Improve your intercultural competencies!

  • Experienced Lecturers from the Shipping Industry

  • Unique Mentoring Programme with many Networking Opportunities: The HSBA master’s 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

  • Interesting Financing Options: VDR Scholarship, HSBA Scholarship, other Scholarships

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 19.800 Euro (living and travel expenses not included) inclusive early-bird discount of 10% 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 was awarded the Premium Accreditation of the FIBAA in 2018. HSBA is accredited by the science council.

Impressions on the Study Course

Benjamin Zuhusky graduiert im MBA Shipping

"With the competitive nature of today’s work environment, the experience and knowledge gained throughout my time at the HSBA has given me the edge in my field. Not only have I been able to leverage my degree, but the connections I’ve made during my studies have only strengthened with time."

Benjamin Zuhusky
MBA Shipping (Class of 2018 - Fast Track)
Gerardo Silva

"The MBA Shipping covers the essential core areas of the shipping industry. Through study trips to London, Greece and Dubai, I have been able to develop my intercultural skills so that the programme not only has given me a better international presence in the maritime industry, but also entry into the offshore wind energy industry in Germany in March 2018."

Gerardo Silva
MBA Shipping (Class of 2016)
MBA Shipping Sebastian Keweitsch

"The network provided by the MBA Shipping is a great benefi t of the programme. The variety of nationalities and the professional backgrounds of the participants creates the perfect condition for learning and broadening one’s horizons."

Sebastian Kewitsch
MBA Shipping (Class of 2013)
MBA Shipping Kick-Off

"Only the scholarship of HSBA and the German Shipowners’ association has allowed me to join the MBA Shipping programme. I very much enjoyed the unique group experience in this multinational group."

Irene Wieja
MBA Shipping (Class of 2014)
Shipping Orestis Schinas

"With its focus on Business Development in the maritime industry, the MBA Shipping is unique in Europe. Graduates of the programme have learned to ‘think of the future‘ and are prepared to meet the multi-faceted challenges of the sector."

Prof. Dr. Orestis Schinas
Head of the Study Course MBA Shipping
Svante Magunia

"I took the decision to join the programme because of its international character and its practice-oriented teaching concept. In particular, I learned a lot from the case studies and the lectures in maritime centres abroad."

Svante Matthias Fink
MBA Shipping (Class of 2013)

Study Structure

60 ECTS can be acquired over the course of the study programme. The curriculum is structured in seven modules: two modules focus on maritime issues; five modules cover topics of the maritime industry. Courses take place in Hamburg (mainly), London, Athens/Piraeus and Dubai.

On the regular track, the course lasts 24 months (6 full-time weeks per year). On the fast track, the programme can be studied intensively in 12 months (12 full-time weeks per year). The course consists of 450 contact hours. 

Study Plan

Study Content: Basic Modules
  • Management & Finance
    10 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
  • Maritime Business
    7 ECTS
    60 Contact hours
  • Maritime Economics & Management
    10 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
Study Content: Advanced Modules
  • International Business Clusters
    5 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
  • Maritime Law & Insurance
    5 ECTS
    80 Contact hours
  • Ship Finance
    5 ECTS
    40 Contact hours
  • Development Strategies
    3 ECTS
    30 Contact hours
  • Master Thesis
    15 ECTS

Selection of our Lecturers

Admission Requirements

On the MBA Shipping the following admission requirements apply:

  • Two years of management experience
  • Ability to complete a course of studies in English (minimum level: B2 of the European Framework of Reference)
  • Academic requirements:
    • A completed third-level degree covering 240 ECTS credits and with the minimum grade “good”
    • a degree covering 210 (180) ECTS credits with the minimum grade “good” supplemented by one (two) additional year(s) of professional experience or third-level training
    • passing the entrance exam: Applicants without a completed third-level degree but with at least 6 years of relevant professional experience (e.g. Schifffahrtskaufmann) are admitted under certain conditions and can be accepted onto the entrance exam. The entrance exam comprises a written paper, a 30-minute oral exam and a two-hour written exam. The written paper deals with a management topic. The paper must be 10 to 15 pages long and has to be submitted within four weeks. The entrance exam takes place after the Admission Day.

If you're interested in applying for the MBA Shipping, please contact our Admissions Office:

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