Master in International Management (MSc)

Master in International Management (MSc)


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15 July 2022

Application Deadline

EUR 6,980/ semester

Tuition fee Standard track

Standard Track: 2 years

Fast Track: 1,5 years

Exchange semester

Only in the Standard track

Integrated internships


Our MSc in International Management program provides you with the management and leadership skills you will need for your career in a multinational company. Our courses cover a broad range of topics in the key business administration fields and, additionally, focus on sustainability and digitalization. Thus, sharpen your entrepreneurial thinking (entrepreneurship) and sustainable actions in a global environment, and enhance your career prospects. At the same time, the program targets your personal development and focuses on developing your leadership abilities. The teaching method includes both case- and project-based learning, excursions, business simulations, integrated internships, and regular interaction with industry professionals. Practical relevance is the program’s core.

Studying at KLU in Germany is the right choice. German universities and our educational system are world class and recognized by employers around the globe. In Germany, you will be able to live freely: this is a safe country for all students. Germany has a strong economy and a stable job market. After successfully graduating from KLU you are legally entitled to work in Germany. You will also be allowed to stay in Germany for up to 18 months after graduation to find the ideal job. In addition to the benefits of Germany, the cosmopolitan city of Hamburg has been frequently voted as one of the most livable cities in the world, and offers a great work life balance for its residents.

How to Apply

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university or college*
  • Proof of English language proficiency: please have a look at our different options here

*The bachelor’s degree must comprise 180 ECTS for the standard track and cooperation track or 210 ECTS for the fast track and the part-time track. 

Applicants for the fast track must have done at least one academic term abroad during their previous university study. Equally possible to prove an internship abroad, which was officially part of the bachelor’s degree program. 

We require a degree in business or economics but will consider other analytical study fields such as industrial engineering, business informatics, and mathematics if your bachelor’s degree contains a sufficient number of business courses (at least four). There are different ways to make up for missing business courses, please find an overview here. Foreign university degrees will be evaluated according to the guidelines of the German Council of Higher Education.

A passing grade on the GMAT or TM WISO test is not an admission requirement, however, the Admissions Committee will consider test scores positively.

You do not have your bachelor’s certificate yet? Just provide a transcript of records and you can submit the bachelor’s certificate at a later stage.

  • Start of application period: November 1st
  • Early Bird deadline: January 15 (more information)
  • International application deadline (recommended): March 31 (more information)
  • International application deadline (final): May 31 (more information)
  • Application deadline: July 15

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. For fully completed applications received by January 15, you will be granted a 10% early-bird discount on your total amount of tuition fees. To be entitled for the discount you need to fully complete the online application form and submit it together with your transcript of records. More information can be found here

International (non-EU) applicants please note: The visa process takes up to two months, starting on the date of acceptance by KLU. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of other organizational matters to deal with when planning your study abroad. That is why we advise you to apply as soon as possible (see recommended international deadline).  For details on the application deadlines for international applicants please see our FAQ.

We require an application fee of €100 for non-EU applicants. Your application will only be processed once we have received this. 

We will consider your application as soon as we have received all the required documents and will notify you of the board of admission's decision promptly (6-8 weeks).


Full-time standard track with a duration of 2 years (4 semesters). A practice-oriented internship and a semester abroad are integrated. For students who completed their first degree outside of Germany, the semester abroad is optional. 

In the second semester one of two focus blocks, “Sustainable Management” or “Digital Management”, with each containing four specialized modules, has to be chosen. 

Students with above-average grades have the opportunity to apply for the “Independent Studies” module scheduled in the second and third semesters. This module offers students who aspire to an academic career the opportunity to work on research projects from the academic or entrepreneurial field, which may be used as an entry project for a doctoral degree.. The module "Independent Studies" can be used to replace two compulsory elective modules in the second semester and one compulsory elective module in the third semester.

Standard Track curriculum

Full-time fast track with a duration of 1,5 years (3 semesters). All courses take place on KLU campus in Hamburg. A practice-oriented internship is included. 210 ECTS from a previous bachelor’s degree are required for this track. A semester abroad is not included.

In the second semester one of two focus blocks, “Sustainable Management” or “Digital Management”, with each containing four modules, has to be chosen. 

Fast Track curriculum

The Part-Time Track is completed in five semesters and comprises 90 ECTS. An extended bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS is required for admission. All courses take place on KLU campus in Hamburg. A practice-oriented internship is replaced by a practice. A semester abroad is not included. 

The Part-Time Track is based on the Fast Track in terms of the modules offered, but can be completed in an extended period of four semesters and, hence, offers more flexibility to students who cannot follow a full-time study program. The fifth semester is reserved for the master's thesis.

Part-Time Track curriculum


ProgramDurationProgram start 2022 ECTS required before study start 
MSc in International Management
Standard Track
2 years
4 semesters
6980.00 per semester180 ECTS
MSc in International Management
Fast Track
1,5 years
3 semesters
7480.00 per semester210 ECTS
MSc in International Management
Part-Time Track
2,5 years
5 semesters
6980.00 per semester210 ECTS

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Tuition fees are charged per semester. A non-refundable deposit of EUR 1,000 is due within two weeks after the receipt of the signed study contract. The deposit will be deducted from the first tuition fee installment.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research supports 13 institutions for gifted education that grant scholarships for study purpose. Scholars of one of these institutions (Avicenna-Studienwerk, Cusanuswerk - Bischöfliche Studienförderung, Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk e.V., Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V., Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung e.V., Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft / Studienförderwerk Klaus Murmann, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes) can apply for a full tuition fee scholarship at KLU: please check here.

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Standard Track: 2 years

Fast Track: 1,5 years

Exchange semester

Only in the Standard Track

Integrated internships


Our Master in Management program starts every September.

  • Courses in logistics, supply chain management, management, economics, and managerial skills
  • Different tracks available: standard track (2 years), fast track (1,5 years) and part-time track (2.5 years)
  • 210 ECTS required for fast and part-time track 
  • Exchange semester with partner universities (standard track, optional for holders of a first degree from outside of Germany)
  • Three-month internship (standard and fast track)
  • Master’s thesis (5 months)

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In the Standard Track, you will spend your third semester at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Americas. We have established a network based on exchange agreements with more than 50 partner institutions around the world. Enrolled as a full-time student at the host university, you will acquire a first-hand insight into new cultures and countries and have a unique personal experience.

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KLU is a great place to study

  • Research university with high academic standards combined with practical application
  • As one of only 14 private universities in Germany, KLU has the right to confer their own PhDs
  • Top ranked in CHE university ranking and Handelsblatt research ranking
  • Small classes, interactive teaching and excellent student-professor ratio
  • Truly international students and faculty; all courses taught in English
  • Internships and semester abroad integrated into the curriculum
  • Case- and project-based learning, excursions, business simulations, regular interaction with industry professionals
  • High quality career services and corporate network, career orientation and guidance
  • State-of-the-art campus in the heart of Hamburg’s HafenCity
  • Premium accredited program (FIBAA)

Career prospects

We understand that a lot of students rate post graduate career prospects among their top three college search information needs. That’s why we have aggregated some statistics based on our recent alumni survey. You may also want to explore profiles of our students and alumni on our LinkedIn University Page. One program that is unique and helps KLU students during their studies to pursue and manage their career goals is the Career & Professional Development Program.

Most KLU MSc Management graduates start their career as executives or on the management level.

  • 33% start on the executive level
  • 23% start on the management level
  • 22% start as experienced employee
  • 22% start on the entry level
  • Business Development
  • Consulting
  • Logistics/ Transportation
  • Advertising and PR Services
  • Construction-Residential & Commercial/ Office
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Logistics/ Transportation
  • Non Profit Organisations
  • Security and Surveillance
  • Sports and Physical Recreation

KLU’s MSc Management graduates* do start with an average salary of 48.000€ per annum, which is above average. The median starting salary with a degree in management in 2017 was 41,756 € in Germany (source: 

*Graduates working in the EU, median salary one year after graduation

Your degree from the KLU will certainly be career boosting. Alumni from our programs were hired for example by Accenture GmbH, Airbus S.A.S., BASF, Beiersdorf AG, DB Schenker - Rail, EADS Group, IBM Group, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Lufthansa Group, Siemens, Vattenfall Wind Power or Anheuser-Bush.


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