Master in Global Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent)

Master in Global Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent)


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15 July 2021

Application Deadline

EUR 7,475.00 per semester

Two-year program (120 ECTS)

Two years

Four semesters

Study on three continents

Europe, Asia, North America

Integrated internship


Kühne Logistics University University of Tennessee Tongji University

This unique Master in Global Supply Chain Management degree program approaches supply chain management from an integrative perspective that includes economics, operations, logistics, risk management, leadership, and IT. This truly global program takes place on three continents. Students will spend the first semester at KLU in Hamburg (Germany), the second semester at the Tongji University in Shanghai (China), and the third semester at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (Tennessee, US). The final semester is dedicated to an internship and master’s thesis. Students have the possibility to do a double degree in cooperation with the Tongji University. 

When we say “global supply chain management,” we mean it! This degree program will give you the unique chance to experience supply chain management from the perspective of the world’s three largest economies: Germany, China and the US.

Take your career network to the next level.

Throughout the program, students from all three of the partner universities will be in one integrated class. This puts you in a network spanning the globe and the supply chain business that will fuel your future career. 

Learn from the best to become the best.

The three partner universities all have an international student body, outstanding faculty, an intimate learning environment, and extensive corporate ties. They belong to the leading academic institutions for logistics and supply chain management in their respective regions. Learning from the best will give you a competitive edge in the job market and advance your career.

The MSc in Global Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent) is a cooperative program from Kühne Logistics University, the University of Tennessee, and Tongji University.

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...with KLU student Elisabet from Domenican Republic, Master of Science Global Supply Chain Management Tricontinent, Class of 2020

Interviewed in a rapid-fire one-take production by Emily Dickey from the US, recent graduate of KLU's Tricontinental Master’s program in Global Supply Chain Managment Tricontinent, and current doctoral student at KLU.

How to Apply

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university or college*
  • TOEFL (iBT: 90) or IELTS (band 6.5) or CAE/CPE (grade C) to demonstrate English proficiency. The TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent certificate must not be older than 2 years at the time of submitting the application. In case of admission, please note that you will need an official score report (hardcopy) for the enrolment. Therefore, please name KLU when registering for a test, if possible (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).

*The bachelor’s degree must comprise at least 180 ECTS. We require a degree in business or economics, but will consider other analytical fields such as industrial engineering, business informatics, and mathematics if your bachelor's degree contains a sufficient number of courses in business (at least four). There are different ways to make up for missing business courses, please find an overview here.

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

Niklas Kimo Bruns

Procurement - Finance Operations, FREE NOW

Hamburg, Germany

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Elisabet Vásquez Martínez

Senior Manager Global Key Accounts, Sovereign Speed GmbH

Hamburg, Germany

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Emily Dickey

Doctoral Student in Organizational Behavior & Supply Chain Management, Kühne Logistics University

Hamburg, Germany

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Allison Francis

Operations Manager, ItsMyCargo

Hamburg, Germany

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Sven Grissmer

Project Manager, Sovereign Speed GmbH

Hamburg, Germany

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Laszlo Del

Supply Chain Lead - Ice Cream, Unilever

Budapest, Ungarn

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Angelika Dettling

Buyer Procurement Exterior, Volkswagen AG

Hamburg, Germany

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7,475 per semester

Two-year program (120 ECTS)

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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Please note that next to the tuition fees at KLU there will be additional cost to be considered, such as cost of living on the different continents, travel cost and visa costs. You can find an estimation of these additional cost below.


Estimated costs for the entire program (excluding tuition!)*

Flights around the continents**2,800 EUR
Visa costs***300 EUR
Health insurance****3,020 EUR
Health insurance if you are 30 years or older****5,660 EUR
Housing/ accomodation12,000 EUR
Cost of living, vaccination, books, misc. 10,950 EUR

Total (2 years, entire program, excl. tuition fee)

Total if you are 30 years or older (2 years, entire program, excl. tuition fee)

29,070 EUR 

31,710 EUR

*Please note, this is a rough budget. Financial requirements may vary significantly depending on choice of housing, lifestyle and travel plans.

**Plus flight to Germany for international applicants.

***Plus visa for Germany for international applicants (circa 160 EUR).

****MSc TriCon students have to be insured in Germany throughout all semesters since they will be enrolled continuously at KLU.




Please visit the price table provided by Tongji University for details concerning the costs of living in Shanghai.


The University of Tennessee provides an estimated graduate student budget which gives an overview on the costs of living in Tennessee.

Curriculum and Partner

Two years

Four semesters

Study on three continents

Europe, Asia, North America

Integrated internship


Our two-year MSc in Global Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent) starts annually on September 1st.


  • Courses in logistics, supply chain management, management, economics & managerial skills
  • Semester 1 to 3: Coursework and team projects on three continents (Europe, Asia, North America)
  • Semester 4: Internship (3 months)/master’s thesis (4 months) at Kühne Logistics University
  • Degree granted by Kühne Logistics University
  • optional double degree with the Tongji University: requires additional semester at KLU & additional master thesis at Tongji University

Master in Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent) Curriculum


Courses at Tongji University

  • Applied Statistics
  • Operations Research
  • Management Information System
  • Operations Management
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management based on Chinese Cases
  • Conducting Business in China
  • Chinese Language and Culture

Courses at  the University of Tennessee

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Supply and Cost Management
  • Innovation and Risk Management
  • Distribution, Logistic, and Network Management
  • Integrated Global Supply Chain Management
  • Conducting Business in the United States

Each of the three universities participating in the MSc in Global Supply Chain Management (Tricontinent) has a particular strength in supply chain management, and each one receives top rankings for its subject in its own national survey.



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)

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