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MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Part-time program

MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Part-time program

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18 months

Program duration


Language of instruction

4-day block seminars


At the center of logistics

Campus presence

Tuition fees

29,750 €

2 international study trips

China and USA

General information

Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Enjoy the advantages of studying at Kühne Logistics University – with its interactive learning experience, its international environment, and its vital relationships to the business world.

Students completing this program acquire practical knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Take on leadership roles in global businesses having complex international operations;
  • Develop effective corporate and supply strategies to compete in complex international settings;
  • Develop the ability to analyze complex business problems and to effectively apply management practices and principles to these challenges;
  • Understand complexities of intercultural cooperation to ensure effective interaction with international subsidiaries and partners;
  • Leverage the creative energies of themselves and their colleagues to create innovative solutions to global operational issues that are both sustainable and profitable.

Studying at KLU means learning in an international, multi-cultural atmosphere: our students and professors come from all over the world, all of our courses are held in English, and our curricula address the international issues facing today’s businesses. As part of the MBA program, two sessions are held at international partner universities: one at the Fisher College of Business, the Ohio State University, USA, and one at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China.


The program is an eighteen-month long part-time program mixing classroom work with team based projects. Two international trips are integrated into the curriculum to provide the students with background information on how other cultures learn and work. A capstone project (thesis) based on a real world problem of importance to the student and their employer integrates the knowledge developed throughout the program and provides the student with a transition from learning to actual practice. 

Our MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management focuses on training students to become leaders that create true, sustainable value for their organizations, their society and themselves. Over the course of the program, the contents of the modules move along the lines of a broad strategic perspective to focusing on more detailed, tactical issues in operational management. As such, they cover all subject areas of business administration. The courses delivered align with KLU’s key competence areas:

Today’s businesses find themselves at the heart of a vastly growing and dynamic network of information. To ensure that an organization can sustain a value proposition for customers and society over the long term requires the continual reevaluation of information relevant for business activities and keeping up with the newest developments in digital technologies. Students of KLU’s MBA program learn how to use information systems in an integrated way to support fact-based decision-making, interact effectively and efficiently within their organization as well as with partners, customers and other stakeholders and thus ultimately enhance the organizations’ competitiveness on a global scale.

Competing on a global scale requires an understanding of how global markets operate and how competitors in these markets compete. Proper organizational structure and leadership are necessary if a global strategy is to be effectively implemented and for sustainable value to be created for stakeholders. KLU’s MBA provides students with the tools, leadership skills and financial practices necessary to develop a sustainable corporate strategy and to implement an organizational structure that supports this strategy.

Furthermore, long-term value creation only occurs if an organization can consistently develop new and valuable products for their customers and society. KLU’s MBA teaches students how to develop new products using processes and procedures that are driven by “voice of the customer” marketing and sales activities.

Organizational activities do not occur in an isolated manner. Operations impact the workers who perform the work, the society in which the work is performed, the environment and all stakeholders from owners to customers. To create consistent and sustainable value requires leadership not only in the technical areas of operations management, but in the areas of socio-economic sustainability and human resource leadership. KLU’s MBA teaches students effective and efficient operations techniques concerning green and lean operations and how to engage the hearts and minds of employees by leading through listening, so that their organizations create long-term, sustainable value.


The program is composed of nine modules, including the capstone project.

  1. Economic and Social Foundations of Global Businesses
  2. Ethically Competing in Global Businesses
  3. Organizing and Managing Global Operations
  4. Developing Valuable Products for Customers and Society
  5. Sustainable Supply Chain Operations 
  6. Leveraging Information for Better Decisions (Study Trip to Tongji University)
  7. Managing Supply Chains for Value (Study Trip to the Ohio State University)
  8. Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  9. Master Thesis (capstone project)

The sessions of module 6 and 7 are held at our international partner universities Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, U.S.A. and Tongji University, Shanghai, China to enhance global and inter-cultural business skills. During the two trips, students will experience how other cultures learn and work. The study trips are entirely organized by the KLU and expenses regarding teaching materials, meals, excursions and supporting program are covered. Please note that costs regarding flights and visa arrangements are not covered. The program coordinator will provide you with all important information regarding visa applications. Please make sure that you book your flights and apply for your visa well in advance. Please note that both study trips are fully recognized as educational leave. We will provide you with the relevant confirmation.

Performance Leadership Coaching


Developing a leadership style

Target Group

Business leaders and high potentials from all levels


4 one-to-one sessions

There is great pressure on today´s business leaders at all levels to aligning their leadership vision, core values, and everyday actions with the demand to produce needed, valued results at work and as well as in private life. These demands may even be conflicting. Dealing with this “double challenge” and developing a performant leadership style that feels authentic but is doing justice to all the many stakeholders is the objective of these coaching sessions.

Business leaders and high potentials from all levels and organizations, who want to maintain or develop an authentic, but high-performance leadership style by balancing the challenges of work and life at the same time. 

  • 4 one-to-one coaching and feedback sessions
  • Timing of about 60 min each upon individual schedules
  • Based on real-life examples, coach and coachee will deeply reflect the individual situation upon what really matters like performance expectations and accomplishments with key stakeholders
  • Coachees will learn about themselves and benefit from developing and applying creative action and strategies for becoming more performant and authentic
  • Coaching sessions will be held completely confidential 

Professor Dr. Christian “Chris” Tröster has been shaping leaders all over the world from all levels for more than ten years. A sociologist by trade, he received his PhD from the Rotterdam School of Management (NL) and had been a visiting assistant professor at Singapore Management University before he joined KLU in 2011. He is a certified coach and trainer (IKUD, Schulz von Thun Institute). As a researcher he publishes in the leading journals in the field of leadership and organizational behavior. His work is frequently featured in the news (Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Handelsblatt, etc.). When Chris is not researching or teaching, he takes on ultra-distance cycling trips.

  • 4 x 1h individual coaching sessions according to individual schedules
  • 1.200€ + VAT for KLU MBA students and alumni. For externals upon request.
  • Sessions to be held on KLU Campus; other locations and group coachings on request, coaching language is English or German
  • Bookings through KLU Executive Education GmbH

Important Dates

  • Start of application period: November 1
  • 10% "Early Bird" discount deadline: February 28
  • Recommended application deadline, non-EU applicants: March 31
  • Application deadline: July 31
  • Scholarship application deadline: July 31
Jaime Gerdts Dager, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

The program is properly focused and includes strategies for business management, leadership, and logistics. It fits my needs perfectly, since it enables me to work while studying. I absolutely recommend it.

Jaime Gerdts Dager, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Mathias Dreier, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

This MBA is an attractive opportunity for anyone who seeks to reflect on previous work experience and to get ready for new challenges. Relevant and practical contents combined with a modern and open-minded university culture make this program a truly worthwhile experience.

Mathias Dreier, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Alena Addington-Barker / Iev ZV, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

This program is the next step to revealing my leadership character and considering it from a global perspective for future growth within my company. It helps to look at your work, yourself, and your interaction in a group from a different angle.

Alena Addington-Barker, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Mariusz Rutowicz, student MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2019

Thanks to the MBA program at KLU I’ve started to change my life – professionally in my career and also in my private life. The Intensive exchange during this international program has changed me, teaching me new hard skills but also critical thinking and an open-minded approach to everything.

Mariusz Rutowicz, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2019

Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

The MBA at the KLU was an excellent opportunity to learn how to exploit my strengths and develop my soft skills. The professors transmit passion, professionalism and experience to the students through the study of real case studies, accompanied with an excellent atmosphere at the campus.

Marcelo Tun, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

Dominik Beck, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

I chose this program after attending a trial lecture. Apart from the unique focus on logistics, I was impressed by KLU’s internationality, the quality of the professors, the campus, and the alignment with American business school standards.

Dominik Beck, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Diaa Mansour, student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

For the business world and private life, the program provides its participants the needed knowledge and skills to build their own strategies, to form their own views and tackle difficult decisions and complicated situations. The experience is worth it.

Diaa Mansour, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

Miriam Hartje, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Many thanks for 18 inspiring months in which I was able to grow in so many ways. Great classmates, great professors, great & challenging sessions – all in all a decision I will never regret.

Miriam Hartje, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Jonas Schultz, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

This program is a unique combination of the transfer of knowledge in the field of logistics and an important focus on leadership skills. Real world applications, cases and lecturers with hands-on expert experience in their fields back up the concept behind it.

Jonas Schultz, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Markus Nowc, student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

The set-up of the program allows me to continue my professional career while enhancing my educational knowledge, leading to a faster know-how transfer. The professors are motivating and the participants benefit from a wide range of international experiences.

Markus Nowc, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Marisol Henschen, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

The program covers a wide range of topics that will foster the soft skills you need to become a great leader and professional. Completing such a program also challenges you on different levels; coping with work, travel, school and life balance. The international environment and small classes make it possible to have enriching discussions.

Marisol Henschen, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2018

Yigit Yuruker, Student EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

One of the best things about the program is our study method. There are lots of discussions in the class and participants from three different continents and several different markets make them quite lively. It helps me understand and evaluate the markets even better.

Yigit Yuruker, EMBA Leadership & Logistics, Class of 2017

Alexander Klute, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

I have excellent memories of the great times during my MBA at KLU. Everybody involved, the KLU staff, my fellow students and all the people we met on our 1.5-year journey made it an unforgettable experience.

Alexander Klute, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020


The Admission Requirements to study for the Master of Business Administration in Leadership & Supply Chain Management are:

  • A bachelor’s degree* or equivalent from a recognized university or college
  • 3 years of work experience (managerial experience is recommended)
  • English proficiency proven by TOEFL (iBT: 90) or IELTS (band 6.5) or CAE/CPE (grade C). 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 if possible when registering for a test (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).

* Bachelor’s degree with 240 ECTS is the pre-requisite. Admission on the basis of 180 ECTS is possible. If this is the case, please get in touch with us to discuss further possibilities. 

All fields of study may qualify for admission. If the applicant does not hold a first academic degree, admission may be made subject to the condition that the applicant takes an entrance examination (a passing grade on the GMAT).

  • Please download the application documents below and apply online via the "apply now" button to proceed with your application via our online application platform.
  • An application will be considered as soon as we have received all the required documents. The Admissions Department checks each incoming application to determine whether the admission requirements are met.
  • You will have a short interview with the Academic Director to evaluate your personal and professional development to access your potential for leadership.
  • You will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision promptly (6 – 8 weeks).

Please download the following documents that are necessary for your application process as soon as you apply via our online application platform:

Confirmation of work experience
Employers statement
Reference Form A*
Reference Form B*
Reference Form C*

Please note: Your application will be considered, once you submit your final application and documents via the application platform.

Our Admissions Department will then get in touch with you to support you through the rest of the application process.

*Two Reference Forms have to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your work experience (e.g. your supervisor, (senior) colleague). The third Reference Form has to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your personal motivation (e.g. a close friend, a former fellow student, a professor from university).

Tuition and Scholarships

  • 18 months part-time MBA program: € 29,750 (includes teaching materials, excludes educational trips). In exchange, at KLU you will benefit from studying in small classes, an international environment, and excellent contacts to the business world.
  • Your tuition fees cover tuition and services, including all course materials, on-campus IT services, and access to the library. Further, during the study trips to the Ohio State University and Tongji University, teaching materials, hotel stays, excursions, and supporting program as well as meals are included.
  • The tuition fees do not include the travel costs or personal expenses.

KLU offers a variety of scholarships for MBA applicants.

If your company is a member of the networks AGA, BVL or LIHH, KLU offers one 50% scholarship each, that you can apply for.

Graduates from Common Purpose programs are offered a 50 % scholarship. If you’ve completed one of the programs, you can apply for this scholarship.

Furthermore, KLU offers a 50 % regional scholarship for applicants from developing countries who plan on working in their home countries upon completion of their studies, as well as a 50 % scholarship for applicants who work in the humanitarian sector for NGO’s.

If you would like to apply for one of the above-mentioned scholarships, please submit the scholarship application form, a letter of motivation as well as a confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.

Scholarship application

Application deadline for scholarships: July 31.

Please note: As we also have rolling admission, please apply as early as possible (otherwise the scholarship might be given away by the time you apply for it).

Also have a look at: 

Brain Capital
External Scholarships

Career prospects

Most KLU Leadership & SCM graduates are professionals that already have several years of experience and bring their career to the next level.

  • The current salary level of an MBA alumni is around 90.000$
  • On average, an MBA alumni reported an increase in their salary by 20 % compared to when they started the program
  • Like this the tuition fee is refinanced in a very short period of time

Our Alumni work across a wide range of functions related to logistics and supply chain management, consulting, business development and sales, automotive, computer software, maritime & shipping industry as well as in logistics & transportation. 

Your degree from the KLU will certainly be career boosting. Alumni from our programs work for Otto Group, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg Süd, 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.

Meet us

  • If you would like to get to know KLU in person, you are welcome to visit our campus. We are also happy to meet you virtually and have a chat about our program any time that suits you. Just schedule an appointment with us.
  • Join our next Open Day!

We look forward to meeting you soon at Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg!

Contact us

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Victoria Meraz Serrano

Program Manager (MBA Program)

Tel: +49 40 328707-185
Fax: +49 40 328707-109

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