MBA - Business Administration and Honourable Leadership

HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

Program Description

MBA - Business Administration and Honourable Leadership

HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration

MBA - Business Administration and Honorable Leadership

In view of the ‘War of Talents’ already being waged in business, the further training and retention of employees is becoming more and more important. It is the aim of the HSBA to train well-qualified young managers together with companies in Hamburg.

The courses offered so far by the HSBA, which train young business people in a dual system of practice and theory, lead to a first professional university degree, the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.). With this degree, Bachelor graduates are already qualified to start working in the company and can be gradually trained to assume managerial tasks.

The MBA study programme is aimed at university graduates from non-economic disciplines (engineers, lawyers, doctors etc.) who have assumed managerial tasks in the course of their careers or plan to do so, and is designed to give them the necessary management know-how. The MBA is also interesting for specialists and managers with a business background who are interested in a practically oriented trainng after working for many years.

The basics in Business Administration are laid in a preparatory course beforehand. The MBA course of study communicates practically oriented management knowledge and methods, especially through a variety of up-to-date, applicable case studies. Since the on-going internationalisation of companies also demands solid knowledge about international markets, the course is internationally focused.

The MBA in Business Administration & Honourable Leadership offers people who are working and interested in studying the opportunity to qualify themselves for global management tasks after completing a first university degree and some years’ working experience. The HSBA MBA programme, which can be taken while working full-time, makes it possible for the person to plan her or his career. MBA students can pursue their careers in their companies and at the same time develop at the HSBA their methodological and specialist competences for the global requirements of the business world. These competences are then expressed by the student achieving the “Master of Business Administration” (MBA) degree.

Core elements

  • Course start: October 1st each year
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Extent: Approx. 620 contact hours
  • The study programme accompanies normal work: tuition is during regular working weeks and at extended weekends (Thursday to Sunday). It is possible to complete the study programmewhile working full-time by making use of an employee’s average annual holiday entitlement
  • The course covers practically oriented, in-depth studies of Business Administration issues with a special focus on Internationality and Governance
  • Under the patronage of the ‘Versammlung eines Ehrbaren Kaufmanns zu Hamburg’
  • Officially and internationally recognised MBA degree, entitling the graduate to apply for a doctorate (assuming that 300 credit points, including the first degree, have been acquired)
  • Credit points: 90
  • Studying in seminar groups of not more than 24 students
  • Tuition in English
  • Tuition fees: Euro 1,250 per month, in total Euro 30.000. Partial payment of tuition fees by the employer may be agreed. Support from grants of the HSBA student support fund is possible. In addition, banks cooperating with the HSBA offer student loans on special terms.

Information on the individual modules

In International Politics & Economics, international markets and the conditions surrounding them are analysed and basic mechanisms in international politics and in international economic relations are described. In this context, special focus is placed on taxation systems in particularly relevant countries, possible mechanisms for stimulating investment and international regulation mechanisms as seen in practical terms by the company. Furthermore, the effects of different control instruments on social welfare are discussed.

Decision-making & Organisational Behaviour looks at the people involved. It deals with the question of which elementary psychological aspects are significant for the behaviour of people in an organisation. Cross-cultural aspects are especially important here and knowledge acquired from decision and game theories is also taken into account, so thatstudents become acquainted with the most successful management theories and can discuss them.

International Production and Marketing Management looks at the product, its production and sale (value-added process), whereby the way in which the company handles markets and resources is of prime importance. The essential point here is to complement the knowledge of business administration learnt in the first course of study and to consider international aspects and to bring them together in an international context.

The module Corporate Governance deals with the design of the corporate structure against the background of medium- and long-term changes. Organisational alternatives are presented and their implications, e.g. for taxation purposes, disclosure obligations and liability questions, as well as work with corporate supervisory bodies and regulatory authorities are explained. Special attention is paid to questions concerning legal form and choice of location. The aim is to give students basic evaluation principles for central strategic decisions at managerial level.

The module Law, Business Ethics & Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms concentrates on companies’ relations with other companies and with other players. Implicit and explicit contractual forms are examined, whereby the focus is on designing relations in such a way as to prevent conflicts and particularly on the effect of ethical business behaviour. Another aspect are the limits on contractual forms in the international context, whereby the students should be acquainted with mechanisms which, in cases of conflict, permit the use of alternative ways of resolving disputes that lie beyond national courts of law. In addition, the challenges to management in dealing with corruption and other potentially critical activities are discussed.

The theme of the module Corporate Social Responsibility & Corporate Communication is the social responsibility of companies, whereby the criteria for economic success are taken into account. What is important is that not only hard commercial factors determine the long-term success of the company, but that its behaviour also has a great influence on its attractiveness as an employer, the motivation and loyalty of its employees, the willingness of consumers to buy its products and other soft factors. In this context, the module presents possible ways for the company to communicate effectively to mould public opinion and analyses how companies can work towards legislation which is positive for the economy and for employment.

In Leadership & Human Resource Management, relevant results from research on leadership are communicated and the various approaches appraised through the eyes of an ethically minded businessperson. Human Resource Management deals especially with the challenges involved in leading employees in international corporate structures and project teams. In addition, essential techniques are taught for achieving efficient stakeholder management so as to ensure the long-term success of the company.

In the module Financial Management & Corporate Choice, central corporate financial subjects (company valuations, mergers & acquisitions) are dealt with, whereby questions of corporate culture and organisation are covered as well as questions of corporate finance.

Admission requirements

  • First university degree with the grade ‘good’ of German higher education institutions, or equivalent
  • Professional experience of at least 2 years (holders of 180 ECTS Bachelor, at least 3 years)
  • Letter of recommendation for the program (academic and/or professional)
  • Successful completion of the HSBA selection procedure
  • For non-economists: Successful participation at HSBA Preparatory Course

“Scholarship Programme” for HSBA Master Degree Courses
The HSBA aims to support especially talented applicants who are in need of financial assistance, thus enabling them to study for the stated Master’s degree at the HSBA. It will do so by awarding annual scholarships.   

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2016
24 months
Part time
30,000 EUR
Start date Oct. 2016
Germany Hamburg
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Duration 24 months
Price 30,000 EUR
scholarship available