MBA - Shipping
The MBA Shipping Program is focused on Business Development in the Shipping industry and related branches. The program 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. Optional language classes (Chinese, Spanish etc.), visits (port terminals and facilities in Hamburg, short sea voyages etc.), IT as well as personal skills classes offered in other HSBA programs are also available.
Applicants with or without a University degree, yet with proven relevant experience in the industry, are welcome to apply for admission. The part-time structure of the program allows students to combine employment in locations worldwide with the MBA Shipping.
Tuition fees are 15,000 €. Fees are deductable from taxes (in Germany)
Number of Student Places per Annum
Maximum of 30
Commencement of Course
Course Organization and Duration
As regular track, the course lasts 24 months (6 full-time weeks per year).As fast track, the program can be studied intensively in 12 months (12 full-time weeks per year). The course consists of 450 contact hours.
Final Date for Applications
31 August. The allocation of study places is undertaken using the first-come, first choice method.
Successful graduates are entitled to carry the title of "Master in Business Administration (MBA)", which allows the graduates to apply for doctoral programs.
Application and Admission Requirements
The MBA course is open to applicants with an academic background. Applicants with relevant professional experience (e.g. Schifffahrts kaufmann) lacking a university degree, are admitted under certain conditions. Prior to admission, HSBA carefully examines the applicant's academic, professional and personal suitability for the program. The application process consists of five steps; an additional Entrance Examination can be added, if applicable. In exceptional cases the standard admission procedure can be amended (e.g. for international applicants).
Structure of the Course of Study / Places of Study:
The curriculum is structured in seven modules: two modules focus on management issues; five modules cover topics of the maritime industry.
In the General Management Module business accounting, theoretical economic principles,strategy, marketing, human resources and organization as well as leadership are covered.In Introduction to Maritime Business students gain advanced knowledge and skills in the fields of maritime economics, transportation and logistics as well as policy-making with a focus on the IMO regulatory framework.
The Ship Management Module combines issues related to ship finance, acquisition of ships as well as commercial and technical management of ships in an innovative, holistic and comprehensive way. In Maritime Law & Insurance Carriage of Goods by Sea, Charter Parties, Marine Insurance, Protection and Indemnity Schemes as well as Claims and Practical Implications are covered. In the module International Management students gain international experience and become acquainted with London and Dubai as leading global business centers. The focus of the module lies on financial issues and global business management (London) as well as on logistics issues and intercultural business management (Dubai). The module International Maritime Business takes place in Athens/Piraeus and focuses on business and chartering case studies, claims handling, technical management of ships and examples of business development. The module Development Strategies rounds up the program and confronts the students with integrated and innovative views on the factors determining success and growth of maritime ventures.
Courses take place in Hamburg (mainly), London, Athens/Piraeus and Dubai.