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Master in Management
Karlshochschule International University


Address Karlshochschule International University, Karlstraße 36-38, 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
Tel. No. +49 (0)721 / 1303 500
Fax No. +49 (0)721 / 1303 300
E-mail address master(at)
Web address Visit the Programme website
Course Management M.A. (with specializations)
Type of course Full-time
Length of course 4 semesters
Date of commencement Beginning of March of every year
Class size Max. 30 students
Cost/Fees 690,00 € per month
Student grants / Financial assistance: We are running a FlexiPayment tuition scheme.
Major recruiters of our graduates Global businesses, social research institutions, public administrations, European and international institutions, NGOs
The program on the one hand qualifies you for management jobs of all sorts while on the other hand specializing you according to your individual choice recruiters of graduates are versatile.
Student profile 1. Ratio of National / Overseas students - Approx. 50% Karls alumni and German students, at least 50% students from all over the world
2. Ratio of Men / Women - Approx. 50% men, 50% women
3. Age range - Between early twenties to late thirties
Admission requirements The program is open to students who have completed:

• a 3-year (or more) degree program in business administration or economics at a university or a university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education (accredited undergraduate studies) or

• a 3-year (or more) degree program in a related field of study at a university or a university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education (accredited undergraduate studies).

A related field of study can be virtually anything from legal, social and cultural studies, to the humanities, linguistics or geography, psychology or philosophy, to even technological subjects and natural sciences.

However, you need to have gained certified experience in relevant management topics in your prior studies worth at least 30 ECTS (credit points). We also accredit for corresponding practical experience in the framework of an equivalency assessment.

Please note: If you haven't gained sufficient experience through either of those means you can still clear this hurdle by joining our PreMaster program in the fall term!

Furthermore, we require proof that you have the necessary English language proficiency. You have to have a level of C1 according to the Common European Framework for Languages or an IELTS score of 6.5 or Internet-based TOEFL score of 100 points, respectively.

The official application deadline for EU students is February 1, for Non-EU students November 15, of each year. Admission is only possible for the summer semester starting in March. In order to guarantee a smooth and comfortable admission process, however, we recommend applying in good time as the number of available slots is limited.

A complete list of documents to submit with your application can be found on our website.
Head of study program Prof. Dr. Stephan Sonnenburg
Contact details for application Samantha Caratti
Karlshochschule International University
c/o Student Admissions Service
Karlstr. 36 – 38
76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 (0)721 / 1303 500
Fax: +49 (0)721 / 1303 300


About the Master’s degree in Management

Whatever you consider to be the 'reality' of the economy today, whatever meaning you take away from that, it is always influenced by external and internal factors. Sometimes these factors go along pretty well and sometimes they are in opposition. When it comes to breathing life into your considerations, however, every action and every interaction is performed. How that performance goes and what it results in depends on social and cultural context(s); that is, on a personal and an institutional level.

In contrast to the prevailing concept of 'man-as-machine' in management studies, you need to understand what makes people tick, how they shape and are shaped by culture, and how society as a whole progresses in order to be successful at what you do. Young professionals like you need to be qualified for management and leadership functions in business – but beyond that, in society. In that, you are able to understand, accompany and actively design social and cultural change in any management position you would like to obtain.

That is what we provide in this Master's degree Management. We don't spoon-feed you mere factual knowledge or a 'universal truth'. You do get insights into relevant fields, theories and practices. But the focus is really on the interaction between everyone involved. Individual experiences and opinions are appreciated, discussed and worked on together. You will re-think established paths and tread new ones on the basis of an embodied sense of responsibility, empathy, sustainability, and expertise.

Become a hybrid!

Why choose between being a generalist or a specialist? Be both! The common basis in the Master’s degree are modules in General Management. You add to that an individual selection of two Areas of Specialization. And to top this off you will work on your Personal & Soft Skills, too!

Sharpen your view!

To us, management is an interdisciplinary phenomenon in which people and their relationships are key. Hence, you will look into management through various social and cultural lenses. What a world there is to see!

Drop the weight!

We want to bring determined, dedicated and open minds together whilst not worrying about finances. Hence, there is what we call ‘FlexiPayment’. Are your shoulders feeling any lighter yet?

Manage your time!

Graduate studies are tough enough as they are. So we feel you deserve some leeway: Your weekly classes are Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. The rest of the time is mostly at your own disposal. What would you like to do with it?

Embrace the diversity!

We are international! That expresses in your entirely English-taught classes, your international professors, guest lecturers and services staff, fellow students from literally all over the world, and the proud fact that we value every point of view and way of thinking – in and beyond the classroom. You like that, don’t you?

Combine your assets!

What good would all your management tools be if you were a tool at managing? None, that’s right! Therefore, you will work on both during your studies. And when you graduate you will have the expertise and the personality to be successful professionally and personally!

Bridge the gap!

“There is nothing more practical than a good theory” as Kurt Lewin said in 1952. In this spirit you will creatively build bridges between research and practice. To do so, you and your peers will moisturize the apparently dry ink on paper in various projects. Look! Oh, what beautiful new images the blurring lines create!

About the Specializations

In our opinion the question of selecting your Areas of Specialization is mostly a matter of gut-feeling. It comes down to what you are interested in as a person. What feels right? What are you good at? What do you want to know more about?

But let’s give you a helping hand. Here is some inspiration of the most popular combinations our Master Management students have gone for and what kind of job directions you might be looking at with them:
  • Brand and Creativity & Innovation:
    Strategic Planner, Brand / Marketing Manager, Innovation Manager, Product Manager, Creativity Coach etc.

  • Cultural Change & Society and Human Resources & Diversity:
    HR Specialist, Personnel Manager, Change Manager, Business Developer, Diversity Coach etc.

  • New Media and Brand:
    Digital Marketing Manager, Media Manager, Communications Specialist, Target-Group Analyst, Network Analyst etc.

  • Finance and Human Resources & Diversity:
    Personnel Manager, General Manager, Entrepreneur, Business Consultant, Business Developer etc.

  • Human Resources & Diversity and Brand:
    CRM Manager, HR Specialist, Business / Communications Consultant, Employer Brand Manager, International Management etc.

  • Sustainability and Tourism Culture & Consumption:
    NGO Manager, Destination Manager, Location / Mobility Developer, Tourism Manager, Trend Researcher etc.

About Karlshochschule International University

The sort of University I want is one where an ideal education is also focussed on personal development and social responsibility. A University that wants to astound its student body and help them mature into fully formed, reflective individuals prepared and able to help shape and form our joint futures. I can imagine this is a University that is constantly striving to improve, yet remains fully grounded, and that the relationship between all members of the faculty and the student body is characterized by both trust and humanity.

All of the degree programs at Karlshochschule are accredited by FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation) with top results.

Furthermore, Karlshochschule International University occupies top places in relevant rankings – such as the CHE. The CHE higher education ranking is the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking countries. Each year, one third of the subjects are evaluated anew. As well as facts on the courses of studies, teaching and facilities, the ranking also includes judgements from students relating to the conditions for studying at their institution.


At Karlshochschule, I see through things – quite literally. The inviting glass walls not only allow a view of what is going on inside each room, but let me breathe and give me a feeling of openness and freedom. The lecture rooms are intimate and equipped with comfortable seating around group tables that support the interactive character of lecturing. When class is not in session, I can simply use lecture rooms for group work and freely use projectors, white-boards, flipcharts and further portable media. And even if there are no rooms available at the time I may need one, the Play Space, the 'open library' with its inspirational literature, co-working spaces, roof terrace or KarlsCafé (with its bean bags, comfy sofas, pool-table and low-cost drinks and snacks) are all at my disposal to study, meet friends or just hang out.

But more important than the building itself, I have a very personal relationship with my fellow students, professors and service staff. At a small university like this, I know almost everyone around and they all know me. Regularly we go for drinks after lectures – even with the professors – and meet at the Student Union's Afterwork Events. And if I ever have any questions or issues, my lecturers, the staff and students are always happy to help and give advice. I am part of a community here – a community I never expected to find while studying for my degree.

Responsible Management Education

In 2015, Karlshochschule signed on to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). The PRME initiative is the first organized relationship between the United Nations and management-related academic institutions, business schools, and universities. Launched at the 2007 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in Geneva, the Principles provide an engagement framework for academic institutions to advance corporate sustainability and social responsibility through the incorporation of universal values into curricula and research. To date, over 500 leading business schools and management-related academic institutions from more than 80 countries across the world are signatories of PRME. In fact, more than a third of the Financial Times' top 100 business schools participate in PRME.

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