Master of Science in Management & Entrepreneurship


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Program Description

Today’s entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial managers need to drive innovations in business and society towards a more sustainable future. The Leuphana Master's Programme in Management & Entrepreneurship provides you with the knowledge, skills and the spirit to take on complex challenges: working towards a future in which people can thrive in a healthy environment.

The programme is firmly embedded in current academic debates, it teaches you rigorous methods for empirical research, and deals with real-world problem-solving, including business venturing by students. Our ap­proach is to com­bi­ne theo­ry with prac­tice and in­di­vi­du­al re­flec­tive thin­king with col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve learning. Our curriculum blends in­sights from va­rious di­sci­pli­nes such as psy­cho­lo­gy, ma­nage­ment, or­ga­ni­sa­tio­nal so­cio­lo­gy, en­tre­pre­neurship, in­for­ma­ti­on sys­tems and fi­nan­ce to pro­vi­de a uni­que edu­ca­tio­nal of­fer to ma­na­gers who will have the abili­ty to work towards a sustainable fu­ture.


Since its foundation, Leuphana University has been dedicated to blending cutting-edge management and entrepreneurship research with a link to the industry and startup culture. Our unique programme is characterised by the following six principles:

  • Explorative – motivating students and encouraging them to engage with novel issues in Management & Entrepreneurship theory and practice.
  • Research-based – training students in theory, methods and empirical data from management & entrepreneurship research.
  • Actionable – providing practical contexts for problem-based learning as well as supporting and coaching student’s business ventures.
  • Reflective - offering educational spaces for reflective and critical dialogues to explore the limits of theories, methods and practical solutions.
  • Individualised – offering possibilities to personalise the educational experience with supplementary profiles in business venturing, finance and accounting, data science, culture and organisation, sustainability management, public policy and the Graduate School's doctoral track.
  • International – creating an international community of students, educators and practitioners, for example integrating as international partner programmes.


This master's programme is structured along five tracks:

  1. The Ma­nage­ment Stu­dies track ad­dres­ses the issue of re­s­pon­si­ble ma­nage­ment in busi­ness and so­cie­ty. It dis­cus­ses ad­van­ced foun­da­ti­ons of or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on, stra­te­gy and  in­no­va­ti­on, of­fers mul­ti­di­sci­pli­na­ry per­spec­tives on di­gi­ta­li­sa­ti­on and con­clu­des in the third se­mes­ter with an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry caps­to­ne pro­ject.
  2. The Core Cur­ri­cu­lum track pro­mo­tes en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al thin­king and fos­ters cri­ti­cal re­flec­tion. It inte­gra­tes com­pul­so­ry and elec­tives mo­du­les, brin­ging to­ge­ther two are­as of busi­ness stu­dies – en­tre­pre­neurship and ma­nage­ment. We are in­te­rested in to­pics co­ver­ing in­di­vi­du­als, or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons and in­dus­try set­tings in which in­no­va­tions in pro­ducts, ser­vices, tech­no­lo­gies and in­sti­tu­tio­nal frame­works are re­inven­ted and chan­ged through en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al in­itia­ti­ves. Our curriculum covers these topics in various modules, such as En­tre­pre­neu­ri­al Psy­cho­lo­gy, En­tre­pre­neu­ri­al Stra­te­gy, En­tre­pre­neu­ri­al Fi­nan­ce as well as In­no­va­ti­on and Mar­ket Crea­ti­on, Or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on De­sign for In­no­va­ti­on, and In­sti­tu­tio­nal Chan­ge.
  3. The Re­se­arch track ai­ms to ad­dress real pro­blems and ad­van­ce new know­ledge. You can focus on qua­li­ta­ti­ve and quan­ti­ta­ti­ve re­se­arch me­thods and apply your theoretical skills within a re­se­arch pro­ject during the third semester. In this re­se­arch pro­ject, you will ad­van­ce your sci­en­ti­fic un­der­stan­ding and de­ve­lop so­lu­ti­ons for cur­rent pro­blems.
  4. In the Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies track, stu­dents from all stu­dy pro­gram­mes come to­ge­ther in in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry se­mi­nars. Mo­du­les on En­ga­ging with Know­ledge and Sci­ence, Re­flec­ting Re­se­arch Me­thods as well as Con­nec­ting Sci­ence, Re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty and So­cie­ty of­fer op­por­tu­nities to reflect upon science, its history and ethics as well as its interaction with society and foster our student’s in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry per­spec­tives and skills.
  5. By choo­sing dif­fe­rent elec­tive pro­files with mo­du­les from sub­ject are­as such as busi­ness ven­tu­ring, fi­nan­ce & ac­coun­ting, sustaina­bi­li­ty ma­nage­ment, cul­tu­re and or­ga­ni­za­ti­on and data sci­ence.

If you want to start your doctoral studies parallel to your Master's degree you need to choose the Doctoral Track. Of course, you also may choose the "classical" way and start for a doctorate after the Master's degree.

Master's dissertation

Students at Leuphana Graduate School wri­te their mas­ter's dis­ser­ta­ti­on as an in­de­pen­dent sci­en­ti­fic work, applying their know­ledge and skills to treat prac­tical and sci­en­ti­fic pro­blems. Both fiel­ds of re­se­arch re­qui­re strong ana­ly­ti­cal skills and com­plex thin­king in or­der to iden­ti­fy re­le­vant ques­ti­ons, de­ve­lop theo­ries, car­ry out em­pi­ri­cal ana­ly­ses and re­flect on possible so­lu­ti­ons.

Studying Abroad

As part of the degree programme Management & Entrepreneurship, you may integrate a study visit to the University of Cranfield to obtain a further Master's degree.

For students who are plan­ning a stay ab­road, we re­com­mend the third se­mes­ter. It is possible to stu­dy ab­road as a free mo­ver or in an Eras­mus pro­gramme at one of our part­ner uni­ver­si­ties. Our University’s International Office sup­ports students right from the start.

Career Prospects

The Ma­nage­ment & En­tre­pre­neurship degree pro­gram­me provides an ex­cel­lent foun­da­ti­on for entering into dif­fe­rent ca­re­er paths. By com­bi­ning profound aca­de­mic know­ledge, ana­ly­ti­cal skills and cri­ti­cal thin­king with excellent pro­blem-sol­ving skills, you will be pre­pa­red for a va­rie­ty of dif­fe­rent ca­re­ers. These can range from star­t­-up en­tre­pre­neurs, ma­na­ge­ri­al po­si­ti­ons in mul­ti­na­tio­nal cor­po­ra­ti­ons or pu­blic or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons to busi­ness de­ve­l­opers, and con­sul­tants in pri­va­te or pu­blic or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons. If you like to continue your academic career you are welcome to apply for our doctoral programme on Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation. Sin­ce you have the pos­si­bi­li­ty to per­so­na­li­se your edu­ca­tio­nal pro­fi­le by choo­sing dif­fe­rent elec­tive tracks and as such co-spe­cia­li­se in are­as like busi­ness ven­tu­ring or sustaina­bi­li­ty ma­nage­ment, you can crea­te a uni­que  pro­file, and prepare yourself for dif­fe­rent job mar­ket op­por­tu­nities.

At a Glance

  • Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.)
  • Application period: April 1 - June 1
  • Type of programme: Subject-specific
  • Study places: 60
  • Start date: Oc­to­ber 1
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
  • Language: Eng­lish, some electives in German
  • Semester contribution: ap­proximately EUR 360
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less