Management & Entrepreneurship

Master Degree Programme

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 students 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 students 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.


Masters Information Day

On April 8, 2020 the Graduate School invites you to the Master Info Day. Take the chance to inform yourself about the Master programmes and the application formalities.
Programme and application

Management & Entrepreneurship - the programme


Since its foundation, Leuphana University has been dedicated to blend 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. Stu­dents can focus on  qua­li­ta­ti­ve and quan­ti­ta­ti­ve re­se­arch me­thods and can apply their theoretical skillswithin  a re­se­arch pro­ject during the third semester. In this re­se­arch pro­ject, stu­dents will ad­van­ce their 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 or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on, data sci­ence and pu­blic po­li­cy, or by choosing the Graduate School’s doctoral track, stu­dents can per­so­na­li­se their edu­ca­tio­nal pro­fi­le.

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 abroard

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. If you are interested, please continue reading on the website Responsible Management.

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, graduates  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. Students who would like to continue their academic career are welcome to apply for our doctoral programme on Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation. Sin­ce our stu­dents have the pos­si­bi­li­ty to per­so­na­li­se their edu­ca­tio­nal pro­fi­le by choo­sing dif­fe­rent elec­tive tracks and as such co-spe­cia­li­se in are­as like busi­ness ven­tu­ring or sustaina­bi­li­ty ma­nage­ment, they can crea­te uni­que stu­dy pro­files, and prepare themselves for dif­fe­rent job mar­ket op­por­tu­nities.


The programme is targeted at students with a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in

- Business Administration
- Business Law
- Business Psychology
- Economic Sciences
- Social Sciences

It is required to cover two disciplines with at least 30 ECTS OR one discipline with at least 60 ECTS.

Admission requirements include, among other aspects, adequate knowledge of the English language:

  • internet-based TOEFL-Test of at least 85 points
  • TOEIC-Test of at least 785 points
  • IELTS 5.5 Test
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) graded C or better
  • previous study modules of at least 30 Credit Points according to ECTS that have been taught and sucessfully completed in English (including exam and all related assignments)
  • successfully completed university degree in English studies
  • certificate of an English-speaking, upper-secondary school school entitling the applicant to study in the respective country

The certification should not be older than four years (except for the school certificate).

German language skills are not required to gain admission to the programme, although some seminars are taught in either German or English with the possibility to choose between different types of courses.

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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 and German
Semester contribution: ap­prox. EUR 360