When does the full-time M.Sc. Program start?
For the full-time M.Sc. HHL offers two intakes per year(spring and fall). You can choose if you would like to apply for the intake in spring (March) or fall (September).
What are the admission requirements?
Applicants need to apply with the following documents:
- Complete online application at HHL´s application platform
- Curriculum vitae
- Bachelor’s degree with above average grades in Business Administration from a university with a minimum of 180 ECTS-credits or equivalent degree
- Letter of motivation
- High School Degree ("Allgemeine Hochschulreife")
- Proof of a minimum of 3 months practical experience*
- Proof of above-average English skills (e.g. TOEFL)*
- Proof of a second modern foreign language*
- Passport photo
* These documents can be handed in after the application deadline, but must be submitted by start of the program at the latest. Submitting the GMAT at the time of application is mandatory for all applicants residing outside of Germany who cannot participate in an Admission Test Day.
I do not have my Bachelor diploma yet, can I still apply?
Yes, you may apply if you are in your final year of studies and will finish your Bachelor’s degree before the start of the program at HHL. Therefore, please hand in your current transcript.
Is GMAT mandatory?
The GMAT test is mandatory for full-time M.Sc. applicants. We expect a score of at least 600. International candidates who are not able to attend an HHL Admission Test Day on campus have to submit the GMAT along with all other application documents.
Our GMAT code is ZCB-P6-03. To register for the test, please visit the official GMAT website.
Who can write a recommendation letter?
The letter of recommendation can be written by a professor or employer. The mixture of an academic and a professional perspective would be good, but is not mandatory.
In which language should the recommendation letters be written?
You can hand in letters of recommendation in English or German language.
Why do I need knowledge of a second modern foreign language and what language level do I need to prove?
HHL requires all applicants to present basic knowledge in a second modern foreign language aside from English and the mother tongue. We ask for proof of basic language skills by presenting proof of having attended a language class.
We do not require applicants to pass a language test or present a certain skill level. Rather we want all of our students to look outside of the box and possibly open up new options for the mandatory study abroad term.
Students can deepen their language skills either through language courses at HHL (limited number of languages and levels available) or through the language lab at the University of Leipzig.
Do I have to send a hard copy of my application to HHL or will the electronic application be sufficient?
Your electronic application is sufficient to apply for the M.Sc. program. Please note, however, that we require certified copies of your university degree certificates and grade transcripts. In case you upload uncertified copies of these documents online, they will be accepted and your application will be considered for admission, but you will be requested to bring certified copies with you to HHL when you start your studies.
I can’t upload all the documents by the deadline. Can I send them later?
Some of the documents have to be submitted along with your application. Please make sure you have uploaded them and indicate when we can expect the rest. Missing documents such as recommendation letters will be accepted within four weeks after your application. However, we encourage all candidates to submit their complete applications by the deadline, as late applications may not be considered. International candidates should complete their applications in a timely manner to allow enough time for visa processing.
I am an international applicant. Do I have to attend an Admission Test Day?
Applicants residing outside of Germany are exempt from attending an Admission Test Day. In these cases we offer telephone interviews as equivalent to the Admission Test Day. However, GMAT and TOEFL have to be submitted along with all other application documents. Your application will not be processed if we do not have a valid GMAT score.
Are scholarships and financing options available?
HHL is offering several scholarships that support HHL's mission to "educate effective, responsible and entrepreneurial business leaders through excellence in teaching, research and practice."
More about financing your study at HHL options.
Which additional costs do I have to calculate?
Not included in HHL's tuition fees are living expenses, costs for study material (e.g. books, personal copies) and travel. Nevertheless, living in Leipzig is much cheaper than in other university cities, hence the approximate living costs per month including accommodation are around EUR 650. Please find further information on additional costs for accommodation and living here.Financing Options
Am I required to speak German?
Though students do not have to speak German during the studies at HHL, solid language knowledge is a major benefit when looking for an internship or a job in Germany and Europe.
HHL offers German language classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers and also a German intensive language course in August, prior to the study begin.
Is the program accredited or ranked?
Yes, HHL's full-time M.Sc. program is accredited both in Germany and internationally, by AACSB and ACQUIN accreditation agencies.
What is the atmosphere at HHL and in Leipzig like?
HHL is a small and very selective business school located on a campus of the University of Leipzig in one of the most dynamic and vibrant cities in whole Europe. Leipzig is home to 40,000 students and offers a high-quality lifestyle with very moderate living costs compared to other university cities. With its many parks around the campus, open air sports facilities, surrounding lakes with beautiful beaches, as well as many jogging and biking paths, Leipzig is probably the “greenest” metropole that you could find. Also our campus is surrounded by the green banks of the river Weiße Elster, where you can relax after a long day of group work. In your free time, you can also choose to have a drink with your classmates in one of the many cafés, bars and restaurants close to the campus or in the city center, or you can enjoy a cultural event. All in all, in Leipzig you will not get bored for a second.
Read more about what Leipzig and our campus have to offer.
Where will I be staying in Leipzig?
Most of HHL's students choose to rent a private apartment during their stay in Leipzig. Accommodation in Leipzig is very reasonable. All student dorms within Leipzig are rented out by the Studentenwerk Leipzig (institution governed by public law for the support of college and university students; maintains cafeterias, dormitories, administers student loans etc.) and are available to HHL students as well.
What kind of networking opportunities will I have at HHL?
Networking is one of the key benefits of our M.Sc. in Management, hence at HHL we support you from the very beginning of your studies to develop your own lifelong professional network. Thanks to our close-knit alumni network, you will benefit from mentoring programs, company visits or alumni talks, which will all enable you to get insights about the career paths that will open for you once you have graduated from HHL. Moreover, company presentations and recruitment visits conducted by leading companies frequently take place on our campus, so you will have the chance to approach the company representatives on your own and ask for internship or job opportunities. In short, networking will be your daily routine during your M.Sc. at HHL.
Are there any special requirements for applicants from China?
Applicants with university degree from People´s Republic of China are required to go through the APS certification process to prove the authenticity of both degree and grades obtained. APS stands for Academic Certification Authority (Akademische Prüfstelle) and is a service institution established jointly by German Embassy in Beijing and German Academic Exchange Institution (DAAD). Furthermore, APS certificate is an indispensable part of visa application documents for applicants who obtain their accreditation from a university of People´s Republic of China. APS process takes approximately 6-8 weeks, therefore it is recommendable to start APS certification process as early as possible so as to manage the whole application process more easily. Please kindly note that APS certificates are effective for an unlimited period.
For more information, please kindly visit www.aps.org.cn.