Quick questions, quick answers.
When does the Master's program start?
March 1 of each year (unless it's a weekend, then the first week of the month!). Admission to the fall semester is only possible in the PreMaster.
Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree in Management or Business in order to study for a Master's of Management?
No. We will accept virtually any undergraduate degree as qualification for the Master's program. However, you are required to have studied relevant management, business, economics or scientific working modules worth the equivalent of at least 30 ECTS. The assessment of this will be executed by our admissions team upon reception of your complete application.
So if I do not have the corresponding credits in these fields, does that mean I am not eligible to apply?
Nope, not quite! Even in this case, we would find a way for you to study in our Master's program either by your personal life/work experiences or by the requirement to take up our PreMaster program in the fall term before the start of the Master's worth 30 ECTS, in order to acquire the necessary credits and knowledge.
What are the 6 areas of specialization? How many do I get to select?
You will pick two of the following six specializations:
- Creativity & Innovation
- Cultural Change & Society
- Human Resources & Diversity
- New Media
Please bear in mind that typically not all of the specializations can be offered each intake and that's purely dependent on the interests of the applicants for that cohort.
Are the specializations the majority of my degree?
You'll have a total of six courses each semester. Three of those courses will be General Management courses that all students are required to take. One course each semester is devoted to Personal Skills and is also something that every student is required to take. And then you'll have one course per specialization per semester, which (we believe!) results in a very well round study program.
How good should my English skills be?
For the Master's program Management we require a language level of C1 (GER). This corresponds to 100 points on the TOEFL ibt, or 6.5 points on the IELTS. Our admissions committee will decide with respect to recognizing other English language test results.
Are there any exceptions to this rule?
The only exception to this rule is for students who are native English speakers or have lived in an English speaking country for 15+ years. Studying a three- or four-year Bachelors program in English is not enough for this program!
Who are the people usually studying in the Master’s? Where do they come from?
We are so proud of the fact that our Master's program is so representative of so many different countries and cultures. We have students from Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, North America, and of course European students are in the program as well. Every cohort is different, but it's a great way to learn about different business styles in different cultures and have a taste of globalization.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Is it Master’s degree or Masters degree?
Very tricky question, but something you'll want to know when telling all of your friends and family about the new Master's degree program you applied for. And don't forget to emphasize that it's actually a Master of Arts in Management degree; not a Master of Science!
When can I send in my application?
Basically, you can submit your application to us at any time throughout the year – provided there are still student slots available. The submission deadline is February 1 for EU citizens and November 15 the year before for non-EU citizens.
Please note that if you want or need to join the PreMaster program in the fall term the application deadlines are August 15 for EU citizens and July 15 for non-EU citizens!
Is there restricted admission?
Yep, the maximum number of students to be admitted is 30 per intake. So make sure to apply as soon as possible!
I still do not have my final transcript. Can I sign up even if I do not have this and then submit my transcript later?
Yep, this is possible. In this case, please apply using your most recent transcript. And of course, once you've completed your studies, it's essential that you send us your final transcript as soon as possible.
**With the exception of your final transcript, we will not begin reviewing your application until we've received your application in full, so please make sure to submit your application only if you have all documents prepared that are listed on our website.
How are student slots awarded at the Karls? Are they simply based on grades alone?
Nope, student slots at the Karls are not only awarded according to the final grade point average, but according to a selection process that also factors in experiences, dispositions, and talents conducive to the objective of the study program, as well. For the purpose of examining personal qualifications, you will be invited to an individual admission colloquium – an interview with two representatives of the University – in the follow-up to your formal application; if your formal application meets our admission requirements, that is.
In what order are applicants admitted to the Master's degree Management?
Our limited student slots are awarded according to the order in which the signed student contracts are received. Once you successfully complete the colloquium a study slot is guaranteed to you for at least one week within which you are required to sign and submit your student contract. If this time period elapses, the study slot can only be claimed if there are still slots free in the study program.
How long does the application process take?
We review applications on a rolling-basis and this means that you'll normally hear back from us within a few short weeks and on the day of your colloquium you should hear direct feedback as to whether you've been accepted or not.
What can I expect in the colloquium (= admission interview)?
The University wants to get a personal impression of you at the interview, ask about your previous experiences, dispositions and talents, and find out how you intend to acquire any skills you might be lacking. In this interview with two members of the admissions committee, you will also be able to decide for yourself if Karlshochschule is the right University for you.
When do the semesters start and end? Is there anything to do in the lecture-free periods between the semesters?
- Spring semester: Early March - Late June/Early July
- Fall semester: End of September - Early February
Each year may vary by a couple of weeks, though, depending on bank holidays, number of specializations offered, or availability of external lecturers.
That means you have (theoretically) the whole month of February, July, August and most of September free from lectures, but in some cases, you might have projects or papers that you need to write during your free time. This, however, is dependent on your effectiveness and time-management skills throughout the semester.
**These assignments can typically be completed from anywhere in the world, so there should be no problem with traveling/visiting home.
How do the tuition fees work? What does 'FlexiPayment' even mean?
'FlexiPayment' means that the program costs € 690 per month over a period of at least 24 months when studies are completed within the regular study period. Payment can be extended until three years after graduation, though. So for example it would be possible to pay € 276 per month over a period of 5 years, which may make it easier to afford the tuition fees. The idea is to allow you the opportunity to decide your own method in paying for tuition with lots of flexibility.
Are there any scholarships I can apply for?
With the flexibility of the FlexiPayment tuition scheme you may not require a scholarship to fund your studies. If you still do there is a variety of options for you to check: DAAD, Germany Scholarship and further foundations are at your disposal. Visit our Fees & Funding page for further info!
How often do I have class?
The class structure is designed quite uniquely and allows for lots of free time to study, work, or take other courses alongside your Master's classes. The semester is approx. 16 weeks long and you will have classes at least 12 of those 16 weeks on Thursday afternoons, all-day on Fridays, and Saturday mornings. Each module is taught in a block structure, so each week you'll spend those three days focused on one specific course. Each course will (ideal-typically) be taught in two blocks. Therefore, six courses multiplied by two blocks equals 12 weeks!
Can I work while I study?
As the lectures only take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you are flexible in designing the rest of the week – for example by doing a part-time job. A number of Master's students have worked alongside their studies. If and how much time you can spend working is, of course, dependent on you. Everyone organizes themselves differently, can take stress differently, has different necessities etc. However, we do not recommend working more than 50%. You do need to keep in mind that the Master's is a full-time program. Accordingly, you will need to prepare and follow-up on lectures, do group work, prepare presentations and write scientific papers outside class. Make sure not to over-challenge yourself!
When will I meet my fellow students and professors for the first time?
A few students and professors you might meet during your colloquium, or if you stop by for an Open House event, but the big day is usually at the end of February or the first week of March, during the Master Intro Day, when all of the students arrive for the first time a few days before the beginning of the semester.
To what extent does the Karls help with the search for internship or job positions?
Our career service will be happy to support you in your search for the right internship or job. We provide information on internship offers and company descriptions and will gladly advise you when you develop your application strategy, compile your application documents, and prepare for your interview. All else is up to you, though.
How likely is it for me to find a job in Karlsruhe? Does the university offer student jobs as well?
Karlsruhe offers a variety of job opportunities in many sectors: from big, medium-sized and small companies in various branches, public offices (e.g. foreign embassies), social and cultural institutions, to a large number of retail stores, bars and restaurants. Depending on the company or institution, however, at least a basic level of German language ability may be required. The University itself often times offers supporting jobs in the different departments, as assistant to professors or as barista at the KarlsCafé. You can enquire about these jobs at the beginning of the semester.
When it comes to accommodation, mobility, and living expenses, how high will the costs for that be?
The living costs in Germany for students are pretty reasonable compared to many other European countries. Here are the estimated monthly costs:
- Rent: € 250 - 350
- Food: € 150 - 200
- Transportation: most people can walk or take a bike to uni, but if you need the train it costs about € 190/semester
- Fun money: up to you!
Where can I find accommodation for Karlsruhe? Does the university offer student housing?
The university has one apartment complex in the city, but the rooms are very limited. We do, however, have an agreement with the other housing complexes in the city, meaning that all of our students are welcome to apply to any of those apartments/dorms. If you're having any difficulties finding a place to stay, we can give you some tips! Other than that, we recommend contacting our existing students via the corresponding Karlshochschule Facebook Group about vacancies in their flats and to check room rental platforms online, which you will easily find via Google search.
If I want to learn German or improve my language skills in English, how can I do that?
Good news, we offer language classes here at the Karls AND they're always on Mondays and Tuesdays, meaning there's no conflict with your other Master's courses. You have to register before the beginning of the semester, and if you already have some prior knowledge of whichever language, you'll be asked to take a placement test. The cost of the language classes are not included in the FlexiPayment scheme, so make sure to inquire about the costs of each individual language course per semester.
As an international student coming to Karlsruhe do I get any support by the University to settle in?
Of course! We have an extra orientation day for our international students. We provide you with a check-list with detailed instructions on everything from how to open a German bank account or how to file for your visa within Germany. You'll also receive your own Student Adviser and they'll be your personal mentor to help you with your immediate questions you might have during your first few weeks here in Karlsruhe.
How about accessibility?
There is an elevator on every floor (for disabled students only!).