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Hof University Graduate School

All our programs are practice-oriented, interactive and multimedia-based. Teaching is based on application-oriented knowledge and is supported by projects with industry, site visits and interaction with experts. Case-studies as well as real examples taken from business life contribute to profound insights into the theoretical knowledge.

Our professors (all with PhD) and lecturers are experts in their respective fields bringing together solid scientific understanding with valuable professional experience. Thus, the knowledge transfer from business life to the classroom is ensured.  

In addition, we have a strong focus on career promoting activities for students (e.g. career talks, job fairs, seminars and trainings). This way, the employability of our graduates is at the heart of our teaching. 

Gruppe von männlichen und weiblichen Studierenden gekleidet mit Talaren

Industry 4.0: Practical insights at Hof University

Prof. Dr. Heike Markus, Program Head, explains the latest addition to our machine hall and its practical use for our students

What our graduates say

Olga from Russia

"I have known Hof University for its practical and interdisciplinary approach to studies. I have always been passionate about studying interconnections and integrations of evolving and conventional business processes, and wanted to continue my professional growth in the area of innovation management. So, when I heard about this MBA program, I instantly knew that it was the perfect match for me.

Digitalization and Innovation offers its students a great variety of relevant topics together with a solid theoretical base. The Master’s program helps the students develop an expertise in leadership topics, strategic development and project management.

In the previous semester, I participated in the course Ideation Techniques and Digital Innovation, in which we learnt about various designing thinking tools. The course has greatly enhanced my outlook and approaches to creating and innovating. Concepts learned during this course have already firmly established themselves in my professional toolbox.

Overall, I would recommend the Master in Digitalization and Innovation for anyone who is looking for integrated business administration studies, best teaching methods, and deep industry insights, coupled with the well-known German excellence."

Keval from India

"Studying the Master of Operational Excellence program is an incredible learning experience with a practical approach that will help you broaden your knowledge related to business administration and engineering management. You also gain new skills and develop expertise to take advantage of new opportunities for your professional career.

I am also really happy with the extraordinary professors for sharing their experiences and valuable knowledge. Along with that, the German language lessons were very beneficial in terms of improving my language skills and making it easier to find internships. Also, all departments of the university are very active and supportive in answering your queries.

Hof is a wonderful town located on the northeastern corner of the state of Bavaria. It has beautiful gardens and forests, a zoo, a lake, etc. for wandering and spending your best time with your friends. You will meet amazing people from all over the world here and you will make lifelong friends, enjoy your student life and build wonderful memories.”


Mandar from India

"The educational experience at Hof University is one of the best I’ve had. The M.B.A. General Management offers a perfect balance of learning and self-development. This course not only develops the skills and knowledge regarding the course modules but also helps to open up your mind to the subtleties of a changing world, developing economies and upcoming trends. The most important aspect for me was the critical discussions during the lectures along with the professors and colleagues.

I have always focused my career towards the Automotive Market, coming from a technical background with a work experience of almost 3 years in Business Development. Currently I am pursuing my internship at Allianz in Munich, setting up insurances and developing strategies for the upcoming trends in EVs.

I would highly recommend this course to those with a good prior work experience who are looking forward to be the pioneers in this changing world."

Nikunj from India

"The Master program Operational Excellence is strategically designed to enable you for a successful career. The theoretical knowledge gained at the university can be applied practically in industry during the internship and Master Thesis. This practical experience allowed me to expand my professional and social skills. The course also offers you to learn German language thoroughly, giving you an edge in the German job markets.

I highly recommend this program at Hof University to my peers."

Florian from Germany

"What I like most about my master’s program is the internationality.

The high intercultural diversity of all students as well as their practical experience in different occupational areas encourages the students to be open-minded and interested in various topics. Thus, especially group works and discussions are very productive and interesting. Together with the support of highly skilled and practical oriented professors a really efficient studying atmosphere is formed.

An additional advantage for me as a non-native English-speaker is that you can constantly prove and improve your language skills in different subject-specific areas."

Kavya from India

"I always wanted to pursue higher studies.  Therefore, the Master's program in Software Engineering for Industrial Applications caught my attention.  However, being a skilled professional with eight years of IT work experience, an introvert and a married female, I was a bit hesitant about my decision of doing masters in Hof University and also about my future in Germany.

I can now confidently say that choosing this course is one of the best choices in my life, as I had to challenge myself to learn new lessons every day from my highly skilled and knowledgeable professors, who not only inspired and motivated me to work hard on learning new technologies and enhancing my coding skills but also doing research.  All those efforts allowed me to study, practice and learn more.

After reaching Hof, the Housing Office and International team have guided me thoroughly.  Right from the smooth check-in to my room to fixing up appointments for opening bank account, city registration and visa extension etc., I never had to miss my classes for completing these formalities and they were always readily willing to extend their support throughout my stay in Hof.

Intercultural training programs, Job fairs, CV writing presentations and workshops organised by our Career Services team guided me in assessing myself and to prepare to compete in the German Job market.

I felt very glad when I received the scholarship for my academic performance in the winter semester.  It made me realise that Germans recognise hard work and merit rather than your race, gender and age. I am positive that every student’s future is safe with Hof."

Akash from India

"For someone like me, desiring for a practical oriented Master, Hof University proved to be a perfect place for pursuing my Master studies in Germany. The curriculum is designed by the professors having several years of professional experiences in their respective fields. Therefore, the students are prepared according to the current and future industry demands. The University has a very modern infrastructure with a 24 hours accessible library and computers, Wi-Fi, canteen and sport facilities.  During my initial days the University helped me with finding an accommodation, completing the necessary government formalities and settling in Hof. Throughout the year, the Student Union organizes several fun and engaging events, thereby creating an overall intercultural atmosphere."

Shantall from Bolivia

"The Master's program Operational Excellence offers a great platform to connect with international students from different engineering backgrounds, thus making it an amazing course to exchange ideas and open the horizon. The practice-oriented approach opens the gate to the German industry landscape, and it is worthwhile to watch out for the numerous family-owned hidden champions.

As the students are coming from all around the world it is an experience to grow not solely on an academic but as well on a personal level and make friends for life. The city of Hof features a lot of outside activities to enjoy the weekends like swimming at the lake Untreusee, canoeing at the river Saale or hiking in the Fichtelgebirge. And of course, there is always a spare time for Bavarian Brotzeit."

Khen Brian from Ghana

"What I loved most about studying Master's in Software Engineering at Hof University was the excellent range of attractive, and practice-oriented study options as well as the outstanding teaching and research curriculum. Deciding to pursue my degree at Hof University was an extremely fulfilling experience which in turn deepen my professional and social skills. The well-structured program readily set me up for the job market and I was hired immediately after the completion of my degree.

Moreover, studying at Hof University exposed me to individuals from around the world; since it is a multicultural university with diverse groups of people from different social backgrounds. Working with students from all over the world as well as members of faculty also granted me a global perspective to addressing both social and technical problems. Additionally, the mandatory German modules have made it simple to be well integrated into the German culture and society at large as well equipped me to enhance my German skills. I would absolutely recommend Hof University to everyone looking forward to the unique opportunity to combine their studies with first-hand experience life in a German speaking country. It was an ultimate delight studying and living in Hof!"

Yash from India

"Studying Masters in Software Engineering at Hof University has been a memorable experience for me. The curriculum offers a wide range of modules that covers topics from different areas of software engineering. One year of mandatory internship allowed me to get more practical insight on TYPO3 CMS which was one of the modules in the course and after finishing my internship, I was offered a job in that field. Additionally, compulsory German modules have helped me improve my German skills which makes it easier to get settled in Germany. Apart from the studies, I attended  many social events organised by the University which gave me the opportunity to connect with other students."

Our English-taught Master's programs

FAQs for Graduate School programs

The following FAQ list is only relevant for students starting in winter semester 2024/25 in the following study programs:

  • Digitalization and Innovation (M.B.A.),
  • Operational Excellence (M.B.A. and Eng.),
  • General Management (M.B.A)
  • Software Engineering for Industrial Applications (M.Eng.)
  • Sustainable Engineering and Project Management (M.B.A. and Eng.)

(as of April 29, 2024)

For further questions relevant for international students (such as accommodation, health insurance, etc.), please also see our FAQs for degree-seeking students.

Our Graduate School offers great value for moderate tuition. Programs for students with work experience are at a higher level than those open to applicants without experience. The level of instruction and class discussion is more detailed and applied. The degrees of these programs (e.g. MBA, MBA and Eng.) can only be obtained by those with professional experience. As our international graduates bring professional experience from their home countries plus they do internships with us, they a valued by German industry. Salaries are significantly higher upon graduation. The tuition fees of our Graduate School are very competitive, compare for example the fees of our programs with others in Germany, the UK or the U.S. Our drive is to make your study in Germany a valuable experience.

The Graduate School has been active in international continuing education for X years. It was one of the first universities in Bavaria and Germany to do so. Over time, we have produced many satisfied and successful alumni from all over the world.

  1. We improve and update our programs continuously.
  2. During the theoretical study phase, we offer 12 modules, while many other study programs are limited to 10 modules.
  3. Knowledge of German is important if you intend to enter the German labor market. Our graduates confirm that solid language skills are the ultimate door opener for good job offers. In our programs German language in an integrated part of each program. Thus, there is no struggle for extracurricular or even cost intensive language courses.
  4. Graduate School programs include 120 ECTS (not only 90 ECTS), there is no need to do 30 ECTS in addition to fulfill the requirement of 300 ECTS to receive the Master's degree.
  5. The programs have an integrated internship of one year. Most other programs comprise only 4 months‘ internships. In general, internships are paid by industry. Again, this raises your job prospects to another level.
  6. To give you a smooth start to your studies in Germany and at Hof University of Applied Sciences, we offer you an intercultural training as preparation.

Not sure yet? Have a look at the other extras you get when studying at our Graduate School:

  1. You will be taught by our best professors. In addition, experts from industry and business share their expertise from their professional lives in courses and lectures.
  2. You will be supervised and supported by a motivated team of staff who look after Graduate School students exclusively.
  3. In addition to excellent theoretical knowledge transfer, we focus on the practical experience of what has been learnt. You can experience your knowledge not only during your practical training, but also in modern laboratories. You gain practical insight into Industry 4.0 based on a production line connected to SAP, just to mention one example.
  4. We acknowledge that financing studies abroad is a challenge for many international students. And yet it is important to us that you are able to concentrate on your studies to perform the best you can. Therefore, we provide the best 10% of our 1st semester students with a scholarship for semester 2.
  5. Once you have arrived at your internship, we would like to keep in touch with you. To strengthen the network between the university and you Graduate School students, we organize very special memorable events, such as a weekend cruise.

The application period for winter semester is from April 15 to May 31, 2024. Please note in case all other necessary documents have been submitted until May 31, you are allowed to submit the APS application form until June 15, 2024. In this case, you are allowed to submit the APS certificate until July 31, 2024d.  After all the necessary documents have been submitted, the Examination Board will inform about admission as soon as possible.

The application period for winter semester is from April 15 to May 31, 2024. Please note, in case all necessary documents (with the exception of the APS certificate, if relevant) have been submitted until May 31, 2024, you may submit the missing German certificate until June 15, 2024!

Applicants from India, Vietnam and China need to apply for an APS certificate first. This document is required both for the admission at Hof University and your via. Make sure you do not loose valuable time here.

Due to the strained situation at the Embassies and Consulates in many countries throughout the world, we strongly advise you to go ahead with your visa application as early as possible to join our on-campus lectures.

It is necessary to submit an IELTS test (6.5 or above) or TOEFL test (90 or above) for your visa application and your admission at Hof University. Medium of instruction certificates are no longer accepted as a proof of English language proficiency for admission at Hof University.

Hof University is no distance-learning university. Our teaching concept is built on close personal interaction in an on-campus environment. Immediate exposure with the German study and work environment is one of the most important success factors of our programs.

Nevertheless, we are aware that the visa process can take longer for some of our international students. To enable also this group to start their studies with the Graduate School in the winter semester, Hof University has decided to offer hybrid teaching until October 31st. After this deadline, from November 4th, all lectures will take place on-campus only.   

We expect you to be physically present at Hof University as soon as your visa status allows you to travel to Germany.

Hof University cannot issue any extension letters for late arrival.

Exams will take place on-campus. Only in very exceptional cases, the student might be able to write the exam online. Students need to seek individual consent by the Examination Board. Approval is given only in individual cases.

Lectures taught entirely online can still be attended. All other classes will only be offered in presence starting on November 4th. You will be able to attend these lectures again from the day you arrive in Hof. Therefore, you can arrive anytime during the semester as soon as you receive your visa.

Please keep in mind that it is your responsibility to catch up on the content and the material you missed.

Be aware, we cannot integrate students being abroad in our on-campus lectures. There are no hybrid teaching formats anymore after October 31st .

Yes, we recommend starting your studies this winter semester as we are offering hybrid classes and you can easily apply for a visa and join us on campus as soon as you have received it.


Upon request, our Housing Office provides you support in finding accommodation. Generally, the landlords offer only semester contracts that start on March 1st or on September 1st and last 6- or 12 months. The rooms are allocated according to the principle “first come first served”. What does it mean? On the one hand, the sooner you book, the wider your room-choice is. On the other hand, once you have a confirmed booking, the rental agreement is binding even if you are not in Germany yet as the room is blocked for you.

If you want to book a room some weeks after the semester begun, the rooms of the Housing Office might be fully booked. If we cannot offer you any accommodation, you will need to look for a room on your own.

It is the best time to book a room as soon as you are sure to be able to come to Hof and you are ready to commit yourself for a booking.

Should you have to cancel the room, because you do not get the visa or due to any other private-, health- or study issues, you must cancel your reservation immediately.

After your cancellation the Housing Office tries to find a new tenant for your room. Should we not be able to find anyone, which may happen once the semester has begun, because your cancellation came too late, you will have to come up for the rental costs worst case until the end of the semester.

Unfortunately, your admission cannot be saved for summer semester 2025 or any of the following semesters. In case you want to start later, you will have to apply again via Primuss portal during the official application period (application deadlines and requirements).

The Examination Board reviews all incoming applications based on the current criteria for each semester. Be aware that the requirements might change and inform yourself regularly on our website.

Admissions for the following semester(s) cannot be guaranteed. 

The payment deadline is mentioned in your admission letter (July 15, 2024).

If we have no record of your payment on this date, you need to show a confirmation from your bank/ loan sponsor confirming that and when the payment will be made (latest August 16, 2024). 

If you have paid your tuition fee but have not yet received any student credentials or participated in any event of the Orientation Week online or on-campus (e.g. Academic Writing or Intercultural Training) a partial refund is possible until September 1, 2024. You will get back the tuition fee minus an administration fee of 500 € and any bank charges incurred.

As soon as you have received your student credentials for participating in any lectures (online or on campus) or if you have attended any event of the orientation week (e.g. Intercultural Training or Academic Writing), no refund will be possible after September 1, 2024.

Hof University is a public University. This means that the Graduate School does not aim to maximise profits with its fees, but sets the fees at a level that covers the costs incurred in running the degree programs.

You will have noticed that our tuition fee is very moderate compared to many of our competitors and that the price-performance ratio is very good.

However, tightly calculated costs also mean that we cannot award any full scholarships.

However, we are a public University; therefore, the fees of our Graduate School are calculated on our ongoing costs. In contrast to many other universities worldwide our fees are quite moderate. Thus, we do not offer full scholarships as we do not have any side income.

However, we provide partial scholarships. After completing the first semester, top-performing students may apply for partial scholarships, which are financed by companies, institutions like the DAAD, or the government. Besides, we implemented an additional special scholarship program for students of our Graduate School with outstanding academic performance during the first semester at our university. These partial scholarships are financed directly by the Graduate School and our supporting association.


Fee structure

Only valid for students of Hof University Graduate School starting WS22/23 or later.


Tuition fees* 

[DI, GMG, OEX, SE: semester 1-4]

Tuition fees for

extension semesters*

Cancellation fees*
 Per semesterTotal programFor every additional semester

Cancellation after admission

(before start of the first semester)**

Digitalization and Innovation (M.B.A.)

3,300 €

13,200 €

500 €

500 €

General Management  (M.B.A.)

3,300 €

13,200 €

500 €

500 €

Operational Excellence (M.B.A. and Eng.)

3,300 €

13,200 €

500 €

500 €

Software Engineering for Industrial Applications  (M.Eng.)

3,300 €

13,200 €

500 €

500 €

*Fees have to be paid per semester. It is not possible to pay the tuition fees in installments or to pay the tuition fees for the whole program in one payment.

The amount per semester consists of the tuition fee (see above) and the administrative fee (currently 124,10 EUR).

Students starting their studies before WS22/23 (OEX, GMG, SE, DI) pay 3.150 EUR tuition fees plus the administrative fee (currently 124,10 EUR).

**After having received the student credentials, refund is no longer possible. Please check our FAQs. 

[Fee structure of Graduate School as of March 2022]

Studying at Hof University Graduate School

Meet our international students Hugo (from Mexico), Eduardo (from Honduras) & Julio (from Mexico) and find out about their experiences with the study programs Operational Excellence (M.B.A. and Eng.) and General Management (M.B.A.) at Hof University.


You are interested in applying but still have questions?

Please contact our Welcome Center.

You are already enrolled in this program and have a question?

Please contact our Graduate School team.