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Hof University Graduate School

Sustainability Management M.B.A. and Eng.

In cooperation with Vishwakarma University, India

Sustainability Management (M.B.A. and Eng.) is a collaborative program between Vishwakarma University, Pune, and Hof University of Applied Sciences. 

A unique feature of Sustainability Management is that all students will have the chance to study and experience the meaning of Sustainability Management in India and in Germany, in the context of a Newly Industrialized Country as well as in an established industrial nation.


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Students gain a deep understanding of state-of-the-art business management techniques and latest sustainable methods. This program covers the positive aspects of the inevitable interaction between businesses and the environment. The knowledge transfer bases on interdisciplinary learning, one of the fundamental requirements in our modern society.

For this Master‘s program, we have a strong focus on a high level of practice-orientation and employability of our graduates. All professors and lecturers at Hof University possess considerable industry experience so that the knowledge transfer from industry into the classroom is ensured.

With this Master’s program, you gain

  • a perfect interdisciplinary toolbox of knowledge and skills in sustainability management and leadership competence,
  • excellent career perspectives in international companies in the field of environmental management,
  • German language skills of at least level B1 at graduation.

In addition, you benefit from

  • an innovative mix of teaching methods - virtual learning, blended learning, simulations and case studies,
  • development of your intercultural competence,
  • valuable work experience gained during the internship semester.

At Hof University Graduate School, all our programs are practice-oriented, interactive and multimedia-based. Teaching is based on applicationoriented knowledge and is supported by projects with industry, site visits and interaction with experts. Case studies as well as real-life business examples 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). A three-day team-building event is a highlight for our third and fourth semester students. It includes an industrial visit and is a great opportunity for students and professors to meet outside the campus. Through an intensive exchange of ideas and networking, a connection is established beyond the point of graduation.


A unique feature of our M.B.A. and Eng. is that students spend the fourth semester doing a paid practical internship in industry (e.g. in innovation management, business development, or project management).

The Master thesis is also project-based and done in cooperation with a company. Thus, you can immediately apply your knowledge, gain profound professional experience and earn money at the same time.

German language skills 

We place special emphasis on the language education of our students. For entering the internship, all students have to prove at least the German language level B1. If you have a German language level of A1 upon arrival in Germany, the modules German A2 and B1 are mandatory.

The standard duration of this Master program is 4 semesters. The first three semesters provide practice orientated theory (case studies, working in labs, excursions, expert talks, etc.).

Semester 1: work-integrated study program at VU

  • conducted by Vishwakarma University, Pune, India
  • work-integrated study program mode parallel to the students‘ jobs
  • 80 percent online plus 20 percent in-person teaching
  • two of the modules are taught by Hof University professors
  • includes blended learning concepts so that the German lecturers can be part of the study program from day one onwards

Semesters 2 and 3: full-time studies at Hof University, Germany

  • full-time practice-oriented studies at Hof University, Germany
  • 12 modules in total (4 basic, 6 core and 2 elective modules)

Semester 4: Internship in a company and Master‘s Thesis

  • paid internship in a company
  • Master‘s Thesis (project-based and done in cooperation with a company)

After successful completion of the program, Hof University awards the academic degree Master of Business Administration & Engineering (M.B.A. & Eng.).

Semester 1: Modules at VU (work-integrated study mode)

  • German language A1
  • Case studies (Hof)
  • Traditional and agile project management (Hof)
  • Legal framework and public administration
  • Logistics and emissions
  • Principles of operations management and environmental economics

Semester 2 and 3: Modules at Hof University (full-time studies)

Basic modules:

  • Applied economics and research on the German Market
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Leadership and change management
  • Strategic and financial framework

Core modules:

  • Quality management
  • Clean production technologies
  • Water and waste water management
  • Environmental controlling
  • Procurement management and risk management
  • Sustainability in product development, recycling and disposal

Elective modules (choose two):

  • Introduction into business management systems with SAP
  • Innovation management
  • Applied data analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things
  • Digital business models
  • Cyber security
  • Ideation techniques and digital innovation
  • Supply chain management
  • Information and process management
  • Industrial marketing and sales strategies
  • German language A2 and B1 (higher levels also available)*

* If you have a German language level of A1 at the point of admission, the modules German A2 and B1 are mandatory. Other elective modules may be passed as additional modules but will not count toward your degree and can be charged with an extra fee.

Students having advanced German language knowledge on level B1 or higher are free to choose two elective modules. German language B2 or C1 can also be selected as electives.

Semester 4: Internship

  • practical work experience
  • Master‘s thesis with a company

As a graduate, you...

  • have excellent career opportunities in international companies in the field of environmental management
  • have a holistic understanding of sustainability and state-ofthe- art business management techniques
  • have practical skills and in-depth knowledge to positively handle the inevitable interactions between businesses and the environment

You are ready to work as

  • Environmental Manager/ Controller
  • Sustainability Reporting Manager
  • Lean Manager
  • Quality Manager
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Operations Controller
  • Product/ Process/ Project Manager

Academic requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or similar in engineering sciences from an accredited university, at least 180 ECTS or equivalent (depending on home country)
  • One year of work experience
  • Curriculum Vitae

Language requirements

You need to prove your proficiency in English. This can be done with either of the following:

  • TOEFL minimum 90
  • IELTS 6.5 or above
  • confirmation that the Bachelor’s program was taught completely in English language

On arrival in Germany: Basic language skills in German, minimum level A1, proven by official test score documents.

By the beginning of the internship, all students have to prove that they are at a B1 German language level. The German language levels A2 and B1 can be reached during the studies in Hof.

For further information please check our application guide.

You apply online through the application portal of Vishawakarma University, Pune, India.
The selection of the candidates will be handled in a collaborative approach between Vishwakarma University and Hof University.

If you have any questions concerning the admission process, please contact the team of Vishwakarma University

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Sustainability Management

Degree awarded
M.B.A. and M.Eng.
Graduate School
4 semesters
January (at Vishwakarma University, Pune, India)
Application period

Deadline: December 05

Tuition fees
First semester at VU: INR 200,000 Remaining semesters at Hof University: EUR 3,690 per semester
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