24 months
15060 EUR/year
9900 EUR/year
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Every manager has to face all these aspects and challenges in these times. You want to talk to fellow students about practical solutions? Then the English-language Master’s programme HRM and Leadership at the Cologne Business School (CBS) is ideally suited for you and opens up career opportunities for you in middle and senior management.

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Human Resources Management is not just a business management discipline on an international scale. That’s why the Human Resources Master is embedded as an elective specialization within the Master degree programme in  HRM and Leadership  offered by  Cologne Business School (CBS) , International Business. This means that you also acquire all the essential teaching contents, which belong to an Business Master. These include Business Economics, Corporate Governance, Value Based Management and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Elective subjects offer a further individualization option.

Mastering leadership challenges

In corporate management, questions are on the agenda, which go far beyond the human resources sector. In the second semester, you will learn how companies are further developed and how organizations are designed. In the third semester, you will learn to recognize, analyse and deal with imbalances of power and inequalities in organizations. Aditionally, you measure your skills in comparison to your fellow students in a business simulation game. This is how you can test the knowledge you will have acquired until then.

Flexibility for your Master’s Thesis

The fourth semester is lecture-free, so you can concentrate fully on your Human Resources Management Master’s Thesis. Many of our students take advantage of the opportunity to write their thesis as part of a specific project for and with a company. However, you are also at liberty to work on your own topic – and, if you like, during an international stay at one of our numerous partner universities.

Turn your career into a profession

The International Business Master’s Degree programme with the specialization in Human Resources Management & Leadership qualifies you for demanding tasks in personnel management functions, in personnel and management consultancies or in strategic staff divisions. Further possible career paths are self-employment or an academic career including PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business Economics
  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Strategic Analysis and Management
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Corporate Social Responsability
  • Corporate Governance
  • Globalization and Intercultural Human Resource Management
  • Business English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is an application Deadline for students who require student visa:

  • May 15th of each year for following Winter Semester 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The admission requirements for our CBS Master programmes are a first academic qualification with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. 


  • Your CV in tabular format
  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)
  • Letter of motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”
  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)
  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7530 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4950 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


CBS offers a one-time 3,000 scholarship (which will be spread on all semesters) for all BA, MA and the MBA full-Time program (The Fast-Track will receive a 1,500 scholarship). The scholarship is based on grades, motivation extracurricular activities but will be assessed automatically, once we receive a COMPLETE application.

There also Is a EU students Scholarships of 25%, which students can only apply to once enrolled. Maybe mention the option, that we offer some kind of support in the funding section.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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