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MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Part-time program

MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Part-time program

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18 months

Program duration


Language of instruction

4-day block seminars


At the center of logistics

Campus presence

Tuition fees

30,750 €

2 international study trips

Colombia and USA

Step into the future of learning...

...where you'll have the chance to explore cutting-edge concepts like Virtual Reality immersive learning. Our participants were guided through an experiential journey on a company assembly line, exploring lean principles in action during their MBA seminar on Implementing Lean Management Operations.

26 questions with Michael Schneider

...a KLU MBA student from Germany (MBA in Leadership & Supply Chain Management, Class of 2022). 

MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management

Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Find out why our students chose the program and how it helped them professionally and personally.

Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is an exciting educational experience focused on preparing high potential professionals to become global leaders in supply chain operations and management. Enjoy the advantages of studying at Kühne Logistics University – with its interactive learning experience, its international environment, and its vital relationships to the business world.

Students completing this program acquire practical knowledge and skills enabling them to:

  • Take on leadership roles in global businesses having complex international operations;
  • Develop effective corporate and supply strategies to compete in complex international settings;
  • Develop the ability to analyze complex business problems and to effectively apply management practices and principles to these challenges;
  • Understand complexities of intercultural cooperation to ensure effective interaction with international subsidiaries and partners;
  • Leverage the creative energies of themselves and their colleagues to create innovative solutions to global operational issues that are both sustainable and profitable.

Studying at KLU means learning in an international, multi-cultural atmosphere: our students and professors come from all over the world, all of our courses are held in English, and our curricula address the international issues facing today’s businesses. As part of the MBA program, two sessions are held at international partner universities: one at the Fisher College of Business, the Ohio State University, USA, and one at the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, Colombia.


The program is an eighteen-month long part-time program mixing classroom work with team based projects. Two international trips are integrated into the curriculum to provide the students with background information on how other cultures learn and work. A capstone project (thesis) based on a real world problem of importance to the student and their employer integrates the knowledge developed throughout the program and provides the student with a transition from learning to actual practice. 

Our MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management focuses on training students to become leaders that create true, sustainable value for their organizations, their society and themselves. Over the course of the program, the contents of the modules move along the lines of a broad strategic perspective to focusing on more detailed, tactical issues in operational management. As such, they cover all subject areas of business administration. The courses delivered align with KLU’s key competence areas:

Today’s businesses find themselves at the heart of a vastly growing and dynamic network of information. To ensure that an organization can sustain a value proposition for customers and society over the long term requires the continual reevaluation of information relevant for business activities and keeping up with the newest developments in digital technologies. Students of KLU’s MBA program learn how to use information systems in an integrated way to support fact-based decision-making, interact effectively and efficiently within their organization as well as with partners, customers and other stakeholders and thus ultimately enhance the organizations’ competitiveness on a global scale.

Competing on a global scale requires an understanding of how global markets operate and how competitors in these markets compete. Proper organizational structure and leadership are necessary if a global strategy is to be effectively implemented and for sustainable value to be created for stakeholders. KLU’s MBA provides students with the tools, leadership skills and financial practices necessary to develop a sustainable corporate strategy and to implement an organizational structure that supports this strategy.

Furthermore, long-term value creation only occurs if an organization can consistently develop new and valuable products for their customers and society. KLU’s MBA teaches students how to develop new products using processes and procedures that are driven by “voice of the customer” marketing and sales activities.

Organizational activities do not occur in an isolated manner. Operations impact the workers who perform the work, the society in which the work is performed, the environment and all stakeholders from owners to customers. To create consistent and sustainable value requires leadership not only in the technical areas of operations management, but in the areas of socio-economic sustainability and human resource leadership. KLU’s MBA teaches students effective and efficient operations techniques concerning green and lean operations and how to engage the hearts and minds of employees by leading through listening, so that their organizations create long-term, sustainable value.


The program is composed of nine modules, including the capstone project.

  1. Economic and Social Foundations of Global Businesses
  2. Ethically Competing in Global Businesses
  3. Organizing and Managing Global Operations
  4. Developing Valuable Products for Customers and Society
  5. Sustainable Supply Chain Operations 
  6. Leveraging Information for Better Decisions (Study Trip to Universidad de los Andes School of Management)
  7. Managing Supply Chains for Value (Study Trip to the Ohio State University)
  8. Organizational Behavior and Leadership
  9. Master Thesis (capstone project)

The sessions of module 6 and 7 are held at our international partner universities Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, U.S.A. and Universidad de los Andes School of Management, Bogotá, Colombia to enhance global and inter-cultural business skills. During the two trips, students will experience how other cultures learn and work. The study trips are entirely organized by the KLU and expenses regarding teaching materials, meals, excursions and supporting program are covered. Please note that costs regarding flights and visa arrangements are not covered. The program coordinator will provide you with all important information regarding visa applications. Please make sure that you book your flights and apply for your visa well in advance. Please note that both study trips are fully recognized as educational leave. We will provide you with the relevant confirmation.

My experience as an MBA student at KLU goes far beyond my original expectations. The open discussions with the professors and the rest of the group make all the difference, as they are always enriching, challenging, and enjoyable! I am not only expanding my knowledge in Supply Chain, but I am also shaping the leader I aspire to be in the future.

Marta Balbastre Zuriaga, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2024

Tamme Bohlen in front of the golden egg in the KLU foyer.

The KLU MBA program not only focuses on intellectual development. Personal development also plays an important role. This program greatly succeeds in both.

Tamme Bohlen, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021

Katrin Pompe in front of the golden egg in the KLU foyer.

The MBA program has had a lasting impact on my (professional) life. Approaching new topics with a necessary degree of curiosity, openness and determination was a very important experience and encourages you to meet new challenges with an open mind, both in professional and private life. This international study program was an absolute benefit for me personally. It has contributed a lot to my thinking and acting and I was able to get to know great fellow students. I am very grateful to have been able to study at such a great university, with a professional administration and such great professors.

Katrin Pompe, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021

Felix Niemann in front of the golden egg in the KLU foyer.

The MBA program is a very good opportunity for those who want to leave their comfort zone and develop themselves further. The program provides an optimal foundation for this in terms of content, fellow students, professors and fun! I highly recommend the program.

Felix Niemann, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021

Devanshi Dutta in front of the golden egg in the KLU foyer.

Choosing KLU was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. The MBA made my experience and knowledge grow so much. Even today I am connected with my classmates and I am using the gained knowledge in my constantly growing career path.

Devanshi Dutta, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021

MBA 2021 Gunnar Graefer

Joining the MBA program at KLU was definitely the right decision for me and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in taking up an MBA. Why is that? Three reasons stood out for me: relevant and real-life topics that are taught by top academics or industry experts, fruitful and engaging discussions with co-students from across the globe and a setup of monthly study sessions in Hamburg that made it possible to attend while working full-time.

Gunnar Graefer, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2021

Mathias Dreier, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

This MBA is an attractive opportunity for anyone who seeks to reflect on previous work experience and to get ready for new challenges. Relevant and practical contents combined with a modern and open-minded university culture make this program a truly worthwhile experience.

Mathias Dreier, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Mariusz Rutowicz, student MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2019

Thanks to the MBA program at KLU I’ve started to change my life – professionally in my career and also in my private life. The Intensive exchange during this international program has changed me, teaching me new hard skills but also critical thinking and an open-minded approach to everything.

Mariusz Rutowicz, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2019

Miriam Hartje, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Many thanks for 18 inspiring months in which I was able to grow in so many ways. Great classmates, great professors, great & challenging sessions – all in all a decision I will never regret.

Miriam Hartje, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Alexander Klute, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

I have excellent memories of the great times during my MBA at KLU. Everybody involved, the KLU staff, my fellow students and all the people we met on our 1.5-year journey made it an unforgettable experience.

Alexander Klute, MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management, Class of 2020

Important Dates

  • Start of application period: November 1
  • 10% "Early Bird" discount deadline: February 28
  • Recommended application deadline, non-EU applicants: March 31
  • Application deadline: July 31
  • Scholarship application deadline: July 31


  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 180 ECTS or equivalent from a recognized university or college;
    • All fields of study may qualify for admission. If the applicant does not hold a first academic degree, admission may be made subject to the condition that the applicant takes an entrance examination (a passing grade on the GMAT).
  • 3 years of work experience (managerial experience is recommended);
  • English proficiency proven by TOEFL (iBT: 90) or IELTS (band 6.5) or CAE/CPE (grade C). The TOEFL, IELTS or an equivalent certificate must not be older than 2 years at the time of submitting the application. Please name KLU if possible when registering for a test (TOEFL institutional code is 7373).
  • Please download the application documents below and apply online via the "apply now" button to proceed with your application via our online application platform;
  • An application will be considered as soon as we have received all the required documents. The Admissions Department checks each incoming application to determine whether the admission requirements are met;
  • You will have a short interview with the Academic Director to evaluate your personal and professional development to access your potential for leadership;
  • You will be notified of the Admission Committee’s decision promptly (6 – 8 weeks).

Please download the following documents that are necessary for your application process as soon as you apply via our online application platform:

Confirmation of work experience
Employer's statement
Reference Form A*
Reference Form B*
Reference Form C*

Please note: Your application will be considered, once you submit your final application and documents via the application platform.

Our Admissions Department will then get in touch with you to support you through the rest of the application process.

*Two Reference Forms have to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your work experience (e.g. your supervisor, (senior) colleague). The third Reference Form has to be filled out by an individual who has direct knowledge of your personal motivation (e.g. a close friend, a former fellow student, a professor from university).

Tuition and Scholarships

  • 18 months part-time MBA program: € 30,750 (includes teaching materials, excludes educational trips). In exchange, at KLU you will benefit from studying in small classes, an international environment, and excellent contacts to the business world.
  • Your tuition fees cover tuition and services, including all course materials, on-campus IT services, and access to the library. Further, during the study trips to the Ohio State University and Tongji University, teaching materials, hotel stays, excursions, and supporting program as well as meals are included.
  • The tuition fees do not include the travel costs or personal expenses.

KLU offers a variety of scholarships for MBA applicants.

If your company is a member of the networks AGA, BVL or LIHH, KLU offers one 50% scholarship each, that you can apply for.

Graduates from Common Purpose programs are offered a 50 % scholarship. If you’ve completed one of the programs, you can apply for this scholarship.

Furthermore, KLU offers a 50 % regional scholarship for applicants from developing countries who plan on working in their home countries upon completion of their studies, as well as a 50 % scholarship for applicants who work in the humanitarian sector for NGO’s.

If you would like to apply for one of the above-mentioned scholarships, please submit the scholarship application form, a letter of motivation as well as a confirmation proving that you’re eligible for the scholarship you’re applying for.

Scholarship application

Application deadline for scholarships: July 31.

Please note: As we also have rolling admission, please apply as early as possible (otherwise the scholarship might be given away by the time you apply for it).

Also have a look at: 

Brain Capital
External Scholarships

Career prospects

Most KLU Leadership & SCM graduates are professionals that already have several years of experience and bring their career to the next level.

  • The current salary level of an MBA alumni is around 90.000$;
  • On average, an MBA alumni reported an increase in their salary by 20 % compared to when they started the program;
  • Like this the tuition fee is refinanced in a very short period of time.

Our Alumni work across a wide range of functions related to logistics and supply chain management, consulting, business development and sales, automotive, computer software, maritime & shipping industry as well as in logistics & transportation. 

Your degree from the KLU will certainly be career boosting. Alumni from our programs work for Otto Group, Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hamburg Süd, Accenture GmbH, Airbus S.A.S., BASF, Beiersdorf AG, DB Schenker - Rail, EADS Group, IBM Group, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Lufthansa Group, Siemens, Vattenfall Wind Power or Anheuser-Bush.

Meet us

  • If you would like to get to know KLU in person, you are welcome to visit our campus. We are also happy to meet you virtually and have a chat about our program any time that suits you. Just schedule an appointment with us.
  • Join our next Open Day!

We look forward to meeting you soon at KLU in Hamburg!

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Prof. Dr. Christian Barrot

Professor of Marketing and Innovation & Dean of Programs

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Prof. Dr. Maria Besiou

Professor of Humanitarian Logistics & Dean of Research

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Prof. Dr. Prisca Brosi

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management

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Prof. Rod Franklin, PhD

Full Professor of Logistics Practice & Academic Director of Executive Education

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Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Prof. Dr. Alexander Himme

Associate Professor of Management Accounting

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Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg

Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Strategy

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Prof. Dr. Günter Lang

Associate Professor for Applied Economics

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Prof. Dr. Björn Michaelis

Associate Professor of Management Practice

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Transchel

Professor for Supply Chain and Operations Management

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Prof. Christian Tröster, PhD

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior

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Prof. Dr. Niels Van Quaquebeke

Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior & Head of Department of Leadership and Management

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Kendra Triblet

Student Recruitment Manager

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Solutions & Development Principal Executive Education

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