MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Become a responsible Leader in Global Supply Chain Management

MBA in Leadership and
Supply Chain Management

Become a responsible Leader in Global Supply Chain Management

Our part-time MBA in Leadership and Supply Chain Management is a practice-oriented program that consists of team- and case-based learning and focuses on training managers with an interdisciplinary approach.

Experience the advantages of studying at Kühne Logistics University – with its interactive learning environment, immersive learning with Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence, international exposure, and strong connections to the business world. We prepare you for leadership roles within your organization next to your full-time job!

Application dates

  • Start of application period: November 1
  • 10% "Early Bird" discount deadline: February 29
  • Application deadline: July 31
  • Scholarship application deadline: July 31
  • Start of the program: September 05

Academic Calendar:

  • Click here to download the academic calendar for MBA26.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor's degree with at least 180 ECTS or its equivalent from a recognized university or college. We welcome applicants from all fields of study.
    • If you don't have a bachelor's degree, no worries – you can still be eligible for admission by submitting a GMAT Test (Graduate Management Admission Test).
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience (managerial experience recommended but it is not a must).
  • English proficiency is proven by TOEFL (IBT 90), IELTS (Band 6.5), CAE/CPE (grade C) or equivalent certificate (not 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).
    • Candidates who have at least 2 years of professional experience in a company with English as its official working language can apply for an English test waiver. The proof must not be older than 2 years and must be officially issued by the company.
  • Personal interview with the Academic Director.

Admission Process

  • 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).

Application documents

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).

The eighteen-month part-time program combines classroom learning and team projects, including two international trips for cross-cultural insights. The curriculum spans broad strategic perspectives to detailed tactical issues in operational management, covering key business administration areas. The courses delivered align with KLU’s key competence areas: Digital Transformation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship & Value Creation.

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

  • Business in a Global Economy
  • International Macroeconomics and Game Theory
  • Managing Diversity and Handling Interpersonal Conflicts
  • Competitive Strategy in a World of Constraints
  • Finance and Accounting Across Borders
  • Mastering Win/Lose & Win/Win Negotiations
  • Global Organization Design
  • Financial Management for Sustainable Value
  • Learning Organizations
  • Innovation and Sustainable New Product Development
  • Voice of the Customer-Driven Marketing and Sales
  • Developing Personal Resilience and Well-being in Organizations
  • Information and Communications Technology for Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Design
  • Conducting Real-World Research
  • Humanitarian Logistics: Operating in a Volatile World
  • Cooperative Procurement and Supply Management
  • Managing Cross-Functional Operations

Includes a Practical Day from outstanding industry experts on relevant logistics and management topics, as well as the international study trip to the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, Colombia.

  • Creating Impact with Supply Chain Management 
  • Lean Management: Increasing Operations Value
  • Leading Through Organizational Change & Motivating People

Includes the international study trip to the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University in Ohio, U.S.A.

  • Transportation Management
  • Intelligence Business Process Automation
  • Ethical and Values-Based Leadership

The capstone project 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 program offers a unique opportunity to benefit from world-class expertise through international study trips*. These trips provide an immersive exploration of supply chains, logistics, leadership, and the broader business landscape, featuring conferences, corporate visits, and leadership workshops.

Students partake in two 1-week study trips at esteemed partner institutions – Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, a top-ranking university in Latin America, and Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University, recognized globally as a hub for supply chain and distribution excellence.

These experiences foster the enhancement of global and intercultural business skills. Engaging with local businesses, exchanging ideas with industry experts, and reflecting on intercultural encounters are integral components of these trips. A post-session in Hamburg further facilitates reflection, encouraging students to maintain a journal to solidify the connection between theory and practice throughout their profound learning journey.

*The study trips are entirely organized by KLU, and expenses regarding teaching materials, hotel, company excursions, most meals, and social activities are covered. Please kindly note that costs regarding flights and visa arrangements are not covered. The Program Manager will provide you with all the important information for your preparations. Please make sure that you book your flights and apply for your visa (if required) well in advance. Both study trips are fully recognized as educational leave (in Germany). We will provide you with the relevant confirmation.

Which salary level can I expect?

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.

In which industries do graduates work in?

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. 

Our Alumni work across a wide range of functions in following industry sectors:

In which companies do graduates from the Leadership & SCM MBA work?

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.


  • 18 months part-time MBA program: € 31,750
  • 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 the Universidad de los Andes School of Management in Bogotá, 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.
  • As an alumnus or alumna you get a 20% loyalty discount on the tuition fee.
  • Feel free to contact us for tailored company arrangements.


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. Get in touch with your HR department if you are if you are uncertain whether you are a member.
  • 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. We offer a 50% scholarship for women who are taking or have just taken the next step in their professional careers.
  • 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

Brain Capital is an innovative tuition financing concept. Students participating in these models do not or only partially pay tuition fees during their studies at KLU. However, they commit themselves to make income-dependent payments upon completion of their studies. The total amount of payments is linked to the income earned. The model is based on a solidarity principle: students with higher income repay more than students with lower income. There are limits for maximum annual and maximum total payments (about twice the tuition fee amount adjusted for inflation). 

Do read up on our blogpost: Brain Capital: The solidary financing that believes in your potential

Financing Schemes

There are different loan schemes to finance the cost of living. These primarily target German and EU nationals. Candidates of other nationalities are only eligible if they have a German baccalaureate (Abitur) and permanent residence status in Germany. 

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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.

Ask our participants

Take the opportunity to get in touch with our students and find out first hand how the studies are like from their point of view by clicking on one of the profiles and writing a message to the student.

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

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