Human Resources Management Studies

Human Resources Management Studies

Discover the key role that HR management plays in modern organizations. Find out how our versatile degree program gives you the skills and knowledge to optimize HR processes, lead teams and shape the working world of tomorrow. Immerse yourself in the world of international business administration and become a generalist in Business Studies and a specialist in HR management at the same time.


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What do you need to study Human Resources Management?

The requirements for studying Human Resources Management can vary depending on the university and course. Basically, you need at least the Fachhochschulreife (Fachabitur) to apply to study at a university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education. There are also a number of characteristics that can help you to study human resources management successfully and be successful in professional practice later on.


  1. Communication skills: Good interpersonal and communication skills are crucial as HR work requires a lot of interaction.
  2. Organizational skills: The ability to organize complex tasks and processes is important in order to successfully study HR management and later apply it in practice.
  3. Empathy: An empathetic understanding of the needs and concerns of employees is of great importance in HR work.
  4. Analytical thinking: The ability to analyze data and make strategic decisions based on information is essential in HR management.
  5. Flexibility: The world of work and the demands on HR management are constantly changing. Flexibility and adaptability are therefore important.

MBS Bachelor International Business - No. 1 Most Popular Focus

The following chart shows that International Human Resource Management and Leadership is the No. 1 most popular focus of the MBS Bachelor International Business program.

Study Human Resource Management in Germany

There are various opportunities to study Human Resource Management in Germany. There are also a large number of degree courses and course variants that specialize in or include personnel management and Human Resource Management (HRM). Here are some examples:

  • Bachelor's Degree: You can study a Bachelor's degree in Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management at a university or college. Here you will learn the basics of Human Resource Management and acquire business knowledge.
    • Bachelor in Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management
    • Bachelor in Human Resource Management
    • Bachelor in HR Management
    • Bachelor in Business Psychology with a focus on HRM
  • Master's Degree: After an undergraduate degree, you can complete a consecutive or non-consecutive Master's degree in Human Resource Management or HR Management to acquire in-depth knowledge and skills in this field.
    • Master in International Business
    • Master in Human Resource Management
    • Master in HR Management
    • Master in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management
    • Master in Work and Organizational Psychology with a focus on HRM
    • Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus on HRM
  • Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities of Cooperative Education: Some universities of applied sciences and vocational academies offer special degree programs in Human Resource Management, which often include practical apprenticeships and cooperation with companies.
  • Continuing Education and Certificate Courses: In addition to formal degree programs, many institutions offer continuing education programs and certificate courses in Human Resource Management. These are often suitable for professionals who want to expand their skills in this area.

The exact course titles and content may vary from university to university. It is advisable to check the respective course descriptions and admission requirements to find the right course for your interests and career goals. Also note that there are numerous continuing education and certificate programs in Human Resource Management.

Human Resource Management Studies at MBS

At Munich Business School, you can study International Business in the Bachelor's program with a focus on Human Resource Management. This gives you the perfect mix of Business Studies knowledge and HR management experience to shape your future according to your own ideas. These are the most important facts about the MBS degree program:

Study Duration:

6 Semesters + Bachelor Thesis


Bachelor of Arts, 210 ECTS

Start of Studies:

Annually in February and September

Study Title:

Bachelor International Business

Study Language:


Tuition Fees:

995 EUR per month

Form of Study:

In presence at the campus in Munich


Integrated Internships, Soft Skills Courses & Mentoring Program

Focal Points:

6 Focal Points including International Human Resource Management and Leadership

Studying Human Resource Management or Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management?

Studying a Business Degree Program with a focus on Human Resource Management offers a broader and more versatile apprenticeship than a degree focusing solely on Human Resource Management. Here are some reasons why it can be beneficial to study Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management:

  • Broader Career Opportunities: A Business Studies degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities in various fields, including Marketing, Finance, Corporate Strategy and Human Resource Management. However, if you choose to study Human Resource Management only, you may be limited in your flexibility if your career interests change. Even if the job market changes and Human Resource Management positions become scarce, studying Business Studies or International Business will give you options in other areas.
  • Understanding of Business Interrelationships: Business Studies provides a deeper understanding of the entire business landscape. A degree in International Business even offers this on a global basis. A good HR manager should not only have HR-specific knowledge, but also be able to integrate HR strategies into the larger context of the company. This will help you to make HR-related decisions in a broader business context and support the strategic direction of the company.
  • Additional Qualifications: A Business Studies degree offers the opportunity to gain additional qualifications and skills that are in high demand in the business world, such as project management, negotiation and data analysis. These skills can strengthen your career in Human Resource Management. It makes you versatile and resourceful.
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking: The combination of Business Studies and Human Resource Management encourages interdisciplinary thinking. You will learn how HR decisions affect the entire company and how you as an HR manager can contribute to achieving the company's goals. You will also learn how business decisions affect personnel and how you can help and understand the effects.
  • Competitive Advantage on the Job Market: A degree in Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management can be particularly valuable on the job market. Companies value employees who not only have HR skills, but also understand the business side of the business. A good mix of generalist and specialist is often in high demand.

Overall, a Business Studies degree with a focus on Human Resource Management provides a broader foundation and opens up more career opportunities. It is an attractive option for those who want to work in the HR industry, but also for those who are interested in the full spectrum of business management.

Business Studies at MBS

Munich Business School not only offers you a degree in Business Studies, but also focuses on international business so that you can pursue your chosen profession anywhere in the world after graduation. The Bachelor International Business at MBS offers many highlights such as semesters abroad, internships, business projects, plenty of opportunities for networking and much more. At Munich Business School, you can expect small study groups, dedicated teachers and award-winning programs. But more importantly, your name counts with us. Here, you are not an anonymous member, but the driving force that motivates us every morning. As a small, private university, we take time for your concerns and offer you a tailor-made study experience. Our lecturers have extensive practical experience and teach you skills that really count. In addition to sound business knowledge, we also promote values and skills that will give you an understanding of sustainability and social responsibility as a future HR manager and optimally prepare you for a wide range of professions.

Benefits of the Munich Business School

MBS offers students a number of advantages that are only possible thanks to the structure of a private University of Applied Sciences. You will benefit from this during your studies at MBS:

Learn from Experts

Professors with Experience in Business & Specialists as Guest Lecturers

Individual Support

Small Class Sizes & Support through e.g. Mentoring Program

Double Education

in Finance and Management

Becoming a Generalist & Specialist at the same time

Broad Business Studies & specialized Knowledge through focal points

International Future Prospects

Students from all over the world & many Networking Opportunities

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Procedure and Completion of a Human Resource Management Degree Program

The process and completion of a Human Resource Management degree can vary depending on the country, university and degree program. However, here is a general overview:

  • Specialization: In many degree courses, you can specialize in certain areas of Human Resource Management, e.g. Human Resource Development, Work and Organizational Psychology, International HRM or Talent Management.


  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) oder Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.): This is the typical degree for an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management.
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) oder Master of Science (M.Sc.): A Master's degree is required to gain in-depth knowledge and skills in Human Resource Management.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): An MBA with a focus on Human Resource Management is an option often chosen by professionals to improve their career opportunities in HR.

The Bachelor International Business with focus on Human Resource Management at MBS

The International Business Bachelor program at MBS is not only a forward-looking program, but also much more than just learning specialist knowledge. If you want to look at international business management in a holistic context, then you've come to the right place. Our lecturers will support you during your Bachelor of Arts in International Business to become a responsible business person who not only has professional competence, but also essential soft skills, a broad cultural understanding and a strong personality. We firmly believe that success will only be achieved by those who see international business and management in a holistic context, taking into account social developments, political, historical and global contexts.

You can complete this study program either bilingually in the Bilingual Track (70% German/30% English) or completely in English in the English Track (100% English) to prepare you for global challenges.

Our Bachelor in International Business is characterized by its compact structure. It comprises six to seven semesters and concludes with a Bachelor's thesis. During your studies, you will complete at least three internships both in Germany and abroad and spend one or two semesters abroad to put your theoretical knowledge into practice and expand your international network.

International Focus

The studies at MBS focus on the international market. A large part of the course content is taught in English and MBS students come from all over the world.

Semester Abroad

Internationality is also expressed through the semester abroad. Students spend the last semester at one of our more than 60 partner universities around the world.

Business Project

Students work on a business project for a real company. In doing so, they apply the theoretical knowledge gained during their studies in practical applications.

Overview of all elective Specializations in the Bachelor International Business

The following diagram shows all the specializations you can choose on the Bachelor International Business degree program at Munich Business School, including Human Resource Management.

The Focus: International Human Resource Management and Leadership

In the International Human Resource Management and Leadership major, you will acquire in-depth knowledge of the strategic importance of Human Resource Management, especially at an international level. You will deal with the concept of "employees as decisive success factors" at an early stage and deal with topics such as employee management and employee development.

The courses in this specialization cover all phases of the human resources life cycle and its characteristic features. They also include a thorough examination of contemporary HR tools and their practical application.

What career prospects does this specialization open up?

Recruiting and retaining qualified employees is becoming increasingly important for companies. This is why specialists and managers who can think and act strategically in this area are in demand. Leadership skills are becoming particularly important at an international level, as they are often crucial for the successful completion of projects in international teams. Top managers not only need their own leadership skills, but also knowledge of important Human Resource Management topics. Possible professional fields of activity are:

  • Management positions in the HR department of an international company
  • Management positions in medium-sized companies
  • Responsible tasks in project and team management
  • Consultant in the field of human resources
  • Management tasks in the area of personnel and personnel development
  • Responsible positions as Diversity Manager, HR Business Partner or Change Manager

If you have any further questions or need more information, please feel free to contact our student advisory service.

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Studienberater MBS: Christine Heber, M.A.
Program Advisor, Bachelor International Business Christine Heber, M.A. +49 (0)89 547678-272
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In order to qualify for admission to the business administration and bachelor studies at Munich Business School, you must first meet certain requirements regarding previous schooling and language skills. MBS offers several application rounds and recommends that you submit your application early as the number of places is limited.

Admission Requirements

Academic and vocational education

There are three admission pathways to the Bachelor’s program at Munich Business School:

  1. A school-leaving qualification that allows you to access university-level study in Bavaria, e.g. Abitur, Fachhochschulreife, Matura, IB Diploma or certain other international school-leaving qualifications.
    Did you know? You can apply early by submitting your three most recent school report cards. If your application is successful, you simply need to provide your school-leaving certificate before the start of your course. This means you don’t have to wait to receive your school-leaving certificate before applying.
  2. Completing a vocational training program in Germany and
    a) passing a mastership examination (Meisterprüfung) or equivalent vocational training examination OR
    b) completing a course of study at a technical college (Fachschule) or technical academy (Fachakademie).
    If you fulfill either of these criteria, you meet the general admission criteria for university-level study – subject to a consultation meeting at your chosen institution before the start of your studies.
  3. Successfully completing at least a two-year (commercial) vocational training program in Germany before working full-time in that field for at least three years. You can demonstrate your suitability for your chosen studies by passing the regular examinations for the first two semesters. You will then be granted special admission to the university for your chosen subject.

Munich Business School also offers a Pre-Bachelor program in International Business as the ideal preparation for bachelor’s-level study.

Language Requirements Bilingual Track (70% German/30% English)

English Proficiency

Applicants for the Bilingual Track must proof their English language skills by passing one of the following language tests:

  • TOEFL 85/IBT (MBS TOEFL Institution Code: 5772)
  • IELTS 6.5-Academic Module
  • Duolingo Overall Score 115
  • Cambridge B2 First min. Grade B
  • Pearson PTE Academic Overall Score 56
  • ELS English for Academic Purposes: Advanced Level 112

Note: If the test is also used to apply for a visa, please check the requirements of the respective embassy in advance.

Test results can only be accepted if achieved within the last two years. If you are unable to obtain your test results before handing in your MBS application, please advise us of your planned test date.

The English proficiency test can be waived by applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. US High School Diploma, IB Diploma).

Language Requirements English Track (100% English)

English Proficiency

If you apply for the English Track, you must proof your English language skills by passing one of the following language tests:

  • TOEFL 85/IBT (MBS TOEFL Institution Code: 5772)
  • IELTS 6.5-Academic Module
  • Duolingo Overall Score 115
  • Cambridge B2 First min. Grade B
  • Pearson PTE Academic Overall Score 56
  • ELS English for Academic Purposes: Advanced Level 112

Note: If the test is also used to apply for a visa, please check the requirements of the respective embassy in advance.

Test results can only be accepted if achieved within the last two years. If you are unable to obtain your test results before handing in your MBS application, please advise us of your planned test date.

The English proficiency test can be waived by applicants having completed their schooling in English (i.e. US High School Diploma, IB Diploma).

Transfer to MBS

You would like to change university and continue your studies at Munich Business School? We offer Bachelor students the possibility of a transfer to the 2nd or 3rd semester. Previous knowledge in the fields of business administration and management, business law, accounting, mathematics and economics is required. Equivalent study and examination achievements, which have been acquired in an economics program in the basic studies, are counted towards the first two semesters of the bachelor's program at MBS up to a total of 60 ECTS.

Pre-Check of your academic achievements

For a non-binding pre-check of your academic achievements, please submit your curriculum vitae, an official grade confirmation as well as the official module descriptions of the courses you have already completed (with details on ECTS number per course, learning content, number of hours, type of final achievement and learning outcomes). The administrative fee for the Pre-Check is 60 euros. In case of a subsequent application to MBS, the application fee is waived.

Admission requirements

  • Complete application
  • Above-average study and examination results with at least a grade of 2.5
  • Proof of 30 ECTS (lateral entry into the 2nd semester) or 60 ECTS (lateral entry into the 3rd semester)
  • Recognition of achievements from previous business studies at a state-recognized university in Germany or abroad
  • Proof of English language proficiency with TOEFL, IELTS or 100% English Schooling
  • Proof of advanced knowledge in a 2nd foreign language depending on the choice of International Focus (Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German as a foreign language)
  • Proof of internships (only for lateral entry into the 3rd semester)
  • Document of good academic standing from Examination Office of previous university
  • Successful participation in the interview

Application deadlines for transfer students

  • November 30 for entry into the spring term (February)
  • June 30 for entry into the fall term (September)

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our student advisory service.

Application Process

Written Application

Application Documents

  • Authenticated copy of school leaving certificate, alternatively last 3 school reports
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Resume and photo
  • Proof of English language skills B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, Cambridge, ELS 112) by the start of studies at the latest
  • When applying for a scholarship: personal statement (1 page)

Online Application

To apply online, click here.

Application Fee

Please transfer the application fee of 60 Euro to: 

Munich Business School GmbH
Account 1020132229
Deutsche Kreditbank (Bank Code 120 300 00)
IBAN: DE23120300001020132229

or via PayPal:

Application Rounds

Upon receipt of the application fee, the Admission Office checks your documents and invites you to a personal interview. You will receive your feedback within three days. Since the number of study places is limited, we recommend an early application. Your application is possible up to one year in advance. You will then submit your school leaving certificate and proof of English language skills by the start of your studies at the latest.


MBS offers partial scholarships to committed prospective students. In order to apply for one of the limited scholarships, please submit a personal statement with your application for a study place. In this statement you convincingly justify your interest in the scholarship program. You can find further information at Scholarships and Financing.

Application Rounds and Personal Interview

MBS offers application rounds on a monthly basis. You pick one round for your application.

The next application deadlines for a program start in 2024/2025:

Round May: Application deadline May 15 with personal interviews in May/June

Round June: Application deadline June 15 with personal interviews in June/July.

Round July: Application deadline July 15 with personal interviews in July/August.

Round October: Application deadline October 15 with personal interviews in October/November.

Round November: Application deadline November 15 with personal interviews in November/December.

Round December: Application deadline December 15 with personal interviews in December/January.

The personal interview (approx. 45 minutes) consists of three parts:

  • Your study motivation
  • Short presentation and discussion
  • Your personal questions

Your Study Contract

You will receive the results of the interview within one week. If you are accepted, the Admission Office will send you your personal study contract. The place of study is then reserved for three weeks. To secure your place of study, you return your signed contract to MBS by e-mail or mail and make a deposit.

Upon acceptance of the study place, you will be required to pay an enrollment fee of 690 Euro (for international students: 1,490 Euro) and a deposit of 1,990 Euro. The latter is offset against the payment installment of your semester fee.

Your Student Visa

If you are a Non-EU national, you are required to apply for a student visa in order to start your studies in Germany. To obtain a visa invitation letter from Munich Business School, please take the following steps:

1. Hand in your signed study contract and a copy of your passport details page.

2. Transfer the one-time enrollment fee and the deposit of 1,990 Euro. The deposit will be deducted from the first semester tuition installment.

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Munich Business School offers attractive scholarships. These are 10 - 50% for the 1st and 2nd Bachelor semester. The application for one of the scholarships is made together with the application for a study place. Further information can be found under "Scholarships and financing".

The program is also aimed at pre-bachelor students.

Field Report of a Bachelor International Business Alumni

Top Tier Business School ★★★★★

"The MBS program gives you the tools and connects you to the right communities so you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. In addition, they have (in my opinion) the most attractive business-focused program including soft and hard skills from Germany. It is a university I would always recommend to those who strive for excellence. "

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Human Resource Management Salary

Human Resource Management salaries can vary greatly depending on several factors, including:

  1. Experience: Young professionals generally earn less than experienced HR managers.
  2. Education: A higher academic degree, such as a Master's or MBA, can lead to higher salaries.
  3. Location: Salaries vary depending on the region or country, as the cost of living varies.
  4. Company size: Large companies often pay higher salaries than smaller companies.
  5. Industry: Salary can vary greatly depending on the industry you work in. For example, companies in finance or the pharmaceutical industry often pay higher salaries than non-profit organizations.

On average, the following salaries for HR managers in Germany can serve as a rough guide:

  • Career starter (0-2 years experience): Approx. 40,000 to 55,000 euros per year.
  • Intermediate experience (2-5 years): approx. 55,000 to 70,000 euros per year.
  • Experienced HR managers (5+ years): approx. 70,000 to 100,000+ euros per year.

It is important to note that these are averages and individual salaries can vary greatly. In addition to your experience and apprenticeship, specialization in Human Resource Management (e.g. talent management, employment law, organizational development) can also have an impact on your salary. It pays to be well-prepared in salary negotiations and to consider the current salary structures in your specific area and location.

The Munich Business School in Numbers

Number of Students

International Partner Universities

Founded Startups

57 %
International Students

Career Opportunities after Studying Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management field offers a wide range of career opportunities. The following list is by no means exhaustive, as the Human Resource Management field is diverse and constantly growing. Depending on your interests and skills, there are many ways to find a suitable career path in Human Resource Management, especially if you have gained a broad knowledge through a general Business Studies degree. Here are some careers that can be pursued in Human Resource Management:

Personnel Officer As a personnel officer, you are responsible for personnel administration and support. You recruit new employees, support existing employees and take care of administrative tasks in the HR department.
HR Manager HR managers are usually responsible for planning and implementing HR strategies and processes in companies. They play an important role in the development of HR policies and programs.
HR Developer HR developers specialize in promoting the skills and qualifications of employees and supporting professional development.
Recruiter As a recruiter, you specialize in the search for new talent. You conduct interviews, select suitable candidates and ensure that the best talent joins the company.
Payroll Clerk Payroll clerks are responsible for preparing pay slips and administering social benefits.
Employment Law Specialist These specialists specialize in employment law and advise companies on employment law matters.
Organizational Developer Organizational developers support companies in improving organizational structures, work processes and corporate culture.
Talent Manager Talent managers identify and promote talent in a company and develop talent retention and development programs.
Change Manager Change managers specialize in the planning and implementation of change processes within a company.
Recruitment Consultant Recruitment consultants often work in consulting firms and support companies in recruitment and development.
Professional Development Coach/Trainer These professionals provide coaching and training for employees to improve their professional skills and competencies.

3 Examples of Careers in Human Resource Management

Hier sind drei Berufe im Bereich Personalmanagement und eine nähere Vorstellung der Aufgaben und warum sie interessant sein könnten:

HR Manager

Tasks: HR managers are responsible for developing and implementing HR strategies. They oversee the recruitment, hiring and training of new employees, conduct performance appraisals and work on the design of HR policies and programs.

Why it's interesting: This job offers the opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of a company. HR managers work closely with employees at all levels to ensure the company has an engaged workforce. Working in HR can be varied and requires a good understanding of interpersonal relationships.


Tasks: As a recruiter, you are responsible for finding and selecting qualified candidates for open positions. You will conduct interviews, assess CVs and check references. Your goal is to attract the best talent for the company and ensure that they fit into the corporate culture.

Why it's interesting: This job enables you to discover and promote talent. You are able to select the right people for the right positions, which can have a significant impact on the success of the company. It is also a very social job where you come into contact with a variety of people.


After an MBS Bachelor's or Master's degree, you can also take up all these professions abroad without any problems.


What to study for Human Resource Management?

To study Human Resource Management, you can usually choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management or a similar degree program. A general Business Studies degree is also a good choice, as it gives you a wider choice of jobs should Human Resource Management not turn out to be the perfect choice. These courses offer a broad foundation in business administration and social science topics that are relevant to HR work.

Why should you study Human Resource Management?

One should study Human Resource Management to develop a deep understanding of how companies organize and manage employees. This makes it possible to develop effective personnel strategies that contribute to employee retention, performance optimization and long-term company success. Studying Human Resource Management also provides knowledge in areas such as employment law, leadership and communication, which are of great importance in many professional contexts, especially if you want to start your own business.

Can you study Human Resource Management with a technical diploma?

Yes, in many cases you can study Human Resource Management with a technical college entrance qualification (called Fachabitur in Germany). However, the exact admission requirements may vary from university to university. It is advisable to check the specific requirements of the university at which you wish to study to ensure that the technical college entrance qualification is sufficient to apply for the Human Resource Management course or whether additional requirements such as certain grades or internships may be necessary.

What do you need to study Human Resource Management?

In order to study Human Resource Management, you usually need a university entrance qualification, such as a high school diploma or an entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences. Some universities and colleges have specific admission requirements, which can vary from country to country. It is also an advantage if you have an interest in business and social topics, as Human Resource Management forms an interface between these areas. Depending on the university, there may also be specific requirements regarding grades or previous qualifications. In addition, qualities such as organizational skills, empathy and communication skills would be an advantage. More on this in the article above.

How long does it take to study Human Resource Management?

The length of time it takes to study Human Resource Management varies depending on the degree program and country. As a rule, a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management takes around 3 to 4 years. A Master's degree course can take an additional 1 to 2 years. However, it is important to note that the exact duration of study depends on factors such as the chosen study program, the university and the country.

At Munich Business School, the Bachelor's degree in Business Studies with a focus on Human Resource Management takes 6 semesters, i.e. 3 years. The corresponding Business Studies Master's takes 3 semesters or 1.5 years and the MBA 2 semesters or 1 year.

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