Supply Chain Management Studies
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Supply Chain Management Studies

Immerse yourself in the world of global business strategies with a Supply Chain Management Studies degree. Learn how to efficiently design and optimize complex supply chains to ensure the success of companies. Acquire practical skills in logistics, procurement and coordination and become an expert in overcoming the challenges of modern business. Discover diverse career paths in an increasingly interconnected global economy.


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What do you need to study Supply Chain Management?

Supply Chain Management Studies require more than just formal qualifications. Successful students are characterized by certain qualities and skills. A blend of all of these forms the framework for a successful career in the complex world of supply chains.


  • Analytical thinking skills: Ability to analyze and logically solve complex problems.
  • Communication skills: Good communication skills to collaborate in teams and interact with suppliers and customers.
  • Organizational skills: Effective organizational skills to optimize supply chain operations.
  • IT Skills: Basic knowledge of information technology, as SCM is often linked to digital systems and data management.
  • Problem-solving skills: Ability to find creative solutions to unforeseen supply chain challenges.

MBS Bachelor International Business - No. 1 in Versatility

The following scheme shows that International Procurement, Production and Logistics (Supply Chain Management) is the No. 1 focus with high versatility of the MBS Bachelor International Business program.

Supply Chain Management Studies in Germany

In Germany, there are a variety of degree programs that focus on Supply Chain Management or related fields and can be studied at both Bachelor's and Master's levels. Some of the most common courses are

  1. Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management: Combines the basics of business administration with specific content on Supply Chain Management. Offers both a generalist education and a specialist apprenticeship in Supply Chain Management.
  2. Logistics Management: Focuses on the planning, control and optimization of logistics processes in companies.
  3. Industrial Engineering: Offers an interdisciplinary apprenticeship that combines technical aspects with business concepts, often with a focus on logistics and Supply Chain Management.
  4. International Management with a focus on Supply Chain Management: Focuses on the global aspects of supply chains and international business processes.
  5. Supply Chain Engineering: Emphasizes the engineering aspects of supply chain optimization and design.
  6. Supply Chain Operations Management: Emphasizes the operational aspects of the supply chain, such as planning, production and distribution.

These degree programs are offered by various colleges and universities in Germany. It is important to compare the specific content and focus of the individual programs in order to select the most suitable course for your own interests and career goals.

Supply Chain Management Studies at MBS

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

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


Excursions, Soft Skill Courses & Selectable Specializations

Focal Points:

6 Focal Points including International Procurement, Production and Logistics (Supply Chain Management)

What you will learn in
Supply Chain Management Studies

Logistics management Planning, control and optimization of warehousing, transport and distribution.
Procurement management Strategies for the procurement of materials and services, supplier management.
Production planning and control Efficient planning and control of production processes.
Information and data management Use of information technology to manage and analyze data along the supply chain.
Supply chain optimization Application of methods and techniques for continuous improvement and increased efficiency in the supply chain.
International Supply Chain Management Consideration of global aspects such as international logistics and cultural differences.
Risk management in the supply chain Identification and management of risks that can affect the supply chain.
Sustainable Supply Chain Management Integration of environmental and social aspects to promote sustainable business practices.

Supply Chain Management Studies provide students with comprehensive knowledge and skills in various areas in order to understand, manage and optimize complex business processes. The exact course content may vary depending on the program, but typically includes the above topics.  Theoretical concepts are often combined with practical applications, and students often have the opportunity to carry out internships or projects in companies to deepen their skills in real business environments.

Studying Supply Chain Management or Business Studies with a focus on Supply Chain Management?

A degree in Business Studies with a focus on Supply Chain Management provides a broader foundation and a variety of skills beyond the specific aspects of the supply chain. One of the benefits is that it allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of business management processes while addressing the specific challenges and requirements of Supply Chain Management.

Further advantages are:

  1. Broader career prospects: With a broad foundation in business administration, graduates with a Supply Chain Management focus are available for a variety of positions in different business sectors.
  2. Interdisciplinary skills: Students not only gain knowledge in Supply Chain Management, but also in other business disciplines such as marketing, finance and human resources, which strengthens their interdisciplinary and adaptability skills.
  3. Holistic view of the company: An understanding of the entire business processes enables alumni to make strategic decisions in the context of the entire organization.
  4. Labor market flexibility: By combining general business knowledge with specific expertise in Supply Chain Management, alumni are flexible and can more easily adapt to different industries and business needs.
  5. Management skills: A Business Studies degree often emphasizes management principles, which enables alumni to take on not only operational but also strategic roles in Supply Chain Management.
  6. Greater competitiveness: The combination of business know-how and supply chain expertise makes alumni sought-after specialists on the job market.
  7. Better understanding of business interrelationships: Students develop a deep understanding of the interactions between different business areas, which is an advantage in the complex world of supply chains.

It is important to note that the choice between a pure Supply Chain Management Studies program and Business Studies with a focus on Supply Chain Management depends on personal career goals and preferences. Both approaches offer unique advantages, and the decision should be based on individual career goals and interests.

Business Studies at MBS

MBS not only offers you a Business Studies degree, 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 Munich Business School 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 supply chain 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 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. Soft Skills Courses

Double Education

Finance and Management

Becoming a Generalist & Specialist at the same time

Broad Business Studies & specialized Knowledge through focal points

International Future Prospects

30 weeks of Internships in Companies & many Networking Opportunities

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Procedure and Completion of a Degree in Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management Studies prepares students to take on the planning, control and optimization of supply chains in companies. The degree program not only teaches subject-specific knowledge, but also develops analytical, strategic and communication skills that are required in the complex world of supply chain management. The typical course of study may vary depending on the university and degree program, but here are general elements that occur in both the Bachelor's and Master's programs:

  • Advanced modules: Advanced modules can deal with specific aspects of Supply Chain Management, such as international Supply Chain Management, IT-supported solutions or sustainable Supply Chain Management.
  • Bachelor's or Master's thesis: The course is often completed with a Bachelor's or Master's thesis, in which students usually write an independent research paper on a relevant topic.


  • Bachelor: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Master: Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • MBA: Master of Business Administration (MBA) with work experience

The Bachelor International Business with a focus on Supply Chain Management at MBS

The International Business Bachelor program at Munich Business School is not only much more than just learning specialist knowledge, but also a forward-looking program. If you want to look at international business administration in a holistic context, then you've come to the right place. During your Bachelor of Arts in International Business, our lecturers will support you in becoming a responsible business person who not only has professional expertise, but also essential soft skills, a broad cultural understanding and a strong personality.

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.

We firmly believe that success will only come to those who see international business and management in a holistic context, taking into account social developments, political, historical and global contexts.

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

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 take in the Bachelor International Business degree program at Munich Business School, including Supply Chain Management.

The Focus: International Procurement, Production and Logistics (Supply Chain Management)

The specialization "International Procurement, Production and Logistics" focuses on the optimal design of supply chains, from suppliers to end customers. This includes the consideration of international supply chain strategies and developments in Industry 4.0 due to globalization and advancing digitalization. The specialization imparts knowledge about how flows of goods and services can be designed in such a way that they reach the end customer at the right time, with appropriate costs, in the right quantity and with defined quality and meet their expectations.

Choosing the "International Procurement, Production and Logistics" specialization opens up a wide range of career prospects in various industries, from business consultants to the automotive or consumer goods industries. Examples of possible career fields are

  • Taking on management responsibility in the logistics department of an international company.
  • Working as a responsible manager in purchasing.
  • Management tasks in the area of supply chain management.
  • Responsible work in the quality management department of a company in the automotive or consumer goods industry.

If you have any further questions or need more information, you are welcome 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

Various Options ★★★★

"The university offers the opportunity to prove yourself in various projects. During the apprenticeship, for example, it is possible to set up your own start-ups. In addition, the university attracts many different speakers who give it a good reputation."

Anastasia on StudyCHECK

Supply Chain Management Salary

Supply Chain Management salaries can vary widely and are influenced by several factors, including region, industry, company size, the individual's experience and specific job responsibilities. Here are some rough averages:

  1. Starting salary: The starting salary for alumni with a Bachelor's degree in Germany can be around €40,000 to €50,000 per year.
  2. Professional experience: Salaries rise with increasing professional experience. Experienced supply chain managers with several years of experience can reach salaries of 60,000 euros and more.
  3. Industry differences: Salaries can vary depending on the industry. Industries such as automotive, aviation or pharmaceuticals tend to offer higher salaries.
  4. Company size: Large companies often offer higher salaries than smaller companies. International corporations may also pay more for positions with global responsibilities.
  5. Further training and qualifications: Additional qualifications, such as a Master's degree or certain certifications, can have a positive impact on salary.

It is important to note that these are general estimates, and individual salaries can vary greatly. An accurate idea of salary levels in a particular field can be obtained by researching salary surveys, work experience and networks in the industry.

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Career Opportunities after Studying Supply Chain Management

There are a variety of careers available in Supply Chain Management that cover different aspects of supply chain optimization, logistics and coordination. These positions can be found in companies across various industries, including retail, manufacturing, technology, healthcare and more. Specific requirements vary by position and industry, but a Supply Chain Management Studies degree provides a solid foundation for many of the following career paths.

Supply Chain Manager Responsible for the planning, implementation and monitoring of entire supply chain processes, including procurement, production, warehousing and distribution.
Logistics manager Focuses on the efficient organization of transport, storage and distribution of goods.
Procurement Manager Responsible for the procurement of materials and services, negotiating with suppliers and securing the supply chain.
Production Planner Coordinates and monitors production processes to ensure a smooth supply chain.
Distribution Manager Responsible for the effective distribution of goods to end customers or retail locations.
Demand Planner Forecasts demand for products based on historical data and market trends.
Supply Chain Analyst Analyzes data and performance metrics to identify efficiencies and improvement opportunities in the supply chain.
Logistics Coordinator Coordinates and oversees the transportation, storage and shipping of goods.
Warehouse Manager Manages and organizes warehouse activities, including inventory management and warehouse optimization.
Supply Chain Sustainability Manager Focuses on environmentally friendly practices and sustainable processes in the supply chain.
Supply Chain Consultant Provides consulting services to companies to optimize their supply chain processes.

3 Examples of Careers in Supply Chain Management

The world of Supply Chain Management professions offers a fascinating range of opportunities to optimize complex processes and ensure that products reach their destination efficiently and on time. Here we take a closer look at three key positions in this field: Supply Chain Manager, Logistics Coordinator and Demand Planner. Each of these professions plays a unique role in the smooth functioning of a supply chain and requires specific skills to meet the challenges of the ever-changing business world.

Supply Chain Manager

Tasks: Supply chain managers are responsible for the efficient planning, implementation and monitoring of supply chain processes. They coordinate activities such as procurement, production, warehousing and distribution to ensure that products are delivered on time and cost-effectively. This includes optimizing processes, working with suppliers and assessing risks.

Why it's interesting: This profession enables a holistic view of business processes. The challenge is to maximize the efficiency of the entire supply chain while minimizing risks. Requires constant innovation and adaptation.

Demand Planner

Tasks: Demand planners are responsible for forecasting the future demand for products. They analyze historical data, market trends and other influencing factors to create forecasts. These forecasts are crucial for the correct management of production and procurement processes.

Why it's interesting: This role requires a combination of analytical skills and strategic thinking. Demand planners avoid overstocking or bottlenecks. Their work contributes directly to the efficiency of the supply chain and helps companies to make optimal use of resources.


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


Which degree program for Supply Chain Management?

Various degree programs are suitable for a career in Supply Chain Management. Typically, courses such as Logistics Management, Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering or International Management are taken. If you want to gain a generalist knowledge and be versatile, then a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Supply Chain Management is recommended. It is important that the course you choose covers logistics, procurement, production, distribution and supply chain optimization. Practical experience, for example through internships or projects in industry, can also be helpful.

MBS offers a Business Studies program called International Business which focuses on international processes.

Is Germany a good place for Supply Chain Management Studies?

Yes, Germany is well suited for Supply Chain Management Studies. The country offers a large number of high-quality colleges and universities that offer internationally recognized courses in this field. The German economy is highly export-oriented, which can be reflected in the quality of the Supply Chain Management apprenticeship. In addition, there are many companies in Germany with global supply chains, which gives students the opportunity to gain practical insights into real-life business scenarios. Germany's good infrastructure and strong position in the industry make it an attractive place for Supply Chain Management Studies.

Are Supply Chain Management and logistics the same thing?

No, Supply Chain Management and logistics are not the same thing, although they are related. Logistics is a subset of Supply Chain Management. While logistics focuses on the physical movement of goods and materials, Supply Chain Management takes a holistic approach that encompasses all aspects of the supply chain, from procurement to end use. Supply Chain Management also includes planning, coordination and optimization of activities along the entire value chain.

More information on logistics on the following page.

More information on Supply Chain Management above.

Why study Supply Chain Management and Logistics?

A degree in Supply Chain Management and Logistics offers the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the efficient design and optimization of supply chains. Through such studies, students can develop skills that are in demand in various industries, as effective logistics and supply chain optimization is crucial for the success of companies. The field also offers diverse career opportunities in global companies and enables students to understand and manage complex business processes. In addition, Supply Chain Management professionals are in demand to tackle challenges such as globalization, technology integration and sustainability.

What are the requirements for logistics and Supply Chain Management?

The requirements for logistics and Supply Chain Management vary depending on the position and company. Typically, however, analytical skills, communication skills, knowledge of IT and data analysis, an understanding of business contexts and problem-solving skills are important. Practical experience through internships or projects is often an advantage. Intercultural skills in global markets and an affinity for technological developments in the field of logistics are also relevant. Furthermore, a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management or a related field is often expected. More on this topic in the text above.

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