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Part-time Master "Strategic Innovation Management M.A."

Innovation capability plays a key role these days when it comes to maintaining and strengthening the competitiveness of companies. The renewal of the range of services and the associated service provision processes has now become the dominant ongoing task of corporate management. In the process, the products and services offered are becoming more complex, must meet resource efficiency and sustainability requirements, and are subject to increasingly rapid change processes in the wake of digitalization.

This results in new requirements in the professional field: There is a high demand for managers who can develop the innovative capacity of companies. Prospective innovation managers need management skills, should be able to think in a networked manner and steer and drive innovations independently of disciplinary boundaries.

Program type: part-time, modular continuing education program in blended learning format with 90 ECTS points

Degree: Master of Arts

Language: German and English

Application deadline: January 31 for the summer semester/July 31 for the winter semester

Start: March and September

Time frame: flexible, 3 - 6 semesters starting from enrollment
Enrollment at the university is only necessary for the project work as well as the Master's thesis but still possible from the beginning, all modules can be completed flexibly without enrollment.

Educational time
This continuing education program is organized through the Academy at Pforzheim University (AHP). Since the AHP is a recognized educational institution according to the Bildungszeitgesetz Baden-Württemberg, you can take advantage of Bildungszeit according to the Bildungszeitgesetz Baden-Württemberg.


You can match the duration of your studies to your personal life and career planning with the number of modules taken per semester. There is no minimum or maximum number of modules to be completed per semester. Furthermore, the modules do not have to be completed in any particular order.

A total of eighteen credits must be earned in the qualification area. This means that you can choose three modules in total from a variety of modules. Which modules you can choose from depends on the field of your first degree. Graduates with a first degree in economics take modules from the area of technology, while graduates without a degree in economics take modules from the area of business administration and law.

In the mandatory area, all six modules must be taken, and there are no elective options.

In the last area for individual profile development, you need a total of twelve credits and thus two modules. You can choose these freely from the modules offered and thus set a personal focus.

Finally, you will complete an Interdisciplinary Project Thesis (in English, 6 months processing time) and the Master's Thesis (8 months processing time for full-time employees).

Please refer to the module handbook for further information.

Thanks to the blended learning format of our continuing education program, only a few attendance days are required. These alternate with online units and virtual meetings. The course of a semester is structured as follows in each module (exception: project work):

  • Full-day kick-off event (presence) in Nagold at the beginning of the semester.
  • Subsequently: 6 online phases incl. 3-hour mid-term event (video conference)
  • Full-day final event (presence) in Nagold at the end of the semester
  • Depending on the module: Written exam

The Master's study program is aimed at executives and junior executives with an academic first degree who are entrusted with change and innovation management tasks or who are perspectively about to take on such tasks.

Career fields/areas lie both in classic corporate functions such as research and development, purchasing and logistics, and production, but also in typical cross-sectional areas such as technology, change, and quality management. In the field of marketing and sales, graduates act as interface managers between technical and design product development and marketing.

You can apply for the Master "Strategic Innovation Management" if you meet the following requirements:

  • completed first academic university degree with 210 ECTS (with 180 ECTS participation is possible under certain conditions, please contact us)
  • at least one year of professional experience
  • proof of sufficient German language skills for non-native speaker applicants
  • English language skills on level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Achievement of at least 50 points in the assessment procedure, which evaluates the grade of the first university degree, the amount of relevant professional experience and international experience

Applications for admission to the part-time Master's program in Strategic Innovation Management must be submitted for the respective winter or summer semester by July 31 or January 31 of the same calendar year to the following address:

Pforzheim University

Design, Technology, Business and Law

z. Attention Anja Sperl

Tiefenbronner Street 65

75175 Pforzheim


The following documents must be submitted:

  • current curriculum vitae;
  • certified certificate of the completed first academic university degree and, if applicable, other relevant completed university studies;
  • Proof of at least one year of full-time professional experience after completion of the first academic university degree;
  • Proof of English language skills at level B1 of the European Framework of Reference for Languages based on a recognized language certificate.
  • For foreign applicants whose native language is not German: proof of suitable German language skills at a level corresponding to the "German as a Foreign Language" test (TestDAF) with a score of 4.5. Proof of sufficient German language skills is provided with the university degree from a German-language course of study.


In addition, we require from you

  • the completed application "Admission to the Master's Program in Strategic Innovation Management"
  • the declaration of consent for data use


For more detailed information regarding the study program, lectures, schedules, fees, admission, etc. please refer to website of the study program.