Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management (G-SCOM) at the  Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR Berlin) is designed for graduates from Germany and abroad who have completed a career-oriented first degree (usually a Bachelor or Diploma) and would like to study a post-graduate degree in an international group of students.

Excellence in Supply Chain and Operations Management becomes one the most important success factors for companies. This requires a new kind of leader to manage complexity, risks and diversity in global supply chains and operations. The M.A. in Global Supply Chain and Operations Management program at HWR Berlin prepares you to be one of those leaders. The program provides you with the strategic, management and analytical skills you need to launch your international career in global supply chain management, operations, and logistics. Three pillars build the program framework: practical orientation and creation of working knowledge, research focus in the final stage of the program with a research seminar and master thesis, and personal developments of students with the advancing of their communication, interaction and organizational skills.

Some of the advantages of studying Global Supply Chain and Operations Management at HWR Berlin are as follows: practice-oriented learning, interactive learning experience, international environment, combination of lectures, case-studies, business simulation with the use of commercial software, and vital exchange with the world of supply chain management and operations by means of guest lectures, company visits, and research projects in manufacturing and services.

HWR Berlin means learning in an international and multi-cultural atmosphere. Our students and professors come from all over the world; all our courses are held in English. The program curricula addresses the issues supply chain and operations managers are facing today and in near future.


Courses are predominantly structured as interactive seminars and taught in English. The small group size facilitates direct dialogue and close contact between the students and the academic staff, enabling intensive work on case studies as well as fruitful and wide-ranging discussions.

Program content

  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Operations Management
  • International Logistics Management
  • Business Analytics and Information Technology in Supply Chains and Operations
  • Analytical Computational Methods for Supply Chains and Operations
  • Supply Chain and Operations Simulation
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Lean Management and Six Sigma
  • Innovations in Operations and Industry 4.0.
  • Factory Planning and Global Operations
  • Manufacturing System and Supply Chain Design
  • Risk and Complexity Management
  • Production and Sourcing Management
  • Management and Analysis of Distribution and Transportation Systems
  • Supply Chain and Operations Planning Methods
  • Warehouse Management
  • International Supply Chain Strategy
  • Global Strategic Management
  • Sociological Aspects in Supply Chain Management
  • Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility in Global Supply Chains and Operations
  • Scientific Research Seminar
  • International Project Management
  • Case Studies in Supply Chains and Operations based on Business Games and Simulation
  • Consulting in Global Supply Chains and Operations

Career Prospects

Supply Chain and Operations Management (SCOM) jobs can be found nearly in any industry or services since SCOM is a part of any organization. SCOM is everywhere: the jobs can be found in manufacturing companies, logistics, retail businesses, healthcare, airlines and airports, entertainment parks, passenger transport, hotels, building and construction, bank and insurance companies, and government agencies


SCOM positions may include jobs in business consultancy (strategic, operative and IT), supplier management, supply chain strategy development, product and project management, logistics, purchasing, logistics, factory planning, risk management, production and services planning, manufacturing and inventory control, materials control, work scheduling, quality control, and supply chain and operations analysis. There are a wide variety of career options in the field of SCOM.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter Semester (1 Ocotober)
Programme Intake 40
Duration 3 semesters (4 semesters in the case of an internship)
Accreditation Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA)

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The Master programme is basically divided into three parts:

  • 1st semester: Foundation courses and specialisation
  • 2nd semester: Foundation courses and specialisation
  • 3rd semester: Research seminar and Master Thesis

During the first semester, students extend their knowledge in particular areas and start their specialisation.


The second semester modules build on the first semester to provide additional specialised skills required for the challenges in the G-SCOM career sector.


The third semester is scheduled for completing the degree by submitting the master thesis and defending it in an oral exam. During the third semester, a research methodology seminar is provided to support the work on the thesis. For students who do an internship in their third semester, the master thesis is postponed to the fourth semester.

Language of Instruction English
Location Berlin
Placement Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done supervised work experience during their undergraduate programme may, if they wish so, also take a voluntary placement in the third semester. Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete a placement.
Cooperations The Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR Berlin) has close contacts to all over the world.

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1st Semester
  • Advanced Operations Management
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Global Supply Chain Projects
  • International Logistics Management
  • Tutorial Seminar I
2nd Semester
  • Supply Chain and Operations Analyses
  • Global Supply Chain and Operations Consulting
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics in Supply Chain and Operations Management
  • Master Pool Elective
  • Tutorial Seminar II
3rd Semester
  • Research Seminar
  • Master Thesis
  • Oral Examination

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Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

Admission Requirements


Applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in business studies, industrial engineering, business informatics or similar
  • Evidence of having completed undergraduate courses in Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Production Management, Procurement Management or similar worth at least 15 ECTS
  • Excellent English skills equivalent at least to level B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE.
  • Letter of motivation in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in English
  • By providing a GMAT score of 600 points or above, you can significantly increase your chance of admission. In this case, proof of English proficiency is not necessary.

Admission Restrictions

HWR Berlin does not select according to a specific numerus clausus. When there are more applicants than places, the program follows an NC (numerus clausus) ranking procedure. The main focus is on the overall bachelor grade, grades of specific modules, English proficiency and the motivation letter.

Application Deadlines

Winter semester
Applicants with a degree from a German university 15.4.-15.6.
Applicants with a degree from a university abroad 15.4.-30.5.

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Fees and Grants

Semester fee Please click for current semester fee information
Tuition fee None
Grants Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens) grant.

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Student Counselling
(for prospective students)

Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254




Coordination (for students)

Christine Jäkel
Tel. +49 (0)30-30877-1563
Kerstin Muhlack-Büchel
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1373