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MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering

"In which study program can you determine the majority of the course content yourself? Researching current topics of digitialisation? Doing a semester abroad in South Africa or the USA? Get two Master's degrees - one from the ESB Business School and one from the partner university? Work with modern research infrastructure in your own factory? Only in DIME!"

Prof. Dr. techn. Dipl.-Ing. Daniel Palm,
Programme Director MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering

Why study MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering?

… because you work on the latest research topics from the fields of digital industrial management and engineering. This is done in close exchange with your supervising professor and you become an active member in the research group.

… because you will be able to develop a deeper theoretical know-how in the field of your research topic through the accompanying specific lectures in the fields of management science, supply chain management, information and communication technologies, as well as the smart factory and logistics in the context of Industry 4.0.

… because with your master thesis, a research project and a public colloquium, you will be ideally prepared for challenging tasks in industrial research and development as well as for an optional subsequent doctorate.

... because you can benefit from the experience of Stellenbosch University and Reutlingen University in one degree programme.

.. because once you successfully complete the program, you will receive a degree from Reutlingen University and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa or Purdue University in the USA.

Key facts

Length of course

4 semesters including at least one semester abroad (compulsory)

Place of study

Reutlingen University, Germany and Stellenbosch University, South Africa (Module 3A)

Reutlingen University, Germany and Purdue University, USA (Module 3B)

Beginning of course

Module 3A: Stellenbosch University in South Africa
Admission for the summer and winter semester (6 study places each)

Module 3B: Purdue University, USA 
Admission for the winter semester (6study places)

Application deadline

For Module 3B (Purdue), winter semester: July 15

For Module 3A (Stellenbosch), summer semester: January 15

Language of instruction

German and English




After successful completion of the program, you receive a Double Degree:

Module 3A:

Master of Science (MSc) in Digital Industrial Management and Engineering from Reutlingen and University and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Engineering Management from Stellenbosch University

Module 3B:

Master of Science (MSc) Digital Industrial Management and Engineering from Reutlingen University and Master of Science (MSc) Engineering Technology from Purdue University, USA


Semester contribution summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
  • First degree programme (Bachelor of Science) completed with 210 ECTS in the field of mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, process engineering, manufacturing engineering or suitable field of engineering science (depending on the research-oriented specialisation)
  • Excellent command of written and spoken German and English
Available places

Reutlingen University & Stellenbosch University (South Africa): 6 places(for summer and winter semester each)

Reutlingen University & Purdue University (USA): 6 places (for winter semester)

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do I tackle scientific problems of applied research in depth and develop applicable solutions?
  • How do I critically question and represent research results? Additionally, I learn to assume  responsibility for research and development projects and the results achieved.
  • How do I comprehend and present complex research topics, even for the non-experts?
  • What competences and abilities do I need to develop and strengthen in order to successfully work in a culturally diverse environment?
  • What positions at the interface between research and development and product realisation in an international work environment am I qualified for having completed this markedly interdisciplinary and research-oriented education?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Graduates of the course have competences in digitisation and engineering management as well as soft skills, team skills, intercultural competence, (leadership) responsibility and ability to act. In accordance with the chosen specialisation, they have in-depth, up-to-date and interdisciplinary knowledge in the areas of Digital Industrial Management and Industrial Engineering for industry.

They are particularly well qualified for interdisciplinary research and development tasks at the interface between business and technology. After graduating, they are able to plan, develop and validate solutions for topics related to industrial digitisation in a holistic manner.

The "Research Master MSc Digital Industrial Management and Engineering" is a step towards a future in research and development in industry or research facilities or for a doctorate in the field of digitisation in industry.

The applications of graduates are diverse within research and development in the area of:

  • digital global logistics system planning
  • Smart Factory and Logistics
  • design of international production networks
  • business and production process optimisation
  • international management

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2021: ESB Business School faculty maintains its first place among German universities of applied sciences in the field of business administration. Business and Engineering is still ranked among the top ten at universities of applied sciences. To the ranking (German Article)
  • Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: No. 1 in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". 100 per cent of students recommend ESB Business School.
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking

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23.03.2024 - 23.03.2024: Graduation Ceremony of ESB Business School March 2024

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System accreditation by FIBAA