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MSc Operations Management

“The Operations Management degree programme is unique: You work under your own responsibility in a team on a complex project with companies or research institutions. From a course catalogue you select the lectures you need for your work.“  

Prof. Dr. Volker Reichenberger, Programme Director MSc Operations Management

Why study MSc Operations Management?

... because you earn a degree at the interface of business and technology: Combine an engineer’s methodological skills with business administration skills.

... because you are learning on the job: In a big team with other students you will work on a real company or research project.

... because you are enhancing your specialist skills: From programme’s course catalogue you can select precisely the classes you need.

Key facts

Length of course

3 semesters

Place of study


Beginning of course

Summer and winter semester

The summer semester starts on 15 March.

Application deadline

Winter semester: 15 July

Summer semester: 15 January

Language of instruction

German and English

Foreign languages





Master of Science (MSc)


Semester contribution: €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 completed with 210 ECTS in the area of business administration or technology (grade not less than 2.5)
  • Very good English and German language skills
  • For applications with 180 ECTS special admission criteria apply


Available places

30 per semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • How do I plan new products and production plants?
  • How do I develop and optimise production systems, new logistics services or maintenance systems and processes?
  • How do I design Supply Chains (with focal points such as global and local supply planning, offshoring, outsourcing, reverse logistics, risk management, spare parts management?
  • How do I develop and plan international logistics strategies in logistics networks or technical logistics solutions of, for example, intralogistics?
  • How do I optimise energy management?
  • How do I raise efficiency in production, trade and services?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Qualifications profile:

  • After your course you will be able to plan and control production and logistics processes.
  • You will perform international management tasks at the interface of business and technology.

Typical sectors:

  • Automotive industry
  • Production management
  • Transport and logistics
  • Management consulting

Typical corporate areas:

  • Factory planning
  • Production planning and control / material planning
  • Logistics system planning
  • Global logistics management
  • Project-oriented tasks in the process organisation of production and logistics  
  • Management consulting
  • Project management
  • Business and production process optimisation
  • Quality assurance
  • Environmental protection
  • Introduction and adaption of integrated information systems
  • 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

News & Events

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

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AACSB accredited
System accredited by FIBAA