Start-up Development (MBA)

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This Master’s degree programme supports entrepreneurs who want to create their own business based on their own unique ideas. Students from any academic discipline who are intrigued by the prospect of founding their own company will gain practical insight into the basic principles of start-ups, from coming up with an initial concept and developing a business model to creating a business plan and handling their first launch on the market.

Course Profile

The Start-up Development MBA programme, which is taught in German, is based around a blended learning concept geared towards meeting the needs of students interested in founding their own company. The high proportion of online learning affords students plenty of flexibility when it comes to planning their own study schedules. Additional in-person seminars are held regularly in blocks on Fridays and Saturdays at the Digital Hub in Bonn, or at other co-working spaces. Students develop their own start-up company step by step over the course of the degree programme; as such, this MBA offers a unique opportunity to combine developing an innovative business concept with earning a Master's degree.

At a glance

Master's degree
Standard period of study: 
4 semesters with a total of 120 ECTS credits
AQAS (currently in the accreditation process)
A first professional university degree with at least 180 ECTS and at least one year of professional activity after the first degree. For certificates acquired outside Germany: Determination of the equivalence of formal qualifications and proof of required German language skills (DSH 2 or TestDaf 4x4).
Language skills: 
Start of course: 
Winter semester
Application period: 
Annually from May 15 to August 15
Semester fee: 
The tuition fee per semester for the 1st cohort from WS 2021/22: 1,500 euros, 2nd cohort from WS 2022/23: 2,500 euros and from the 3rd cohort the regular semester fee of 3,900 euros. Each semester, the semester fee must be paid in addition.


*The Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg can not guarantee the foundation of a start-up company and/or its economic success following the master's programme.