International Innovation Management
Master Programme (full-time or part-time)
"International Innovation Management" (INNO) is an English-language Master´s degree programme at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences. It is aimed at Bachelor's graduates who wish to initiate, implement and evaluate innovations in the product, service and process areas of international organisations.
The content covers the basics of innovation management and current topics such as consumer insights & communication, digital innovation, data science & Artificial Intelligience for business innovation and sustainable innovation. The lectures and seminars are complemented by practical innovation field trips.
Block teaching in Stralsund as well as a high online content allow for the degree to be completed in three or four semesters (depending on previous qualifications) and means completing the degree programme is also possible while working.
|Programme||International Innovation Management (INNO)|
|School||School of Business Studies|
|Start in||Winter semester|
|Admission||currently unrestricted entry|
|Length of study||3 or 4 semesters (depends on undergraduate degree)|
|Credit points||90 - 120 ECTS|
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Language of instruction||English (100 %)|
Even if you have not received your final degree certificate by the application deadline, you can still apply for a master’s programme with your current transcript of records. This should include the amount of ECTS points that you have already gained by the time of application, the preliminary final mark and the expected date of completion.
General mandatory requirements for admission to the 3-semester or 4-semester Master's programme:
- Proof of a first professional degree in management, economics, industrial engineering, business informatics or a generally closely related degree programme with an average grade of at least 2.3
- and, within the course of the first professional qualification, proof of knowledge in the following fields to the following extent (e.g. through official module descriptions of the higher education institution):
- Management - at least 20 ECTS with an average grade of at least 2.3
- Mathematics/Statistics - at least 10 ECTS with an average grade of at least 2.7
- Business Computing/Informatics - at least 5 ECTS with an average grade of at least 2.3
3. Proof of English proficiency (at least B2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages)
and further requirements depending on the duration of the study:
3 Semester Master’s programme:
- An undergraduate degree with at least 210 ECTS-Points
- Relevant professional work experience (internship) before starting the degree programme (internships within the framework of an undergraduate degree shall be credited)
The duration of the relevant practical work experience or an internship is at least 21 weeks or 30 ECTS credits.
4 Semester Master’s programme:
- An undergraduate degree with at least 180 ECTS-Points
An admissions commission decides about the fulfilment of the qualified requirements.
Information for foreign applicants: Incoming
The next enrolment for university entrants (1st semester) starts in winter semester. You can probably apply for the winter semester from the mid of April.
Enrolment for summer semester is only possible for more advanced semesters (students changing degree programs or universities) with creditable achievements.
The application for the summer semester 2024 must have been received by post by the 29 February 2024.
Link to Online Application
Deadline for all non-EU applicants with foreign certificates: 30.11.2023. Please find more information here: incoming
Our teaching concept for the Master's programme International Innovation Management is based on the basic principles as well as in-depth knowledge in the field of innovation management. It enables students to pursue a career in international organisations and academia (e.g. PhD).
Structure: part-time study
The structure of the Master's programme allows for part-time study. To ensure this, we use the following study formats in the first and second semesters:
- Block attendance events on Fridays & Saturdays in Stralsund (usually 5 per semester),
- Block classroom lectures from Monday to Friday in Stralsund or in Berlin, and internationally as part of the field trips (2 x semester),
- Online lectures at fixed times from 15.45 h on weekdays,
- Time and place-independent online lectures.
- The Master's thesis is completed and defended in the third semester. Students with a first degree of 180 ECTS will do a 21-week internship in the third semester - which can also take place abroad - and write the Master's thesis in the fourth semester.
Content I: Basic knowledge (Foundations)
- Innovation Management
- Basics and Methods of Futures Research
- Innovation and the Law & Financing Innovations
- Market Development Strategies & Customer Relationship Management
- Innovation Project Practice
Content II: Advanced Knowledge (Selected Topics)
- Sustainable Innovations & Transformation in Mobility
- Designing Digital Innovations
- Data Science & Artificial Intelligence for Business Innovation
Content III: Innovation Field Trips
- National Field Trip (Berlin)
- International Field Trip (various destinations)
Note: Costs (travel, accommodation and stay costs) for the compulsory participation in the national and the international excursion are to be covered by the students. Depending on the destination of the excursion, approximate costs of Euro 500.00 (national excursion) to Euro 2,500.00 (international excursion) must be expected. Since transport and accommodation are booked independently by the students, these costs can be influenced by the students. The module INNOM1900 (excursions) is a compulsory subject; failure to pass (e.g. through non-participation) means that the required ECTS number for the degree is not achieved. Thus, according to the Fachprüfungsordnung (subject examination regulation) of 8 December 2021, the necessary educational contents for the successful completion are missing.
In the last semester (3rd or 4th semester, depending on the first degree), students work on their Master's thesis. This is worth 30 ECTS points.
Successful completion of the Master's programme in International Innovation Management would allow the student to apply for doctoral studies.
Goals and Career Prospects
Today more than ever, companies and organisations worldwide are under great pressure to change and innovate. "If you don't innovate, you evaporate".
In order to initiate, accompany and implement these change processes, companies and organisations need employees with competence in agile methods and an understanding of which future developments will be relevant - from new mobility concepts, the effects of artificial intelligence or the demands of climate change on products, services and processes. The view beyond one's own nose must not stop at national borders - the competition is international.
This is the typical field of activity for graduates of the Master's programme. As employees or external consultants, graduates will be equipped to identify urgently needed changes, initiate solutions and help implement them. In a world with an increasing speed of change, you will not run out of projects, on the contrary.
Example job profiles are listed below.
Innovations of all kinds are essential drivers of the global economy. Thus, an economics-oriented degree programme which focuses on innovation management in an international context offers numerous fields of activity for future graduates. The interdisciplinary approach opens the door to a wide variety of professions.
Potential fields of activity for graduates of the International Innovation Management degree programme include:
- Product/Service Manager
- Business Development Manager
- Digital Transformation Manager
- Innovation/Technology Manager
- Start-up/Existence Founder
- In-house Consultant
- External Start-up consultant
- Consultant for public and semi-public institutions (Ministries, international organisations)
- Positions in science and research (universities, research institutions)
We offer you the Master's programme "International Innovation Management" in two variants, differing in length. Depending on the scope of previous academic study, the accredited master's degree can be obtained in three or four semesters:
- 3-semester master's programme (undergraduate degree: 210 ECTS)
- 4-semester master's programme (undergraduate degree: 180 ECTS)
3-Semester Master's Programme
4-Semester Master's Programme
The allocated ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points mirror the workload for the respective module (1 ECTS point is equivalent to 30 hours of work). ECTS make it possible to compare and recognise study achievements, for example if you want to transfer to another university.
The teaching hours per week (SWS) represent the weekly teaching hours of one course.
1 unit = 2 SWS = 90 minutes.
What Kind of Study Type Are You?
Apart from having the opportunity to study the master’s programme International Innovation Management as a full-time degree, the programme can also be completed as part of a dual degree program with in-depth practice, or part-time. This way studying can be tailored flexibly to meet your personal demands for your family or job.
- Semester timetables
- Block weeks
- Dates and deadlines
- Curriculum 3 Semester
- Curriclum 4 Semester
- Description modules
Innovations are created in the triad of "PEOPLE, PLACE and PROCESS". Here is an example of how we put this into practice in the International Innovation Management programme:
Place: Innnovation Field Trips
An integral and compulsory part of our curriculum is the participation in one national and one international excursion (Innovation Field Trip), which takes us to locations which are known for their innovation ecosystem. For our first study cohort, we are planning the following Innovation Field Trips (subject to possible travel restrictions):
- National Innovation Field Trip: Berlin, 3-day, in May 2024 (2nd Block week).
- International Innovation Field Trip: USA (San Francisco & Silicon Valley), from 22nd of April till 27th of April 2024
Process: Management Innovation Lab
Innovation management is strongly influenced by agile methods. To learn about these methods, the Faculty of Business is setting up the "Management Innovation Lab" as a place for learning and exchange. The Management Innovation Lab (abbreviated: MIL) allows you to try out different facilitation methods - physically or digitally.
People: Our partners
The part-time concept of the study program allows the direct implementation and direct application of the skills learned. Due to the concentrated attendance phases and the online teaching, the acquired knowledge can be put into practice immediately and directly consolidated through implementation in reality. This leads to a synergy between the student and the company/organization. The students deepen their knowledge through direct application , while the company benefits from an increase in expert knowledge.