Master Human Resource & Education Management

The Institute offers two Master's programmes in Business Education (WiPäd). The Master of Science in Business Education I and II build on the two Bachelor's programmes in Business Education I and II. WiPäd I focuses on the business aspects, WiPäd II integrates various second subjects into the programme.

Within the framework of the diploma programme, students could already choose between the fields of study I and II.

While the field of study I is strongly oriented towards business administration, an integrated minor subject can be studied in the field of study II, which can be taught at a vocational school, for example. This structure will be continued in the new degree programmes.

General information for both fields of study

In terms of content, the emphasis is placed on a research orientation as early as in the courses of the first semester. Here, within the framework of research-oriented lectures and exercises, the fundamentals of methodology and new scientific findings are taught in a targeted manner, enabling students to carry out independent research projects. For the area of business education research, a further deepening takes place through targeted project work. Students can put the knowledge and skills they have acquired into practice in the other business education courses and in writing their master's thesis.

Since Human Resource Education & Management also prepares students for a possible later occupation at vocational schools, practical school studies are obligatory. Further reference to teaching activities is guaranteed by the project "University School" financed by the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

Professional Perspectives

The professionally qualifying Master's program in Human Resource Education & Management I and II entitles students to enter the Studienseminar für kaufmännische Schulen, the so-called Referendariat. Graduates who do not pursue a career as a teacher find employment in management positions in the field of in-company training and further education or as speakers at business associations and chambers of commerce. In addition, WiPäd graduates often have similar career opportunities to their fellow students in the master's program in business administration, since they have enjoyed a sound education in business administration in addition to the business education content. The connection to research in all fields of economics is also given.

General conditions for the Master's programme

Study programmeHuman Resource & Education Management I & II
DegreeMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
Teaching languageGerman and English
Standard period of study4 Semesters
Maximum period of study6 Semesters
StartEvery winter semester
Application periodannually by 15.05., see application and admission

Note: Information on the preparatory service for the teaching profession at vocational schools can be found on the pages of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs under the following Link!

Structure Master Human Resource Education & Managment I & II

The two full-time master's programs have a modular structure. This offers students many opportunities to tailor their studies and specialize according to their own interests.

Field of study I

The 4-semester Master's program WiPäd I is strongly oriented towards the LMU Master of Science in Business Administration. 120 ECTS are earned in the course of four semesters. The following courses are included in an ideal typical course of study (PStO 2018):

Human Resource Education & Managment I

Subject-specific foundations of Human Resource Education & Managment (9 ECTS)

  • Subject-specific foundations of Human Resource Education & Managment (L)
  • Theory meets Practice (TmP I) (P)
  • School practical studies (SPS) (PS)

Fundaments in Management (6 ECTS)

  • Methods in Management (L+P)

Fundamentals in Economics I (6 ECTS)

  • Managerial Economics 1 (L+P)

Fundamentals in Economics II (6 ECTS)

  • Managerial Economics 2 (L+P)

Choose 1 out of 5 (9 ECTS each):

  • Accounting & Taxation (L+P)
  • Finance & Insurance (L+P)
  • Innovation & Digital Business (L+P)
  • Leadership & Human Resources (L+P)
  • Marketing & Strategy (L+P)

Project Course I: Empirical Business Education (12 ECTS)

  • Quantitative Methods in Empirical Business Education (PC)

Project Course II: Human Resource Education & Management (12 ECTS)

  • Current questions in Human Resource Education & Management (PC)

To choose from the areas:

  • Elective Topics in Human Resource Education & Management (Theory) I
  • Elective Topics in Human Resource Education & Management (Applied Theory) I-II
  • Advanced Elective Topics in Human Resource Education & Management (Theory) I
  • Advanced Elective Topics in Human Resource Education & Management (Applied Theory) I-II

4 of the 6 offered compulsory elective modules must be chosen (6 ECTS each):

  • Competences in professional fields of action
  • Work-based Learning
  • New research developments in Human Resource Education & Management
  • Structures of Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Development in International Contexts
  • Current challenges in Human Resource Education & Management

The final module comprises the Master's thesis and a colloquium on the Master's thesis.

  • Processing time: 22 weeks
  • Length: 120,000 - 140,000 characters (incl. spaces)
  • Admission requirements according to PStO: none

Please contact the relevant chairs/supervisors in good time before starting the Master's thesis.
chairs/supervisors in good time before starting the Master's thesis.

For detailed information (module handbook, study regulations, etc.) please refer to the pages of the ISC.

Field of study II

In the specialization Business Education II, the study of a non-business minor subject is offered in addition to the business administration and business education contents. The subjects German, German as a foreign language, English, mathematics, Protestant theology or Catholic theology can be chosen here. The Master's program in Field II also comprises 120 ECTS and usually 4 semesters. An ideal typical course of study is as follows (PStO 2018):

Human Resource Education & Managment II

Subject-specific basics of Human Resource Education & Managment (9 ECTS)

  • Subject-specific basics of Human Resource Education & Managment (L)
  • Theory meets Practice (TmP I) (P)
  • School practical studies (SPS) (PS)

Fundaments in Management (6 ECTS)

  • Methods in Management (L+P)

Project Course I: Empirical Business Education (12 ECTS)

  • Quantitative Methods in Empirical Business Education (PC)

Project Course II: Human Resource Education & Management (12 ECTS)

  • Current questions in Human Resource Education & Management (PC)

4 of the 6 offered compulsory elective modules must be chosen (6 ECTS each):

  • Competences in professional fields of action
  • Work-based Learning
  • New research developments of Human Resource Education & Management
  • Structures of Human Resource Development
  • Human Resource Development in International Contexts
  • Current challenges of Human Resource Education & Management

Choose one of the electives (an undergraduate degree in the respective elective is required):

  • German
  • Language and Communication German
  • English
  • Catholic religious education
  • Protestant religious education
  • Mathematics

The final module comprises the Master's thesis and a colloquium on the Master's thesis.

  • Processing time: 22 weeks
  • Length: 120,000 - 140,000 characters (incl. spaces)
  • Admission requirements according to PStO: none

Please contact the relevant chairs/supervisors in good time before starting the Master's thesis.
chairs/supervisors in good time before starting the Master's thesis.

For detailed information (module handbook, study regulations, etc.) please refer to the pages of the ISC.

Application & Admission

Applications are open to all interested students who can present a first professional university degree in an economic science subject or an equivalent degree from Germany or abroad. The Faculty of Business Administration examines the applications in a separate suitability procedure. It is important to have a very good knowledge of business education, business administration and economics as well as a very good command of written and spoken German and English. Furthermore, a high degree of cognitive abilities such as the ability to think abstractly and solve problems is required.

The eligibility procedure is conducted by a selection committee appointed by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Business Administration and takes place in two stages (written exam & interview).

1. Complete application within the deadline

Admission to the suitability procedure requires that all necessary documents are submitted in due time.

To apply, please first complete the application form online. You will then receive a confirmation email, which you should print out, sign and send to the address provided together with the application documents (see What do I need for a successful application?).

The complete application (incl. receipt of the written application documents) with proof of the required admission prerequisites must be submitted by May 15 (preclusive period).

Accepted applicants will be invited to the entrance exam.

Successful participation in the entrance exam can be replaced by:

a) proof of successful completion of a standard GMAT or GMAT online test (at least 600 points) or GMAT Focus Edition (at least 565 points). The result of the GMAT test must be submitted together with the other application documents by 15 May.

b) a letter of credit transfer from the LMU Munich School of Management (proof that all competences that must be proven in the entrance examination have already been successfully acquired in the Bachelor's programme). For details on requirements and application, please refer to the information sheet (PDF, 200 KB) on applying for credit transfer.

Exception: Applicants who have submitted a diploma or transcript of records from a first degree program in Human Resource Education & Management II with an average grade of 1.0 or better will be classified as "suitable" and admitted directly to the selection interview. This regulation applies only to the field of study II.

Procedure of the suitability procedure (JPG, 59 KB)

2. Entrance exam

The entrance exam consists of six parts in total, which are asked in multiple-choice format (5-3-1 rule).

  • Research Methods (One Part)
  • HRE&M I (One Part)
  • HRE&M II (One Part)
  • HRE&M III (One Part)
  • Two out of six possible ABWLs (Risk Management, Corporate Accounting, Digital Enterprise, Competition and Strategy, People and Organization, International Management).

The underlying literature for the business education part as well as general information on the test procedure can be found in our information sheet (PDF, 141 KB)(as of 28.12.2023). The underlying literature for the two ABWLs that you can choose freely in the exam can be found at the Homepage for the Master's Entrance Examination for Business Administration. The examined ABWL part for the Master Business Education is identical to the ABWL part for the Master Business Administration.

3. Selection interview

After passing the entrance exam or a GMAT test (≥ 600 points)/Crediting notice, applicants are invited to participate in a selection interview. The exact date of the interview will be announced by e-mail at least two weeks in advance.

All successful participants in the selection interview receive an offer of a place.

Important note: Anyone who does not appear at the appointed time is considered to be ineligible. Reasons to justify the absence for which the candidate is not responsible must be submitted in writing to the chairperson of the selection committee by the beginning of the scheduled appointment and must be substantiated.

The admission decision to the master's program and, if applicable, information on enrollment will subsequently be communicated in writing.

Only applications that are complete in terms of the eligibility statutes and received by the deadline have a legal right to be included in the examination process for admission to the master's program.

Statutes on the Qualification Procedure for the Master's Program in Human Resource Education & Management I (PDF, 36 KB) in connection with the amendment statute (PDF, 22 KB)

Statutes on the Qualification Procedure for the Master's Program in Human Resource Education & Management II (PDF, 36 KB) in connection with the amendment statute (PDF, 24 KB)

Admission to the 1st semester takes place once a year, in the winter semester. The application for the aptitude test for the following winter semester must be submitted online in writing and in full to the Faculty of Business Administration from February by no later than May 15 (cut-off deadline). Subsequent submission of documents/scores after the application deadline is not permitted. Simple copies of score reports enclosed directly with the application are sufficient to meet the deadline.

In case of an application for a higher semester, you will need a placement certificate for the higher semester in addition to the application documents. This requires that for each semester that is to be credited, approx. 30 ECTS have been acquired in an equivalent Master's program and can be recognized. Please be sure to contact us in good time so that the assessment of the classification can take place before the application deadline. The application for the aptitude test for the respective following summer semester must be submitted in writing and in full to the Faculty of Business Administration by January 15 and for the winter semester by May 15 (cut-off deadline).

Study program Master Human Resource Education & Management 1

  • Completed and signedapplication form
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Copy of the degree certificate from the first degree program with a professional university degree in a business degree program with a total of at least 180 ECTS credits
  • At least 12 ECTS credits from Human Resource Education & Management modules.
  • At least 15 ECTS credits from modules of general business administration
  • At least 15 ECTS credits from modules in economics
  • Proof of English at least on level B2 (see below)

Study program Master Human Resource Education & Management 2

  • Completed and signed application form
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form
  • Copy of the degree certificate from the first degree program with a professional university degree in a business degree program with a total of at least 180 ECTS credits
  • At least 15 ECTS credits from Human Resource Education & Management modules.
  • At least 15 ECTS credits from modules of general business administration
  • At least 15 ECTS credits from modules in economics
  • Proof of English at least on level B2 (see below)
  • At least 36 ECTS in a general education subject taught at vocational schools.

Eligible are:

  • German
  • English
  • Evangelical theology
  • Catholic theology
  • Mathematics
  • Professional language German

The general rule for both fields of study is:

  • If the degree certificate from the first degree programme is not yet available at the time of application, the application must be accompanied by a "Transcript of Records" showing the compulsory modules successfully completed in the first degree programme up to that point. At least 140 ECTS must be available at the time of application.
  • For coursework not completed at LMU, please enclose a module description, bibliography and details of the type of coursework.

  • Proof of English: Proof of language proficiency at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • Possible verifications are:
    • Recent high school diplomas showing at least the B2 levelRecent high school diplomas showing at least the B2 level
    • For older high school diplomas, applies:
    • "Proof of foreign language skills through school reports provides information about the language level you have achieved with an annual report or with a certificate of general higher education entrance qualification, entrance qualification for studies at universities of applied sciences or subject-linked higher education entrance qualification. The following document is especially informative for you if the level is NOT explicitly mentioned in your certificate." https://www.sprachenzentrum.uni-muenchen.de/download/fremdsprachenkenntnisse092019.pdf (PDF, 162 KB)
    • University entrance qualification in English
    • Completion of a completely English-language course of study (independent course of study, not a "double diploma" based on the recognition of German study sections)
    • If you do not have any of the above credentials, but are studying English as a second subject, please contact wipaedmaster@som.lmu.de before applying.
    • Information about practical experience etc. does not meet the requirements and cannot be accepted.
    • If you are unsure whether your English skills can be recognized, please contact us well in advance of your application!

  • For international applicants:
    • Proof of a successfully completed German language test if neither the degree was completed in a German-language degree program nor the university entrance qualification was obtained in German. Information on language certificates recognized at LMU can be found here.

An unsuccessful eligibility procedure may be repeated once, but not earlier than the next enrollment date. A further repetition is excluded.

The standard period of study is 4 semesters, during which 120 ECTS points must be acquired. The maximum period of study is 6 semesters.

The costs for the Master's program result from the basic fee of the LMU and the additional fee for the semester ticket.

Stefanie Zarnow, MBR

Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Institute for Human Resource Education & Management
Ludwigstr. 28 RG / III / Room 311
80539 Munich

Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5616
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5652
wipaedmaster@som.lmu.de

  • How high is the NC? What grade point average is required?
    • In addition to the admission requirements mentioned and described in detail above, no specific grade point average is required.
    • Applicants in field of study II who can present a grade point average of 1.0 or better from their first degree in business education (Bachelor WiPäd II) do not need another written test, but the oral interview are directly classified as "suitable". This regulation only applies to the field of study II.
  • I have professional experience, will this be recognized in any form?
    • The above admission requirements apply, which cannot be replaced, supplemented or completed by practical experience, as neither the learning objectives nor the competencies can be acquired through practical experience.
  • I have already acquired some of the competences listed in the application for recognition. Is partial crediting possible?
    • No, partial credit transfer is not possible. In this case, you would have to submit a GMAT test (see point 4) or pass an entrance exam in order to be admitted to the interview.
  • Is it possible to apply for Business Education I and Business Education II at the same time?
    • Yes, a double application is possible. Please complete the online application form for each programme separately, print and sign both forms and submit them with a simple copy of your documents.
  • I am a "career changer" who has already completed a Master's or Diplom degree programme. Are there any special regulations?
    • The admission requirements apply to all applicants (see above). There are no special regulations.

Only in accordance with the statutes on the aptitude procedure for the Master's degree programme in Business Education I (PDF, 36 KB) in conjunction with the amending statutes (PDF, 22 KB)or the statutes on the aptitude procedure for the Master's degree programme in Business Education II (PDF, 36 KB)
in conjunction with the amending statutes (PDF, 24 KB)complete and timely applications have a legal right to be accepted into the further examination procedure for admission to the Master's degree programme.