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Developing people

People development in organisations is becoming an increasingly important topic. It can promote both the development of competencies and the retention of employees and thus make a lasting contribution to the success of the company. Our master's programme teaches you the skills you need and further develops your personality, lets you discover your strengths and establish initial contacts in the business world on which you can build your career.

Master’s programme in Business Education and Human Resource Development


Winter and summer semester


4 semesters




120 Credits

Closure of the Master's programme in Business Education and Human Resource Development

The Master’s programme in Business Education and Human Resource Development (MSc) has been closed for the winter semester 2023/2024. Students already enrolled will be allowed to complete the programme by the end of the winter semester 2025/2026.

This is what you can expect during your studies

Would you like to work in human resource development? After your successful completion of the master's programme, you will be able to plan and accompany personnel development processes in organisations. You will examine instruments for personnel selection and diagnostics. You will decide on the selection of suitable instruments, and you will also be able to modify and develop the instruments. Furthermore, at the end of the programme you will be able to interpret scientific studies on vocational and workplace learning as well as on formal and informal learning and to weigh their possible implications for practice in the field of human resource development. You will also acquire competencies in the detached reflection of processes in practice. This enables you to optimize human resource development processes and learning processes in the context of vocational education and training.

  • Programme Structure

    The programme includes courses in economics and business, in particular, human resource management, including human resource law, education studies, and subject didactics in the field of business education, as well as a master's thesis. The Master's degree in Business and Human Resource Development is a four-semester-long programme requiring 120 credits from the following areas:

    • Business education (education studies and subject didactics): 24 credits

    • Foundations in business administration: 24 credits

    • Human resource development, human resource management and law: 24 credits

    • Electives: 24 credits

    • Master's thesis: 24 credits

    You can find an overview of the individual areas and the modules that can be taken here (WiSe 2023/2024; in German)

  • Study abroad

    The Faculty of Business and Economics offers you many opportunities to study one or two semesters at an international partner university. There are three different programmes, each with different partner universities and application deadlines:

    • Erasmus+: You will study at one of the more than 60 partner universities of the Faculty in other European countries (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).

    • Worldwide faculty programmes: You will study at one of the numerous partner universities of the Faculty of Business and Economics abroad, e.g. in the USA, Latin America, South Africa, Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand (only students of the Faculty of Business and Economics can apply for these programmes).

    • Worldwide university programmes: You study at a partner university of the University of Göttingen, e.g. in Australia, India, the USA, Canada or China (all students of the University can apply for these programmes).

    If you go abroad within the framework of one of the above-mentioned programmes, you usually do not have to pay tuition fees for studying at a foreign partner university (the University of Mississippi charges reduced tuition fees).

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  • Internship

    In order to apply the acquired knowledge in the business world, to gain first work experience or to get to know possible relevant professional fields - the Faculty of Business and Economics welcomes students to gain practical experience during their studies. Therefore, you have the possibility to have a voluntary internship in the elective area of your studies credited under certain conditions. You can find detailed information here.

    Job portal of the University of Göttingen
    with external job offers (in German).

  • Study plan and additional links


  •  Portrait photo of Franziska Schmidt. She is wearing a white shirt and a black blazer.

    “Having already completed my bachelor's degree in Business and Human Resource Education in Göttingen, I think it's great to have the opportunity to specialize in the field of business during my master's degree. Overall, there is a wide range of modules to choose from, which means that I can find exactly what I am interested in and what will take me further. Göttingen is also a great place to study.“

    Franziska Schmidt,

    Master’s programme in Business Education and Human Resource Development

  •  Portrait photo of Keerthana Kanagaratnam. She is wearing a red blouse.

    “This university's programme offers me the opportunity to develop into my interest in human and organizational development. There is a diverse range of content, spanning from pedagogical approaches to economic strategies. Beyond that, Göttingen stands out with its vibrant student culture, relaxed atmosphere, and diverse leisure options.”

    Keerthana Kanagaratnam,

    Master’s programme in Business Education and Human Resource Development

  • Portrait photo of Annika Strahl. She is wearing a gray blouse and a dark gray blazer.

    “My five-year study period in Göttingen has remained consistently positive in my memory. It all started with the WiWi-O Phase, where I got valuable tools to successfully get through the first part of my studies. I was lucky enough to meet people on my very first day at university who accompanied me throughout my studies and still do today.“

    Annika Strahl,

    Human Resources Support and HR Controlling, TUI Customer Operations GmbH (TCO).

We accompany you through your studies

Your teaching team (selection)

  • Portrait photo of Susan Seeber. She is wearing a purple blazer and a black shirt.
    Business Education and Human Resource Development
    Prof. Dr. Susan Seeber

    “The vocational education and training system is highly exciting, complex and very dynamic: digitalisation, sustainability, migration movements - what are the resulting requirements for vocational education and training and how do we deal with them? I am happy when I see students developing a critical view of how they deal with issues of teaching vocational skills to prospective business people and with supporting open-minded young people.“

  • Portrait photo of Viola Deutscher
    Business Education and Digital Vocational Learning
    Prof. Dr. Viola Deutscher

    "Good teaching is adaptive and interactive. If you want to teach a topic successfully, you adapt the learning paths to the needs and interests of the learners and let them do as much as possible themselves."

  • Portrait photo of Indre Maurer. She wears a sand-coloured blazer and a white blouse.
    Organization and Corporate Development
    Prof. Dr. Indre Maurer

    "Through our teaching, students should be prepared in the best possible way for their professional future in leading positions. We support our students in developing analytical-conceptual skills, critical judgement and social competences. To achieve these goals, we integrate innovative teaching methods with a lively culture of discussion in the lecture hall."

  • Portrait photo of Waldemar Toporowski. He wears a black jacket and a white shirt.
    Marketing and Retail Management
    Prof. Dr. Waldemar Toporowski

    “I want to make clear that the value of studying is not the accumulation of existing knowledge. Rather, it is about acquiring the skills to systematically question these findings, to formulate and justify the possible doubts and to find ways to confirm or dispel them.“

  • Portrait photo of Fabian Froese. He wears a dark blue jacket and a white shirt.
    Human Resources Management and Asian Business
    Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian J. Froese

    “Enjoy your studies in Göttingen! As a university with a wide range of degree programmes, there are many options to choose from. What about a semester abroad at one of our numerous partner universities?“

Do you have any questions?

Are you wondering whether a study programme at the Faculty of Business and Economics is right for you or do you have questions about the course of studies, placement in a higher semester or recognition of academic achievements? During our office hours, we advise you on site at the Oeconomicum, digitally via BBB and by telephone without prior registration.

Student Advisory Office

+49 551 39-28800

Oeconomicum, 1st floor, Room 1.135

Portrait photo of the student advisory service. From left: Dorothee Konings wears a turquoise blouse, Dennie Oertel wears a dark blue checked jacket and a white shirt and Anja Schöfer wears a black blazer and a white blouse.