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FAQ - Frequently asked questions

Introducing HECTOR School

Why should I study at HECTOR School?

Who we are
The HECTOR School is the Technology Business School of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). We offer Executive Master Programs (part-time), Certificate Courses, and Customized Partner Programs.
What are 4 outstanding reasons to study at HECTOR School?
  1. Know-How & Technology Transfer
    from one of the best engineering universities worldwide, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
  2. Competitiveness & Innovation
    are fostered by our holistic lifelong learning approach, combining technology & management know-how.
  3. Power of Networks
    is supported professionally between academia and industry as well as across industries worldwide.
  4. Part-Time Programs
    guarantee perfect planning for participants as well as for their companies and enable simultaneous study and work
What Masters Programs are offered at HECTOR School?
  1. Production & Operations Management (POM)
  2. Mobility Systems Engineering & Management (MSEM)
  3. Management of Product Development (MPD)
  4. Energy Engineering & Management (EEM)
  5. Information Systems Engineering & Management(ISEM)
  6. Financial Engineering (FE)
Are your studies at HECTOR School compatible with your job?
The HECTOR School programs allow their participants to gain high-level academic qualification while being able to work at the same time. Due to the part-time approach of all programs, professionals can continue their challenging careers.


What are the requirements to apply at HECTOR School?

What degree do I need?
First academic degree: Bachelor, Master, Diploma, etc. (University, University of Applied Sciences, Cooperative State University) in a relevant subject, such as Engineering, Natural Sciences, Information Science or Economics. In exceptional cases other degrees may be accepted.  
What languages do I need to know?


If English is not your mother tongue, we need an English language proficiency test certificate. Possible certificates are:

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Minimum of 570 points in paper-based TOEFL Test
    • Minimum of 230 points  in computer-based TOEFL Test
    • Minimum of 90 points in internet-based TOEFL Test
  • IELTs with a minimum of 6,5 points
Do I need to know German?

No. All programs and Social Events will be held in English. But you can learn German. For more information about language schools, courses and so on click here.

What job experience do I need to have?
A minimum of 1 - 2 years of professional experience in the specific field of the Master Program (depending on the first degree´s level). The HECTOR School recommends an experience of 3 years. References are needed as evidence
What level of knowledge is needed to be accepted?

Each master’s program has individual knowledge requirements. Please read our page about our admission requirements for further information.

How do I apply?

Where can I apply at HECTOR School?

You have to apply through our online application portal.

Are there deadlines until when I have to apply?
For a program start in October, applications need to be submitted as soon as possible. Especially if a visa is required please keep in mind that the visa process may take several weeks.
What documents are needed for the application?
  • Curriculum vitae (file format: .pdf)
  • Certificates (e.g. Bachelor certificate, transcript of records, diploma supplement) (file format: .pdf)
  • Passport photograph (file format: .jpg)
  • Letter of recommendation regarding your skills (e.g. by your employer, former employer, or former professor) (file format: .pdf)
  • English language proficiency test certificate
    (if English is not your mother tongue nor has it been the language of instruction for the last five years), if already available (file format: .pdf)
  • Optionally, other documents proving your qualification
  • Declaration of financial support
Can I get help with my application?

If you need any help regarding your application please do not hesitate to contact us via phone or e-mail:

+49 (0)721 608 47879


What is the application procedure?

Fees for HECTOR School

How much does the Master of Science cost?

For a regular master with 4 semesters the tuition fee is 7,500 Euro each semester. Differing length of studies does not increase the total tuition fee. Please note that this fee is tax-deductible.

For detailed information please check out our information about costs and fees.

How do the fees have to be paid?
The fees will be paid in four rates of 7,500€ each.
Is it possible to get a scholarship from HECTOR School?

Usually, the HECTOR School does not offer scholarships.

Please read our information about financial support.


Studying at HECTOR School

Study Plan

I have already attended a very similar lecture from the curriculum in a previous study program/extramural course. Is it possible to have this achievement recognized?
Achievements from previous study programs/extramural courses may be recognized if the competences you have acquired are equivalent to those that shall be replaced. If you want to have a previous achievement recognized, please follow the instructions from the figure and hand in the application form together with a course description and a transcript of records to the Examination Office of the HECTOR School. Be aware that your application must be sent within the first semester of enrollment.
Do I have to attend at HECTOR School to study or can I study online?
Yes, attendance is mandatory at HECTOR School. We believe that meeting your professors and student colleagues in person is helping you to gain valuable knowledge and skills.
What if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend, an official excuse including reason must be provided before the start of the module. If you become ill, an attestation must be provided within three days.
How often do I have to be at HECTOR School?

The Master Program is split in 5 Engineering and 5 Management Modules of 2 weeks, each over a period of 15 months. The modules are followed by a master thesis written in the company (EEM: 9 months) and often used as an innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

Please have a look at the time tables in the information download section.

Can I pursue a PhD program after completing my Master's degree from HECTOR School?

Each university and department has individual regulations with respect to requirements for a PhD.  Therefore, we recommend checking the individual promotion regulation of your preferred university.

A Master’s degree from HECTOR School generally allows you to start a PhD at the three departments of the KIT that are involved in our programs: Department of Economics and Management, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology. Please check their program regulation with respect to the required Master grade and further specifications.


When do exams take place?
Exams take place during the modules either on Saturdays, during lectures or during the week in the evening.
What type of exams will there be?
Exams can be written or oral. In some lectures you might be asked to hold a presentation or do a case study.
What are the exam regulations for my studies at HECTOR School?

The course of studies, examinations, and graduation is described in the official Study and Examination Regulations.

Study and Examination Regulations for SME and FE (in German)

Study and Examination Regulations for EEM, MPD and POM (in German)

How do I have to enroll for examination?
Attendance of lecture serves automatically as exam registration. If you are unable to participate in the exam an official excuse must be issued, prior to exam start.
What happens if I fail an exam?

If you fail an exam you have one more possibility left to repeat the exam.

The repetition of the Exam is possible during the next two modules and has to be in the same mode like the first Exam.

The dates will be organized in cooperation with the Examination Office.

Jobs and Internships

Do you have links where I can search for a job or internship?

KIT Job Portal

KarriereRegion.de - Das Jobportal für die TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe in Kooperation mit jobs-im-südwesten und ka-news

KarriereRegion.tv - Das Video-Jobportal für die TechnologieRegion Karlsruhe in Kooperation mit Der Punkt

Jobportal der Badischen Neuesten Nachrichten (BNN)

Connecticum (Karlsruhe)

Jobportal Meine Stadt

Jobbörse für Fachkräfte in Baden-Württemberg

Jobsuchmaschine adzuna

Jobsuchmaschine kimeta

Trefferliste Jooble mit vielen hochwertigen Stellenangebote

Are there also other ways for me to find a job?

Yes, in Germany there are lots of career fairs. For example:

VDI Recruiting Days

Einstieg Beruf ist die größte Messe für berufliche Ausbildung in der Region

Learntec: Lernen mit IT, Internationale Fachmesse und Kongress

Karrieremesse KIT, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie

Einstieg Karlsruhe, Studien- und Ausbildungsmesse

Career Contacts  ist eine Firmenkontaktmesse der Hochschule Karlsruhe Technik und Wirtschaft