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Master's program in Logistics (M.A.)

Your entry into the ultimate future industry

The Master's Program in Logistics: We Stand for Future Capability in an Industry 4.0

After the years of the pandemic, the semiconductor crisis and other supply chain disruptions, it is becoming increasingly clear: Logistics is not only fascinating, but above all highly dynamic and system-relevant. What's more, geostrategic relocation projects and digitization are in full swing. Worldwide, simultaneously and across all industries.

Today, logistics and its people must be one thing above all: resilient and change-ready. But logistics today is much more than that. Namely, access to physical and digital (geo)strategic infrastructure and thus enabling competitive advantages for business and society in the interplay of people, data, technology, sustainability and assets.

Are you just as enthusiastic and would like to pursue a dynamic career in the ultimate future industry as a function in industry, trade, consulting or international logistics services? Perfect. Then you'll be one of the winners of a transformation process driven by industrial policy. In Germany. Worldwide. On the way to a technologically highly equipped Industry 4.0, it is our Master Logistics students who are now at the forefront and are already being recruited out of their studies.

In addition, unlike many other rather standardized, rigid business administration functions, logistics (service) performance is characterized by highly decentralized allocated experience, knowledge and decision-making structures. Close customer integration requires industry-specific and even order-related competence and knowledge to be anchored directly on site at the operational transport and contract logistics locations. And despite all the digital prophecies of doom: logistics remains physical and people's business. Above all, however, one thing: absolutely dynamic and future-oriented.


Then welcome to the master's program in logistics
and thus to one of the most fascinating industries of the future worldwide.

Freshman Information

Dear newly enrolled students!

We would like to welcome you as a student of the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen at the Department of Services and Consulting. HERE you will find introductory information and further guidance to accompany and support you during your first days at the university. Please check this page in the coming days for further updates, which we will add successively.

Our USPs

Our master's program in logistics offers the following special features:

Application-oriented teaching & Research   

High-quality studies in presence at the pulse of time with application-oriented questions for practice and research in an international context and room for dynamic developments in the market

Smart Factory & End-2-End Supply Chain Applications

Strong application reference along the entire end-2-end value chain from purchasing and tendering, supplier management, transport logistics, data-driven network optimization to Smart Factory 4.0 and today's strongly technology-supported contract logistics.

Professors with practical experience & Lecturers

Small group-oriented studies with personal support from experienced professors with leadership experience from business, a broad industry network and lecturers from international management and the store floor.

Action-oriented teaching formats & Business Soft Skills

Competence-promoting learning settings with the necessary degree of individual coaching to strengthen your personal disposition and the realistic development of success-relevant business soft skills, also for future management careers, already during your studies.

Practical guest speakers & Motivating networking

Diverse touch points with seasoned practitioners from industry, retail, consulting, IT, logistics services and professional sports for maximum transfer of experience embedded in lively and interactive lectures up to excursions to automotive factories and logistics centers

Industry-specific know-how & International perspective

Comprehensive knowledge development around the specific requirements of transport, contract logistics, supply chain and IT for later specialist and management tasks in automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics & Co. through to logistics services and consulting

Electromobility, technology & Data

Continuous examination of the current state of the art of drive technologies, which fully pay attention to sustainability up to the city logistics as well as profound competence development around business intelligence, data analytics up to SAP (ERP) applications for non-informatics specialists.

Ultra-modern new-build campus & Daycare center

Study at a highly attractive, modern new-build campus for business administration, business informatics and social affairs with communication areas, in high-performance cooperations such as SAP, Mercedes-Benz, BASF, Amazon & Co. as well as a docked daycare center for students and employees


What our students, graduates and practice challengers say

Nils Haring, Kerry Logistics (Germany) GmbH, Managing Director Germany, Graduate and Practice Guest Speaker

"The master's program in logistics impresses with its practical approach. For years, the focus has been on the logistics world of today and tomorrow. And that both on the management level as well as on the operational store floor up to the topic of tender management, outsourcing and tenders, which is certainly unique in Germany. This master's program promotes your independence in finding solutions to complex issues in the form of case studies and consulting pitches. This program prepares you for your future career. And it does so with maximum realism in individual lectures!"

Lara Steiger, student in the master's program in logistics

"The Master's program in Logistics is characterized by practical relevance in its content. It prepares you for a wide range of jobs in industry, trade, consulting companies and logistics service providers. The contents are precisely geared to these logistics occupational fields. From electromobility to IT, change management, contract logistics, industry-specific supply chains and digitalization. This degree program gives you a lot of real-life experience that you will need later in your professional life."

Joshua Gaab, student in the master's program in logistics

"The master's program in logistics is characterized first and foremost by the fact that it systematically builds on the bachelor's preliminary knowledge and then deepens it. It thus sharpens the overall understanding along the individual logistics disciplines and has thus helped me personally enormously in the choice of my future employer. I particularly like the strong practical background of the professors and lecturers. They teach with a lot of experience and are also absolutely approachable for queries and discussions of any kind. The focus also on top management level in the form of role plays during presentation performances lays the foundation for professional work in my eyes, also with regard to soft skills and abilities. The level is demanding, but you get an absolutely authentic feeling for management-relevant decision-making issues in such role plays. So if you want to deepen your knowledge after the bachelor's degree in logistics and thus be prepared for a management and professional career in practice, this is exactly the right course for you."

Stephen Klein, Miebach Consulting Group, Head of Material Flow Planning, graduate and lecturer in the Bachelor of Logistics program

"The master's program in logistics offers you a thorough examination of various theories and approaches from the perspective of different disciplines of business administration. And if you do your master's thesis in a company, you can also transfer theory directly into practice. The professors even come to you on site in the company, thus increasing your personal standing in the company."

Yvonne Wolfgramm, CMS Hasche Sigle, Partner and Practice Guest Speaker

"Outsourcing, transfers of operations, waves of strikes and thus collective bargaining issues on the line between Verdi and IG Metall are among the management issues today, not only in the logistics and automotive industries. The master's program in logistics sensitizes you in a practical way to these tricky and sometimes not always conflict-free challenges in operational practice."

Thomas Blank, VP EMEA Region, CNW Courier Network and Practice Challenger

"Durability" is the buzzword in the logistics industry today, and it is in the direction of capacity flexibility, customer solutions, and decision paths. The focus is on digital industrialization of the organizational structure and processes and thus more efficient processes in the direction of internal and external customers. The master's program in logistics prepares you hard-wearing for such management issues in tenders, but also restructuring waves in the companies already in your studies."

Your study program in detail

Our Master's program in Logistics has a modular structure and comprises - structured into the individual semesters - the following study contents in the curriculum.

Semester 1

Logistics Research (MLO100)

At the beginning of your Master's program, we prepare you specifically for scientific and hypothesis-driven work based on current, market-relevant issues. In doing so, you will become acquainted with essential scientific-theoretical approaches and receive an overview of relevant research designs, which you can then build upon in the further course of your studies within the framework of your seminar papers. In addition, you will already be on the move globally in your first semester. In the lecture International Logistics Markets, you will deal with dynamic topics such as China's New Silk Road, complex, geostrategic logistics issues, and current macroeconomic and industry-relevant developments for international supply chains and their infrastructures across all modes of transport and world regions.

Transportation Logistics (MLO110)

Today, transport logistics is unthinkable without technology support. Starting with the Transport Management System (TMS) up to the vehicle fleet. Therefore, you will deal with the current fields of application of modern technologies in transport logistics and supply chain visibility from the very beginning. In this module, you will also recognize the impact of the ecological footprint in the planning processes of international transport and supply chains. In addition, you will engage in a critical dialogue with alternative drive technologies from the perspective of different modes of transport in international logistics to city logistics.

Intralogistics (MLO120)

Industry 4.0 is closely related to the Smart Factory and thus also to upstream and downstream intralogistics processes. Automation, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing processes, sensor-based gloves, new identification technologies or exoskellet. These are just the first examples of the high level of technological penetration in intralogistics and warehouse management, which you will deal with more intensively from now on. In a project-oriented approach, you will also develop use cases for the optimal selection of technological modules and their implementation in operational intralogistics practice.

Management & Consulting (MLO130)

Start-ups, digitalization, transformation, change leadership and consulting. The Management and Consulting module not only rounds off your first semester in the Master's program, but also provides you with important impulses, tools, and business model variations relating to the digital business age from the perspective of strategic management. At the same time, you will learn about instruments for strategic corporate planning, the further development of organizational models in an international context, and change management across various industry examples, and transfer these to your own application-related use cases.

Semester 2

Logistics Law (MLO 200)

In semester 2 you will intensify your legal knowledge of cross-border flows of goods and information as well as international trade regulations. You will be able to legally evaluate relevant issues and independently apply relevant legal sources. You will become familiar with transport insurance and liability-related issues as well as with the contractual bases and legal relationships in freight, forwarding and warehousing law (e.g. CMR, CIM). Furthermore, you will learn about relevant legal issues of individual and collective labor law and will be able to apply them independently to specific cases.

International Business Skills (MLO210)

Logistics is culture-binding and international. Therefore, in this module you will be sensitized to your own culture and the cultures of other people and further develop your intercultural skills. You will learn to recognize and evaluate cultural differences and to act in virtual cooperation models when meeting people with different cultural backgrounds. Against the backdrop of the international context of logistics, you will deal with ethical issues in business contexts from both a theoretical and an application-oriented perspective and learn how to deal with them appropriately. In addition, you will become familiar with various negotiation strategies and will have a basic action set at the end of the module.

Data Engineering (MLO220)

Today, modern IT solutions not only offer possibilities to collect and process data. Business Intelligence (BI) or Big Data applications help you to manage the flood of data in companies and at the same time to gain better information for reliable operational, tactical and strategic decisions. Based on case studies, you will be taught basic concepts of decision-supporting information systems and their associated business intelligence tools in practice, including approaches to machine learning. Furthermore, important and current research approaches around the operationally relevant resource "knowledge" will be taught. Prerequisites and obstacles for a successful implementation of a learning organization will be discussed as well as an outlook on technical support possibilities.

Network and Tender Management (MLO230)

At the end of your semester 2, this module enables you to independently apply logistics planning and optimization methods on the basis of a software-supported case study and together with logistics consultants from practice, to methodically solve operationally relevant questions on network planning and to reflect on your decisions in a critical dialogue with other students. In addition, you will independently and creatively conceptualize an international inbound supply chain from the perspective of an international logistics service provider for an automotive manufacturer on a strategic and operational level. In an action-oriented role-play, which deals with outsourcing and thus the purchasing of transport and contract logistics, you and your team will then defend your concept in front of managers from the business world, who will challenge you realistically as a practice challenger in this module and thus further strengthen you in terms of content as well as in your ability to act for entrepreneurial practice.

Semester 3

Supply Chain Management and Sourcing (MLO300)

In your last semester, the focus is strongly on end-2-end related supply chain issues. And this across functions and industries. Therefore, in this module you will first deepen your knowledge of strategic-operational procurement in the environment of industry, trade and also services. Questions about due diligence in the international supply chain, sustainability criteria in the selection of partners, and current solutions for Purchasing 4.0 play a major role here. In addition, you will investigate in depth the requirements, developments and specific supply chain architectures of a wide range of industries in a project. From electronics, pharmaceuticals, aviation and defense, chemicals, food, FMCG to semiconductor and photovoltaics. You will then have to convincingly present your findings with your team in a role play in English and make recommendations.

Automotive Supply Chain Management (MLO310)

In the past, the automotive industry has repeatedly played a pioneering role in new logistics concepts, including the lean philosophy. Many of your fellow students are already drawn to this demanding industry during their studies. An industry that is characterized by transformation in the product, but also in the supply chain itself. Starting with purchasing from tier-1 suppliers, process auditing and quality in ramp-up management to supplier management, area freight forwarding and the latest concepts in the end-2-end supply chain for battery cells. In this module, you will develop along the entire value chain to become a proven expert in the automotive industry and also play through your own negotiations up to compliance issues in automotive supplier purchasing.

Top Management Consulting Pitch (MLO320)

In addition to your subject-related development, we place great emphasis in the Master's program on sharpening your eye for decision-making issues at the top of the company. Industry 4.0 is strongly process-driven and continuously determined by restructuring waves. With all the associated questions for the analysis and optimization of business management business processes in the structural and process organization up to questions of shared service centers and management margins in multinational companies. The application-oriented character of the course is taken into account in this module in that you will independently apply all the knowledge gained from the course, including consulting techniques. In a holistically designed top management role play, you slip into the role of a strategy consultant and have to sell your pitch in English in a team. Executives from industry and logistics services play an authentic role in this role play against the background of their management experience and challenge you once again in your ability to act. At the end of the module, you will have refreshed and deepened your knowledge of business administration and acquired convincing presentation techniques at management level, including the design of management consulting documents. This means that you are already optimally prepared for a consulting position as a staff or line manager, as an in-house consultant or as a consultant in a management consultancy.

Elective module 1: ERP systems and processes  (MLO330)

In the Master's program in Logistics, you will also be given the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in a business-related field of activity. In the elective module ERP Systems and Processes, the focus is on the optimization of business processes as well as  ERP and IT-related management consulting techniques in the supply chain management application context. In this context, you will already learn about performance characteristics and architectural concepts of selected business application systems in this module. Based on use cases, you will develop a realistic understanding of the complexity of IT projects and the integration of new applications into an established system landscape, including questions of user acceptance, change request management and possible approaches in the context of development and implementation phases in a company.

Elective Module 2: Human Resources  (MLO340)

Instead of ERP systems and processes, would you like to take your business soft skills as a future specialist and manager up a notch at the end of your studies at ? Then this elective module is the right choice for you. Together with experienced lecturers with broad international management and store floor experience, you will get the opportunity to coach and personally reflect on your future leadership skills in workshop mode, and even to moderate and solve tricky conflict and project situations in face-to-face and virtually organized teams. 

Semester 4

Master Thesis

In the fourth semester, you will complete your master's degree by writing your master's thesis. In accordance with the orientation of our study program, we focus on application-oriented research work and thus on a practical reference point in the business environment. This gives you the direct opportunity to work on operationally relevant issues with recourse to your theoretical knowledge, to directly apply your soft skills as well as your subject-specific competences in a company, to gain extended professional experience and in this way also to expand your personal network to later, potential employers. We are also open to current questions that can be worked on from a theoretical-conceptual point of view and within the framework of an independent empirical study.

Your way to us: Application procedure

Do you find our master's program in logistics exciting and beneficial for your future career? Then we would be happy to welcome you personally to our university in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region. 

In the master's program in logistics, you will meet fellow students who come to us from the region, but also from all over Germany and even internationally after their bachelor's degree.

Our program is free of charge for you within the framework of the legal regulations and accredited by the FIBAA, an internationally oriented agency for quality assurance and quality development in scientific education. We regularly incorporate the latest requirements of the economy into our study program, as well as your teaching evaluations for our continuous improvement process (CIP).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our study program assistant and your contact person, Mr. Jacob Wolff. Jacob Wolff will be happy to help you with organizational and content-related aspects of the program itself, but also with questions such as the recognition of degrees and the course of study.

Our three-semester master's program in logistics plus master's thesis is numerus clausus (NC) restricted at our university. This means that only a limited number of study places are available per admission semester.

Therefore, according to §2 of the Special Examination Regulations for the Master's Program in Logistics, only applicants who meet the following requirements are admitted to the program:

  • A degree with an average grade of 2.7 or better in economics or a comparable field of study in an accredited degree program at a university in the Federal Republic of Germany or such a degree at a foreign university, for which, as a rule, at least 180 ECTS must be proven. In addition, the NC is generally determined by the final grade of the university entrance qualification of the last applicant admitted. Consequently, the NC value of a degree program is not already determined before an application phase. It is determined by the number of applicants and their prerequisites for study, depending on the number of places available at our university. You can find a current and cross-study NC table of our university here.
  • In addition, you have to prove that you are qualified for our Master's program. You can do this by earning at least 15 credits in the field of logistics in your Bachelor's program or by completing at least 10% of the curricular courses in this field in a diploma program.

Our master's program in logistics is read predominantly in German. A qualified portion of the courses is in English. Our program is therefore also aimed at foreign students with comparable degrees as well as sufficient language skills (German and English). For all students, we recommend English language skills at least at level B2 of the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), although explicit proof is not required. Foreign students, on the other hand, must prove sufficient knowledge of German in order to join our Master's program and, ultimately, to successfully complete it.

After you have familiarized yourself with the Master's program - Logistics - and have decided to study at our university, your path begins with the application.

If you still have questions about the application procedures, the following contacts are available to you:

Applications from the Federal Republic of Germany

Contact Application Management
Ms. Kerstin Brückner

Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences
Student Service Center
Application Management

Ernst-Boehe-Str. 4
67059 Ludwigshafen

  A 28
  + 49 (0) 621 / 5203-130
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Applications from abroad

Contact Application Management International
Ms. Johanna Weber

Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences
International Affairs Department

Ernst-Boehe-Str. 4
67059 Ludwigshafen

  A 202
  + 49 (0) 621 / 5203-453

Application-oriented teaching in high-performance cooperations

Professional supply chain simulation software. Field trips to Innovation Centers in the logistics industry. Factory tours in the automotive industry. Top managers and management consultants as challengers in seminars. Practical guest lectures directly from the companies. Internships, case studies, projects and final theses with practical partners from a wide range of industries, including dedicated lecturers from renowned companies.  

A cooperation with our practice partners has different faces. We are continuously developing our Master's program in dialog with practitioners and in line with their needs. Due to the restrictive handling of company logos, you will find below an abbreviated excerpt on our partners who actively contribute to a transfer and application-oriented teaching in our lectures and seminars.

Dear companies: Please feel free to contact us if you, too, take maximum pleasure in developing people and decisively shaping their professional biography in a high-performance cooperation.

Our interdisciplinary team

The world of logistics is multifaceted - just like the profiles of our team.

With six dedicated logistics professors in the Department of Services & Consulting, we cover a broad range of services from transport, contract logistics and supply chain management to current issues of digitalization, business models, change leadership and drive technologies.

Our interdisciplinary team in the master's program in logistics is completed by our professors from the fields of business informatics, business law, and marketing and corporate management. Lecturers for special tasks, such as business ethics or cross-cultural management, as well as experienced managers and experts from renowned companies from various industries complete our team in the master's program in logistics in the form of lecturers or exciting practical guest speakers.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Müller

Program Director Master Logistics

Teaching areas
Knowledge management


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Stefan Bongard

Professorship for Business Administration and Logistics


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Stefan Iskan

Professorship for Logistics and Business Informatics,
esp. Automotive Supply Chain Management and Digitalization


Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Joachim Schmidt

Professorship for Business Administration, in particular Logistics



Jürgen Mast

Lecturer in the module Automotive Supply Chain Management: Supplier Relationship Management

Former Senior Manager Mercedes-Benz Group, Procurement and Supplier Quality



Volker Staab

Lecturer in elective module 2: Human Resources / Personnel Management Competence

Northvolt, Chief Quality Officer


Pelin Iskan

Lecturer in the module Automotive Supply Chain Management: Supplier Procurement and Quality

Mercedes-Benz Group, Series Management VAN, Procurement and Supplier Quality


Module Handbook

General Examination Regulations (APO)


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Müller

Head of Bachelor Logistics

Teaching areas
Knowledge management