Innovation Management (M.Sc.)

General Information

What is the relationship between the sustainable economic success of a company and innovation? Learn about the close link between successful innovations and their early identification, their low-cost development and their successful marketing, in relation to products as well as processes.

As a graduate of our Master of Science (M.Sc.) programme in Innovation Management you are a future manager who is able to identify innovation potentials, design innovation processes in the company and push ahead with them. Moreover, you can evaluate and be actively involved in innovation projects, and provide goal-directed support for their economic exploitation.

In modern innovation processes, several factors are crucial for the success of an innovation: As a graduate of this programme, you are therefore able to pay equal regard to the interdisciplinary technical, economic, social and intercultural determiners.

To be accepted for the Master programme at the Faculty of Management, you require a basic knowledge of business administration and must have successfully completed your Bachelor’s or Diplom degree.

Programme Coordination

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Vahs

Student counseling

Michael Dunst

Degree programme leaflet

Innovation Management (M.Sc.)

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedMaster of Science (M.Sc.)
FacultyManagement and Technology
CampusEsslingen Hilltop Campus
Number of semesters3
Language of instructionGerman

For summer semester from 15 October to 15  January

For the winter semester: from April 24th to July 15th

Information on admission requirements

Number of places for first-semester students: 15


Innovation management, technology management, change management, organisational development

Application and Admission

Applications for this degree programme must be submitted online via the application portal for Master programmes at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences.

The deadlines for submitting applications are

  • 15 January for the summer semester
  • 15 July for the winter semester.

Information on the accompanying documents which must be submitted can be found in the
Checklist for Master programmes.

You can commence your studies in either the winter or the summer semester.

Additional documents which must be submitted with your application:

Please ensure you include this second page with the application for admission which is created online: Appendix to the application for admission

Additional document: Essay

An essay of maximum three pages on the following topic must be submitted with the documents:

Subject: Draw up a Management Summary for an innovation of your choice. Include details of the description, the costing and marketing of the product/service.

The following formatting must be used for the essay:

  • Font size: 11
  • Typeface: Arial
  • Headings: bold
  • Highlighted text: in italics
  • Line spacing 1.5 lines

References must be stated as follows:

  • in the text: cf. Picot, G. 2002; pp. 12-17
  • in the reference list: Picot, G: Handbuch Mergers and Acquisitions, Planung, Durchführung, Integration; 2nd edition; Stuttgart 2002

Evaluation: The criteria for the evaluation of the essay are available here.

Applicants with a degree from a foreign university

Esslingen University of Applied Sciences requires a university degree gained at a foreign university to be recognised by the Center for International Students at Constance University of Applied Sciences (Studienkolleg Konstanz).

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Innovation Management programme can work in many areas, including:

  • research and development management/innovation management
  • product management
  • sales and marketing
  • purchasing
  • process management
  • key account management
  • change management
  • general management or as an assistant manager at the senior management level.

Interested? Apply! for the Wintersemester 2023/24