Selection procedure: see examination regulations
German A2, English B2
Application period winter
Application period summer
Place of study
Start of the program
Winter and summer semester
Standard length of the program
Part-time studies possible
The specialization "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" focuses on the areas of entrepreneurial innovation, sustainability and ethical responsibility as well as their social implications and effects. Students acquire methods for analysis, planning and optimization of business problems. The acquired methods can be specialized in different sub-areas of business administration and applied in a practical environment.
The ENTRE degree program prepares you for your entrepreneurial work in your own or in an external company in three different ways: Through early and intensive contact with founders and start-up service providers, through national and international case studies and active work for company start-ups worldwide. Required and elective courses are carefully tailored to the common educational goal: they impart central complementary knowledge and skills. Close cooperation between the lecturers and a wide range of contacts with international partner universities ensure reasonable study feasibility for students despite the wide range of experiences and options for choice.
The program in detail
A total of 120 ECTS credits must be earned during the course of study. These are divided into required, required elective and elective modules as well as the Master's thesis. The modules can be assigned to the methodological area or respective subject area.
The Master's degree program in "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" comprises four semesters and students must have earned a prior Bachelor's degree in order to study in the Master’s program. Upon successful completion, students are awarded the academic degree of Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration.
In the Master's program, students earn 120 ECTS credits. Of these, 90 ECTS credits are earned by attending required or required elective modules of 5 or 10 ECTS credits each. 30 ECTS credits are awarded for the Master’s thesis.
Bayer Cares Foundation
The Bayer Cares Foundation supports social innovation and social engagement and is a forum for progress and innovation. Every year, the Foundation honors entrepreneurs who have found innovative solutions to social challenges in the fields of health care and nutrition, thereby contributing to the improvement of health care and nutrition and providing benefits for society as a whole.
All Master’s students of the program "Entrepreneurship & Innovation" meet such entrepreneurs during a boot camp lasting several days and subsequently work together in teams on the presentation, written elaboration as well as implementation and evaluation of joint projects for the further development of social business models. This is a unique and exclusive opportunity to help shape international and innovative social projects already during their studies.
30 ECTS required modules
The six required modules in the program impart knowledge on interdisciplinary basics:
Entrepreneurial Networks and Start-up Management
Innovation and Creativity in Individuals, Teams and Organizations
Social Innovation I: Basic and Concept Development
The Past, Present and Future of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
From Idea to Commercialization: Start Up School
35 ECTS required elective modules
Student must obtain a total of 35 ECTS credits in the required elective area. The courses can either have a methodological character or provide students with the possibility to apply learned methods in a specific field. A selection of the courses that can be credited to the degree program is available subdivided into the tracks "Entrepreneurship", "Innovation and Management of the Firm", "The Social and Regional Context of Innovation" and "Managerial Functions & Methods".
25 ECTS elective modules
Students have to complete a total of 25 ECTS credits in elective modules. They can choose freely from the entire range of modules of the specialization “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, or from the module offer of all other specializations (MARKET, FACT, BA&OR, Digital Customer Experience & Service Design) of the Master’s program in Business Administration.
30 ECTS Master’s thesis
The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) has to be completed at a Chair that regularly offers courses in a special field of study in the specialization "Entrepreneurship and Innovation".
We explicitly encourage that students write their Master's thesis in cooperation with companies.
In the subject area of Entrepreneurship, students learn the basics of entrepreneurial action and business start-ups. Furthermore, the subject is deepened with regard to corporate responsibility and sustainability.
Innovation and Management of the Firm
In the subject area of Innovation and Management of the Firm, students are not only introduced to a broad spectrum of theoretical principles of corporate management, but also test the practical implementation of their newly acquired knowledge in a selection of cases and projects.
The Social and Regional Context of Innovation
Innovation never happens in isolation. Therefore, this subject area deals with the economic and social conditions of innovation. Students learn how the ability to innovate is influenced by the environment, but also how innovation, especially on a social level, can have positive effects on the regional environment of the entrepreneur.
Managerial Functions & Methods
The subject area of Managerial Functions & Methods primarily focuses on issues of corporate management, auditing, accounting and relevant aspects of business law.
The program in awards and rankings
The degree programs offered by the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI) regularly score top positions in popular university rankings.
Top positions in Trendence Graduate Baromenter 2017
CHE Ranking: WFI was awarded top ranking in categories “teaching offer”, “completion of programs within reasonable time period” and “students overall”
According to the magazine Wirtschaftswoche, the KU and its faculty WFI is among the top 20 universities in Germany for business administration programs that recruiters like to see in job applications of graduates.
Top rankings in 'Logistik Masters' 2016, 2017
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
Our students are at home in Ingolstadt and in the world: Multilingual degree programs and a unique network of more than 90 partner universities worldwide make the WFI a global campus with an international study atmosphere. It is with great enthusiasm that the vast majority of our students (approx. 90%) spend one or even several semesters at one of our renowned international partner universities. Irrespective of where you would like to spend your semester abroad: North America or Asia, Australia, South America or Europe – we have the perfect program for you. We promote and supplement the study abroad with a required business language, English-language courses and additional offers from international guest lecturers.
Experience reports from semesters abroad programs at the Ingolstadt School of Management
Semester abroad in Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
Where did you stay: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy
Would you recommend a stay in Bolzano to other students:
Definitely yes! If you are looking for a very modern, trilingual university, in one of the most beautiful places in Europe, Bolzano is just the right place. And please don't let the proximity to Germany scare you off. The mentality there is completely different, as are the climatic conditions. Sometimes you can't believe that it's "only" four hours by car to Ingolstadt.
Stay abroad in Portugal
Where did you stay: in Portugal at Universidade do Porto
Tell us about your daily university life there:
A usual day at university there started with a relaxed breakfast with my roommates in our shared flat or at the Douro river. Afterwards I went to the lectures at university; I spent my free time between the courses with my friends on the university meadow or in a cafe. After I finished my tasks for the group work alone or together with the group in the library, I went to the gym, which is right next to the university. In the evening, I cooked and ate with my roommates and afterwards I spent the night in small bars or clubs.
Stay abroad in Angers, France
Where did you stay: I spent my semester abroad in Angers, at the ESSCA School of Management. The partner university of WFI is one of the Grandes Ecoles in France and is Triple Crown accredited.
Tell us about your daily university life there:
Lectures were held in small classes (no larger than 20 students) and were characterized by a high proportion of group work, presentation and oral participation. I liked the concept very much, as it encouraged personal initiative.
Angers is a nice student town and offers numerous bars, restaurants but also nice spots like the Esplanade Coeur de Maine, which is inviting for ending the week and welcoming the weekend together with fellow students. In addition, it is a good opportunity to visit cities such as Paris, Nantes or Rennes, all of which are less than two hours away by TGV.
Stay abroad in Finland
Where did you stay?
I spent my semester abroad at the University of Vaasa in Finland. Vaasa is a small town, but it has its charm and the campus of my host university is super beautiful, right on the waterfront.
What did you like best?
My absolute highlight was the trip to Lapland. Shortly before Christmas we traveled far north with a group, visited Santa Claus and spent cozy days deep in the forest in cozy wooden cabins surrounded by snow. The typical Finnish ice swimming after a sauna session was a must.
Semester abroad in the USA
Where did you stay?
University of California at Davis, USA
Tell us about your daily university life there? How did you spend your leisure time?
Since we attended a total of 5 courses, we were on campus almost every day. Nevertheless, there was still more than enough time for leisure activities, and the offer at the University of California in Davis is extremely extensive. The Recreational Center offers courses for all kinds of sports. We also participated in the Intramural Soccer League. Davis is definitely a student town where there is always something going on in the evening.
Stay abroad in Mexico
Where did you stay?
Tell us about your daily university life there? How did you spend your leisure time?
I had Spanish four times a week in addition to normal courses. In general, I liked being at the university very much, because the campus is very nice and green. There is also a gym and several canteens / cafés.
What did you like best?
Actually, "everything” – I made many friends there whom I would like to visit again soon. I also find the culture very open and warm-hearted. In addition, Guadalajara has a lot to offer and you can also travel very well from there.
The Social Impact Startup Academy (SISTAC) is an international platform for social impact entrepreneurs and students of business and economics that helps initiate joint projects. Together with the Bayer Cares Foundation, Achtzig20 and Unconventional Capital, the WFI brings together students and social impact entrepreneurs in the context of the specialization "Entrepreneurship & Innovation" in order to support the entrepreneurs under the guidance of coaches from science and practice. This includes the development of a successful business model, impact analyses in the target market and a communication strategy. In short, SISTAC brings the proven action learning concept from the required course "Social Innovation" to an international level. Students and entrepreneurs alike benefit from a global network and the expertise of numerous practice partners.
In principle, students always have the possibility to write the Master's thesis in cooperation with a company. In addition, ENTRE has developed its own action learning format, which allows for the cooperation with an African social impact start-up. Self-introduced topics related to previous internships are also welcome.
Students at the WFI have many opportunities to put what they have learned into practice. Thanks to collaborations with leading companies and organizations in many different fields, the KU is able to offer excellent prospects when it comes to finding internships and starting a career in Germany or abroad. Networking opportunities are provided by our University’s career fair “Company Day” and many other recruiting events, as well as presentations by companies and various workshops.
Studying at the WFI is more than ‘just’ learning. Most students are active in different student organizations. Like this, they continuously hone their soft skills and can exchange views with students from other disciplines. The “WFI spirit” means outstanding commitment.
Career possibilities and professional fields
Graduates are ideally equipped for an advanced specialist and management career. The skills imparted in the program’s specialization open up a whole range of career opportunities.
The specialization focuses on quantitative and information-processing approaches to solving current and complex business administration problems in the industry, trade and service companies. In addition to starting their careers in these classic sectors, our graduates are also predestined to start their own business, to advise start-ups or to act as ‘intrapreneurs’ in established companies. They can also pursue an academic career by continuing with a doctoral degree.
What students say about the program
Timo Schmidt, student
"For me, the degree program offers the excellent opportunity to expand my sound knowledge in business administration. It covers all relevant areas, but – in contrast to general business administration studies – always takes the founder’s perspective into account."
Lola Knoll, student
"I am very impressed by degree program’s orientation towards sustainability. Our society is currently facing great challenges. By working together with the Social Impact Start-Ups of the BayerCares Foundation, I am gaining many practical insights and am already taking on responsible tasks.”
Cäcilia Klenk, student
"The ENTRE Master offers me the opportunity to get to know various start-ups, work with them and establish valuable contacts. I especially like the many interactive courses with a small number of participants, in order to apply acquired contents professionally. The international character of the students and teachers broadens your horizon".
Vera Betz, student
"The wide range of subjects with a focus on innovation and business development keeps its promises. In addition to the professional development opportunities, the cooperation and networking possibilities at the WFI are great!”
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The campus in Ingolstadt, home to the Ingolstadt School of Management (WFI), consists of the Main Building and the New Building, separated by a peaceful courtyard. The ample green spaces on the Ingolstadt campus invite students to enjoy their surroundings outside during lecture breaks and meet fellow students. If you prefer to spend your breaks in town running errands, Ingolstadt’s city center is just a few minutes’ walk away. Other faculty buildings are the Studierendenhaus and the Hohe Schule that was home to the first Bavarian state university in the 15th century.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network with over 260 partner universities.
Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?
No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.
At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.
As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.
This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.
Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation.
Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?
With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.
A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.
Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.
Can I also study at the KU if I have completed the Fachabitur?
Ingolstadt is the second largest city in Upper Bavaria after Munich and is only a 30-minute drive away from the state capital. Located in the heart of the Altmühl valley and the largest hop-growing area in the world - the Hallertau - Ingolstadt has a broad cultural offer.
There are regular classical concerts in the AUDI forum, many different student events, and the Volksfeste, beer festivals that are typical for Bavaria (small Oktoberfest Wiesn festivals). Ingolstadt has many restaurants, bars, beer gardens and clubs that are all located in the historical, picturesque old town and are perfect for enjoying a beer or two with friends after the lectures. Last but not least, Munich with its vast cultural offer is just around the corner.
Together with the district of Eichstätt, the Ingolstadt region has the lowest unemployment rate in Germany. This is partly owing to the fact that many well-known large companies such as EADS, AUDI, EDEKA, Media-Markt Saturn or Hipp have their headquarters in the Ingolstadt region.
Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.
Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!
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