SRH Hochschule in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Cologne Supply Chain Management M.Sc. - distance learning

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • 4 Semesters
  • Distance study
  • 120 ECTS
  • €420/Month
  • multiple locations

Our Distance Learning Supply Chain Management Master equips you to effectively reduce costs and expertly plan and manage global value networks. Prepare yourself to achieve optimized results in less time, ultimately enhancing customer satisfaction.

  • English
  • summer and winter semester
Distance Learning Supply Chain Management student in a class
[Translate to English:] Supply Chain Manager sind Optimierungsprofis
SRH Hochschule in Nordrhein-Westfalen
Your course content

What you will learn

During our distance learning Master programme in Supply Chain Management, you will learn to plan, control, and manage new ones, to analyse existing business and IT processes. You will acquire the subject-specific expertise required for a process-oriented approach to global value creation chains as well as important personal skills. Our programme is designed so that it can be completed while you continue as an employer.

The distance learning Supply Chain Management Master focuses on logistical information systems in and for logistics-relevant industry sectors in manufacturing, retail, management, logistical processes and the logistics service market. The distance learning programme places particular emphasis on four main specializations: 

  • Business and Management
  • Supply Chain Management (Global Logistics)
  • Information Systems (especially ERP and SCM)
  • Personal Competencies/Soft Skills

Professional supply chain management helps companies to reduce costs, optimize results and efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction. As a result, there is a high demand in today’s labour market for supply chain managers. SAP for example is the primary enterprise resource planning (ERP) system with which we work. We provide interdisciplinary expertise in the fields of strategic logistics management, supply chain operation, international management, process design and management, and big data, as well as supporting you to enhance our personal skills.

Our distance learning Master in Supply Chain Management is built upon a holistic understanding of logistics management and expertise, and takes a practical, business-oriented approach. It is particularly well-suited for you, as an active professional with technical and managerial responsibilities who is employed in the areas of purchasing, logistics, supply chain management, or production planning. The programme is specifically designed to be pursued while you are still actively employed. Our distance learning degree programme provides you with a practical, application-oriented education that includes a strong scientific basis, preparing you for technical and managerial responsibilities in management positions in international manufacturing, retail, and logistics-related service providers.

Our up-to-date Master courses provide you with a top-notch education, and allow you to continue to grow on both, a personal and a professional level. While continuing to work full- or part-time, you can advance your career prospects by earning an internationally recognised qualification in Supply Chain Management.

Our Master in Supply Chain Management - distance learning, gives you the opportunity to acquire scientifically based expertise on the overall design and management of local and global value creation chains, based on both company-internal and external logistical considerations.

A further objective of the distance learning Master in Supply Chain Management is to equip you with the know-how you need to conduct independent practical work in team leadership, personnel management, and operative and strategic supply chain management, as well as in participative or executive functions within IT implementation projects.

Your career prospects

Our innovative approach that pays off

Analysis of the labour market has shown that there is high demand for qualified supply chain managers in industrial, retail, consulting, and software enterprises, as well as by logistics service providers.

Competition is no longer limited to products or companies – today, the competition also includes entire supply chains and value networks. The key to remaining competitive is in the integration of individual elements. This is where Supply Chain Management plays a crucial role. Supply chain managers manage this integration by designing holistic, integral processes and embedding these in information systems.

Our Master in Supply Chain Management - distance learning builds on your existing knowledge and skills, while you continue to remain active professionally. The highly relevant and timely course content is designed to allow you to enhance your professional and personal development and to strengthen your professional qualifications. You are then able to tailor your own individual profile.

The distance learning course allows you to gain scientifically based expertise that will equip you to take on the overall design and management of local and global supply chains.  As ongoing globalization creates a growing need for companies to increase their efficiency, supply chain management is more relevant than ever. Companies are always on the lookout for highly qualified professionals, able to identify and seize opportunities in value and supply chains, while minimizing the risks. Of course, in addition to a career in the professional world of supply chain management, our Master’s programme enables you to aim for a doctorate.

General events How do I finance my studies?

Learn more about funding options for EU and non-EU students. 3PM CET.


Flexibility at its best - Our bridge semester

In addition to the high-quality transfer of knowledge in teaching according to the CORE principle and thus in addition to the training of technical, social and methodical competence application, the personal development of the students is also important to our university. Therefore, we have now introduced the so-called bridging semester in order to offer a maximum of flexibility for exactly this personal development. How does this work and what are the requirements? Quite simply.

You have reached 90 CP in your Master´s degree program? Perfect. We now offer you two options:

  1. You continue your studies and graduate as soon as possible
  2. You take a semester break and use this time to find a job, do internships, get a taste of companies, learn languages, acquire cultural competencies or whatever enhances your skills. You do not have to pay any monthly fees for this semester. Of course, your studies will continue for one more semester.

You can use this bridging semester as a bridging semester at the earliest after reaching 90 CPs and at the earliest after finishing the 3th semester in terms of personal and professional development and remain enrolled. A fee is charged for this semester, but the last semester is then free of charge. The bridging semester is limited to one semester. You can indicate yourself if you have reached the required CP before the bridging semester.

The possibility to apply for a semester off remains. The bridging semester is a parallel existing attractive alternative.

The following curriculum / study plan is for orientation - deviations are possible

Your curriculum

4 Semester 120 ECTS
1. Semester
  • International Management

  • Strategic Logistics Management

  • Process Design and Management

  • Information Systems in Logistics

  • Communication & Knowledge Management

2. Semester
  • Supply Chain Operation

  • Business Intelligence

  • Operations Research

  • Supply Chain Management Systems

  • Leadership

3. Semester
  • International Commercial Law

  • E-Business

  • Enhanced IT-Applications

  • SCM-Prozesse**

  • Intercultural Competences


** SAP certificate through participation in ERPSIM, experience SAP S/4Hana

4. Semester
  • Master's Thesis incl. Colloquium


SAP certificate included:

If you successfully participate in "ERPSIM" in the course "SCM Processes", you gain experience with SAP S/4Hana and receive an official SAP certificate. Such a certificate, which is fully accepted by companies, can otherwise only be obtained through time-consuming and expensive SAP training courses.

The prerequisite for receiving the certificate is that you have participated in the course and the practical work in the SAP laboratory, with compulsory attendance, and have passed the course with at least 50%. The grade is also shown on the certificate.

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Visa requirements for indian students

From 1st of November 2022, applicants from India will be required to have their documents verified by the Academic Evaluation Centre New Delhi (APS-India) before applying for a visa. After successful verification you will receive a certificate which allows you to initiate the visa process. Please note that the verification process at APS-India is expected to take approximately 4 weeks. We recommend that you apply for the APS certificate at the same time as you apply to SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia. For more information about the process, go to the APS-India website:

Step 1: Apply to SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia
Step 2: Initiating the verification process at APS (at same time as step 1)
Step 3: Once the verification and TestAS is done book your visa appointment
Step 4: Visa Appointment
Step 5: Come to Germany and start your dream studies!

Please note: You do not need the verification certificate for your application at SRH University in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Admission requirements

Our requirements

For your application you will need:

  • Proof of at least 180 credits (ECTS) of completed university studies (diploma, bachelor's degree) predominantly in the fields of logistics, industrial engineering, economics, engineering sciences, information technology or in corresponding courses of study and disciplines.
  • One of the following qualifications: General university entrance qualification, University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification, North Rhine-Westphalia extended university entrance qualification or for international applicants: university entrance qualification or equivalent
  • CV
  • Photo
  • Health insurance certificate
  • Certification of proficiency in English (e. g. IELTS 6.5, a TOEFL score of at least 600 (pbT) / 80 (ibT), Duolingo (Score of 110) or other verification (for instance, via an interview). This requirement is waived for students from countries where English is the official language of education.

Important information: You do not qualify? No problem, SRH has its International College for students who do not qualify for direct entry into our programmes or need to bring up their English language level. You can choose from our Foundation programmes at the College. This is a direct pathway into our university. Find more about here .


Fees and Funding

Your tuition fees

  • 420 Euro per month*

The monthly fee remains the same throughout the entire study period. A one-off registration fee of 480 Euro* is charged at the beginning of the course, which is usually payable with the first monthly semester fee.

*For EU/EEA nationals including Switzerland and the Western Balkans. Students from non-EU/EEA countries always pay the full semester fee in advance and a registration fee of 1000 Euro.
Please note: non-EU/EEA-citizens will be asked to pay the amount for 12 months of the respective course fees as well as the one-time registration fee in advance. It is also mandatory for the student to pay the amount for 12 months of the respective course fees for an additional year at the latest 3 months before the start of the new academic year.

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Application process and deadlines

1. You can apply easy by clicking on the button 'Apply' on our website and you will be linked to our SRH application portal.
2. You can register online on our SRH application portal and will be guided through the application process.  
3.  After you have sent your application, we will check your admission.
4. If you fulfill the requirements, you will receive a contract from us by post or email. You will also receive an overview of the documents we still need from you.
5. You sign your study contract and send it back to us together with the missing documents.
6. You will receive your certificate of enrolment after we received your fees on our University bank account.  
7. You take part in our introductory week and start your dream study programme!

There is no deadline for enrolment. You have the choice to apply whenever you want. But to guarantee a smooth process, we highly recommend to apply as soon as possible.
Important information: Please verify the specific visa deadlines for your country for beginning studies in Germany. You will only be able to enrol at the university if you have a visa valid for study in Germany. Please contact the German embassy in your home country to obtain the specific deadlines.

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