Master Security Management

  • Degree

    Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • Type of study

    part-time distance learning (Blended Learning)

  • Standard period of study

    4 semester full-time, im Teilzeitstudium verlängert sich die Studienzeit entsprechend dem individuellen Studienplan

  • Programme start

    Winter semester

  • Credits (ECTS)

    120

  • Language of instruction

    German

  • Number of places

    35

  • Admission requirements

    completed undergraduate degree, a minimum of 1 year work experience, very good knowledge of German

  • Application period

    1 May till 15 July

  • Tuition fees

    1.950 Euro per semester

  • Accredited by

    AQAS

Master in Security Management – a safe decision

With the Master Security Management you are qualified for higher-level management tasks and leadership roles in operational, commercial and public security and safety. The MSM programme is ideally suited to part-time distance learning.
The Master Security Management study programme at BPS offers you:

  • A grounded, practical qualification in a steadily growing, heterogeneous and exciting field of work
  • The opportunity to specialise in the fields you would like to work in
  • Personal support from the study programme team and a strong network
  • A flexible method of remote studying, which can be completed either full time or part time alongside your career

Programme Structure – the flexible route to a master

The Master Security Management is a distance learning course and is taught through blended learning, it is therefore ideally suited to part-time study should you also wish to work. The combination of online and attendance phases ensures efficient and flexible learning. The Master Security Management is divided into three sections:

  • In the introductory phase, you will learn the necessary fundamentals
  • In the next phase, you will develop cross-sector leadership skills in the field of safety and security
  • In the profile phase, you specialise via elective modules and your final master’s thesis

The study programme lasts two years as a full-time course. During online phases, you will spend some 35-40 hours a week studying via the learning platform, Moodle. The attendance seminars take place four to five times each semester (Friday afternoons and Saturdays).
However, you can also take the Master Security Management as a part-time study programme that is tailored individually to you (20-30 hours workload per week). Together, we create a study plan with you; adaptable at any time should your capacities change.

Programme Content

The Master Security Management prepares you for leadership roles, both in theory and practice, for areas relating to safety and security.
In the introductory phase modules, you tackle legal, psychological, sociological, political and criminal science aspects, as well as risk analysis and crisis management.
In the subsequent phase, specific legal questions, threat and emergency scenarios and the associated options for action and reaction patterns follow. Furthermore, you precisely develop your leadership skills for all types of crisis situations.
Via elective modules in the profile phase, you have the option to specialise in security issues in the context of digitalisation and globalisation or in current geopolitical and security challenges.
We offer a variety of financing options, please refer to the schedule of fees. We would be happy to advise you personally!
An additional charge of €100 will be applied for the tax imputation system of professional experience (practical portfolio). This must be paid along with the participation fee for the final semester.

Download the Curriculum here

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  • Completed university degree
  • A minimum of one year work experience following the primary university degree

The Master Security Management starts every year for the winter semester (1 October).

Applications are accepted from 1 May till 15 July.  35 places are assigned annually.

A complete application includes both an online and written application: please use the HWR Online Application Tool to apply.
In addition to submitting the complete online application, we also ask you to submit a complete paper portfolio in a timely manner.
This includes the following application documents:

  • The completed and signed confirmation letter for the online application
  • A suitable proof of identity (e.g. a copy of your passport)
  • A current curriculum vitae in tabular format
  • Proof of your university entrance qualification (HZB, in Germany)
  • Proof of your primary university degree qualifying you for employment (diploma and degree certificate)
  • Proof of the average marks (differentiated marks) of the first qualifying university degree if applicable
  • Evidence of professional experience (a minimum of one year after the primary degree)

Please note: A valid application has only been submitted if you have completed the online application and the online confirmation letter, comprising all necessary documents, and if this has been received by HWR in the correct manner and within the period specified.
The deadline applies to the date of receipt at HWR Berlin, not the date of the postmark. Applications sent by fax or email are invalid.

Tuition Fees – an investment in your future

The tuition fee for the Master Security Management is 1.950 Euro per semester,  8400 Euro in total  (full-time and standard period of study ). In part-time studies, the tuition fee is charged per module, see the schedule of fees fee for more details.
This includes:

  • All study costs, from matriculation to modules and teaching materials, right through to exam charges
  • Career Service and events

Tuition fee can be paid in installments, which you can view in the schedule of fees. We would be happy to advise you personally!

Download the schedule of fees here

Scholarship for women

In order to encourage more women to enter the security management profession, BPS awards two scholarships each year for the Master in Security Management postgraduate distance learning programme. These are each worth more than 2.200 Euro. Decisive points for awarding the scholarships are the professional/educational success of the applicant, as well as engagement with community and other social aspects.

Application form scholarship for women

Junior Scholarship

To encourage powerful young professionals to enter into the public sector, the Berlin Professional School awards a partial scholarship to the Master Public Administration at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR).
Scholarship amount
One scholarship is available each year. During the first four semesters, €300 is awarded for each semester, depending on study fees. The total funding amounts to €1,200.

Conditions for receiving a scholarship: To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must send the completed application form by separate mail. The form includes a letter of motivation, as well as proof of performance in both work and study, social or family commitments and financial needs or any special personal situations.

Application form scholarship Junior Scholarship

The application deadline for both scholarships is 15 July.

Career Services

On graduating from BPS, you’re drawing a new hand of cards for your career. Yet we understand that questions about reorientation, career strategies and development are almost as important as the study programme itself.

We offer you a CV-Check: Your CV is the core of your application. The Career Service actively supports you through application processes with a complimentary CV check. Together, we will make your strengths and experience truly stand out.

Alumni Services

Over 3 000 alumni from more than 30 nations, and another 200 students joining annually. That is the worldwide Berlin Professional School alumni network, consisting of specialists from infinite industries and companies. As part of this international community, you will gain access to BPS alumni groups on XING and LinkedIn.
You will also automatically receive invitations to BPS alumni events including our annual "Sicherheitsforum".

You have studied at the Berlin Professional School or at the IMB Institute of Management or the Institute of Distance Learning at HWR Berlin? Then you can register for our Alumni Network here.