International Maritime Management M.Sc.
(Distance Education)

Have you studied or worked in Nautical, Maritime or Logistical fields?
Do you want to boost your career and expertise by studying flexibly?

International Maritime Management (IMM) is a distance education course tailored to your individual needs. Whether you want to taste a module, several, or the entire course, our Master of Science is highly flexible in content, scope and pace.

Key facts

Target Group

  • Nautical Officers
  • Maritime or logistics company managers
  • Ambitious professionals

Study Concept

  • Distance education / online study


  • Master of Science Degree (M.Sc.) (10 modules / 90 credit points)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate (2 modules / 12 credit points)
  • Certificate of Academic Achievement (1 module / 6 credit points)

Duration of study

  • Highly flexible and individual approach, study breaks are allowed.

Place of Study

  • Wherever you want, even on board your ship!


  • English

Study start

  • Every semester (March and September)


  • 1-3 weekends in Elsfleth (Germany), depending on your individual planning

Application Period

  • 1 December to 15 January for the semester starting in March
  • 1 June to 15 July for the semester starting in September

Student Voices

“I really enjoyed studying IMM, particularly due to its flexibility and the focus on the practical, professional aspects of management in the marine industry. The course allowed me to gain a broader and more business oriented perspective on the sector and its stakeholders, and it surely was also a key factor in my assignment as Director of the Swiss Maritime Navigation Office (SMNO)."

Roger, Swiss Maritime Navigation Office

"I highly appreciated the flexibility of the study program, which gave me the opportunity to study from all over the world. The curriculum comprises a wide range of knowledge for anyone working in the management of a maritime company and is an excellent complement to any practical maritime education. The course material provided was very helpful and the support of the tutors was extraordinary."

Anna - Lawyer for Maritime Law and Insurance Law

“I really enjoyed the IMM course. I completed studies relevant to my career at my own pace. This was very important as a ship master of a Ro-Pax ferry on a busy short sea route arriving and leaving port eight times daily. The M.Sc. was a significant factor in my early promotion to Senior Master. Highly recommended to any who wish to further their career prospects in a short period.”

Paul, Captain of a Ro-Pax ferry, Ireland

“IMM is an excellent opportunity to compile my experiences as a seaman with the will to transform ideas into research. The flexibility of being able to study, research and work, has been one of the strengths of this Master Course. The university has given the tools for seafarers to develop their creativity. The Jade Elsfleth team had an excellent initiative. It's a pleasure to be part of Jade’s team.”

Arthur, 2nd Mate, Dynamic Positioning Operator, Brazil

“I am studying IMM in order to gain qualifications next to my job and being a mom. This study course enables me to reconcile job, family and education and helps me to foster my professional network by various group works. My personal goal is to find a new job with new challenges by this master’s degree.”

Claudia, Youth Information Officer, German Navy

“I was attracted by the different IMM modules, because they perfectly fit my needs. Studying in parallel to my job, family, and other activities was hard work sometimes, but it was worth the effort! Just before finishing the last test, I received a new job offer due to the study course!”

Britta, Assistant to Managing Director, Germany

“What I love about the IMM programme is its flexibility. I can decide myself when I want to study and easily combine my work routine and personal life with it. Besides, I can study from wherever I am. If I want to interact with fellow students or professors, all I need is an Internet connection.”

Fillip, Logistics Service Coordinator, Brazil