The master course International Management, which is fully taught in English, will further students’ knowledge and understanding of business management structures and industry practices, building upon the foundation already gained in a bachelor business degree course. The course is designed for those who have already successfully completed a bachelor degree or an equivalent course of study in a business related discipline.
Today’s business environment is characterized by rapid economic change, innovative technological advances, expanding internationalization and globalization and fundamental changes in society and its ideals and values. In view of these developments, the Master of Arts in International Business aims to prepare students for a future role in international business management. The course, which blends theoretical and practical content, will enable students to gain the knowledge and skills to analyse the operations and problems of business practice, to develop solutions and in doing so to reach beyond their own professional fields.
Graduates will also learn to develop an interdisciplinary and comprehensive management approach, examining the various aspects and perspectives relating to concepts of sustainable development, moral and ethical issues of economic activity and the management of corporate social responsibility.
Particular focus is laid on the continual development of professional, methodical and social skills to produce highly skilled managers and enhance career opportunities.
The MA International Business is a modular degree programme. Each module is completed by means of exam for which ECTS points are awarded.
The regular duration of the programme is 4 semesters. Students are required to study a total of 6 modules in each of the first two semesters
Here you will find a graphical overview of the course of study and the contents of the semesters 1-2.
In the first and second semester the main focus is on the key subjects of International Management covered in the modules shown in the overview. Completion of these modules serves as the basis for planning your course of study in the second year.
A combination of business expertise and methodological knowledge is crucial in International Management. Students will acquire methodological skills in the following modules: Applied Econometrics“/“Digital Business“ and „Management Accounting & Energy Management“.
Furthermore, an understanding of ‘Intercultural Competences’ and ‘Ethics and Corporate Responsibility’ is essential in strategic business management within a global economy. In recent years Corporate Responsibility has been included in International Management and similar courses due to the current debate regarding companies’ responsibility for international supply chains and foreign customers.
The study structure of the first two semesters is basically based on 3 parts:
Part 1 „International Management Core Competences"
- International Management I
- International Marketing
- Organization in a Global Society
- Applied Econometrics oder Digital Business
- International Management II
- International Procurement
- International HR-Management
- Management Accounting & Energy Management
Part II „International Economic Framework"
Part III „Intercultural and Ethical Aspects of International Management"
- Intercultural Communication and Cooperation
- Ehtics and Corporate Responsibility
Practical experience abroad is a mandatory part of a course in International Management at master degree level at a University of Applied Sciences.
Our aim is to allow students to individually plan the second phase of their studies. Students can therefore choose to complete this part of the course either as a period of study abroad to broaden their knowledge of international management practices or as a work placement period relating to international business. In this case, it is essential that skills acquired to date can be applied during the work placement.
Experience shows that the groundwork for the master thesis is often laid in the third semester or during the semester abroad. During this period students often determine areas of particular interest and identify topics for their thesis. Students may also be able to build a network of valuable contacts during this period which may prove beneficial for the thesis phase.
The structure of the course MA International Management is organised in such a manner as to enable students to reach the professional goal they aspire to in the field of International Management.
While the first year of study focusses on developing core business skills and competencies, the second year of study, during which students independently organize a work or study period abroad ( with the support of the Director of Studies) enables students to acquire further knowledge and experience in the field of international management.
The course is fully taught in English.