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Master in International Business:

Boost your non-business degree with our top-tier business program.

At a glance

Duration
21 months | Full-Time

Language
English

Degree
Master of Science (MSc)

Location
Vallendar, Germany & semester abroad

Next intake
September 2021

Tuition fees
€ 32,400

Five reasons to choose the Master in International Business at WHU:

  1. Experience a first-class education: our Master programs rank #1 in Germany.
  2. Access unparalleled career opportunities: with personalized support from the WHU Career Center.
  3. Develop lifelong connections: join a network of international peers and alumni.
  4. Learn from the best: benefit from our expert faculty.
  5. Become a global leader: get the skills to make an impact.
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Courses & Curriculum

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Flexible financing options to help you invest in your future.
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Double Degree

Students from all of our MSc degree programs can apply for an optional Double Degree.

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Career development

Your career in international business –
Job entry following graduation.

As a Master in International Business student, you will gain access to the WHU network offering unparalleled opportunities, and a dedicated and top-ranked Career Center to assist you in your career goals. The majority of Master graduates follow a managerial career path in consulting or industry and services. However, a growing number either enter the start-up ecosystem with an existing company or found their own, often assisted by the excellent network found at WHU.

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Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

Discover your opportunities with a Master's at WHU.

Benefit from a personal consultation based on your individual profile and career goals. Chat with a member of our Marketing & Admissions Team to discover your options and get all of your questions answered.

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The Master of Science Team is happy to answer any questions you might have about our curriculum, admission requirements, or financing options. Simply drop us a line, and we will get back to you!

Team MSc

Hannah Page 
 +49 (0)261 6509 521

Sharon Min    
+49 (0)261 6509 523

master(at)whu.edu


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FAQs

Frequently asked questions –
Master in International Business Program.

Not all master’s degrees are created equal. In Germany, there are countless types of master’s degrees and qualifications. The most commonly awarded academic master’s degrees are the:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.): in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business sciences
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): a general, non-specialist management course for graduates of various subjects with professional experience
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.): offered in subject areas such as business administration or economics, as well as in fields such as mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (usually follow-on courses that build on a Bachelor degree in the same or related subject). The following academic Master degrees also exist: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Music (M.Mus.)

The spectrum of courses offered at the master’s level is significantly broader than at the bachelor’s level. Many master’s programs specialize in a specific field; in business science, for example, in the areas of finance or entrepreneurship. A master’s program builds on knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s program by deepening and expanding it. When planning to pursue a master’s degree, it can be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do I want to do as a career?  
  • What professional fields does the Master open up for me?
  • Do I want to specialize in a specific field?
  •  Do I want to stay in academia?

If you are still unsure which professional direction you would like to pursue after your bachelor’s degree, it often helps to first gain practical experience. As a rule, these initial professional experiences will give you clarity about your personal areas of interest, which in turn helps in choosing the right master’s program for you. Most Master of Science programs accept candidates who have one to two years of professional experience.  

What’s the difference between our Master in Management and our Master in International Business?


In general, you could say that the Master in Management does not have an explicit thematic focus, while the Master in International Business includes a number of additional modules on international business topics.

On the whole, it is up to the business schools and universities how they name their programs and what the focus of those programs is. As a result, there are various differences between them, especially in terms of the course structure and the elective modules.

The Master in International Business (MIB) at WHU is for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in fields such as business engineering, business psychology, and commercial law who are interested in developing their management knowledge, and improving their career prospects. Additional knowledge in general management is offered through a broad range of modules.

The Master in Management (MiM) at WHU is for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in fields such as business administration, or economics, who are interested in expanding or deepening their knowledge in the core areas of business administration. The Master in Management builds on skills and academic knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s program, while also offering the opportunity to specialize via our Concentrations.

Both programs have a number of things in common: a broad selection of modules in the field of general management, a strong international orientation through the integrated semester abroad, and a mandatory internship. Furthermore, students of both programs receive outstanding support from our Career Center, and will have excellent career prospects in Germany, and around the world.

A Management Program covers management expertise and specialist business administration knowledge, and prepares you for taking on responsibilities and executive positions in management.

A management program covers a broad and diverse range of academic fields, and imparts interdisciplinary knowledge. Some examples of different academic subjects which can be a part of a management program are:

  • Business administration 
  • Corporate management 
  • Controlling  
  • Accounting 
  • Marketing 
  • Project management 
  • Business English  
  • International management 
  • Strategic management 
  • HR management 

In addition to general management degree programs such as General Management, or Business Administration, which qualify you for a range of fundamental management tasks and duties, there are also specialist management programs such as International Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, etc. 

Moreover, every management program includes teamwork or leadership seminars in which you develop and improve soft skills, such as your ability to work in a team or your leadership skills.

The word “manager” comes from the Latin words “manus”, meaning “hand”, and “agere”, meaning “to act/drive/do/lead”.

Managers assume a number of special functions. They are responsible for leadership tasks in a company, including

  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Goal-setting
  • Delegating tasks
  • Organization
  • Information
  • Employee assessment
  • Controlling
  • Technical qualification (knowledge of the subject, or of the product or service provided by the company)
  • Methodological qualification (knowledge of the methods for realizing the tasks)
  • Conceptual qualification (knowledge of how to identify problems and opportunities, and the overall system and the drivers of the performance process, and planning a coordinated course of action)
  • Communicative qualification (constructive, effective, and conscious on all levels )
  • Social responsibility (principles of morality and ethics) 
  • Strategic management: Development, planning and implementation of targets and areas of focus related to the future development of the company (long-term, global, not specific).
  • Tactical management: Breaking down the overall plan into functional sub-plans, allocation of resources, fulfillment of targets (management responsibility) (medium term, less detailed).
  • Operations management (managing the company’s everyday operations): 
  • Concrete and efficient implementation, and management and monitoring of business processes such as employee management, quality management, etc. (short-term, detailed, specific).
  • Process management (administration of business processes): Identification, design, documentation, implementation, management and optimization of business processes
  • Project management: Definition, planning, coordination and management of all elements to achieve the target
  • Risk management: Systematic identification, analysis, assessment, monitoring and controlling of risks for the safeguarding and development of the company
  • Crisis management: Leadership (planning, managing and monitoring) on the anticipation and implementation of processes that are critical to the company’s survival
  • Idea and innovation management: Systematic planning, implementation and monitoring of ideas, generation and implementation of new ideas and problem solving
  • Information management: Methods, techniques and tools for building and maintaining as efficient an information and communication structure as possible
  • Change management: Strategic optimization of structures, processes and behaviors in the company
  • Lean management: The totality of methods, principles and practices for the efficient design of the whole value-creation chain as well as the approach of continuous process optimization 

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FAQs

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