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Master of Science (MSc)
21 Months
Vallendar & semester abroad
First degree
Any field of study
QS International Trade Ranking 2024
#1 in Germany
#14 in Europe

#1 in International Business

It's official. Top-ranked and #1 in Germany for best-in-class master's level education in international trade. Our latest achievement in the 2024 QS International Trade Ranking means you get a headstart on making waves as a leader at home or abroad.

Your profile

No need for a business degree to join our Master in International Business! We're all about passion for management — whether you've taken courses, interned, or launched your own venture. If you've got a minor in business, credits in related courses, or a degree in related fields like industrial engineering, business psychology, law, hospitality, or sports management, you're also a perfect fit. 

Unlock your potential

Intern with leading firms such as adidas, BMW, DHL, Henkel, or Teamviewer
88% of students receive a job offer withing 3 months of graduating
Average salary of 65,100 euros upon graduation
80% of students complete internships at companies via WHU Career Center

Your career, your future

Our Master in International Business graduates work in these sectors

Industry breakdown for Master in International Business class of 2023

A Master's program at WHU offers you a wide range of career opportunities and personal support from our first-class Career Center. Graduates of the Master in International Business go into consulting, industry or the service sector. Some start their careers in up-and-coming start-ups or even found their own companies, supported by our thriving network.

Starting salary of our Master of Science graduates

Average starting salary: €65,900
3 years after graduation: €101,100

Source: Career Entry Report Master of Science Programs 2019-2023

Success stories

Vanessa Kraft
Master in International Business 2023
"Interning at Accenture Strategy, I gained valuable insights working on a project for a car manufacturer. My advice is to focus on one industry and gain diverse experience there. This led to my current role at BMW Group, where I apply my knowledge in shaping long-term strategies."
Hendrik Just
Master in International Business 2023
"The well-rounded curriculum of the Master in International Business program helped me find the best-suited career path for me. During my first year of study, I was able to secure an internship with BCG and transitioned into a full-time position at Oliver Wyman even prior to the graduation ceremony."
Chaitra Taori
Master in International Business 2023
"During my time as a student at WHU, I had the opportunity of interning with adidas in Digital Business Transformation and working as a Product Management Working Student at TeamViewer. These invaluable experiences laid the foundation for my professional career in Germany. Upon completing my master's degree, I joined HelloFresh as a Project Manager. I am eagerly looking forward to unfolding this exciting new chapter! "
Lasse Nissen
Master in International Business 2023
"To work with people from different cultural backgrounds, it is crucial for me to have intercultural competence and awareness. I chose to study at WHU because it offers a high level of education on a theoretical level and is very practice oriented.

I completed my mandatory internship at Porsche Consulting and chose to do a second, voluntary internship at EY-Parthenon. This led to a full-time position following graduation."
Rong (Jackie) Chen
Master in International Business 2024
"The teaching in the program is practical and modern. After two semesters I acquired a solid foundation to pursue a specialization in finance through the double degree option. The greatest benefit of starting a master’s in international business is that you can start from 0, and explore different opportunities in the business world. I joined Allianz in a product innovation role for my mandatory internship. Now I am in Oliver Wyman’s mentorship program, and will do a strategy consulting internship there this summer."
Yizhu Wang
Master in International Business 2024
"Joining this program was the best decision I've ever made as it helps me gain valuable insights about how businesses work internationally. Immensely grateful for this transformative journey at WHU, I secured my International Marketing internship at Henkel, marking the start of my career in Germany, and am now completing a Brand Management Internship at Procter & Gamble."
Lisa Schiefer
Master in International Business 2024
"The Master in International Business program offered me an invaluable mix of theoretical insights and practical experience. After the first two semesters I had the opportunity to intern at Simon-Kucher as a strategy consultant in the Life Sciences and Healthcare division, allowing me to seamlessly integrate my background in medicine with the business skills I acquired at WHU. The MIB program sets a solid foundation for the global business environment."

Your curriculum in the Master in International Business

Our curriculum equips you for success in a complex world, whether in management consulting or industry. Core courses cover:

  • Integrating sustainability into global supply chains.
  • Leading diverse, global teams effectively.
  • Utilizing analytics and AI for informed management decisions.
  • Understanding the impact of global economic developments on your company.
  • Navigating core functions like strategy, marketing, and accounting in dynamic environments.

Choose from a variety of in-depth electives, from Business Negotiations to Finance and Brand Management.

WHU Career Center: Anytime career support

Game-changing multinational corporation? Forward-thinking international organization? Wherever you want your career to take you, we can help you make it happen. 

For us, success goes beyond essays and exams. It is about landing that first meaningful job, taking the next step up the career ladder, building meaningful relationships and opening opportunities. 

That is why our Career Center will be there for you. Whenever you need it.

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Double Degree: Double your opportunity

Choose a double degree, and as well as studying for your MSc at WHU, you will get to take your learning experience overseas for two whole semesters.

The advantage? You will graduate with two degrees – one from us and a second from another top international business school. Plus even more opportunities to make invaluable connections and gain the kind of global experience that will truly set you apart.

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Master Programs
Virtual Class Visits

Experience our Master programs online! Join a class in action and get a glimpse into life as a WHU student.
Master Event, Part-Time Master Event, MBA Event, Global Online MBA Event
Berlin After-Work Information Session
Off-campus / September 18, 2024
MBA Event, Global Online MBA Event, Master Event, Part-Time Master Event
Hamburg After-Work Information Session
Off-campus / September 19, 2024
MBA Event, Global Online MBA Event, Master Event
Brussels After-Work Information Session
Off-campus / September 25, 2024
Master Event
QS Discover Master's Fair Warsaw
Off-campus / October 03, 2024

Semester Dates

Fall Semester 2024 

Welcome week: 21. – 30. Aug.
Lecture period: 02. Sep. – 18. Dec.
Exam weeks: 21. – 25. Oct. and 16. – 20. Dec.

Spring Semester 2025

Lecture period: 13. Jan. – 23. Apr.
Exam weeks: 03. – 10. Mar. and 24. – 30. Apr.
Capstone Module Abroad (90 cr track): 04. – 10. May

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Frequently Asked Questions

We do not require an undergraduate degree in business to apply for the Master in International Business. Candidates should prove a strong interest in business through practical exposure, such as internships or work experience in business-related roles, or entrepreneurial activities. Graduates with a minor in business, credits in business courses, or a degree in related fields such as business engineering, business psychology, business law, hospitality and tourism management, or sports management, are welcome to apply.

Candidates should not have more than two years of postgraduate work experience, should have proof of English proficiency, and proof of strong analytical and quantitative skills demonstrated via a GMAT or GRE score.

More detailed information about admissions and applications can be found here

WHU offers a rigorous curriculum combined with practical insights, and the opportunity to expand your professional network. In the Master in International Business, students explore the impact of managing global teams, apply theory and research to real-life cases, and develop their understanding of what it means to be a leader with a significant global perspective. Courses include Designing Sustainable Global Supply Chains, International Business Negotiations, Psychology of Leadership, and much more.

Find out more information about the Master in International Business Curriculum

Since the Master in International Business offers a broad management education combined with an international perspective and the option to choose three electives, you will be perfectly prepared for a top management career across all industries. Potential management positions after a Master in International Business include Global Marketing Manager, Global Supply Chain Manager, International Business Development Manager, Business Consultant, and International Project Manager. The integrated internship is a great entry point to your preferred field. With the Career Center and WHU's unique global network, we support you along your career path during and after your master's program.

For more information about career possibilities, visit our Career Center

The salary depends on the country, industry, the size of the company, the position, personal characteristics, and, above all, professional experience. Positions with leadership responsibilities in the corporate world tend to offer higher salaries and often include bonuses. Our Master of Science graduates can expect an above-average starting salary through WHU’s unique global network, our highly supportive Career Center, and the close relationship with industry partners.

For more information about salary for graduates see here