Master in International Business: Application & Admissions –
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Below you will find detailed information on our admission process and requirements for the Master in International Business Program.
Our Application Portal is open! Applicants are welcome to apply for our Master of Science Programs.
If you are still unsure about our admissions process or whether you fulfill the requirements, please get in touch with the Master of Science Team.
Important information for candidates from India, China, Vietnam, and Mongolia:
Students from India, China, Vietnam, and Mongolia are required to first get an APS certificate as a prerequisite to apply for the student visa.
The APS is the Academic Evaluation Centre, a joint institution of the German Embassy and the German Academic Exchange Service.
We recommend beginning this process as soon as possible, even before applying or receiving a study offer from WHU, as processing time can take several months.
More information can be found on: APS India; APS China; APS Vietnam; APS Mongolia
Our admissions and application process.
1. Start your application online via our online portal
To begin the application process, simply click here. Once you are logged in, you will be presented with further information on filling out various fields and uploading the required supporting documents. You do not have to complete the online application all at once - at any time during the application process, you may take a break, save the information you have entered, and come back to it later. Below, you will find detailed information on our admission requirements.
For our Master in International Business Program, we seek Bachelor graduates with a degree in any field of study and who demonstrate an appropriate background in a business-related area, e.g. through electives, thesis, relevant internship or work experience.
It is possible to apply with your current transcript of records from your bachelor’s studies, should you not have received your bachelor’s degree yet. Please include a document that indicates courses that are not included in the transcript that you are currently taking or will take in the future.
Please note that we only accept applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 180 ECTS. If you graduated outside of Germany, your university should be listed as “H+” at Anabin, which means that the institution is seen as equivalent to a German institute of higher education.
You should submit one of the following test scores by May 31, 2024:
- GMAT score of at least 600 or 555 GMAT Focus Edition (WHU Code: FBR-FH-93)
- GRE of at least 158 Verbal and 158 quantitative
- TM-BASE of at least 102 (must be completed in English. Please sign up for the test at the TM-WISO Website)
We recommend using the following pages to prepare for the tests: TM-Base demo test, GRE preparation materials, GRE practice test, GMAT preparation materials. The GMAT, GRE and the TM-BASE are also offered as online exams allowing you to take the test from home.
If you are interested in our Double Degree Programs, please be aware that our partner universities might only accept the GMAT.
Candidates can also apply without the GMAT/GRE official scores. If you successfully complete the WHU Admissions Process without your GMAT/GRE, you will only receive a conditional study offer. The offer will be unconditional upon submitting the required score by May 31, 2024.
You should submit one of the following test scores by May 31, 2024:
- TOEFL iBT test with an overall score of at least 100 (WHU Code: 0682)
- IELTS (academic) with an overall score of at least 7.0
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of at least Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advance in English (CAE) of Grade A
We also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition that you can take online.
Proof of English proficiency is not required if your first language is English, or your Bachelor program was completed entirely in English. In this case, proof from your university is required.
Candidates can also apply without the TOEFL/IELTS official scores. If you successfully complete the WHU admissions process without your TOEFL/IELTS, you will only receive a conditional study offer. The offer will be unconditional upon submitting the required score by May 31, 2024.
You should have at least 12 weeks (480 hours) of practical experience in a business-related role. This prerequisite can be completed before the beginning of your studies with WHU. This program is open to candidates with a maximum of two years of post-graduate work experience.
You can submit internship certificates or a letter from HR, which include your name, start and end date, your title, and a short description of your duties and responsibilities. The document should be issued on official company stationery, with a stamp and signature.
Internationality is a key value at WHU so international experience adds strength to every application. While it is not a mandatory requirement for our Master in International Business, we still recommend gaining some form of international experience. As international experience, we consider an internship or study semester abroad, languages courses, a summer school, or equivalent.
- April 30, 2024*
- May 31, 2024**
* For candidates requiring a student visa
** For candidates from EU/EEA countries as well as from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA
Early Bird Offer!
- Apply by December 15:
€1,200 off tuition fees
- Apply by February 15:
€800 off tuition fees
*Early Bird is for complete applications, including online application and official score reports (e.g., GMAT/GRE & TOEFL/IELTS).
We charge a non-refundable fee of EUR 100 for processing applications which is paid online via the Online Application Center. Please note that the fee must be paid when the online application is submitted or the application will not be processed.
2. Complete your video interview via Kira Talent
After the online application has been reviewed, qualified candidates will be invited to a video interview on Kira Talent. Kira Talent is an online platform via which we will ask you interview questions, and you will have to record yourself answering them. Once you receive the invitation, you will have one week to complete the interview. As the interview will be recorded, you can decide when you want to take the interview within the given time frame. Please schedule 45 minutes for the interview as once you start, it is not possible to pause or take breaks.
3. Take part in a personal interview
After the Kira interview has been reviewed, promising candidates will be invited to a personal interview. The personal interview is the final step in the admissions process and will take place entirely online. The Master of Science Team will extend a study offer to outstanding candidates a few days after the final interview. As a final step, you will have to accept our offer officially within the given time frame.
Upcoming dates for the final interview:
- October 18, 2023
- November 15, 2023
- December 13, 2023
- January 17, 2024
- February 14, 2024
- March 13, 2024
- April 17, 2024
- May 15, 2024
- June 12, 2024
If you are are not able to attend one of the official final interview days, then just let our Admissions team know. We will schedule a new time for you.
Our Application Center is open!
Start your application via our online portal and join the Master in International Business Program. You do not have to complete the online application all at once - you can save your information and come back to it later.