Master in International Business: Application & Admissions –

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Who are we looking for?

The Master in International Business is designed for graduates with no more than two years of postgraduate professional experience looking to boost their career by broadening their general management skills. We are looking for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in business-related fields such as business engineering, business psychology, business law, tourism, hotel management, or sports management. Our program also welcomes candidates who have an academic degree with a minor in business or have at least 40 ECTS credits in business courses.

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Admission requirements

What you need to know about our Master Program admission requirements:

We welcome applications from graduates with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, and with a sound knowledge of business administration, economics, and quantitative methods.

For this program, we seek candidates with a first academic degree with at least 180 ECTS credits preferably in a business-related field or with a business minor amounting to 40 ECTS credits.

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.

We recommend practical experience of 20 weeks which has to be completed in the business sector. 

TOEFL English language proficiency test with an overall score of at least 100 internet based and a minimum score of 23 in speaking and writing (WHU Code: 0682), 
OR IELTS with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a minimum score of 6.0 in speaking and writing
OR Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of at least Grade C
OR Cambridge Certificate of Advance in English (CAE) of Grade A

PLEASE NOTE: We also accept the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition that you can take online.

An English language proficiency test is not required if your first language is English or your Bachelor was completed entirely in English. In this case, proof from your university is required.

A TOEFL score of at least 105 internet based, or IELTS of 7.5 is recommended due to the requirements by some of our partner universities for the study abroad semester

Applicants for the Master in International Business Program are required to prove excellent analytical and quantitative skills. This can be demonstrated by a strong GMAT/GRE/TM-Base score. Our Admissions Team may decide to waive the GMAT/GRE/TM-Base requirement upon review of your application. Candidates must first apply to the program, with all relevant supporting application documents, in order to be considered for a waiver.

  • GMAT score of at least 600 (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-BASE website)

We recommend to use the following pages to prepare for the tests: TM-BASE demo testGRE preparation materialsGRE practice testGMAT preparation materials

Helpful Tips:

The GMAT, GRE and the TM-BASE are also offered as online exams allowing you to take the test from home. 

It is recommended to submit a GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE score with your application. However, applicants can apply for the program without the GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE score. Our Admissions Team will still review your application. Should you apply without the GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE and successfully complete the WHU Admissions Process, you would only receive a conditional study offer. The offer would be unconditional upon submission of your required GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE official score.

If you are interested in our Double Degree Programs, please be aware that our partner universities might only accept the GMAT.


As international experience we accept e.g. internships abroad, language courses, semester abroad, summer schools, or high school exchange year in non-German speaking country. This requirement must only be fulfilled by candidates from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the pandemic situation, international experience is not an entry requirement for the 2021 intake.

Further information on the application process including detailed information about the admission interviews can be found below.

Missing practical experience can be completed by August 31, 2021. Please contact the Admissions Team in case of questions.

Important information for candidates from China and Pakistan
Candidates from China or Pakistan are recommended to apply as early as possible before the start of the program as the visa application process for applicants from these countries can take several months.

Application Center
Our Application Center will open on October 15, 2021!
Application deadlines
  • April 30, 2022*
  • May 31, 2022**

* For candidates requiring a study visa
** For candidates from EU/EEA countries as well as from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA

Early bird
  • January 15, 2022

Apply early with complete official application documents to receive an Early Bird reduction of 10% on one semester tuition fee.

Apply by February 15, 2022 and receive a EUR 100 application fee waiver.

Application process

Once you have reviewed the Master of Science Programs’ admission requirements please read the Application Checklist  and then complete the following steps:

  • Prepare a CV in English
  • Collect the supporting documents (see Application Checklist)
  • Create an application account online
  • Upload all required documents
  • Pay application fees (see below)
  • Make sure to click “submit”

To begin the application process, simply log in to the application center. Once you are logged in, you will be presented with further information on filling out various fields. You do not have to complete the online application 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.

Application fee

We charge a non-refundable fee of €100 for processing applications. However, if you apply before the early bird deadline of February 15, 2022, this fee will be waived. We recommend wire transfer using the details below as the most efficient payment method:

WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Bank name and address: Sparkasse Koblenz, Bahnhofstr. 11, 56068 Koblenz
Reason for payment: lastname_firstname Application MSc
IBAN: DE85 570 501 20 00000 94102

The fee must be paid when the online application is submitted or the application will not be processed. Please submit proof of payment together with your application.

After having evaluated your documents, qualified candidates are invited to a video interview on Kira Talent. Kira Talent is an online platform, which allows us to record questions as well as the answers of the candidates.

Together with the invitation, we will send you a link for Kira Talent as well as further information on the interview via e-mail. You have one-week time to complete the interview. As the interview will be recorded, you can decide when you want to take the interview within the given time of one week. Please note that once you begin the interview, it is not possible to pause it in between. In total, the interview takes around 45 minutes.

As a last step in the application process, you will be invited to a personal interview. The interview will take place shortly after we have evaluated your Kira Interview. Applicants have the option of choosing between an in-person interview on campus or an online interview.

As part of the on-campus interview, you will have the opportunity to join a campus tour and ask a current student questions about student life at WHU. Program representatives will also offer a short Q&A session to address any administrative or application questions you may have.

Should you be unable to attend one of the Interview Days, please contact our Admission Team.

A few days after your final interview, we will inform you if we can offer you a study spot for our Master of Science Programs. As a final step, you have to officially accept our offer within one week.

Upcoming dates for the Admissions Interview coming soon!
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Our Application Center will open on October 15, 2021!

Start your application via our online portal and join the Master of Science Programs. You do not have to complete the online application all at once - you can save your information and come back to it later.

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