Master in International Business: Curriculum –

Discover a comprehensive general management program.

Our Master in International Business (MIB) opens the door to a global mindset needed for a career in management working with international teams. The program blends academic excellence with practical applications, allowing you to explore theory in the context of real-life cases. We offer a variety of courses across the field of general management designed to provide you with the skills needed to make an impact in your career.

Our program will not only offer you a rigorous curriculum, but also a deeper understanding of yourself as a leader with many opportunities to build your network.

The nine core modules provide you with essential knowledge in the field of general management. In addition, you can customize your MIB Program by selecting electives from the MIB course portfolio in as early as the second quarter.

Year one

Candidates who are missing some pre-requisites for courses in the following areas can take them online before the beginning of their studies:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Management Communication
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Spreadsheet Modelling

Upon acceptance to the Master in International Business Program, we will provide you with a link to take the online prep-courses.

In addition, you can prepare yourself for your master’s program with us by taking the following readings:

  • Strategy: Introduction to Strategy
  • Organizational Behavior: Decision Making
  • Operations Management: Designing, Managing, and Improving Operations
  • Marketing: Competitive Strategies

Core Modules

  • International Accounting
  • International Strategy
  • Managerial Economics

Core Modules

  • International Marketing Management
  • Modern Tools and Applications of Data Science

Electives (pick one)

  • Actionable Customer Analytics
  • Advanced Management Accounting and Control
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Visual Data Analysis

Core Modules

  • Managing the Global Supply Chain
  • Psychology of Leadership

Electives (pick one)

  • Advanced Methods of Market and Management Research
  • E-commerce Operations Management
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Leading the High-Performance Sales Force
  • Managing Data Science
  • Managing the Family Business
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Service Excellence
  • Strategic Technology and Innovation Management


Core Modules

  • International Business Negotiations
  • International Trade and Investment

Electives (pick one)

  • Building and Scaling Successful Companies
  • Data Driven Entrepreneurship
  • Elements of Computational Intelligence
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Health Economics, Policy and Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Operations Analysis and Control
  • Strategy Execution
  • Visual Prototyping
Year two

You will gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to apply theory learned in class through an internship in Germany or abroad. The Career Center supports you in finding an internship position via a broad range of activities such as individual career counseling, workshops, and company presentations.

The Master in International Business Program also includes a semester abroad at one of WHU's 200 partner universities worldwide. During the semester abroad, you will gain a global perspective and immerse yourself in another culture.

Explore our international options

The Master thesis concludes your studies, providing you the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have gained throughout the course of the Master Program. While writing your thesis, you will be supervised by a WHU faculty member. You may also write your thesis in collaboration with a company.

After two semesters at WHU, students have the opportunity to earn a second degree by completing two more semesters at one of our Double Degree Partner universities. In addition to a Master of Science degree from WHU, the second degree will either be a Master of Science or an MBA.

Explore our Double Degree options

For more detailed information on the core electives and electives, please see the Online Course Guide.