Master in International Business: Curriculum –

Discover a comprehensive general management program.

Our Master in International Business 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.  

Curriculum Vitae

The elements of the program include:

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 

  • Mathematics for Management 

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

The nine required modules in the core curriculum will provide you with essential general management tools.

  1. Quarter I
    International Strategy
    International Accounting
    Managerial Economics
  2. Quarter II
    International Marketing Management
    International Trade & Investment
    Modern Tools and Applications of Data Science
  3. Quarter III
    Managing the Global Supply Chain
    International Business Negotiations
    Psychology of Leadership

Beyond the core modules, you will have the opportunity to tailor your MIB studies by selecting three electives from the pool MIB electives in your fourth quarter.

  • New Product Development
  • Economics of Financial Markets
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Current Topics in Accounting
  • Visual Prototyping
  • Building and Scaling Successful Companies
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Asset Management
  • Investment Banking
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Household Finance
  • Strategy Execution
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Operations Analysis and Control
  • Web Mining
  • Sustainable Operations Management
  • Advanced Supply Management

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

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 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.

From day one, our Career Center supports you in developing your potential for a successful and seamless transition into the working world. The WHU Career Center organizes a comprehensive range of activities and provides personal career counseling.

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