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Master in International Business:

Driving global change with a top-tier management degree.

At a glance

Duration
21 months | Full-Time

Language
English

Degree
Master of Science (MSc)

Location
Vallendar, Germany & semester abroad

Next intake
September 2021

Tuition fees
€ 32,400

Five reasons to choose the Master in International Business at WHU:

  1. Experience a first-class education: our Master programs rank #1 in Germany.
  2. Access unparalleled career opportunities: with personalized support from the WHU Career Center.
  3. Develop lifelong connections: join a network of international peers and alumni.
  4. Learn from the best: benefit from our expert faculty.
  5. Become a global leader: get the skills to make an impact.
About the program

Develop your future career
with a top-ranked European business school.

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.

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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Are you curious to find out what the Master in International Business can offer you? Are you looking for more information or want to speak to admissions staff directly? Sign up for our upcoming events!

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Curriculum

Broaden your business mindset –
Discover a comprehensive general management program.

Our Master in International Business 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
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior

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

  1. Quarter I
    International Strategy
    International Trade and Investment
    Managerial Economics
     
  2. Quarter II
    International Marketing Management
    International Accounting
    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 overall MSc course portfolio in your fourth quarter.

We offer electives in topics such as Financial Accounting, Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Economics, Innovation, Marketing and Sales, Strategy and Leadership, and Supply Chain 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.

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.

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Made in Germany, operating worldwide.

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Application and admission

Get ready –
Here are our admission requirements.

For our Master in International business, 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 Management and the Master in Finance are required to prove strong analytical and quantitative skills. This can be demonstrated through your transcript of records or by a strong GMAT/GRE/TM-Base score, which may be requested by the Admissions Team. 

GMAT score of at least 600 (WHU Code: FBR-FH-93)
OR GRE of at least 155 Verbal and 155 Quantitative
OR  TM-BASE of at least 102

PLEASE NOTE: 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 hand in GMAT/GRE/TM-BASE score even if not requested by the Admissions Team as this can further strengthen your application.

The TM-BASE test has to be completed in English. Please sign up for the test at the TM-BASE website. If you are applying to the 120 credit track and/or are interested in the Double Degree program, please be aware that some of our partner universities might only accept the GMAT test for the exchange semester as well as the Double Degree program. 

To prepare for the tests, applicants can use the following pages: TM-BASE demo testGRE preparation materialsGRE practice testGMAT preparation materials

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 WHU admission test can be found on the dedicated application and admissions page.

International and practical experience can be completed by September 01, 2021. Please contact the Admissions Team in case of questions.

Application deadlines
  • April 30, 2021*
  • May 31, 2021**

* 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

application process

32,400
4 semesters | 120 credits
includes tuition for semester abroad
Career development

Your career in international business –
Job entry following graduation.

As our Master student, you will gain access to our wider WHU network which offers unparalleled professional opportunities, and to our dedicated and top-ranked Career Center which will assist you in your career goals. While a majority of Master graduates from the field of management follow a career path within consulting, industry, and services, there are a growing number of graduates who are also entering the start-up ecosystem or founded their own entrepreneurial ventures.

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Let’s connect –
Drop us a line now!

The Master of Science Team is happy to answer any questions you might have about our curriculum, admission requirements, or financing options. Simply drop us a line, and we will get back to you!

To get a better picture of student life and experience, connect with our current students and alumni here!

Team MSc

Sharon Min    
+49 (0)261 6509 523

Hannah Page 
 +49 (0)261 6509 521

master(at)whu.edu

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FAQs

Frequently asked questions –
Master in International Business Program.

Not all master’s degrees are created equal. In Germany, there are countless types of master’s degrees and qualifications. The most commonly awarded academic master’s degrees are the:

  • Master of Arts (M.A.): in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and business sciences
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA): a general, non-specialist management course for graduates of various subjects with professional experience
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.): offered in subject areas such as business administration or economics, as well as in fields such as mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (usually follow-on courses that build on a Bachelor degree in the same or related subject). The following academic Master degrees also exist: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Laws (LL.M.), Master of Music (M.Mus.)

The spectrum of courses offered at the master’s level is significantly broader than at the bachelor’s level. Many master’s programs specialize in a specific field; in business science, for example, in the areas of finance or entrepreneurship. A master’s program builds on knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s program by deepening and expanding it. When planning to pursue a master’s degree, it can be helpful to consider the following questions:

  • What do I want to do as a career?  
  • What professional fields does the Master open up for me?
  • Do I want to specialize in a specific field?
  •  Do I want to stay in academia?

If you are still unsure which professional direction you would like to pursue after your bachelor’s degree, it often helps to first gain practical experience. As a rule, these initial professional experiences will give you clarity about your personal areas of interest, which in turn helps in choosing the right master’s program for you. Most Master of Science programs accept candidates who have one to two years of professional experience.  

What’s the difference between our Master in Management and our Master in International Business?


In general, you could say that the Master in Management does not have an explicit thematic focus, while the Master in International Business includes a number of additional modules on international business topics.

On the whole, it is up to the business schools and universities how they name their programs and what the focus of those programs is. As a result, there are various differences between them, especially in terms of the course structure and the elective modules.

The Master in International Business (MIB) at WHU is for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in fields such as business engineering, business psychology, and commercial law who are interested in developing their management knowledge, and improving their career prospects. Additional knowledge in general management is offered through a broad range of modules.

The Master in Management (MiM) at WHU is for candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in fields such as business administration, or economics, who are interested in expanding or deepening their knowledge in the core areas of business administration. The Master in Management builds on skills and academic knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s program, while also offering the opportunity to specialize via our Concentrations.

Both programs have a number of things in common: a broad selection of modules in the field of general management, a strong international orientation through the integrated semester abroad, and a mandatory internship. Furthermore, students of both programs receive outstanding support from our Career Center, and will have excellent career prospects in Germany, and around the world.

A Management Program covers management expertise and specialist business administration knowledge, and prepares you for taking on responsibilities and executive positions in management.

A management program covers a broad and diverse range of academic fields, and imparts interdisciplinary knowledge. Some examples of different academic subjects which can be a part of a management program are:

  • Business administration 
  • Corporate management 
  • Controlling  
  • Accounting 
  • Marketing 
  • Project management 
  • Business English  
  • International management 
  • Strategic management 
  • HR management 

In addition to general management degree programs such as General Management, or Business Administration, which qualify you for a range of fundamental management tasks and duties, there are also specialist management programs such as International Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, etc. 

Moreover, every management program includes teamwork or leadership seminars in which you develop and improve soft skills, such as your ability to work in a team or your leadership skills.

The word “manager” comes from the Latin words “manus”, meaning “hand”, and “agere”, meaning “to act/drive/do/lead”.

Managers assume a number of special functions. They are responsible for leadership tasks in a company, including

  • Planning
  • Decision-making
  • Goal-setting
  • Delegating tasks
  • Organization
  • Information
  • Employee assessment
  • Controlling
  • Technical qualification (knowledge of the subject, or of the product or service provided by the company)
  • Methodological qualification (knowledge of the methods for realizing the tasks)
  • Conceptual qualification (knowledge of how to identify problems and opportunities, and the overall system and the drivers of the performance process, and planning a coordinated course of action)
  • Communicative qualification (constructive, effective, and conscious on all levels )
  • Social responsibility (principles of morality and ethics) 
  • Strategic management: Development, planning and implementation of targets and areas of focus related to the future development of the company (long-term, global, not specific).
  • Tactical management: Breaking down the overall plan into functional sub-plans, allocation of resources, fulfillment of targets (management responsibility) (medium term, less detailed).
  • Operations management (managing the company’s everyday operations): 
  • Concrete and efficient implementation, and management and monitoring of business processes such as employee management, quality management, etc. (short-term, detailed, specific).
  • Process management (administration of business processes): Identification, design, documentation, implementation, management and optimization of business processes
  • Project management: Definition, planning, coordination and management of all elements to achieve the target
  • Risk management: Systematic identification, analysis, assessment, monitoring and controlling of risks for the safeguarding and development of the company
  • Crisis management: Leadership (planning, managing and monitoring) on the anticipation and implementation of processes that are critical to the company’s survival
  • Idea and innovation management: Systematic planning, implementation and monitoring of ideas, generation and implementation of new ideas and problem solving
  • Information management: Methods, techniques and tools for building and maintaining as efficient an information and communication structure as possible
  • Change management: Strategic optimization of structures, processes and behaviors in the company
  • Lean management: The totality of methods, principles and practices for the efficient design of the whole value-creation chain as well as the approach of continuous process optimization 

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