The Master program in International Business at Munich Business School is a postgraduate study program in economics addressed to qualified and motivated Bachelor graduates from Germany and abroad. In addition to offering content on complex global developments and imparting profound business know-how, the advancement of personality and leadership skills form a key focus of the course.
The program is a full-time study program with a standard study time of approximately 18 months (Dual Degrees approx. 24 months). The first two semesters will be spent at MBS. You will delve into selected business concentrations in business and economics, and select an international focus and, optionally, another foreign language.
Munich Business School offers seven business concentrations - you may combine your favourite two:
- International Finance
- International Marketing
- International Family Firms
- International Entrepreneurship
- Corporate Strategy & Innovation
- Luxury Management
- Digital Business Management
In addition, various International Focuses are being offered (you choose one per semester):
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- Latin America
- USA & Canada
- Emerging Economies
The third semester will take place abroad at one of our partner universities. There‘s also the opportunity to do an internship before spending the semester abroad. The program ends with a Master-Thesis, often written in cooperation with a company. Upon completion of all program parts, the Master‘s Degree is awarded.
You can acquire another specialized Master‘s Degree at one of our partner universities as part of the Dual Degree program. To obtain this degree, you will spend two semesters abroad. Over 20 programs at the following universities are available: National Taiwan Normal University (TW), Florida International University (US), Boston University (US), Bond University (AU), SKEMA Business School (FR), Regent‘s University London (GB).
The MBS lecturers and professors not only know the business world from books - on the contrary: It is part of the MBS teaching philosophy that only experts experienced in everyday business life teach current and practice-oriented content and methods. The course "Business Project" is one example for the practical relevance of the Master study program. It grants you the opportunity to implement a specific economic project in cooperation with a company. Thus, the acquired knowledge is applied and expanded to a specific case. All groups receive coaching from an MBS professor throughout the entire duration of the 8-month project period.
The 15-month full-time MBA International Management program prepares graduates for working in a complex multicultural world. The program targets international candidates with a non-business degree but offers enough depth for business degree holders seeking to further refine and strengthen their education. Students may select two of four elective courses, an international focus (Germany and Europe, Latin America, or China) as well as an international or practical immersion in Term 3, choosing from the following three options:
• Internship + 1 International Week or
• Study abroad.
This approach allows students to enhance knowledge regarding a specific country or organization before demonstrating their acquired skills with their Master Thesis.
Munich Business School, is recognized by U-Multirank 2017 as Germany’s best private university of applied sciences in “Business Studies”, received by Trendence Graduate Barometer 2017 excellent grades for internationality and practical relevance and among others, ranked by Trendence Employability Ranking 2016 as 1st amongst all private universities of applied sciences, including all academic subjects across Germany.
The MBA International Management (MBA IM) is divided into three terms over a period of 15 months. Each term covers topics from the three major modules Business & Management Knowledge, Executive & Leadership Skills, and International Business Environment. This effective modular structure is the basis for a challenging and compact MBA program, which allows its completion in less than one and a half years – thus minimizing the time our students spend putting their professional careers on hold.
MBA students receive in-class instruction on business topics and executive skills during Terms 1 and 2. In addition, they can choose two of four elective courses. Choices are: Management in Emerging Markets or Digital Business Transformation in the Fall term as well as Social Entrepreneurship or Global Supply Chain Management in the Spring term. Furthermore, they choose one of three International Focuses: Germany and Europe, Latin America, or China. In Term 3, students can opt for an International Immersion studying one semester abroad. Alternatively, they can also choose a Practical Immersion (Internship) combined with an international week. Depending on their practical business experience, students may be eligible to waive the practical or international immersion in Term 3. This so-called Fast Track reduces the overall study time to a total of twelve months.
The Master Thesis at the end of the program demonstrates the students‘ profound understanding of current business topics and the ability to apply specific scientific methods to a real-world business situation. The topic will be chosen in collaboration with a company. Therefore, the knowledge and research presented in the thesis are valuable for both the student and their company.
Internationality and practical relevance are two of the core values of The Munich MBA.
International immersion: Students can extend their international experience by studying abroad at one of our over 60 partner universities worldwide.
Practical immersion: Students may either complete an nternship and in addition, they will spend an international week at a selected partner university.
When carefully selecting the candidates for our MBA International Management program, we pay very close attention to putting together a diverse yet cohesive group of students. Be it through their academic backgrounds, their personal experiences or their professional paths – we want to create the best possible opportunities for our MBA students in terms of networking potential and mutual enrichment. Here are some numbers of the MBA International Management class:
Average age: 30 years
International / German: 75% / 25%
Average Work Experience: 8 years
Female / Male: 75% / 25%
Academic Background: Engineering/IT - 25%, Business - 25%, other - 50%
Munich Business School offers a limited number of partial scholarships to outstanding candidates applying for The Munich MBA (up to 25% off the first two semester tuition rates). Selection criteria for the MBS Best Scholarship for outstanding candidates include the following: outstanding educational achievements, professional background, high GMAT scores, international work experience, foreign language skills, social engagement, candidates’ performance throughout the selection process. Since the number of scholarships is limited, early application increases students’ chances.
The MBA International Management program is – like all study programs at Munich Business School – internationally accredited by FIBAA (Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation). As Bavaria‘s first and so far only private university, MBS has received unlimited state accreditation by the Bavarian State Ministry and institutional accreditation by the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat).
The intercultural programme Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies provides students with key insights into major aspects of economic development in China and Europe. The skills taught include analyses of specific aspects of trade relations and financial flows, and an understanding of the social and economic interrelations between these two geo-political regions.
China’s rapid economic development, it’s integration into the world market, as well as its significance for the global economy are changing the development of companies and institutions at a national and international level. Europe is still an important player in the world market. Its integration process is difficult but unique. In an intercultural setting, students will learn to describe major aspects of the economic development in China and Europe and learn to analyse trade relations and financial flows as well as social and economic interrelations between the two regions.
The cross-cultural learning and teaching environment is further supported by a mandatory semester in China. The staff involved in the Master´s programme are internationally-renowned academics and senior researchers. An international academic staff exchange is an essential element in the programme included in team-teaching.
The programme takes a comparative Chinese-European perspective in the majority of the modules. The programme offers an international and application-oriented approach towards a multidisciplinary and academic education in Economics and Business Studies.
The Master Chinese-European Economics and Business Studies Programme addresses applicants who have acquired their first degree (Bachelor/Diploma) and who have a particular interest in the field of the rapidly growing Chinese-European economic and business relations.
Participants in this programme will acquire a good base of knowledge in economics and business, as well as in the specific cultural and political foundations of China and Europe.
Students seeking to build a career in this field will also appreciate the intercultural learning and teaching environment in this Master´s programme.
The programme starts every year on October 1st.
This full-time Master programme comprises three parts:
Chinese I / German I
Economics: Managerial and Business Environment
Financial Analysis and Corporate Finance
Leadership Skills*, e.g. e.g. Teambuilding, Leadership Skills, Intercultural Training
Marketing in China and Europe
Strategic Management in China and Europe
Chinese II / German II
Elective I, e. g. Hospitability Management, Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship
Elective II, e. g. Corporate Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility,
Gender and Globalization, International Supply Chain Management
Human Resource Management in China and Europe
Chinese III / German III
Cultural and Political History of China and Europe
Current Issues of the Chinese-European Economy
Economics in China and Europea
Financial Markets in China and Europe
4th Term (SWUFE Chengdu or Berlin School of Economics and Law)
Master's Thesis and Oral Defence
The full curriculum can also be found here:
The Master programme takes two years in total. It begins in mid of September and ends two years later when students present their Master’s Thesis. The programme is divided into four semesters. The first two semesters are spent at Berlin School of Economics and Law. The third semester takes place at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. The fourth semester includes the writing of the Master’s Thesis. It can be studied in either location.
The Master programme is taught entirely in English.
All core courses are given in a seminar style, using a wide range of case studies, presentations and discussions to provide an in-depth review of the material under consideration.