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Master of Science in International Management (MSc)

Master of Science in International Management (MSc)

The MSc in International Management with the pathways

  • Market Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Economics and Finance

is a consecutive programme for university graduates of economics courses.

The master’s programme lasts four semesters. Generally speaking, it builds on a bachelor’s degree in economics lasting at least six semesters and ends as a rule with the award of the degree of “Master of Science” (MSc).

Admission conditions

1. Proof of a successfully completed bachelor’s degree or Diplom programme...

... with the final cumulative grade of 2.5 (up to 2.59) or higher in the field of economics or a comparable degree programme with a distinct focus on economics. This economics focus must be substantiated by at least 50 % of the total number of credits earned on the respective programme.

Upon application, candidates who have earned their degree abroad can be admitted to the programme, provided that equivalence has been established. 

The final cumulative grade required is not the threshold for restricted admission. It is the admission condition that must be met in order to participate in the application procedure.

This means that applications where the final cumulative grade is lower than 2.59 are ruled out/cannot be taken into consideration in the allocation of places.

2. Sufficient English language proficiency – Level B2 (CEFR)

Proof of sufficient proficiency in the English language can be provided, for example, by the following:

Abitur certificate (see Foreign Languages, English, B2 CEFR)

  • TOEFL (internet-based) with at least 72 points
  • IELTS (Academic English, face-to-face format with speaking component): 5
  • TOEIC: 400 (listening) and 385 (reading)

Proof of adequate knowledge of English can also be provided via other certificates on condition that English to Level B2 of the CEFR is indicated on the respective certificate.

Other language certificates or reference letters are not accepted. Semesters completed abroad are not a replacement for the language certificate.

Applicants are deemed to have acquired the necessary language skills if they have completed an English-taught degree programme (the Diploma Supplement serves as proof of language proficiency on condition that English is indicated as the language of instruction).

3. Applicants who have not earned their higher education entrance qualification...

... at an institution where German is the language of instruction must provide proof of German language proficiency to Level B2 of the Common Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), e.g. a registered DSH 1, TestDaF 4 x 3, German Language Diploma Level 2 (B2) or equivalent. Please click here for further information.

Programme structure

The aim of the first two semesters is above all to train students in research methods and intercultural skills as well as in corporate governance in an international context. The intention is for students to familiarise themselves with the cultural specificities of companies that operate internationally and to empower them to take on management positions in international companies in an intercultural environment. Further compulsory subjects teach the necessary general management know-how at micro and macro level. These subjects concentrate primarily on the central characteristics of national and international institutions and transaction costs (international economic policy).

Students choose the mandatory electives (in the first and second semesters too) from one of the three pathways. These allow specialisation in a specific subject area as well as deeper scientific study and above all ensure an international focus.

The semester abroad in the third semester is mandatory. The aim is to give students an opportunity to discover an international and intercultural environment.

In the fourth semester of the master’s programme, students must write a master’s thesis on an adequate scale (about 80 to 100 pages). The time allowed is four months. The programme ends with the oral examination, which is concerned with the subject area covered by the master’s thesis.


1st and 2nd semesters: 

  • Research Methods (6 ECTS credits)
  • Intercultural Skills (6 ECTS credits)
  • Strategic Management (6 ECTS credits)
  • Management in an International Context (6 ECTS credits)
  • Institutional Economics (6 ECTS credits)
  • International Economic Policy (6 ECTS credits)
  • Specialisations (24 ECTS credits)

3rd semester: Semester abroad (30 ECTS credits)

4th semester: Master’s thesis and oral examination (30 ECTS credits)

Choice of pathway

Choosing a pathway allows students to specialise in a specific area within the MSc in International Management.

Each of the three pathways below comprises two modules:

  • Market Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Economics and Finance

Each advanced module is attributed to a pathway. Students must complete at least two modules (i.e. 12 ECTS credits) in the respective pathway. Students are free to choose other modules in order to earn the remaining 12 ECTS credits.

International Management