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In­ter­na­tio­nal Business M.A.

You’ve always wanted to study in a truly international environment?

Would you like to study abroad? You're multilingual? You would like to work in a group of students from different continents, and you appreciate their different cultures, beliefs and religions? You're also prepared to adapt to new challenges?

Then we have the right program for you! Our MA.IB program provides you with an exciting and challenging environment in one of Germany’s most bustling regions. Visit our website to learn more about the degree program contents, contact us and find out about the professional careers of our alumni. We look forward to hearing from you.


The program covers marketing, financial reporting, business law and more, while also tackling current challenges, like leadership & organization. The degree program allows you to specialize in your field of interest, choosing from marketing, accounting, service management or human resources, and familiarizes you with the methods of academic research in business and management. At the same time, it broadens your knowledge: Most modules take an international perspective on the topics they discuss. Learning takes place in small international groups and includes group work and small projects. The program is taught completely in English.


The program aims to prepare students for challenging positions in multinational companies or in internationally operating public organizations. In particular, graduates are familiar with state-of-the-art techniques of international business and have acquired the leadership skills necessary for working in a cross-cultural business environment.

  • Professional competence
    Students increase their professional competence by deepening their already existing knowledge of business issues and by adding an international dimension to the skills and tools acquired in their undergraduate business or management studies.
  • Methodological expertise
    They expand their ability to apply quantitative and qualitative analysis methods to business-related studies.
  • Social skills
    Students further improve their skills in self-management and team work, esepcially in a multicultural environment.
  • Leadership skills
    Skills such as communication, motivation and building trust in personal relations and organizations are cultivated.
  • Language and cross-cultural management skills
    A culturally diverse student group, one or two semesters spent abroad and the mandatory use of foreign languages prepare the students for the working environment encountered in multinational companies and institutions.

At a glance

Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
ECTS credits:
Starting semester:
winter semester only
Language of instruction: English

Application period

Winter semester 2023:  by June 15, 2023

Program Brochure


In­ter­na­tio­nal Focus

The MA.IB program is truly international. Around 50% of the students in the program come from outside of Germany; all modules are taught and tested in English and take an international perspective. MA.IB students spend at least one semester abroad. The teaching approach includes projects and group work, so students quickly become accustomed to working in international teams. Exchanges of professors and lecturers from partner universities further contribute to the students’ internationalization. Many of the graduates keep in touch years after their studies, creating a network spanning the globe.

Program Structure

The MA.IB program takes 4 semesters in total. MA.IB students spend their first academic year at Mainz University of Applied Sciences, where they are familiarized with the core subjects of international business. They spend their third semester, which is dedicated to their respective specialization, abroad at one of our partner universities. During their fourth and final semester, students work on their master's thesis, either at the partner university or in Mainz. The program also includes an eight-week practical project, which is an internship/practical training period.

Programme Structure Overview

Study structure

Tuition overview

  • Students with a German or international bachelor's degree join the program tuition-free! However, all students must pay a social semester fee of approx. €330 for each semester they are enrolled in the program (also during the semester abroad). The fee is set by AStA, the student union, and includes a public transportation ticket for a large part of the Rhine-Main region.
  • Students with a German "Diplom" degree or who already hold a master's degree: tuition of €650 per semester in additional to the social semester fee.


Tuition for the second year stay at the partner university follows the host university’s tuition rules. The tuition fee for the period of study abroad can be waived at many partner universities, for example by applying for an Erasmus exchange. For more details, please check the list of partner universities on our website under “Study Program at Partner Universities”.


Professional Prospects

The MA.IB program enables you to acquire the skills needed in international business. It broadens your knowledge by adding a truly international perspective to your business education and prepares you for middle management positions. As a graduate of the MA.IB program, future employers will appreciate your ability to work in and lead culturally diverse working groups, and your willingness to be internationally mobile.


The lecture and examination schedules of the degree programs of the School of Business are completely available under HIP.

Program Information

Study Program at Partner Universities
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Module Guide
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Guide to Writing Academic Papers
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Modules - old vs. new structure

Who to contact

Judith Busch
Program Manager MA.IB
T +49 6131 628-3414
judith.busch (at)
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