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In­ter­na­tio­nal Business M.A.

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

Do you wish to study abroad? And you are proficient in English and two further languages? You would like to work in a group of students from different continents? You appreciate their different cultures, beliefs and religions? You are prepared to adapt to new challenges?   

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

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: application begin: 15th June 2020, deadline will be extended until at least 15th July 2020, maybe later see document “Changes in application procedure due to Corona pandemic” (10.06.2020)


Includes marketing, financial reporting, business law and others, but also picks up current challenges, like leadership & organisation. It will allow you to specialise in your field of interest, e.g. marketing, accounting, service management or human resources, and will familiarise you with the methods of academic research in business and management. At the same time it will broaden your knowledge: Most modules take an international perspective on the topics they discuss. Learning will take place in small international groups and cover group works as well as small projects. The programme is taught completely in English.

Programme Brochure



The programme aims at preparing students for challenging positions in multinational companies or in internationally active public organisations. In particular, graduates are familiar with state-of-the-art techniques of International Business and have acquired leadership skills for 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 skills and tools acquired in their undergraduate business or management studies.
  • Methodological expertise
    They further develop their ability to apply quantitative and qualitative analytical methods to business-related studies.
  • Social competences
    Students further improve their competencies in self-management and team work, in particular in a multicultural environment.
  • Leadership skills
    Skills such as communication, motivation, and building trust in personal relations and organisations develop further.
  • Language and cross-cultural management skills
    A culturally diverse student group, one or two semesters spent abroad, and the obligation to use foreign languages prepare the students for the working environment encountered in multinational companies and institutions.


MA.IB programme at Mainz University of Applied Sciences

In­ter­na­tio­nal Focus

The MA.IB programme is truly international.  Around 50% of the students come from outside of Germany; all modules are taught and assessed in English and take an international perspective. MA.IB students spend at least one semester abroad. The teaching approach includes projects and group works, so that students will soon get accustomed to working in international teams. Exchange of professors and lecturers from partner universities further contribute to the students’ internationalisation. Many of the graduates keep in touch years after their studies, unknowingly creating a worldwide network.

Programme Structure

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

Programme Structure Overview

Overview of tuition

  • Students with a German or international bachelor's degree: tuition-free! However, all students must pay a social semester  fee of approx. EUR 300 for each semester of enrolment in the programme (during the semester abroad as well). The fee is set by AStA, the student union, and contains 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 fee of EUR 650 per semester.

Tuition for the second year stay at the partner university follows the host university’s tuition rules. Therefore, tuition has to be paid at the partner university. At many European partner universities a limited number of MA.IB students are accepted tuition-free based on an Erasmus exchange. In some (other) countries, a limited number of MA.IB students are accepted tuition-free. For further details, please check the list of partner universities.

Professional Prospects

The MA.IB programme allows 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 programme, 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.

Programme Information

Study Programme at Partner Universities
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Module Guide
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Modules - old vs. new structure

Who to contact

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