Programme Structure International Business M.A.
During their studies in Mainz or the summer break between year 1 & year 2, participants apply the analytical tools learned in the first two semesters to a real-life case. Ideally, students do the applied project work in an international company in the summer break between the first and second year of studies. As students usually move from Mainz to a partner university, or vice-versa, the applied project may be supervised by the partner university abroad. In exceptional cases, in particular when a student does not manage to find a company for his/her practical project, the partner university or Mainz University of Applied Sciences will assign a larger case study to the student as a practical project. After completion of the project, the learning success has to be reported back to the supervisor and presented to a group of international students.
During the third semester of the MA.IB programme, students are obliged to take at least 25 ECTS credits (5 options) abroad. This mandatory semester abroad should be used to specialise in either a certain field of management or a specific industry.
Generally students spend their mandatory stay abroad at one of our carefully selected partner universities. Nearly all of them offer a study programme in the English language – in addition to the national language. The modules taken at the partner universities are transferred to Mainz University of Applied Sciences as electives.
At many partner universities, MA.IB students can also spend the fourth semester (writing their master's thesis) at the partner university. In many cases, the student not only transfers the credits back to Mainz, but may also be awarded a master's degree by the partner university (double degree). In order to fulfil the double degree requirements, the student may need to earn more than 120 ECTS credits.
Mainz University of Applied Sciences has a wide range of partner universities to choose from (see list). However, students enrolled in the MA.IB programme can only select a partner university from the “School of Business” (orange, “Wirtschaft). A double degree programme is offered at all partner universities marked with “DD”. Applicants should indicate their preferred (partner) universities abroad (1-3) in their application and write the reason for this choice in their motivation letter.
Important: The International Office & Programme Management MA.IB provide assistance in obtaining the study places at our partner universities. The students are responsible for all other organizational actions concerning their exchange period. This means, for example, that accommodations, visa and programme content should be taken care of by the master's student him/herself.
A student can also decide to collect the 25 ECTS credits at a university which is not a partner of our University, but then s/he needs to arrange acceptance to that university him-/herself as well.
During their entire study period (including the semesters at the partner university), students are obliged to pay the social fee of around EUR 300.00 per semester.
Usually in their last semester (summer/spring or winter/fall), students work on their final thesis, which consists of a research project on an international business issue. The master's thesis may be combined with an internship in a multinational company or be based on an independent research project. In the master's thesis, students are required to apply theories and tools learned in their studies to real-life business situations. Usually, the student’s research and analysis is based on the student’s own empirical study. Depending on the nature of the study, the length of the paper is around 20,000 words. The master's thesis doesn’t need to be defended, unless the student is aiming for a double degree programme and the partner university requires a defense.
Double Degree program in Mainz – an example
|Induction Week |
|Leadership and Human Ressource Management|
|Master's Thesis |
(incl. Master Seminar) at Mainz University of Applied Sciences or at a partner university
|Quantitative Analytical Methods|
|Option I (abroad)|
|Option II (abroad)|
|Option III (abroad)|
|International Business Environment|
|International Business Law|
|Option IV (abroad)|
|Option V (abroad)|