Schedule MA International Business

Semester 2

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Semester 1

Semester 2

Core Modules in the Fall semester

  • International Business Environment
    World trade and world financial flows as well as exchange rate issues are analysed from a macro-economic and business perspective. Students learn to understand how political economy and business strategies of multinational companies are interlinked. The module also discusses the role of international institutions such as the WTO, IMF, and World Bank.

  • Leadership and Organisation
    Students learn about the interrelation of leadership, organisational behaviour, change, and economic success. They learn about theories of human interactions in organisations and broaden their view of management by adding components of organisational psychology. A professional hands-on leadership seminar is also included within this module.

  • Business Research
    Participants learn about academic standards and ethical questions in research, their application in desk and field research and writing papers. In particular, the role of description and analysis, the application of statistics and figures, citing and referencing are explained and trained in small exercises. Moreover, the course provides them with an overview of libraries and other sources for academic research. Students also learn to apply different interviewing techniques and questionnaire designs to several research interests (for example, explorative versus representative studies) and to typical business-related research topics. In addition, academic writing skills are further developed.

  • Quantitative Analytical Methods
    The course gives an overview and stresses the application of intermediate mathematical and statistical methods to business cases. This enables the students to design and test their own research theses. In general, the course strengthens their knowledge of analytical research and provides them with the tools needed for analytical work in the future.

  • Financial Reporting
    Students learn about international accounting principles and their application in different world trade areas. In particular, US-GAAP and IFSR form the basis of analysis. The module enables students to “read” income statements of multinational enterprises published in different economic areas. They are also able to analyse the impact of these differences on selected accounting topics – from goodwill and intangibles to foreign currency transactions. Moreover, they understand the implications on management control and budgeting practises.

  • Language Option 1
    FH Mainz – University of Applied Sciences offers courses of “German language and culture” at three different levels – beginner, intermediate, academic. These courses are open to undergraduate and post-graduate students. Participants are assigned to the courses according to their speaking and writing skills. Students proficient in German take courses in French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese. Other languages may be offered.

Core Modules in the Spring semester

  • International Business Law
    The module describes and analyses the legal framework of international trade including UNCITRAL, law and international organisations, access to markets including ICC rules on delivery and payment terms, licences, intellectual property rights, and anti-trust issues.

  • Strategic Management
    Participants learn about strategic management and business policy. The module integrates the various views of marketing, finance, accounting, and leadership modules into cases. Lectures are kept short; case studies in small teams in and outside class as well as their presentation are used in order to strengthen the students’ analytical skills and encourage them to take a problem-related work approach.

  • International Marketing and Export Management
    Students learn about the principles of export-based, multi-domestic and global approaches of international marketing and their implications for product and price positioning as well as placement and communication. They also understand and know how to apply the major management tools to export operations including export finance and risk management. The module consists of lectures and seminars - the students apply their knowledge to cases and present the results of their cases in class. Thus, the module also trains self-management, working in small teams, and the students' ability to discuss results of their work controversially.

  • International Corporate Finance
    The module covers issues of corporate finance in an international environment with a focus on multinational companies. Students apply the tools presented in class to exercises and cases. In contrast to finance modules at undergraduate level, students focus on multinational enterprises. The discussion of risk management and exchange rate issues are closely linked to the contents of the modules “International Business Environment”, “International Marketing and Export Management” and “International Accounting”.

  • Language Option 2
    FH Mainz – University of Applied Sciences offers courses of “German language and culture” at three different levels – beginner, intermediate, academic. These courses are open to undergraduate and post-graduate students. Participants are assigned to the courses according to their speaking and writing skills. Students proficient in German take courses in French, Spanish, Russian or Chinese. Other languages may be offered.

  • Options
    Participants take five courses at the host university and transfer the credits as options back to the FH Mainz. Class contact hours and assessments are subject to the host university’s rules. Exchange students from partner universities may transfer courses they took at their home university during the first year either as options or, if applicable, first year modules. In the case that incoming exchange students speak German, they are entitled to take courses of the German Master programme in Business Administration. These courses cover Marketing, HRM, Accounting, Management, PR and Communication, and IT topics.

Applied Project

During their studies in Mainz or within 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 FH Mainz 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.

For a selected group of students, the university arranges projects in cooperation with international partner companies. These applied projects are organised in form of a consulting work in which students develop a proposal to a task assigned by the company. In the 2008/2009 projects, students worked with Boehringer Ingelheim, which is one of the close company partners of the Fachhochschule Mainz of many years, and one of the global leaders in the pharmaceutical sector. The 2009/2010 projects focused on accounting and auditing (KPMG), market entry strategy (FH Mainz), and HRM (Lufthansa; Doehler).

Master Thesis

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 thesis may be combined with an internship in a multinational company or be based on an independent research project. Within the Master Thesis, students are required to apply theories and tools they have 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.

Extra-curricular courses

  • Integration of business processes: SAP TERP
    This is an intense course run in the semester break in February. Thanks to a very close cooperation with SAP, the business school is able to offer this course at a discounted rate for students. Unfortunately, this course is available in German only. Tuition is around Euro 250 (at least 24 students; otherwise the tuition is higher).

  • Doing Business in Germany
    Each spring semester, the Fachhochschule’s business school offers a course designed for international students. The course provides them with an overview of the specific features of the German “Soziale Marktwirtschaft”, in particular the different aspects of corporate governance in a bank-based financial system and “co-determination” which make “Doing Business in Germany” different from other countries. This course is tuition-free.

  • Doing Business in the USA
    Coastal Carolina University hosts this CIDD sponsored programme each summer (July/August). Students from all study programmes in Mainz and from the CIDD member universities take a three-week intensive course on several aspects of the US market. Tuition, including accommodation and a meal plan (without air fare to the US) is Euro 1500. For around 6 to 8 students with an excellent academic background, CIDD sponsors scholarships up to EUR 900.

  • Summer programme on “Global Business” in Korea
    Around five students from our MA.IB are eligible for the summer programme at the partner university in Seoul. Sungkyunkwan University sponsors this six-week summer school. Topics may deal with innovation in businesses, productivity and marketing in a global environment. Cost may vary between EUR 1000 and 1500.

  • Summer programmes at partner universities in Europe
    There are many summer schools available. MA.IB students participated in the various programmes, for example, in Helsinki, and in Wroclaw, Poland.

Contact person

Prof. Dr. Daniel Porath

Programme Director MA.IB
Tel. +49 (0) 6131-628-3253

Judith Busch

Programme Manager MA.IB
Tel. +49 (0) 6131-628-3414

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Dear applicant,

please read the application instructions file corresponding to your pre-requisites.

If you are a German applicant or an applicant with a bachelor degree awarded by an EU institution, please read the “instructions application German and EU”, start the online application procedure and send the results with the full application package directly to Hochschule Mainz by 15th June. The file “Guidance for Online Application” may be helpful for the online application.
Applicants with a bachelor degree awarded by a NON EU institution have to send their application together with OUR application form to Uni-Assist. Please pay the application fee directly to Uni-Assist (check the website for further details).
Hand in your application before 15th June.
Applicants from partner universities fill out the form for exchange students and hand it in to Hochschule Mainz, MA.IB by 30th May.
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