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Company success is not based solely on genius, luck or skill. Successful global conglomerates and globally active SMEs develop strategies and apply them. Yet every organization, however big, reaches its limits at some point. Those who want to grow on an international scale or become more profitable use the services of external or internal corporate consultancies. The unobstructed view from the outside and expertise from a wide range of different projects shows the way to new opportunities and competitive advantages. You have decided to pursue a career in international strategic management or consulting? A Master’s degree from Cologne Business School is an excellent way to get started, because in this English-language study programme, we will familiarize you with the typical tools consultants use for analysing, problem solving and decision making. These tools will be actively used during your studies. A high level of leadership, teamwork and integration capabilities, multilingualism and high motivation are what characterize CBS graduates.
Almost every week consultants are faced with completely new challenges and are expected to come up with convincing solutions for the top management. This is where the entire spectrum of business administration theory and the ability to apply it from the hip are required. Your MBA degree from CBS prepares you with lectures and courses like Business Economics, Innovation and Change Management, Accounting and Sustainable Supply Chain Management.
Corporate and strategic consultants work quickly and efficiently because they have recourse to tried and tested tools – these are already part of the course of studies in the first semester, for example in the course, International Competitive Strategy.
Changes in companies create consulting needs. In the event of a restructuring, corporate takeover or merger, strategies are analysed, evaluated, revised and supplemented – right up to strategic reboot. This is the topic of the second semester of your Master’s in Consulting. In the third semester, you will learn about the correlation between company organization and strategic orientation as well as how organizations can be further developed.
Consulting and strategic consulting is a fast business. That is why we attach great importance to practical experience: a) with lecturers from the business world, b) with a mandatory internship of at least eight-weeks either at home or abroad and c) with a business project, where you work on a case and present your results – or in a business simulation game, where you will experience the impact of your strategic decisions as you compete against fellow students. Soft skills courses will teach you how to organize intercultural teams, manage projects, and present yourself convincingly. The fourth semester is lecture-free, so that you can devote yourself completely to your Master’s thesis. As for the amount of practical relevance to your Master’s thesis, this is completely up to you. Many CBS students write theirs as part of a corporate project, while others look abroad for inspiration as they spend the semester at one of our many partner universities.
The prerequisite is a first academic degree in economics. Advanced English skills are also expected.
The successful completion of the Master’s degree in International Business with a specialization in Strategic Management & Consulting makes careers possible in the strategic management of international companies, in-house consulting at large corporations and in the consulting industry with its generalists and specialists.