Master of Arts in International Business

Study language English Intake Spring + Fall
Duration 4 semesters ECTS: 120
Type of study full-time Qualification Master of Arts
Semester abroad optional Internship integrated
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Your International Business Master’s degree programmme

Globalization presents new challenges to international corporations. Potential employers expect leadership, team and integration skills, high motivation, multilingualism and excellent knowledge of economics. Precisely these abilities are imparted on you within the International Business Master’s programme at Cologne Business School, so that later on, you can make strategically meaningful and sustainable decisions in middle or senior management. All this in 4 semesters at one of Germany’s most prestigious business schools, with professors with many years of professional experience and lecturers with international backgrounds. Courses are held in English.

Acquire broad competencies

International management is complex. You expand your knowledge and understanding of management processes, in which small deviations have a huge impact on companies. Business and international economics, strategic and value based management, business development, leadership and change management, accounting – the number of subject areas is great in order to provide you with a comprehensive overview. Particularly in globally operating companies, the large number of competitors makes the sustainable acquisition of customers much more important than for smaller companies. For this reason, the subject, Customer Relationship Management is immediately addressed in the first semester. In the second semester, the focus is on setting up and organizing companies. As for how sustainable management becomes a success factor, you will learn more about this in the subjects Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. In the second and third semesters, you can set your own priorities by attending elective courses, which you choose based on your own prior knowledge or interests.

The fourth semester: time to take the initiative

In the fourth semester, you will work on your Master’s thesis. The majority of the students write this in cooperation with a company. Or you can write your thesis in connection with a stay abroad.

Leadership skills for international tasks

As a future leader, you will not only be measured on achievements that can be expressed in figures. Leadership requires social and intercultural skills – these abilities are often the decisive factor when it comes to filling positions. This is why your studies prepare you for such challenges, including the relevant English skills plus another language course.

At the heart of business

The aim of the study is to provide you with the best possible preparation for career entry and advancement in the future. Therefore, the practically oriented lectures, a business project, a business simulation game and an internship of at least eight weeks in Germany or abroad are part of the study programme. Through various networking and recruiting events during your time at CBS, you will constantly become acquainted with well-known companies.


You have successfully completed a first degree in Business Administration (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree at CBS) and are completely fluent in English. Course contents are based on the knowledge acquired in previous studies.

The alternatives: specializations

In addition to the broad focus of the International Business Master, our degree programme also provides you with the opportunity to specialize in the following: Financial Management, HRM & Leadership, Strategic Management & Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management or Digital Transformation Management

Career opportunities? Ask our alumni

Many career paths are open to you in all areas of international companies, such as marketing, personnel management, controlling or company management. Former CBS students are working in the automotive industry, in corporate consulting, in banks and in the financial sector. And, of course, a Master’s degree is also the prerequisite for the start of a career in academia, making you eligible for a PhD.

Success factor: consulting

Take advantage of our counselling services: info evenings, study information days, personal student advisory services as well as trial lectures help you to make a well-educated decision.

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