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The Master's in International Business Management:
The Key to your International Management Career

If you are heading for an international career, the Master Business Management in English is the ideal master's in international management. With further skills in international management, it enables you to build on the knowledge gained during your undergraduate studies and complements it with management tools and theories for an international setting. Combined with a high practical orientation, you will be able to manage international businesses of all sizes and business areas.

To align your master’s in international management with your strengths and interests, you can choose between three different majors in your final semester:

  • International Sales Management
  • HR Management
  • IT Management

The Master Business Management is the English track of the already well-established German HdWM study programme, but with a special focus on international management. In addition to the profound management skills offered by the German course, the English degree programme equips you with the necessary qualifications to succeed in the international management world.

The HdWM master’s in management degree programme in brief:

Tuition and fees:
650 Euros per month until winter semester 2021/2022
690 Euros per month from summer semester 2022 on

Master of Arts

Lecturing Days:
Thursdays and Fridays

IT Management, HR Management, International Sales Management

Languages of instruction:
Study programme is offered in 100% English or German. HdWM offers German classes for international students.

Start of programme:
Winter and summer semester

Semester schedule:
Winter Semester: October 1st – March 31st
Including semester breaks over Christmas/New Year and from mid-February to end of March
Summer Semester: April 1st – September 30th
Semester break from mid-July to end of September

Practical orientation:
Teaching staff with international business experience, guest lectures from partner companies, management-project in a company as an integral part of the degree programme

Career counselling:
Continuous advising and guidance by the Career Service Team with access to a network of more than 50 partner companies

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What are the entrance requirements?

Before joining the master programme in international management, you must have a bachelor’s degree. If your bachelor’s degree gained you the equivalent of 210 ECTS of which at least 30 were business studies related, then you can directly join the master’s in international management and finish your studies in only 3 semesters.

With 180 ECTS or if you lack the 30 ECTS in business, you can first enrol in a pre-semester course to gain the necessary 30 ECTS. If your 180 ECTS include the 30 ECTS in business, then the missing 30 ECTS can be obtained through a semester abroad in your third semester. The whole master’s programme, with either the pre-semester or the semester abroad, will then take 4 semesters. Applicants who already have 210 ECTS including 30 ECTS in business can spend a semester abroad voluntarily.

For this English track master’s in international management programme, non-native speakers of English need to certify language skills on at least B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This can be certified by a German Abitur or any common language test, such as e.g. TOEFL or IELTS. Additional German skills are recommended. For the German track programme, language skills on C1 level are necessary.

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What should I expect in the degree programme?

By enrolling in this master's in international management programme, you will build your management skills based on the St. Gallen Model in the first two semesters. In contrast to a control-oriented view of management, the focus is on a systemic and entrepreneurial viewpoint and management is split-up into operative, strategic and normative aspects. At the same time, you will observe management and organisation in its dynamic interaction with the environment.

In the framework of an eight-week internship, you will apply the new approaches directly into practice. Depending on the professional aims that you have, you can participate in a research project on leadership-related topics instead of the internship. The HdWM master’s in international management offers three specialisations in the third semester: International Sales Management, HR Management and IT Management. They will give your studies a specific focus that will support you in pursuing your international career.

For more information about the study programme, please take a look at the module handbook and the general examination regulations.

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How is the degree programme structured?

The HdWM master’s in management offers a further refinement of your personal and professional skills in the selected specialisation.

Master International Business Management Structure
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What prospects do I have after graduation?

The English track of the Master Business Management is held entirely in English and thus offers broad management career options all over the world. Classically, you can start a career in managing a business. This can be an internationally operating company in your home country, but the focus on international management allows you to work all over the world. Additionally, it provides a solid knowledge base for entrepreneurs as well as for corporate succession within owner-operated firms. Thanks to the opportunities to deepen knowledge in specific areas, graduates in this master’s in international management have exceptionally good job prospects.

HR Management – A way with people

Due to demographic change and the ever-increasing demands on the recruiting and retaining staff, the position of the Human Resources Manager is becoming more and more important. Diverse career prospects are emerging, ranging from the classical personnel manager to the knowledge expert or HR consultant.

IT Management – Creating structures, thinking in solutions

IT Management is taking on an important role in organisations. The modern IT Manager structures processes in organisations, or develops IT solutions for customers and thinks laterally, beyond mere programming. Due to the ever-increasing digitalisation, career prospects with a Master’s in IT Management are extremely promising.

International Sales Management – A career as sales professional

In the international sales area, the prospects are extremely good, from Key Account Manager to Sales Executive. Well-qualified sales personnel are always in great demand. Economic growth creates new positions, and responsible positions may become available very suddenly.

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Is it also possible to study part-time?

Are you looking for a flexible study programme adjusted to your individual needs? Then HdWM has just the right thing for you!

In some cases, a full-time degree programme can be hard to reconcile with your situation in live. This can have many reasons: You are taking care of relatives or your children. Your job is currently quite demanding, or you are aiming to be a professional athlete. It is for people like you that we offer all our study courses as a part-time alternative.

We will schedule an individual curriculum for you, which simply contains fewer lectures than usual. Of course, this will extend your studies, but we lower the tuition fees accordingly. At the end of the day, you will not pay more than any full-time student.

Contact us to find out more.


Julia Brasch
Student Master's in Business Management (EN)
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„The small class sizes and the individual advisory at HdWM gave me the opportunity to not only gain further academic knowledge, but also to benefit from hands-on business insights. My internship and the student job at the HdWM Career Service helped me to build up a professional network. Overall my experience at the HdWM contributed to a clear direction of my future career.“

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How can I apply?

The HdWM Application Process – We Want to Get to Know You

Studying Master in International Business Management requires more from an applicant than just the necessary school leaving certificates. It takes special characteristics, such as motivation and personality, to be successful in the field. These and other qualifications are assessed in our application process. Rather than just checking your grades, we want to assess your motivation for choosing the respective degree course. We want to find out how it can support you on your path to your career. The central element is a personal application interview with a professor of the respective degree course. The interview gives us insight, whether the selected study programme matches your personal skills and interests.

Find out more about our Application Process or apply directly via our Online Application Form.

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Costs of the English track master’s in management

Tuition fees

Until the winter semester 2021/2022, the tuition fees for the master’s Business Management (EN) are 650 Euros per month. From summer semester 2022 on, the tuition fees are 690 Euros per month.

Non-EU students will be required to set up a German bank account and hand in a signed SEPA direct debit mandate for the monthly payment of the tuition fees. You will receive all necessary documents with your study contract.

Other fees

There is a one-time enrolment fee of 390 Euros that you pay if you are accepted and choose to join the programme. You also have to pay a so-called Solidarity Contribution of 22.80 Euros per semester.

Living expenses

Living expenses vary from person to person, according to your lifestyle and whether you wish to rent your own flat or share a flat with other students. Health Insurance is compulsory and for students is available from between 30 to 75 Euros per month.

Most students buy a semester ticket from the local public transport company. This costs about 170 Euros per semester, but you then have free travel on all buses, trams and local trains in the region. For books you should reckon with 300 to 400 Euros per semester.


There are several ways how to fund your studies at HdWM. Germans can apply for BAföG and the KfW student loan. Under certain circumstances, these options are also available to non-Germans (please check their websites for further details). HdWM also offers several scholarship programmes, merit-based scholarships for which all nationalities can apply.

The Benefits of Studying International Management in the English Track Master Business Management

  • Learn about management in an international context
  • Perfect preparation for an international career
  • Accredited study programme entirely in English
  • Lecturers with extensive international business experience
  • Fellow students from all over the world
  • Options to study and do internships abroad
  • Extensive network of partner universities and institutes

The master’s in international management is the right study programme for you? Here is how you get more information:

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Your contact person Master‘s Programmes Christina Relford
Christina Relford Master‘s Programmes +49 (0)621 490 890-53 christina.relford@hdwm.org
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