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The HdWM 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:
Wha 590 Euros per month

Master of Arts

Lecturing Days:
Thursdays and Fridays

IT Management, HR Management, International Sales Management

Languages of instruction:
Study programme is offered in English and German

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

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.

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 offer 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.

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.

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 those 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.


Julian Hochscheid
Graduate Master’s in Business Management

„I chose the German track Master’s in Business Management because combining interactive theory with practice is important to me. The master’s degree programme based on St. Gallen Management enables me to get a holistic view of business. Through real case studies, theoretic course content is put into a practical and entrepreneurial context. “

How can I apply?

You want to apply for the degree programme in international management at HdWM? Then you should assemble the following documents for the application process:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Passport photo
  • School leaving certificate or other equivalent diploma showing university readiness
  • Diploma and transcript of records of your bachelor’s degree
  • Copy of your passport or ID card
  • Certificate about language skills (B2 English level) for non-native speakers of English (language test or German Abitur)

To apply for the master’s in international management at HdWM, you can officially register using our Online-Application Portal. There, you first enter your personal data. The system will walk you through the application step-by-step. You can return to the portal at any time and re-work your application before sending it. After submitting your online application, the second step of your application is sending us your application documents to bewerbung@hdwm.org. As soon as we have received your application and all required documents, we will set up a personal appointment for an admissions interview with you.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us via bewerbung@hdwm.org.

Costs of the English track master’s in management

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the master’s in international management are 590 Euros per month. Non-EU students will be required to pay for the first semester in advance - i.e. prior to enrollment. As this is an English track programme, no knowledge of German is required, however if you speak and write German fluently (European Common Framework Reference B2) then this will be an advantage to you in finding an internship place in the 2nd semester. Also, it will help you to find a position as a working student at one of our partner companies’, where you can work during the semester or in the semester break to fund your studies.

Other fees

There is a non-refundable application fee of 50 Euros, payable at the time of the application. This fee is set off with the one-time enrolment fee of 390 Euros that you pay if you are accepted and choose to join the programme. For the thesis, there is a fee of 390 Euros. You also have to pay a so-called Solidarity Contribution of 24.50 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 a young and healthy student 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 165 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.

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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Contact Masterprogramme Carla Ziehmann
Carla Ziehmann Masterprogramme Tel.: +49 (0)621 490 890-96 carla.ziehmann@hdwm.org

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