International Business & Consulting: International Strategic Management
Master of Arts (M.A.)
The Master in International Strategic Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is designed for graduates from Germany and abroad who have completed a first university degree (usually a Bachelor) and would like to study for a post-graduate degree in an international group of students.
The programme prepares students for positions which require strategic cross-functional competencies in international companies, such as consulting firms, or international investment promotion bodies. This may concern for instance internal and external project management and consulting roles, team membership in strategy and change management projects, assistant positions to executives with global responsibilities.
Courses are predominately structured as interactive seminars and taught in English. The small group size facilitates direct dialogue and close contact between the students and the academic staff, enabling intensive work on case studies and fruitful and wide-ranging discussions.
|Faculty||Faculty of Business and Economics|
|Degree||Master of Arts (M.A.)|
|Start||Winter semester (1 October)|
|Accreditation||ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency)|
|Duration||3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)|
The Master programme is basically divided into three parts:
- 1st semester: Foundation Courses, Specialisation
- 2nd semester: Foundation Courses, Specialisation
- 3rd semester: Dissertation (providing students do not have to take an additional work placement semester).
The first semester are worth a total of 30 credit points. During the first semester, students extend their knowledge in particular areas and start their specialisation.
The second semester modules – also worth 30 credit points – build on the first semester to provide additional specialised skills required for the challenges in their future careers.
The two semesters are accompanied by a personal development module which provides a platform for individual self-reflection and competence development.
For students who do not have to take a placement (usually students with 210 ECTS), the third semester is scheduled for completing the degree by submitting the dissertation and defending it in an oral exam. During the third semester, a research methodology seminar is provided to support the work on the dissertation. The third semester is worth a total of 30 credit points.
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Placement||Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with less than 210 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) will be required to complete a work experience placement in the third semester worth 30 ECTS. Students with a bachelor’s degree worth 210 ECTS who have already done supervised work experience during their undergraduate programme may, if they wish so, also take a voluntary placement in the third semester.
Students who were not awarded with ECTS during their undergraduate programme (usually from outside the European Union), will not be asked to complete a placement.
|Cooperations||The Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) has close contacts to|
Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure
Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
- Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Business Studies
- Evidence of having completed undergraduate courses in Strategic Management, Accounting and Controlling, and Operations Management (or equivalent topics) together worth at least 15 ECTS
- Excellent English skills equivalent at least to B2 on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) e.g. TOEFL iBT 87, IELTS 6.0 and CAE.
- Letter of motivation in English
- Curriculum Vitae in English
- GMAT with a score of 600 or above
(applies only to non-EU / non-EEA degrees; in this case an English proof is not necessary)
Where there are more applicants than places, programmes follow a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.
|Winter Semester||Summer Semester|
|Applicants with a degree from a German university||15.04.–15.06.||-|
|Applicants with a degree from a university abroad||15.04.–30.05.||-|
Fees and Grants
|Matriculation fee||Approximately 300 € per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)|
|Grants||Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens) grant.|