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.

Key Facts

Faculty Faculty of Business and Economics
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Structure Full-time
Start Winter semester (1 October)
Programme Intake 17
Accreditation ZEvA (Central Evaluation and Accreditation Agency)
Duration 3 semesters (4 semesters for students required to complete a placement)

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The Master programme is basically divided into three parts:

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
Location Berlin
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 all over the world.

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1st Semester
  • Module 1: Principles of consulting
  • Module 2: International Project Management)
  • Module 3: Global Strategic Management
  • Module 4: International Supply Chain Management
  • Module 5: Personal Development Tutorial
2nd Semester
  • Module 1: Advanced Consulting Skills
  • Strategic Performance Management or other Master Pool Elective
  • Module 2: Innovation and Technology Management
  • Module 3: International Strategy Project
  • Module 4: Personal Development Tutorial
    3rd Semester
    • Research Methodology Seminar
    • Colloquium
    • Master Thesis

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    Admission Requirements and Selection Procedure

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must fulfil the following requirements:

    Admission Restrictions

    Where there are more applicants than places, programmes follow a NC (numerus clausus) procedure.

    Application Deadlines

    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. -

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    Fees and Grants

    Semester fee Please click for current semester fee information
    Tuition fee None
    Grants Students may be able to apply for BAföG (German citizens) or DAAD (non-EU citizens) grant.

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    Student Counselling
    (for prospective students)

    Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1254


    (for students)

    Heike Koch
    Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-1396

    Information and Application


    Introducing IBCON - An introduction movie, shot by students of this master program during the lecture of International Project Management