International Business and Consulting: Strategic Management

  • Degree
    Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Type of study
    Full-time study
  • Standard period of study
    3 semesters without internship, 4 Semester with internship
  • Commencement of studies
    Winter semester (1 Oct)
  • Credits (ECTS)
  • Language of instruction
  • Department / Central Institute
    Department of Business and Economics

Degree programme

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The consecutive Master’s degree programme International Business and Consulting provides broad-based Business Administration training in two international and application-orientated fields. Building on and extending Bachelors-level knowledge and experience, it provides students with the oppor- tunity to work creatively to develop an innovative problem-solving approach.
Students taking the option International Strategic Management work in small groups with an international composition to prepare for management roles in international companies. All classes and exercises are conducted in English, so as to train presentation and communication skills in real-world simulations. Working in interactive seminars, students formulate and discuss innovative solutions.
Students taking the option International Human Resource Manage- ment deal with the central questions of Strategic Personnel Management and augment their foundation level knowledge with consideration of the strategic and sustainability aspects of Personnel Management.
Selected students from both options can be entered in the dual award programme organized with the ESC Rennes (France) or the Symbiosis Inter- national University in Pune, (India).

Professional field

The option International Strategic Management prepares its students for cross-functional positions in internationally-active companies, positions in Management Consultancy and international state business development agencies. Graduates often work in internal and external project management, perform consultancy roles or work in teams dealing with Strategy and Change Management projects.
The option International Human Resource Management qualifies its graduates to assume specialist and management roles in internationally-active companies such as an HR business partner, an HR specialist, HR Management Consultancy or HR contractors.

Degree structure

The modules taught in the first semester provide students with the opportu- nity to attain 30 ECTS. In completing these modules, students deepen their knowledge in a handful of selected specialist areas. The modules taught in the second semester (30 ECTS) build on the insights gained in the first semester. Both semesters are accompanied by a tutorial seminar. The third semester is intended for the Master’s thesis and the final oral examination.

First semester

  • Module 1: Principles of Consulting
  • Module 2: International Project Management
  • Module 3: Global Strategic Management
  • Module 4: International Supply Chain Management
  • Tutorial seminar

Second semester

  • Module 1: Advanced Consulting Skills
  • Module 2: Strategic Performance Management or another elective from the Master’s pool
  • Module 3: Innovation and Technology Management
  • Module 4: International Strategy Project
  • Tutorial seminar

Third semester

  • Research methodology seminar
  • Master’s thesis
  • Colloquium
  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Business Studies,
  • at least 210 credit points. Applicants with 180 credits will be required to obtain the additional 30 credits by completing a placement in the third semester (the programme will then last four semesters),
  • English language skills on a high B2 level proved by a standardised test, e.g. TOEFL (iBT minimum score 83), IELTS (minimum score 6.0), TOEIC Four Skills (minimum score 1200), PTE Academic (minimum score 67), Cambridge English Scale (minimum score 170), Oxford Test of English (minimum score 126), UNIcert II
    If you have studied in the higher education system a minimum of two semesters entirely in English, this can be accepted as equivalent (please provide proof with your application). You do not need to provide further English certificates if you hold a GMAT.
  • Letter of motivation and Curriculum Vitae in English,
  • evidence specifically of having completed undergraduate modules in Strategic Management, Accounting and Controlling, and Operations Management (or equivalent topics) together worth at least 15 ECTS (specialisation "International Strategic Management") or evidence specifically of having completed three undergraduate modules in Human Resource Management, Organisation, Labour Law worth at least 15 ECTS
  • GMAT with a score of 600 or above (mandatory only for applicants who made their first degree in a country which is not member of the EU / EEA).

Applicants with a degree from a German university:
Please, apply through our platform (which for technical reasons is only available in German)

Applicants with a degree from an university abroad:
Students with a Non-German Bachelor degree apply at uni-assist e. V.

Programmakkreditiert durch den Akkreditierungsrat

All information on the offered modules and lectures can be found on the online campus management system S.A.M. (Study Administration Management).

All regulations, forms and documents can be found in your faculty site.

Fees and grants

  • Tuition fees


  • Semesterfee

    ca. € 300 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)

Information for prospective students

Student Counselling Services

Admission and enrolment

Office for Applications, Admissions and Enrolment

Office hours:

Mon 14.00–16.00
Wed 10.00–12.00
Thu 14.00–16.00

Student advisory service

Department of Business and Economics
Heike Koch
Student Office

Academic director

Department of Business and Economics
Prof. Dr. Caroline Rudzinska
Professor of Strategic Management

Triple-Degree Cooperation with Triple-Accredited Rennes School of Business (RSB)

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