International Business & Consulting: International Human Resource Management

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master in International Human Resource Management at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL) is designed for graduates from Germany and abroad who have completed a career-oriented first degree (usually a Bachelor or Diploma) and would like to study a post-graduate degree in an international group of students.


The programme prepares students for positions as HR specialists, HR professionals, or HR executives in international companies as well as for positions in HR consulting firms and HR service providers. This objective is supported by the programme”˜s strong international and strategic focus. In the public administration sector, the Master degree is recognised as a qualification allowing the holder to apply for positions in the senior civil service.


Courses are predominantly 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 as well as 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:

  • 1st semester: Foundation Courses and Specialisation
  • 2nd semester: Foundation Courses and Specialisation
  • 3rd semester: Dissertation (providing students do not have to take an additional work placement semester).

The first semester modules 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 the HR career sector.


The two semesters are accompanied by a personal development module to provide further individual skills.


If students do not take a work placement, 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: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Module 4: Industrial Relations and Corporate Employment Law
  • Module 5: Personal Development Tutorial
2nd Semester
  • Module 1: Advanced Consulting Skills
  • Strategic Performance Management or other Master Pool Elective
  • Module 2: Training and Development
  • Module 3: Performance and Reward Management
  • 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:

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Business Studies
  • Evidence of having completed three undergraduate courses in Human Resource Management, Organisation and Labour Law 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)

Admission Restrictions

BSEL does not select according to a specific numerus clausus. When there are more applicants than places, the programmes follows an NC (numerus clausus) ranking procedure. The main focus is on the overall bachelor grade, grades of specific modules, English proficiency and the motivation letter.

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
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Coordination (for students)

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



Introducing IBCON - An introduction movie, shot by students of this master program for the course in International Project Management