At a glance

We are pleased to note your interest in our MA programme in International Management. The following table contains a short profile of the program.

Programme name and degreeInternational Management
Master of Arts (MA)
Target groupStudents with an accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor or "Diplom") primarily in the field of business administration or economics
GoalStudents learn contents, concepts, methods and instruments for managing globally active corporations and are prepared to assume corresponding management tasks, including those which are innovative and unexpected, and to find solutions for practical problems at business enterprises.
StartSummer or winter semester
Standard duration3 semesters
Teaching methodsSeminar-style instruction, case study work, use of an e-learning platform, etc
Language of instructionGerman and English
LecturersProfessors from the Department of Business, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, and professional experts
AccreditationFull accreditation by AQAS

Read on for an overview of the study programme, admission requirements and information about the programme structure.

If you have any further questions about the study programme, please do not hestitate to contact us.

Best regards

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hillebrand and Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Maurer

Programme Director

Rainer Hillebrand

Prof. Dr.

Rainer Hillebrand

Vice Dean

International Economics

Building 30, Room 219
Prof. Dr. Rainer Hillebrand +49 661 9640-275
Consultation hours
See eFBW

Programme Director

Kai-Oliver Maurer

Prof. Dr.

Kai-Oliver Maurer

Corporate Finance and Risk Management

Building 30, Room 126
Prof. Dr. Kai-Oliver Maurer +49 661 9640-278
Consultation hours
See eFBW

Profile and objectives

The conquest of foreign markets and the globalisation of value-added chains – these are the kinds of challenges that companies are facing in heightened international competition. The Master’s in International Management is the ideal preparation for the management tasks involved. You will learn how to think in intercultural terms and to work using an interdisciplinary approach. Initial experience in a practical environment is the first step on the way to taking on responsible international management roles in a wide range of different sectors and companies of different sizes.

To put it in a nutshell, if you enjoyed the business management topics in your previous undergraduate programme, found the globalisation of business events exciting and would like to set your sights on a management position in an international corporation after a few years of professional experience, our programme could be just what you have been looking for.

The academic environment at Fulda - small groups, an above average percentage of international students and direct contact with the teaching staff - is ideal for tomorrow's global managers.

Content and structure

In terms of content, the Master’s in International Management has two core areas : the business core competences (Divisional Skills) and what are referred to as "Leadership Skills”, which include methodological, social, intercultural and communicative competences. The second core area emphasises the relationship between management, entrepreneurship and innovation and change processes within companies.

An additional field of study (International Business Environment) addresses the essential basic legal and economic conditions for management tasks in a globally operating company. Two elective courses offer you the opportunity to design your course of studies to match your own interests. The generic term "integration" ultimately involves the linking and practical application of the previously acquired contents.

1st semester2nd semester3rd semester
Quantitative Methods & Empirical ResearchLeadership & Communication2nd elective course
Marketing Management in a Global MarketRisc Management & International Finance
Practical Management of a Global Firm (Business Simulation)

European & International Business LawStrategic Management & Globalisation
Global Human Resource ManagementCorp. Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility




Master's thesis




Controllership & Decision AnalysisEntrepreneurship & Innovation Management
International Economics & European Integration1st elective course

The recommended time frame of your course of studies means that the first semester is taken up with allowing you to deepen your business knowledge in the areas of human resources, marketing and company management with an international focus.

In addition, you will be introduced to relevant quantitative methods, international commercial law and international economic relations.

The second semester builds risk management, innovation management and strategic management skills and teaches social competences in leadership, communication and social responsibility.

Integrating modules form the basis of the third semester: an extensive business game in which you head a globally active high-tech company and the Master’s thesis on an international management topic of your choice.

Two elective modules in the second and third semesters allow you to set your own priorities.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master’s programme is conditional on successful completion of studies in related subjects, primarily in the areas of business or economics (but also industrial engineering and business information technology). Since the study programme is taught in both German and English, appropriate language skills are also required.

To be awarded the Master’s degree, you need a total of 300 credit points (ECTS), 90 credit points from the Master’s course and 210 credit points from your previous undergradute programme. If you have only obtained 180 credit points from your earlier undergraduate studies, you can make up the shortfall of 30 credit points during the Master’s study course by completing an internship or attending further modules.

Please see the Examination Regulations for details of the admission requirements. Click here to access the Examination Regulations, to which a module handbook is appended.

Click here for an unofficial English translation of the Examination Regulations
and the module handbook/programme description.

Internships/Studies abroad/Erasmus

The Department of Business has numerous lively ERASMUS partnerships with universities throughout Europe and additional collaborations with other universities in Europe as well as in such countries as the USA, Korea, Argentina, Jordan and Australia.

You will be able to take advantage of this excellent departmental network to enrol in a supplementary course of studies abroad. In selected cases there is also an opportunity to earn a second qualification/joint degree during your period of study abroad.

The Department's internship coordinator will also be pleased to help you in your search for an internship in Germany or abroad. The internship semester is a special opportunity to acquire additional ECTS points if necessary, e.g. if your Bachelor's degree is "only" worth 180 credit points.

Instruction and instructors

Along with its basic organisational conditions, the quality of the study programme crucially depends on the didactic skills of the lecturers and professors. Our team includes experienced professors, teachers for specific tasks and guest lecturers. Our strength lies in our ability to teach you the skills you will need to work in the professional world. In addition,  project work and the Master's thesis give students an opportunity to learn the technique of academic work, particularly if they are considering enrolling in a doctoral programme at a later date.

We prefer the seminar style of instruction. This means that we seek an interactive exchange between teachers and students and resort to lectures only in exceptional cases. Instruction is given in both English and German. The complex subject matter is taught using small examples and case studies, and sometimes with e-learning tasks or the use of software (e.g. Excel, corporate strategic planning simulation).

Students access the instructional materials via the Department's "eFBW" electronic platform. This also serves as a communication platform between teachers and students.

Course evaluations are used for quality assurance and are an important feedback device for our instructors.

Excellent career opportunities for graduates

Successful completion of the Master's programme will equip you with extensive professional, social and communication skills for challenging tasks in the field of international management. In the first stage of your professional career, you will be able to be flexibly employed in diverse company functions, depending on your Bachelor's degree and your chosen electives and independent of industry or company size. On completion of the programme, you will have acquired the theoretical and practical tools necessary for responsible management tasks at the corporate or divisional management level. Specialised knowledge is often less important in these high-level positions than holistic decision-making skills and the ability to take action, making the generalist focus of your Master's degree particularly worthwhile.

Apart from methodological preparation in terms of content, our aim is to introduce you to the practical world at an early stage. Corporate professionals are therefore routinely contracted as guest instructors or recruited among departmental sponsors to hold guest lectures. Many students additionally write their Master's thesis in close cooperation with an international company and thus establish valuable personal contacts in the professional world before completing their studies. The voluntary internship programme, with support being provided by the Department's internship coordinator, offers a further good opportunity to gain practical experience.

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