International Business

Experts in sustainable global business

Master's Degree Programme in International Business (MIB)

Do you want to prepare yourself for the challenges and opportunities of a globalised world? Are you ready to work with constant change, diversity and distance? Do you think sustainability and ethics should be integrated into corporate strategies?

Experts in sustainable global business

Global business needs graduates with resilience against the uncertainty created by a constantly changing international environment, equipped with a holistic understanding of business. At the same time, the importance of developing responsible and sustainable global business to meet the needs of companies, consumers, and societies will continue to grow. This is why the focus of our master's degree programme in international business is on sustainable global business.

Professionals in international positions require a wide range of competences. Our interdisciplinary programme offers you the possibility to develop your knowledge in three key areas of sustainable global business: global strategies in a digitized world, global marketing and entrepreneurship, and leading people in a global business environment. The programme will also develop important working life skills, such as business research and analysis, critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving, and negotiations. In addition, studying in a multicultural learning environment will provide you the possibility to master cross-cultural communication skills and collaboration in diverse teams.

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Having previous studies in subjects like international business, marketing, management, and organisations will set you up for success. If you are not a business graduate, a degree in an appropriate field with a focus on international aspects is required (for example, international relations, international politics, international communications). At least 20% of your previous degree must be in business studies (international business, marketing, and/or management). Check out the detailed eligibility criteria for this programme in joint and rolling admission for further guidance.

Accreditations – ensuring quality education

Our master's degree programme in international business is your gateway to a global career. The quality of the programme is backed up by the international EFMD accreditation since 2010.

The EFMD programme accreditation covers all facets of programme provision: from its institutional, national and international environment, through its design, delivery, outcomes and impacts, to its quality assurance processes. EFMD Accreditation emphasises academic rigour, practical relevance, internationalisation, and ethics and sustainability.
The Master's Degree Programme in International Business is ranked 29th of the top 200 in International Management, Western Europe, in the Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2019.

Read more about our accreditations, rankings and audits.

Teaching outcomes

Teaching in the programme is based on our high-quality and internationally recognised research groups and professors, who will support your learning in multicultural teams using a variety of learning methods. Guest speakers from business partners will give insights on the studied matters to boost your comprehension of real issues. Our capstone course “Sustainable Global Business in Practice” offers a challenging but rewarding learning experience in turning theory into practice with partner companies. MIB's Mentoring programme and double degree options in Italy, France, Germany and Czech Republic offer great opportunities for personal development and improving the transition from university to work.

Upon graduation, you are awarded the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.


The programme also offers a great opportunity for selected students to strengthen their international competence by completing the second year of their studies in one of our four double degree partner universities in Europe. In a double degree programme students gain degrees from two countries.

Admissions criteria and instructions for how to apply

Want to learn more? Read our detailed guide on how to apply. Ready to apply? Go to the Studyinfo portal to submit your application.

Meet the teaching staff

University education is founded on scientific research. We maintain a continuous dialogue with businesses and society to ensure that we offer the most recent knowledge and insights, now and in the future. Get to know your teachers beforehand by reading more.

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