You are aiming at an executive position or preparing for a company succession and would like to complete a course of studies in business management parallel to your job? The program International Business Management MBA will, on the basis of your first university degree, impart all the skills that are necessary for executive positions and higher management functions in an international context: essential economic know-how as well as international management competencies and soft skills.

The distance-learning MBA program International Business Management MBA is an ideal academic further education program for working professionals as the courses are offered via webinar. Course contents on a scientific level are combined with professional practice. The practical orientation is carried out in close co-operation with the industry. Therefore, graduates of International Business Management have best job and career prospects in industry, trade and service.

Core Topics

The MBA program International Business Management comprises the following modules: 

  • Scientific Theory
  • Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Social Skills
  • Management
  • International Competencies
  • Human Resources Management
  • Compulsory Elective Modules (2 of 4 selectable modules):
    Law, Sociology, Managerial Finance, Macroeconomics

The contents of the program are designed in such a way as to not only impart theoretical knowledge but also practical competencies in order to make the students able to solve problems of the professional practice.

Admission Criteria and Qualification

Ideally, you have got a first university degree in the area of business studies or an accredited bachelor degree of a university of cooperative education (Berufsakademie) (with a good average grade – at least 2.5 when translated to the German grading system) and additionally work experience of at least one year in the commercial field.

If your average grade is less than required, admission can be possible after a motivational interview.

All applicants must hand in proof of English language proficiency on at least level B2 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The corresponding document must be no older than 5 years.

For applicants without a first university degree there is - under certain conditions - the possibility to get admission after passing a qualifying examination. They must be in possession of a university entrance qualification according to the legal provisions in Rheinland-Pfalz and proof relevant professional work experience of at least 3 years. This work must comprise sufficient content-related connections to the course of studies chosen, above-average qualifications of the applicant and international experience that is relevant for the program.

The qualifying examination is based on a motivational letter, an exam of approx. 1 hour and an interview of approx. 20 – 30 minutes.

The program consists of a workload of 90 ECTS-points. The internationally recognised degree of "Master of Business Administration" (MBA) is awarded after the successful completion of the course of study.

The Master’s degree opens the way to higher civil service and/or to further academic work for a PhD in accordance with the regulations of the respective universities.


The program International Business Management MBA is entirely taught in English. It is a modular, four-semester international course of study and allows certain flexibilities so that it is compatible with a current job.

By offering compulsory elective courses in the fourth semester, the program can be designed by each student according to their individual interests.

The first three semesters are used for self-study with the aid of up-to-date tutorial notes. The courses can be attended via webinar so a visa for Germany is not required.

The fourth semester is used for the completion of the Master’s thesis.


Tuition Fees: 2.250 € /semester
plus social contribution to Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, University of Applied Sciences to the amount of approx. 140 € /semester

For information about sponsorship please click here (only available in German language)

Study Course Details

The program is offered by Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, University of Applied Sciences in cooperation with the zfh and is accredited by AQAS.

Other cooperations have been set up with the Université Hassan II de Casablanca , Kolegji Universum Pristina, the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and the International University of Sarajevo. It is possible to gain a double degree from two universities. In this case part of the studies are done at the Université Hassan II de Casablanca , at the Kolegji Universum Pristina or the International University of Sarajevo.

For further information please contact Mrs. Nefen.

The program director is Professor Dr. Andreas Gissel.

Watch this short video to discover the top 10 reasons to study International Business Management at the HWG Ludwigshafen.

For a more detailed discussion of the top 10 reasons for this study program, watch this extended video.

For more information please visit the website of our partner - Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, University of Applied Sciences.


You can find a brief overview of the programme in our flyer.

How to apply

Application period for the MBA International Business Management:


For the summer semester (starting in March 2023):

1st October - 30th December


for the winter semester (starting in September 2022):

1st April - 30th June


If you would like to register please click here.




+49 261 91538-0


Michelle Dohmann-Matthias

 +49 261 91538-28


Eva Nefen

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft Ludwigshafen
 +49 621 5203-159