Economic Sciences

International Business Management MBA

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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 programme 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 programme International Business Management MBA is an ideal academic further education programme 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.

The MBA programme International Business Management comprises the following modules: 

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

The contents of the programme 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.

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 Rhineland-Palatinate and prove 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 programme.

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

The programme 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.

You can also take elements of this course of studies as a certificate programme.

Tuition Fees: 2.250 € /semester
plus social contribution to Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society, University of Applied Sciences to the amount of approx. 150 € /semester

You can find out about funding opportunities for continuing education in Germany here, such as tax deductibility or educational leave. The information is only available in German.

4 semester
costs per semester
2.250 €

details and procedure

The programme 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 programme 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.

The programme 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 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 programme 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 programme, watch this extended video.

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

Applications are usually possible and recommended for a start in the winter semester.

Application period: 1st April to 30th June

The courses will start in September.

If desired, applicants can also be admitted for the summer semester but will be joining the students who have regulary started in the winter semester in the second semester. Lateral applicants have to take the modul scientific work in addition.

Application period: 1st October to 15th January.

The courses will start in March.

If you would like to register please click here.

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


questions concerning your application

Michelle Dohmann-Matthias

+49 261 915 38-28

specific course advice

Eva Nefen

+49 621 5203-159

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Impressions of the MBA International Business Management graduation ceremony at the Ludwigshafen University of Business and Society

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