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International Management, Master

Welcome to this information page about the new Master’s degree in International Management.  It is a post-graduate, 18 to 24-month long programme of full-time study, entirely in English. The degree awarded is a Master of Arts.  The programme is non-consecutive, and open to Bachelor’s graduates in broad-based general business studies or in any standard engineering specialisation (civil, electrical, chemical, mechanical, commercial, or environmental). It is meant to prepare you for international work in the changing and networked markets of the future.
We are proud to say that we work in cooperation with all three Faculties in Wismar – Business, Design, and Engineering – to present you with a realistic and holistic picture of the main sources of ideas, innovations and methods driving economic growth. We are equally proud of our highly international student body and the opportunities you’ll have to meet people from all continents.

There are no fees for taking part but we have high entry standards.  These have two parts; general personal qualities and academic achievements. For more details, please see the two drop-down menus called Are you ready? Skills check list and Application check list. Other details can be found in the other drop-down menus.  If you have questions that cannot be answered here, please feel free to contact Prof. Bücker (German students only) or Mrs. Stubbe (International students only).  See the relevant boxes for contact details. If your query can be answered by reading these pages, it is unlikely that you will get a reply, because we have a lot of applications, so please check everything here before writing. 

Are you ready? Skills check list.

The Master’s in International Management course integrates Bachelor’s degree graduates into teams communicating on the basis of shared linguistic, mathematical, and computer-based skills. Such skills are not taught on the course, but are assumed to be there, acquired by you in your undergraduate studies.  From this, we build dynamic and creative international teams. This degree course by its nature requires a high level of openness to the concept of human difference. This skills check-list is to help you pre-assess your own suitability as a candidate. Ask yourself if you have the following skills:

High emotional and intellectual acceptance of the concept of the personal equality and equal rights of all people, including such acceptance of; all religious and other belief differences including the right not to follow any or a particular religion, racial, ethnic, or place of origin differences,  gender equality, age equality, sexual orientation differences (including homosexuality and transgender sexuality), high tolerance of disabilities in others, and a commitment to the rational discussion of all such concepts (all essential personal qualities to succeed in the programme).

The competent and independent use of Microsoft Office applications, in particular EXCEL, WORD, and PowerPoint, or of appropriate freeware equivalents for the processing of text, diagrams, graphs, charts, and numerical data (highly recommended; or something you’ll have to catch up).

Application check list

All applicants must without substitution present certified proof of the following academic achievements;

A completed Bachelor’s degree certificate with an academic thesis listed as such with title on the included transcript describing the study programme taken.   Please note that we only use a first degree for entry.  Master’s degrees awarded subsequent to a Bachelor’s degree are irrelevant to us.

Except for European Union citizens or graduates, a completed TestAS test (see the TestAS website) in the version for Economics, with a minimum standard score of 111 in at least one of the three subdivisions and at least 101 in the other two subdivisions. You must arrange for your own TestAS test.  Candidates from China, Mongolia and Vietnam have to take this test at the respective German Consulate. Please note that in any country, only a few dates in the year are available to do this test. These test results may not be sent to us after the application.

For all candidates, a completed TOEFL test with at least 80 points or a completed IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.0, or evidence of an entire Bachelor’s degree course held in English (excluding those degree courses with English lessons in the curriculum).

Candidates without these tests and results will not be considered. Candidates with these test results and a Bachelor’s degree containing at least 210 European Credit Transfer Points (ECTS) and a mark equivalent to 2,0 or better on the German scale will get preferential entry.  All other candidates have to prove special suitability. Special suitability can be proven if the candidate has at least 180 ECTS and a final mark equivalent to at least 2,5 on the German scale, by means of various combinations of several of the following:

  • a letter of motivation,
  • graduation from a partner university of Wismar University,
  • a formal trade apprenticeship of at least three years in a subject relevant to international management,
  • at least 6 months of international experience by living in a foreign country as an exchange student while studying for the Bachelor’s degree, or as a full-time employee after graduation,
  • award of any recognised scholarships,
  • at least 3 months of voluntary (non-commercial) employment at a reputable charitable or other non-profit organisation,  
  • linguistic competence at the European Union level A2 or higher in any of the following foreign languages; any official languages of the European Union (except English), Hindi, Japanese, standard Cantonese, Korean, Modern Standard Chinese, or Russian. These languages do not count if they are officially used in your home country.  

An apprenticeship must be proven by submission of a Chamber of Commerce certificate or equivalent. Employment must be proven by means of the employment contract and a recommendation by the employer.  Language competence must be proven by an independent and qualified teaching institution. Two different languages from the list can be considered for entry purposes.

Occupational profile

As cross-border competition has increasingly led to the international movement of goods, services and people, organizations have in consequence become more diverse, while at the same time networks have become the prevalent way to do business.  For example, a recent study by Deloitte (https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/human-capital/articles/introduction-human-capital-trends.html) emphasises a strong need for organizations to change their approaches to the interface between human resource management, knowledge management, and social issues. This all brings with it the demand for not only intercultural management skills but also interdisciplinary team work between professionals. The aim of the Master’s programme is to produce dynamic and mentally flexible graduates who are equipped with the skills needed to anticipate and meet the continuously changing demands on all management level personnel that today’s global and networked market makes. In any economy, this is likely to particularly involve commercial specialists, engineers, designers and architects; our target group of students.  

Following the most recent educational and management trends, the degree programme is strongly oriented towards the acquisition of the competencies needed to succeed in understanding, developing and managing work flows and processes in the complex and borderless world of networked organizations.  Considerable emphasis is placed on the development of intercultural and interdisciplinary teams that are capable of dealing with multifaceted tasks. 

The Master’s degree in International Management opens a wide range of employment possibilities at middle and upper management levels in international contexts.  This includes working for private firms with diverse workforces, those producing or receiving exports or expanding into foreign markets including those in the public sector, and those supplying services to foreign clients, as well as for public organizations concerned with monitoring international trade or providing international public services.  The degree is also a suitable bridge for graduates from technology-based programmes who want to advance into the management level of their industry.  

Course contents

The Master’s in International Management is divided into three or four semesters. Students whose first degree contained fewer than 210 ECTS have to study for four semesters. In the first or pre-semester, these students have to choose and pass subjects from the courses on offer in the Faculty of Business or in certain of the courses in the International Exchange Programme of the University of Wismar. These courses may be taken in German if the student has not done similar courses before and speaks German at the European level B2 or better.  If not, the student has to take courses held in English from the available courses in that semester, and may also take German as a subject.

After completing the pre-semester, these students join the directly admitted students for the main courses, which take three semesters. In each of the first two main semesters, there are three compulsory modules, and two elective modules must be chosen (See Elective modules). The winter semester is focused on organisational coordination, and comprises the compulsory modules Knowledge Management, Intercultural Studies, and Organizational Communication Management. In the summer semester, the focus is on trans-professional management in intercultural settings. The compulsory modules are Innovation Management, Business Simulation and Controlling, and Interdisciplinary Case Studies.  The third study semester is dedicated to preparing, writing and presenting a Master’s thesis, which is equivalent in workload to approximately four modules. It is accompanied by the compulsory module Academic Research and Writing. 

Students who wish to and are accepted to either do an internship at a company or to take part in an exchange programme for one semester with a partner university are encouraged to do so, with various provisions. Both these opportunities are ways of increasing your employability and building networks over and above the skills gains and contacts you will make during classes. Taking an internship or taking part in an exchange will normally prolong the study course by 6 months. Therefore, it is possible for a student to spend between 18 and 30 months in the Master’s degree programme before graduating.  In sum, there are considerable opportunities to fit the study programme to your individual background, wishes and needs.

Elective modules
Business ethics
Export marketing
German language and culture I*
German language and culture II*
Global rules for global players
Interdisciplinary project I
Interdisciplinary project II
International Business Transactions
Principles of health and safety
Public international law
State and economy
Transport management

 

The symbol * means only for students whose mother tongue is not German. 

Application procedure

All applications are to submitted by post (not Internet) to Mrs. Korinna Stubbe of our International Office (see website).

This is the only section from which you will receive answers to your application.  It is recommended that you add a covering letter stating that you are applying for admission to the Master’s programme in International Management, and follow these instructions as carefully as possible to speed things up.  This application procedure is only for admission to the Master’s degree in International Management. 

The programme starts twice a year; in September and in March. Please do not apply for September before May 1st. Also, do not apply for March before 1st December. These applications may not fulfill the requirements for the semester and may automatically be rejected.  Applicants for the summer semester must have handed everything in by January 15th, and by July 15th for the winter semester. Please note that as we are in the northern hemisphere the summer semester starts in March and the winter semester starts in September.

If you are not legally resident in Germany, and not a citizen of the European Union (EU), you need a visa and other documents, for example concerning income, before you can enter the country for study purposes.  We do not provide scholarships or bursaries. In addition, all prospective students including from the EU need to prove they have adequate health care insurance. You must organize all these documents yourself. Applications for visas and residence places must be made separately and to the relevant authorities (see website). You can also get more information about the necessary papers in your case on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) or at a German Consulate.

The Student Association of Rostock has several residences in Wismar, and you may want to rent a room for the time you are studying here.  The residences are about 10 minutes on foot from the campus and are reasonably priced and furnished. Please follow this link to apply for residence, but note that the residences will only consider your application once you can attach a letter of acceptance to study in Wismar.

Applications will all be processed after the closing date. We will inform you of the outcome as soon as possible after that. For administrative reasons, we cannot answer interim enquiries about your admission status. Please note that we do not use Uni-Assist to judge applications; we have our own procedure.

Good luck with your application!

Contact for international students

Contact for German students