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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-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 graduates in broad-based general business studies, any standard engineering specialisation (civil, electrical, chemical, mechanical, commercial, or environmental) or architecture with both creative and technical parts.  Other graduates are unlikely to be awarded a place.  There are no fees for taking part but we have high entry standards.  For more details, please see the drop-down menu called Are you ready? Skills check list. This menu is provided as an informal service and is solely for the personal orientation of prospective candidates. Your personal assessment of your skills on this or any other basis plays no role in the selection process.

As a rule, the first degree you hold must contain the equivalent of 210 European Credit Transfer Points (ECTS) and the degree must have been awarded with a mark equivalent to at least 2,3 on the German marking scale.  German students are invited to contact the course co-ordinator. Other special conditions always apply if you studied at a university outside Germany.  If you hold a degree with at least 180 ECTS or equivalent, you may be eligible to complete a 6-month bridging programme to make up the 30 extra credits you need before starting the Master’s degree. Please note that this is a significant amount of extra work, and will add at least 6 months to your study time. Whereever you studied before, if your average mark is lower than 2,3 but you have significant international or work experience, it may be possible for you  to improve your average.  More details on these themes are available to foreign students from  the International Office.

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.  Please see the Admission Procedures for other details below. If you are not legally resident in Germany, and not a citizen of the European Union, you may need a visa and other documents before you can enter the country.  You must organize these documents yourself. Please contact the international office of your home university about these matters if you are still a student. You can also get more information on the website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The Student Association also has several residences, 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. Please follow this link to apply for residence, but only when you have been accepted as a student. 

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.  In addition, 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, 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).

English language skills at a minimum of 6.0 in IELTS or 80 points in the internet-based TOEFL test (compulsory). Please note that in practice our students have skills at higher levels than this.

We also require all foreign graduates to complete and submit the TestAS version for Economics in English. Please see the TestAS website for details of this test and note that the test is conducted only on a few dates in the year.

At least two Bachelor’s courses in the fields of accounting, advanced accounting, auditing, financial management, management accounting, controlling, decision theory or operations research, or any of these combined with one course in mathematics or statistics (highly recommended).

Alternatively, at least two Bachelor’s  courses in the fields of mathematics, advanced mathematics, statistics, advanced statistics, calculus, advanced calculus, statics or theory of structures, or any of these combined with one course in accounting, controlling, or financial management (highly recommended).

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 including formulae and algorithms (highly recommended).

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 semesters. In each of the first two semesters, there are three compulsory and two choice modules. The winter semester is focused on organizational coordination, and comprises the compulsory modules Knowledge Management, Business Simulation and Controlling, and Organizational Communication Management. In the summer semester, the focus is on trans-professional management in intercultural settings. The compulsory modules are Innovation Management, Intercultural Studies, and Interdisciplinary Case Studies.  Choice modules can be selected from the list given below.  The third study semester is dedicated to preparing, writing and presenting the Master’s thesis, and is accompanied by the compulsory module Academic Research and Writing. 

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.  Applications for visas and residence places must be made separately and to the relevant authorities (see website).

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.  The final decision on applications is made as a rule within a week of the application closing date. Good luck with your application!  

Basic requirements

Each applicant needs to submit certified copies of the following minimum information;

  1. Proof of graduation from a recognised Bachelor’s degree programme in commerce, or engineering or a related field, such as architecture.

  2.  A transcript of records from the awarding university, demonstrating that the final average mark earned in the degree is at least equivalent to a 2,5 in the German system, and that your Bachelor’s degree contains the equivalent of at least 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points.  However, if your degree does not contain at least 210 ECTS points, your only admission chance is via the extra admission possibility described later in this text. 

  3. Proof of competence in the English language, according to either the Internet-based TOEFL test, where you must have at least 80 points, or the IELTS test, where you need at least 6.0.

Admission will automatically be refused if any of the above three criteria are not met to our satisfaction. It may be possible to submit some of this information later, but only with prior permission and in any case before the relevant application deadline.

Extra requirements

There are extra requirements that applicants with a final average mark equivalent to the German marks 2,4 or 2,5 have to fulfil to be considered for admission.  If this is your case, you will need to submit evidence of particular suitability for this course of studies.  Please submit as many of the following relevant documents in support of your application as you can;

    1. A letter of motivation, in English, separate from any covering letter, stating in detail why you think you are particularly suitable for this course of studies. Please note that a motivation letter alone is insufficient proof of special suitability.
    2. Certified proof of having spent at least one semester studying or working in a country other than the country of your nationality while you were registered for your commercial, engineering or equivalent Bachelor’s degree, and within the requirements of that course of study.

    3. Certified proof of having been employed after graduation from the relevant Bachelor’s programme, either for at least one year in the country of your nationality or for at least six months in another country. 

    4. Certified proof of the award to you of a scholarship, grant or bursary to pursue and complete the
      relevant Bachelor’s programme.

    5. Proof of having completed extracurricular courses at Bachelor’s level during your course of studies.
    Extra admission possibility

    Not all Bachelor’s degree programmes worldwide contain 210 ECTS. If you can prove that your undergraduate programme contained at least 180 ECTS, and the graduation and language criteria plus any extra requirements are fulfilled, you may be provisionally admitted to the Master’s in International Management. This type of admission means that you have to obtain an additional 30 ECTS at Bachelor’s level before you can graduate from the Master’s programme.  You will be able to study for the missing credits in English or German in Wismar, but it is strongly recommended that you add an extra term to do so, because the workload for 30 credit points is equivalent to a full term’s effort. Therefore, studying the Master’s subjects and the missing credits in parallel is mentally and technically very demanding and can lower your chances of passing anything. We also recommend that you study for the missing credits at the beginning of your studies.  The International Office will provide you with further advice on this matter if it becomes necessary to do so.

    Contact for international students

    Contact for German students