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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. If you would like to apply for admission, you need a sufficient and proven command of English (at least 80 points in the internet-based TOEFL test or the equivalent of 6.0 in the IETS). There are no fees for taking part.  The programme is non-consecutive, meaning it is open to graduates in the fields of commerce, engineering, architecture, or related professions that make major contributions to economic growth. 

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.  Other special conditions 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.   Where ever you studied before, if your average mark is lower than 2,3 but you have significant international or work experience, you may be able to improve your average.  More details on these themes are available from the International Office.

The programme starts twice a year; in September and in March.  Please see the box on your right for admission procedures and application deadlines.  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. 

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 be submitted 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, but obviously unsuitable applications are likely be rejected sooner, and requests for extra documents will be made well before the deadline if you apply well before.  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.

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