MA International Retail Management

Prof. Dr. Gerd Nufer

“This Master’s degree programme prepares students on a high scientific level and at the same time in step with actual practice for demanding managerial posts in the retail sector. Precisely because academisation is still at an early stage, though the tasks are becoming more complex, our course offers clear career advantages.”

Prof. Dr. Gerd Nufer, Academic Director MA International Retail Management

Why study MA International Retail Management?

… because you will acquire the key qualifications that retailing companies and industrial companies with retailing activities expect of their young executives.

… because the degree programme combines theory and practice: During the attendance phases the focus is on practical issues and company practice is simulated in project work. This provides an optimal combination of learning and practice that fits into your professional activity.

… because in direct exchange with lecturers you can develop new ideas and impulses for your professional career.

Key facts

Length of course
4 semesters
Place of study
Beginning of course
Application deadline
31 July
Language of instruction
German and English (approx. 66/33)
Foreign languages
Graduates of bachelor programmes with 180 ECTS points can gain a further 30 ECTS points by completing an additional module
Master of Arts

€ 24,000.- (including examination, administration and closing fees)

Admission requirements
Above-average bachelor degree with 210 ECTS (for degrees with 180 ECTS you can gain 30 ECTS by doing an additional module)

Successful completion of an entrance examination in the form of a selection interview

Contract of employment or confirmation of self-employment

Available places
max. 20 per course

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • What are the new general conditions resulting from globalisation and the concentration in many industries for management in retailing?
  • Why does retailing need practicians who can implement sound theoretical knowledge in day-to-day operations?
  • How can you act in both a customer and resource oriented way in the international context?
  • What are the requirements arising today from increasingly accelerated business processes?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical industries:

  • Trade in a national and international context
  • Procurement in a national and international context
  • Marketing in a national and international context
  • Sales in a national and international context

Typical corporate areas:

  • Management positions
  • Management functions on corporate and project level
  • Business development
  • Project management

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ESB Business School is offering this programme in cooperation with the Knowledge Foundation @ Reutlingen University.

Two variants are available:

The KFRU has been conducting an exclusive variant of the study programme since 2012 in cooperation with ALDI SÜD / HOFER. In addition to the formal requirements, an existing contract of employment with ALDI SÜD / HOFER is required for participation in this programme. You will find further information about the exclusive variant of the International Retail Management Programme on KFRU‘s website.

From 2018 the programme will be available as an open variant for participants from different companies as well as private individuals. You will find all the information about this variant on ESB Business School’s website or on the International Retail Management programme website (in German).