MSc International Business Development

"The decision to do my Master’s degree at ESB Business School has paid off right from the start. In addition to interactive lectures in which the students benefit from the professors’ many years of experience in industry, ESB Business School’s excellent links with national and international companies enable the students to establish contacts with potential employers at an early stage."

Audrey Tay, student in MSc International Business Development, began her studies in the winter semester 2014/15

Why study MSc International Business Development?

… because companies need managers with management-oriented training and specialised, practice-relevant knowledge:

  • You will expand your basic knowledge of business management,
  • You will acquire specialist knowledge in the areas of business development, strategic management and international sales.

… because you will receive an internationally focused training:

  • The focus on international business relations is a common theme in all the subjects,
  • You will be prepared for a consulting or management career in internationally operating companies.

… because this degree programme is practice-oriented:

  • Demanding, real-life business projects, a business simulation and all-day workshops in companies complement the lectures.
  • In addition to our experienced team of professors you are taught by qualified company representatives.

Key facts

Length of course
3 semesters
Place of study
Beginning of course
Summer and winter semester
Application deadline
For the summer semester: 15 January
For the winter semester: 15 July
Language of instruction
German and English (approx. 70/30)
Foreign languages
English or French or Spanish or Chinese (electives)
Master of Science (MSc)

Semester contribution summer semester 2019: €167.30 for regular students (Student Union fee and contribution to administrative costs) and €97.30 for exchange students

Applicants from non-EU countries: The State of Baden-Württemberg imposes fees of 1.500 € per semester for new students.

Admission requirements
German or foreign university degree in an economics degree programme with at least 180 ECTS and a total average grade of “good“ (2.5).
Final grades obtained abroad must first be converted to the German grading system by an official body that is recognised for this purpose.

Good English language skills (at least Level B2), as proved by passing an English language test e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or DAAD. Proof is not required if you have an English language university entrance qualification or an English language university degree qualifying for entry into a profession.

Good German language skills as proved by passing a language test (DSH, at least Level 2/ TestDaF at least 14 points), or equivalent
Proof is not required if you have a German university entrance qualification or a German language university degree qualifying for entry into a profession.

Experience abroad related to the degree programme (e.g. study semester abroad or internship abroad).
If you have no experience abroad you may take part in the selection process under the condition that you acquire the missing qualification during the course in accordance with the study and examinations regulations.
Available places
23 in the winter semester
22 in the summer semester

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • What is necessary to be able to develop business models?
  • How can we evaluate innovative business models or business models that have not yet been developed by an organisation?
  • How can the role of information from the areas of product management, marketing, sales and customer support be classified?
  • What effect does the complexity of decisions have?
  • How can interdisciplinary approaches be linked?
  • How does one react actively to changing markets and changing economic circumstances? 

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical corporate areas:

  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Product management
  • Strategic management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International sales
  • Innovation management
  • International procurement

Rankings & accreditations

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA. As a part of the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the seal of quality of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation. 

Current rankings:

  • Wirtschaftswoche 2018: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 5 in International Business Engineering.
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18: Reutlingen University is part of the top group in several areas including international orientation, degrees completed within an appropriate timeframe and the overall study situation
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  • U-Multirank 2017: Reutlingen University is awarded seven top placings e.g. for Internationality, Knowledge Transfer and Regional Engagement
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  • WirtschaftsWoche 2016, School of Business Management: First spot among all universities of applied sciences.
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  • U-Multirank 2016: Reutlingen University: worldwide "Top performer" in knowledge transfer, Top group in international orientation and regional commitment
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  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2014, School of Business Management: Top group
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  • U-Multirank 2014: Best possible in the categories international orientation of the programmes, contacts with work environment, quality of course & teaching
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