MSc International Business Development

Throughout the International Business Development master’s course at ESB Business School you not only get excellent professional support and training, you also learn to develop your pesonality.
The focus on group work promotes the culture of working together and enhances essential soft skills. Thus you are perfectly prepared for the international business world. Moreover, ESB Business School’s networking with industry provides us students with outstanding opportunities! The on-the-spot selection interviews help us gain a personal impression of the degree programme and the university’s wonderful campus.

Bianca Jackson, winter semester 2018/19

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

The winter semester starts on 5 October.
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 is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal 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:

  • Trendence Graduate Barometer 2020: Top positions in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance"
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2020: Reutlingen University belongs to the most popular universities in Germany once again. It performed especially successful in the fields "Internationality" and "Practical Relevance". To the ranking
  • U-Multirank 2020: Reutlingen University is awarded eleven top placings, e. g. in the fields of International Orientation and Student mobility. ESB Business School performed especially successfully in regard to the contact to work environments. To the ranking
  • Wirtschaftswoche 2020: ESB Business School is the leading German university for business studies and number 6 in International Business Engineering.
    To the ranking (German Article)
  • U-Multirank 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences achieves seven top rankings in the fields of research, international orientation and knowledge transfer. In addition, the university is one of the top 25 universities worldwide in the field of "Contact to work environment". To the ranking
  • Studycheck University Ranking 2019: Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences ranks 6th among the "Most Popular Universities of Applied Sciences 2019" and is awarded the title "Top University of Applied Sciences in Germany". To the ranking
  • Die Zeit (CHE) 2017/18, Business Management: Top group in several areas including international orientation, degrees completed within an appropriate timeframe and the overall study situation
    To the ranking

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