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International Business Development (IBD) - MSc

Management-oriented and with practical special knowledge

In the International Business Development degree programme, you will build upon your business administration basics and acquire further expertise in the areas of strategic management, international sales and business development.

  • Optimally prepared
    Best possible training for a management career in internationally expanding companies (mission statement for globalisation managers).

  • Focus on new business fields
    Imparting practical, in-depth knowledge for the development of new business ideas and fields of business.

  • Goal-oriented learning
    Based on academic knowledge, practical and highly application-oriented.

 

Further advantages:

  • Complementing the lectures are challenging, real-life business projects, a business simulation game and full-day workshops in companies.

  • In addition to our team of professors with practical experience, you will be taught by qualified company representatives.

  • The focus on international business relations is a common thread running through all the subjects.

We look forward to your application! As of now and until January 15

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Coordination: MSc International Business Development / MSc International Accounting, Controlling and Taxation

Key Data

All facts and figures for your degree programme at a glance

Duration of study

3 to 4 semesters
(depending on prior international experience)

Admission requirements

University degree and

very good proficiency in German and English

Start of studies

15 March in summer semester
1 October in winter semester

Costs

€ 167.30 for regular students 
€ 97.30 for exchange students

Study location

Reutlingen and location of partner institution

Places in programme

22 in summer semester
23 in winter semester

All key data

Duration of study

3 to 4 semesters
(depending on prior international experience)

Study location

Reutlingen and location of partner institution

Start of studies

15 March in summer semester
1 October in winter semester

Application deadline

Winter semester: 15 July
Summer semester: 15 January

Places in programme

22 in summer semester
23 in winter semester

Admission requirements

  • Qualifying university degree from Germany or abroad in an economics degree programme of at least 180 ECTS and an overall average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • The final grades obtained abroad must be converted to the German grading system in advance by recognised authorities.
  • Documented English proficiency of level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More info: "Regulations on Language Proficiency for Study".
  • Good German proficiency, documented by language certificate (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 higher education degree. 
  • Relevant experience abroad (e.g. study semester or internship abroad). This may be acquired during the degree programme as part of an additional semester. Detailed information on this may be found in the IBD Study and Examination Regulations.

Language of instruction

German and English (approx. 70/30)

Degree

Master of Science (MSc)

ECTS

90

Costs

Admission requirements

  • Qualifying university degree from Germany or abroad in an economics degree programme of at least 180 ECTS and an overall average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • The final grades obtained abroad must be converted to the German grading system in advance by recognised authorities.
  • Documented English proficiency of level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More info: "Regulations on Language Proficiency for Study".
  • Good German proficiency, documented by language certificate (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 higher education degree. 
  • Relevant experience abroad (e.g. study semester or internship abroad). This may be acquired during the degree programme as part of an additional semester. Detailed information on this may be found in the IBD Study and Examination Regulations.

Costs

Qualification in 3 semesters

In this internationally-oriented degree programme, you will learn to develop new business models and to evaluate and further develop both untapped and existing business fields. After graduation, you will be able to combine interdisciplinary approaches and actively respond to changing markets and economic conditions.

 

Structure and content

You will complete the first and second semesters at Reutlingen University’s ESB Business School, where you will build upon your existing business knowledge and acquire expertise in areas including business development, strategic management and international sales.

There are two options for the third semester: 

If you have already gained experience abroad before starting the Master's programme, you can take a voluntary study semester abroad or an internship semester after the second semester. Alternatively, you can directly write your Master's thesis.

If you have not yet gained any experience abroad before starting the Master's programme, you will complete a compulsory study semester or internship abroad in the third semester. That means that when you have completed the Master's programme, you can demonstrate qualified international experience. This extends your studies by one semester.

You can write your Master's thesis in a country of your choice.

The International Business Development programme addresses the following questions:

  • What is needed to develop business models?
  • How can you evaluate innovative business areas or business areas that have not yet been tapped by an organisation?
  • How can the role of information from the areas of product management, marketing, sales and customer care be classified?
  • What is the impact of the complexity of decisions?
  • How can interdisciplinary approaches be linked?
  • How do you actively respond to changing markets and changing economic conditions?

Options for double degrees

In cooperation with Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, double degrees are possible: e.g. Master of Science International Human Resource Management or Master of Science Management.
 

Core areas

The programme includes the following modules:

  • Marketing Projects & Sales
  • Elective – Controlling, Finance & Accounting
  • Law and Strategy
  • Business Ethics
  • Elective Business Language I/II
  • International Market Research Projects
  • Management Studies
  • Elective International Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
  • International Business Studies
  • Business Simulation
  • Master Thesis

Studying at ESB Business School

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Your application process

1.

Carefully read the admission requirements.

2.

Apply online by 15 January or by 15 July.

3.

Accept the invitation to the selection interview.

4.

If you receive notification of acceptance, you need to formally accept the place offered to you at the university.

Admission requirements

  • Qualifying university degree from Germany or abroad in an economics degree programme of at least 180 ECTS and an overall average grade of "good" (2.5).
  • Final grades obtained abroad must be converted to the German grading system in advance by recognised authorities.
  • English proficiency of level B2 must be proven according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. More information: "Regulations on Language Proficiency for Study"
  • Good German proficiency, documented by language certificate (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.
  • Programme-related experience abroad (e.g. study semester or internship abroad). This may be acquired during the degree programme as part of an additional semester. Detailed information on this can be found in the IBD Study and Examination Regulations.

 

This is how an online application goes

Applications are made exclusively online. You will upload all the necessary documents during the application process. A printout and signature are not required for the online application. A signed application form on paper is required later, when you formally enroll.

 

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Accept the invitation to the selection interview.

We will invite you to the selection interview by email. The interview will be conducted online. If you are unable to attend the interview, please cancel your appointment immediately. 

Please note that you will be excluded from the application procedure if you do not accept the invitation to the selection interview. You will also receive a rejection notice if you were not invited to the selection interview even though you fulfil all the formal criteria of the selection statutes. Whether you receive an invitation is decided by your academic performance in comparison to the other applicants (see § 5 of the selection regulations).

Welcome to ESB Business School!

The following criteria are critical for admission:

  • Previous studies
  • Practical experience relevant to the programme
  • Experience abroad
  • Language skills

If you have received an admission notice and would like to accept the place, please return the signed application for enrolment together with the requested documents and pay the semester fee. What address do I send the application to? How do I pay the fee? Get the answers in our enrolment questions & answers.

You can find tips on finding a room or flat on the Reutlingen University website.

For international students: You can find information about studying in Germany, our range of preparatory courses, testimonials and much more on the Reutlingen University website.

And after your studies?

As a graduate of the Master of Science International Business Development programme, you will have an enormous amount of specialist knowledge and will be ideally prepared for a career in consultancy or management - in a global corporation or at an ambitious start-up company.

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Your qualification profile

You have a high level of business knowledge, which you have supplemented with the completion of this degree programme in the areas of Business Development, Strategic Management and International Sales.

Typical sectors

As a graduate, your knowledge and skills are the basis for a successful management career both in internationally-oriented SMEs and in globally active, large companies in all sectors.

Potential fields of business

With their high level of competence in the areas of business development, strategic management and international sales, our graduates find a wide range of applications in many areas of business.

Doctoral degree

Your Master of Science degree in International Business Development from Reutlingen University also provides you with the best foundation for a doctorate and an academic career.

The degree programme at ESB opened countless doors for me in strategy consulting and in the start-up sector, thanks to the perfect mix of methodological skills, entrepreneurial spirit and building a diverse network.

 

Tim Geyer

Strategy & Growth Manager US

MARKT-PILOT

Graduate of 2021

Entrepreneurial thinking, a hands-on mentality and always keeping your finger on the pulse of the times are 3 crucial success factors for running an international group like HUGO BOSS and constantly developing the company.

 

Viktoria Kirchmaier 

Vice President Global Sales Development Office

HUGO BOSS AG

Graduate of 2016

 

With its practical lectures and projects with companies, the Master's programme in International Business Development offers excellent conditions for a later career - nationally or internationally. The focus here is on interactive study and promoting personal and interdisciplinary development.

 

Alexander Diernberger

Specialist Sales Operations Individualization

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Graduate of 2014

The Master of International Business Development gives excellent preparation for an international career. I really appreciated the international focus, the practical orientation of the programme and the teamwork.

 

Meike Kastner

Venture Partner BSH Startup Kitchen

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH

Graduate of  2014

 

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