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International Business (M.Sc.)

Degree Qualification Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Faculty/Department Wirtschaft und Soziales/Wirtschaft
Semester 3
Application period June 1st - July 15th
Language English
Fees Semester contribution 321.10 €
Form of studying Fulltime
Location Campus Berliner Tor, Berliner Tor 5, 20099 Hamburg

The Master of Science in International Business (MIB) builds a solid basis for future career in the business field. Students will be enabled to deal with complex processes and structures in a constantly changing international business environment. Graduates are well prepared to face future management challenges. At the same time, the programme qualifies degree holders with top grades to pursue a doctorate.

The programme fosters a holistic and cross-functional approach and does not emphasise specific sectors or single functions. The professional qualification is particularly achieved through case-related analysis and integrated modelling. There will be a focus on methods, theories and technical skill sets that enable the graduates to master a variety of functional challenges in various sectors. The aim is to create opportunities for the ongoing personal development.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Why study International Business at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences?

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is a vibrant academic institution located at the heart of one of Germany’s most exciting cities. Being one of the largest universities in northern Germany, we offer programmes in all kinds of areas, including engineering, computer sciences, fashion, design, and – of course – business and social sciences. Scientific foundation with a strong view on its practical relevance and purpose are among our strongest assets. Students and teachers come together at our university bringing with them a large variety of academic and professional as well as national and cultural profiles. Qualifying people for taking over responsibilities as managing professionals in social and business life is the aim members of our institution are sharing in our strive towards a continuously improving academic education.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Target Group

Graduates with a bachelor or equivalent degree in international business, management sciences or business-related subjects. Strong analytical, quantitative and communication skills are important prerequisites, such as an affinity to study with a small group of equally qualified academics with multiple national and cultural backgrounds in close co-operation with highly-motivated teachers from both research and practical backgrounds. Furthermore, an interest in all business-related fields, with an intention to widen the methodological and intellectual horizon in order to qualify for strategic tasks in future occupations in internationally active companies or organizations is of great importance.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Content

The Master of Science International Business programme is a three-semester programme with 90 CP (ECTS). The structure is as follows: five compulsory courses (modules) in the winter semester (September - February); five compulsory courses (modules) in the summer semester (March-July); a compulsory research project (master thesis) in the following winter semester.
Students being enrolled in our international business programme can expect a curriculum that provides a solid understanding of the global marketplace covering a broad range of interrelated fields.

A core set of managerial and economic modules has been complemented with strategic, quantitative, technological, intercultural and legal modules in order to ensure a comprehensive perspective on international business. The content of the degree programme provides an up-to-date understanding of modern management theory. For information on individual modules please refer to the module handbook.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Entry Requirements

Applicants have to meet the following requirements:


  • Bachelor or equivalent degree with a major field of studies in business, management sciences or business-related subjects.
  • Bachelor degree is based on studies with a minimum of seven semesters and at least 210 CP (ECTS) (European Credit Transfer System). CP from institutions outside of the ECTS have to be transferred into CP (ECTS).

For graduates whose Bachelor degree stems from a six semester programme (180 CP):
Provided that you satisfy all of the other entrance requirements and that the master programme is not yet filled to capacity you might be enrolled under the condition precedent that you acquire 30 CP (ECTS) within the first year of your master studies at HAW Hamburg. The master student counsellor (Studienfachberater) will decide which additional courses have to be taken.

  • The academic grade of this Bachelor's degree must be at least 2.5 or better according to the German university grading system. Grade point averages (GPA) from institutions outside of Germany have to be transferred

Analytical qualification

  • In order to qualify, applicants need to have successfully completed courses with a total of at least 40 CP (ECTS) related to mathematics, accounting and/or finance (e.g. mathematics, financial mathematics, linear algebra, analysis, statistics, stochastics, operations research, bookkeeping, accounting, group accounting, financial statement analysis, international accounting, management accounting, controlling, investment, capital budgeting, finance, international finance, corporate finance, risk management, taxation, banking, auditing, valuation or similar courses).

Language requirements

  • Applicants for English-language programmes whose first language is not English must provide proof of their language ability by way of an accepted test score or a school leaving certificate with qualifying grade in English or other means satisfactory to the HAW Hamburg:

Accepted test scores (Level B2 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
•    TOEFL IBT: Minimum score of 87
•    IELTS: Minimum score of 6
•    University of Cambridge ESOL Examination (General English)
•    CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): Minimum score 45 (grade A, B, C)
•    FCE (First Certificate in English: grade A, B, C
•    CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): Minimum score 45 (grade A, B, C)

School leaving certificate with qualifying grade in English:
•    German advanced entry qualification for universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulreife): Very good grade in English (minimum of 14 points)
•    German entry qualification for universities (Allgemeine Hochschulreife): Good grade in English (minimum of 11 points)

Other means to meet the language requirements:
•    School leaving certificate of a school in an English speaking country
•    Two years of university studies in an English speaking country
•    Two years of post-graduate professional experience in an English speaking country
•    Please refer to the `Entrance and Selection Regulation´ (Zulassungs- und Auswahlordnung) for the legally binding details.

What are the selection criteria
If there are more applicants than there is intake capacity (25), applicants will be selected by way of scoring.
There are three point scores that will be used in order to compute a total point score:
Point score for academic grade of Bachelor degree
+   Point score for a voluntary TM-WISO or GMAT score
+   Point score for additional qualifications
=   Total point score
The 25 applicants with the highest total point scores will be enrolled in the programme.

The Point score for academic grade of Bachelor degree and the TM WISO will be found in the “Zulassungs- und Auswahlordnung”.

Antwort auf/zuklappen Application

The degree program admits students only for the winter semester. Application period: 1st June - 15th July

Applications and admissions will be solely handled by the „Studierendensekretariat“ (Admissions office) of HAW Hamburg.

For further information regarding the degree programme you might use one of the following contact options:
Service phone: + 49.40.25 41 47 40
From Monday until Thursday 9 am – 4 pm; Friday 9 am – 12 noon 

General information for your master application: or

Antwort auf/zuklappen Contact

Application and admission
HAW Master Admissions Office
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9898
Open office hours:

Contents of the degree programme
Master student counsellor
Prof. Dr. Stephan Boll
Berliner Tor 5, Raum 09.20, 20099 Hamburg
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-6987
Open office

General questions about degree programmes
General Student Advisory Team
Stiftstrasse 69, 20099 Hamburg (Campus Berliner Tor)
Tel.: + 49.40.428 75-9110
Office hours: Mon - Tue 11am - 1pm, Thur 2pm - 5pm
Telephone advisory service: Mon - Tue 10am - 11am, Thur 1pm - 2p

Studying being handicapped/ suffering from a chronic disease
Meike Butenob
Alexanderstrasse 1, 20099 Hamburg, Room 4.10
Tel. +49.40.428 75-7220
Counselling hours

Letzte Änderung: 25.03.17

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