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International Business (M.A.)

Hochschule Mainz

Master of Arts International Business (MA.IB)

Course Goals

The programme aims at preparing students for challenging positions in multinational companies or in internationally active public organisations. In particular, graduates will be familiar with state-of-the-art techniques of International Business and will have acquired leadership skills for a cross-cultural business environment. The MA.IB programme’s multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual approach, its focus on the application of management theories and tools in case studies, the professors’ own management experience in multinational companies and cross-cultural consultancy, the applied projects in multinational companies, and the Master thesis in cooperation with international businesses, ensure that our graduates are perfectly prepared for an international business career. With the MA.IB degree, they will clearly stand out from many of the other business graduates.

Awarded Title

After having successfully completed required course work as well as the Master Thesis, students will be awarded the Master of Arts in International Business. Some of the partner universities even award their own degree in addition to the Mainz MA.IB degree. The MA.IB is accredited by the German accreditation agency AQAS and the state Ministry of Education.

Length of Course

The full-time course lasts 2 years (4 semesters) and starts every fall. Students spend the first year of their studies at the home university and the second year at the partner university. The fourth semester is used to write the Master Thesis.

Career Opportunities

This programme enables students to gain the cross-cultural experience necessary to successfully apply their management skills in globally active companies or public organisations. The degree may qualify for positions in the higher civil service. In individual cases, it may also serve as preparation for doctoral studies in Germany or abroad, e.g. at our partner university in Wroclaw (Breslau)/Poland.

Programme Overview

  • 1 year at Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences and
  • 1 year at selected partner universities in Asia/Australia/Europe/Latin America/USA. Students take five courses at the host university and transfer the credits as options back to Hochschule Mainz. Exchange students from partner universities may transfer courses they took at their home university during the first year either as options or, if applicable, first year modules.
  • Within the summer break between year 1 & year 2 students apply the analytical tools learned in the first two semesters at work in an international company (“applied project”).
  • Teaching methods in each course are a mixture of lectures and seminars. Language of instruction is English. A strong emphasis is placed on individual and group work as well as on self-study projects. Larger and smaller groups will work together on projects, which may be taken from outside companies.

Admission Requirements

  • A business-oriented, higher education qualification (bachelor’s degree or equivalent undergraduate degree)
  • 3 years fulltime or 180 ECTS minimum with above-average marks (minimum requirement: ECTS mark C, or 2.5, according to the German grading system)
  • A good level of fluency in English proven by:
    • when English is your native language: a certified copy of your high school diploma
    • TOEFL-test not older than 2 years: Internet-based: 92 points minimally;
    • IELTS score of at least 6.5
    • TOEIC score of at least 800 points
  • Proof of two other languages other than English on B2-level of the Common European Framework. (Note: German is not a requirement).
  • Your native language (if not English) can be proven be a certified copy of your high school diploma.
  • A third foreign language should be proven by a certificate issued by a government agency or language training institute which certifies that you master the language at B2 Level (CEFR).

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition for the first year in Mainz:
    - Students with a German or international Bachelor degree study tuition free!
    - Students with a German "Diplom" degree and students who already hold a Master degree: a tuition fee of EUR 650.00 per semester
  • All students will have to pay a social fee of approx. EUR 300,- per semester which also includes a public transport ticket for the Rhine-Main area.
  • Tuition for the second year stay at the partner university:
    Tuition follows the rules of the host university’s law, therefore, tuition has to be paid at the partner university. In some countries, a limited number of MA.IB students are accepted tuition free.

Application Deadline

June 15th of a year. International applicants are encouraged to submit their applications earlier.

Application If you are interested starting the MA.IB Programme please complete the application form corresponding to your pre-requisites (available from End of April - 15th June).

  1. Applicants from partner universities - Please download the Application Package for Exchange Students and send it to the Hochschule Mainz - University of Applied Sciences.
  2. German applicants and applicants with a Bachelor degree awarded by a university within the European Union - Please download the Application Package for Direct Applicants and send it to the Hochschule Mainz - University of Applied Sciences
  3. Applicants with a Bachelor degree awarded by a university outside of the European Union - Please download the Application Package for Non-EU Applicants and send it to Uni-assist
  4. For German students and applicants with a European Bachelor degree: register at our online portal and then send the complete application package per postal mail to Hochschule Mainz. Portal available as of end of April/beginning of May.


Hochschule Mainz – University of Applied Sciences
School of Business
Lucy-Hillebrand-Str. 2
55128 Mainz


Programm Manager (Admission, Course Information)
Judith Busch
Tel. +49 (0) 61 31.628 - 3414
Room: A1.11

Programme Director

Prof. Dr. Daniel Porath
Tel. +49 (0) 61 31.628 - 3245
Room: M3.17

You find further information on the following website.
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