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International Business and Management (MA) • Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences • Osnabrück

Master of Arts in International Business and

Joint Degree/Double
Course language(s)
Courses of the general/key competences and two
specialisations are held in English. We offer additional
specialisations in German language. Students can
choose to write their Master's thesis in either language.

Optional: German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch,

Chinese, Russian and Arabic language courses

Admission semester
Winter semester only

Winter semester - end of September
Prior to the start of the lecture period, an intensive
German language course is offered (four weeks in
August/September for advanced learners), followed by
an orientation programme for international students.

Programme duration
Two years (four semesters) CONTACT

Hochschule Osnabrück
Application deadline
Fakultät Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (WiSo)
Non-EU applicants: 30 April for the following winter
semester Sabine Kohlsaat
EU applicants: 15 July for the following winter Caprivistraße 30 A
semester 49076 Osnabrück

Course content Tel. +49 (0) 5 41-9 69 35 69

This Master's programme consolidates students'

management knowledge, fosters their social skills and E-mail [mailto:application-ibm-ma@hs-osnabruec
meets high scientific standards.] »
Major Study Area: International Business Management Course website [http://www.hs-
[Key Competences (nine courses out of 18)]

Semester One: ement] »

1. Global Economic Framework
1. Global Economic Framework
Global Economic Order
Global Economic Institutions (global governance) Submit application to
Reasons and Influence of Global Economic Hochschule Osnabrück
Integration Master International Business and Management
Postfach 19 40
2. Human Resource Management in Multinational 49009 Osnabrück
Companies Germany
Conception of Human Resource Management
Fields of Operation of International Human Resource

3. International Marketing
Process of Marketing Planning
Marketing Research
Product and Profile Performance

Semester Two:
4. International Economics and Business
Essential Aspects of Trade Theories and Policies
International Business Strategies of Companies

5. IT and Information Management

Management of Information Systems
Methods and Instruments of Information
IT and IM Controlling

6. Strategic Management
Central Management Instruments in the Process of
Strategic Management
Strategic Management in the Context of Complexity
and Change

Semester Three:
7. International Corporate Finance
The International Financial Environment
Exchange Rate Behaviour and Risk Management
Long-term Asset and Liability Management

8. International Business Law

Basic Legal Issues of International Business
International Sales Law
International Business Forms, Multinational

9. Value Chain Management

Definition of and Approaches to Value Chain

Further Study Areas [General Competences (three

Semester one: Leadership and Team Building
Semester two: Managing for Sustainable Success -
Business Ethics and Corporate Management
Semester three: Empirical Research Methods

Moreover, students choose one specialisation:

Specialisation I: Markets and Processes
Specialisation II: Human Resources and Change
Specialisation II: Human Resources and Change
Specialisation III: International Management
Students then choose two electives within the chosen
specialisation. (There are eight possible electives.
Students choose three courses per elective. One
course is taught each semester. Five of the electives
offer a choice between two or more courses in the third
semester.) The electives include the following:

Consulting: Consulting and Management; Controlling

and Finance Tools for Consultants; Consulting Case

Innovation and Transformation: Operations

Management; Innovation and Entrepreneurship;
Organisational Transformation Case Studies

Strategic Marketing (2/3 in German): Product and

Innovation Management; Brand Management and
Communication; Sales and Cooperation
Management or Big Data - from Data to Forecasts
and Decisions

Human Resource Management (in German): The

Future Of Employment - National and Global
Perspectives on Stakeholders, Power, and
Cooperation; Personnel Development and Career
Development; Concept Development and Case
Studies concerning HR Management

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (in

German): Business in International Supply Chains;
Logistics' Specials; Big Data - from Data to
Forecasts and Decisions or Operations Management
or Organisational Transformation Case Studies or
Consulting Case Studies or Mergers; Reorganisation
and Development or End-User Development with
Office Tools

Financial Control (in German): Management

Accounting with ERP; Risk Management;
Seminar/Case Studies on Financial Control

Change Management: (in German) Strategies and

Implementation; Leadership and Innovation;
Mergers, Reorganisation, and Development or Big
Data - from Data to Forecasts and Decisions or
Concept Development and Case Studies Concerning
HR Management

Digitalisation in Society (in German): End-User

Development with Office Tools; E-Business -
Implementation of the Electronic Value Chain; Big
Data - from Data to Forecasts and Decisions

Educational organisation
During the first, second, and third semesters, students
take six courses representing 30 ECTS credits per
semester. Out of these six courses, three courses
belong to the Key Competences (International
belong to the Key Competences (International
Business Management), one course belongs to the
General Competences (Social skills, communication,
and research methods), and two courses belong to the
two individually chosen electives. Two electives are
offered in English, and six electives are offered in
German. Each course in either category is worth 5
ECTS credits.
Courses are usually given as lectures, and a schedule
for each semester is fixed by the university. Team work
in international study groups and individual study also
apply, especially in the third semester. During the
fourth semester, students write their Master's theses.
The thesis represents 30 ECTS credits.

Teaching methods include lectures, case studies,

management simulations, team work, project work,
presentations and assignments. Interaction between
students and lecturers is fostered through small
groups, which provide the opportunity for discussions
about the issues at stake.

Studying at the University of Applied Sciences

Osnabrück also includes
face-to-face lectures, seminars, project work, e-
European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
small class size, international study groups
buddy system
close contact between students and teaching staff
intensive counselling and coaching before and
during studies

Study abroad unit(s)

Optional study semester at selected partner
universities abroad during the third semester. A double
degree is possible at three different partner
universities. For students who did not complete a study
semester or an internship abroad during their
Bachelor's programme, the study semester abroad is

Forms of assessment
Students take one to two examinations per course, i.e.,
an assignment plus a one-hour written examination or
solely a two-hour written examination. Each course
corresponds to 5 ECTS credits; the Master's thesis
corresponds to 30 ECTS credits.
Forms of assessment are assignments, written
examinations, practical exercises, presentations and
case studies. The Master's thesis is to be defended
(viva voce).

ECTS credits

Diploma supplement

Course-related German
language courses

Course-related English
language courses

Course objectives
Our Master's programme provides students with a
high-quality education in international business
management. Using modern teaching methods we deal
with the latest business issues. Students' language and
communication skills are honed to perfection within an
intercultural and multilingual study group. Our unique
focus on practical learning is finely tuned to giving
students the tools needed for a successful transition to
the real-world workplace. Continuous monitoring of the
latest developments in science and business ensures
that graduates match employers' needs.

Let us give you a head start into your career!

Tuition fees
No tuition fees

Enrolment fees
Enrolment fees amount to approx. 300 EUR per
semester and include various services such as a
semester ticket for public transport in Osnabrück and
the area.

Costs of living
Monthly expenses of approx. 500 EUR to 600 EUR
should be expected, depending on personal needs and
habits. This includes rent, health insurance, living,
books and miscellaneous expenses.

Job opportunities
A limited number of student assistantships are
available at the University of Applied Sciences.
Moreover, students may find jobs in different areas
outside the university if their residence permit allows
for it.

Language requirements
Applicants must provide proof of their English skills
[level B2 of the Common European Framework of
Reference for Languages (CEFR)]. Test results
submitted may not be older than three years at the
beginning of studies.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
(Internet-Based) Score: 88
TOEIC - Test of English for International
Communication Score: 785
IELTS - International English Language Testing
System Grade: 6.5

Basic knowledge of German (A-level) desirable

In individual cases, other documents may be accepted

as a proof of applicants' language proficiency.
Moreover, relevant study or work periods in English-
speaking countries may also be recognised.

Academic requirements
Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in business
management, economics, or related programmes (at
least 80% of the subjects of your Bachelor's
programme need to be business and/or economics
English language proficiency at level B2 of the
Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages (CEFR)

Where to apply
Hochschule Osnabrück
Master International Business and Management
Postfach 19 40
49009 Osnabrück

Arrival support
International students are contacted by their buddy
(student in a higher semester) before their arrival in
Osnabrück. The buddy picks them up at the train
station and helps them move into their pre-arranged
accommodation, arrange health insurance, open a
bank account, etc.
Before the lectures start, the International Faculty
Office offers orientation days for all incoming
international students.
Students who would like to improve their German
language proficiency have the possibility to register for
an intensive German language course before the
lectures start.

Services and support for

international students
Individual counselling is offered by lecturers and the
coordinator of the Master's programme. Lecturers offer
counselling hours once a week and the programme
coordinator supports students by answering all
questions before and during their studies.
At our Learning Centre and Career Services, students
can find help with study skills, career counselling and
personal goals.
personal goals.
The International Office is a place where international
students are welcome at any time.
Furthermore, the buddy will be a contact person for the
international student during his/her first semester.
Students are invited to join tutorials and to take part in
JOIN OS, the Joint Cultural Programme for
International Students in Osnabrück. German language
courses, workshops and study trips offer the possibility
to improve language and communication skills during
the semester.

The costs for accommodation in a single room vary
from 200 to 350 EUR per month. Rooms in student
residences are offered by Student Services Osnabrück
( [http://ww]
). The Housing Service of the university (
) supports international students in their search for

Course website
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About the university

The Hochschule Osnabrück is a University of Applied
Sciences with a well-developed network of
international cooperation and a focus on practice-
oriented teaching and applied sciences. The faculties,
departments, and institutes of the Osnabrück
University of Applied Sciences offer modern and
innovative study programmes. Study programmes are
geared towards specific professions, which means that
teaching and research are tailored to the requirements
of the working world: short periods of study, well-
organised study programmes with integrated
internships and small study groups with individual
support from teaching staff characterise studies at the
university. The excellent job prospects and
opportunities for promotion for graduates from the
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences show that
course content is well matched to both educational and
industry requirements.

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About the city
Osnabrück and the surrounding region is home to
approx. 250,000 inhabitants. It is situated in north-west
Germany, not far from the Dutch border. It is a two-
hour drive to the beautiful coastal area of the North
Sea with its dikes, beaches and picturesque little
harbours. Amsterdam to the west and the bustling town
of Hamburg to the north-east can be reached within the
same amount of time. But Osnabrück itself has a lot to
offer. Its city centre testifies to its 1,200-year-old
history. The city of the Peace of Westphalia of 1648,
ending the Thirty Years' War, hosts various museums,
libraries, parks, theatres, cinemas and sports facilities
as well as a historic city centre with shops, art
galleries, restaurants, bars and cafés. Approx. 20,000
students enjoy living in Osnabrück.
As a city with a technology oriented future, many
innovative and well known international companies in
the high-tech, engineering, food and logistics sectors
are located here.

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