The MSc International Business Management from GISMA University of Applied Sciences allows you to dive into the fascinating world of international business and corporate global leadership.

From leadership competencies in cross cultural environments and international strategic management to marketing and CEO decision making, this programme covers all areas of business that you need to master for a senior management position in an international organisation. 

Programme details

  • Opportunity to spend a semester abroad or do an internship/ project in an international cosmopolitan city like London, Shanghai, and Singapore.
  • Equips you with all the skills you need for a senior management role in any international company or MNC.
  • Allows you to network with students from over 55 countries which can expand your professional network.
  • Helps you gain additional skills in Big Data, cybersecurity, and cloud computing through technical know-how provided by Amazon.
  • Suitable for students interested in a global business career with undergraduate degrees in closely related disciplines like accounting, economics and psychology.
  • Course curriculum perfect for preparing for further intensive business degrees like an MBA.
  • Industry oriented curriculum with the right blend of theory and practical experience.
  • Provides plenty of career opportunities in domains like project management, international strategic management, business leadership and finance.
  • A flexible learning format, as well as virtual access to the GISMA Campus at Potsdam, allows you to study online.

Accreditations and rankings

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The degree programme has been awarded the quality seal of the Accreditation Council Foundation. It was first assessed by FIBAA in a multi-stage accreditation procedure and then successfully accredited by the Accreditation Council Foundation. The Accreditation Council Foundation is a joint institution of the federal states of Germany for quality assurance in study and teaching at German universities. The quality seal of the Accreditation Council Foundation certifies, among other things, compliance with academic standards and formal requirements.

GISMA Business School is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 business school in Germany and 2% of all business schools worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.

The GISMA Study Guarantee

The intuitive GISMA e-learning platform allows you to pursue the course from your home country and visit the GISMA campus at Potsdam virtually. This ensures the continuity of your academic life without any interruptions.

The course will be taught through streamed lectures in real-time along with complimentary teaching and e-learning package.

You will work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in discussions, and participate in group exercises and projects. Akin to our on-campus programmes, our online programmes also feature a variety of learning methods. These include student-centred pedagogy, project-based learning, collaborative learning and personalised coaching.

Students starting online will have the option to complete the programme on-campus in Germany seamlessly. 

Learn from the very best in the field

You can be confident that you will be learning from some of the most accomplished and industry-respected professionals. Our professors at GISMA Business School are experts in their respective fields, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. They have come from and worked with some of the world's largest and most prestigious companies, including Amazon, United Nations, Harvard, 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, KPMG, Boston Consulting Group, IBM, and Allianz.

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Programme structure


International Business

  • International Strategic Management
  • International Marketing
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • International Economics

Leadership, action and intercultural competencies

  • Management of People in Cross Cultural Environments
  • Behavioural Competencies in Virtual Teams
  • Emotional Agility in International Business
  • CEO Decision Making and Case Studies

Study abroad or Internship or Business Project

Innovation and Sustainability

  • Innovation Management and Digital Transformation
  • Project Management
  • Finance and Risk Management
  • CSR, Diversity and Ethics

Digital competencies

  • Electives in Cloud Computing, Big Data and Cyber Security from Amazon, Alibaba and Co.

Scientific and Methods Competence

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Master Thesis

Your future career

The MSc International Business Management covers a broad range of international topics so that you’ll be perfectly equipped for your desired career path. This degree will help you advance your career in various fields such as finance, marketing, HR, and general business. 

Here are a few worthy career roles in the international business domain that might interest you.

  • Business development manager; average salaries for the job usually range around €73,627 (source).
  • External auditor; average salaries for the job usually range around €73,627 (source).
  • Marketing manager; average salaries for the job usually range around €68,459 (source).
  • Global sales manager; average salaries for the job usually range around €63,859 (source).
  • International HR manager; average salaries for the job usually range around €84,747 (source).
  • Global financial trader; average salaries for the job usually range around €72,6497 (source).

In addition, GISMA has a dedicated Career Centre which will help students fulfil their career goals through a variety of specialised services and establishes long-lasting relationships with alumni and employers. 

Fees and funding

Please contact a programme consultant for more details on how to apply.


Pricing - up to 30th March 2023:

    Total price Early bird discount
EU/Germany 1yr  €     13,000 20%
2yr  €     17,000 20%
International 1yr  €     15,500 20%
2yr  €     20,000 20%
Online 2yr €     9,500 20%


*Early bird offer for applications submitted at least 8 weeks before orientation date.

Regional discounts are available for CIS, MENA and LATAM regions. Please check the fee section on this page.


New pricing - from 31st March 2023:

  Price per year
  Duration Standard Price  15% Discount 25% Discount:
Half of the fee is paid upfront
30% Discount: 
€3,000 Deposit paid, rest of the full fee paid within 3 months after lectures start
33% Discount:
Entire fee is paid upfront
EU/Germany 1yr € 13,000 € 11,050 € 9,750 € 9,100 € 8,710
2yr € 17,000 € 14,450 € 12,750 € 11,900 € 11,390
International 1yr € 15,500 € 13,175 € 11,625 € 10,850 € 10,385
2yr € 23,150 € 19,678 € 17,363 € 16,205 € 15,511


Flexible payment plan

GISMA offers flexible payment plans that allow you to spread the costs of your programme fees in up to six instalments. A refundable* deposit of €2,000 is required to secure your place, and the remainder of the tuition fee is to be paid after the start of programme in accordance with your payment schedule.

You will be eligible for a discount of 5% off the total fee if the payment of the entire tuition fee is completed before the first instalment due date.

Payments are accepted by bank transfer, or via one of our payment partners – Transfermate and Stripe. If you have any queries regarding payment options, please speak to a programme consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply.


Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0) or equivalent

For non-standard entry routes please seek clarification on requirements with our admissions team.

For students who have educational degrees from India

Students who have acquired their education degrees from India will need to follow the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) process required by The German Foreign Affairs Ministry. For more information, please refer to our APS Step-by-Step Guide webpage.


Financing your studies


In many cases, non-German citizens studying in Germany are entitled to apply for the BAföG (Federal Education and Training Assistance Act) grants-and-loans system, if certain conditions are met. 

If foreigners have the prospect of staying in Germany and if they are socially integrated, they are considered eligible for funding. For more information and to check your eligibility please use the link below (which can be translated into English). 

BAföG for non-German citizens

Frequently asked questions

Question 1: Where can I work if I study international business?

An international business degree from a reputed business school like GISMA can open up a plethora of career opportunities across different domains. A few popular career domains for international business students include business development, international marketing, international operations and human resource management.

Question 2: Where can I study international business in Germany?

The GISMA Business School offers a great master’s programme in international business that can cross off all your checkpoints for a comprehensive programme.

Question 3: What kind of career prospects can I expect as a business student in Germany?

You can expect diverse career profiles as an international business graduate. Few popular career options include management analyst, research analyst, and international supply chain manager.

Question 4: Why should I choose an international business programme over an MBA?

While an MBA can have a generic business management curriculum, an international business programme would be specifically designed to give you a global business perspective. This can be helpful if you seek an international business management career.

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  • Potsdam | Online
  • 12 or 24 months
  • Apr, July, October 2023
  • € From 13,000 per course

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