International Business Management M.Sc.

MSc International Business Management

This global and practice-oriented international business degree will help you advance your career in Germany and worldwide.


Level Up Your Skills

In a rapidly evolving global marketplace, standing out requires more than just ambition—it demands the right qualifications and skills. Our MSc in International Business Management equips you with the strategic expertise and cutting-edge knowledge necessary to excel in any role within the field. This master’s programme is designed to prepare you for independent entrepreneurial ventures or senior management positions with leadership responsibilities across various industries and business sizes.

The curriculum focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of business management with an emphasis on international skills and interdisciplinarity. This programme prioritises both theoretical knowledge and practical application, ensuring you are fully prepared to make a significant impact in the global business landscape.

Students will enhance their management knowledge and acquire application-specific specialisation skills through real-world challenges and practical experiences.

Key Skills Developed

Who is this Programme For?

As a graduate of the MSc International Business Management programme, you will be in high demand by multinational corporations, international consultancy firms, and global financial institutions. Your expertise will be sought after in diverse sectors such as manufacturing, finance, consulting, public service, and the creative industries, where a profound understanding of international business practices is essential.

How Will You Study?

Gisma University of Applied Sciences supports flexible and individual learning by applying a systematic hybrid learning scheme. You will spend part of your lectures in class at our Potsdam campus. These face-to-face phases are complemented by e-learning sessions. You will work on cases, reflect on readings, take part in online discussions, and participate in group exercises and projects. This variety of learning methods is part of our unique teaching strategy, which includes student-centred pedagogy, project-based learning, collaborative learning, and personalised coaching.


The degree programme has been awarded the quality seal of 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.

Gisma University of Applied Sciences is state recognised. It also benefits from AMBA accreditation, which was awarded for the Global MBA and is an honour shared by only 6 universities in Germany and 2% of all universities worldwide. The prestigious AMBA accreditation represents innovation and excellence in education.


Potsdam, near Berlin


12 or 24 months


Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

Tuition Fee:

From € 13,000 per year

From € 15,500 – International students

From Foundations to Future: Your International Business Management Journey

The course is available to study both full-time and part-time. The standard period of study is two years full-time, part-time correspondingly longer. If you have the relevant academic or professional experience, you could be eligible to shorten the study period to one, or one and a half years. Talk to our programme consultants to find out whether this is the case for you.

The programme is modularised, which means each module is assigned a fixed number of credit points and concludes with an examination. For this programme, the total workload for the courses is 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, depending on the study period you select or are eligible for.

In the 2-year format (120 ECTS credits), the curriculum includes a ‘mobility window’ in the 5th semester: a semester reserved for you to study abroad, undertake an internship, or complete a business project in practice.


International Business

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

Innovation and Sustainability

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

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

Digital competencies

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

Study Abroad or Internship or Business Project Option

Scientific and Methods Competencies

  • Research Methods and Scientific Work
  • Master Thesis

Your Future Career

An international business management degree provides the academic knowledge and skills to pursue global career opportunities and helps you develop a broad and diverse understanding of businesses. This degree will help you advance your career in various fields such as finance, marketing, HR, and general business. Potential graduate opportunities:

  • 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).

As a student at Gisma, you will be supported by our Career Centre, who provide personalised career support and development.

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In today’s competitive job landscape, employers seek well-rounded graduates ready to hit the ground running. Gisma’s Double Degree programme equips you with the in-demand knowledge and versatile skillset to stand out from the crowd. Combine this Gisma specialised degree specialisation with a prestigious International Business Management degree from Kingston University London, creating the perfect launchpad for your dream career – all in a streamlined timeframe.

Double Your Impact With a Double Degree

Prof. Dr. Peter Konhäusner

Hear From One of Your Future Professors

Studying is a unique time in one’s life and I believe that it should be as diverse as possible. When teaching at Gisma I bring my personal experiences with me: Lectures are geared toward interactive content with a variety of activities and are always connected to practical examples and outcomes. My objective is that you can take something with you for your life and your career out of the modules. They should be sometimes challenging, yet fun, but always feel beneficial in multiple ways for you. And, on a side note: I really think that the direct contact of students with faculty and staff at Gisma is quite unique. Open and direct communication is key here!

Prof. Dr. Peter Konhäusner
Professor of Digital Entrepreneurship

Fees & Admissions

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (business, economics or social sciences, psychology, law, engineering, computer science, or closely related sciences)
  • English proficiency: B2 (IELTS 6.0 overall, no less than 5.5 in any component) or equivalent scores in TOEFL iBT, Pearson PTE or Duolingo. Gisma also offers an English test free of charge.

Tuition Fees

EU / Germany – From € 13,000 per year

International – from € 15,500 per year

We offer a range of savings and funding options. For a full breakdown of all our fees, visit our fees and funding page below.

How To Apply

Learn about the application process at Gisma University of Applied Sciences! We’ve streamlined the application steps to ensure a smooth journey into our diverse academic community. 

Visit our how to apply page below.


A solid undergraduate background in a field relevant to our Master’s programmes is usually required for admission onto our various Master’s programmes. However, many prospective students find that their Bachelor’s degree does not meet the necessary admission criteria. In accordance with German educational standards, these candidates can complete a bridging semester of 30 ECTS, referred to as our “Premasters programme”, to establish familiarity with concepts and skills necessary to do well in their intended Master’s programme. Regardless of your Bachelor’s degree field, we will prepare you for success in your chosen Masters programme!

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 University of Applied Sciences 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.

Our Faculty's Industry Experience

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Thrive in the Digital Age: Gisma Partners with SAP

Gisma is a proud member of the prestigious SAP University Alliances program, offering unparalleled opportunities for our students and staff. This exclusive partnership provides access to SAP’s academic materials, internships, and graduate programs. Our students benefit from open access to SAP training, certifications, and exciting workshops on cutting-edge topics. With the support of SAP experts, we equip our students for success in the digital economy. Join us to thrive in the world of endless possibilities.

Gisma Alumni Survey

At Gisma University of Applied Sciences, we empower our students to launch successful careers. We go beyond education, providing the skills and experience they need to thrive in the professional world. Our graduates are job-ready and make a lasting impact, with many landing positions at top companies.

Alumni Survey (2022)


of our students found employment six months after graduation


of our Gisma students secure a job before graduation


of graduates hold managerial positions in leading organisations


of our graduates enjoy a salary ranging from €55k to €60k


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?

Gisma University of Applied Sciences 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.