International Business (MA.IB)

Hochschule Mainz
City, country:
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
M.A. (Master of Arts)
4 semester(s)


You've always wanted to study in a truly international environment?

Do you wish to study abroad? You are multilingual? You would like to work in a group of students from different continents? You appreciate their different cultures, beliefs and religions? You are prepared to adapt to new challenges?

Then we have the top programme for you! Our MA.IB programme provides you with an exciting and challenging environment in one of Germany’s most bustling regions. Visit our website to learn more about the programme contents, contact us and find out about the professional careers of our alumni.
We are looking forward hearing from you.
Prof. Dr. Daniel Porath Programme Director

Job description and job opportunities

The MA.IB programme allows you to acquire skills needed in international business. It broadens your knowledge adding a truly international perspective to your business education and prepares you for middle management positions and helps you to further develop your leadership skills.

As a graduate of the MA.IB programme, future employers will appreciate your intellectual capacity, your ability to cooperate in and to lead culturally diverse working groups, and your willingness to be internationally mobile. You will have mastered applied projects and the final thesis, thus demonstrating your focus on practical, target-oriented

With the MA.IB degree, you will clearly stand out from many of the other business graduates.


1. Semester:
  • Leadership and Human Resource Management
  • Quantitative Analytical Methods
  • Business Research
  • Financial Reporting
  • International Business Environment
  • Digital Transformation
2. Semester:
  • Strategic Management
  • International Marketing
  • International Business Law
  • International Corporate Finance
  •  Export Management
Applied Project:
Practical experience of at least 8 weeks throughout the study programme

3. Semester - Option 1-5:
From any business related topic – taken at the partner university

4. Semester - Master Thesis
Research paper in English (or another language, if appropriate)
Usually in their last semester, students work on their final thesis, which consists of a research project on an international business issue. The Master's thesis may be combined with an internship in a multinational company or be based on an independent research project. The Master's thesis doesn’t need to be defended, unless the student is aiming for a double degree programme and the partner university requires a defence.

Practical relevance

The programme also includes an eight-week applied project which is an internship or practical training period.
Participants apply the analytical tools learned in the first two semesters to a real-life case. Ideally, students do the applied project work in an international company in the summer break between the first and second year of studies. As students usually move from Mainz to a partner university - or from the partner university to Mainz -the applied project can be shifted also to another time frame within the study programme.

The MA.IB programme allows you to acquire skills need in international business. It broadens your knowledge adding a truly international perspective to your business education and prepares you for middle management positions. As a graduate of the MA.IB programme, future employers will appreciate your ability to lead and to cooperate in culturally diverse working groups, and your willingness to be internationally mobile.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Tuition for the first year in Mainz:

  • Students with a German or international bachelor's degree: tuition-free! However, all students must pay a social semester fee of approx. € 340,- for each semester of enrolment in the programme (during the semester abroad as well). The fee is set by AStA, the student union, and contains a public transportation ticket for a large part of the Rhine-Main region.
  • Students with a German "Diplom" degree or those who already hold a master's degree: tuition fee of € 650,- per semester additionally.
Tuition for the second year at the partner university:
  • Tuition for the second year stay at the partner university follows the host university’s tuition rules. There is a waive of the tuition fee for the study abroad period at many partner universities, e.g. through Erasmus exchange. For further details, please check the list of partner universities on our website “Study programme at Partner Universities” at:
Application requirements:
If you wish to apply for the MA.IB programme at the School of Business you need to meet the following criteria:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Management or Business Studies with above-average marks is required. The minimum requirement is ECTS mark C, (or a minimum average grade from the Bachelor's studies of 2.5 -according to the German grading system - if no ECTS grade is mentioned). Please hand in an official transcript of your grades from your Bachelor's studies along with your application.

  • Fulfil the language requirements:
    • a) English advanced proficiency proven with one of following tests (TOEFL score at least 92 (Internet-based), TOEIC score at least 800 points, or IELTS score 6.5 or higher)
    • b) German on A2 level minimally,
    • c) another language on B2 level
    • A motivation letter (approx. two pages) is required, in which applicants explain their motivation for their choice of the partner university (rank one to three) and their willingness to spend a part of the studies abroad.
    Applicants should express their preferred partner universities (1-3) for the stay abroad during the third (and fourth) semester of studies on a form to be downloaded from the MA IB programme's website:
    The full application package including instructions and forms can be downloaded from the MA.IB programme's website

    Applicants with a Bachelor's degree awarded by a university outside of the European Union will have to send their application via uni-assist.

    German Applicants and applicants with a Bachelor's degree awarded by a university within the European Union can apply directly through the application portal Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

    Application deadline is June 15th of a year. The programme starts every fall.
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    Languages and semester abroad

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    semester abroad:
    Students spend the first year of their studies at Mainz University of Applied Sciences and at least the 3rd semester at a partner university. In order to guarantee the transfer of credits, we strongly recommend the programmes at our partner universities.

    At many partner universities, MA.IB students can also spend the fourth semester (writing their Master's thesis) at the partner university and may also be awarded a Master's degree by the partner university (double degree). In order to fulfil the double degree requirements, the student may need to earn more than 120 ECTS credits.
    A list of the current partner universities and double degree opportunities is available at the MA IB programme's web page: (click on "Study Programme at Partner Universities").

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    The University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany, has developed a dynamic research portfolio over many years. The courses are kept up-to-date by a highly qualified staff that maintains strong links with employers, professional institutions, and public and private sector enterprises.
    Guest lectures and cutting-edge, work-based projects enrich the curriculum, while continuously evolving research activity underpins teaching and learning.

    Currently, nearly 3,100 students are enrolled at our School of Business at the University of Applied Sciences Mainz and more than 60 professors as well as 115 external lecturers from large companies ensure an excellent balance of theory and practice.

    Our students are our primary concern and this is why we offer them small study groups and direct links to leading companies situated in the Rhine-Main region. We take pride in our modern campus, which is an inspiring and creative place to study. Students benefit from exceptional computer services, very well-equipped lecture and seminar rooms, vast research possibilities and long opening hours.

    All this is within easy reach of the centre of Mainz, a vibrant student city, as well as Frankfurt, Europe's financial centre.

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    Mainz, the capital of Rhineland-Palatinate - one of the 16 states (Bundesländer) of the Federal Republic of Germany - with 212,000 inhabitants, has an impressive historical past and is more than 2,000 years old. As the centre of the Rhine-Main area, Mainz is well known for its friendliness and cosmopolitan outlook, which is best demonstrated during the carnival season.

    Mainz is also an important economic base for industry as well as a significant media centre (ZDF, SAT 1 and Südwestfunk radio and television channels are all based in Mainz). Mainz is twinned with Dijon (France), Watford (England), Zagreb (Croatia), Valencia (Spain), Haifa (Israel), Erfurt (Thuringia) and Louisville (Kentucky, USA). The city is situated 27 km from Frankfurt Airport (FFM) and due to its central location in Europe, nearly all European capitals are within one to two hours' flying distance.

    The city of Mainz is an extremely attractive place for foreign students and a magnet for countless tourists. It is rich in cultural monuments, and offers a variety of cultural events throughout the year, along with many leisure possibilities. Mainz's old town, its inner city, is the pride and joy of the city scene. Broad, roomy squares, lovingly restored half-timbered houses and magnificent baroque churches give the old town its charming, convivial character. With three universities in town, Mainz hosts around 35,000 students. The university campuses are located within the city limits and are easily accessible by public transport.

    Mainz has an impressive past. Founded by the Romans 2,000 years ago, Mainz has played a central role in German history. Many Roman relics and the magnificent baroque buildings testify to the importance of the region in the Middle Ages and beyond. The best architects and most talented sculptors created the general character of the city in the 17th century and designed unique palaces for the nobility, as well as new churches. Soon after the Roman era, the central city on the Rhine became the seat of the archbishop. The cathedral has been located at its current site since 975 and its importance for Mainz's history can be seen even today, with the cathedral still dominating the panorama of this capital city of Rhineland-Palatinate. The city's most famous son, Johannes Gutenberg, printed the first bible in 1452. Attentive observers notice very quickly that the city was largely destroyed in February 1945 by air attacks. The subsequent rebuilding of the city is now also part of its history.

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