Major Study Area: International Business Management (nine courses out of 18)
Global Economic Framework
1. Global Economic Order
2. Global Economic Institutions (global governance)
3. Reasons and Influence of Global Economic Integration
Human Resource Management in Multinational Companies
1. Conception of Human Resource Management
2. Fields of Operation of International Human Resource Management
1. Process of Marketing Planning
2. Marketing Research
3. Product and Profile Performance
Value Chain Management and International Economics
1. Definition of and Approaches to Value Chain Management
2. Essential Aspects of Trade Theories and Policies
International Corporate Finance
1. The International Financial Environment
2. Exchange Rate Behaviour and Risk Management
3. Long-term Asset and Liability Management
1. Central Management Instruments in the Process of Strategic Management
2. Strategic Management in the Context of Complexity and Change
IT and Information Management
1. Management of Information Systems
2. Methods and Instruments of Information Management
3. IT- and IM-Controlling
International Business Law
1. Basic Legal Issues of International Business Transactions
2. International Sales Law
3. International Business Forms, Multinational Enterprises
Advanced Management Accounting
1. Costing of Processes
3. Controlling the Budget, Product Costing
Further Study Areas (three courses):
Empirical Social Research, Team Building and Leadership, Business Ethics
Moreover, students choose two specialisations out of the following (three courses per specialisation):
- Doing Business in International Markets: Global Business, Current Trends in International Markets, Project/Case Study
- Consulting: Management and Marketing Tools, Controlling and Finance Tools, Case Studies
- Change Management: Strategies and Implementation, Leadership and Innovation, Mergers, Reorganisation and Development (in German language)
- Financial Control: Management Accounting with ERP, Risk Management, Seminar/Case Studies on Financial Control (in German language)
- Strategic Marketing: Product and Innovation Management, Brand Introduction and Communication, Sales and Cooperation Management (2/3 in German language)
- Supply Chain Management: Methods of SCM, Supply Chain Systems, Supply Chain Management (in German language)
- Law and Human Resources: Challenges and Solution Strategies, Labour and Social Law, Seminar/Case Study on Labour and Social Law (in German language)
- Management Science: Qualitative Methods of Management Science, Quantitative Methods, Projects and Case Studies on Management Science (in German language)
- Human Resource Management: Cooperation and Confrontation Strategies in View of Personnel Policy, Education Management, Concept Development and Case Studies Concerning HR Management (in German language)
Educational organisationDuring the first, second and third semesters, students take six courses representing 30 ECTS credits per semester. Courses are usually given as lectures, and a schedule is fixed by the university. Team work and individual study also apply, especially in the third semester. During the fourth semester, students write their Master's thesis.
Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, management simulations, team work, presentations and assignments. Interaction between students and lecturers is fostered.
Studying at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück also includes
- face-to-face lectures, seminars, project work, e-learning
- European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
- small class size
- 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. For students who did not complete a study semester or an internship abroad during their Bachelor's programme, the study semester abroad is mandatory.
Forms of assessmentStudents do one to two examinations per course, i.e. an assignment and a one-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).
Course objectivesOur 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.
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Language requirementsApplicants must provide proof of their English skills. 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: 90
TOEIC - Test of English for International Communication Score: 800
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 may be recognised, too.
Academic requirementsBachelor'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 related)
Enrolment feesEnrolment 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 livingMonthly 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 opportunitiesA 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.
Arrival supportInternational 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 with moving into their pre-arranged accommodation.
Services and support for international studentsIndividual counselling is offered by lecturers and the coordinator of the Master's programme. Lecturers offer counselling hours once a week.
At our Career Centre, students can find help with study skills, career counselling and 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.