International Business

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 13.6 k / Year(s)  
201–250 place StudyQA ranking:5362 Duration:24 months


By combining qualitative research and statistics with knowledge of macroeconomic, political, cultural and financial issues, you will learn to examine the strategic choices that international and multinational corporations have to make in order to compete in the global environment.

More and more companies do business internationally. In order for companies to compete internationally, they need to analyse and understand the global market place and its complexity. This is done by analysing the business environment, which is the core of this programme.

The international business environment
In this programme you gain knowledge of current market trends, such as customer needs, in different industries, as well as solid knowledge of financial market developments. You learn how to analyse different business environments in advanced economies, and you will also be exposed to emerging markets. You will learn how to analyse different business environments and you will understand the development of international business in emerging markets as well as the role of emerging market firms in the global economy.

The interdisciplinary approach in this programme, building on insights from business strategy, finance, corporate governance and politics, gives you an understanding of the international environment that companies operate in. In addition you also gain knowledge about the internal factors of an international company, such as management and international decision-making.

Business strategy and competitive advantages
You learn about the challenges of formulating and implementing strategies in companies that are active on an international scale. Strategy is seen in relation to how the firm interacts with other firms and the external environment more broadly. This requires strategic analysis of the competitive landscape and the firms industry as well as knowledge about the internal strengths and weaknesses of the firm with focus on out-performing competitors.

What gets you the job?
The IBS concentration does not lead to specific job titles or functional areas, which leave room for you to decide in which area your skills should be applied. The core competences of graduates are the ability to research, analyse and strategisze in an international context. This makes you employable in a broad range of areas from finance and industry to IT, consulting, and general management.

International Business is a two-year masters programme that is divided into 4 semesters. The autumn semester runs from September through November with exams in December and January; and the spring semester from February through April with exams in May and June.

First and second semester consist of compulsory courses, third semester of elective courses and fourth semester finishes off the programme with the master thesis

Additional options
The concentration has a unique double degree programme with The Graduate School of Business Administration and Leadership (EGADE) in México. This will allow you to get your degree from two acknowledged universities in two years.
A second option for a double degree is to apply for the CEMS programme.

Course overview
1. Semester

* International Business Environment: Strategy, Policy and Organisation (7.5 ECTS)

* Applied Business Research (7.5 ECTS)

* International Financial Markets (7.5 ECTS)

* Analysis of International Industries and Competition (7.5 ECTS)

2. Semester

* International Business and Strategy (7.5 ECTS)

* International Corporate Governance (7.5 ECTS)

* International Business in Emerging Markets (7.5 ECTS)

* Business Project in International Business (7.5 ECTS)

3. Semester

* Elective courses


* Exchange


* Double Degree



4. Semester

* Master Thesis

International Business is a concentration under the MSc in Economics and Business Administration (cand.merc.).You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to this programme if you:A) fulfill the specific entry requirements, andB) fulfil the language requirement, andC) fulfil the general entry requirement of having an academic bachelor degree within the social sciencesSelection criteriaThe programme MSc in Economics & Business Administration (MSc EBA / cand.merc.) has a limited number of places, therefore there are selection criteria - both at the programme as a whole and at individual concentrations. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 577 TOEFL iBT® test: 91

CBS welcomes scholarship applications from graduate applicants, who come from countries outside of EU/EEA and need a student residence permit to study at CBS, regardless of gender, age, nationality and religion - we are interested in your motivation and your academic background.


Each scholarship consists of a tuition fee waiver and a monthly scholarship of DKK 5,500 to cover living costs in Denmark (the equivalent of SU, the State Educational Grant given to Danish students). The grant is paid out in advance every month and has a maximum duration of 22 months, starting 1 September the year you are accepted. The grant is taxable in Denmark according to the rules and regulations governing income from grants and tax exemption for developing countries.

In 2012 CBS offered 25 scholarships.


You may be considered for a scholarship if you:

* are a non-EU/EEA citizen
* need a student residence permit to study at CBS
* apply online at Admission Flow by 1 February, 12 noon
* upload documentation and a motivational essay by 1 February, 12 noon

Students who receive a CBS scholarship may not receive a scholarship from their home country and are not entitled to SU (Danish State Educational Grant) or any other type of public support in Denmark.

To keep receiving the scholarship, recipients must be active students throughout the prescribed duration of their studies at CBS.


If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must apply for admission no later than 1 February 12 noon - no matter if you are a Group A or a Group B applicant at Admission Flow.

When you apply for admission you must indicate that you wish to be considered for a scholarship and you are to upload a motivational essay. A selection committee will make a recommendation to the CBS President, who will make the final decision as to which applicants will be offered a scholarship.

Applicants who are offered a scholarship will be notified of this by 1 March at the latest via Admission Flow. If you are offered a scholarship, you have until 15 March 12 noon to accept the scholarship.


Since 2000 CBS has been accredited by EQUIS, and since 2007 also by AMBA. August 1st 2011 CBS received accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) as the first school in Scandinavia. CBS has thus acquired 'The Triple Crown', an acknowledgement only shared by around 50 business schools worldwide. These schools all belong the the absolute top business schools and include schools such as INSEAD, London Business School, IMD, and Rotterdam School of Management.

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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Foreign:$ 6.68 k / Year(s)
201–250 place StudyQA ranking: 5754