International Business Management MBA

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Career made in Germany

We have developed this MBA programme especially for experienced professionals who think globally and want to get started in international business! Our lecturers have many years of international experience and will train you to become sought-after experts. Whether finance and accounting, marketing, human resource management and economics or the various facets of management – three semesters full of highly interesting challenges await you!

  • ECTS: 90 ECTS
  • Programme duration: 3 semesters
  • Campus: Schwenningen
  • Faculty: HFU Business School
  • Programme begins: winter semester (September)
  • Application deadline: 15 July (winter semester); students from non-EU countries: 31 March
  • Entry requirements: university degree (with at least 210 ECTS), excellent spoken and written English, a minimum of 24 months' professional experience
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • Value for money Excellent value for money - for relatively low tuition fees, you will receive a first-class MBA degree from us. We also organise exclusive excursions for you to world-leading companies in the region.
  • High-quality individual accredited teaching We create top study conditions and pay great attention to the quality of teaching and learning. Our class size is limited to 15 students so that we can support each and every student individually and appropriately. As an HFU degree programme, we are system-accredited.
  • Cultural diversity Our curriculum is designed to cover all important facets of global business. A core component of our programme is dealing with cultural diversity and developing a global mindset - both crucial for a successful career!
  • International environment The course is taught entirely in English and is aimed at students from around the world. Our diverse classes quickly develop a very close bond.

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Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

Our MBA is a three-semester full-time programme. Organisational leadership, strategic management and dealing with cultural diversity are core areas of the programme, with which we prepare you for careers in a constantly changing global business environment. 

In the first two semesters of the MBA programme, we provide you with fundamental, in-depth expert knowledge in all relevant business subjects.
In the third semester, you'll be writing your thesis - possibly in cooperation with a company. In the colloquium accompanying your thesis, you will experience an intensive exchange with your fellow students.

Entry requirements

For your application you need:

  • A university degree with at least 210 ECTS
  • At least 24 months of professional experience after graduation
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English, proven by
    • an English-language degree
    • work experience in an English-speaking country
    • TOEFL (score >95), IELTS (score >7) or an equivalent test

What's included

Special features

Tuition fees and living costs

Our MBA programme offers exceptional value for money. 

At HFU, you don't pay for the brand name. You'll gain an exceptional learning experience that prepares you for an exciting career as a global business professional.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees are €4,155 per semester – a total of €12,465 for the entire course.

As one of Germany's leading business schools, we support talented and well-qualified people with a scholarship. For a maximum of two students who have achieved excellent grades in the first semester, we can offer a scholarship of €2,000, reducing the tuition fee for the second semester to €2,155. You can find more scholarships in the scholarship database of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Cost of living
Living costs average €934 per month and are the sole responsibility of the student. For the student visa, you must prove that you have sufficient financial resources for the entire period of your studies. Please note that this is a minimum requirement. The actual cost of living may be higher depending on your choice of accommodation and use of local facilities. Financial support from the university for living costs is not possible.


Our hallmark - our support!

We make sure that your studies in Germany are not only an academic success, but also a personally enriching experience.

You can expect comprehensive and personal support at HFU. We organise an orientation programme for international students one week before the start of your programme. During this week, we clarify most administrative questions.

We also offer additional lessons in German as a foreign language. We do everything we can to make your stay at HFU Business School as pleasant as possible. Try it out and apply to us.

Your career prospects

Discover a variety of career opportunities after your MBA:

  • Management consulting
  • Finance (investment banking, corporate finance, etc.)
  • Marketing (brand management, digital marketing, etc.)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business management
  • Human resources management
  • Management in the healthcare sector
  • International business
  • Non-profit management
  • Technology Management

Our MBA programme will take your career to the next level!


The HFU MBA has transformed my way of thinking and improved my negotiation skills. It has given me the flexibility to multi-task within the company.”

Oscar Beltrán, Colombia, alumni of 2015, Operation and Business Development at EKU Power Drives, Germany

“Taking the HFU MBA was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Especially valuable was the entrepreneurial atmosphere and close integration of real business cases. The staff and curriculum enabled me to integrate my engineering background completely.”

Tobias Lombacher, Germany, alumni of 2010, Head of R&D, Singapore

“My HFU MBA not only gave me additional business knowledge, but most importantly, a different perspective and the ability to examine any situation, myself and others in a broader context and to make decisions from a much wider range of perspectives.”

Ksenia Siipola, née Kovbasyuk, Russia, alumni of 2009, Marketing Operations and Insights Manager at LucaNet AG, Berlin

I found the courses in international marketing, strategy, human resources and managing cultural diversity particularly valuable. I believe that the MBA degree opens up a world of opportunity and it really provided me with a world view of business.”

Samuel Payne, Swaziland, alumni of 2005, Senior Manager at Deloitte Africa, responsible for corporate responsibility and sustainability

“The programme not only covers attractive and exciting topics and tasks, but also integrates the internationality and exchange of knowledge of students from all over the world. This, in combination with the chance to enjoy and learn the German culture and language, makes it a unique opportunity.”

Ingrid Rubiano, Colombia, alumni of 2010, Regional Marketing Manager at Payless ShoeSource, Panama

The HFU MBA was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The entrepreneurial atmosphere and the close involvement of real business cases were particularly valuable.
Tobias Lombacher, Germany, graduated 2010, Head of R&D, Singapore

HFU Business School

Welcome to the HFU Business School where business is our business! Our degree programmes are designed to prepare you to take on responsibility in companies. At our school you'll meet an unusually large number of international fellow students; transcultural competence is important to us. We prepare you for exciting and future-oriented tasks – and are also happy to send you abroad.

Find out more about the HFU Business School

As a university of applied sciences, our mission is not only to provide excellent teaching, but also to generate innovations in the field of research. We are currently working on several research projects in the field of business.

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Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Marc Peter Radke
    Prof. Dr. Marc Peter Radke Dean of Studies International Business Management (MBA)
    Professor of International Economics
  •  Lena Frommer
    Lena Frommer Programme Coordinator
    International Management (MSc) and International Business Management (MBA) master's programmes