Master of Science

International Management

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For questioners and idea finders

This master's programme is aimed at business graduates who wish to further develop their analytical and problem-solving skills. Particular attention is paid to the future challenges facing companies and the goals of sustainable management and innovation management. If you're interested in the latest research findings, questioning management practice and want to contribute new ideas in a changing business environment, this is the right place for 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: above-average bachelor's degree in a business-related field, very good written and spoken English, ability to work scientifically
  • Teaching language: English
  • Accreditation: yes (accredited through the university system accreditation)
  • We are method-oriented This degree programme has a scientific focus. As part of their studies, our students work on two research projects on current management topics and learn to apply quantitative and qualitative analysis methods.
  • Interdisciplinary approach We build on your basic business knowledge of corporate functions and organisations and teach you to look at and tackle complex problems from different angles.
  • Individuality is important to us We teach in groups of around 15 students. This allows us to provide you with the best individual support. Our teaching staff have years of practical experience in international management and will prepare you for your career with their unique expertise.
  • International through and through Not only is our degree programme taught entirely in English. Our students come from all over the world to complete their master's degree here - you will study in an international environment and gain unique intercultural experience.

Details of the programme

Programme content and structure

IMM is a three-semester, full-time degree programme. Our course content focuses on future trends and innovation. We develop skills for sustainable, future-oriented management.

In the first two semesters, you'll deal with future-oriented, interdisciplinary management topics and apply newly acquired methods in an international project team. In the third semester, you will write your thesis - possibly in cooperation with a company. In the colloquium accompanying your thesis, you'll experience an intensive exchange with your fellow students and receive continuous feedback on the current status of your work.

Entry requirements

For your application you need:

  • A bachelor's degree in a business-related subject with an above-average grade point average
  • The ability to work academically as demonstrated by a bachelor's thesis or alternative academic paper.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English, demonstrated by a full degree in English, TOEFL (score >95), IELTS (score >7) or an equivalent test

What's included

Special features

The IMM programme is characterised by:

  • small group size, a family atmosphere and individual student support
  • independent work in intercultural project teams on interdisciplinary topics
  • focus on sustainable problem-solving skills against the background of future skills
  • lean curriculum with two semesters of teaching and one thesis semester
  • English as the language of instruction


Tuition fees and living expenses

Semester fees
Starting in winter semester 2024/2025, all students at Furtwangen University will pay a fee of €155 per semester in addition to any tuition fees (see below).

Tuition fees for non-EU citizens
In 2017, the Baden-Württemberg state government introduced tuition fees of €1,500 per semester for students from non-EU countries. However, there are numerous Download file:exceptions to the obligation for non-EU students to pay tuition fees of €1,500 per semester.

National and international students can apply for a scholarship from numerous organisations. 
Take a look here:

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Perhaps there's something there for you.

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.

Your career prospects

High-level positions await you

As a graduate of this degree programme, you'll have the advanced problem-solving skills required for various management positions in industry and the public sector. This opens up a wide range of career paths for you!

Examples of your opportunities with a master's degree in International Management:

  • Management positions in multinational, as well as small and medium-sized companies – especially those operating in international markets
  • Positions in all types of management consultancies
  • Strategic positions in industry associations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Doctoral studies


"The course not only equipped me with holistic tools, concepts and methodologies, but also helped foster my soft skills."

Anna from Ukraine

"The course provided me with the priceless opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills by collaborating productively with a heterogeneous cohort, revising my personal attitudes and finding solutions in problematic situations."

Ekaterina from Russia

HFU Business School

At the HFU Business School 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 economics.

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Faculty news


We're happy to advise your on the international IMM master's programme!

Your key contacts

  •  Prof. Dr. Eva Kirner
    Prof. Dr. Eva Kirner Dean of Studies International Management (MSc) (IMM)
  •  Lena Frommer
    Lena Frommer Programme Coordinator
    International Management (MSc) and International Business Management (MBA) master's programmes