The International MBA is the German accredited degree program of the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program which is offered by the International Business School Alliance (IBSA). 

Participating in the program means that you finish your graduate studies with two degrees in only one year: An MBA from Bremen, plus another degree depending on your choice of the partner university.

It also means that you live in two different countries and study with a highly diverse student body. The first term always consists of core modules. You can either study the core modules in Bremen, Germany and choose for your second term 1 out of 5 partner business specializations. Or set up your dual degree the other way round: Specialize in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and start at one of our five partner universities. In the 3rd term you will write your master thesis about your specialization topic.

The standard of living in Bremen is high, but the costs are not. The city has a very long tradition as a hub of international trade. Because it is linked to the sea, many logistics companies have settled down here.
Students enjoy the many benefits of studying in Germany. One interesting fact in particular is that you can stay up to 18 month after graduation to look for a job.

Key Facts - International MBA

Degree:MBA + another degree awarded by accredited partner university
Program Duration:3 German semesters (1 1/2 years) or fast track 2 German semesters = 3 terms (1 year)*
Countries:Two countries: Germany & 1 out of 5 other worldwide destinations
Specialization:1 out of 6 business specializations
Application Deadline:Closed for intake 2018. You may apply for intake 2019
Accreditation:AQAS + other accreditation of partner university
Class size:Approx. 25 students 
Field trips:Berlin, Germany, please ask program coordinator for further information
Structure:Full-time program
Start: 1. Part (core modules) in October  2. Part (specialization) in February
Fees:Approx. 16.000,-€ for the whole program depending on the chosen partner university  (German 1st part: 7,200.- € and 2nd part: 8,800.- €) + 350,- € per term


* The German specialization offers an additional semester/term for the master thesis. Therefore the student studies three semesters, without any additional tuition fee.

IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program - Partner Universities

As an IBSA student, you can design your own path. There are 20 possible combinations of universities and specializations you can choose. That sounds like a lot, but it’s not a complicated decision:  

There are 6 accredited degree programs forming the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program. The IMBA is the German one.

Students start with the first term at any of the 6 partner universities belonging to the International Business School Alliance (IBSA) and have to change to a second IBSA-partner in the second term. The final research project in the third term is completed at this second IBSA-partner.

The Core Modules are the same everywhere. Every university has its own specialization.


Partner UniversityCountry City
HS Bremen, International Graduate CenterGermanyBremen
University of Valencia, Faculty of Economics SpainValencia
RANEPA, Institute of Business StudiesRussia Moscow
University of North Carolina Wilmington USAWilmington
University of Hertfordshire Business School UKHatfield
ESSCA, School of ManagementFranceParis



Specializations & Master's Thesis

Choose from the list below your business specialization.




International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences, International Graduate Center, Germany


International Finance and Investments

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cameron School of Business, USA


Human Resource Management

University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK

Master of Science (M.Sc./ MBA)

International Marketing

University of Valencia, Faculty of Economics, Spain

Master of Arts (M.A./ MBA)

Management in Emerging Economies

RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies, Russia

Master of Arts (M.A./ MBA)

International Entrepreneurship ESSCA, School of Management in Paris, France Master of Science (M.Sc./ MBA)

Core Modules - International MBA

Human Resource Management in the Global Environment:

The module will examine ideas of International Human Resource Management (HRM) in the context of the global business environment and the policies of organizations for the management of people. The issues involved in managing international human resources strategically will be explored. In addition, the links between HR practices and organizational performance will be reviewed. Ideas of best practice in managing people internationally will also be analyzed.

Global Marketing Strategies:

The module learning outcomes have a view of Marketing for international marketing decision making at an advanced level. The learning experience will stimulate critical and intellectual skills, through class learning, group work and independent research.

Multinational Finance Management:

The aim of the module is to equip students with skills and knowledge related to international finance issues. The module focuses on analysis and decision-making techniques in order to prepare students to act as managers aware of the global issues affecting their business environment, i.e. functioning of foreign exchange markets, currency and interest rate risks and their management, multinational capital budgeting project and firm financial analysis for value creation.

Global Strategic Analysis:

This module deals with strategy-making and execution. It addresses global business issues and deals with the question of what managers must do to make a company a winner in the global business environment. Using the case method and other approaches, the module discusses the managerial tasks involved in the processes of analyzing, crafting, selecting, and executing strategies.

International Business Law:

The International Business Law module deals with questions arising from international commercial transactions. The course provides an understanding of the rules of applicable law and litigation (jurisdiction and arbitration). In particular the module focuses on international contracts as the cornerstone of International Business Law.

International Leadership (optional):

The main objective of the module “Leadership” is to provide to the participants an overall perspective on leadership, to experience the personal dimensions of their own leadership style and capacity, and to develop tangible action plans to shape their own management skills. By this, the module builds a sound basis for becoming a successful business leader.



Why Study in the IBSA Program?

The IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program is a smart choice with regards to your future employment. You gain international experience, which is highly valued, especially in business-related fields. Benefit from IBSA's worldwide network that brings you truly international education. Through living in two countries you will significantly increase your cultural competence as you hone your business knowledge at the same time. The combined experiences will be invaluable for your personal growth.

The Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is very international and has a friendly climate. As you walk through the city you will hear many languages besides German. The IGC’s International Students Assistance (ISA) is dedicated to help you with any issues and questions you have during your time in Bremen, from finding an apartment to insurance to visa applications. As a student, you will also receive the famous “Semesterticket” with which you can use public transportation far beyond Bremen’s borders.

MBA Requirements

You have a business-related undergraduate degree and at least one year of professional experience. Aside from that, you’re also ambitious and have a truly cosmopolitan mindset.
The students to whom this applies come from a large variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, which makes the IBSA-experience mind-expanding for every participant.

The main entry requirements are:

  • An academic, business-related degree (bachelor)
  • Proof of English proficiency* with TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 80 IBT points or IELTS (International Language Testing System) 6.5 points 
  • One year professional experience

Documents* required for applying:

  • Copies of either birth certificate or passport
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Scan of official university transcripts
  • Proof of your work experience
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • An essay outlining student's interest in the program
  • A letter of recommendation (of employer or university)
  • APS certificate for Chinese or Vietnamese applicants ONLY

* If regular copies are submitted, either certified copies or original documents should be presented upon enrolment. Original documents other than in English or German have to be translated for the application by a recognized translator.

MBA Degrees & Accreditation

Depending on the choice of your second university, you will receive one of the following degrees besides the MBA from Bremen:




Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences, International Graduate Center, Germany


AQAS, Member of AACSB

University of Valencia, Faculty of Economics, Spain

Master in International Business


RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies, Russia

Master in International Business

EPAS & Russian University Academic Standards Committee

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Cameron School of Business, USA



University of Hertfordshire Business School, UK

MSc in Global Business


ESCCA, School of Management in Paris, France

M.Sc. in International Entrepreneurship AACSB, EQUIS & AMBA

Application Process MBA

If you want to specialize in one of our partners’ business specializations, you can apply here and start with the core modules in Germany at the IGC. But, If you want to study the Logistics and Supply Chain specialization, you have to start at one of our partner universities. Every partner has its own accredited degree program (see list below) as a part of the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program. You have to apply for the accredited degree program of your chosen partner university, where you want to start with the core modules. In the application process, you can then choose Bremen as your second university and Logistics and Supply Chain Management as your specialization. If you have any trouble during the application process or other questions, please, don’t hesitate to contact our program coordinator Angela Dunkhorst.  

  • International Graduate Center (Germany) – International MBA
  • University of Valencia (Spain) – International Master's Degree in Business Administration (iMBA)
  • RANEPA Institute of Business Studies Moscow (Russia) – International Master in Management
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA) – International MBA
  • University of Hertfordshire (UK) – Global Business
  • ESSCA, School of Management (France) - International Entrepreneurship

IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program


Angela Dunkhorst
Tel.: +49 421 5905-4456
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Message from the Course Director

Studying in Bremen combines the advantages of living in a modern and developing business centre in Germany with the atmosphere of an old, historically grown city. Enjoy learning in small groups in an international community of students from all over the world. Feel at home in our International Graduate Center with its complete and personal service and its always approachable staff. Live and study in walking distance of the city centre of Bremen - it's a worthwhile experience!

Prof. Dr. Frank Giesa, Course Director