School of Business and Economics

M.Sc. International Business with Rikkyo

The program

In cooperation with the Graduate School of Business at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan, the School of Business and Economics at the University of Tübingen offers a brand-new double degree option for its M.Sc. International Business students. Students participating in this double degree program spend one year at each institution and graduate with both degrees. Students entering the program through the University of Tübingen spend their first year in Tübingen and their second year at the Rikkyo University. Upon graduation they will receive the M.Sc. in International Business from the University of Tübingen and the Master of International Business (MIB) from Rikkyo University.


Key Facts

4 Semester Program

Courses start in October (Tübingen)

120 ECTS Credits

incl. Master Thesis (24 ECTS credits)

English or German

Specializations in Tübingen determine course language (English or German)


The Master of Science program in International Business is completed at the University of Tübingen and Rikkyo University.

Students whose home university is the University of Tübingen will spend their first year in Tübingen and will write their Master thesis while studying at Rikkyo University in their second year. Students whose home university is Rikkyo University should refer to their website for further information.

In Tübingen, students may choose between two study versions, one with and one without Language and Culture classes, as indicated below. 

Without Language and Culture

Modules / Areas ECTS credits  
Core Studies 27 




Specialization Studies 24 

Advanced Topics in International Business

Second Year in Tokyo (incl. Master Thesis) 60 60

With Language and Culture

Modules / Areas ECTS credits  
Core Studies 18




Specialization Studies 9

Advanced Topics in International Business

Language and Culture 24
Second Year in Tokyo (incl. Master Thesis) 60 60

Areas of Specialization

  • Industrial Organization 
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • HRM and Organization
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • International Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance
  • Econometrics
  • International Business Taxation
  • Managerial Accounting

Master Program at Rikkyo University

Ph.D. Track

Graduates will also find themselves well-positioned to pursue a Ph.D. subsequent to this M.Sc. program. For this purpose, students may study this M.Sc. program on a Ph.D. track, putting themselves on a fast track to a doctoral degree.

Module Handbook

For more detailed information about the modules, please see the Module Handbook.



Application for all Master Programs is possible from March 1st until May 15th
(M.Sc. Economics: Until July 15h for international / September 15th for EU applicants)

Application Portal

Bachelor Degree Requirements

 Bachelor Degree Certificate in Business Administration, Economics or related fields with a final grade of at least 2.5 or better according to the German grading system. (The final grades of international applicants will be converted into the German grading system and therefore also be subject to this rule).

  • A certificate stating that the applicant has successfully completed a first university degree or a certificate (or equivalent documents) providing evidence of the successful completion of at least the year prior to his/her final examination in the equivalent studies.
  • Degree should preferably amount to 180 ECTS.

Complete Transcript of Records with a final grade or calculated grade average. Transcripts of Records containing generic module titles (such as Business Administration I, II and III) should be accompanied by detailed module descriptions.

The transcript should prove the applicant has solid intermediate knowledge in

  • Business Administration,
  • Economics 
  • Statistics, Mathematics, Econometrics
  • if available, please provide proof of region-specific knowledge or relevant language skills




CV in tabular format in English or German

Letter of Motivation

Please provide us with a letter of motivation explaining your reasons for applying for this degree and outlining your qualifications for it. Kindly limit yourself to one page, the letter may be composed either in English or in German.

Students should indicate that they wish to pursue a Double Degree.

Language Requirements

  Proof of English Language Qualification

  • TOEFL ibt: 79 or
  • TOEFL pbt: 550 or
  • IELTS: 6.5 (overall band) or
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE or BEC Higher or
  • TOEIC: 700 or
  • UniCert III Certificate or
  • German Abitur including at least 6 (G8) or 7 (G9) years of English or
  • Officially recognized higher education degree (e.g. Bachelor degree) entirely taught in English (English as the language of instruction) or
  • Transcript of Studies proving at least 30 ECTS-Credits were obtained in English-taught modules.

Please note that for the latter two options you must provide a medium of instruction certificate unless the language of instruction is definitively stated on your transcript!

Proof of ability to study in German (only for international students):

Additional Documents

Further documents proving specific qualifications relevant to the desired course of study may be submitted. Examples of these additional documents are, among others, proof of additional foreign language skills, results of standardized tests specific to the fields of Business and Economics (such as GRE or GMAT) and certificates of participation in summer schools or research projects that are not documented in the applicant's academic transcript. Please note that neither a GMAT nor a GRE are a prerequisite for any of our M.Sc. programs but that they may serve as an indication that the applicant possesses a certain skill set.

Note: It is not compulsory to send reference letters. However, if you wish to hand in reference letters, you can do so voluntarily.

Recognition of International Degrees

Please note that we as the academic advisory team are not in a position to provide accurate information regarding the recognition of international degrees in Germany. These matters are handled by our central Student Affairs Office (Advising and Admission of International Students) who can provide information about the recognition of specific degrees as well as grade conversion.



Incoming applications will be reviewed by the admission committee to determine whether they meet the entry requirements and then ranked according to the grades the applicants obtained in ther undergraduate studies and other criteria.

Timeline Admission Process

March 1

application portal opens

May 15

application deadline

June 13-20



offer letters are sent out by the end of June


start of the M.Sc. program

After the admission committee has reviewed the applications they will invite the best candidates to take part in the next stage of the admission process, the interviews. Invitations will be sent out via email at least three days before the interview and will state the day and the time of the interview. Please make sure that you regularly check your emails. Interviews are conducted via Zoom. Admitted candidates will receive an admission letter 1-3 weeks after the interview. Students who receive an offer have only a limited period of time to accept the offer and matriculate at the University of Tübingen before the offer becomes invalid and the spot will be offered to the next candidate on the list.

Student Fees

Students are obliged to pay tuition and associated fees only to their home university. Therefore, students starting their program at Rikkyo University should refer to their website for further information.

For students whose home university is the University of Tübingen, the following applies:
Tuition Fees to Tübingen: The program is free of tuition fees for all EU residents, students are only obliged to pay a small administrative fee and a contribution to the student union to matriculate. The state of Baden-Württemberg has introduced fees for international non-EU students and second-degree students in recent years. For background information and for fee exemption options, please refer to the following link:

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees to Rikkyo: Students may be requested to pay minor compulsory fees for administrative costs and/or access to the facilities during their stay at the host university.

Further Questions?

For further questions, please contact:

Academic Advisory Service

Want to talk in person? Make an  appointment
Nauklerstraße 47 | 72074 Tübingen
+49 7071 29-76415


Program Coordinator
Prof. Dr. Markus Pudelko

Contact the Academic Advisory Service