M.Sc. International Business
Double Degree Option
In today’s globalized economy, increasing numbers of companies compete on global markets, for which they require managers that possess international qualifications and intercultural competence in addition to business expertise. The M.Sc. International Business prepares business leaders of tomorrow for successfully doing business in some of the fastest growing economic areas of the world.
Students spend the first year of the program in Tübingen obtaining profound knowledge in fields of international business of their choice. In the second year of the program, they specialize in either East Asia or sub-Saharan Africa and spend one year at one or two of the most prestigious universities in these regions.
A M.Sc. in International Business from the University of Tübingen gives future managers a competitive edge for a promising corporate career or can serve as the starting point for excellent academic research.
4 Semester Program
Courses start in October
120 ECTS Credits
incl. Master Thesis (18 ECTS credits)
English and German
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Areas of Specialization
- Industrial Organization
- International Business
- HRM and Organization
- International Accounting, Auditing and Corporate Governance
- International Business Taxation
- Managerial Accounting
Double Degree Option
This program can be completed as a double degree with the University of Rikkyo in Tokyo, Japan.
|Modules / Areas||ECTS credits|
|Elective Studies *||33 - 42||42|
Country specific &
language corses **
|24 - 33||0|
(abroad but for Tübingen)
* This module is completed during the second year while students are enrolled at the partner universities.
** 24 ECTS have to be completed at Tübingen while additional 9 ECTS may be completed at the partner universities.
As stated above, students will spend their second year at one or two of the most prestigious universities either in East Asia or in Africa.
East Asia Track
East Asia Track
With this area specialization, the School of Business and Economics offers an unique opportunity for highly motivated Bachelor graduates to obtain in-depth knowledge about doing business in one of the world’s economically most important regions: East Asia. After having completed their first year of studies in Tübingen and obtaining a solid academic basis, students will experience an exciting, one-year study period in East Asia with a fascinating blend of academic and cultural learning at some of the most prestigious universities of the continent. Spending two years in two or three countries and cultures offers an exceptional learning experience.
This is a unique study program as no other German university offers a similar Master degree program dedicated to business in East Asia with an integrated one-year study abroad component and with such prestigious partner institutions.
In their first year, students choose from a variety of courses out of two specializations and take country-specific area and language courses. In their second year, students continue with their business courses at one or two of our partner universities in either one or two East Asian countries. Optionally, students may continue taking language courses in the host country language. Courses abroad will be held in English, in Tübingen both in English and German. While completing their electives studies abroad, students also write their Master thesis for the University of Tübingen.
Our partner universities in East Asia:
- Peking University, Beijing
- Renmin University, Beijing
- Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu
- University of International Business and Economics, Beijing
- Doshisha University, Kyoto
- Kyoto University, Kyoto
- Rikkyo University, Tokyo
- Waseda University, Tokyo
- Ewha Womans University, Seoul
- Yonsei University, Seoul
With this area specialization, the School of Business and Economics offers an unique opportunity for highly motivated Bachelor graduates to obtain in-depth knowledge about doing business in one of the world’s fastest growing regions in terms of economics: Africa. After having completed their first year of studies in Tübingen and obtaining a solid academic basis, students will experience an exciting, one-year study period in sub-Saharan Africa with a fascinating blend of academic and cultural learning at some of the most prestigious universities of the continent. Spending two years in two or three countries and cultures offers an exceptional learning experience.
This is a unique study program as no other German university offers a similar Master’s degree program dedicated to business in Africa. Courses abroad will be held in English, in Tübingen both in English and German. While completing their elective studies abroad, students also write their Master thesis for the University of Tübingen.
Our partner universities in Africa:
- University of Ghana, Accra
- GIBS Business School (University of Pretoria), Johannesburg
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.
Applications will be accepted between March 1 and May 15 via our 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 and
- 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 which track they wish to pursue (Asia or Africa), which country they would like to study in and which language they would like too choose (if applicable).
Proof of English Language Qualification
- TOEFL ibt: 80 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
Proof of ability to study in German (only for international students):
- Information of German Language Requirements can be found on the website of the Student Affairs Office.
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
application portal opens
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.
The program is free of tuition fees for all EU residents, students are only obliged to pay a small administrational 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:
For further questions, please contact:
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