MA in International Business Management

General

Program Description

Why study International Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)?

  • International Business Management is highly practice-oriented. Problem-based learning, real-life case studies, online simulations, consulting projects for international companies, team challenges or excursions provide opportunities to learn about international business in an interactive way.
  • International Business Management is an internationally recognized high-quality two-year master’s program that is taught entirely in English.
  • With its flexible specialization structure, International Business Management allows students to gain both, well-grounded general business education in an international context, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in one of the three fields of specialization (International Marketing, International Human Resource Management or International Finance). A variety of courses in the other specializations can be taken in addition to an optional basis.
  • The International Business Management program provides an opportunity to learn a new foreign language. As part of the curriculum, students can choose from German, Italian, Russian and Slovene language courses. Together with a curriculum that is taught entirely in English and the location in a German-speaking country, studying at CUAS is a great opportunity to upgrade your language skills.
  • International Business Management is taught in a truly international environment. Students from all over the world meet with students from Austria and the South East and Central European region, thereby being given the opportunity to form international networks and to get to know firms in the region.
  • Boutique-size classes, a modern infrastructure, lots of opportunities for teamwork, low drop-out rates, personal service of our administration and intensive interactions with our faculty – that’s what you can expect in an environment that is characterized by a passion for teaching and learning, high-quality orientation, and a personal touch.
  • The practical business knowledge, internationality, solution-oriented approach, intercultural competence and multi-lingual communication abilities of our students are highly valued by employers both in Austria as well as around the world, as the impressive careers of our alumni in many different sectors (including, for example, consulting, banking, industry, retail, media, services, public administration, and research) prove.

Information

For students starting in the winter semester 2019-20, we offer two double degree programs. In the Carinthia-Cologne double degree program with the International Business master´s program at TH Köln / Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), selected International Business Management students can spend their second semester in Cologne and then receive both an Austrian master´s degree from CUAS and a German master´s degree from TH Köln. In the Carinthia-Udine double degree program with the International Marketing, Management and Organization program at the University of Udine (Italy), selected International Business Management students can spend their third semester in Udine and then receive both an Austrian master´s degree from CUAS and an Italian Laurea Magistrale degree from the University of Udine.

Carinthia University of Applied Sciences has a wide network of international university partners. The fourth semester of the International Business Management master’s program can also be taken abroad.

Alumni of the International Business Management master’s program have the right to be admitted to doctoral studies in social and economic sciences according to the Act of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research (BGBl. II Nr. 253/2008).

Curricular Focus

  • Management & Leadership in an International Context
  • International Strategic Management
  • Intercultural Competence
  • Management of Internationalization Processes and Export Management
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • International Project Management and Consulting
  • Specifics of Doing Business in South East and Central Europe
  • Business Law in an International Context (European Business and Competition Law, International Contract Law)
  • International Economics
  • Finance, Accounting and Business Intelligence in an International Context
  • International Business Management Research
  • Acquiring a New Foreign Language
  • Specialization Modules in International Marketing, International Human Resource Management, and International Finance

Double Degree Program

Why Participate in a Double Degree Program?

Receive two master’s degrees from CUAS (Austria) and one of our partner universities in either Germany or Italy

Students who successfully complete the double degree program will receive an Austrian master’s degree from FH Kärnten/Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) as well as either a German master’s degree from TH Köln/Cologne University of Applied Sciences or the Italian degree Laurea Magistrale from Università Degli Studi di Udine/University of Udine after four semesters. CUAS students who are participating in the double degree program spend either their second semester (Cologne) or third semester (Udine) abroad.

Gain international experience, build your network, and develop yourself

Participants in the double degree program get a unique chance to study at two renowned higher education institutions and gain international experience through studying abroad. They can also build an international network and use their time abroad for personal development.

Enjoy a unique combination of study locations

CUAS is located in the South of Austria, embedded between beautiful lakes and stunning mountains. Depending on the season, students can ride down the skiing slopes or jump into the refreshing lakes before class. TH Köln is Germany’s largest university of applied sciences. The city of Cologne with its over 1 million inhabitants is a cultural center with lively quarters and over 100,000 students. The University of Udine is located in the center of Udine, which offers students the whole variety of enjoying Italian city lifestyle near the beaches of the Adriatic Sea. Immerse yourself in nature, culture, local cuisine and student life in the center of Europe!

Profile of the Study Program

Internationally active companies and organizations are very demanding when they recruit new employees. They usually look for people who are multilingual, solution-oriented, possess a high degree of cultural awareness, and are both generalists and specialists at the same time. International Business Management offers both, well-grounded general business education in an international context, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in one of the three fields of specialization (International Marketing, International Human Resource Management or International Finance).

In the individual modules, students acquire functional skills for doing business in an international context, but will also master challenges of increasing complexity (e.g. case studies, simulations, research projects, or real-life consulting projects for companies) that allows them to acquire the problem-solving and interpersonal skills required in today’s globalized business environment.

Qualification Requirements

In addition to the formal requirements for admission, applicants to the Master’s program in International Business Management should:

hold a business-related degree of higher education (minimum 3-year Bachelor’s program); applicants with non-business degrees in a related field (e.g. industrial engineering, economic geography, business law) need at least 15 ECTS in subjects related to business administration, 5 ECTS in economics and 10 ECTS in accounting and finance-related subjects.

  • Provide recent results of an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) – minimum requirement 6.5 or equivalent (English level C1)
  • Demonstrate strengths in the following areas:
    • Basic knowledge about the functional areas of business administration and management;
    • Applying inter-disciplinary knowledge to analyze and solve complex problems;
    • A team-oriented mindset;
    • Linguistic and communication skills (orally and on the written form);
    • Socially responsible behavior;
    • Enjoyment of international and intercultural challenges.

Key learning outcomes

Graduates of the master’s degree program in International Business Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences are able to:

  • Plan, organize and implement international business development strategies and processes
  • Recognize global and country-specific economic trends and their impact on doing business in an international environment
  • Analyze and optimize the value chain (from supply chain management to marketing) of internationally active companies
  • Understand and develop intra- and inter-organizational relationships, structures, and processes
  • Create execute business plans for international ventures
  • Effectively lead diverse, intercultural teams
  • Communicate convincingly both orally and in written form in an intercultural context
  • Speak an additional foreign language
  • Understand the specifics of doing business in the Central Eastern and South-Eastern European region
  • Professionally contribute to a business function in their field of specialization, International Marketing, International Human Resource Management or International Finance
  • Work independently and in teams to solve complex challenging managerial problems, with the help of cross-functional business competences and personal development skills that they acquire during the program

Job and Career

Due to the holistic and comprehensive nature of the International Business Management program, it opens a range of different career opportunities. In addition to having a profound international business education, our alumni combine intercultural and communication skills, strategic and analytic thinking capabilities, an entrepreneurial approach and the ability to effectively solve complex business problems in collaboration with others – competencies that are widely sought by employers in different professional fields, in multinational companies, SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups as well as in international institutions.

Typical job profiles and responsibilities of International Business Management graduates include, for example:

  • Planning and implementing international projects
  • International marketing and brand management
  • Export management
  • Consulting and business development
  • International supply chain management & strategic procurement
  • Human resource management in an international context
  • Financial management & international controlling
  • Management trainee & top management assistance
  • Key account management in an international environment
  • Product management
  • Entrepreneur in an international new venture

Access to further studies

Alumni of the International Business Management master’s program have the right to be admitted to doctoral studies in social and economic sciences according to the Act of the Austrian Federal Minister for Science and Research (BGBl. II Nr. 253/2008).

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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Since its inception, the FH Kärnten has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia. Due to the constant further development of the study programs of the University of Applied Sciences Carinthia and intensive cooperation with industry and science, FH students are sure to have a future-oriented education on the pulse of the time. Read less
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