MSc in International Business and Management

General

Program Description

How can companies operate in multiple countries at the same time and cope with different cultural, political and economic circumstances? International business managers need to know-how.

The MSc IB&M is a broad program with a rich set of electives to choose from. You can also opt for one of our double degrees, with the University of Newcastle or with Fudan University in Shanghai.

In the program, you will learn to approach issues in global management with an open mind and how to deal with them systematically and creatively. Your analytical and professional set of skills will be expanded to include the latest theories and tools in developing strategies for managing multinational enterprises and for firms to operate across borders.

Specific attention is paid to comparative analyses of countries, institutions, cultures and, of course, companies and their strategies. You will be trained to apply this knowledge to the development of company strategies, instruments, and processes. You will also learn to analyze the purchasing and sales markets in different countries, understand various institutional environments and develop policy proposals. The program further offers the opportunity to focus on either the Energy Focus area or the Sustainable Society Focus Area area. At the end of your studies, you will receive an MSc in International Business & Management from the University of Groningen, one of Europe’s top tier business schools.

The content of the program is continuously being evaluated and improved in consultation with students, lecturers, and the business community, for instance through the Advisory Board. Directors and managers from Akzo Nobel, Heineken, ASM, VimpelCom and Charity Fund Rijsholt are represented in the Advisory Board.

Why study this program in Groningen?

International Business and Management (IB&M) offers an academic and analytical approach to solving real-world problems in international management. It provides a multidisciplinary perspective on multinational business activity and managing across borders. Most importantly, it's an internationally accredited program, ensuring a high-quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

You will study in a vibrant university city together with students from all around the world. You will get accustomed to working in an international environment. For example, in the course Managing Cultural Differences, you will learn to work in a real-world virtual, multinational team. This unique experiential exercise requires you to work with students from overseas universities over several weeks to solve a real-world strategic issue faced by a company and give them advice. This is a good example of how the MSc IB&M combines theory and application and helps you to learn about and improve your cross-cultural competencies.

Program

Year 1

You will take two compulsory courses and add electives that match your interests. All courses are linked to the current research activities of the lecturers and use recent scientific articles relevant to the field. In most courses, you will practice professional and research skills through, for example, research reports and presentations.

The Research Seminar will effectively prepare you for writing your Master's thesis where you also acquire the specific research skills that are crucial to management's ability to analyze new environments and relevant developments.

Courses

  • Comparative Environmental Analysis (5 EC)
  • Elective(s) MSc IB&M A (15 EC)
  • Elective(s) MSc IB&M B (10 EC)
  • International Business Strategy (MSc) (5 EC)
  • Managing Cultural Differences (5 EC)
  • Master's Thesis IB&M (20 EC)
  • Research Seminar for IB&M (5 EC)

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

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Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

International diploma

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Certified competences

GMAT/GRE

Language test

IELTS Academic overall score 6.5 (Speaking 6, Writing 6.5); TOEFL internet-based overall score 90 (Speaking 20, Writing 24); C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency (with minimum score 180); the University of Groningen Language Centre Test (Speaking B2, Writing C1).

Previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

Registration procedure

Students have to apply via Studielink and the Online Application System (OAS) of the University of Groningen. After you apply for the program of your choice, the Admissions Office will evaluate your educational background and assess your eligibility.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

non-EU/EEA students

01 May 2020

15 October 2020

01 September 2020

01 February 2021

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 15000 full-time

Job prospects

After graduation, you can work in inter-, multi- or transnational companies. You can start in various kinds of management jobs, such as product manager, human resource manager, export manager, and international sales manager. You might want to work as an international marketer or management development officer. Because all our programs are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard that only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labor market.

FEB Career Services

To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies.

Job examples

  • Business Consultant
  • Business Development Specialist
  • International Product Manager
  • International Trainee

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree program attention is paid to academic research skills and preprofessional development, since analytical and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

This master's program is linked to the research department of Global Economics and Management. Members of this department perform research on topics like internationalization and the international organization of firms, corporate governance systems, corporate social responsibility, and institutional and cultural contexts, using a comparative design or an international perspective.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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Accreditations

EFMD Equis Accredited
AACSB Accredited