Master (M.A.) in International Business Administration and Foreign Trade


Program Description

Content and organization

  • 1 ǀ Semester 1: Instruction in the core elements of global trade.
  • 2 ǀ Semester 2: Specialization in five of the advanced subjects offered.
  • 3 ǀ Semester 3: Master's thesis, preferably in a company.

1 ǀ The first semester is used to teach the core elements of global trade.

The modules IBA International, IBA Foreign Trade and Leadership Competence allow you to broaden your expertise based on the Bachelor's degree for a career in international companies.

In the IBA International module, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between micro and macroeconomic corporate environments and strategic courses of action. Through the IBA Foreign Trade module, students are put in a position to successfully shape strategic and operational decisions in terms of foreign trade as well. The demands placed on the leadership skills of future managers are taken into account by the three-part Leadership Competence module. It teaches students the skills needed to successfully combine their theoretical management know-how with actual practice.

2 | The core elements of the degree program are surrounded by a subject-specific matched group of specialized modules. On the one hand, these represent a modern foreign trade and business management focus. On the other hand, they reflect the relevant activities of the value-added process of an internationally active company. Depending on the desired qualification objective, the student can enroll in five of the specialization courses offered. This kind of specialization appears to be meaningful and necessary especially in terms of career field related aspects since the more qualified graduates are thus awarded a clear qualification profile.

The specialization modules include:

  • Foreign Trade Consulting.
  • Advanced Int. Controlling.
  • Advanced Corporate Finance.
  • Advanced Human Resource & Organization Management.
  • Int. Marketing Management & Customer Relationship Management.
  • E-Commerce.
  • International Supply Chain Management.
  • International Entrepreneurship.

The specialization modules, without exception, all have an international focus and, thanks to their small group sizes, permit very practice-oriented teaching. Project work, workshops or excursions to internationally operating companies and/or organizations increasingly take place.

3 | The last semester is used to write the Master's thesis. This should preferably be written in a company. The IBA professors will gladly assist students in finding a suitable position. This allows students to apply the expertise and skills acquired during their studies within a prescribed period of time, to apply this in practice and translate this in terms of a professional qualification. Students have five months‘ time to do so.

Requirements for admission

  1. Proof of a minimum "good" (2.5) grade point average in the Bachelor's degree program "International Business and Foreign Trade (IBA)" at Worms University of Applied Sciences.


Proof of another, at least "good" (2.5) grade point average or evaluated using the country-specific equivalent, first professionally qualifying degree (accredited Bachelor’s, Master’s, Diplom (FH) at a German or equivalent foreign university) in another business degree program with a total of at least 210 credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Degrees that do not calculate the workloads using the European Credit Transfer System are converted accordingly by the Student Service of the university and checked for eligibility.

  1. Bachelor graduates who have completed their course of study with less than 210 credit points (ECTS points) must provide the following credits as an additional admission requirement which is counted with 30 credit points (ECTS points) towards the Bachelor's degree:

a. Completion of an internship of at least 20 weeks at a company in Germany or abroad, which must be performed after successful completion of the Bachelor's program. Proof of the internship is an internship certificate from the company. An internship report must also be written upon completion of the internship after starting the IBA Master's degree program. This must be done no later than the registration for the Master's thesis.


b. Proof of at least one year relevant work experience after the successful completion of the Bachelor's program and before starting the Master's program. Proof of the relevant professional experience is a certificate thereof from the employer.

  1. Advanced English language skills are also required. This is usually verified by one of the following options:
  • Proof of a completed English-language degree program.
  • Proof of an English language university entrance qualification in a country where English is the official language.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language:
  • Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) with at least 83 points.
  • TOEFL Computer-Based Test (CBT) with at least 220 points.
  • TOEFL Paper-Based Test (CBT) with at least 560 points.
  • International English Language Testing System - Academic Test (IELTS) with a minimum band 6.0 score.
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) with at least 785 points (listening and reading part).
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English.
  • A degree in the Bachelor's or “Diplom” degree program "International Business and Foreign.
  • Trade (IBA)" at Worms University of Applied Sciences.

The TOEFL, IELTS and TOEIC test results may not be more than two years old at the application deadline. The date the Cambridge Certificate was acquired may not date back more than two years at the application deadline.

Last updated Jan 2020

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