International Business and Management (M.A.)
Master of Arts
Characteristics of the Master's program International Business and Management
You would like to study in Germany and at the same time prepare for an international career? To achieve this goal, studying International Business and Management M.A. at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences could be the ideal option for you:
- Through the international curriculum, our graduates are well prepared for specialized and leading positions in international companies and organisations.
- Both German and international students from all over the world study together in intercultural teams.
- Students can opt to study abroad for a semester or even pursue a dual degree.
- The program can be studied completely in English language.
- Lecturers with international experience provide for in-depth insights into current international business and management issues.
- The master program has a strong practical orientation, which is manifested through practice-related assignments or lecturers who have previously worked in international companies.
The Faculty of Business Management and Social Sciences is a member of EFMD Global. EFMD (European Foundation of Management Development) is a network of business schools and corporations dedicated to enhance excellence in management education and development globally.
Welcome to our Website of the Master Program International Business and Management! We are glad that you are visiting us and are interested in our program!
Applications for the upcoming intake are open until April 15th for non-EU citizens. If you are an EU citizen, you can apply from May 1st to July 15th , 2023.
Get to know us, the Hochschule and learn more about our program by joining in to our following events:
- April 19th at 15:00 - Online Info Session
Get to know the program and ask your most burning questions right away! After registration, we will send you a zoom link. You can register here: https://bit.ly/3RVwZ8k.
- April 24th at 11:00 - Campus Tour
You enjoyed the Info Session or have simply read our degree program? You want to meet us personally and learn more about campus life, the university's services, or simply get to know our students and the city of Osnabrück? How about visiting us on Caprivi Campus?
What we offer: Meeting with the program coordinator and our student tutors, followed by a campus tour.
What you can discover more during your stay on that day:
have a "taste" of the university by enjoying lunch at the Mensa Westerberg!
experience Northern Germanies largest student-organized music festival "Terassenfest" on our campus!
explore the historical city of Osnabrück!
- May 17th at 11:00 - Campus and City Tour
You could not join us in April, but want to see and explore the city?
Why not come and visit us during one of the most eventful weeks of Osnabrück?
What we offer: Meeting with the program coordinator and our student tutor followed by a campus tour.
What you can discover more during your stay on that day:
"taste" the university by having a lunch at the Mensa Westerberg!
experience the live musicians at the annual "Mai Woche" summer festival!
exploring the city of Osnabrück!
Are you interested? Then sign up for the visit at https://bit.ly/3RVwZ8k - You want to decide the visit spontaneously, feel free to let us know.
We look forward to meeting you virtually and in person!
Master International Business and Management – TEAM
What makes studying at Hochschule Osnabrück unique for German and International students? Find out more on our Youtube channel what Hochschule Osnabrück means for our students: Studying at Hochschule Osnabrück & International students and lecturers at Hochschule Osnabrück.
Besides making a choice for Hochschule Osnabrück as a university, many of our students choose the Master program International Business and Management also for the following reasons:
The Master's program in International Business and Management aims to guide young people on their way to executive positions in international companies and organisations.
Balance of theory and practical content
Courses such as Global Economic Framework, International Marketing and a choice of specialisations are linked to case studies to bring in expertise that can be transferred directly to an international working environment.
Intensive training of social and intercultural skills
Small international groups, individually counselled and supported, create a setting for a rich learning experience as well as for friendships that may last a lifetime.
Internationality at its best
Dual degree programs with universities in South Korea, France and Indonesia as well as cooperations with many international partner universities facilitate international experiences.
Teambuilding and companionship
Teambuilding seminars and regular get-togethers help the students to become a community.
The city and greater region of Osnabrück
Osnabrück with its green and historic city center and the surrounding region in the middle of Europe is home to many innovative and well-known companies in the high-tech, engineering, food and logistics sectors. Find out more here why the largest and research-intensive University of Applied Sciences in Lower Saxony may be a good choice for you.
We are convinced that the program provides our students with an ideal learning environment and experience.
The Master program International Business and Management qualifies students for employment in various industries and trade branches as well as in various functions and departments of international companies or organisations. Depending on the specialisation chosen during the course of studies, our graduates work in diverse positions in marketing, sales, HR or purchasing and logistics departments, as well as in consulting. Past evaluations have shown that most graduates work in larger medium-sized or multinational companies, mainly in the manufacturing sector (automobile sector, food industry & others). Several students have decided to join start-ups after their graduation. Moreover, IT-based and consulting companies are also attracting our graduates, the same applies to logistics and other service-based companies.
The details of the qualifications that will be obtained during the studies are outlined here:
Students who wish to intensify their international exposure as well as their language proficiency and intercultural competencies beyond the borders of Osnabrück, have the opportunity to spend the third semester of their studies abroad at one of the faculty's partner universities. For German students who did not go abroad for a study semester or an internship during their Bachelor's program, the study semester abroad is mandatory. In the Master program we work together with several partner universities abroad, where our students have already studied successfully (see below). Other universities from our faculty's general list of partner universities might be possible to attend for master students as well. The same applies to universities, which are not yet our partners. We will check and evaluate the possibilities at other universities individually with the student at the time of application for a study semester abroad.
The choice of the foreign university for a study semester abroad depends inter alia on the following criteria:
- Adequate offer of postgraduate courses at the partner university
- Compatible semester dates at the partner university
- Ability to study in the language of instruction at the partner university
- Proof that a minimum of 25 ECTS credits have been attained in the master program in Osnabrück by the time of the application for the semester abroad
The faculty can offer free study places for master students (without tuition fees) at some partner universities. For all other universities, tuition fees (depending on the partner university) apply.
Master students from the program International Business and Management have successfully completed their study semesters abroad at the following universities:
- Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Australia
- Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
- Vancouver Island University, Canada
- Ecole de Management Normandie, Caen, France
- Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy
- Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Auckland, New Zealand
- University of Economics, Poznan, Poland
- Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal
- James Cook University, Singapore
- Kyung Hee University, Suwon, South Korea
- Sunkyun Kwan University, Seoul, South Korea
- University of Economics, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Universidad de DEUSTO, San Sebastián, Spain
- Buckinghamshire New University, Buckinghamshire/Uxbridge, United Kingdom
- Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- National University, San Diego, USA
- Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, USA
- University of New Orleans, New Orleans, USA
Dual degree agreements
What about studying abroad and coming back with a second degree? Master students have the possibility of acquiring a double master degree at Hochschule Osnabrück and at universities in South Korea, France or Indonesia. In all three agreements students study two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück and two semesters abroad, concluding with a master's thesis. Tuition fees are waived at the partner universities.
Kyunghee University in South Korea
Students of the Master's program International Business and Management have the possibility to acquire a Double Master's Degree through the cooperation with Kyung Hee University, a prestigious university in South Korea. If students study two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück and two semesters at Kyung Hee University and write their master thesis at Hochschule Osnabrück they can receive their master's degree from both universities.
Ecole de Management Normandie in France
In February 2012 another double degree agreement was signed, enabling our master students to graduate from both Hochschule Osnabrück and Ecole de Management (EM) Normandie in France.
After spending the first two semesters at Hochschule Osnabrück, the third and fourth semester will be spent in France (August-December and January-April). The studies must be concluded by writing a master's thesis that is assessed by either university.
Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia
Master students of the program International Business and Management have the possibility to graduate with a double degree from Hochschule Osnabrück and Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. The dual degree agreement between both institutions was signed in January 2014 and the first students were exchanged in the winter semester 2014/15. The students study their first two semesters in Osnabrück and continue to study for another two semesters in the program Master of Management at Universitas Gadjah Mada. The dual degree concludes with a master thesis that is mainly assessed by lecturers of Hochschule Osnabrück.
E-Quality Label for Hochschule Osnabrück
In July 2006, the European Quality Label (E-Quality Label) was awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to Hochschule Osnabrück as best university in terms of international mobility, especially within the ERASMUS student and teaching staff exchange program.
Any student enrolled at Hochschule Osnabrück has to pay enrolment fees of approx. EUR 350 per semester to cover administrative charges, contributions to the Student Welfare Services, membership fees for the Students' Union and the costs of the semester ticket. The semester ticket covers public transportation in Osnabrück and the Osnabrück greater area. The cost of living in Osnabrück amounts to approx. EUR 750 per month, depending on personal needs and habits. This includes rent health insurance, books, living and miscellaneous expenses. There is no tuition fee.
There are various possibilities for students to get supported by state institutions, companies and foundations.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
The DAAD offers scholarships for foreign students and graduates and an overview over funding opportunities can be found here: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Hochschule Osnabrück: Scholarships, Foundations and other Financing Possibilities
The following website provides more information about scholarships and foundations as well as other financing possibilities for your studies: Hochschule Osnabrück: Scholarships and Financing Possibilities
International and German students speak about their scholarships:
Maria Mora, Syria, DAAD Scholarship
“’Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be’ - George Sheehan
Ever since I was in the university studying for my bachelor degree, I had big hopes for myself. In order to study what I love the most and to get that degree, I had to endure 4 years of war, but I never once regretted it! It got me to here. And to be able to say that I have a DAAD scholarship, it means that all the effort I put into my study, did not go to waste. The DAAD opened a door for me in a time where I needed just a small window of hope. And not only to succeed in my studies here in Germany, but also to enrich myself and my personality with the German culture and to try to leave a small mark in this amazing country and to give something back to the DAAD and to my country as well, through hard work and success. I’m more than honored to have been accepted by the Hochschule of Osnabrück to study the master program: International business and management and I’m deeply grateful for their help in every possible way.”
Abdalrahman Alfarra, Palestine, DAAD Scholarship
"Ambitious persons always seek their goals in life by taking giant steps. Since the finalization of my bachelor degree in Palestine, I began to prepare myself for this step when I applied to the DAAD scholarship to complete my Master’s study in Germany. My application to the scholarship was combined by accumulating a list of the most attractive Master’s programs in the field of Business and Management in Germany. I was very lucky to be awarded the DAAD scholarship and at the same time secure a place in the master program of International Business and Management in Osnabrueck University of Applied Science. DAAD scholarship is considered among the most prestigious scholarships for international students and it supports its holders to engage very well in the German community through, for example, learning the German language. Osnabrueck Hochschule as well enables its students to pursue their studies in a very supportive and convenient learning environment."
Mariam Meparishvili, Georgia, DAAD Scholarship
"Obtaining my master's degree in Germany is of great importance to me as this is the country with the leading European education system. I am now being granted this amazing opportunity through The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It is the largest scholarship organization in the world that funds the international exchange of students and scholars. The program supports and encourages motivated students all over the world to study and experience German language and culture. Through close collaboration with many public universities in Germany, DAAD program provides students with a variety of potential universities and fields for their studies. I feel lucky to be a DAAD fellow and to have been accepted by Hochschule Osnabrück as a master’s student of International Business and Management. The experience that I gain within this program will help me to achieve my career goals and become a successful businesswomen."
Anna Zayats, Belarus, DAAD Scholarship
"I applied for a DAAD-scholarship in 2011 while still living in Minsk. It was a deliberate decision that is why I began to build my portfolio for the application much earlier. In 2012 together with the scholarship I was awarded the possibility to fulfill my dream – to obtain the international and high quality Master degree. DAAD-scholarship is not only the financial support which helps me to concentrate on my studies. DAAD itself inspires scholarship holders to constant personal improvement, for example to learn German language, to participate in conferences and forums as well as to integrate into the German environment in general."
Ahmad Zia Barekzai, Afghanistan, DAAD Scholarship
"After completing my Bachelor program in Kabul, I wanted to do an internationally recognized master degree in a multi-cultural university of a developed country through an opportunity of merit-based grant. My first choice was the DAAD, the world’s largest scholarship-awarding organization for all academic disciplines. Fortunately, I won the scholarship and now study International Business and Management in Osnabrück. I was really pleased by the selection process of DAAD. I was thrilled by the proper planning of the program for each scholarship holder and the guide provided for travel preparations, staying in Germany, intensive German language course, German cultural workshops, participation in DAAD seminars and the chance to network with other international elite scholarship holders. I am in the process of realizing my dreams because of the DAAD and would like to be an ideal DAAD alumnus in near future."
Kira Potowski, Germany, Scholarship Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
"I applied for a scholarship at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany. Since the beginning of my bachelor studies and later during my master studies, I received this scholarship which allows me to concentrate on my academic work only. However, not only financial support is assured, also the ability to join conferences, presentations and a huge network of other scholarship holders, alumni, professors, politicians, managers etc. Therefore, I would like to encourage other students to apply for a scholarship and hope many others will be able to take advantage of this kind of support while studying in Osnabrück."
Mirja Nordhoff, Germany, Deutschlandstipendium
"Last year I applied for the ‘Deutschlandstipendium’. This scholarship is financed one half each by the federal government and by a sponsor. My sponsor is the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung GmbH & Co. KG. Me and two other scholars, who are also sponsored by the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, were already invited to their premises and we had a vivid discussion about their business model, strategy, and future plans. We also talked about the opportunities this scholarship could mean for us: anything from internships and project work to a possible career entry were mentioned during our meeting. In our next meeting we will visit the printing plant. So aside from the financial support this scholarship brings, it represents a great opportunity to gain experience and to network which is becoming more and more important in today’s business world."
Studying for a degree and living abroad in a foreign country and culture can be a challenge, albeit a very rewarding one. Degree-seeking students from all over the world come to Osnabrück for studying in the Master program International Business and Management and we offer several services to support our international students:
- Individual counselling through the program coordinator before and during the studies
- Arrangement of accommodation in a student dormitory
- Buddy program (support before and during arrival through a student from a higher semester)
- International Orientation Days before the first semester starts, offered by our International Faculty Office (IFO)
- Support with registration formalities at the local authorities and counselling on financing / scholarship possibilities through our Center for International Students (CIS)
- German Summer Language School and German classes during the studies
- Counselling on academic writing standards and self-management through our Learning Center
- Explore Germany (cultural program for international students)
In the master's program International Business and Management emphasis is put on the students becoming a community and experiencing a sense of companionship. In order to promote this, extra-curricular activities are organized and offered for the students throughout the semester. These include company visits, discussions with guest lecturers from partner universities, Christmas parties and other social events.
Teambuilding and get-togethers
Not only does the teambuilding in the first and second semester serve to help the students learn how to work together and solve problems in different kinds of teams, but it also poses as the perfect opportunity to get to know each other right at the start of the study program. Students cherish this opportunity, as it helps them to start into the program as a team. Our yearly Christmas party together with the Master program Business Management and our summer event at the end of the second semester, during which it is usually time to say good bye to the students going abroad in the third semester, are always highlights as they are spent in a nice location in a relaxed atmosphere.
Company visits and "Fireside chats" with senior managers
Fireside chats are get-togethers with senior managers for interactive discussions. Students of the master program "International Business and Management" come together with senior managers to share views on challenges of managing companies and career development. Visits to companies of the region, such as VW Osnabrück, CLAAS, manufacturer of agricultural machinery, or producer of specialized paper Felix Schöller Group are a good opportunity to look behind the scenes and to talk to managers or graduates from Hochschule Osnabrück working there.
Together with professors lecturing in the Master program International Business and Management some of our students and graduates have already participated in conducting research published in the academic world. A few examples of successful publications are listed below:
- Harald Trabold and David W. Weaver, Pay What You Want - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines alternativen Geschäftsmodells. Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, DIW Berlin, 85. Jahrgang, 02.2016, pp. 81 - 97.
- Mayer, P.; Freese, U.; Treptow, J.; Weaver, D.; A Comparative Analysis of Water Service Delivery in Germany and South Africa - Part 1: Water Service Delivery in Germany - A Synopsis of Issues. Discussion paper, Osnabrück, No. 1/2011.
- Steinert, C.; Halstrup, D.; Schlechte Führung wird toleriert, wenn die Zahlen stimmen. Stellenwert der Personalführung in deutschen Unternehmen. Personalführung, No. 7/2011; pp. 38 - 41. Note: This publication resulted from an empirical research project conducted by Master students taking part in the course "Strategic HR Management and Organization".
- Steinert, C., Wagner, L.; Globales Talentmanagement. Personalmagazin, No. 1/2010; pp. 16 - 19.
Steinert, C.; Bockemühl-Simon, K.; Grenzenloses Wissen. Personalwirtschaft, No. 2/2009; pp. 51 - 53.
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Prof. Dr. Kai Michael Griese
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