Master in International Management (MSc)

Master in International Management (MSc)


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15 July 2024

Application Deadline

EUR 7,390/ semester

Tuition fee Standard track

2 years / 4 semesters

Duration Standard Track

Exchange semester

Integrated in Standard Track


Integrated in Standard Track

Our MSc in International Management1 program provides you with the management and leadership skills you will need for your career in a multinational company. Our courses cover a broad range of topics in the key business administration fields and, additionally, focus on sustainability and digitalization. Thus, sharpen your entrepreneurial thinking (entrepreneurship) and sustainable actions in a global environment, and enhance your career prospects. The program targets your personal development and focuses on developing your leadership abilities. The teaching method includes both case- and project-based learning, excursions, business simulations, integrated internships, and regular interaction with industry professionals. Practical relevance is the program’s core.

German universities and our educational system are world class and recognized by employers around the globe. In Germany, you will be able to live freely: this is a safe country for all students. Germany has a strong economy and a stable job market. After successfully graduating from KLU you are legally entitled to work in Germany. You will also be allowed to stay in Germany for up to 18 months after graduation to find the ideal job. In the long run you may even become a German citizen. In addition to the benefits of Germany, the cosmopolitan city of Hamburg has been frequently voted as one of the most livable cities in the world, and offers a great work life balance for its residents.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university or college1
  • Proof of English language proficiency: please have a look at our different options here

1The bachelor’s degree must comprise 180 ECTS for the standard track and cooperation track or 210 ECTS for the fast track and the part-time track.

We require a degree in business or economics, but will consider other analytical fields such as industrial engineering, business informatics, and mathematics if your bachelor's degree contains a sufficient number of courses in business (at least four). There are different ways to make up for missing business courses, please find an overview here. Foreign university degrees will be evaluated according to the guidelines of the German Council of Higher Education. 

Applicants for the fast track and for the part-time track must have done at least one academic term abroad during their previous university study. Equally possible to prove an internship abroad, which was officially part of the bachelor’s degree program.

You do not have your bachelor’s certificate yet? Just provide a transcript of records and you can submit the bachelor’s certificate at a later stage.

Application Deadlines

  • Start of application period: November 1st
  • Early Bird deadline: January 15 (more information)
  • Recommended international application deadline (non-EU applicants): March 31 (more information)
  • Final international application deadline (non-EU applicants): May 31 (more information)
  • Application deadline (German and EU applicants): July 15

KLU grants this 2023 an extension of the application deadline for international students applying for our master’s programs until July 15th, 2023. Admitted candidates will be allowed to attend classes online during the first semester (see “online start for those with visa issues”). Students must be present on Campus as of the second semester. Students who are not able to attend classes at KLU Campus in Hamburg by the second semester will be granted a deferral of their remaining study program for the academic year 2024/25.

*If you are a prospective student of either Bachelor’s or Master’s program and you have European citizenship and/or reside in Germany or an EU-EEA country, please contact You may be still able to apply until July 15th, 2023 as well..

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. For fully completed applications received by January 15, you will be granted a 10% early-bird discount on your total amount of tuition fees. To be entitled for the discount you need to fully complete the online application form and submit it together with your transcript of records. More information can be found here

International (non-EU) applicants please note: The visa process takes up to two months, starting on the date of acceptance by KLU. Please keep in mind that there are a lot of other organizational matters to deal with when planning your study abroad. That is why we advise you to apply as soon as possible (see recommended international deadline).  For details on the application deadlines for international applicants please see our FAQ.

Admissions Process

We require an application fee of €50 for non-EU/EEA applicants. Your application will only be processed once we have received this. Please note that we offer application fee waivers for selected candidates. 

We will consider your application as soon as we have received all the required documents and will notify you of the board of admission's decision promptly (6-8 weeks).


Our Master in International Management program starts every September.

  Standard Track Fast Track Part-Time Track
Program ECTS 120 ECTS 90 ECTS 90 ECTS
ECTS for Admission 180 ECTS 210 ECTS 210 ECTS
Internship Mandatory Mandatory No
Semester Abroad 1 semester / free to choose3 No No
Curriculum Curriculum Curriculum Curriculum

3Students who have already studied outside of Germany for a substantial amount of time might have the option to spend their third semester at KLU. For more information please enquire.

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  • Strathmore University (BSc/MSc)


  • Bar-Ilan University (MSc)
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  • Thammasat Business School (BSc/MSc)
  • Uni. of Transport and Communications (BSc)
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  • CDHK Tongji University (MSc)
  • University of Notthingham (BSc/MSc)
  • National Cheng Kung University (BSc/MSc)


  • ALBA, Athens (MSc)
  • Alpen-Adria Universität, Klagenfurt (MSc)
  • Andrassy University, Budapest (MSc)
  • Audencia Nantes (MSc)
  • Budapest Business School (BSc)
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BSc/MSc)
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg (BSc/MSc)
  • DEREE, Athens (BSc)
  • Ecole de Management Strasbourg (MSc)
  • Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (BSc)
  • Higher School of Economics (MSc)
  • IGR-IAE, Université de Rennes 1 (BSc/MSc)
  • International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki (MSc)
  • Istanbul University (BSc/MSc)
  • Istanbul Technical University (BSc/MSc)
  • KEDGE Business School (BSc/MSc)
  • Koç University, Istanbul (BSc/MSc)
  • Kymenlaakso UAS, Kotka (BSc)
  • Linnaeus University, Växjö (BSc/MSc)
  • Özyegˇin University, Istanbul (MSc)
  • Reykjavik University (MSc)
  • Riga Technical University (BSc/MSc)
  • TU Eindhoven (MSc)
  • UNITS, Trieste (BSc)
  • Universidad de Oviedo (BSc)
  • Universidad Europea de Canarias (BSc)
  • University of Genoa (MSc)
  • University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (BSc)
  • University of Pisa (BSc/MSc)
  • University of Porto (MSc)
  • USI, Lugano (MSc)
  • Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (MSc)
  • Wroclaw University of Economics (BSc/MSc)


Our Master in International Management program starts every September.

  Standard Track Fast Track Part-Time Track
Study Period 2 years / 4 semesters 1,5 years / 3 semesters 2,5 years / 5 semesters
Tuition Fees 7,390.00 per semester 7,890.00 per semester 7,390.00 per semester

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We understand that a lot of students rate post graduate career prospects among their top three college search information needs. You may want to explore profiles of our students and alumni on our LinkedIn University Page. One program that is unique and helps KLU students during their studies to pursue and manage their career goals is the Career & Professional Development Program.

Your degree from the KLU will certainly be career boosting. Alumni from our programs were hired for example by Accenture GmbH, Airbus S.A.S., BASF, Beiersdorf AG, DB Schenker - Rail, EADS Group, IBM Group, Kühne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Lufthansa Group, Siemens, Vattenfall Wind Power or Anheuser-Bush.


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Dirk Hagmaier, Student MSc Management, Class of 2015

If you had to define the term “home,” you might come up with several words to describe your individual feeling. When I am at KLU, I always feel like I’ve come home. The university’s inter-cultural campus simply generates a sense of well-being and belonging.

Dirk Hagmaier, Student MSc Management, Class of 2015

M. Lucia Fuge Barrachina, Student MSc Management, Class of 2017

KLU is a university that only settles for the best. It offers many opportunities for developing yourself and your career in an amazing atmosphere. It is easy to feel at home at KLU thanks to the friendly staff and the international student community.

M. Lucia Fuge Barrachina, Student MSc Management, Class of 2017

Robert Seitz, Student MSc Management, Class of 2017

KLU offers a variety of options for developing in the educational and professional areas. Everyone who is interested in getting to know other cultures and studying in an international environment should become part of the KLU family.

Robert Seitz, Student MSc Management, Class of 2017



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