24 months
15060 EUR/year
9900 EUR/year
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The aim of the International Business study offered at Cologne Business School (CBS) is to provide you with the best possible preparation for career entry and advancement in the future. Therefore, the practically oriented lectures, a business project, a business simulation game and an internship of at least eight weeks in Germany or abroad are part of the study programme.  

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Globalization presents new challenges to international corporations. Potential employers expect leadership, team and integration skills, high motivation, multilingualism and excellent knowledge of economics. Precisely these abilities are imparted on you within the International Business Master’s programme at Cologne Business School (CBS) , so that later on, you can make strategically meaningful and sustainable decisions in middle or senior management. All this in 4 semesters at one of Germany’s most prestigious business schools, with professors with many years of professional experience and lecturers with international backgrounds. Courses are held in English.

Acquire broad competencies

International management is complex. You expand your knowledge and understanding of management processes, in which small deviations have a huge impact on companies. Business and international economics, strategic and value based management, business development, leadership and change management, accounting – the number of subject areas is great in order to provide you with a comprehensive overview. 

Particularly in globally operating companies, the large number of competitors makes the sustainable acquisition of customers much more important than for smaller companies. For this reason, the subject, Customer Relationship Management is immediately addressed in the first semester. In the second semester, the focus is on setting up and organizing companies. 

As for how sustainable management becomes a success factor, you will learn more about this in the subjects Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Supply Chain Management. In the second and third semesters, you can set your own priorities by attending elective courses, which you choose based on your own prior knowledge or interests.

In the fourth semester, you will work on your Master’s thesis. The majority of the students write this in cooperation with a company. Or you can write your thesis in connection with a stay abroad.

Career opportunities

Many career paths are open to you in all areas of international companies, such as marketing, personnel management, controlling or company management. Former CBS students are working in the automotive industry, in corporate consulting, in banks and in the financial sector. And, of course, a Master’s degree is also the prerequisite for the start of a career in academia, making you eligible for a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Business Economics
  • Empirical Methods
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Service Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Business English

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is an application Deadline for students who require student visa:

  • May 15th of each year for following Winter Semester 


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
92 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

The admission requirements for our CBS Master programmes are a first academic qualification with a minimum of 180 ECTS-Credits of a recognised university with a final grade of at least “good”. 


  • Your CV in tabular format
  • Proof of your study achievements to date (official academic transcript of records) and if already applicable the certificate of your first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor)
  • Letter of motivation: 1-2 DIN A4 pages which answers the following question: “How do you view your vocational future after your studies at CBS?”
  • Copy of your passport (and residence permit, if available)
  • Proof of English proficiency (if English is not your native language).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7530 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4950 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


CBS offers a one-time 3,000 scholarship (which will be spread on all semesters) for all BA, MA and the MBA full-Time program (The Fast-Track will receive a 1,500 scholarship). The scholarship is based on grades, motivation extracurricular activities but will be assessed automatically, once we receive a COMPLETE application.

There also Is a EU students Scholarships of 25%, which students can only apply to once enrolled. Maybe mention the option, that we offer some kind of support in the funding section.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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