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The International Master of Business Administration (imba) is a dual-degree master's program of the International Business School Alliance (ibsa). Upon completion of the one-year program you will receive degrees from two different partner-universities in countries of your choice.

You can either start with the first term in Bremen in choosing the core modules of our full-time master's course and acquire the basics of an MBA, which are of the same excellent quality at every IBSA-partner university.

Or you decide for our specialization in the second and third term and get a sound and deep knowledge of International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Bremen's location is tailor-made for this specialization and many international logistic companies are situated here. Bremerhaven, the seaport of the free city-state of Bremen, is one of the largest European ports. Among other goods more than 1.350.000 cars are imported and exported every year and its traffic is growing constantly.

Studying in Bremen combines the advantages of living in a modern and developing business centre in Germany with the atmosphere of an old, historically grown city. Enjoy learning in small groups in an international community of students from all over the world. Feel at home in our International Graduate Center with its complete and personal service and its always approachable staff. Live and study in walking distance of the city centre of Bremen - it's a worthwhile experience!

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March 31st, 2016
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7250 Semester (International)
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

In the first term students must pass the core modules worth 30 ECTS at the Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences or at any of the partner univerisities of the IBSA-program.

Five core modules of the first term of study are identical at all partner universities of the International Business School Alliance (IBSA):

  • International Finance
  • Management in the Gobal Environment / Global Strategic Analysis
  • Global Marketing Strategies
  • Human Resource Management in a Global Environment
  • International Business Law

A further optional course is offered at the Hochschule Bremen:

  • International Leadership


In the second term each university offers a different specialization.

The students have to move from the first IBSA-partner to the next institution to take up the preferred field of specialization and to complete the master thesis.

The new specialization offered by the International Master of Business Administration at the International Graduate Center of the Hochschule Bremen from the summer semester 2012 onwards is International Logistics and Supply Chain Management with five modules worth 30 ECTS to pass:

  • Logistics Networks
  • International Transport
  • International Sourcing and Procurement Logistics
  • International Maritime Transport
  • Project Management
  • International Leaderhsip (optional)

Master Thesis

In the third term students work on their master project and complete their master's thesis in the field of their specialization.

After having succeeded successfully, graduates achieve a dual master's degree from two IBSA-partner universities. The degree awarded by the imba-program at the Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences is a MBA.


In order to apply you will require the following qualification and will need to hand in the following documentation:

  • Proof of a sound knowledge in business administration
  • Official transcript of previous undergraduate degree*
  • Proof of English proficiency* with TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign
    Language) 80 IBT points or IELTS (International Language Testing
    System) 6,5 points
  • One year professional experience (proof of practical knowledge or work
    experience required)
  • Passport photograph
  • Copies of either birth certificate or passport*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • An essay outlining student's interest in the program
  • A letter of recommendation by an employer / university teacher
  • GMAT or proof of quantitative skills (in calculus and statistics) if the
    University of North Carolina Wilmington is chosen
  • Original APS-Certificate (for Chinese and Vietnamese applicants only)

*Certified copies of original documents. If regular copies are submitted, original documents should be presented on enrolment. Original documents other than in English or in the language of the respective university at which the student will study, must be translated for the application by a recognized translator.

Work Experience

At least 1 year(s) of work experience are required.

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The degree course has been accredited by the National Accreditation Agency ZEvA.

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