European Master in Business Studies - EMBS, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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University rank #251 (WUR) ,
Jointly run by the University of Savoie (France), the University of Trento (Italy), the University of Kassel (Germany) and the University of León (Spain), the European Master in Business Studies - EMBS is a two-year full-time Master’s degree in Management officially integrated in the new European Bologna system of higher education.


The European Master in Business Studies - EMBS has been developed in order to offer to European as well as to non-European students a unique opportunity of learning how to do business in Europe effectively. Apart from studying fundamentals of Management and Sales & Marketing on a European scale, students will learn “on site” the multicultural differences by working in groups of different nationalities and by spending one semester in each University of the consortium. The EMBS is composed of four semesters in four different European countries (Trento/Italy, Annecy/France, Kassel/Germany and León/Spain), as explained in the following scheme:

  • 1st semester: University of Trento (Italy)
  • 2nd semester: University of Savoie Mont Blanc (France)
  • 3rd semester: University of Kassel (Germany)
  • 4th semester: University of Leon (Spain)

The “European Master in Business Studies” degree awarded at the end of the programme corresponds to the following four national degrees:

- In the Italian University system, to a “Laurea Magistrale - CLASSE LM77 Lauree Magistrali in Scienze Economico-Aziendali”;

- In the French University system, to a “Master en Droit Economie Gestion”;

- In the German University system, to a “Master of Arts”;

- In the Spanish University system, to a “Master Universitario Europeo en Dirección de Empresas”.


EMBS has been accredited in the four countries by well-established bodies: Germany: ZeVA; Italy: Italian Ministry for Instruction, Higher Education and Research-MIUR; Spain: ACSUCYL; France: Ministry of Higher Education and Research/HCERES (French agency evaluating HEIs and research centres)/Agence Europe Education Formation France (French Erasmus agency). 

Programme Structure

Students admitted to the EMBS will spend a semester in each participating university in the following order:

  • 1st year of Master

-          Semester 1 in Trento (Italy)

-          Semester 2 in Annecy (France)

  • 2nd year of Master

-          Semester 3 in Kassel (Germany)

-          Semester 4 in León (Spain)

  • 3 months internship/placement in a foreign country (not in their native country) at the end of the fourth semester
  • Final Master Thesis to be presented at the end of the third semester
For more information, please visit programme website.


EMBS is not an MBA programme aimed at professionals, but a consecutive Master's degree programme, aimed at applicants with a Bachelor’s degree (at least amounting to 6 semesters and 180 ECTS) in Economics, Management or Business Studies or other study backgrounds (e.g. Social Sciences, Languages, Engineering) with a focus on Economics & Management. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • For non-EU March each year
    • For EU/EEA June/July each year
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS

    ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is an important element of the Bologna process, meant to encourage international mobility among students and to enhance the acknowledgement of their academic achievements.

    1 ECTS credit point is the equivalent of 25 hours work-load. 

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (at least amounting to 6 semesters and 180 ECTS) in Economics, Management or Business Studies or other study backgrounds (e.g. Social Sciences, Languages, Engineering) with a focus on Economics & Management. 50% or more of your Bachelor studies have to be done in the Economic/Business field. Applicants who do not yet have their Bachelor’s certificate can still apply for the EMBS master's program provided they are able to submit their certificate no later than November 2017. Such applicants will not be admitted unconditionally to the program, but may be “conditionally admitted” as long as the certificate remains outstanding. 

English Language Requirements:

  • FCE score: B2

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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EMBS participation fees are about € 3500 per year: € 2500 EMBS tuition fee plus about 250/300 euro/year to be paid to each partner university. 

Living costs for Trento

700 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


It is a condition of student's enrollment that they have sufficient financial resources to pay for their program of study. Self-paying students must provide evidence of their ability to cover tuition fees because the EMBS programme does not offer any full scholarship. Sponsored students must provide evidence of their sponsorship. 

EMBS students have the possibility to be supported through grants and scholarships offered by the EMBS partner Universities. However, be aware of the fact that grants and scholarships will not afford students to live in Europe as they do not fully cover the cost of attending the EMBS program (fees, accommodation, books, travel, etc.).

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