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International Business and Management

How can companies operate in multiple countries at the same time and cope with different cultural, political and economic circumstances? International business managers need to know how.

The MSc IB&M is a broad programme with a rich set of electives to choose from. You can also opt for one of our double degrees, with the University of Newcastle or with Fudan University in Shanghai.

In the programme you will learn to approach issues in global management with an open mind and how to deal with them systematically and creatively. Your analytical and professional set of skills will be expanded to include the latest theories and tools in developing strategies for managing multinational enterprises and for firms to operate across borders.

Specific attention is paid to comparative analyses of countries, institutions, cultures and, of course, companies and their strategies. You will be trained to apply this knowledge to the development of company strategies, instruments and processes. You will also learn to analyse the purchasing and sales markets in different countries, understand various institutional environments and develop policy proposals.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in International Business and Management
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60649
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Economics and Business
AACSB accredited
Why study this programme in Groningen?

International Business and Management offers an academic and analytical approach to solving real-world problems in international management. It gives a multidisciplinary perspective on multinational business activity and managing across borders. Besides, it's an internationally accredited programme, ensuring a high quality education that meets both the AACSB and EQUIS standards, which only one percent of universities reach worldwide.

Programme

You will take two compulsory courses and add electives that match your interest. All courses are linked to the current research activities of the lecturers and use recent scientific articles relevant in the field. In most courses you will practice professional and research skills in for example a research report and presentations.

Preparing to write your Master's thesis you will take the Research Seminar where you also acquire the specific research skills that are crucial to management's ability to analyse new environments and pertinent developments.

CoursesCourse Catalog >
Comparative Environmental Analysis (5 EC)
Elective(s) MSc IB&M A (15 EC)
Elective(s) MSc IB&M B (10 EC)
International Business Strategy (MSc) (5 EC)
Master's Thesis IB&M (20 EC)
Research Seminar for IB&M (5 EC)

Curriculum

Check for in-depth info on all courses:

https://www.rug.nl/ocasys/feb/vak/showpos?opleiding=2034

Programme options
DDM Advanced International Business Management and Marketing (specialization)

1.5 year Double Degree Master in Marketing and IB&M, offered by the University of Groningen together with the University of Newcastle.

More information about this option

DDM China and the World Economy (specialization)

2 year Double Degree Master in Groningen and Fudan University Shanghai.

More information about this option

Sustainable Society Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Sustainable Society and gain specialised knowledge in the field. There are two steps to the Sustainable Society Focus Area-

1) complete two electives from a predetermined list 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on a sustainable society topic

More information about this option

Energy Focus Area (specialization)

Focus your MSc on Energy and open up extra career opportunities. There are two steps to the Energy Focus Area-

1) complete two of four chosen electives 2) write and round off an MSc thesis on an energy topic

More information about this option

Master Internship (specialization)

Opportunity for an internship between February and June. You will be rewarded 15 ECTS on top of your programme. Your thesis will be postponed to the first semester of your next study year.

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is unaccommodated

Study abroad is compulsory when you choose one one of the Double Degree Masters.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/nl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Business AdministrationAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Econometrics and Operations ResearchAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Economics and Business EconomicsAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
International BusinessAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Technologie ManagementAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
certified competences

GMAT/GRE; for specific scores (and exemptions), see http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

grade list

A certified grade list(s) is considered in the evaluation.

language test

TOEFL internet based (IBT): 90, IELTS Academic: 6.5; for specific scores, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

previous education

To be eligible for admission to this Master, you need to hold an academic Bachelor's or Master's degree from a research university in one of the following - or closely related - fields: Business Economics, Business Administration, Econometrics and Operations Research, Economics and Business Economics, International Business, Technology Management.

To assess whether your educational/academic background meets the specific programme requirements, we will consider the level and curriculum of your previous studies, and the grades that you have obtained.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/feb/education/admission-application/intl-route/1

If you have any questions concerning admission, please contact our Admissions Office: http://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/application-procedure/support/admissions-office

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)C1
C2 Proficiency (voormalig CPE)C2
IELTS overall band6.5
IELTS writing6.5
IELTS speaking6
TOEFL paper based580
TOEFL computer based237
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 June 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 June 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

After graduation you can work in inter-, multi- or transnational companies. You can start in various kinds of management jobs, such as product manager, human resource manager, export manager and international sales manager. You might work as an international marketer or management development officer. Because all our programmes are EQUIS and AACSB accredited, a standard which only one percent of universities reach worldwide, your degree will be highly valued on the labour market.

FEB Career Services
To support you in developing your career and strengthen your employability skills, our FEB Career Services empowers you to achieve lifelong success through various career services during your studies. Check: FEB Career Services.

Research

Linking education to research and career preparation

Our education is strongly rooted in business practice and society. Also right from the start of your degree programme attention is paid to academic research skills and preprofessional development, since an analytical and critical mind and problem-solving capabilities are important qualities in any career our students aspire.

This master programme is linked to the research department of Global Economics and Management. Members of this department perform research on topics like internationalization and international organization of firms, corporate governance systems, corporate social responsibility, and institutional and cultural contexts, using a comparative design or an international perspective. Here are some examples of the researchers active in our programme:

Prof.dr. Sjoerd Beugelsdijk studies the influence of culture and cultural differences on international business phenomena, including foreign direct investment by multinationals [https://www.rug.nl/staff/s.beugelsdijk/]

Prof. dr. Alan Muller is interested in questions related to cross-border corporate social responsiveness (CSR) by multinationals [https://www.rug.nl/staff/a.r.muller/]

Dr. Rian Drogendijk investigates internationalization processes of firms and subsidiary-headquarters relations in multinational companies [https://www.rug.nl/staff/rian.drogendijk/]

Dr. Robbert Maseland studies questions related to development- and transition-economies as well as culture in an international context [https://www.rug.nl/staff/r.k.j.maseland/]

Dr. Rieneke Slager has her research interests in the area of corporate social responsibility and responsible investment; she also studies shareholder engagement and anti-corruption in an international perspective https://www.rug.nl/staff/c.h.slager/]

Dr. Kees van Veen studies questions related to corporate governance and the diffusion of sustainability practices in an international setting [https://www.rug.nl/staff/k.van.veen/]

Dr. Miriam Wilhelm’s research concerns buyer-supplier relations and sustainability in global supply chains; she also has special interests in Japanese business studies and the automotive industry [https://www.rug.nl/staff/m.m.wilhelm/]

Please visit the website of the research institute Global Economics and Management to learn more about the research conducted within the MSc programme: https://www.rug.nl/research/gem/.

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								Testimonial of Nancy Edwards

    Nancy Edwards, MSc International Business and Management

    – Nancy Edwards
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    What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future.

    "Groningen is a really beautiful city that offers everything a student can wish for. Its closeness to the countryside and North Sea only adds to its attractiveness. The University of Groningen with its scientific approach was a very interesting choice for me as the educational system is so different compared to traditional business studies in my home country, the United States. After graduating from the University of North Carolina with a Master's in Accounting, I moved to Germany to do mainly internships and work. This was also the time when I first heard about the University of Groningen. As I wanted to enhance my knowledge beyond Accounting and do some more general business studies, I eventually moved to Groningen in to start the IB&M Master. I plan also to do a PhD. What I really like about the IB&M programme is its academic approach and the diversity of courses offered by the faculty, which helps you to orient yourself towards the future. Although it was challenging getting used to the educational approach, I now feel very comfortable. With the right amount of effort the workload is certainly doable. Professors and staff members of the Faculty are very supportive while you follow your programme. The IB&M Master is definitely a programme I would choose again. I really feel comfortable: in Groningen and at the University."

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Study associations

EBF

The Economics and Business Faculty association (EBF) is the faculty association for all students studying at the faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen.
The EBF is your partner during your time in Groningen by organising events that support you with your studies and help you prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/

Master Community - IBM

Make the most of your master by getting to know your fellow students and prepare for your future career.
https://www.ebfgroningen.nl/master-community-ibmieb/
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Study support

Studying means working independently and planning your studies yourself. But successful studying depends on many different factors, so it is understandable that you may need to consult an impartial expert to discuss your study progress and personal circumstances that influence your studies. The faculty's study advisors are available to help you. Obviously, everything discussed with the study advisor remains confidential.