Application Process for the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program

Step-by-step to your international dual degree

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Follow These 6 Steps to Start at Your Favorite University and Get Your Chosen MBA or Master's Specialization.

The IBSA Dual Master’s Degree Program is based on the collaboration of six universities offering six different specializations to the students pursuing the program. They will start the one-year program by studying the core modules (semester one), which are exactly the same in all six schools, and then relocate to another partner university to study their preferred specialization (semester two) and write their master’s thesis (semester three).
Each university has its own accredited degree program, which are all part of the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s program. Students have to apply for the specific accredited degree program of their chosen university for the core modules semester.

Follow these steps to apply for the IBSA program:

  1. At the time of application, you must select a specialization (which must be a different partner university than the one you will attend for the core modules). In other words, you should make a decision about both universities you would like to attend at one time.
  2. Once you’ve made your choices, you should apply to the unique accredited degree program of your chosen university for the core modules (‘core modules university’).  At the same time, you will also declare (in the application to the core modules university) your choice for preferred specialization in the second semester.
  3. If the ‘core modules university’ wants to admit you, they will inform the ‘specialization university’ of your acceptance and transfer the documentation to them. There is no need to apply at the ‘specialization university’, too. If there are any questions left, the second university will contact you directly.
  4. The first university (‘core modules university’) will formally admit you into the program.
  5. At this point you formally accept a spot as a new student in the IBSA program (and should also make your first scheduled payment).
  6. If necessary, apply for a visa.The visa application process might be lengthy.
  7. Have an awesome year!

The chart below identifies all of the accredited degree programs from which IBSA students can select, depending on their university of choice.

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All six accredited degree programs of the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program

Make your choice for the core modules and apply for your chosen accredited degree program

University Accredited Degree Program
International Graduate Center, Germany International MBA
University of Valencia, Spain International Master’s Degree in Business Administration
ESSCA School of Management Paris, France International Master's Degree in Entrepreneurship
RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies Moscow, Russia International Master in Management, Double Degree
University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA International MBA
University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain Global Business (Dual Award)

When does which term starts at which university?

Mostly every partner starts its term at a different time. But, nevertheless, you can combine all of them to your liking. Choose your prefered University and start there with the core modules. Afterwards you can specialize in one out of six business specializations at our partner universities and write your master thesis about your chosen focus area.

University 1st Term 2nd & 3rd Term
HS Bremen, International Graduate Center Beginning of October Beginning of February
Universitat de Valencia End of September End of January
ESSCA School of Management Paris   Mid-January
RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies Moscow 2nd week September 1st week February
University of North Carolina Wilmington Beginning of September Beginning of February
University of Hertfordshire End of September Mid-January


The 6 specializations of the IBSA Dual Degrees Master's Program

Choose the one that matches your interests to pursue your career

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International Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The International Graduate Center (IGC) in Bremen, Germany offers an excellent specialization in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management. The teachers at the IGC bring their experience from working in the industry to the classroom. You will not only learn everything about logistic networks and the related processes, but also about international leadership.

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International Finance and Investments

The specialization International Finance and Investments offered by the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA will help you to take a step towards your career in Financial Management. The accredited degree courses at the UNCW will give you an insight in the financial sector on an international scale. Read more if you are interested in an unique portfolio of excellent faculty.

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Management of Emerging Economies

You are passionate about international business for emerging economies? Then you should read more about the specialization Management of Emerging Economies offered by the RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies Moscow. In the course of this accredited degree program you will delve into the varying factors and trends of this evolving business area and of the BRIC countries.

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Human Resource Management

The specialization Human Resource Management at the University of Hertfordshire, UK is made up of different modules helping you to bring the best out of companies and their employees. Learning how to analyse critical factors in employment management is one part of this specialization. Closing with a master thesis, you will be able to work for multinational companies.

Human Resource
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International Marketing

The Universitat de Valencia in Spain offers a specialization in International Marketing. Attending this accredited degree program you will learn everything about the important marketing tools needed for the successful communication of a company. You can expect a great variety of teaching methodology at the UV, going from lectures to guest seminars and even to visits to relevant companies.

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International Business Development & Consulting

The specialization International Business Development & Consulting at the ESSCA School of Management Paris in France is addressed to students who yearn for international careers in consulting, business development and entrepreneurship. After graduation you will have an international perspective, practical experience and excellent entrepreneurial and analytical skill.


The 6 Universities of the IBSA Dual Degrees Master's

High class education in six different countries

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International Graduate Center

The International Graduate Center of the Hochschule Bremen offers you the specialization International Logistics and Supply Chain Management as well as the core modules. It is located in the vibrant city center of the old hanseatic city Bremen, right by the North Sea. Becuase of the near port, the IGC has a great logistical network and an international flair, in the north of Germany.

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University of Herfordshire

Located in Hatfield, not far from London, is the University of Hertfordshire. Here you can enjoy a high class business education in a cultural diverse environment with great accomodation and a British lifestyle. If you are passionate about the specialization Human Resource Management, or just want to study in the UK, Hertfordshire could be your home for one semester.

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Universitat de Valencia

The Universitat de Valencia is located at the Spanish riviera. It is more than 500 years old and one of the top Spanish universities, offering the modern specialization International Marketing. Valencia is a beautiful place to spend a semester for the specialization or the core modules with its mild climate, delicious food, the beautiful beach and the excellent education.

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The beautiful russian city Moscow is home to the RANEPA Institute of Business Studies. You can either develop your knowledge about emerging markets with the accredited degree program Management of Emerging Economies or study your core modules at the biggest Russian graduate business school. The RANEPA is offering a warm and professional studying atmosphere in the heart of Russia.

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UNCW Wilmington

Located in the coastal community Wilmington is the University of North Carolina Wilmington. It offers you a charming place to study your core modules or to follow your passion for finance with the accredited degree program International Finance and Investments. With Wilmimgton as your home for one semester, you can enjoy world class education in the United States of America.

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ESSCA School of Management Paris

The ESSCA School of Management is an internationally accredited business school located in Paris since 1993. Next to its 370 professors, experts from industry and practice will introduce international students into topics like Entrepreneurship, Business Models and Innovation. If you study in Paris for one semester, you will attend one of the most famous Grands Ecoles in France.   

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Charlotte Horder, UK

For students seeking a practical and challenging international experience, rather than simply theoretical knowledge, this course can prove to be an incredibly rewarding choice for those with an open mind.

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Portfolio Manager - Consumer Brands & Fabric Care at Diversey, a division of Sealed Air, Zurich, Switzerland
Core Modules:
RANEPA, Institute of Business Studies Moscow, Russia
International Marketing, Universitat de Valencia, Spain