A Full Outline of Your Academic Year with the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program

Learn about all the coursework opportunities and the systematic plan of study with the IBSA program.

Our Students Follow a Specific Path of Study to Complete the IBSA Program

Students begin each fall semester (Core Modules) with international core courses. Five of the courses offered are the same at each partner university, while each university also offers one (or more) elective choice. In the spring semester (Specialization), students must switch to a different partner institution based on their desired specialization. The program will be concluded with a master’s thesis in the third semester (Thesis), usually running from June to September and normally taken at the institution in which the specialization was chosen.
To summarize the course plan (and applicable credits earned), the academic year looks like this:

  • Semester one provides students with core modules worth 30 ECTS and sets the context of the broader field is worth of global business and management.
  • Semester two provides the specialization modules, also worth 30 ECTS, and builds deeper knowledge in a specific area of business expertise.
  • Semester three focuses on the master’s thesis, worth another 30 ECTS, and is based on the chosen specialist business function.

At the end of their year of studies, graduates will receive dual master’s degrees (90 ECTS) from the two different partner universities attended.
Objectives of the IBSA Program : By following this well-structured, one year dual master’s degree plan, IBSA students will gain the appropriate research and business application skills that will help them compete in the fast-paced world of global business. Through intensive training in topics such as finance, marketing, human resource management, strategic analysis, and international law, they will acquire important competences in effective business management. Additionally, they will gain relevant and useful competence in intercultural sensitivity awareness – a key supplementary feature of successful global executives employed in multinational environments.



This Dual Master Degree program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The most important outcome of the program was establishing the foundation to now work internationally, as well as the strong friendships forged with my fellow classmates.

Associate Project Manager at SAP, San Francisco...

Associate Project Manager at SAP, San Francisco Bay, USA
Core Modules:
Universitat de Valencia
International Business Development & Consulting, Novancia, France

Five Core Modules

Five Core Modules

The five core modules are presented to all our IBSA students at any of the 5 partner universities in semester one: Multinational Financial Management,  Global Strategic Analysis, Global Marketing Strategies, Human Resource Management in a Global Environment and International Business Law. Depending on your chosen university you can choose additional core module in semster one.

Core Modules
Choose from five Business Specializations

Choose from five Business Specializations

A choice from five business specializations are offered to our students in semester two: International Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Bremen, Germany), Management of Emerging Economies (Moscow, Russia), International Finance & Investments (Wilmington, USA), International Marketing (Valencia, Spain) and Human Resource Management (London, UK).

Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis

Finish your academic year by preparing your master’s thesis. You will employ analytical and methodological research to construct an effective project on your chosen business-related thesis topic. As a meaningful, alternative option, many students are inspired to work with a company to generate their thesis project. However you arrive at the result, we will support your academic goals every step of the way.

Master's Thesis