5 Core Modules in the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program

Full descriptions of our core modules, offered at all five partner universities

IBSA Program Students Begin the First Semester with a Required Set of Five Core Modules.

These five courses are the exact same at all five partner universities in the IBSA Program, while some universities may offer an additional core module. These courses (worth 30 ECTS) expose our students to the guiding principles of international business (such as, business law or strategic analysis) and how these concepts are connected and interdependent (in courses like global marketing or human resource management). In order to preserve the critical international element of our program, the core modules must take place in a different country than where students complete their second semester specialization courses. This first university (attended in semester one for the core modules) is responsible for awarding the students their first degree (MBA or Master’s). Once the semester one core modules are completed, the IBSA students will finalize the academic year by completing their specialization modules and a final master’s thesis.

Each university has its own accredited degree program, and all five partner schools have combined their degree offerings to make up the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program. IBSA students must apply for the specific program of their chosen university for the core modules semester (for example, if you wish to study the core modules in the US, you should apply to the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s International MBA graduate degree program). The following list includes the five partner universities in the IBSA program and their associated degree programs from which our students can choose their core modules semester (semester one):

  • International Graduate Center (Germany) – International MBA
  • Universitat de Valencia (Spain) – International Master's Degree in Business Administration (iMBA)
  • RANEPA Institute of Business Studies Moscow (Russia) – International Master in Management
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (USA) – International MBA
  • University of Hertfordshire (UK) – Global Business

The instructors in the IBSA Program are highly-qualified academicians who are also often business professionals with first-hand experience in the successes and pitfalls inherent in international business. Students can expect in-depth, experiential learning based on sound teaching methodologies that include thought-provoking lectures and facilitated seminars, exciting company tours, challenging group projects, practical workshops, interactive web learning, and stimulating case studies. Through this quick-paced, challenging and rewarding program, IBSA graduates will have a comprehensive educational foundation that will fully prepare them to embark on a productive business career.

Multinational Financial Management

Multinational Financial Management

Our students dive into specific international finance issues in this core module. The goal of the course is to create effective global managers who are experienced in analytical and decision-making skills that are crucial for successful business across borders.

International Business Law

International Business Law

This core module examines the critical legal principles affecting international business activity. Students gain insight into business law through the review and study of such topics as agreements in national and international law, key aspects of international sales transactions, jurisdiction issues and dispute resolution.

Global Strategic Analysis

Global Strategic Analysis

In this core module, students understand strategic business planning: This module introduces students to global business challenges and the methods used to address them, through careful review of effective managerial techniques, in order to ensure a winning international business strategy.

Global Marketing Strategies

Global Marketing Strategies

Our students gain skill and confidence in developing strong marketing plans for global business. The course addresses marketing performance in a global context; assesses differences in country environments; and applies techniques for international market segmentation, entry strategies, risk analysis, and comprehensive marketing plans.

Human Resource Management in a Global Environment

Human Resource Management in a Global Environment

IBSA students investigate critical human resource management (HRM) topics within this module. The aim is to examine relevant elements of HRM as they relate to global business, organizational policies, and standard management practices.

Additional Core Modules

Additional Core Modules

Some of our partner universities have additional core modules, apart from the general ones. There is Global Business Planning (mandatory) at UV, International Leadership (optional) at IGC, Global Business Planning (Mandatory) at IBS and Global Operational Management (mandatory) at UNCW.

Arla Ewing, Canada

Arla Ewing, Canada

The IBSA program offers a diverse set of courses in an environment conducive to learning with small class sizes. The professors are knowledgeable and group projects are common.

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Core Modules:
University of Hertfordshire, Great Britain
Specialization:
International Graduate Center, Germany

Discover our 5 different specializations

Discover our 5 different specializations

After the completion of the core modules you can dive into one of our five business specializations. Learn relevant facts and practical methods about Marketing, Logistics, Finance, Human Resources or Emerging Economies.

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Choose your favorite Universities

Choose your favorite Universities

We offer you five universities in five beautiful cities around the globe. Achieve your double degree with the IBSA in Valencia, Hertfordshire, Wilmington, Moscow or Bremen and get to know new cultures.

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Jumpstart your business career with a powerful thesis project!

Jumpstart your business career with a powerful thesis project!

Apply the knowledge gained in the first and second semesters of the IBSA Program into the quality research needed for an effective thesis paper in your third semester.

Thesis