Study in Two Countries, Get an MBA and Master's Degree and Choose Your Business Specialization

Entrepreneurship in France - Marketing in Spain - Logistics in Germany - HR in the UK - Finance in the US - Management in Russia

The IBSA program offers you two business degrees at six global locations - in one short year.

The IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program is an innovative, fast-paced, international education for motivated and adventurous students. The program is geared towards students with an undergraduate degree in business, finance, or economics. All courses are taught in English.

This one-year, full-time, tuition-based dual master’s degree consists of three main elements. The first term begins with a core set of identical class modules that are taught at all six universities in a host of global settings. For the second term you choose a different partner university, based on your preferences of specialization.

You can choose between six business specializations:

  • Human Resource Management (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
  • International Entrepreneurship (ESSCA School of Management Paris, France) 
  • International Finance & Investments (University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA)
  • International Logistics & Supply Chain Management (International Graduate Center, Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences, Germany)
  • International Marketing (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • Management in Emerging Economies (Institute of Business Studies, RANEPA, Moscow, Russia).

Choosing one of these six specializations indicates your unique research path, in a distinct international location, within the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program (from which one of your two degrees will be earned). The third term finishes your academic year in the IBSA program with the completion of the mandatory thesis. Once the academic year is completed, you will receive two international business degrees (either master’s degrees or MBA, depending on the school) from both universities you attended, chosen from our global alliance of nationally-accredited universities.

During this academic year, you can expect a profound learning environment – one built on cultural diversity, where students from a large mix of international backgrounds will meet; intimate classroom and study settings, based on small student groups; and stimulating lectures, guided by experts with professional expertise. The IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program provides the knowledge and skills necessary for global leadership in the 21st century. Two countries + two institutions = dual master’s degrees in one year.

When you apply for this ground-breaking, one-year dual degree program, you first have to choose a university where you study the core modules. For example, if you want to study the core modules at the Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences in Germany, then you have to apply to the International Graduate Center’s graduate degree program for the International MBA). All six partner universities have their own degree program:

  • Global Business program at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK
  • International Master's Degree in Business Administration program at the University of Valencia in Spain
  • International Master in Management program at the Institute of Business Studies Moscow, RANEPA in Russia
  • International MBA program at the International Graduate Center of Hochschule Bremen, City University of Applied Sciences in Germany
  • International MBA program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the US
  • MSc in International Entrepreneurship at the ESSCA School of Management Paris in France.

Together these six degree programs are forming the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program. That way you are linked to the IBSA system through the application at the first university of your choice. Give us your choice for the second semester university location and program specialization and we will handle the rest!


Teaching methods within the IBSA program

The IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program will require dedicated focus from our students to get the most out of the courses they possibly can. This commitment will be matched by top-notch education professionals, visiting academics, practitioners and consultants who facilitate an environment for education and learning through traditional lectures, monitored seminars, practical experiential workshops, web-based learning and case studies.

At each university the students will be attending they will receive a brief orientation on the specific teaching, learning and assessment practices (including examinations, coursework, presentations, reports or research projects) employed to measure their progress and achievements. Many of the course modules will require group work where students learn appropriate negotiation, management, organization, and decision-making tactics that are highly useful and transferable to the work our graduates will face in their next jobs. Real-world business issues are investigated through activities like visits to large corporations in order to offer the students necessary experience with networking, effective business processes and an understanding of the formal business environment to which they will soon be exposed in their own career endeavors.

The IBSA program consists of advanced core learning in term 1 with specialized learning in term 2 and a major research project or thesis in term 3.The thesis term is a challenge in effective writing and project management. It gives students the opportunity to showcase the skills they have obtained in the program and that will be highly valued at any company.

Nita Thakaria, India

As a result of the class discussions, I was able to broaden my world view. This is a course where you are sure to grow as an individual and be challenged to think independently, ultimately gaining the confidence to share your ideas with others.

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Junior Manager - Global NIVEA Advertising, Beiersdorf, Hamburg, Germany
Core Modules:
International Graduate Center, Germany
International Business Development & Consulting,
Novancia Business School Paris, France

Are you ready for the IBSA Adventure?

The IBSA program recruits dedicated students from around the globe. Our students demonstrate a passion for innovative thinking, leadership potential and a penchant for international adventure. Do you fit that description?

Target Group

Check the requirements for the IBSA Program

All partners share those basic requirements: an undergraduate degree in business or economics and an IELTS score of 6.5 or better. But, every partner has specific requirements for the core modules and the specialization.

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Why Studying With IBSA?

The IBSA program has many outstanding features – international perspective, a cultural diverse student body, dual business degrees (MBA and Master’s), and a  compact and comprehensive one-year timetable. Read more to get all the details of our program.