Take the Lead to Success with an MBA
No matter your background or the point in your career, an MBA is a great choice. An MBA combines management competence, soft skills like intercultural communication, and comprehensive knowledge from core business disciplines. You'll learn to analyse markets, develop new products, advise customers, lead departments and teams, or strategically position a company.
With IU International, a broad range of specialisations such as Big Data, Finance and Accounting, or International Marketing prepare you practically for trends and challenges in the industry you're interested in. In addition, our MBA is available fully online or you can choose to study on campus in Germany, with the flexibility of full-time or part-time study models. When you graduate with an MBA from IU International, you'll leave with a great international network and skills that could take you into exciting management roles all over the world.
All the important details about this programme
Master of Business Administration (MBA)90 ECTSStudy format: Online or On CampusDual Degree: Available
Duration of study
18 monthsPart time models available
Online: From 555 111 euros per month
On Campus: From 888 669 euros per month
90 ECTS - English - OnlineOnline study programmes are accredited in line with German and European standards90 ECTS - English - On CampusOn campus study programmes are accredited in line with German and European standards
Completed Undergraduate Degree
Scholarship Programme Option
One Year of Work Experience
Reduce your study fees
Many scholarship options available
IU has partnered with London South Bank University to give you the chance to turn your programme into a dual degree. When you choose this option, you'll graduate from IU with both a German degree and a British degree: a major advantage for international career prospects! No extra study courses or travelling required.
Don’t yet meet the requirements for work experience, English language skills or level of education? Not a problem – IU’s Scholarship Programme gives you the chance to start your online degree and fulfil the eligibility criteria while you study, just get us your proof of work experience, English language skill and education certificates to us before you complete 50% of your ECTS.
This course is ending soon on our Bad Honnef campus, the final intake is July 2022. It will then only be available on our Berlin campus and online.
Our highly-rated MBA prepares you for the global job market with a hands-on approach and international orientation. You'll gain a solid foundation for business administration and management and start to build a network of business contacts that could fuel your success later in your professional journey. With this MBA worth 90 ECTS credits, you'll specialise in one of five areas. This gives you time, skills, and research opportunities to ensure you're adequately equipped for your ideal career. Our MBA programme is recognised around the world and delivers the methods, tools, and insights you need with a hands-on, practical approach.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Operations and Information Management
Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Capstone Project Thesis & Defense
For part of your degree, you will choose two electives so you can focus on an area or industry you're interested in. You have the possibility to combine your electives freely or to set a content-related focus by choosing subject-specific specialisations, e.g. in the areas of Big Data Management, Engineering Management, Finance & Accounting, International Marketing, IT Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Artificial Intelligence. Each MBA specialisation programme has a dedicated page you can find in the navigation menu.
Studying a flexible degree with a blend of in-person and online lectures on our Berlin campus can set you up for a successful professional and personal life in Europe, here’s what you gain:
- Practical, group-based learning
- Close contact with lecturer
- In-person career fairs and talks
- Work part-time and study
- Join clubs and student societies
- Apply for a post-work study visa
Career outlook: MBA
MBA graduates are highly attractive to employers all over the world. From exciting start-ups to large corporate leaders, an MBA from IU will help you find your path to a successful career in international management, all the while focusing on your specialist area.
As a Business Development Manager, you are key to establishing growth of businesses, building business relationship networks, and seeking out new leads. You analyse trends and markets and use your knowledge to advise on market potential for product and companies. Your solid knowledge of finances and investment is a firm basis on which you advise your superiors and clientele.
As a consultant, you deal in advice. You are an important guide for companies looking to expand, invest, or establish change. You deliver your expert knowledge and guidance to areas such as general management, business to business negotiations, investment potential, or process implementation across multiple departments—or even over international borders. You are a natural negotiator and ensure all parties are satisfied, meeting the needs and goals of your client as well as keeping up with targets set by your employer, as an agent, or your own, as a freelance consultant.
Successful branding is more than just making a creative impact. As a brand manager, you expertly advise according to brand values, communication and coordinate departments to ensure goals are met, and execute on-point marketing that resonates with your target customers. You are a central component to cross-departmental collaboration for in-house brand management or external management of B2B or B2C clients. You have a keen eye and deep understanding of what it takes to create, market, and expand a successful brand, while keeping budgets, timing, and company goals in check.
Study Models & Fees
Find a plan to suit you: For our online programmes, you can easily choose whether you want to study full time or part time. This helps you fit learning to your schedule.
Duration 18 months
Perfect for those who want to hit the ground running and learn at the fastest pace possible. Starting from:
Duration 24 months
Great for all-round talents who want to go full throttle in their studies but also keep up with other commitments. Starting from:
Duration 36 months
Ideal for students with a lot of work or family commitments. This plan also reduces monthly study costs. Starting from:
For students in Asia, Africa, and South & Central America, the prices displayed show regular tuition fees including graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. For students from Europe, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan & South Korea, the prices displayed do not include graduation fees, scholarships or other discounts. Additional fees may apply.
Gain your extra LSBU validated UK degree for €750 on top of your IU degree. (Only applicable to dual degree ready programmes)
Our IU study programmes include the following benefits
Take exams online
Access to partner network
Free extension of study period
Online library as well as podcasts and videos
Flexible payment options
Correction and assessment of module exams
Support and career services
What our students say
In both my passion and my career, the skills and competencies I learned at IU have made a big difference.Zena Massaad, MBA - Master of Business Administration
The university teaching at IU is characterised by a high degree of practical relevance.Diana Valdez, M.A. International Management
You can participate in IU events and establish an excellent network. My career proves it: networking is the key to success!Sandip Modha, MBA - Master of Business Administration
- Completed degree from a public or officially recognised university/higher education institution.
- At least a “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent earned in your previous education.
- Your undergraduate studies must amount to 180 ECTS for an 90-ECTS MBA.
Start your online degree with our Scholarship Programme and receive a scholarship up to 80%.
This also helps you get started as a participant with immediate access to 50% of your courses even when you don't meet the full ECTS requirements yet. If you are lacking ECTS credits from your previous studies, you can demonstrate professional work experience instead.
- To start a 90-ECTS MBA, you need a minimum of 180 ECTS from your previous studies and one year of work experience. You need to provide proof of an additional year of work experience until the end of your programme. Alternatively, if you have already 210 or 240 ECTS upfront, then only one year of work experience is required.
- To start a 60-ECTS MBA (One-Year MBA), you need a minimum of 210 ECTS from your previous studies and one year of work experience. You need to provide proof of an additional year of work experience until the end of your programme. Alternatively, if you have already 240 ECTS upfront, then only one year of work experience is required. Applicants with only 180 ECTS cannot be registered for a One-Year MBA program.
Once all admissions documents are provided and any relevant admissions courses are complete, you can move forward and finish your degree.
Questions? Speak to one of our study advisors, they will guide you through every step of the process.
At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international market.
We therefore ask for proof of your English language skills*. If English is your native language or you graduated from an English-speaking school/university, you don’t need to prove your English skills.
- Speexx B2.2 Certificate (complimentary when signing up with IU)
- TOEFL (min. 80 points) or
- IELTS (min. Level 6.0 out of 9 points) or
- Duolingo English test (min. 95 points) or
- Cambridge Certificate (min. B grade overall) or
- Equivalent proof
*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than two years.
You will need to submit proof of at least one year’s qualified work experience completed prior to the start of the study programme (the work experience must be gained after the completion of your undergraduate studies).
For MBA programmes, you will also need to have completed a second year of professional work experience before graduating.
The Best of Both Worlds
Choose where you want to spend which semester and switch between online and campus studies. Our new approach sets us apart from our competitors and gives you freedom to experience online studies and campus life. All you need to do is let us know in advance.
Accredited & Globally Recognised
IU International is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated.
Gain Real Support
We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support, and forums to exchange with other students. You also have full access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions.
The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice
Our courses provide you with key theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Our wide range of subject specialisations gives you maximum choice and allows you to immerse yourself in areas that match your interests.