International Business and Leadership

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • 4 Semesters
  • on campus
  • Practical study
  • 120 ECTS
  • €4.080/Semester
  • Full time
  • Fast track available

Leadership is your thing? Our International Business M.A. in Dresden provides you with all the necessary skills to manage international companies. Our aim is to help you make your way to the upper echelons of management in globally active companies.

  • English
  • summer and winter semester
  • stay abroad
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Your course content
What you will learn

The Master's degree International Business & Leadership is the right choice for you if you are interested in leadership positions in international companies. Companies around the world are looking for competent experts with intercultural skills, a global mindset, management skills and leadership qualities. With our innovative study concept we develop your competencies relevant to your profession and teach you the key areas of innovative personnel and corporate management.


The curriculum covers the following topics:

1st Semester - Leadership Skills

In the first semester you will develop your leadership skills according to the innovative, competence-oriented teaching and learning concept CORE (Competence Oriented Research and Education) in line with the needs of the job market. The focus lies on opening upunderstanding economic challenges of companies in the context of global trends, identifying future markets and their opportunities, and developing business models. In addition, you will practice to understandunderstanding the importance of management actions in line with corporate culture and develop as well as apply the relevant competencies.

  • International Business Development and Digital Intelligence
  • Global Markets & Finance
  • Leading Intercultural Workforce
  • Case Study: Business Development or Leading Challenge Corporate Governance & Business Ethics
  • Global HR Management

2nd Semester - Application of Leadership Tasks

In the second semester, your developed leadership competencies will be applied in the context of specific leadership tasks. In particular, various topics will be addressed in which managers are particularly challenged. For instance, in strategic human resource management it is a key challenge to search forfind, develop and retain talents. In addition, new working models will be designed; teams and their performance will be developed, while taking cultural and ethical aspects into account when managing employees. The contents of the modules are applied in the creation of concepts. The development of your personal and social competences will be promoted in the module Contracting & Negotiation, which particularly reflects the intercultural context. Finally, in Academic Paper Design & Writing you will develop your competences in scientific methods and thus academic thinking.

  • Managing Peopole, Diversity and New Work
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Case Study: International Business
  • Contracting & Negotiation
  • Academic Paper Design and Writing

3rd Semester - Going International

Do you want to get to know other countries better? During the third semester, you will either be able to apply your knowledge in practice while doing an internship abroad or improve your intercultural knowledge during a semester abroad at one of our partner universities.

  • Internship or International Study Semester

4th Semester - In-Depth Experience

The last semester will be introduced with the online research module Analysing International Management. Afterwards you will write your Master's thesis, which is ideally linked to a central question from operational practice.

  • Analysing International Business
  • Master Thesis

Your career prospects
Our innovative approach that pays off

As a graduate of the Master in International Business & Leadership programme, you are qualified for positions in senior international management and can expect to work in very diverse and complex fields. With your business management skills on the global market, your leadership and human resources expertise as well as your practical skills from the internship semester, you are well prepared for the demands of international economies.

In addition, with a Master of Arts (MA) degree you will create ideal conditions for an academic career in teaching and research.

Here are some possible career prospects:

  • International Business Consultant 
  • Business Analyst 
  • Business Development Manager 
  • Manager International Marketing 
  • Intercultural Management 
  • International Event mManager 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Managing Director/CEO 
  • International Recruiting Manager 
  • Global Supply Chain Manager 
  • Key Account Manager 
  • Project Manager 
  • Product Manager 
  • Quality Manager
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Get to know each other.

Learn more about us and studying at the Dresden School of Management in our weekly webinar.

During my studies we all faced the COVID-19 problem but the staff members and professors were always there for us. My overall experience was well satisfied with the university and I recommended all the international students to join SRH Dresden.

Harleen Kaur | Graduate M.A. International Business & Leadership
It's about you
It's about you

Our study concept

Your studies are divided into 5-week blocks. During this time you focus on one topic which you get to view from different angles. Thanks to this approach you can learn about real management challenges and strengthen the skills that employers are looking for.

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And these are your modules Your curriculum

4 Semester 120 ECTS
1. Semester

1st Semester

  • International Business Development and Digital Intelligence 5
  • Global Markets & Finance 5
  • Leading Intercultural Workforce 5
  • Case Study: Business Development Case or Leading Challenge 5
  • Corporate Governance & Business Ethics 5
  • Global HR-Management 5

Modules in the Fast Track study programme:
In the 1st semester you will take the same courses as in the 4 Semester programme.

2. Semester

2nd Semester

  • Managing People, Diversity and New Work 5
  • Change Management 5
  • Strategic Marketing Management 5 5 5
  • Case Study: International Team Project 5
  • Contracting & Negotiation 5
  • Academic Paper Design & Writing 5

Modules in the Fast Track study programme:

  • Change Management
  • Strategic Marketing Management
  • Contracting & Negotiation
  • Academic Design and Writing
  • Internship
3. Semester

3rd Semester

  • Internship or Global Study Semester | Going International 30

Going International

Modules in the Fast Track study programme :

  • Internship
  • Master's Thesis
4. Semester

4th Semester

  • Analysing International Business (online) 5
  • Master Thesis 25

In the Fast Track programme you get your Master's degree in 3 semesters.

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Fast Track.
Fast Track.

Do you want your Master's degree in 3 semesters?

Then take the Fast Track Master's degree programme in International Business & Leadership with internship included. In three semesters we prepare you for your management function in international companies.


  • Compressed study according to our innovative CORE model, focusing on international management, communication and leadership
  • Improve your management skills and deepen your industry knowledge
  • Company projects, internships or a semester abroad broaden your perspective and enhance your work experience
  • Your Master's degree opens up many career paths - interesting fields of activity await you, especially in higher management

Decide for yourself whether you would prefer to do your Master's degree compressed into 3 semesters or in 4 semesters over the regular study period.

Get started now Your path into the future
  • You will take part in a step-by-step learning experience
  • You will study in small teams through practice-oriented tasks
  • You can concentrate on what is important in 5-week blocks
  • You will receive individual support from your lecturers
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Admission requirements
Our requirements

These are the necessary requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a recognised university 
  • Do you have a management-related Bachelor's degree?  3.5-year Bachelor's degree (210 ECTS) OR 3-year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) + management-related work experience of at least 12 months
  • Do you have a non-management related Bachelor's degree? 3.5 year Bachelor's degree (210 ECTS) + management related work experience of at least 6 months OR 3 year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) + management related work experience of at least 18 months
  • Proof of good to very good English language skills. We accept TOEFL, IELTS; TOEIC, CAE, CPE, Duolingo Certificate 95, TOEFL - Special Home Edition 87 ibt, IELTS Indicator 6.5 average or similar or proof that English was the language of instruction during your studies at your previous university/school. You don't feel prepared yet? More information about the Academic English Preparation Course
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Copy of your identity card or passport


Fees and Funding
Your tuition fees

The tuition fees are as follows:

  • € 680 per month for EU/EEA students (incl. Western Balkan, Switzerland)
  • € 5,400 per semester for non-EU/non-EEA students
  • The amount is fixed for the entire period of study study period.
  • In addition, an enrolment fee of €500 for EU/EEA students (€900 for non-EU/non-EEA students) is due at the beginning of the course.

Your studies at the Dresden School of Management are a valuable investment in your future. As a student at an SRH campus you will benefit from small study groups, individual support and practice-oriented courses. Thus, you will be well prepared for a successful career in management. 

You have the following options to finance your studies

  1.  BAföG The Dresden School of Management is supported by the Office for Educational Promotion in Berlin, as we are a campus of the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. (Only applicable for German citizenship.) // For further information please visit:
  2.  Child Benefit If you are studying, you are entitled to child allowance until you are 25 years old. (Only applicable for German citizenship.)// Information via: (website is doubled, only one is linked)
  3. Student Jobs Our Career Service will be happy to assist you in your part-time job search.
  4. Educational Funds The SRH and some other institutes offer you a study financing scheme, where the repayment depends on your income and only takes place after you have successfully started your career. // Information via: or | | (first two websites are unlinked)
  5. Educational Loans Here you have the possibility to get a monthly loan for your studies. // Information via: or
  6. Scholarships There are numerous private, public or non-profit institutions that offer grants and scholarships for students. You do not have to be highly talented for this; committed volunteers, studying mothers / fathers and other groups are also eligible. // Information via: I I

 Our student advisory service will be happy to inform you about all financing options.

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Application process and deadlines

We are happy to welcome you to our university. This is our application process:

  1. You submit your online application via the SRH Application Portal
  2. If you meet the admission requirements, we will invite you to a personal/phone interview
  3. If the interview is successful, you will receive the acceptance letter and the study contract
  4. You sign the study contract and send it back to us
  5. You pay the enrolment fee (all students) and – if you are a Non-EU/Non-EEA student – the 3-month deposit
  6. You receive your letter of admission
  7. You take part in our Oorientation Wweek and then you are good to go.