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Information & advice

Central Academic Advising Office
Südstadt Campus
Claudiusstr. 1, 50678 Cologne
Room 13

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5500

For Students

Office of Student and Examination Services
Südstadt Campus

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5840

For international applicants & students

Stephan Herma
International Office

Südstadt Campus
Claudiusstr. 1, 50678 Cologne/Germany
Room A1.56

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3838

Lis Dagny Ohlsen
International Office

Südstadt Campus
Claudiusstr. 1, 50678 Cologne/Germany
Room A1.55

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3826

International Business (Master) – How to Apply

Are you considering applying to the Master's program in International Business? This page provides you with relevant information on the admissions process.

At a Glance

Category Description
Program International Business 
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.) 
Type of program Full-time program 
Beginning of program Winter semester 
Program duration 4 semesters 
Credits 120 ECTS 
Language of instruction English 
Campus Südstadt Campus 
Restricted admission No 
Additional information International double degree possible 

Admission Requirements

The required IBMA Application Form as well as a document with important information for applicants (including FAQs) is available for download in the purple box (left side).

Undergraduate degree

Undergraduate degree (Bachelor's degree or higher) in the field of business and economics with an international focus or in another suitable field. The minimum required grade is 2.5/good (German grading system) or equivalent.

An international focus is given if the curriculum includes at least half of the following subject areas: international marketing, international finance, international human resources management, international economics, international corporate strategy, international cost accounting, international law, intercultural skills. Decisions on the suitability of a program are made by the Examination Board.

- Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 500 (or an equivalent result in a comparable test, please refer to Important Information for Applicants for a list of accepted tests and minimum test scores.)

- Proof of excellent English language skills (B2 level, as established in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), please refer to Important Information for Applicants for a list of accepted tests and minimum test scores.)

- Basic proficiency in a foreign language other than English and the mother tongue

- Social skills, intercultural experience and a strong motivation to pursue the Master's program

The applicant is to provide information on his/her qualifications during the admissions process. Additionally, an interview can be conducted with all applicants to determine if all admission requirements are met.

International applicants and applicants with foreign degrees obtained outside of Germany please follow the information on admission requirements and German language proficiency.

Information for Applicants

a) Application process for
- German applicants
- Applicants with a German undergraduate degree
Applications are to be submitted through TH Köln's online application platform.

Online Application Platform

Information on the documents which are to be submitted with your application is available in our online application platform.

Application deadline: June 1, 2019
b) Application process for
- International applicants with a foreign undergraduate degree obtained outside of Germany

You are required to apply to uni-assist.

Please note the information on the application process through uni-assist.


Application deadline: May 15, 2019