After successfully completing the core modules at the IGC in Bremen, students of the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program with a specialization in International Finance & Investment will study in the US at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). The Economics and Finance Department at the Cameron School of Business at UNCW is highly ranked due to its AACBS business accreditation and state-of-the-art facilities. Through the Economics and Finance Department, you will have free access to the Bloomberg computer software, including terminals and certificates. As a student at Cameron School of Business, you will gather new experiences and perspectives, as well as gain skills and competencies necessary for making financing and investment decisions in the global economy.
- AACSB accredited MBA
- 1 year, 2 degrees, 2 countries: MBA & MBA
- Professional soft- and hardware equipment
- Develop intercultural competencies
- Bachelor’s Degree in economics
- a minimum of one year work experience
- proof of English language proficiency: IELTS (6.5 points) or TOEFL iBT (at least 80 points)
- a global mindset
Multinational Finance Management
The goal of the course is to train highly effective global managers who have advanced analytical and decision-making skills essential for conducting successful business across borders.
Global Strategic Analysis
This module introduces you to challenges of global business and methods used to address them. Through a careful review of effective managerial practices, it demonstrates how to ensure a winning international business strategy.
Global Marketing Strategies
The course adresses marketing performance in a global context. It assesses differences in country environments and applies techniques for international market segmentation, entry strategies, risk analysis, and comprehensive marketing plans.
Human Resource Management in the Global Environment
You will 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.
International Business Law
The task of this core module is to convey your technical know-how in national and international business law. It offers you an opportunity to work together and discuss complex and critical legal issues including, but are not limited to, international sales transactions, dispute resolution and judicial review.
International Leadership (elective)
The main objective of the module Leadership is to give the course participants a general leadership overview, to explore their individual leadership styles and set feasible goals for developing their management skills.
The module Financial Management is comprised of a mixture of lectures, assignments and discussions. In order to understand the logic behind the decision-making processes of successful financial managers, this course explores relevant topics and provides expertise on applied tools and methods. At the same time are you familiarized with the interplay between capital markets, financial actors and financial institutions. The practical application of the newly learned theory is always in the foreground.
Portfolio Analysis and Management I: Equity
This module is designed to provide you with an understanding of potential benefits and global portfolio diversification strategies. The focus is on the traditional asset class of equity instruments. It is also about the dynamic developments in asset allocation and management. The increased dissolution of borders and the growing synchronization of world economic activity continue to influence dividend paper. Therefore, the first part of the module introduces basic financial theories and reviews them for current releases.
Portfolio Analysis and Management II: Fixed-Income
Along with equity securities, fixed income securities form an integral part of a welldiversified
portfolio. For this reason, the second part of the Portfolio Analysis and Management module deals with the fixed income asset class and the associated analysis techniques and tools. You will deepen your knowledge in financial theories and learn to put them in a specialized context on international bond markets as a prime example of fixed income securities.
Portfolio Management III: Derivatives & Financial Risk Management
In this module you will gain insight into financial and commodity derivative contracts. More specifically, this module deals with the potential applications for effective financial risk management within companies. The syllabus combines a practice-oriented approach with derivative-based financial instruments and stimulating discussions on concrete case studies. In addition to this, you will learn about risk effects that influence commodity prices, interest rates and currency values.
Statistics and Econometrics
Statistics and Econometrics deals with statistical regression models, analyzes and forecasts their applications in international business. The focus is on field-proven regression methods. By repeatedly applying these methods, you will develop both theoretical and practical approaches throughout the module. These include, among other things, measured values, analyses and interpretations of economic forecasts.
Real Estate Investments
The module examines the definition of commercial real estate in different countries. In addition, the real estate industry is presented as an inefficient market clearly distinguished from capital market investments. You will discuss and examine a range of topics in the field of international property valuation. These include, for example, the mathematics of real estate investments, cross-border transfers, tax-privileged options, eco-tourism and sustainable development.
Your third semester (between June and September) will consist entirely of the thesis dissertation. This period is typically completed at the same university where you attended your specialization. To provide guidance and assistance as you prepare to work through this complicated project, each university offers a thorough, interactive three-day workshop that presents the requisite research skills, covering analytical, research and methodological techniques for your master’s thesis. The other main source of support will come from your thesis advisors. Thus, all IBSA students are required to secure two supervisors who will guide the construction of the master’s thesis; normally, choosing two of your university lecturers is the best and easiest option. This final project will count for 16 ECTS in your overall program credit total. We also suggest that IBSA students also consider an alternative approach to the standard route: it is always possible to write your master’s thesis in cooperation with a company. This will require identifying and contacting a potential target company and developing a customized agreement with them in order to complete your thesis project accordingly.
By completing this detailed research and writing work, you will delve deeper into your specialization area from the second semester, learn to cultivate critical reasoning skills, develop a scientific approach to empirical data, and develop skills in literature review based on investigative reasoning (examination of a hypothesis).
Studying at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)
Located in the heart of the US port city Wilmington, UNCW takes pride in providing world-class education on a park-like campus. The Economics and Finance Department at the Cameron School of Business holds an AACSB business accreditation and ranks among top business schools in the USA according to prestigious sources such as the Princeton Review. Compared internationally, its economics program is among the top 30 percent. In addition, the proximity to the sea and the thriving coastal community between the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear River ensure a high quality of life. The UNCW offers a variety of accommodation options that include student dormitories and apartments with a fully equipped kitchen right on campus. Other campus amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, washers, dryers, and quiet study rooms.
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We offer you the world with two business degrees. Within the alliance, international students not only improve their team-work skills on a continuous basis but each student is also provided with a unique indivudual support suitabe for his/her needs.“
International Student Assistance
Our International Student Assistance (ISA) assists you in different aspects of settling in: finding accommodation, handling visa applications, clarifing insurance queries and dealing with authorities both at home and abroad. This service is of course free of charge. Furthermore ISA regularly organizes excursions and events during your study in Bremen. They offer movie nights, sightseeing trips, a christmas party, BBQ and excursions to several cities.