International MBA - Focus Management in Emerging Economies

Deepen your business knowledge in Moscow

Located in the heart of Russia, RANEPA's Institute of Business Studies in Moscow gives students of the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program the chance to specialize in Management in Emerging Economies. After successfully completing the core modules at the IGC in Bremen, the program participants will travel to a country with an emerging market. Because Russia, together with Brazil, India, China and South Africa, forms BRICS – an association of major emerging national economies; the study program International Business gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand how an emerging market integrates into the global economy. Accredited by EPAS and the Russian University Academic Standards Committee, this specialization provides strategic skills tailored to the specific challenges of emerging economies.

Your benefits

  • EPAS accredited program
  • Exciting expansion possibilities
  • 1 year, 2 degrees, 2 countries: MBA & MSc
  • Develop intercultural competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in business
  • 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

Key Facts - MBA

Dual Degree
Dual Degree - MBA/MBA or MSC

Upon completion of this postgraduate management degree, you will earn your Master’s in Business Administration. The title of MBA is internationally renowned in business and stands for hands-on management education and leadership training. You will also earn a second degree depending on the specialization you chose. Your second degree will either be a MSC or a MBA.

Language - English

As the language of education is English, very good English knowledge is required. Please be advised that while it is possible to complete your degree without any German language knowledge, most local jobs will require German skills. For this reason, if you plan to work in Germany following your studies, we recommend that you take advantage of our free German courses.

Start - October

The program begins in the winter semester. The introductory events and courses start at the beginning of October and run until mid-February, depending on your first university. The summer semester begins after a short break in March. Starting in May, you can use the lecture-free period to work on your master’s thesis.

Duration & Type
3 semester / full-time
Duration & Type - 3 semester / full-time

Depending on your educational qualifications, you can complete your studies in two or three semesters as a full-time student. For the first option (Fast Track) you need a bachelor's degree with 240 ECTS credits; for the second option (three semesters) you need a bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS credits.

Accreditation - AQAS

Accreditation of our degree programs is very important to us. For this reason, we regularly have our programs reviewed for quality by independent external agencies. The MBA in Global Management is accredited by the agency AQAS. Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany.

Group size
About 25 students
Group size - About 25 students

Our classes take place in small groups of about 25 students. This gives you the opportunity to maintain close contact with teachers and lecturers and facilitates cooperation and intercultural exchange among fellow-students.

Tuition fee
16,000 Euro
Tuition fee - 16,000 Euro

The tuition fee is around 16,000 euros for the entire course, depending on the destination of your first semester. There is also an additional semester fee of roughly 350 euros per semester (as of 08/2018). The semester fee covers your student ticket that entitles you to free public transportation in Bremen, as well as to Lower Saxony and Hamburg. To learn more about financing your studies or arranging a personalized payment plan, see the menu item Support.

Application deadline
Depending on partner
Application deadline - Depending on partner

The application deadline for the academic year beginning in 2019 is March 31 of the same year, if you apply fr a single degree. Please check this website for deadlines of our poartner universities. For the logistic specialization you have to apply with one of our partners. We look forward to receiving your application for a single degree, even if you don’t yet have all of your documents available to you.

Semester overview

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.

Macroeconomic Policy for Emerging Economies

This module provides theoretical basis for the most important topics of industrialization, including a historical overview and numerous growth theories of the past 60 years. In this module, you will examine empirical evidence for neoclassical growth theories and analyze conditions for the emergence of new markets. This course will provide an analytical framework and quantitative tools necessary to continuously evaluate the development of the BRICS countries.

Management Models in Emerging Economies

With its focus on mid-market requirements, this module gives you a brief overview of the theory of business models and allows them to apply common management practices in realistic business scenarios. This module aims to demonstrate that it is not enough to transfer existing domestic models when expanding into new markets. Instead, you will learn why it is crucial for already established companies to identify open needs when entering emerging markets and develop new business models accordingly.

Investing and Project Financing in Emerging

Emerging markets are more unstable than the established ones. On the one hand, this generates high potential returns, on the other, it involves greater risks. For this reason,  this module looks closely into practical challenges and questions of project financing. You are introduced to key financial models and gain practical tools needed to successfully assess investment risks. Additionally, you will be familiarized with all phases of project financing.

Process Management Approach and Project Management

Based on the standards of the PMI® (Project Management Institute), this module explores
concepts and guiding principles of project, program and portfolio management. In addition
to this, you will gain an insight into effective cross-border management. The latter involves the implementation of corporate strategies through active portfolio and project management.

Innovations Management

This module was designed to promote innovative thinking and creativity in business decision-making. Here, you will learn about different innovation models and their life cycles, thus gaining the ability to develop operational strategies for better performance outcomes, as well as identify organizational challenges in managing technological innovation.

Strategic Marketing

In the practical and interdisciplinary project module Strategic Marketing in Emerging Economies, you will improve their research, communication and teamwork skills. During the consultation sessions,you will work together and provide each other with feedback. Regular presentations of individual or group projects form an important part of the module.

Language of Modern Communication

The current media landscape is in stark contrast to the late Soviet and early post-Soviet mass media. This module has been designed to acquaint you with the Soviet history and the technological-media change in the region. In the first part, you will attend introductory lectures and write an essay with about the media landscape of the 20th century. The focus of this essay can be narratives, plays, pop music, print media, radio contributions, political events or digital media.

International Business Environment Review

Understanding and identifying potential for success is a fundamental skill for future entrepreneurs when entering attractive emerging markets. Aiming to demonstrate how
change has the potential to foster valuable collaborations between different countries, this module will use the example of the fall of the Berlin Wall In 1989, or the example of the
European Integration process.

Master thesis

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 Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Adminstration (RANEPA)

The Institute of Business Studies in Moscow, Russia is one of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country. As an integral part of RANEPA, it enjoys an excellent reputation. Due to Russia's rapidly growing economic influence, Moscow is an ideal location for specializing in Management in Emerging Economies. The capital city is the economic center of the country and captivates its visitors with a fascinating history and a lively cultural scene. In addition to the English-language dual degree MSc in International Business, you will also have the opportunity to earn a second Russian degree by completing another year of International Management.

Contact - Program Coordinator

Angela Dunkhorst
Angela Dunkhorst
+49 421 5905-4456

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.

Prof. Dr. Frank Giesa
Prof. Dr. Frank Giesa
Program Director

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.