International MBA - Focus International Finance & Investments

Start your financial career in North Carolina

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.

Your benefits

  • AACSB accredited MBA
  • 1 year, 2 degrees, 2 countries: MBA & MBA
  • Professional soft- and hardware equipment
  • Develop intercultural competencies

Requirements

  • 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

Key Facts - MBA

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Dual Degree
MBA/MBA or MSC
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 MBA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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Language
English
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.

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Start
October
Start - October

The program begins in the winter semester. The introductory events and courses start at the beginning of October and run until the end of January. The summer semester begins after a short break in February. Starting in mid June, 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

You can complete your studies in two or three semesters as a full-time student. You need a bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS credits.

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Accreditation
AQAS
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 International MBA is accredited by the agency AQAS. Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany.

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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.

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

The tuition fee is around 16,000 euros for the entire course. At IGC, 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.

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Application deadline
Depending on partner
Application deadline - Depending on partner

The application deadline for the the first application round is March 31, for round two May 31 of the same year. Please note for the 2nd round that admission will be granted according to availability. We look forward to receiving your application.

Semester overview

Multinational Financial 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.

Business Analytics

This module aims to introduce students to business analytics concepts required to understand contemporary business challenges. Analytical techniques will be applied to assess and resolve some of the complex challenges faced by business professionals in global industries.

 

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.

Financial Management

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: Alternative Assets & Derivates

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.

International 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.

Master thesis

Your third term is dedicated to your 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 advisor. You will secure a supervisor who will guide the construction of the master’s thesis; normally, choosing one of your university lecturers is the best and easiest option. This final project will count for 30 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.

Contact - Program Coordinator

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.