Focus: Int. & Sustainable Management

Fulfill your potential in France - sustainably

After successfully completing the core modules at the IGC in Bremen, students of the IBSA Dual Degree Master's Program with a focus on International and Sustainable Management will expand their knowledge at the ESSCA School of Management in Paris. The French study program combines the study of international management and topics related to sustainable practices in a globalized environment and provides students with working knowledge and practical tools necessary in addressing and taking a lead on various social, economic, technological, and environmental issues. 

As a student in this program, you will benefit from your professors’ long scientific and practical expertise. This tripleaccredited business school will provide you with strong communication and negotiating skills and help you develop a keen eye for risk assessment.

Your benefits

  • Triple crown accredited: AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA
  • EFMD-accredited MBA
  • 2 degrees, 2 countries: MBA & MSc
  • An international network
  • International Student Assistance (ISA)
  • German language course (optional)
  • Develop intercultural competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in business (210 ECTS)
  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience after first degree
  • High English proficiency (IELTS 6.5 points or TOEFL iBT min. 90)
  • Letter of motivation
  • All documents must be in English
  • Funding for tuition fees and living costs

Key Facts - MBA

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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 Master degree (MSc) from ESSCA School of Management.

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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

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 June, you can use the lecture-free period to work on your master’s thesis.

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

Depending on your educational qualifications, you will complete your studies three semesters as a full-time student. You need a bachelor's degree with 210 ECTS credits.

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Accreditation - EFMD, 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 EFMD-accredited as well as accredited by the agency AQAS. Since 2002, this agency has accredited most of the study programs at public universities in Germany. ESSCA School of Management is one of the prestigious French Grandes Ecoles and internationally accredited with the triple crown (AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA).

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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. There is also an additional semester fee of roughly 350 euros per semester (as of 09/2022). The semester fee covers your student ticket that entitles you to free public transportation in Bremen, as well as to Lower Saxony and Hamburg.

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Application deadline
September 30, 2022
Application deadline - September 30, 2022

The application deadline for fall is March 31 of the same year. We might offer two more admission rounds: May 31, August 31. Admission will be granted on a rolling basis. Therefore, apply early! We look forward to receiving your application.

Semester overview

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.



You will gain skill and confidence in developing strong marketing plans for global business. The course addresses marketing performance in a global context; assesses differences in country environments; and applies techniques for international market segmentation, entry strategies, risk analysis, and comprehensive marketing plans


In this core module, students understand strategic business planning: This module introduces students to global business challenges and the methods used to address them, through careful review of effective managerial techniques, in order to ensure a winning international business strategy.


Students 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.

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.


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.

Energy and Ecological Economics

This module addresses the context of ecology and put it in perspective of economics. It draws upon the functioning of ecosystems and related ecological issues such as pollution and climate change. Main economic theories and concepts underlying ecological and energy economics, including the welfare theory, and theories of industry structure are treated in this module. It studies different methods to value environmental goods and the functioning of different types of energy markets. This module addresses in a scientific manner the use of renewable energies and nuclear power as well as climate change issues.

Global Sustainable Business and CSR

This module focuses on analyses of different sustainable projects, business model strategies, and CSR practices. It gives a perspective on sustainability drivers, risk management as environmental and social impact assessment. Students will learn to incorporate sustainability into a business, outlines how to manage supply chains more responsibly and integrate stakeholders in decision making processes. This interdisciplinary module focuses on the policies of transformations to sustainability. Here, the students will learn how to translate socio-ecological theories into effective policies and practices for sustainable development. Throughout the module an international perspective of sustainable businesses and CSR practices will be presented.

Sustainable Supply Chain and Quality Management

This module is divided in two parts. Sustainable Supply Chain Management part focuses on incorporation of CSR principles into supply chain processes. It shows students how to develop sustainable policies and strategies for sustainable procurement by taking into account scarcity in supply and the demand of emerging markets. Topics such as risk management and supplier's relationships an green logistics are also treated. The second part, Quality Management, is transdisciplinary because it addresses in detail all necessary standards (ISO norms) and other practices that need to be incorporated in all organizational activities.

Sustainable HRM and Marketing

This module addresses the growing impact of business on society. It shows how to take into account and address the needs of stakeholders such as employees and clients and establish a reputation as a company focused on sustainability. In the first part of the module the internal relations will be treated from the Sustainable Human Resource Management perspective. The lectures include topics on well-being in the workplace, inclustion and gender issues. In teh second part of this module Sustainable Marketing shows the students how to promote environmental and socially responsible practices, products, services, brands and values. It will support students in understanding and creating sustainable organizational policies and practices.

Sustainable Finance

This module constitutes an overview of the role of the financial market and its actors in sustainable development. It addresses ways of creation of values and financial assets in ways that shape real wealth to serve the long-term needs of an inclusive, environmentally sustainable economy. The module also studies financial instruments and methods that serve the development of sustainable projects and initiatives, environmental products and policies, under the goal of promoting a green economic transformation towards low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive pathways. Students will understand how financial industry participants integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into their business or investment decisions and how national and international institutions could contribute to green transition targets.


Studying at the ECCSA School of Management

As part of an internationally recognized elite group of triple-accredited business schools (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), the ESSCA School of Management is one of the most prestigious French "Grande Ecoles". Situated on the banks of the Seine in Boulogne Billancourt, the University is in close proximity to the French capital and takes inspiration from its innovative, entrepreneur-friendly start-up culture. The city center of Paris is an easy commute by metro. Here, you will find many attractions such as museums, galleries and cafes. If you decide to extend your stay abroad, you will have the chance to gain valuable professional experience of up to 18 months upon the commencement of your degree program.

Program Coordinator Contact

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 individual support suitable for his/her needs.

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

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.

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