International & Sustainable Management

Key Facts

Degree International Master of Business Administration / Master of Science
Study start October
Application deadline

March 31, 2024


IGC: AQAS, EFMD-accredited

  • Bachelor's degree in a business related subject*
  • A minimum of two years of relevant experience after first degree
  • Letter of motivation
  • High English proficiency (IELTS 6.5 points or TOEFL iBT min. 90)
  • All documents must be provided in English
  • Funding for tuition fees and living costs

*210 ECTS are required for applicants from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Applicants from Europe with 180 ECTS can be admitted under the condition of a mandatory internship of at least 22 weeks as part of the study program, which can be completed in the 3rd semester. An equivalence check is carried out for all others.

Language English
Duration & Type 3 semesters / Full-time
Group size max. 25 students
Tuition fees

IGC: Early bird till May 31: €7,150 in total with full payment or €7,400 in total with 5 monthly installments of €1,230.00 and the initial payment of €1,500*
ESSCA: €9.845

*plus €350 student- and semesterticket twice a year. Discount options

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.


International Accreditation

Since September 2022 our International MBA is internationally accredited! Founded in 1972, EFMD is a global, non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to management development. It is recognized worldwide as an accrediting body for business schools, business school programs and corporate universities. Our international MBA program is only the second MBA program in Germany to receive this accreditation seal and can thus count itself among the world's best MBA programs.



Your International MBA prepares you for all positions in international companies:

  • General management
  • Operations / logistics
  • Finance / investments
  • Project management
  • Business development
  • Executive management
  • Consultancy

International graduates can prepare their next career step thanks to Germany's Job-Seeking Visa.



  • 2 degrees: MBA & Master
  • Fast track option: 2 countries, 1 year
  • Choice from different specializations
  • International network
  • Free German language course (optional)
  • International Student Assistance (ISA)

Study at IGC partner ESSCA, Paris

Three ESSCA students on a bridge, the Eiffel Tower in the background [Translate to English:] Luftbild von Paris, im Vordergrund das ESSCA-Gebäude, im Hintergrund der Eiffelturm [Translate to English:] Das ESSCA-Gebäude an der Seine gelegen

Course of Studies

You will spend your first term (four months) at IGC, studying business basics; in the second term, you will specialize in International & Sustainable Management at ESSCA School of Management in Paris, FR, where you will also write your thesis.

We are here for you!

Program Coordination
Usanie Dennerlein
T: 0421-5905-4456


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.


Global Strategic Analysis

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.


Global Marketing Strategies

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.


Human Resource Management in the Global Environment

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.

Global and 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.

Master Thesis

The Master Thesis Seminar covers standards in academic writing, the function of the Master Thesis within the programme context, approaches to find an adequate research question for the final thesis, strategic issues and questions regarding personal goals and career planning, cooperation with companies and business practice for writing the thesis, originality of the thesis topic, approach to literature research, literature originality issues and plagiarism rules, the writing a mock-thesis. Master Thesis involves the students in actually engaging in the research or case study project and writing and finalising the thesis paper.

The internship includes a 20-week internship work contract with a company or organisation involved in general or tourism business or activities.


The internship involves a 20-week internship contract with a company or organization that is generally from the tourism industry or involved with activities in the tourism industry.

Get in contact with our Program Coordination and our International Student Assistance

Usanie Dennerlein, Program Coordination

Christian Frank

Phone: +49 421 5905-4181




Dr. Frank Giesa, Program Director