Welcome to the accredited Master Programme offered by the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden. We are highly committed to being an educational institution of excellence in the fields of business and economics. Located in a small town almost in the geographical center of Germany, we aim at an international group of students and expect about half of our master students to have an international background and to come from different countries. This constellation in conjunction with small class sizes, a modern campus building with state-of-the-art technology and a high level of interaction between students and faculty members provide a learning environment you may not find elsewhere. This programme reflects our idea to provide our most valued assets - our students - with a truly international approach in a unique programme and to prepare them for a successful professional career in business or for their subsequent research.
The Master of Arts in International Business and Economics will start in October, and is a two-year research-based quality programme with a strong international focus.
The first year (two semesters) will take place from October 1, 2018 to August 2019.
Please spend some time browsing our website. It gives detailed information on the application procedures, the time schedules, examination regulations and other information on the Master programme.
Thank you for showing interest in our programme. We will be proud to welcome you as a Schmalkalden student in the near future and to present you an advanced business and economics degree that will help you to accomplish your professional goals.
Each applicant has to apply online.
Please note that the application deadline for an intake in October 2017 is 15 June.
In general: After completion of the online application, please send the following documents by 15 June 2018 at the latest:
Please send your application to:
University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden
Faculty of Business and Economics - Master IBE
We will be able to offer a dual degree programme to our best students. Details about the application process and the procedures, as well as an introductory presentation, will be given during your first semester in Schmalkalden.
We have dual degree agreements which will give you access to an Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the following leading business schools in the United States and Spain, and to a Master of Science (MSc) degree at a superior university in Canada, England and Iceland:
As a student of the University of Applied Sciences Schmalkalden you will be exempted from tuition fees. Coordinated curriculums at both universities allow you to complete both programmes without loss of time.
Preparing Your Thesis
My expectations have more than been met. With a number of Economics classes as well as topics such as Philosophy, the broadness of the masters programme was beyond my expectations.
Student's life/ Schmalkalden:
We all knew we were going to a small town, but coming from a city of 20 million people makes it very different. The nice atmosphere and the great group of international students made a big difference; we felt like a family!
Quality of classes:
Although classes are at a very good level, you do need some background to fully understand everything. The professors are very helpful in reaching the required level.
Although the work load is very high and difficult, it should be difficult in a research-based masters programme. At first we were overwhelmed by presentations and other requirements, and it was difficult because of the full range of topics. The approaches were different, and the programme was difficult, but that is what I expected.
There is a wide range of different cultures, job experiences, backgrounds and ages of students. The research orientation makes it difficult and the work load is very high, but it is okay once you are accustomed to it. Overall, it is a very good experience. There is a nice atmosphere among the professors and the masters students.
I studied here for a semester, so I knew what to expect and I wanted to come back.
The equipment is very good, especially the EBSCO research database, which is extremely helpful.
Schmalkalden is a very small city, but if you have nice people around it has its own flair.
My expectations were fully met; I participated in an international programme in Schmalkalden before, so I knew what to expect. Although I experienced culture shock, I enjoyed the great group of students.
Quality of classes:
Some classes are very intensive, but I like the research base a lot.
Schmalkalden does not have a lot to offer, but it's a special piece of Germany and I like it.
My expectations were met. I knew what to expect because I attended the International Summer School in Schmalkalden before.
Quality of Classes:
I knew classes would be very broad, but it's nice since every day is different. Coming from a different educational system is not easy; it requires self-motivation, but everyone is helpful.
Although it took a while to get accustomed to being here, Schmalkalden offers a really good environment for studying a masters programme. It's small and personal, and there are no distractions.