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Master in International Business

"Our MSc International Business provides students with everything they need to prepare for an international career in a globalized world."

Prof. Dr. Petra Youngzie Barthelmess, Head of MSc in International Business

The program focuses on business internationalization and intercultural management and leadership. Students gain the competence needed to apply their management knowledge and methodological know-how in the context of practice-oriented research and consulting projects. Graduates are well-prepared for business challenges in interdisciplinary and intercultural environments. This master's degree is an intensive full-time one-year study program in English and it belongs to the top 100 best ranked Financial Times Master's in Management.

At a Glance

Title: Master of Science (MSc) ZHAW in International Business
Start of Program: Late August
Registration deadline: 15 June 2024 - apply now
Workload: 90 ECTS credits (corresponding to approx. 2,700 hours of study)
Duration: 3 semesters: 2 semesters of intensive full-time study plus Master’s thesis
Location: Winterthur, Canton of Zurich (Switzerland)
Language of instruction: English
Semester Fee: CHF 720.- semester fee, including flat rate exam fee; CHF 500 additional semester fee payable by students legally domiciled outside Switzerland; registration fee and enrollment fee: CHF 100 (fees are subject to change)
Double Degree: The program offers the option to complete a double degree with one of our selected partner universities. For a double degree, students continue their studies at another university after having completed the program at the SML.
Accreditation/Award: AACSB, EQUIS, Top European Business School (Financial Times Ranking)
FT Ranking: The MSc International Business was ranked in the Financial Times Ranking among the top 100 best Master's programs worldwide.

“What is particularly exciting about this program is the close cooperation with international companies, enabling the students to conduct academic research and actively participate in problem solving and strategy implementation.”

Dr. Albena Björck, Senior Lecturer, MSc in International Business

Program Benefits

Satchin Bansal

“This Master’s program is strongly oriented towards the ‘real life’ of international business and equips students with all the necessary management tools for a successful career.”

Satchin Bansal, Vice President of International Sales at GoCheck

Target Audience

This degree program is aimed at graduates of a Swiss or international Bachelor’s program in business interested in completing a Master’s program in order to prepare for managerial responsibilities in an international environment. In particular, this MSc program is suitable for individuals wishing to study full-time and who are interested in a high level of practical applicability.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or similar discipline with a high proportion of general management subjects. Individual assessment of cognitive competencies and motivation. English language skills:

Bild Patrick Ryser

“The competency profiles acquired in an international Master’s program are of great value to our national, rapidly expanding company.”

Patrick Ryser, CFO, ROTH Group

Double Degree Programs

A double degree consists of two degrees awarded by two different universities. They allow students the opportunity to specialize and go in depth into a particular field of study, or to follow a new subject. International double degrees, where qualifications are gained from more than one country, provide a unique opportunity for students to achieve a competitive advantage in a global business market.

International Business Projects

The close cooperation with companies enables our students to work on practical international management solutions.

“The MSc IB has exceeded my expectations in various ways. The competence of the lecturers is outstanding — including the quality and relevance of the modules. The program also nurtures a global mindset as diverse students from all around the world work together. The highlight for me is the close collaboration with companies on impactful business projects. I can recommend this MSc to anyone seeking to tackle the challenges of globalized enterprises in complex environments.”

Lara von Däniken – MSc International Business Student