All courses are taught entirely in English.
Master programs consist of 60 European credits and take 1 academic year of 9 months of full-time studies to complete (up to 3 quarters). Total contact hours amount to 540. Courses offered by local faculty are scheduled between Monday and Friday, between 9am at the earliest and 9pm at the latest.
Students are required to complete 27 courses for 54 credits and a final comprehensive thesis for 6 credits. Several courses are offered by visiting faculty and are scheduled in an intensive seminar format. Fostering inter-campus exchanges and networking, students are given the option to join seminar courses also at other campus locations.
- 9 courses per quarter
- 18 course credits per quarter
- 18 contact hours per week
- 36 study hours per week
Program starting dates
Because of the modular design and flexibility of the program, students can start their studies in October, November, January, February, April, May, July, and August. Please refer to our academic calendar for the exact starting dates. Master programs are offered at several campus locations. Please refer to the program schedule for an overview of the campus locations where this program is offered.
For admission, students are required to have obtained a Bachelor degree (or equivalent, or higher) and be proficient in English. When applying, please adhere to the application procedures and guidelines.
Course requirements (Master in Business Studies)
24 credits / 12 courses
6 credits / 3 courses
24 credits / 12 courses
Graduate courses are divided into 2 main categories: core courses and specialization courses. Electives can be any courses offered at the graduate level, including language courses. Several languages, including Spanish and French are offered each academic year at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level for undergraduate students. Language courses are subject to availability for graduate students.
The Dual Master Program allows students to combine any two Master programs. Dual Master programs consist of 80 credits and take 1 academic year of 12 months of full-time studies to complete (up to 4 quarters). Students are required to complete 36 courses for 72 credits and a final comprehensive thesis for 8 credits. Total contact hours amount to 720. The number of courses per quarter remains the same (9 courses per quarter).
(e.g. a Master of Business Administration in combination with a Master in Business Communication)
The European Program allows students to study for a Master program for 3 quarters at 3 different campus locations across Europe, free of choice. This program can also be combined with the Dual Master program.
The Spanish Program allows students to study for a Master program for 3 quarters at 3 different campus locations across Spain, in Barcelona, Madrid, and Valencia. This program can also be combined with the Dual Master program.
The Part-time Program takes anywhere from 1 to 3 academic years to complete, for a total of 9 to 36 months of part-time studies and depending on the number of courses taken per quarter. Part-time studies are available only for students with a valid European passport or residency or work permit.
(e.g. taking half the courses equals twice the duration of the full-time program, and taking one third of the courses equals three times the duration of the full-time program)
Part-time students usually have flexible working hours and take the courses that fit their schedules. Part-time on-campus studies can be combined with additional courses through e-Learning.
The Study Abroad Option allows students to study for one or more quarters at another campus location without experiencing interruptions or extensions in the study program. Courses and programs remain fully compatible across all campus locations.
The Internship Option encourages students to put their skills and knowledge into practice by completing a company internship, either locally or abroad. Several internships are offered by the school's corporate partners. Internship programs are available only for students with a valid European passport, student visa or residency or work permit.
* private international graduate degree awarded by the business school; private international Master degree awarded by the United International Business Schools organization (Zurich, Switzerland) upon the recommendation of the faculty of the business school