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One-year MBA

MBA

An MBA can open the door to new opportunities. This study programme will teach you everything you need to know to become a great manager, business mind and entrepreneur ­– all while expanding on your skills and forming a great network to fuel your success.

Online Studies

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Overview

Our one-year online MBA, your career boost

There are many reasons to study a Master of Business Administration – regardless of your academic background or what stage of your career you may be in. An MBA allows you to acquire all the leadership skills and expertise you need from all core business disciplines, such as finance, economics and leadership, preparing you for any management role. Our highly-rated ‘One-Year MBA’ prepares you for the global job market with a hands-on approach and international orientation.

Our 60-credit MBA provides you with the right skills to analyse competitors and markets, develop new products and business ideas, advise customers, manage departments and teams or strategically position a brand. It is an excellent choice for anyone looking to enter a role in leadership, or for entrepreneurs who wish to start their own business. You’ll develop a solid foundation in business administration and management and start to build a network of business contacts that could fuel your success later on in your professional career. You can also choose to extend your MBA, specialising in one of five areas and focusing on your ideal career. Our team and academics are always on hand for support and advice. 

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? At IU International University of Applied Sciences you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, completely free of charge. By doing so, you can save valuable time and reduce tuition fees. 

Your online degree summed up

All the facts and figures about your study programme at a glance
Study model
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
60 ECTS
Language: English
Dual degree: Available
Study duration & extension
12 - 24 months (depending on time model)
Free of charge extension period
Start online studies: any time
Tuition fees
Starting from € 409 (US$ 430)* per month

*based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:05 AM (CET)
Accreditation
60 ECTS - English
Accredited in line with German and European standards
ZFU 153313c
Past education recognised
Save time and earn your degree faster by having your previous achievements/experience recognised
100 % flexible

You decide where and when you want to study

Versatile & Innovative

Your digital learning journey with personal support!

Top-Level Education

First-class study programmes with a recommendation rate of 96 %

Study contents

Online course overview

Our one-year MBA programme, which you can study completely online, is a concise and practice-oriented Master of Business Administration programme. Its goal is to help develop your existing professional skills, and add strong managerial tools to your professional arsenal.

The courses in this study programme are dedicated to strategic thinking and business management themes on the one hand, and broader, globally minded business topics on the other. You'll get to broaden your horizons with courses such as Managing in a Global Economy, while also developing hard managerial skills in classes like Change Management and Performance Measurement.

The order of courses presented below is for the online studies model of this programme. To view the on campus order of courses, please check the Course Schedules file.

Semester 1

Module

ECTS

Leadership

5

Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

5

International Marketing 

5

Performance Measurement

5

Corporate Finance 

5

Managerial Economics 

5

Semester 2

Module

ECTS

Strategic Management 

5

Operations and Information Management 

5

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance 

5

Capstone Thesis and Defense

15

Electives

Extracurricular Credits for LIBF students (dual degree)

Module

ECTS

Financial Markets, Institutions & Instruments

10

Banking Regulations and Compliance in International Settings

10

Fintech Foundations and Alternative Finance

10

Admission

Entry requirements

How To Start Your Degree with the Online Degree Saver Programme:

Once you've enrolled and started on your studies, you'll have access to a part of your courses, based on the time model you choose. You will be registered as a student only after 50% of the total ECTS have been successfully completed. Then you will gain access to the rest of your courses, and will be able to finish your degree.

The admissions documents must be provided in English or German, if they were not issued in one of these two languages, a translation is required. If you need to translate your documents, we can help refer you to our trusted translation partners. You can find more details here.

General admission requirements

Requirements for Admission to the Master of Business Administration, 60 ECTS

  • Completed undergraduate degree with at least 210 ECTS
  • Your degree must be from a state or state-recognised higher education institution/university You must have achieved a final grade of at least “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent in your previous undergraduate degree
  • Proof of at least one year’s professional work experience completed prior to the start of study programme. Work experience must have been gained after completion of your undergraduate studies

Requirements for Admission to the Master of Business Administration, 90 ECTS

  • Completed undergraduate degree with at least 180 ECTS.
  • Your degree must be from a state or state-recognised higher education institution/university
  • You must have achieved a final grade of at least “satisfactory” or Grade C equivalent in your previous undergraduate degree
  • Proof of at least one year’s professional work experience completed prior to the start of study programme. Work experience must have been gained after completion of your undergraduate studies
Work experience

Work experience for the Master of Business Administration, 60 ECTS

  • Proof of at least one year’s qualified work experience completed prior to the start of the study programme (the work experience must be gained after the completion of your undergraduate studies).
  • Undergraduate degree with 210 ECTS: you will have to provide a proof of a second year of qualified work experience at the end of the MBA programme, before graduation
  • Undergraduate degree with 240 ECTS: you will have to provide a proof of only one year of work experience at the start of the MBA programme.
  • You can provide us a translation of your employment contract and your pay slip or you can ask your company to fill out this form in English, sign it, apply the company stamp and send it to us:

Proof of work experience (EN)
Proof of work experience (NL)
Proof of work experience (ES)
Proof of work experience (IT)
Proof of work experience (FR)


Work experience for the Master of Business Administration, 90 ECTS

  • Proof of at least one year’s qualified work experience completed prior to the start of the study programme (the work experience must be gained after the completion of your undergraduate studies).
  • Undergraduate degree with 180 ECTS: you will have to provide a proof of a second year of qualified work experience at the end of the MBA programme, before graduation
  • Undergraduate degree with 210 ECTS: you will have to provide a proof of a second year of qualified work experience at the end of the MBA programme, before graduation
  • Undergraduate degree with 240 ECTS: you will have to provide a proof of only one year of work experience at the start of the MBA programme.
  • You can provide us a translation of your employment contract and your pay slip or you can ask your company to fill out this form in English, sign it, apply the company stamp and send it to us:

Proof of work experience (EN)
Proof of work experience (NL)
Proof of work experience (ES)
Proof of work experience (IT)
Proof of work experience (FR)

English language skills

At IU, we teach in English to prepare you for the international work market. Therefore, we ask you to provide us with a proof of your English language skills. 

Is English your native language or have you graduated from an English-speaking school or university? Then you do not need to prove your English language skills. 

You can prove your English skills with an English B2 level certificate (no older than 5 years). Don’t have this at hand? No problem! You can quickly get your English certified with Duolingo. 

  • Take the online test in just 45 to 60 minutes 
  • Receive your certified results within 2 days 
  • Save valuable money and time 

Find out if the Duolingo test is suitable for you. Click here to try it for free. In order to be accepted to your study programme, a minimum of 95 points in the Duolingo exam is required. 

Did you take the test and not get the 95 points required? Don’t worry! We’re offering a free English course. By successfully completing the course in 3 months, you'll prove that you have the required level of English proficiency.

We also accept the following English language skills certificates: 

  • TOEFL (minimum 80 points) or 
  • IELTS (minimum Level 6) or 
  • Cambridge Certificate (minimum Grade B) or 
  • Equivalent proof, such as a B2.2 Certificate from the free IU English course - further information can be requested from our student advisors.* 

*Proof must be provided before the start of the study and must not be older than five years.
*Please note that course isn't accepted as a language certificate for on campus study programmes

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.

Careers

Your one-year MBA career outlook

An MBA is recognised around the world and prepares you with the methods, tools and skills you will need to have an impact in the world of business. Whether you intend to start your own business or work in senior positions at top companies across the world, the One-Year online MBA programme at IU International University of Applied Sciences Online Studies will help you achieve your goals. 

Business Development Manager

As a business development manager, you will need to be aware of trends and be able to implement change. You will analyse advancements and markets to develop new products and business ideas. In addition, you will be able to contribute sound knowledge in the areas of finance, economics and law.

Consultant

As a consultant, you will provide expert advice to various businesses. These consultations may involve general management of the business, or how to implement change. You will need to adapt your basic consultation concept to the individual needs and assignments of your client, while still meeting your own targets, or those of your employer.

Senior Brand Manager

As a brand manager, your job is to strategically develop, position and coordinate a company’s brand or image with the goal of making it immediately identifiable so that it stands out from other companies. Your responsibilities will include cross-product strategic planning using effective external communication. As a brand manager, you will also design innovative, omnichannel media campaigns that are implemented, analysed and optimised both nationally and internationally.

Student reviews

This is what our students say

  • I am 34 years old and study the MBA with the specialisations Management Consulting and HR Management in the online programme of IU. I currently work as a Project Leader at Flughafen Zürich AG.

    Julia

    Online student

  • In my view, the flexibility makes a compelling case for learning online at IU. The wide range of elective modules to choose from also won me over. It means you can specialise in what you really want to do.

    Philipp Kleingrothe

    Graduate, Germany

  • I chose to pursue an MBA due to its practical relevance, especially the case studies, which were particularly exciting for me. Thanks to IU’s flexibility, I was able to combine my studies with my job, where I was often able to apply what I was learning.

    Nina Schwarting

    Graduate, Germany

Personal counselling

Have any questions?

Visit our FAQ page or get in touch with our Study Advisors. You can also find information about the application process under our Become a Student page.

Tuition fees

Online study model & fees for your MBA degree in One-year MBA

Depending on your personal or professional circumstances, you may wish to complete your studies as quickly as possible, or you may prefer a more flexible study programme that is less time-consuming. That’s why we offer part-time options for all our study programmes. This allows you to study alongside professional or personal commitments. We adjust your study fees based on your chosen time model.

Are you unable to finish your programme within the given time? No problem! If you realise that you need more time, you can simply switch to another time model with one months’ notice before the end of the month.

No registration or administration fees are charged when you apply for studying – you'll only be charged once your studies have started. If you won't be admitted to a programme because you do not meet the admission requirements, no fees will be charged.

Full-Time

Duration 12 Months

Perfect for students who want to hit the ground running and shorten the period of study by increasing their studying pace.

US$ 782
US$ 662 /mth* Apply now
* € 629 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time I

Duration 18 Months

Excellent for talented all-rounders who want to give their studies everything they’ve got while holding down a job and keeping down their monthly costs at the same time.

US$ 594
US$ 514 /mth* Apply now
* € 489 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)

Part-Time II

Duration 24 Months

Ideal for students who would like to take their time completing their courses on top of their job and everyday life and keep down the monthly costs of their studies.

US$ 490
US$ 430 /mth* Apply now
* € 409 based on the exchange rate from 01.12.2022 09:04 AM (CET)
Additional charges

Boost your career.

Earn a dual degree.

With the IU and LSBU (London South Bank University) dual degree track, you get a unique opportunity – you can choose if you want to graduate with both a German and a British graduation certificate, without any extra academic requirements. The study programmes at IU and at LSBU are coordinated and therefore equivalent to each other.

All our study programmes include the following benefits

  • Teaching and study material
  • Marking of your end-of-module exams
  • Free 4-week trial
  • Online tutorials and guidance from tutors
  • Use of the online campus
  • Individual study coaching
  • Online exams
  • Career coaching
  • Learn English for free
Recognition

Recognition of previous achievements

Have you already completed a training course, studied at a university or gained work experience? Have you completed a course or a learning path through IU LinkedIn Learning, and earned a certificate? Then you have the opportunity to get your previous achievements recognised, and complete your studies at IU sooner.

  • Save time: Skip individual modules or whole semesters!

Even before you apply for an online study programme, we’ll gladly check whether we can take your previous achievements into account: 100% online, no strings attached. Simply fill in our recognition application form, which you can find under the content section of each study programme's webpage, and upload it via our upload section. You can also e-mail it to us, or send it via post.

Send an email to study@iu.org to find out which previous achievements you can get recognised. Make sure you send your application before the end of your 1-month trial. You can get your previous achievements recognised during your studies.

Do you need help with your application for recognition? Our student advisors will be happy to help. Simply arrange a personal call-back appointment. Arrange a personal video consultation appointment to discuss recognition

Why IU International University of Applied Sciences is the best choice

Your Studies Are Flexible and 100% Online

Schedule when you want to learn and study 100% online. At IU you have the possibility to complete your degree fully from home, whether full-time or part-time. You can even take your exams online whenever it suits you. 

Accredited & Globally Recognised

IU is accredited and certified with a seal of approval from the German Accreditation Council. All IU study programmes, materials, and services meet high internal and external quality standards, which are regularly reviewed and updated. We can also provide you with an official Europass Diploma Supplement once you graduate, to ensure that your degree is recognised anywhere in the EU.

You Gain Full Support

We provide you with innovative learning tools, digital study material, tutorial videos, student advice and support. You also have 24/7 access to our large online library. Your tutors are always available to answer your questions. Our study coaches are also available to help at any time. 

The Ideal Mix of Theory & Practice

Our programmes provide you with essential theoretical knowledge and focus, above all, on practice-oriented studies designed to best prepare you for your future career. Thanks to our great variety of electives you can specialise in the specific areas that match your personal goals.

Start your career's next successful chapter with a 5-star education from IU

Get your application in before December 15 and you can save up to US$1,399.

Apply now

Choose a fully accredited study program and set yourself up for success. At IU, you’ll join over 100.000 students from all over the world. And the best part? You’ll develop job-ready skills in a practical setting — so you’ll have a real advantage in your industry.

*You can start any time.
*This discount is only available for the online studies model.