International Business Management

Fachhochschule Kärnten
Master of Arts (M.A.)
4 semester(s)
City, country:
Villach, Carinthia, Austria
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Internationally active companies and organizations are very demanding when they recruit new employees. They usually look for people who are multilingual, solution-oriented, possess a high degree of cultural awareness, and are both generalists and specialists at the same time. International Business Management offers both, a well-grounded general business education in an international context, and the opportunity to immerse oneself in two of the four fields of specialization (Human Resource Management or International Supply Chain Management, and International Marketing and Sales Management or International Finance and Accounting).

In the individual modules, students acquire functional skills for doing business in an international context, but will also master challenges of increasing complexity (e.g. case studies, simulations, research projects, or real-life consulting projects for companies), which allows them to acquire the problem-solving and interpersonal skills required in today’s globalized business environment.
FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Dietmar Sternad, BSc MBA
Head of Degree Program

Target audience

Due to the holistic and comprehensive nature of the International Business Management program, it opens a range of different career opportunities. In addition to having a profound international business education, our alumni combine intercultural and communication skills, strategic and analytic thinking capabilities, an entrepreneurial approach and the ability to effectively solve complex business problems in collaboration with others – competences that are widely sought by employers in different professional fields, in multinational companies, SMEs and entrepreneurial start-ups as well as in international institutions.

Typical job profiles and responsibilities of International Business Management graduates include, for example:

  • Planning and implementing international projects
  • International marketing and brand management
  • Export management
  • Consulting and business development
  • International supply chain management & strategic procurement
  • Human resource management in an international context
  • Financial management & international controlling
  • Management trainee & top management assistance
  • Key account management in an international environment
  • Product management
  • Entrepreneur in an international new venture


Each of the first three semesters consists of five 6 ECTS modules. Semester 4 is dedicated to the master thesis (23 ECTS) and master exam (3 ECTS) as well as the 4 ECTS module Sustainable Global Management Practices. There are five types of modules in the curriculum (in addition to the master thesis and master exam):

  • Core curriculum
  • Practical business laboratories
  • Electives/specialization modules (2 out of 4)
  • Language immersion courses (either German, Italian, Russian or Slovene)
  • Personal skills development program
More information you can find on our website.

Practical relevance

For our International Business Management master’s students, we currently offer two double degree programs. In the Carinthia-Cologne double degree program with the International Business master’s program at TH Köln / Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany), selected International Business Management students can spend their second semester in Cologne and then receive both an Austrian master’s degree from CUAS and a German master’s degree from TH Köln. In the Carinthia-Udine double degree program with the International Marketing, Management & Organization program at the University of Udine (Italy), selected International Business Management students can spend their third semester in Udine and then receive both an Austrian master’s degree from CUAS and an Italian Laurea Magistrale degree from the University of Udine.

In addition to the double degree program, CUAS has a wide network of international university partners. The fourth semester of the International Business Management master’s program can also be taken abroad.

Admission/Entrance requirements

In addition to the formal requirements for admission, applicants to the Master’s program in International Business Management should:

  • hold a business-related degree of higher education (minimum 3-year Bachelor’s program); applicants with non-business degrees in a related field (e.g. industrial engineering, economic geography, business law) need at least 15 ECTS in subjects related to business administration, 5 ECTS in economics and 10 ECTS in accounting and finance-related subjects.
  • provide recent results of an English language proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) – minimum requirement 6.5 or equivalent (English level C1)
Demonstrate strengths in the following areas:basic knowledge about the functional areas of business administration and management:

  • applying inter-disciplinary knowledge to analyze and solve complex problems
  • a team-oriented mindset;
  • linguistic and communication skills (orally and on written form)
  • socially responsible behavior
  • enjoyment of international and intercultural challenges.


Language(s) of instruction: English
voluntary: German, Italian, Russian, Slovenian
Going abroad: possible
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The IBM Master's Degree Program is embedded in the School of Management and is part of the study program of Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS). Since the foundation in 1995 , CUAS has developed into a unique educational institution in Carinthia offering over 30 study programs that educate around 2000 full and part-time students at the five CUAS sites in Villach, Klagenfurt (2 locations), Spittal/Drau and Feldkirchen.

The School of Management at CUAS equips students with the essential qualifications in business administration, law and social science necessary to work in both the private and public sector, preparing students to take on their future careers.

The study programs are characterized by a high practical relevance and the possibility to foster internationality by offering the possibility to take the forth semester at one of our partner universities around the globe.
Master Master of Arts (M.A.), International Business Management - Studying in Villach

Studying in Villach

International Business Management allows the integration of studying and other life activities, as courses are usually scheduled after 4 p.m., and occasionally on saturdays.

About Austria:
Austria offers a rich cultural heritage, a unique traditional cuisine and a large variety of beautiful landscapes: quiet forests, stunning mountainous areas and crystal-clear lakes, all embedded in a picturesque scenery.

Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts will find a large number of activities on offer, both in winter and in summer: downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking are just a few examples of your possibilities in Carinthia, the southernmost Austria state.

About Villach:
The lively city of Villach is located in the very South of Austria, just a few minutes by car from the borders to Italy and Slovenia. The location is perfect to discover the heart of Europe. Making short city trips to Venice, Ljubljana, Graz or Salzburg, spending one day on top of the mountains and the next on the Mediterranean beaches of Grado or Lignano – it’s all possible within a short distance.

Around Villach, there are numerous lakes as well as spas to relax and unwind. The Wörthersee (Lake Wörth), Faaker See (Lake Faak) and Ossiacher See (Lake Ossiach) are well-known holiday destinations that attract tourists from around the world. Just five min¬utes by bike from CUAS, the Silbersee recrea¬tion area is a popular meeting place where students enjoy some time together, play vol¬leyball, or just relax.

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