What will I learn?

Understanding today’s global economic and business landscape requires insights from both economics and business studies. Therefore, the specialisation International Business combines both fields of study, focusing specifically on their relevance for firms that operate in an international environment.

Master's specialisation International Business: something for you?

You learn to understand institutional and cultural factors that impact international business activity
Take an in-depth look at different options for expanding abroad
Familiarity with ways of balancing expectations of diverse stakeholders in foreign countries
You learn about different types of international investments, the role of (free) trade agreements and trade policies, the financial side of trading internationally, and the effects of internationalisation at the firm and country level

What will you learn?

In the Master's specialisation in International Business, you will be offered a strategic perspective on ways of gaining a competitive advantage in the global marketplace that aim to create both economic and social value. This suggests adopting a balanced outlook on relations with market and nonmarket stakeholders for a sustainable performance, seeking responsiveness and global efficiencies in marketing efforts, and innovating in emerging and developing markets.

Career prospects

Master's specialisation in International Business

International Business is a growing (student/labour) market. Economic globalisation and rapid developments in ICT have meant that nowadays many organisations operate on an international scale or at the very least interact with various stakeholders such as consumers, partner organisations, and institutions in other countries. It is therefore not surprising that many employers are seeking employees with a broad understanding of international business.

One of the most important skills graduates of the Master’s specialisation in International Business will acquire is to report independently and thoroughly on various issues within the broad realm of international business. You will learn to include empirical and theoretical studies as well as the outcomes of your own independent research, not as a means to an end but in as far as it is relevant to the given advice. In other words, creating a strategy or policy paper of academic quality that is both understandable and practicable for businesses. And in order to remain a strong, self-sufficient professional you will learn how to continually maintain a critical attitude towards your own work and that of others in your field.

As a result, our graduates have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work for large and medium sized international companies, consultancy firms, government and not-for-profit organisations, banks or within research or education. It prepares you for a position as a manager, overseeing the international operations of a multinational or a domestic firm looking to internationalise. There is also the option to pursue a PhD in Business Administration or to join a graduate programme at a reputed multinational.

Which department am I in?

Nijmegen School of Management

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,000.00 (US$ 19,147) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,

NIJMEGEN,

Gelderland,

6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level; A proficiency in English: In order to take part in this programme, you need to have an adequate knowledge of English. Non-native speakers of English need to proof their proficiency by one of the following tests: A TOEFL score with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based). The institutional TOEFL code for Radboud University is 3387; or An IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 minimum for the components listening, reading and speaking and a 6.5 minimum for writing); or A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C or higher.

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree in a similar (or related) field from another research university with a fair number of courses in your preferred specialisation. Your degree must be equivalent to a Dutch Research University diploma. Ideally, your Bachelor's degree should cover the following courses:

  • Organisation Theory
  • Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Statistics
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • Bachelor’s thesis of 12 EC

All other students need one of the following certificates (All certificates may not be older than two years).

A TOEFL score of ≥90, with subscores not lower than 18
A IELTS score of ≥6.5, with subscores not lower than 6.0
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher

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About this uni

Radboud is the best traditional, general university in the Netherlands, according to Keuzegids Universiteiten 2020.

  • 24th in the THE European Teaching Ranking 2019
  • Based in a lively student city + central hub in Europe
  • Among top 1% of universities worldwide
  • Nobel prize winner in physics (2010)