Global Trade Management (M.A.)


Business Management

  • Content and structure

    The Master's degree program Global Trade Management (GTM M.A.) is a business administration degree program with a focus on international and especially foreign trade related aspects. 

    The degree program qualifies graduates to take on challenging managerial roles both in Germany and abroad. It gives students a broad and integrated knowledge of business and foreign trade relations.  Not only will students’ basic knowledge of business administration be consolidated, but lectures will also cover current trends in business practice and teachers foster close partnerships with company representatives from the most diverse sectors for this purpose. The latest knowledge covered in lessons centres around internationality and practical implementation.

    Graduates are optimally prepared for a successful career in small and medium-sized enterprises as well as in international companies, associations and organizations through their studies in combination with business theory and practical orientation, the internship and the preparation of a thesis.

    Lectures will be taught entirely in English. In addition, students will optimize their intercultural skills thanks to the internationality and heterogeneity of the course participants.

    The Global Trade Management (M.A.) program can be studied in two different study variants. Based on the admission requirements, it will be decided whether an internship semester will be integrated for the course of study of 4 semesters or the possibility of a shortened course of study of 3 semesters.

    On successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master’s degree in

    • 3 semesters with 90 credit points or
    • 4 semesters with 120 credit points.

    The degree program is divided into the following sections:

    1 ǀ Semester 1:          The core elements of global trade

    The first semester focuses on the key components of global trade, with the modules of “Strategies of Internationalisation”, “Foreign Trade Operations” and “International Economics” giving students the opportunity to further develop their expertise based on the Bachelor's degree for a career in international companies. Students develop a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between micro and macroeconomic corporate environments and strategic courses of action. Through the Foreign Trade Operations module, students are put in a position to successfully shape strategic and operational decisions in terms of foreign trade as well.

    The “Business Psychology” and “Leadership and Intercultural Management” modules deal with the managerial skills required to take on a future position in leadership. It teaches students the skills needed to successfully combine their theoretical management know-how with actual practice. The “Project and Change Management” module demands students to practice the cooperation in working on projects with potential conflicts within international teams.

     2 ǀ Semester 2:          Advanced business and global trade skills

    With the modules “E-Commerce” and “Global Market Research and Data Analytics”, students expand their previously acquired knowledge with further professionally required digital and data analytical skills that are needed in the context of global trade activities.

    In addition, three compulsory elective modules need to be chosen, which on the one hand represent a modern foreign trade and business management focus. On the other hand, they reflect the relevant activities of the value added process of an international company. Such kind of specialization appears to be meaningful and necessary especially in terms of career field related aspects since the more qualified graduates are thus awarded a clear qualification profile.

     The compulsory elective modules include:

    • Intellectual Property Rights
    • Advanced Int. Controlling
    • Advanced Corporate Finance
    • Global Careers, Employee Motivation & Organization Design
    • Strategic Marketing & Relationship Marketing
    • International Supply Chain Management
    • International Entrepreneurship

    The compulsory elective modules, without exception, all have an international focus and, thanks to their small group sizes, permit very practice-oriented teaching. Project work, workshops or excursions to internationally operating companies and/or organizations increasingly take place.

    In the end, the module "Foreign Trade Consulting" takes up current topics of international business administration and foreign trade, which will be realized from a practical business perspective in a short term intensive format.

    3 ǀ Semester 3:          Placement semester

    The third semester is designed as an internship semester. It comprises a continuous period of at least 20 weeks and must be completed in a company in Germany or abroad. The goal is to apply the acquired specialized business knowledge and skills and entrepreneurial competencies in practice and to implement them in a professional way.

    In line with the admission requirements, it may be possible to shorten the regular duration of study from four to three semesters. If no practical semester is completed, the standard period of study is 3 semesters only.

    It is recommended to complete an internship semester as this is where the knowledge gained can be deepened and important contacts for the further career can be made. The duration of 20 weeks ensures a comprehensive insight into the company and the work areas.


    4 ǀ Semester 4 (3):     Master's Thesis

    The last semester is reserved for writing the Master’s Thesis in the form of a research topic related to a selected area. The Master's thesis should preferably be written in a company, whereby the students apply their expertise in a company. Finally, the writing of the Master's thesis enables students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies to real-life corporate problems within a specified period of time (5 months).

  • Application and admission

    The admission requirements are currently being updated. 
    The new admission requirements for future application periods will be uploaded at the end of April 2024.

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  • Information cooperative studies

    The Master's degree program Global Trade Management can also be completed as cooperative studies (Global Trade Management – cooperative (M.A.)). Further information on the cooperative study program and additional information on the application process for prospective students and companies can be found at: