Graduate Programs / Master in Business Studies (MBS)




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Program requirements
24 electives
48 credits
Thesis 12 credits
24 courses + thesis 60 credits


These requirements are valid for all students starting in October 2018 or later. Students starting prior to October 2018 are required to complete 26 courses consisting of the same requirements above plus 2 electives. Enrolled students can refer to the Student Guide for the correct program requirements. The relevant courses are subject to change and availability.


Electives can be any course scheduled that does not already count towards other program requirements.

Program options

Study Abroad Option

The Study Abroad option allows students to transfer for one or more quarters to another campus without experiencing program interruptions or extensions. Courses and programs remain fully compatible across all campuses, however not all specializations are available at all campuses. Refer to the program schedule for further details.

Students who prefer shorter study abroad experiences can join seminar courses taught by visiting professors at any of our campuses instead, at one or more times during the program.

New York Extension Program

The New York Extension Program is operated by a local academic partner institution and is available to all graduate students who wish to complete a study abroad period of up to 12 months in downtown Manhattan. This program is available in addition to your studies at UIBS.

Private Tutoring and Private Coaching

The Private Tutoring and Private Coaching options allow students to schedule additional one-on-one sessions with professors or study coaches to catch up on missed contact hours or to receive additional academic support. Sessions are charged per hour and take place on-campus at a time that is convenient for both the student and professor or coach.

Internship Option

The Internship option encourages students to put their skills and knowledge into practice through offers received by our Careers Department from regional and international companies and organizations. No credits can be awarded for internships. Internship agreements of up to 3 months are available only for students with a national passport or residence permit and cannot be considered for a student visa extension.


Global Master program at UIBS and our academic partners
Global Master program

Earn a global degree at UIBS by studying in Europe and Tokyo, and finishing with one of our academic partners in New York.

Dual Master programs at UIBS and our academic partners
Dual Master programs

Earn a second degree at UIBS for an additional 30 credits, or continue with one of our academic partners around the world.

Study Abroad in Tokyo, Japan
Study Abroad in Tokyo, Japan

Spend one or more quarters at our satellite campus in Tokyo, Japan and experience all the city and country have to offer.

Flexible Liberal and Global Studies at European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS)
Flexible Liberal and Global Studies

Consider alternative programs from our sister institution, European College for Liberal Studies (ECLS), including International Relations.


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