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IB - International Marketing Management Master's Degree (M.A.) in Germany

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Why should you do a master's in marketing management?

Marketing is constantly changing. Though digitization makes it easy to measure advertising effectiveness, the fragmentation of communication channels and the bombardment of advertisements in an “always-on” society makes it increasingly challenging to place advertising messages effectively. On a global level, this means flexibility is required in terms of strategic marketing decisions, creating a demand for a new type of manager who will help shape change. You see your future in international marketing? A Master’s in Marketing Management at CBS International Business School will equip you with the skills to analyse markets, target groups, and competitors while building brand awareness and designing products with maximum sales appeal – with the right advertising message and through the most efficient channel.

Marketing from all perspectives

Within the Marketing Master's, you acquire not only marketing knowledge but also develop a broad business-oriented foundation from business economics to supply chain management. In the first semester, you will be faced with a complex variety of marketing strategies and ways that lead to strong, distinctive, and worldwide branding. In light of global competition and cultural differences, this is not some trivial task: A good strategy a) takes into account trends and customer needs, b) points to the future and c) has the power to influence markets. In the second semester, you will learn the calculatory and psychological methods required for setting prices as well as how to influence sales figures, image, and length of the product lifecycle. The sales strategy, on the other hand, describes the decisions for distribution channels and defines sales targets. The third semester is devoted to the subject of market innovation because in the case of competitive or disruptive sectors, thought-out, anticipatory planning is necessary for launching new products or opening up new markets.

What are the requirements for a master's degree in Marketing?

You already have a first academic degree in business economics, such as a Bachelor of Business Administration. As the degree programme is completely in English, advanced English skills are a must.

  • ECTS 120
  • Semester 4
  • Language English
  • Type of Study Full-time
  • Degree Master of Arts
  • Campus Cologne | Mainz | Potsdam
  • Internship Integrated
  • Semester Abroad Optional
  • Start of Studies Cologne Summer + Winter
  • Study Fees Cologne* 5.310 €
  • Start of Studies Mainz Winter
  • Study Fees Mainz* 4.950 €
  • Start of Studies Potsdam Winter
  • Study Fees Potsdam* 4.950 €
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Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the study programme Masters in Marketing Management:

General business teaching units

Business Economics3 ECTS ? !
  • Demand analysis & estimating demand

  • Supply and market equilibrium

  • Production economics

  • Cost analysis

  • Estimating cost functions and production functions

  • Economies of scale

  • Prices, output and strategy in different markets

  • Game theory models of oligopoly

  • Pricing techniques and analysis

  • Government regulation

Empirical Research Methods3 ECTS ? !
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods

  • Development of a research question

  • Steps of research process

  • Methods of data collection

  • Sampling

  • Data analysis using statistical software programs (SPSS or R)

  • Writing a research report

Strategic Analysis & Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Strategy making process and strategic reasoning

  • Cultural and institutional context of strategic management

  • Network-level strategies

  • Corporate development and configuration

  • Strategic change and corporate restructuring

  • Strategy evaluation and strategic controls

Innovation Management & Digital Transformation3 ECTS ? !
  • Dynamics of innovation & their implications for change management

  • Individual creativity and invention

  • Corporate creativity & intrapreneuring

  • Technology management

  • Innovation and technology strategies

  • Managing innovations

  • Diffusion of innovations

  • Cultural differences in innovation capability

  • Contemporary trends in innovation management

Corporate Social Responsibility3 ECTS ? !
  • Cornerstones of sustainable management

  • CSR as management approach

  • Practical approaches of organizational effectiveness

  • Tools for CSR implementation

  • CSR and financial performance

  • Life cycle assessment

Corporate Governance3 ECTS ? !
  • Historical developments around the world

  • Directors and board structures in different parts of the world

  • Family business governance

  • Role of institutional investors

  • Corporate governance in mergers and acquisitions

  • Socially responsible investments

  • Corporate governance in different regions

Programme specific teaching units

Modern Marketing Strategies3 ECTS ? !
  • The need of marketing strategies and the meaning of a global approach in this field

  • Tasks and extend of marketing strategies

  • Combination of strategies

  • Variations of strategy

  • General marketing strategies as a framework for marketing instruments

  • Development of product- and brand-specific marketing concepts

  • Instrumental consideration and integrated consideration of different instruments

  • Subjects and features of branch-specific marketing

Managing Brands In The Digital Era3 ECTS ? !
  • Basics of Branding

  • Relevant models of Branding

  • Success factors of strong brands

  • Brand Equity approach

  • Identity-based Brand Management

  • Local and international brand strategies

  • Multi-brand approaches and brand tools

  • Creating and managing brands within digital business models

  • Brand architecture guidelines

Interdisciplinary competencies

Advanced Intercultural Team Leadership2 ECTS ? !
  • Cultural theories and models

  • The influence of culture on behaviour

  • Team typologies

  • Phases of team development

  • Trust and control

  • Emergence and avoidance of conflicts

  • Leadership verses management

  • Leadership styles

Assessment Center Bootcamp 2 ECTS ? !
  • Consulting Industry: Sector Overview Company Profiles – Job Opportunities and Consulting Careers

  • Job profile: Characteristics of capabilities and skills needed as a consultant

  • Job application and interview training

  • Consulting (mini) case study training

  • Framework for processing case studies

  • Brain Teaser Training

  • Case Simulation (Individual and Group Cases)

Language & Communication Skills2 ECTS ? !

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

General business teaching units

International Economics3 ECTS ? !
  • Globalization and income

  • Globalization and international trade

  • Trade and comparative advantage

  • Trade barriers and trade policy

  • Firm location, distance and transport costs

  • Currency crises and exchange rate policy

  • Financial crises, firms and the open economy

Applied Management Accounting3 ECTS ? !
  • Managerial accounting and global business environment

  • Cost term, terms and classifications

  • Systems design: Job-order costing

  • Systems design: Process costing

  • Cost-volume-profit relationships

  • Sustainability and ethics in accounting decision making

Programme specific teaching units

Advanced Price Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Fundamentals of pricing

  • Concepts of classic pricing policies and strategies

  • Price-demand functions and price elasticity

  • Behavioural fundamentals of pricing

  • Value-based price determination

  • Cost-oriented price determination

  • Price differentiation and bundling

  • Digital Pricing

  • International Pricing

  • Sustainable pricing strategies

Sales Excellence3 ECTS ? !
  • Classification and integration of sales and marketing

  • Objectives and tasks of sales

  • Decisions in sales in front of increased complexity in the contemporary global landscapes

  • Domestic and international distribution structures and channels

  • Sales channel management

  • Managing the customer over the customer lifecycle and over all touch points

  • CRM typologies and approaches

  • Omnichannel management and concepts

  • Discount, rebate and bonus strategies

Business Project6 ECTS ? !

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with possibility of applying their business knowledge on concrete business situation, related to the field of their specialization.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Define project goals for the “client”.

  • Work under the set timeframe and agreed project scope.

  • Cooperate in the international project teams.

  • Evaluate markets/ industries/ competitive landscapes.

  • Develop possible strategic directions for the “client” business.

  • Formulate recommendations.

Elective area

Business Elective3 ECTS ? !

By choosing Business Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The following are examples of the types of courses on offer:

  • Corporate Strategy and Renewal

  • Digital Network Economy

  • Digital Leadership

  • Portfolio Theory

  • Power Pricing

  • Finance & Growth

  • Advanced Portfolio Management

  • Branding

  • International HRM

  • Start-up Management & Business Modeling

  • Trader in Capital Markets

Interdisciplinary Elective3 ECTS ? !

By choosing Interdisciplinary Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The Interdisciplinary Electives usually include subjects like:

  • Chat Bot Design

  • International Competitiveness

  • Omni-Channel Commerce

  • International Trade and Emerging Markets

  • Bitcoin and the Market of Cryptocurrencies

  • Business Process Modeling

  • Design Thinking & Adobe Creative Cloud

  • SAP S/4 Hana in Controlling and Finance

  • App Development in JavaScript

  • East Asian Culture and Business

  • Cultures of Consumption

  • SPSS

Interdisciplinary competencies

International Project Management2 ECTS ? !
  • Social competence: Communication, motivation, groups and team structures, leadership, conflict management

  • Methodological competence: Structural aspects, time management, cost management, human resource management, creativity and problem solving

  • Organisational competence: Quality management, documentation, risk management, project start and closure

Financial Fraud and Ethics2 ECTS ? !
  • Financial fraud and its manifestations

  • Ethics in finance

  • Alternative Banking Models like those of Triodos and GLS Banks

  • Alternative business models like those of KIVA and BOVESPA

  • Alternatives to growth models

  • Alternative investment products like Social Impact Bonds

  • Impact Finance and Micro Finance

  • Understanding the alternative Indices and their shortcomings

  • Rating Agencies and soft factor scores.

Language & Communication Skills2 ECTS ? !

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

General business teaching units

Value Based Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Financial measurement of corporate strategies: the principles

  • Traditional value-based systems and their link with financial models

  • Cash flow return on investments (CFROI)

  • Customer life-time value

  • Corporate financial & compensation design

Sustainable Supply Chain Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Defining a sustainable supply chain

  • Discussion of various theoretical concepts and their implications for sustainable supply chain management

  • Green marketing

  • Green logistics

Programme specific teaching units

Creating & Managing Market Innovation3 ECTS ? !
  • Process of innovation and development funnel (advanced contents)

  • Users as innovators (advanced contents)

  • Customer experience innovation

  • Strategic innovation management

  • Strategic alliances

  • Social innovation

  • Sustainable innovation management

  • Sustainable business models

  • Sustainability and global innovations

Business Simulation Game3 ECTS ? !

In a business simulation game participants have to manage their own virtual company which operates in the same market as other participant-operated competitors. This involves making typical management decisions in realistic environments. Beside the deepening and active examination of subject-specific knowledge the simulation games also include the team environment, where interaction, communication and prioritization are of paramount importance. Participants learn how to manage risk and uncertainty while time is limited and information constrained. Group-reflections help to take over different perspectives and to discuss pros and cons of content- as well as behavior-related actions.

Master Thesis Tutorial2 ECTS ? !

During the Master Thesis Tutorial you will learn the fundamentals for your Master thesis: Defining the topic as well as structuring the thesis and you will learn the theoretical knowledge for scientific working.

Elective area

Business Elective3 ECTS ? !

By choosing Business Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The following are examples of the types of courses on offer:

  • Corporate Strategy and Renewal

  • Digital Network Economy

  • Digital Leadership

  • Portfolio Theory

  • Power Pricing

  • Finance & Growth

  • Advanced Portfolio Management

  • Branding

  • International HRM

  • Start-up Management & Business Modeling

  • Trader in Capital Markets

Interdisciplinary Elective3 ECTS ? !

By choosing Interdisciplinary Electives in the second and third semester you can personalize your degree course and extend your management knowledge. The Interdisciplinary Electives usually include subjects like:

  • Chat Bot Design

  • International Competitiveness

  • Omni-Channel Commerce

  • International Trade and Emerging Markets

  • Bitcoin and the Market of Cryptocurrencies

  • Business Process Modeling

  • Design Thinking & Adobe Creative Cloud

  • SAP S/4 Hana in Controlling and Finance

  • App Development in JavaScript

  • East Asian Culture and Business

  • Cultures of Consumption

  • SPSS

Interdisciplinary competencies

Skills Elective2 ECTS ? !

In the Soft Skills Courses you will improve your social, leadership and project management skills. Additionally to the courses in the first and second semester you can choose another one in the third semester. Decide for yourself which of your personal competences you want to push forward.

Business Plan Writing and Pitching2 ECTS ? !
  • Discovering and evaluating entrepreneurial opportunities

  • Developing business ideas from opportunities (e.g. based on using Design Thinking, Personas and User Stories).

  • Feasibility analysis of business ideas

  • Transferring the idea into a Business Model

  • Business Model and its building blocks (value proposition, customers segments, channels, customer relationships, revenue model, keypartners, key activities, key resources, cost structure)

  • Business Plan: Introduction, Sample Case and General Outline

  • Developing the details of the business plan

Language & Communication Skills2 ECTS ? !

The “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course is offered for German native speakers. Non-native speakers of German can choose between the “Advanced Critical Thinking & Writing Skills” course taught in English and German as a foreign language.

Programme specific teaching units

Master Thesis24 ECTS ? !

During your 4th semester you are working on your Master thesis. You have 19 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectable. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well. Or you can write your thesis in connection with a stay abroad.

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What will you learn in the marketing master's degree?

In the first semester, you will be faced with the complex variety of marketing strategies and ways that lead to strong, distinctive and worldwide branding. In light of global competition and cultural differences, this is not some trivial task: A good strategy a) takes into account trends and customer needs, b) points to the future and c) has the power to influence markets. In the second semester, you will learn the calculatory and psychological methods required for setting prices as well as how to influence sales figures, image and length of product lifecycle. The sales strategy, on the other hand, describes the decisions for distribution channels and defines sales targets. The third semester is devoted to the subject of market innovation, because in the case of competitive or disruptive sectors, thought-out, anticipatory planning is necessary for launching new products or opening up new markets.

Masters in Marketing Management: Practice meets creativity

For positions in middle and senior management it is essential to consider theory and practice holistically in order to develop meaningful global strategies. Therefore, with the Marketing Master at CBS, you acquire not only relevant specialist knowledge based on scientific findings but also apply this knowledge practically. The essential thing here is creativity. After all, for marketing and advertising to be surprising, convincing or moving; creative approaches are required. Assessing the quality of creative service providers’ work will also be part of your career. In order to polish your own creativity, one of your assignments at CBS is a business project, where you will work on a case. In a business simulation game, you will see the effects of your proposed solutions while competing with others, and in a minimum eight-week internship at home or abroad, you will learn the ropes at work, get to know structures and processes and what it means to be creative.

Alumni Testimonials_Oliver Kiderle

"The focus on internationality and practical skills have had a very positive influence on my development at Google. Especially the structured and very versatile project work, which is often found at a private school, was extremely helpful."

Oliver Kiderle

EMEA Regional Product Expert
Google Inc.
Alumni Testimonials_Patrick Stein

"The strongly practice-oriented studies and the international orientation of the CBS, as well as the lectures held in English, were an absolutely necessary basis for starting a career with a renowned, international company."

Patrick Stein

Head of Human Resources
Boston Consulting Group
Alumni Testimonials_Katrin Rieger

"The practical learning in small groups prepared me optimally for today's project and team work. The CBS provided me with the decisive soft skills and current knowledge from the world of business."

Katrin Rieger

Bereichsdirektorin Reisevertrieb Deutschland / Vice President Sales
HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung
Alumni Testimonials_Kalle Kenkel

"My studies at CBS prepared me for a career in today's dynamic, global work environment. As one's origin and physical location become less and less decisive, it has become increasingly important to have a multinational network and adapt quickly to various cultures and environments."

Kalle Kenkel

Trainee Performance Marketing
RTL Mediengruppe

"Above all, practice-oriented learning and soft skills made it easier for me to enter the professional world and I still benefit from this today. Internationality, learning in small groups and soft skills were then and still are my main reasons for choosing the CBS."

Henriette Hellwig-Stieger

Senior Consultant
Compass GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Philip Kollmann

"Especially the soft skill courses have been of great help for my performance in job interviews. Through my work in the Finance and Business Club I have built up a broad network and acquired project management skills that have enabled me to score points with companies."

Philip Kollmann

Projektmanager
Wayne´s Coffee Deutschland
Alumni Testimonials_Julia Hack

"My studies at the CBS have given me a very good basis, which helps in many ways with a start-up - be it with financial planning or marketing strategy."

Julia Hack

Gründerin
Green for me
Alumni Testimonials_Florian Schuhmacher

“In addition to an excellent academic education CBS provides its students with all the necessary tools and instruments they need to allow them to take responsibility and shape their future in an international environment.”

Florian Schumacher

Programme Director and Senior Consultant
KCIG GmbH
Alumni Testimonials_Christoph Rosenbaum

"The Management Studies programme prepares you thoroughly for the tasks of a consultant. In particular, the development of presentation techniques as well as analytical thinking is of enormous importance in the everyday life of a consultant."

Christopher Rosenbaum

Manager
Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

"The CBS taught me the essential professional basics for this with realistic and up-to-date lectures."

Christian Böhmer

Strategic Analysis Manager
Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C
Alumni Testimonials_Britta Jansen

"The CBS is an internationally oriented and very practically orientated university which prepared me very well for the professional world through the compulsory internship, the courses offered and the required project/group work."

Britta Jansen

HR Business Partner
HRS Group
Alumni Testimonials_Neil Jordaan

"Many professors shared their professional business experience with us in class and were able to illustrate dry theory with practical examples. I also enjoyed the international atmosphere on campus."

Neil Jordaan

Global Content Manager
Bayer AG

Marketing Career Path - What are the job opportunities?

A Master’s in Marketing from CBS under your belt means you have specialist and practical knowledge from one of Germany’s most prestigious business schools. Possible career entry points are, for example, with international consumer goods manufacturers, global conglomerates, medium-sized companies or agencies. An academic career including a doctorate is also open to you.

The Master’s Thesis: Marketing on your own behalf

In order to concentrate fully on composing your Master’s Thesis, the fourth semester is lecture-free. Many students write their papers as part of a company project; others use the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities.

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