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International Management Fast Track (MBA) - MBA in one year in Campus Cologne

One year MBA - who is the degree suitable for?

Acquire your MBA title at CBS International Business School in just one year! This is possible with our Fast Track MBA. This form of study is interesting for everybody who on the one hand wishes to learn the typical economics contents of an MBA programme but on the other hand is prepared to do without the extra offers of our classical MBA programmes. Therefore, for example, no specialisation options and also no training courses for the intercultural competences are planned for this form of study. Equally, there is only a limited course offer in the field of Personal Skills. Dependent on how many credit points the students’ previous degree includes, it is also theoretically possible that the MBA qualification does not provide entitlement to a follow-up doctorate. Information regarding this is available from our study advisers.

The MBA programme International Management is directed primarily at graduates of non-business degree courses who wish to augment their knowledge from their first-degree course and initial job experience with solid business and internationally orientated know-how. Equally, graduates of economics degree courses also profit from discovering models already familiar to them within a new context or even wish to refresh their knowledge which has possibly slightly faded during the course of everyday working life. The MBA programme International Management is a vital prerequisite for several participants to achieve the next career step.

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All facts in detail + -
  • Language English
  • Type of Study Full-time
  • Degree Master of Business Administration
  • Start of Studies Winter Cologne

Study Course Plan

Some information about the study plan for the study programme Master in Business Administration:

Genera business teaching units

Quantitative Methods and Toolset1 ECTS ? !
  • Algebra and Mathematical Functions

  • Matrix Algebra and Linear Equations

  • Differentiation and Integral Calculus

  • Optimization: Functions of several variables

  • Linear Programming

  • Mathematics of Finance

  • Apply the sampling methods and the Central Limit Theorem

  • Compute the measures of location and measures of dispersion

  • Represent the statistical data

  • Perform linear (multiple) regression and correlation analysis

  • Describe the basic concepts of probability

  • Set up a difference and/or relationship hypothesis and carry out statistical inference tests

  • Apply decision making theory to make decisions under risk and under uncertainty

  • Apply statistical software like R or SPSS in common business issues

Modern Market and Business Intelligence1 ECTS ? !
  • Introduction to Market Research

  • Defining the Market Research Problem and Developing an Approach

  • Research Designs

  • Secondary Data

  • Qualitative Research

  • Quantitative Research

  • Scaling and Sampling

  • Fieldwork and Data Preparation

  • Basic Data Analysis (how to use it)

  • Report Preparation and Presentation

Academic Writing and Research Design1 ECTS ? !
  • Research Question

  • Acquisition of Information

  • Layout of Scientific Studies

  • Structural Aspects of Scientific Papers

  • Quotation Format and Referencing

  • Analytical Argumentation

Programme specific teaching units

Basics Of Industrial Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Basic Business, Economic, and Market Principles and Key Terms

  • External Business Environment: At both National and International Level

  • Global Markets and International Trade

  • Competitive Environment

  • Internal Environment

  • Management, Leadership & Motivation

  • Business Function: HR

  • Business Function: Operations

  • Business Function: Marketing

  • Business Function: Finance and Accounting

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Business Ethics: Ethical Business Management, International aspects of Ethics & CSR

  • Emerging Business Trends

Foundations of Managerial Economics3 ECTS ? !
  • Demand Analysis and Applications of Elasticities

  • Supply Analysis and the Theory of the Firm

  • Production Economics and Cost Analysis

  • Economies and Diseconomies of Scale

  • Market Equilibrium and Welfare Analysis

  • Prices, Output and Strategy

  • Strategic Interaction and Game Theory

  • Market Failure and Government Regulation

Advanced Business Strategy3 ECTS ? !
  • External Analysis

  • Internal Analysis

  • Generic business-level strategies for competitive advantage

  • Basic Corporate-level strategic choices for long-term profitability

  • Diversification strategy

  • Internationalization

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Strategic entrepreneurship

  • Strategic leadership

  • Social Responsibility and Ethics of Strategic Management

  • Basics of Corporate Governance

Sustainability and Business Ethics3 ECTS ? !
  • The origins of Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Important Ethical Theories

  • Key terms and concepts – Sustainability, CSR, Corporate Governance, Corporate Citizenship, Business Ethics

  • Strategic Sustainability and Ethics Management

  • Stakeholder Management

  • Sustainable Accounting

  • Sustainability Reporting

  • Socially Responsible Investment

  • The Impact of Sustainability

Financial & Cost Accounting3 ECTS ? !
  • Financial transactions and their impact

  • Major financial reports

  • Accrual accounting

  • IFRS versus US-GAAP

  • Ratio analysis

  • Cost behaviour, terms, and definitions

  • Traditional costing systems

  • Job costing and process costing

  • Activity-based costing

  • Overhead analysis sheet

  • Cost-volume-profit analysis

  • Pricing decisions, product mix decisions

  • Budgeting

  • Transfer pricing

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

  • Cost term, terms and classifications

  • Job-order costing

  • Process costing

  • Cost behavior

  • Cost-volume-profit relationships

  • Variable costing

  • Activity based costing to aid decision making

  • Profit planning

  • Sustainability and ethics in accounting decision making

General business teaching units

Career Seminar1 ECTS ? !
  • Leadership Theories / Models and Leadership Traits

  • Leadership Styles

  • Cognitive, Behavioural, and Emotional Explanation for Human Motivation

  • Performance Management and Controlling

  • Leadership Tools

  • Coaching (Principles of coaching, Coaching models)

  • From the workgroup to the high-performance team

  • Phases of team development

  • Trust and control

  • Typology models: Jung, Kretschmer, Hippokrates

  • Group dynamics

  • I am okay – you are okay

  • Ego-States (Eric Berne)

  • Realistically setting goals

  • Emergence and avoidance of conflicts

  • Escalation of conflicts (Friedrich Glasl)

  • Moderation of discussions

Leadership Skills, Team & Self Management1 ECTS ? !
  • Leadership Theories / Models and Leadership Traits

  • Leadership Styles

  • Cognitive, Behavioural, and Emotional Explanation for Human Motivation

  • Performance Management and Controlling

  • Leadership Tools

  • Coaching (Principles of coaching, Coaching models)

  • From the workgroup to the high-performance team

  • Phases of team development

  • Trust and control

  • Typology models: Jung, Kretschmer, Hippokrates

  • Group dynamics

  • I am okay – you are okay

  • Ego-States (Eric Berne)

  • Realistically setting goals

  • Emergence and avoidance of conflicts

  • Escalation of conflicts (Friedrich Glasl)

  • Moderation of discussions

Programme specific teaching units

Corporate Finance & Valuation3 ECTS ? !
  • Determinants of a firm’s financial structure

  • Market value of a firm and financial decisions

  • Effects of time, uncertainty, taxes, and incentives on the present value of firm cash flows

  • Net present value and discounted cash-flow analysis

  • Risk, Return and Capital Budgeting

International Law3 ECTS ? !
  • Foundations to Organization Theory

  • External & internal factors to change organizations

  • Organizational goals and instruments

  • Creating effective organizations

  • Organizational development & change

  • Alignment issues

  • Organizational controlling

  • Concluding a contract

  • Different types of contracts and their typical features

  • Performance and obligations

  • Solving problems (e.g. failure to perform, liabilities)

  • Safeguarding creditors’ rights

  • Forms of business organizations

Global Supply Chain Management3 ECTS ? !
  • Fundamentals of international logistics

  • Inventory management

  • Warehouse management

  • Packaging and transportation

  • Procurement logistics

  • Production logistics

  • Distribution logistics

  • Disposal logistics

  • Supply Chain Strategy & Design

  • Supply Chain Planning & Synchronization

  • Trends in supply chain management

Modern Marketing Management3 ECTS ? !
  • The Strategic importance of International Marketing

  • The world trading environment

  • International Marketing Research and opportunity analysis

  • Consumer Buying Behaviour – Analysing Customer Requirements

  • Identifying Market Segments and Targeting

  • Marketing Strategy Development with focus on market entry strategies

  • Implementation: The 4Ps in International Marketing

  • Technology enabled International Marketing

International Human Resource Management3 ECTS ? !
  • The organizational context

  • IHRM in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international alliances and SMEs

  • Staffing international operations

  • Recruiting and selecting staff for international assignments

  • International training and development

  • Re-entry and career issues

  • International performance management

  • IHRM trends and future challenges

Managing Change & Digital Transformation3 ECTS ? !
  • Organizations and the environmental change

  • The formal and informal subsystem of change

  • Forms of change

  • Frequency and magnitude of change

  • Organizational responses to change

  • Resistance, commitment and readiness to change

  • Implementing change management

  • Culture, politics and power

Programme specific teaching units

Master Thesis Workshop1 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.

Master The18 ECTS ? !

You have 12 weeks to complete your thesis and the subject is freely selectible. A supervisor from CBS will support you and you can write the thesis in collaboration with a company as well.

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What are the contents of the Fast-Track MBA Course?

The programme incorporates a total of 8 modules which are spread over three terms. In total, the programme is designed for one year. The students already attend initial preparation courses on the topic of Research Principles before studying. In addition to the introductory modules for the area of Management Principles and Organisation and Strategy, Accounting Basics are also taught in the first term. Seminars are held at the Career School between the first and second terms.

The modules Business Environment, Global Value Chain Management as well as International Human Resources Management and Change Management are on the agenda in the second term.

There are no lectures any longer during the final term which is planned for preparing the Master of Arts Thesis. In the thesis, for example, the students process a current problem in a company whilst taking scientifically sound methods and approaches into consideration – with pleasure also in close collaboration with a company. In this way, both the students and the companies profit from the results elaborated.

This is what our students say

Philip Kollmann
Project Manager
Wayne´s Coffee

"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."

Katrin Rieger
Bereichsdirektorin Reisevertrieb Deutschland / Vice President Sales
HanseMerkur Krankenversicherung

"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."

Christopher Rosenbaum
Ernst & Young GmbH

"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."

Oliver Kiderle
EMEA Regional Product Expert
Google Inc.

"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."

Kalle Kenkel
Commercial Excellence Manager
GE Healthcare

"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."

Neil Jordaan
Global Digital Content Manager

"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."

Patrick Stein
Head of Human Resources
Boston Consulting Group

"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."

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