International Management and Leadership

This highly competitive program strives both to deepen knowledge in applied business administration and to develop the management and leadership skills relevant for international business careers. Our graduates are recruited into upper management positions in premier globally oriented companies or embark on innovative entrepreneurship. The program is centered on examining the foundations of executive management such as decision-making and strategizing within complex organizational structures, and instruction is based on the most advanced contemporary learning and teaching methods (e.g. project based learning, case studies, research-led learning and teaching).

Our experienced and committed faculty of academic researchers and corporate practitioners will give you a comprehensive introduction to the theory and concepts that you will need for your professional future. At LBS we believe that the application of such theory is absolutely crucial and, as a result, we strongly emphasize the practical side of education. In simulation exercises, real-life project work and industry-related master theses, you will be prepared to be able to creatively and efficiently tackle business challenges. Graduates of the IML program are not only extremely well qualified for immediate entry into the professional world, but, of course,  are also eligible to continue their studies at PhD level.

The academic and didactic basis for an FH degree program is centered on application of the acquired knowledge. Continuous work experience is therefore highly recommended for applicants.

Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to a FH masters degree program (cf. section 4, sub-section 4 FHStG, as amended) is a

  • completed FH bachelor degree program in the same field of at least 180 ECTS
  • or a completed equivalent program at a recognized domestic or  recognized foreign post-secondary education institution. This must be an education institution offering programmes that last at least six semesters, which require the general matriculation standard pursuant to this federal statute for admission, and known as a post-secondary education institution pursuant to the legislation of the country where it is located.
  • Adequate command of English

In the case of Bachelor’s programs not regulated by accreditation, the director of studies of the degree program or the Council will decide whether the other program fulfills the relevant admission requirement. Information about which bachelors or post-secondary programs qualify as relevant admission requirement for certain FH masters degree programs is available from administrators or the director of studies.

Things to consider in the application
As you are applying for an international school, bear in mind that
  • English knowledge is a requirement for all our programs
    results should be submitted with the application package
We recommend the following tests:
  • IELTS: starting from Band,7, 7.5,8, 8.5, 9
  • CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATE: minimum B2 or C1/2 – CAE (Grade “C”), FCE (Grade “A”) BEC Vantage (Grade “A”), BEC Higher (Grade “C”)
  •  TOEFL: minimum score 94 points
    reading min. 22 points, listening min. 22 points, speaking min. 26 points, writing min. 24 points
  • all application documents have to be submitted in original and translation, if the documentation has not been issued bilingual or in English or in German.
    e.g. birth certificates, school leaving certificates, Bachelor diplomas, reference letters if not written in English/German.


  • certified translation: it has been performed by a professional qualified translator, and accurately reflects the original. Each page must be stamped & signed by the translation provider. Some translation companies also provide a Certifying Letter – look after this – it’s the translation’s legal provenance and may be asked for. The most common of these processes is apostilling under the Hague Convention.
  • Notarized translation: To notarize a translation the translator must personally attend a Public Notary’s offices, where they will swear before the Notary that they are a professionally qualified translator and that the translation is to the best of their knowledge accurate. The Notary will stamp and authorize the translation. You will need to ask for a duplicate. 
    Notarized documents incur additional legal costs and are often charged per document.
  •  Legalised translation: made by a sworn court translator may be required for court or civil cases. The apostille is required also.


  • Avoid sending each document individually!
    Only complete applications can be considered, exception are made with High school diplomas or Bachelor diplomas – they can be submitted once the applicant has received it.
  • The LBS reserves the right to request GMAT exams from Master applicants.
Any queries can be directed to our Admission Office,
Key Facts:


4 semesters, 120 ECTS

Student Consultancy Project (max. 8 months)

Master of Arts

Language: English

Further links:
List of courses per semester
Completed Master Theses
Academic calendar

The academic calendar is binding and includes important dates such as the start and the end of the academic year, and of the semesters, holidays and breaks, respectively.

Be aware that the schedule (rescheduling of the classes) is subject to change.

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  IML Students “Going Global” with TOPSIM®

On May 8 and 9, the International Management and Leadership 2015 cohort participated in the “Going Global” business simulation  organized by Lauder Business School and TOPSIM®. The “Going Global” game can be described as a flight simulator for managers based on the “learning business by doing business” principle. The challenge for students is to make decisions as a team, i.e. to decide on the type, scope and direction of their company expansion on its way to become a global player.

TOPSIM® instructor Mr. Thomas Weber, MA, who has been working at Tata Interactive Systems for the past seven years as Sales Manager of the Products International division, guided the students through these two exciting days. Addressing the students, he explained that the company with the highest share price will win and that the strategy taken will determine company’s success. Divided into 4 teams, students competed in the following regions: Europe, Asia 1, Asia 2, North America, South America and Africa. The overall experience and the feedback from students was extremely positive. They enjoyed the competitive atmosphere in the classroom, the possibility to immerse themselves in the business reality, as well as the practical approach to decision making.

Lauder Business School was happy to work together with Planspielzentrum Austria, who recommended using TOPSIM® “Going Global” in our classes. TOPSIM® simulations are deployed in many companies across the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, they are used by more than 300 universities in Germany, as well as 70 per cent of the 30 DAX-listed companies. These businesses include: UniCredit Bank Austria AG, Credit Suisse Group, Erste Group Bank AG, Allianz, McKinsey, BCG. Among the educational institutions are: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Freie Universität Berlin, Universität Tübingen, WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Siemens CKI RWTH Aachen, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, European Business School, WU Wien, etc.