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.

Key Facts:


4 semesters, 120 ECTS

Student Consultancy Project (max. 8 months)

Master of Arts

Language: English

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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.

Application information

  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.

Mr. Weber talking about his experience at Lauder Business School: “I was happy to work with LBS students. It was a very interesting experience; one could see teams developing different approaches while entering different markets, which is not always the case. The challenges for students were to act under time constraints and to be able to interpret the answers that the system gave them.