• Director: Merce Bernardo
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Fee level€1,660.20 (€5,700 non-EU)*
  • Applications: From January 18th to May 16th 2021
  • *See ‘Fees and funding’ section

The MSc in International Business offers students advanced knowledge of basic aspects on how to manage an international company in the fields of accounting, marketing, operations, human resources and strategic management.

The MSc in International Business is an official one-year programme taught in English. Its aim is to train specialists in global business management and covers the fields of finance and accounting, marketing, operations, human resources and strategic management.

Globalization of the economy is a tangible reality nowadays. Hence the need for companies to develop a strategy for internationalization in order to safeguard their competitiveness in global environments. In this sense the MSc in International Business arises from the need to train future managers in worldwide companies operating at an international level.

This programme contributes in a decisive way to a wider specialization for graduates in International Business, Management and Business Administration, and such like, who have acquired a more generalized training during their studies. The skills that students develop with this Master’s Degree are substantially those of an advanced post-graduate level. This training is complemented by applying these skills to the analysis and resolution of practical cases which might arise during their professional activity. The studies focus on a participatory methodology which addresses different situations that are at all times applicable to the reality of the company.

Once the programme is achieved the student will reach an academic level that will allow him or her a solid placement in their specific fields as general manager, marketing manager, operations manager, human resources manager or managing director in an international corporation.

Erasmus+ Exchange

The programme offers the chance to do an Erasmus+ Exchange during the second semester. Current opportunities include the following Erasmus agreements at world-class universities:

*International applicants interested in an Erasmus Exchange must apply before May 31st  and provide all the required documentation before July 10th in order to formalize the enrolment during July.

Admission Requirements

The MSc in International Business is aimed at students interested professionally in the practical fields of an international company.

Candidates wishing to apply to this programme must meet the following requirements:

  1. An official degree in Business Management or related field (International Business, Business Administration and Management, Economics, Law and International Relations, as well as engineers). Students who have followed other official courses and have a wide working experience in business management will also be considered).
  2. Proof of proficiency in EnglishCandidates will have to prove at least a B2 Level or equivalent*. Applicants are exempt from documenting English certificate if they are native speakers or hold a university degree taught in an English speaking country.

*Recommended English Certificates:
First Certificate in English (FCE)
TOEFL iBT 72-94 (Code C086)
IELTS 5.5-6.0

**Certificates issued more than two years ago will not be valid.

Selection Criteria

The selection process is based on the following selection criteria:

1) A previous qualification in a field related to the master’s degree (50%). Holders of bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Business Administration and Management, related disciplines, and degrees with an international orientation shall be given priority.

2) Academic background of previous studies (40%). Previous training in business and international business will be reviewed. Candidates should demonstrate that they have a sufficient level of training to meet the requirements of the master’s degree subjects.

3) Professional experience in the area of international business management (5%). Credit is given for professional experience in fields related to the course subjects.

4) Letters of recommendation (5%) from former lecturers or people who have had a professional or academic relationship with the candidate.

The MSc in International Business offers students advanced knowledge of basic aspects on how to manage an international company.

The programme consists of 60 credits given throughout two semesters (an academic term), namely: 32.5 credits in compulsory subjects, 17.5 optional credits and 10 End-of-Term project credits. All compulsory-subject credits are given taking into account their core curriculum during the first semester. The optional courses are focused on specialization according to student’s own interests, and take place during the second semester, including the Master’s End-of-Term project.

Core Subjects (32.5 credits)
– Global Supply Chain Management
– Multinational Financial Management
– Multinational Accounting
– Legal Aspects of Global Business
– Global Marketing
– International Human Resource Management
– Corporate International Strategy
– Research Methods for International Business

Elective Subjects (17.5 credits)
Master Thesis (10 credits)


Academic year 2020-2021

Programme syllabus and outline

The MSc in International Business brings together a diverse group of young recent graduates in Business Management or International Business. Our students come from a wide range of countries, cultures and backgrounds. In the past years, over 90% of them are international students. Besides, more than half of the typical cohort is women. This diversity in one of its greatest strengths of the master’s. Not only will you be surrounded by ambitious top talents from all over the world, but you will also study and enjoy life in Barcelona, a global and multicultural city open to everyone.

Students who complete this Master’s degree can find employment in a wide array of positions within the business sector.

The most usual jobs for students who complete the degree are posts of management, as well as specialized tasks in multinational companies, such as human resources, finances, foreign trade or international marketing.

Furthermore, the MSc in International Business trains students to find employment in public organizations and NGOs dealing with international cooperation.


Student’s fees for university master’s degrees are decreed on an annual basis by the Catalan government and Universitat de Barcelona.

Please find below the public fees that correspond to the academic year 2020-2021:

  • – 1,660,20 euros (60 credits | 27,67 euros/credit) for students who currently reside in Spain or are EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.
  • – 5.700 euros (60 credits | 95 euros/credit) for students who do not currently reside in Spain and are not EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, China or Andorra nationals.

You can find information about available scholarships at the Universitat de Barcelona’s website.

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Notice about the COVID-19: Up to date there have been no changes to the postgraduate degrees scheduled for the 2021/22 academic year. Should the COVID-19 health emergency force us to make any changes, we will inform you as soon as possible. For more information, please visit the “Information on COVID-19” section of the University of Barcelona webpage.

In order to present your application you will have to follow these steps:


Check that you meet the entry requirements for the MSc in International Business.


Complete the specific application form, which will allow the academic committee to evaluate your candidacy.
(!) Only complete applications will be considered.

Academic Committee Resolutions

1st round | Applications received from January 18th to February 28th 2021. Resolutions by March 22nd 2021
2nd round | Applications received from March 1st to April 16th 2021. Resolutions by May 10th 2021.
3rd round | Applications received from April 17th to May 16th 2021. Resolutions by June 7th 2021.

**International candidates interested in an Erasmus+ Exchange during the 2nd semester, they should provide all the required documentation before June 15th and formalize the enrolment in July.


Pay the application fee for taught master’s degrees. Please note that you will have to indicate the degree you are applying for. Choose the option “Empresa Internacional / International Business”. After completing the form you will have to pay the €30’21 application fee.

Make sure you attach the required documents on the form:
– Bachelor Degree (if you have it)
– Transcript of Records (final or provisional version)
– ID / Passport
– Letter of motivation (1 page)
– Online video pitch (maximum 2 minutes)


In case of being admitted, you must provide the following DOCUMENTS in order to get the final approval and formalize the enrolment. More information will be provided to admitted students.