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Program International Management & Sustainability

Study location: Weiden

Teaching language: English

Are you interested in sustainable corporate management? Do you want to take responsibility for a sustainable economy and learn how to develop and promote business models in an international context? Do you want to be able to work internationally, lead a team and inspire people to act responsibly? Then the Master's degree program International Management & Sustainability provides you with everything you need for an international career.

Global markets are characterized by change and fierce competition. In order to be able to grow and export, not only corporations, but also medium-sized and smaller companies have long since made a name for themselves on the international stage or are planning to expand. In addition, Greta Thunberg's messages have been on everyone's lips and on all screens ever since questions of sustainable corporate development and a future-oriented sustainable economy and lifestyle have become more and more anchored in people's consciousness. Companies are therefore faced with the question of whether their business models are sustainable, ecologically as well as socially compatible and viable in the long term.

In the Master's degree program International Management & Sustainability we show you how to turn these challenges into opportunities. In addition to the important linguistic expertise, you will also acquire international knowledge and intercultural skills. The Master's programme combines current issues from the fields of International Management (including strategic management, value chains, project management) and Sustainability (including climate change, environmental economics, sustainability management and social entrepreneurship). The range of subjects is supplemented by basic knowledge of general management and corporate responsibility. In addition to business administration training, you will work on your personal development and leadership skills. Upon successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded the academic degree Master of Arts (M.A.). This will enable you to start your career as broadly trained expert with management responsibility in a global environment as well as in sustainability management or innovation management.

We inspire leadership and encourage innovation. Come to the Weiden Business School at OTH Amberg-Weiden!

Job opportunities

The Master's programme International Management & Sustainability is a consecutive programme with an application-oriented profile. It is aimed at prospective students who have already completed a university degree in an economic, social or cultural science field.

The Master's program teaches students entrepreneurial skills as well as leadership competencies in order to work successfully and sustainably in a globally operating company. In addition, the program offers students opportunities to deepen their knowledge in the fields of international management, sustainability, general management and corporate responsibility in order to achieve their individual goals.

As a graduate of the Master's Program in International Management & Sustainability, you will be among the experts who establish and take responsibility for future-oriented business models and processes as well as sustainable value chains in the company. You are a sought-after partner for international projects and for questions dealing with the social and environmental responsibility of business. With your language skills, you are confident in moving in international terrain. Intercultural competences and leadership skills round off your profile and make you a successful manager of multi-ethnic and multicultural teams.

Your well-founded scientific and at the same time practice-oriented education opens up all fields of business administration to you, both in companies and business and environmental organisations (e.g. associations), as well as in institutions, NGO's or foundations. The subject area of sustainability also acts as an interface to numerous areas in the company. Thus, purchasing, sales, human resources, production, marketing or controlling are also open to you.


Do you want to apply for the Master's programme in International Management & Sustainability at our university? The program starts in both the summer semester and in winter semester.

Application period for the winter semester
For the winter semester starting on October 1, you can apply online from May 1 to July 15. In exceptional cases we will extend the application deadlines for individual courses of study. You can find out whether you can still apply for this programme in the applicant portal.

Application period for the summer semester
You can apply online for the summer semester from 20 November to 15 January.

Here you get more detailed information on application and registration.

Access and admission requirements

The Master's program in International Management & Sustainability is aimed at prospective students who have completed their Bachelor's or Diploma studies in a course of study considered relevant. Relevant courses of study are, in addition to business administration-oriented courses of study, in particular interdisciplinary courses of study with elements from social or cultural science courses of study (e.g. International Business, Applied Business Psychology, Digital Business, International Technology Management) as well as, technology-oriented courses with management content (e.g. Industrial Engineering, Media Informatics). Study programs with a overwhelming focus on engineering subjects, on the other hand, are not considered relevant. You can find out more about this in the study and examination regulations of the course of studies (convenience translation).

The Master's program International Management & Sustainability requires the passing of an aptitude test in the form of a written essay. You will be informed about the specific tasks of the aptitude test after reviewing your application documents. You can apply for a study place within the application period at the application portal of the OTH-Amberg-Weiden.

The entry and admission requirements for the Master's programme as well as information on the aptitude test can be found in the study and examination regulations for the programme (in German).


Here you can find frequently asked questions concerning our study program International Management & Sustainability.

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For all concerns please use the e-mail address welcome@oth-aw.de.
(If necessary, your questions will be forwarded to the respective person of contact (POC). You can also find the respective person of contact (POC) at the beginning of each question)

Questions concerning my application

POC: Susanne Winterl (Studienbüro)

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
The application has to be done online by following the instructions in application system PRIMUSS.

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
You can check the status of your application in your personal account after you have registered. Please make sure you remember your login dates.

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
The application has to be done online by following the instructions in application system PRIMUSS.

(POC: Susanne Winterl & Uni-assist)
All international applicants (including citizens of EU-member states) who have not obtained their higher education entrance qualification (i.e. secondary-school leaving certificate) in Germany must have their credentials reviewed and approved by uni-assist. Please note that it can take up to several weeks until you receive your VPD (Vorprüfungsdokumentation = necessary document for your application). After having received or while waiting for your VPD you can apply at OTH Amberg-Weiden and upload your documents in PRIMUSS.

(POC: Susanne Winterl & Uni-assist)
Even if you already have a VPD from another university, you still have to apply for a VPD specifically for OTH Amberg-Weiden.

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
If you are from a non-EU-member-state, you need to apply for a visa at the German embassy in your home country. Please note that it can take up to several weeks until you receive your visa. Make sure that you apply early.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
General requirements can be found at the website how-to-apply. The entry and admission requirements for the Master's programme International Management & Sustainability as well as information on the aptitude test can be found in the study and examination regulations for the programme.

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
The examination board will decide whether your language skills as well as other qualifications are adequate, or if you need to submit further certificates. Language certificates and other necessary documents have to be uploaded in the application system PRIMUSS. Proof of German A2 can be submitted after your first year at the latest. Information about requirements for our study program International Management & Sustainability can be found on the pages "Access and admission restrictions" of the programme.

One of the following English language tests with minimum scores as indicated will be sufficient:

  • TOEFEL IBT - 80
  • IELTS Cambridge - 6
  • TOEIC – 780

Please always use the application system PRIMUSS and do not send your certificates via e-mail in advance.

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
This is a degree program that does not require tuition payment by neither national nor international students. There is no tuition fee, you only have to pay 52€ per semester for administrative matters (student identity card etc.).

(POC: Susanne Winterl)
Unfortunately, we do not provide a semester ticket for public transport. However, you do get a discount in some (public) institutions like e.g. swimming pool.

(POC: Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
If you fulfil the requirements, you can apply for BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz). You can find information on the website of the Studentenwerk.

Questions concerning the study program

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
General information concerning your studies at OTH Amberg-Weiden and International Management & Sustainability can be found on the programme website under Contents. If you have general questions in advance you can contact our Faculty Assistant Theresa Schreiber or our Study und Career Service.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
You can find information about the study program and the relevant courses on our homepage, in the module handbook or in the timetable.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
You can find information about the study program and the relevant courses on our homepage, in the module handbook or in the timetable.

(POC: Theresa Schreiber)
We use the learning management system Moodle. After the login with your login dates which you will receive after enrolment you can get access to your courses and the respective lecture material.

Questions concerning life in Germany

POC: Dr. Annabelle Wolff (International Office) & Felicitas Langowski (International Office)

(POC: Felicitas Langowski & Andreas Schaller)
Yes. Please contact our Health Insurance Officer, Mr. Schaller, from Techniker Krankenkasse (cc). He will assist you in taking out health insurance. You may as well apply online. If you want to take out a full package with TK's partner Expatrio, follow this link https://www.expatrio.com/.

(POC: Dr. Annabelle Wolff & Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
You can find accommodations, which are only 5 minutes walking distance from the university. Please note that in Germany, accommodation in student halls of residence is not automatically granted upon admission to a degree program. Please make your own arrangements for accommodation and, above all, make sure you make them in good time.

First-hand Experience

Katharina Timm - Student

After an international bachelor’s degree in business studies, I wanted a master’s degree that combined my background with my interest in ethical business practices. With IMS I found the perfect fit with classes deepening key skills like strategic decision making and teaching components of fair business. From human rights, corporate compliance, and climate change, IMS covers various relevant fields and offers a steep learning curve for future professionals.

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