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  • Master’s in Business for lateral entry
  • Combined with an MBS master’s program
  • Duration: 3 months
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Are you looking to enroll on a business-related master’s program – but don’t have a bachelor’s degree in business or economics? The Pre-Master’s course at Munich Business School is a unique, compact preparatory program that enables “lateral entrants” – people with qualifications in other disciplines – to meet the requirements for admission to the business master’s programs at MBS. The Pre-Master’s is an online course comprising a series of live digital sessions. It is taught entirely in English.

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This program gives you the opportunity to earn admission to a master’s program in business despite holding an unrelated undergraduate degree.


The Pre-Master’s program is ideally tailored to the master’s programs at MBS. You will finish your Pre-Master’s program in August, so you can start your master’s studies straight after in September.


The Pre-Master’s program will help you meet the entry requirements for the master’s programs in International BusinessInternational Marketing and Brand ManagementInnovation and Entrepreneurship, and Sports Business and Communication.


Structure & Contents

Within only 3 months (May-August), you will gain solid business foundation skills in management, finance, accounting, marketing, and communication. After successful completion of the Pre-Master program, you get direct entry into the Master International BusinessMaster Innovation and EntrepreneurshipMaster International Marketing and Brand Management or Master Sports Business and Communication programs starting in September. The pre-master's is conducted in a hybrid format; participation is available on-site at the campus or online.

Admission Requirements

The Pre-Master program is available for Bachelor graduates with an above-average university degree (in any field) from an accredited university. Very good English skills are required (TOEFL IBT min. 85/IELTS 6.5/ELS 112) as the whole program is entirely taught in English.

Application Process

The two-step application process for the Pre-Master International Business at Munich Business School consists of a written application and a personal interview. Applicants for the Pre-Master program will only be accepted in combination with an application for a Master program. More about the application process:

Management of Organizations (6 ECTS)


This course serves as an introduction to management, covers basic elements of a manager’s job and introduces the various functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The scope is broad and includes key concepts of organizational and management theory as well as strategic management.
In-class exercises and case studies will demonstrate real-world applications of management concepts.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Interactive lectures, group discussions
  • Working on case studies as group work
  • Presentations
  • Role plays

Financial Management (6 ETCS)


The course introduces students to modern financial management. It covers core subjects in finance such as investment decision-making, valuation of assets, financing an organization, and financial risk management. By the end of this course, students should have gained a thorough understanding of fundamental financial concepts and be well equipped for their further studies.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Interactive lecture and discussion
  • Working on case studies in small groups or as an individual activity

Strategic Marketing (6 ECTS)


This course is designed to introduce students to the role of marketing in the organization. Major emphasis is placed on the concept of marketing strategy as a comprehensive, integrated plan designed to meet the needs of the consumer and thus facilitate exchange. Furthermore, students will be introduced to market research, management concepts, branding, market segmentation, positioning, and digital and social media marketing.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Preparation of cases and exercises individually or in a group
  • Team discussions and presentations

Financial and Managerial Accounting (6 ECTS)


The course provides students with an understanding of its objectives, principles, and the system of double-entry bookkeeping. They learn to create balance sheets, profit and loss accounts, and cash flow statements while utilizing key criteria. The role of accounting information in managerial decision-making is explained, including the computation and interpretation of financial ratios.

Managerial Accounting focuses on the cost aspects of running a business, equipping students with tools for cost analysis and decision-making. They also learn about the budgeting process and variance analysis for implementing management control.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Seminar-like lecture
  • Exercises and case studies in small working groups

Managerial Economics (3 ECTS)


This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of key economic concepts and terminology. They learn to critically analyze and apply microeconomic theories and models to make informed business decisions, gaining insights into consumer behavior and company decision-making processes. Furthermore, students will be equipped to utilize game theory in economic decision-making, and they will develop a broad understanding of macroeconomic topics, theories, and models as they relate to countries and global trade.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Lecture
  • Problem sets and/or case studies
  • Oral exam and presentation

Business Communication (3 ECTS)


In this course, students will engage in a variety of activities to develop their business communication skills. Using interview and role-play formats, students will learn how to build business relationships and how to introduce themselves properly. They will be taught how to structure effective business messages for different contexts. The course also emphasizes the art of persuasion in challenging situations and the importance of nonverbal communication in a business setting. In addition, students receive an introduction to academic writing and sharpen their oral expression skills for presentations, discussions, and meeting participation.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Interactive lecture
  • Case Studies
  • Role-play

German (6 ECTS)


The goal of this course is to reach the German language level A1.1 (CEFR). Students learn to write very short texts with simple sentences about everyday situations. They also practice asking and answering questions about daily life and familiar topics. In addition, the course focuses on improving reading and listening comprehension of short and simple texts and conversations.

Teaching and Learning Methods

  • Communicative lectures (grammatical content and listening)
  • Group work (training of writing and reading skills)
  • Role-plays (practicing speech abilities) and private studies

What Pre-Master's students say about the program

“The Pre-Master’s gave me the necessary tools and contacts to feel confident and shine during my master’s program. It was a demanding program with high expectations, especially for those of us from other disciplines. With genuine commitment, stamina and the right attitude, I successfully switched from classical music to the field of business and finance.”

Angela Ruiz, graduate of the Pre-Master’s program and alumna of the International Business master’s program



“Studying a master’s in business despite not having a bachelor’s in business was the right decision for me. Before my master’s program, I had studied teaching in Bamberg. After a few months of intensive learning, I got to grips with the fundamentals of business. It was a very challenging period, but it was definitely worthwhile. I would recommend it to anyone. Trust yourself: you can do it, too!”

Felix Ewald, Head of Marketing and Sales




What is a consecutive master’s?

A consecutive master’s program is a course of study that follows on from a related bachelor’s degree, exploring the subject in more detail. It builds on the content of the bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree in the same subject, or a closely related subject, is therefore an admission requirement for a consecutive master’s.

Example: You studied business at undergraduate level, earned your bachelor’s degree, and would now like to enroll on the master’s program in International Marketing and Brand Management at MBS.

What is a non-consecutive master’s?

A non-consecutive master’s program is a course of study that does not directly follow on from a related bachelor’s degree and instead covers other, unrelated topics. It does not build on the content of the bachelor’s degree. Admission to a non-consecutive master’s therefore only requires a bachelor’s degree; the subject does not matter.

Example: You studied IT at undergraduate level, earned your bachelor’s degree, and would now like to enroll on the master’s program in International Business at MBS.

What is a Pre-Master’s?

A Pre-Master’s is a preparatory course that enables students with a bachelor’s degree to meet the requirements for a master’s in a different subject. It covers the fundamentals, providing the skills and knowledge students need to keep pace with classmates who already have existing knowledge of business studies.

Example: You studied IT at undergraduate level, earned your bachelor’s degree, and would now like to enroll on the master’s program in International Business at MBS. The Pre-Master’s program helps you to meet the admission requirements for master’s-level study.

What are the admission requirements for the Pre-Master’s program?

Applicants to the Pre-Master’s program must have an above-average university degree in any subject area, awarded by a state-recognized university. In addition, applicants must have excellent English skills (TOEFL iBT min. 85/IELTS 6.5/ELS 112) as the program is taught entirely in English.

What is the application process for the Pre-Master’s?

The two-stage application process for the Pre-Master’s program at Munich Business School comprises a written application and a face-to-face interview. Applications for the Pre-Master’s program are only accepted in conjunction with an application for a master’s program at MBS.

Master’s in International Business

Master’s in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Master's in International Marketing and Brand Management

Master’s in Sports Business and Communication




Duration of study

The program takes three months of full-time study (May–August)

Place of study

Live online sessions (Pre-Master’s program)
Munich (Master’s programs)


EUR 6,500 for the Pre-Master’s
plus EUR 8,300 per semester for the master’s program


MBS master’s programs are state-recognized and certified. 


You can apply at any time!

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Studienberater MBS: Uttamdeep Kaur, B.A.
Asesoramiento sobre los programas de máster Uttamdeep Kaur, B.A. +49 89 547678 227 +49 177 910 90 98 master@munich-business-school.de
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