Short Track MA in International Management and Global Governance
Academy for Cultural Diplomacy - Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
EUR 9,000 *
Earliest start date
* tuition fee is paid in 2 instalments of 5,175 euros upon acceptance to the program and of 3,825 euros before the start of the second semester
The MA in International Management and Global Governance is a 3 semesters program offered by Furtwangen University in partnership with the ICD Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
The program consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of two Study semesters, a Professional Development Training Program, designed individually for each student and a thesis to be written during the 3rd semester and to be submitted towards the completion of the program.
In the contemporary world, politics, finance, economy, and business, at the national and international levels, have become the interconnective forces that unite civil societies, national & regional governments, and international organizations further together. The recent global challenges highlight the urgency to rethink globalization and to improve and develop the ability of international society to be successful in navigating such a complicated global situation. The need for strong and decisive global and innovative political and business leaders is therefore inevitable.
The degree seeks therefore, through a multidisciplinary academic education, to provide a bridge between the distinct, but yet connected areas of international management & global governance, incorporating the fields of international relations, cultural and public diplomacy, with an in-depth critical treatment of global governance. Students, who seek a management or leadership career on the international level, will benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, seeing the global challenges of global cooperation, and from a better understanding of the relationship between management on the transnational level and policies of global governance.
The Master’s Degree is awarded by the Furtwangen University (HFU), which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees.
The HFU is a state university of Baden-Württemberg / Germany. It is accredited by AQUIN with all its study programs and quality-ensuring processes via institutional accreditation (Systemakkreditierung).
The Master’s Degree program is accredited within the framework of this institutional accreditation according to federal law according to § 33 Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg (LHG).
The Furtwangen University (HFU) is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through the MA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the MA program, for a total of 90 ECTS credits upon completion.
This MA of 90 ECTS is sufficient for a Master’s program in terms of post-studies (Ph.D.) or work placement in Germany.
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships, equalling up to a 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students, based on academic excellence and financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant and then to prove financial need. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to first submit their initial financial aid application request as soon as they have been accepted into the program. Then a deduction of up to 10% on the first installment of the tuition fee (up to 10% from the sum of 4,500 Euros) can be considered.
Toward the second installment, an additional request should be submitted, for a possible deduction of up to 10% on the second installment of the tuition fees.
Further to these scholarships and possible financial support outlined above, we are not able to offer any further scholarships or financial support.
Students are welcome to search for scholarships, such as from governments, or other Institutions. With regard to how to obtain such funding, we encourage candidates to consider relevant foundations, institutes, organizations, companies and Governments as possible sources. A number of our graduates and students have been able to acquire funding from their government, company or from relevant foundations.
We do not have any specific sponsor to which we can refer students. Please note that our Programs are not sponsored by DAAD or supported by BAföG.
The main priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the Field of Global Governance and related fields.
Mandatory Courses for Semester One are:
•Introduction to Global Governance; Concept, Methods and Agendas
•Case Studies of Global Governance: Actors, Institutions, and Issues
•International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy in the Global System in the Age of Globalization
Facultative Courses for Semester One include:
•The State as an Actor in the Global System: Public Diplomacy, soft power and digital diplomacy
•Conflict Mediation (Negotiation Methods & Peace Mediation Simulation)
•Theories of Power: Hard Power, Soft Power Smart Power
•Nation Branding: Marketing a Nation
•European Studies & Politics
•Global governance in trade, finance and common pool resources (CPR)
Facultative Courses - The decision of the offered facultative courses in each semester is made by the CCDS faculty, in accordance with the timing period of the Semester, logistical issues as well the planned activities of the ICD during the prospective period.
Mandatory Courses for Semester Two are:
•Module International Management
- International Business Strategy
- Sustainable Management and Corporate Governance
- Innovation Management
•Module Managing People in a Globalized World
- Transcultural competence and diversity management
•Module International Economics and Finance
- International Economics
- International Financial Markets and Institutions
•Module Master Thesis
•Academic Research and Writing
Professional Development Training Program
The Professional Development Training Program provides students with the opportunity to apply in practice what they learn in theory in their studies and gain valuable professional experience. The program can be completed simultaneously with the student’s studies, between the first and second semesters, or after the second semester, during the thesis writing semester. The professional development program is designed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:
- Development of own Initiative/ project, supported by the Center
- Involvement in independent Initiatives
- Internships in external Organizations, Institutes and companies
- Participating in and Contributing to ongoing Projects, Activities and Conferences
Master Thesis writing
Following two semesters of academic study, students will be qualified to write an in-depth analysis on the topic of their choice related to the theme of the program. Students are required to complete a master’s Dissertation during their fourth semester of study, and will be provided with guidance on how to choose an appropriate topic, how to identify and locate the necessary sources. The topic, structure, and length of each Dissertation will be subject to individual review and Faculty mentor approval.