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MA International Retail Management

Prof. Dr. Gerd Nufer

“This Master’s degree programme prepares students on a high scientific level and at the same time in step with actual practice for demanding managerial posts in the retail sector. Precisely because academisation is still at an early stage, though the tasks are becoming more complex, our course offers clear career advantages.”

Prof. Dr. Gerd Nufer, Executive Program Advisor MA International Retail Management

Why study MA International Retail Management - On-Campus/Hybrid?

… because you will acquire the key qualifications that retailing companies and industrial companies with retailing activities expect of their young executives.

… because the degree programme combines theory and practice: During the attendance phases the focus is on practical issues and company practice is simulated in project work. This provides an optimal combination of learning and practice that fits into your professional activity.

… because in direct exchange with lecturers you can develop new ideas and impulses for your professional career.

Key facts

Length of course

4 semesters

Extension possible if you complete the 30-ECTS additional module

Place of study


Beginning of course


Application deadline

For the winter semester: 15 July

Language of instruction

German and English (approx. 66/33)

Foreign languages




Graduates of bachelor programmes with 180 ECTS points can gain a further 30 ECTS points by completing an additional module


Master of Arts


€ 24,000.- (including examination, administration and closing fees)

Admission requirements
  • Above-average bachelor degree with 210 ECTS (for degrees with 180 ECTS you can gain 30 ECTS by doing an additional module)
  • Successful completion of an entrance examination in the form of a selection interview
  • Contract of employment or confirmation of self-employment



Available places

max. 20 per course

This degree programme deals with questions such as...

  • What are the new general conditions resulting from globalisation and the concentration in many industries for management in retailing?
  • Why does retailing need practicians who can implement sound theoretical knowledge in day-to-day operations?
  • How can you act in both a customer and resource oriented way in the international context?
  • What are the requirements arising today from increasingly accelerated business processes?

Perspectives: Careers & opportunities

Typical industries:

  • Trade in a national and international context
  • Procurement in a national and international context
  • Marketing in a national and international context
  • Sales in a national and international context

Typical corporate areas:

  • Management positions
  • Management functions on corporate and project level
  • Business development
  • Project management


ESB Business School is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Worldwide only five percent of all business schools bear this seal of quality. The AACSB is the largest accreditation organisation in the world with demanding quality requirements in relation to training and research at business schools.

ESB Business School has been system accredited by the FIBAA: within the accreditation process the internal quality assurance system of ESB Business School was audited and awarded the quality seal of the accreditation council. All degree programmes of ESB Business School pass through this rigorous internal quality assurance system and in this way achieve accreditation.

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ESB Business School offers this programme in cooperation with the Knowledge Foundation @ Reutlingen University (KFRU).

It is available in two variants:

  1. In an exlusive variant for employees of ALDI SÜD / HOFER. In addition to the formal requirements for participation in this programme, an existing employment contract with ALDI SÜD / HOFER is required to participate. For more information on this exlusive variant of the International Retail Management Program, see the KFRU website.
  2. As a new variant we offer the programme for employees of REWE Group. Further information on this variant can be found here. Participants from other companies as well as private interested parties may also be able to participate in this variant.
AACSB accredited
Systemakkreditierung durch FIBAA