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Master of Science in International Business


The Master of Science in International Business prepares you to operate in international markets, to manage cross-cultural teams, and to communicate and negotiate internationally.

  • International
  • Trade
  • Management

Next edition

Classes start: 18 September, 2023 (To be confirmed)

Classes end: 30 June, 2024 (To be confirmed)

Program ends: 30 December, 2024 (To be confirmed)





ECTS credits



Full-time program. Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 1 pm at UPF Ciutadella Campus

(Schedules may change based on academic needs)


To be determined

The MSc in International Business is an official program, accredited by AMBA, that provides students with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and critical attitudes to understand and be successful in the current dynamic context of the global company.

The program is organized so that students learn about all the processes and strategic decisions involved in business internationalization: from how to interpret current political, economic, and social affairs in international business, to acquiring and putting into practice the analytical tools required to develop and implement an International Business Plan.

You will acquire the skills required to communicate and negotiate in a multicultural business environment. You will also be able to identify, analyse, and develop business opportunities in the changing scene of international markets through the understanding and implementation of commercial, financial, human resources, and operational strategies. At the end of the program you will master the analytical tools used in preparing and implementing an International Business Plan. In addition to this, the program includes a curricular internship and a one-week international Business Trip.

The MSc in International Business benefits from the outstanding faculty of UPF's world ranked Department of Economics and Business, UPF-BSM faculty, and the professional international business expertise of ESCI-UPF, and the participation of experienced professionals of diverse sectors. The program's faculty is known for their applied approach, their constant contribution to creating knowledge and their proven ability to stimulate and convey knowledge.

The MSc in International Business is endorsed by Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Spanish university and the 15th best university in the world (of those with less than 50 years), according to the Times Higher Education ranking. In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally.

Program jointly offered with:

Economics and Business UPFESCI-UPF

Why choose this program


Hands-on learning and skills

The Master's structure in modules and the final project are both designed to be able to develop your understanding regarding how companies implement commercial, financial, human resources, and operational strategies for the internationalization of organizations. The Master of Science in International Business will also teach you the skills needed to manage, communicate, and negotiate in a multicultural and international business environment.


Learn from the best

You will learn from the faculty of the UPF's Department of Economics and Business, UPF-BSM, ESCI-UPF and from experienced professionals in the areas of trade, operations and marketing, among others. UPF is the first-placed Spanish University in Economics and Business (Times Higher Education Ranking 2021) and the 15th best University among those under 50 years old (Times Higher Education Under 50 Ranking).


International environment

The program welcomes around 30 people each year from diverse countries and cultural backgrounds, creating a multicultural and international environment where teamworking and networking will become key elements of your experience.



The MSc in International Business provides the resources necessary for you to complete a curricular internship as part of the program's contents, which constitutes relevant work experience in the field of international business.


International Business Trip

The master of science includes an international business trip where you will visit institutions that contribute to internationalization processes and attend talks with top managers of international companies. The trip, which is an excellent cultural and networking opportunity, is included in the program's fees.


Study at an accredited school

Study at a school accredited by EQUIS, an international distinction that guarantees the quality of our institution and makes us the 1st school of management linked to a public university with this accreditation in our country.

Who is it for?

The MSc in International Business is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals of diverse backgrounds who wish to acquire new skills and a realistic, practical, and professional perspective of International Business.

Admission and enrolment


UPF Barcelona School of Management is the management school of Pompeu Fabra University, the 1st Ibero-American university and the 16th placed university in the world, among those under 50 years of age, according to the Times Higher Education ranking. 

UPF Barcelona School of Management has EQUIS accreditation, the most prestigious institutional recognition for business schools globally, and places itself among the top business schools in the world.

The Master of Science in International Business has AMBA accreditation from the Association of MBAs, which recognizes UPF-BSM for its academic quality and reputation. 

The Master of Science in International Business is an official master's degree and has the academic recognition of the Ministry of Education of the Government of Spain. The Quality Agency of the University System of Catalonia (AQU) has also institutionally accredited UPF-BSM. This accreditation certifies all the official master's degrees that we teach and recognizes the quality of our educational model in accordance with the criteria of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

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The MSc in International Business is organized around core modules which unfold parallel to the 3 key phases of a company's internationalization process:

  • Internal and External Diagnosis (1st term)
  • Strategic Planning (2nd term)
  • Business Operations (3rd term)

Additionally, in the 3rd term students embark on a one-week Business Trip to a foreign country in order to experience the implementation of international business plans. Flight tickets, accommodation, and transfers are included in the tuition fees of the master of science. During previous courses we have visited Poland, the Benelux countries, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Morocco, and Russia.

Throughout the whole academic year participants work on their MSc Project in tutorized sessions on campus. The Project usually takes the form of an International Business Plan or an international start-up development plan, in which the knowledge acquired throughout the course should be demonstrated.

At the end of the Master of Science in International Business participants will undertake a curricular internship in companies. Career development sessions will be offered to aid individuals in finding placements and prepare them for their professional future in international business.

Classes of the MSc in International Business take place at UPF Ciutadella Campus.

Complementary activities

Additional Off-Program Activities

Further to the course's regular classes, all Master of Science participants have the possibility of attending free complementary training parallel to the running of their studies.

The following activities are optional and are included in the program's tuition fees:

  • Brush-up Courses: preparatory crash-courses on business and economy-related subjects which take place two weeks prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Spanish Course: free of charge during the first term. 3 hours/week course at the UPF's language school.
  • Career Development Program: career sessions and workshops where participants obtain specific training on how to improve their professional profile, approach potential employers, and develop professional soft skills.

Double Degree

The UPF Barcelona School of Management Master of Science in International Business offers a Double Degree option with the EBS Business School (Germany):

  • MSc in Automotive Management
  • MSc in Finance
  • MSc in Real Estate
  • MSc in Management

International mobility

The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you the possibility of expanding your training and international vision through the International Mobility Programme. Extend your studies extracurricularly, during the academic year following the completion of your Master's, at a top-level institution. Limited places.

Qualification obtained

Once students have completed the course they will obtain the Máster Universitario en Negocios Internacionales / International Business official Master Degree, awarded by Pompeu Fabra University.

Students will also receive an additional Master of Science in International Business completion certificate awarded by the UPF Barcelona School of Management and ESCI-UPF.

Issuance of official Master's Degrees: The amount stipulated in the DOGC (Official Gazette of the Government of Catalonia) must be paid for the rights to issue the title. This rate varies annually and the rate in force at the time of application for the degree will be applied.

Note: The information contained in these pages is for information purposes only and may be subject to change in the adaptation of each academic year. The definitive guide will be available to students enrolled in the virtual space before the start of each subject.


The MSc in International Business faculty is composed of professors of UPF's world ranked Department of Economics and Business, from UPF-BSM, and from ESCI-UPF, the school of International Studies. In addition to the regular program faculty, experienced professionals from diverse sectors are invited during the year to share their expertise, knowledge, and experience in international business.

Academic directors

Mercè Roca Puigvert
Mercè Roca Puigvert

Associate professor ESCI-UPF


Roger Pagà Peris

Lecturer UPF-BSM

Luz Parrondo Tort

Senior Lecturer UPF-BSM
Director of the Academic Department of Finance & Control

Mercè Roca Puigvert

Associate professor ESCI-UPF


The Master of Science in International Business is an on-campus program that combines diverse teaching methodologies to offer a hands-on learning experience.


Practical case studies

Learning from the successes as well as the failures of real organizations with a hands-on applied approach to put the skills you have acquired into practice.


In-class discussions and group activities

The master of science includes practical simulations, group dynamics, on-site presentations, and interactive activities to enhance the learning process in the institution. You will benefit from sharing these activities with the diverse group of people that participate in the program.


Guests speakers

Experienced professionals from diverse sectors are invited to the campus to share their expertise and their knowledge of international business in specific fields.


Company visits

An opportunity to discover organizations in diverse sectors and to learn about their business strategies and their operations in international markets.


International Business Trip

A one week trip visiting international organizations located in the country of destination to broaden the students' comprehension and knowledge of the dimensions involved in the internationalization of businesses.


The assessment criteria for the Master of Science in International Business is explained at the beginning of each term. The evaluation system varies depending on the course requirements and the skills to be assessed. The following are common evaluation activities:

  • Written exams and quizzes
  • Oral presentations
  • Individual work and essays
  • Group projects
  • Class participation and debates


Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.

You will have:

  • Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
  • A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
  • Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
  • Interdisciplinary activities and workshops

Professional Future

The MSc in International Business is aimed at recent graduates and junior professionals from diverse backgrounds who wish to acquire new skills and develop a realistic, practical, and professional perspective of international business. Once graduated, students will be able to work in top international companies operating in diverse markets.

Student profile

Every year the program welcomes students from all over the world, coming from different backgrounds, to study a master of science in Barcelona: a vibrant, dynamic, and international city. The multicultural environment and international vision of the program begins with the multicultural group of students, creating an international environment that becomes the first step to communicating, working, and developing businesses globally.


Average age


International students


Previous studies in Business and Economics


Previous studies in Social Sciences, Humanities and Law


Previous studies in Engineering and Sciences

Career opportunities

The MSc in International Business includes a curricular internship as an essential element of the academic curriculum. The Internship counts as a course with academic weight which must be completed in order to earn the program's degree. Resources and assistance will be provided by UPF-BSM Careers Service to support students in their search for internships and job positions.


  • Import-Export Manager
  • International Entrepreneur
  • International Sales Manager
  • International Expansion Manager
  • International Logistics Manager
  • International Marketing and Research
  • Foreign Subsidiaries Manager
  • Consulting

Admission and enrolment

Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.

Who can apply?

Bachelor degree

Applicants must have finished or be in the last year of a Bachelor Degree from an accredited university. If you are currently studying the last year of your Bachelor Degree you will need to finish your university studies and provide proof of your final qualification before the beginning of the program.

If you finished your Bachelor Degree some time ago you should preferably not have more than 3 years of working experience in a position directly related to the program's area.

Proficiency in English

In order to enrol in the Master of Science in International Business, an official English certificate must be submitted.

If you do not have your English Test results at the time of admission, you will be required to provide them two months before the course starts. Admission without an official English certificate will be considered conditional until the certificate is provided.

The English certificate scores are:

  • TOEFL CBT: > 235
  • TOEFL PBT: > 575
  • TOEFL IBT: > 100
  • CAE: C1
  • IELTS: > 7
  • Duolingo: > 115

Applicants whose mother tongue is English do not need to submit the aforementioned certificate.

Applicants who have completed their full Bachelor Degree at an English-speaking institution must submit written evidence that the language of instruction of their studies was English.

How to apply?

To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through its form.


Application for admission

Complete your application within the next admission rounds:

RoundApplication deadlineResolution deadline

Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online admission form.
  • Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
  • Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
    • Presentation letter or video
    • CV
    • 2 academic recommendation letters (mandatory) and 1 professional (optional)
    • Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
    • Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
    • Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
    • Passport-size photo (jpg format)

Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Applications are subject to the number of places available on the program.


  • The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
  • You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.


  • Resgistration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
  • Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
    • Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your transcript of records.
  • If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
  • Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
  • If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 1526.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing


The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.

Grants and discounts

Master of Science in International Business