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Intercultural Business Psychology

Master’s study program | Hamm Campus

We prepare you on an interdisciplinary basis to develop answers to the challenges of an internationally active corporate world. In English, of course.

Understanding people in the intercultural world of work

The economy is made by people. By very different people from different cultural backgrounds and different countries, with different ideas and goals. The objective of the Master’s program Intercultural Business Psychology, which is conducted in English, is to understand these international interrelations in practice and to develop an intercultural understanding. We teach you on an interdisciplinary basis. This enables you to develop a comprehensive view of the challenges that a globally active company faces in international cooperation or against the backdrop of demographic change. With the right strategies, you will be able to make a significant contribution to solving any problems and thus to success.

In the Master’s program Intercultural Business Psychology you will acquire competences in the areas of

  • scientific methods,
  • diagnostics,
  • intervention,
  • evaluation.

You study fundamental and application-oriented findings in intercultural psychology that are relevant to economic contexts. Since the study program is about people in the world of work, we furthermore look at current questions concerning

  • business ethics,
  • the responsibility of managers,
  • the role of companies in modern society,
  • the formation of one’s own opinion and the development of one’s personality.

Main fields of study
In the degree program, you have the opportunity to choose between three main fields of study:

1. Work and Organizational Psychology
Our topics:

  • leadership
  • human resources and team development
  • work motivation
  • organizational theory and psychology
  • change management

2. Market and Consumer Psychology
Our topics:

  • psychology of the product
  • innovation
  • pricing
  • sales and advertising psychology
  • psychology of demand and purchase decisions
  •   innovation
  • pricing
  • sales and advertising psychology
  • psychology of demand and purchase decisions

3. Economic Psychology
Against the background of a globalized society, we examine parameters such as:

  • business cycle
  • changing values
  • environment
  • unemployment
  •  financial psychology

The Master’s degree course is offered as an attendance program with a standard study period of three semesters or as a part-time option with six semesters. You can commence your studies in the winter or summer semester.

Your future prospects with a Master’s degree in Intercultural Business Psychology

The Master’s program Intercultural Business Psychology prepares you for a career in international companies or research institutions. The entire study program is conducted in English - close to the reality awaiting you in companies

Depending on your specialization, you can prepare yourself during your studies for a business psychology career in one of the following areas:

  • human resources and organization
  • market and consumption
  • economics

Due to the sound methodological training, you are not limited to the professional fields of the three focus areas. Human-machine interaction or cognitive ergonomics also offer interesting career prospects. In addition, the degree program can also be a stepping stone to a doctorate and a career in science and teaching.

As a graduate of this Master’s program, you will be an interesting candidate both for companies in the region and for the European job market, not least because of your intercultural skills and English-language qualifications. Small and medium-sized companies will increasingly internationalize in the coming years and decades — in Germany as well as in other European countries. The professional outlook for business psychologists with intercultural training could hardly be any brighter.

Are you interested in studying Intercultural Business Psychology in the Master’s program? Here you can find all information about application and enrollment.
Do you have any questions? Get in contact with us!


Admission requirements

(1) Prerequisite for admission to the Master's program "Intercultural Business Psychology" is a vocational qualification in the "Intercultural Business Psychology (B. Sc.)" program or in a comparable study program with a standard period of study of at least 7 semesters, which has been successfully completed with a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) or a comparable qualification. The previous study program must have a minimum of 210 CP (credit points) and must have been completed with a minimum grade of 2.5.

A psychological or economic-psychological study program at a university in Germany or abroad that meets the following criteria is considered technically comparable within the meaning of sentence 1:

  • 36 CP (credit points) in basic disciplines of psychology (thematic fields: General Psychology 1, General Psychology 2, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Differential and Personality Psychology, and Biological Psychology), and
  • 36 CP in methodology (of which at least 15 CP were earned in diagnostics, test design or factor analysis and 15 CP in statistics, econometrics or quantitative methods).

(2) A further requirement for admission to the Master's program "Intercultural Business Psychology" is proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages by means of a corresponding certificate. Proof must be provided through one of the following successfully passed equivalent tests:

  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Cambridge English Scale: at least 180 points),
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Cambridge English Scale: at least 180 points),
  • IELTS (academic): at least Band 6.5 (at least 6.0 in every part of the test),
  • TOEFL (iBT): at least 95 points,
  • TOEIC: at least 490 points (listening), at least 455 points (reading), at least 180 points (speaking), at least 180 points (writing),
  • at least Certificate UNIcert III,
  • PTE Academic: at least 76 points.

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