Cand.merc.(pol.) / MSc in International business and politics

Entry requirements

You are qualified for (but not guaranteed) admission to the programme if you:

A) Fulfil the entry requirements below
B) Fulfil the language requirement
C) Have a bachelor degree (or will by study start)

Specific Entry Requirements

The MSc in International Business and Politics  is the natural progression for the BSc in International Business and Politics from CBS and the BSc in Business Administration and Sociology from CBS.

Applicants who do not have one of the above mentioned bachelor degrees can also be qualified for the programme if the academic areas listed below are covered. Your educational background will be subject to an overall individual assessment in order to establish if the following specific entry requirements are met:

15 ECTS-points in Economics (including a min. of 5 ECTS-points in Microeconomics AND a min. of 5 ECTS-points in Macroeconomics)

15 ECTS-points in Business Administration (e.g. finance, accounting, marketing, organisation, management, innovation, entrepreneurship, or the like)

15 ECTS-points Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)

15 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

 

English language requirement

The programme requires English at Danish level A.

The English requirements are very strict, which means that only the qualifications listed on the English level A page are accepted as alternative fulfilment.

If you do not fulfil the English requirements at the time of applying, you have until study start to document fulfilment. In other words, you are welcome to apply without fulfilling the English requirement, but you must fulfil the requirements as listed on the English level A page before study start (or 1 June if you are a non-EU citizen and need a student residence permit). If you need to take a language test/exam, your scores must be available to CBS Admissions by this time, however, you must upload a registration for the language test/exam when you apply.

Selection Criteria

The programme has a limited number of places and admission is competitive.

Only applicants fulfilling the entry requirements are considered qualified and will be considered in the selection process.

Applicants with a BSc in International Business & Politics or BSc in Business Administration and Sociology from Copenhagen Business School graduating the same year as applying are automatically qualified for and ensured admission.

To determine which of the remaining qualified applicants receive an offer of admission, an overall assessment of their academic background at undergraduate level will take place.

The following factors are of importance:

  • Broad and in-depth knowledge as well as grades within the academic areas constituting the specific entry requirements
  • Relevance of educational background at undergraduate level, including general grade level
  • Motivation given in motivational essay*

*If you have a legal claim to MSc in International Business and Politics, you do not have to write a motivational essay, but just upload a blank word document.

Motivational essay:
A motivational essay must be personal and specific, and it must prove that you are well-informed and that you have put a lot of thought into your choice of education. It should also explain your purpose and motivation for choosing this particular programme. Please consider the following when writing your motivational essay:

  • Your motivation for studying in Denmark, familiarity with Danish society and affiliation to the Danish labour market
  • Your reasons for choosing this programme, explaining exactly why this particular programme is the right one for you
  • Elaborating on what you can contribute to the programme and why
  • Your future plans, indicating concrete career trajectories or specific advanced academic paths, outlining the reasoning behind your choices
  • Highlighting professional experience, extra-curricular activities or pro bono work that you believe to be especially relevant

Your motivational essay may not exceed two A4 pages and must be written in English.

Do you already have a master's degree?
Part of the selection criteria is whether or not you already have a Danish Master’s degree. A completed Master's degree can be a disadavantage in the overall assessment. If you have a completed Master's degree from a country other than Denmark, this does not apply to you.

Note that applicants with a completed Danish Master's degree can only enrol in a new degree programme in certain circumstances (see the rules under "Previous studies at Master's level") and even if you are an exception to the rule, this can be disadvantageous.

 

STATISTICS ON ADMISSION

In our statistics on admission you can find information about the number of applicants for the programme in previous admission rounds as well as the number of places.

See our statistics on admission
 

Advance Assessments

The following advance assessments will be used for the 2019 admission year.

Please note that our advance assessments only take into account the obligatory courses included in the standard curricula (programme regulations) of the bachelor degrees listed below; i.e. if you choose electives or supplementary courses so as to cover one or more of the required areas, the requirements will be lowered accordingly. In case of a credit transfer of obligatory courses, we reserve the right not to use the advance assessment.

If your exact university and degree and enrolment year are not stated, you will be assessed according to the programme’s entry requirements.

Fulfillment of the entry requirements does not guarantee admission at the programme.

CBS Bachelor Degrees

BACHELOR DEGREE
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO BE FULFILLED
SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED
HA(fil.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in Business, Language & Culture (BLC)
 
English is fulfilled
 

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in Business, Asian Language & Culture - International Business in Asia (IBA)
 
English is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

HA Almen
English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

HA(jur.)
English to be fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in Business Administration & Service Management (SEM)
English is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in International Business - regular programme
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2012 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in International Business - Globe
English is fulfilled
Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2012 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 15 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in International Business - Global Supply Chain and Logistics English is fulfilled Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

HA(kom.)
English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

HA(psyk.)
English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BA IMK
 

English to be fulfilled

If the language studied was English, the English language requirement is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2013 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

HA PRO English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BA i europæisk business (EB)

 

English to be fulfilled

If the language studied was English, the English language requirement is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2013 or 2014 (regardless of language focus) do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

 

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015 or later (regardless of language focus) do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

 

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BSc in International Shipping and Trade - regular programme AND Global Supply Chain and Logistics English is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

 BA i Engelsk og Organisationskommunikation (EOK) English is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme from in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)
  • 15 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

BA in Information Management (IM) English is fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme between 2012 and 2015 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2016 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 22.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Bachelor degrees from other Danish institutions

BACHELOR DEGREE

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO BE FULFILLED

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED

SDU - BSc in European Studies

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in the Business track in 2014, 2015 or 2016 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7,5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

Applicants enrolled in the Culture & Politics track in 2014, 2015 or 2016 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

AU - BA i Offentlig Politik & Økonomi

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015 or later must fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 10 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

AAU - BSc i Politik og Administration

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2013, 2014 or 2015 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 10 ECTS-points in Business Administration

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2016 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 5 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

AAU - Sprog og Internationale Studier, Engelsk/Language and International Studies

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or 2015 do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 10 ECTS-points in Business Administration

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2016 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 10 ECTS-points in Business Administration
  • 10 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

RUC - Samfundsvidenskabelig bachelor/Bachelor in Social Sciences - Internationale Studier/International Studies (single subject)

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 2.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

RUC - Samfundsvidenskabelig bachelor - Politik & Administration (single subject)

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

RUC - Samfundsvidenskabelig bachelor/Bachelor in Social Sciences - Internationale Studier/International Studies + Virksomhedsstudier/Business Studies

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 2.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 2.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

RUC - Samfundsvidenskabelig bachelor - Internationale Studier + Politik & Administration

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 2.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

RUC - Samfundsvidenskabelig bachelor - Politik & Administration + Virksomhedsstudier

English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2014 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 2.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Politics (e.g. political science, political theory, international politics, international political economy, international relations, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Norway

BACHELOR DEGREE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO BE FULFILLED SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED
Oslo University - Statsvitenskap (bachelor) English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

University of Agder - Bachelor's programme in Political Science English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 5 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

NTNU - Bachelor in Political Science English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

NTNU - Bachelorprogram i Politisk Økonomi English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Sweden

BACHELOR DEGREE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO BE FULFILLED SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED
Lund University - Bachelor's programme in Political Sciences, Economics and Human Geography/Politices Kandidatprogram English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2015 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

If you have succesfully completed Företagsekonomi Grundkursus (30 ECTS-points), the specific entry requirement Business Administration is satisfied.

Stockholm University - BA in International Business and Politics/Kandidatprogram i Internationell Företagsekonomi och Politik English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

If you have succesfully completed Political Science III (30 ECTS-points), the specific entry requirement Social Science Methodology is satisfied.

Stockholm University - BA in Economics and Political Science/Poltiices Kandidatprogram i Nationalekonomi och Statsvetenskap English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration
  • 15 ECTS-points in Social Science Methodology (e.g. philosophy of science, research design, applied methods, qualitative methods or quantitative methods, or the like)

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Stockholm University - BA in Political Science with Public Policy and Administration/Kandidatprogram i Statsvetenskap med Offentlig Politik och Organisation English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 7.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Uppsala University - Bachelor programme in Political Science/Politices Kandidatprogram English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.

Iceland

BACHELOR DEGREE LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT TO BE FULFILLED SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO BE FULFILLED
University of Iceland - BA in Political Science English to be fulfilled

Applicants enrolled in this programme in 2016 or later do not fulfil the specific entry requirements listed below:

  • 4.5 ECTS-points in Micro Economics and/or Macro Economics
  • 15 ECTS-points in Business Administration

All obligatory courses have been taken into consideration. The specific entry requirements must be covered with academic and research-based courses done at bachelor level.