BA International Business Management Studies (IBMS)

The Webster Leiden Dual Degree in International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) is NVAO accredited in the Netherlands. Students who finish this program will receive both an American BA Management or BS Business Administration degree and a Dutch HBO Bachelor degree International Business & Management.

The program combines the practical orientation of the Bachelor degrees granted by the Dutch Universities of Professional Education with the rigorous American academic standards of liberal arts college education.

Please see the IBMS Handbook 2014-2015 (OER) for the Academic Policies and Examination Procedures.

Most Important Features:

  • It is international, both as to the educational contents and the student population;
  • It is taught entirely in English;
  • It is based on a combination of elements from the traditional economics programs in the fields of marketing and sales, finance, and management;
  • It focuses on the complexities of international trade and commerce and the entrepreneurial environment;
  • It offers practical training in international companies;
  • Structural participation of foreign students leads to a high degree of international exposure;
  • Students acquire an excellent preparation for their future professional careers.
  • Dutch, American and truly international – with this program students from the Netherlands and other EU countries receive a business-oriented education that is truly unique. The Webster Leiden dual degree in IBMS offers an immediate entry point into the international business job market. At the same time, because it is an accredited American degree, it is an excellent entry point into further academic studies at the Masters level either in the Webster University Worldwide system or at other Anglo-Saxon universities throughout the world.

Four Study Specializations:

General Management – Program requirements:

International Business – Program requirements:

Marketing Management – Program requirements:

Business Administration – Program requirements:

The first three lead to an American Bachelor of Arts in Management degree, the fourth to an American Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Each four-year program consists of 240 ECTS credits, the equivalent of 128 American credits. In each study year a student must earn 60 ECTS; with a portion of the final year is taken up with the required internships.

Students choosing the IBMS program at Webster University Leiden follow a set route through their program, starting with the first general year. This first year addresses general management skills (such as team building and cross-cultural skills), communication and presentation skills, study and research skills, and composition. This academic foundation year also covers many of the so-called “General Education” courses that are an essential aspect of an American liberal arts college education. At Webster University these are now part of the so-called Global Citizenship Project.

There is also a Portfolio requirement which addresses the student’s personal and professional (career) development.

The courses that make up the Webster Leiden IBMS program for each of the four specializations fall into four categories:

  • Business and Management core courses (required)
  • Global Citizenship Program courses (required)
  • Variable courses or Electives (“vrije keuzeruimte”).
  • Specialization courses (required for the specialization or “afstudeer-variant”). The “General Management” variant has no specialization courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Graduates will explain the important terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and apply appropriate terminology, facts, concepts, principles, analytic techniques, and theories used in management when analyzing moderately complex situations.
  • Graduates will be able to synthesize and integrate important concepts, principles, and theories used in management into solutions to moderately complex management problems.

These outcomes apply to the Specialist Areas: General Management, International Business, and Marketing Management.

For the graduation specialization in Business Administration, the following additional outcomes have been defined to allow students to also qualify for the American Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:

  • Students use information, analytical tools, and problem-solving skills to make well-reasoned business decisions, considering both quantitative factors and qualitative factors such as ethical considerations.
    a. Students can perform statistical and quantitative analysis.
    b. Students make decisions accounting for risk and qualitative factors.
    c. Students can evaluate the impact of business decisions on a firm’s stakeholders.
  • Students can perform financial analysis.
    a.Students can prepare financial statements and reports.
    b.Students can analyze financial information and evaluate the effect of decisions on the firm’s financial performance
  • Students can develop strategies addressing the legal, ethical, economic and global environment in which the enterprise operates.
    a.Students can analyze the impact of pricing and production decisions considering market structure.
    b.Students can analyze the impact of macroeconomic events on the economic environment in which business operates.

For the graduation specialization in Global Economics, the following additional outcomes have been defined:

  • Students demonstrate an understanding of basic macroeconomics concepts and how policy changes impact the economy.
  • Students can apply microeconomic concepts to real-world settings.
  • Students can apply economic principles to specialized topic areas in economics of international trade and finance, money and banking, and labor economics.
  • Students can apply economic principles to their chosen ‘flex track’ (1 of 3 below).
    a.Students can apply macro and micro theories to better understand the business world.
    b.Students can apply mathematical techniques to analyze economic problems.
    c.Students can apply economic principles to better understand cross-disciplinary issues in the liberal arts.

In order to graduate, the student needs to have successfully covered all the learning outcomes of the courses (educational units) in the specialist area (specialization, graduation specialization, graduation profile) he/she has chosen. The course-level outcomes can be found in the relevant course syllabi.

This program is offered by the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology.

The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for BS, BA, MBA, MA, MS, and doctoral programs in the Business and Management departments.