Program Overview

Your next career step in management must equip you for an international professional environment, one that will offer unique opportunities if you are well-prepared. Our MSc in International Management program is a flexible yet structured degree program that provides you with the advanced skills to navigate the complex national, cultural and socio-economic contexts in which all of today’s business and other organizations operate.

Pursue a master's that gives you the theoretical and practical base you need to move to the next level in an organization and your career, while you experience different cultural lenses through which to view leading and managing in organizations around the globe. Every class is intimate in size but huge in the perspectives offered by peers representing many cultures and socio-economic systems. Students can complete their program through either a thesis, an internship, or both. 

In addition to the general management MSc in International Management, the program offers two degree tracks in the areas of Sustainability Systems and NGO/Mission-Based Management.  These degree programs offer a choice of electives, core required courses, and supervised professional and academic projects that are closely tied to these specializations.

Core Courses

Complement core requirements in leadership, strategy, finance, ethics and operations with the opportunity to delve further into potential areas of interest such as managing global communications, economics, negotiation, and international relations.

Msc in International Management

BA5001 Accountability & Representation

Management accounting and control entails the processes managers use to make decisions based on costs and organisational performance and to exert influence other members of the organisation in order to accomplish organisational strategies. The course aims at providing an understanding of the issues around that goal, presenting the main managerial accounting and control tools and systems. We will discuss their implementation in concrete organizational settings. A particular emphasis will be put on human dynamics, motivation, recognition, goal congruence, etc. The course will be a combination of cost determination and management analysis with focus on both traditional and contemporary concepts. We will begin by examining how product and customer costs are estimated and the impact this information has on the organization’s strategy formation and decision-making. The focus will be on cost behavior and will help develop your ability to use cost information in decision-making. We will then proceed to an in-depth examination of cost information for decision-making in both short and long term situations, highlighting some of the potential traps for managers in using management accounting information and control systems out of context or inappropriately. The course will conclude with a discussion of various methods managers use in performance evaluation, illustrating how managers may use some of the tools we learned in the course.

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BA5012 Business Ethics And Business Law

This course concentrates on the role of the manager as an agent for efficient and ethical decision making in modern organizations. Classical and modern philosophical views (variants of the utilitarian, deontologist, and Marxist views) of ethics are presented and applied to a variety of business case studies set in various locations and industries worldwide. The course also explores the deontological variations and interaction with different legal contexts around the world.

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BA5025 Organizational Analysis & Human Resources

This course offers an in-depth overview of Management & Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources concepts, including conventional and critical management studies, sociological and psychological approaches. Focus on understanding of structure and work organization; the impact of technology; organizational culture; managers and decisions; power and organizational control; human resource management and the future of work.

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BA5035 International Financial Management

The course will focus on the international and multinational aspects of Corporate Finance decision-making in the context of global financial markets and capital formation.

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BA5045 International Marketing Management

This course introduces basic and advanced marketing concepts and their use in management-specific situations and applications. We will consider how individuals and firms process information to make decisions, and how firms determine and meet customer demand, needs and desires. Core issues that are covered include the marketing mix, market segmentation, positioning strategies, branding techniques, and international marketing strategies. We also consider how to combine market research data, financial data, and business strategy to make marketing decisions that best meet customer demands and desires, respond to competitors, and reach financial and strategic objectives. This course will be case-driven, with background given on advanced marketing topics though case studies, supported by lectures, discussions, simulations, and written analyses. The course will also examine the marketing function from a variety of professional and critical perspectives. The course considers marketing within national and multi-national contexts. A key component of the course is to develop a thoughtful and critical understanding of marketing practices and to gain the ability to implement concepts in professional environments. The main method of student evaluation will be the student’s ability to effectively utilize the tools and methods in case studies, as well as through simulated and real projects.

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BA5070 International Strategic Management & Leadership

This course introduces students to a broader understanding of strategies pursued by companies, countries, and regional groups in a global business and economic environment. The linkages between the global economic environment and the strategic options open to key stakeholders such as countries, and multinational enterprises (MNEs) are explored through case studies. Also, “topical” issues that affect the global economy and the strategic options pursued by key stakeholders are discussed. The course also addresses how specific international leaders play a key role as developers and implementers of strategic options.

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BA5085 Business Operations & Project Management

This course introduces the tasks and challenges fundamental to project and operations management with an emphasis on organizations focused on innovation, creativity and fluidity (such as mission-based organizations, creative enterprises, and entrepreneurial organizations). Students will learn the vital skills of managing complex projects across multiple functions. Successful project managers possess the skills necessary to manage their teams, schedules, risks, and resources to produce a desired outcome. Students will learn the skills and tools of project management by using both practical “hands-on” approaches as well as by applying theory to practice. A key and often overlooked challenge for project managers is the ability to manage without influence or authority in order to gain the support of stakeholders and access to resources not directly under their control. This course guides students through many of the fundamental operations and project management tools and behavioral skills required in both private sector organizations as well as with NGOs and governmental organizations. There is a special emphasis on causes of project failure and how to mitigate these issues through proper planning in the early phases of a news initiative.

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International Management Specializations

Sustainability Systems

The MSc in International Management, Sustainability Systems Track reflects the need for future managers and leaders to understand the complex interplay of political, economic, environmental and social systems as they strive to build and manage the organization of the future. This is particularly critical when designing business or non-profit practices where these systems vary greatly in their dynamics around the globe. In addition to your core requirements, you can take advantage of the opportunity to participate in a Sustainable Development Practicum in India, as well as understand issues relevant to sustainability management through elective choices such as “Geopolitics of Emerging Economies,” or “Complex Emergencies, Natural Disasters.”

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NGO Management

The MSc in International Management, NGO and Mission Based Management Track prepares you to work in non-governmental and mission-based organizations. These organizations require core competencies in finance, strategy, and operations that are relevant for businesses or corporations; but they also require special leadership and negotiation skills for communities and their stakeholders, as well as special resource management skills, particularly human resources. Your core requirements and their practical applications will enable you to develop these capabilities while also providing elective choices in relevant areas like development communications, or politics and policy, as well as more specialized courses such as “Women, Conflict Resolution and International Law” or “Politics and Economics of Global Media,” among many others.

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Learning Environment
Theory with Practice

The Personal Leadership Development/Consulting Methods seminar engages students with advanced themes and methods in management consultancy, both in theory and in practice. Students take a critical approach to understand how theory influences practice and how our perceptions of management consultancy evolve over time and circumstance. Furthermore, students will examine management consultancy in terms of specific cultural, international and organizational elements given specific consulting frameworks.

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