MSc in International Management

Recent graduates and experienced professionals

Management practices and trends have evolved significantly in the past few decades. Professionals now have to navigate a wide variety of economic, social, environmental and public policy challenges as they manage careers with a faster pace of change and greater uncertainty. The MSc in International Management combines a solid grounding in contemporary management practices with critical perspectives that help global citizens meet the complex challenges of today’s professional world with meaningful, authentic and ethical approaches.

A Supportive and Interdisciplinary Environment

The American University of Paris is a unique institution that offers a global perspective consistent with a liberal arts mission of interdisciplinary studies and critical thinking. In the MSc in International Management, we combine humanities and social sciences approaches with teaching methods and theories found in typical business school environments. It provides a comprehensive overview of management in theory and in practice along with critical inquiry and reflective sensemaking in order to bring depth and meaning to management topics. We strive to have a convivial atmosphere, with small course sizes and access to a full range of academic and personal support services.

Program Requirements

The program features a special emphasis on elective courses, allowing you to focus on the field of practice that most suits you, be it general management, sustainability management or NGO and mission-based management.

Complement core requirements in leadership, strategy, finance, ethics and operations with the opportunity to delve further into your interests both inside and outside the field of management, with options spanning global communications, economics, negotiation and international relations.

Core Courses

BA5001 Accounting And Management Control

Overview of management control, managerial accounting, as well as financial and performance reporting, management by exception, balanced scorecard, cost accounting, etc. Takes a critical approach to using accounting and performance management tools in managerial decision making. The course focuses on how conventional management tools can inform decision-making, and how to consider financial, strategic, and ethical mitigating factors in more ambiguous and nuanced contexts.


BA5012 Management Ethics And Theory

This course covers theoretical and pragmatic approaches to business practices as a starting point for an on-going exploration into contemporary and critical management concepts. Students will explore the ethical issues that arise as organizations operate in a globalized and inter-connected economy. We will apply general management theory, ethical analysis, and critical approaches to a variety of case studies across different industries and global regions.


BA5021 Organizational Behavior

This course offers an in-depth overview of Organizational Behavior concepts and practices. We will cover conventional management theories and critical approaches, as well as sociological and psychological approaches. We will also explore individual, group and organizational dimensions within business and mission-driven organizations. Further, the course aims to facilitate the effective experiential learning of students through activities and problem-solving exercises based on real world examples.


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.


BA5041 Marketing Strategy

This course examines concepts and strategies used in international marketing. Provides an overview of the current/ongoing issues and challenges facing marketers around the globe. The objective is to acquire a better understanding of the marketing challenges facing international and global firms and to analyze the tools and strategies that these companies use to mitigate these issues and challenges.


BA5062 Management Of Complexity

This course explores and elaborates on complexity and emergence in the context of contemporary management and the practices of managing. The course engages students with advanced interdisciplinary ‘Management of Complexity’ themes in strategy, organizational behavior and leadership. In this theory and case-driven course, students examine the management of complexity in terms of specific cultural and organizational contexts and management frameworks.


EC5063 Economic Analysis For Management

The course will introduce economists' basic concepts and analytical frameworks to study behavior and decision-making. Students will learn how to employ these concepts to analyze organizational, social, and environmental real-world problems from an economics perspective. We will explore some limitations inherent in economic analysis addressing 21st-century challenges such as anthropogenic climate change and social responsibility. The prerequisites of the course are a graduate standing.


BA5071 Strategic Management

The course engages students with advanced themes in international management strategy, both in theory and in practice. Students will take a critical approach to understand how theory influences practice and how our perceptions of strategy evolve over time and circumstance. Furthermore, students will examine strategy in terms of specific cultural, international and organizational elements given specific sustainability and mission-based frameworks.



BA5019 Consulting Methods

This course engages students with advanced themes and methods in management consultancy, both in theory and in practice. We will take a critical approach to understand how theory influences practice and how our perceptions of management consultancy evolve over time and circumstance. Students will examine management consultancy in terms of specific cultural, international and organizational elements given specific consulting frameworks.



BA5099 Thesis Methodology Seminar


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Critical thinking and professional skills

This degree provides you with the critical thinking and professional skills necessary to evaluate a wide range of management problems in different professional and personal contexts. Particular emphasis is given to managing complexity and ambiguity in multi-stakeholder and multi-causal contexts. You will sharpen your ability to approach varied questions and perspectives to make informed decisions and collaborate effectively in your chosen professional field. There is a key focus on transferable skills, critical thinking and analytical and qualitative research skills. You also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and expertise to manage proficiently, efficiently and ethically.

As a graduate of the MSc in International Management you will:
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply management know-how in practical business situations as evidenced through cross-course projects
  • Offer a broad base of management and business knowledge, effectively deploying concepts, frameworks and critical approaches perceptively and with thoughtfulness
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct methodological research while engaging in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon a wide variety empirical and theoretical sources, analytical frameworks, and sub-disciplines within management studies
  • Be able to communicate effectively and convincingly on a factual and conceptual basis, in writing and orally
  • Show a high level of professional reliability, with an ability to work under self-direction and in teams, with a high-level of personal ethics

International Management Tracks

The program is built on three core business approaches: (1) dominant contemporary management theory and practices, (2) sustainability management and (3) mission-based management. As well as track-specific course requirements, both core courses and elective courses across the program offer class material and case studies relevant to these three approaches. If you are interested in further academic focus, you may also complete a research project, a professional experience or further directed studies in these areas.


Around nine out of ten students that graduated from The American University of Paris in 2012–14 had found a job, become entrepreneurs or pursued further education within a year of graduation. Our graduate programs provide academic excellence and practical knowledge to prepare you to enter the international employment market successfully.


Over the course of your study, you are encouraged to build on your experiences at AUP by applying your knowledge and skills beyond the campus. An internship provides you with a crucial connection between theoretical knowledge and the kind of real-world experience that can ultimately kick-start your professional career.

    • 56%
      of students register an internship
    • 40%
      of internships result directly in job offers

Companies where students intern



Charlie Crane

Edelman Intelligence


Young and Rubicam

The International Fund for Agricultural Development


DDB Paris

Your classmates

Student Testimonials

Experience the Program

Teaching methods focus on conventional techniques as well as critical management studies and approaches from other academic disciplines. Courses combine lectures, seminar discussions, case method teaching and student-directed projects. Within this context, a special emphasis is put on professional skills development and career development. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and program faculty on research projects and specialized directed-study courses.