MSc in International Management

Management practices and trends have evolved significantly in the past few decades. Professionals now have to navigate a much more challenging economic, social and political environment as they manage careers with a faster pace of change and greater uncertainty. The Master of Science in International Management combines a methodical overview of contemporary management practices and a critical evaluation of the economic, social and political organizational environments in which managers work today.

Recent graduates and experienced professionals

The MSc in International Management degree program is designed to meet the needs of recent graduates wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in management, as well as current professionals wanting to pivot their careers into a management-related field or a different industry. As a recent graduate with an undergraduate degree in the social sciences and humanities you will find the program’s critical and practical approaches build on the strengths of your prior education, while those graduating from conventional business programs will find greater depth and meaning in the interdisciplinary program curriculum. Entering the program as a current professional you will be able leverage prior career experience in the classroom and will find a refreshing challenge in a critically-oriented academic environment.

A Supportive and Interdisciplinary Environment

The American University of Paris is a fully accredited liberal arts university, making possible the unique critical and interdisciplinary approach of the MSc in International Management degree program. These approaches are balanced with teaching methods and theories found in more conventional business school environments, offering you a comprehensive overview of management in theory and in practice. The program has a convivial atmosphere, with small course sizes and access to a full range of academic and personal supportive services.

Program Requirements

The program features core and elective courses, allowing students to focus on various fields of practice, including general management, sustainable development, or NGO and mission-based management.

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.

Core Courses

BA5001 Accounting And Management Control

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.


BA5012 Management, Ethics, And Meaning

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Explore the full Program Requirements

Critical thinking and professional skills

This degree will prepare you with the critical thinking and professional skills to evaluate a wide range of management problems in different professional and personal contexts. You will sharpen your abilities to examine questions and perspectives to make informed decisions and collaborate effectively in your chosen professional field, with a focus on transferable skills, critical thinking, and analytical and qualitative research skills. You will also have the opportunity to develop the 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 practices in organizational situations, as evidenced through case studies, course-related projects, and the final thesis or internship report
  • Offer a broad base of management and business knowledge, effectively deploying concepts, frameworks and critical approaches perceptively and with thoughtfulness
  • Demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon a wide variety of empirical and theoretical sources, analytical frameworks and sub-disciplines within management studies
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct methodological research into management problems, showing familiarity with a range of data, research sources and appropriate quantitative and qualitative techniques
  • Be able to communicate effectively and convincingly, on a factual and conceptual basis, both in writing and verbally
  • Show a high level of professional reliability, an ability to work under self-direction and in teams, and a high degree of personal development

International Management Tracks

The program is built on three core forms of business approaches: dominant contemporary management theory and practices, sustainable development, and mission-based management. Required and elective courses in the program offer course materials and case studies relevant to these approaches.


Close to 9 out of every 10 graduate alumni that graduated from The American University of Paris during the years 2012-2014 have found a job, become entrepreneurs or pursued additional educational routes within one year of graduation. Our graduate programs provide academic excellence and practical knowledge that prepares you to successfully enter the international employment market after graduation. 


During the course of your study, you are encouraged to build on your experiences at AUP by applying gained knowledge and skills beyond the campus. An internship provides you with the crucial connection between theoretical knowledge and the 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

Experience the Program

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