M.Sc. International Business

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR15965 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
SKEMA Business School | Sophia Antipolis, France | Raleigh, United States | Suzhou, China
With the SKEMA MSc in International Business, you will take a decisive step in your international career. Graduates are easily employable in a broad range of firms and organisations from exporting SMEs and multinational companies, b2b and b2c, to international government agencies and NGOs. The hiring companies are from diverse sectors: consulting, manufacturing, banking and insurance, and logistics

Description of International Business

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Programmes taught in English at the Raleigh, Sophia Antiplois and Suzhou campuses.

September and January intakes on the French and Chinese campuses.

August and January intakes on the US campus.

This MSc is a full-time course taught over a twelve-month period. There are eight months of taught courses, followed by four to six months for the dissertation and internship.

MSc International Business has three specialisation tracks: Doing Business in Europe, Doing Business in Asia, Doing Business in America

Career opportunities

With the SKEMA MSc in International Business, you will take a decisive step in your international career.

Graduates are easily employable in a broad range of firms and organisations from born-global start-ups, exporting SMEs and multinational companies, b2b and b2c, to international government agencies and NGOs.

The hiring companies are from diverse sectors: consulting, manufacturing, banking and insurance, logistics...

An MSc International Business graduate may work as an international product manager, business operations manager, international business development manager, export-area sales manager, global account manager, international sourcing manager, international purchaser, strategic consultant, international project manager etc.

Programme outline

Our one-year multi-campus programme is designed for future global business leaders, providing students with the necessary general management and multicultural skills and knowledge. Each semester, students can study at a different SKEMA campus in Asia, Europe or America; students gain real exposure and experience in different markets.

The same disciplines are taught in each campus, with strong localisation relevant to the location. The autumn/fall semester focuses on globalisation and the way that the region —the Americas, Asia, or Europe— deals with globalisation. In the spring semester, course content on each campus is totally specific to the region.

Our professors come from all around the globe. They are entrepreneurs, innovators, research directors, CEOs, VPs of marketing, directors of finance; and they have worldwide reputations in their fields.

Classes are small enough to allow for close personal contact with teachers and classmates. In recent years, MSc IB classes have been made up of students of some 25, or so, countries. This highly international class composition transforms projects and team work into valuable cross-cultural working and learning experiences.

The teaching approach is applied and participatory: real projects with businesses are carried out so students are operational, employable managers by the time they graduate.

Students on this MSc will understand the challenges and issues associated with sharing knowledge and innovation across borders and continents. The programme strikes the balance between practical business applications and cutting-edge research and ideas.

Core courses provide the knowledge to survive in the global knowledge economy:

  • -> how industries change and firms compete
  • -> how markets should be managed and financial decisions made
  • -> how to cope with diversity and legal issues.

All courses and tutorials are taught entirely in English, allowing students to have a perfect command of the business and technical terminology that is expected from international commerce and trade managers in multinational companies.

Why choose this programme

  • Nowadays firms are often forced to go abroad to sell their products and services. Also key inputs like raw materials, components, human resources have to be obtained internationally. Business is in a phase of unprecedented internationalisation. This MSc will prepare you for it.
  • The programme is well suited to students with a broad range of backgrounds, nationalities, qualifications and experience. The international student make up on the programme precisely suits the area of study, and team-work in these multi-cultural groups is an application of international business in itself.
  • The international teaching staff has both strong academic and professional experience and their teaching concentrates on the application of theory to practical business situations.

Partner companies

IBM ,Orange, Amadeus, Groupe Accord, Decathlon, Auchan, Arjo Wiggins

Non profit:

European Union, Ubifrance, Chambers of Commerce, EURADA Brussels (ARD lobbying group at the EU), The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Vienna

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Recruitment is carried out on a rolling admissions basis. However, given the limited number of places, candidates are advised to apply as early as possible.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15965 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 15965 Year (EEA)
The application fee is €100 (non-refundable)
Start date August  2015, September  2015, January  2016 September and January intakes on the French and Chinese campuses. August and January intakes on the US campus
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Programme structure

First semester: all campuses

  • Globalisation, 3 credits
  • Doing Business in the Americas/Asia/Europe, 4 credits
  • International Finance (Risk, Corporate, Trading), 4 credits
  • Advance Project Management, 4 credits
  • Internationalization of the Firm (includes special project and International Marketing), 5 credits
  • Research Methods, 2 credits
  • Country Risk, 3 credits
  • Professional Personal Development, 1 credit
  • International Business elective 1 (or Chinese course in Suzhou), 2 credits
  • International Business elective 2 (or Chinese course in Suzhou), 2 credits

Examples of International Business electives:

  • Doing Business in the Hi-Tech Industry
  • NGOs
  • Strategic Consulting
  • Introduction to Mergers & Acquisitions

Total semester one: 30 credits

Second semester - Sophia Antipolis campus

Option - Doing Business in Europe

  • Advanced Strategy, 3 credits
  • Doing Business in Europe*, 2 credits
  • European Business Law, 4 credits
  • Managing Human Resources across Europe, 3 credits
  • Marketing Communication in Europe, 3 credits
  • European Financial and Banking Systems, 2 credits
  • Skemasim (Cross campus business game), 3 credits
  • Innovation and Sustainable Development in Europe, 4 credits
  • Professional Personal Development, 1 credit
  • IB elective 1, 2 credits
  • IB elective 2, 2 credits

Examples of IB Electives:

  • Specialisation Doing Business in Europe*
  • Doing Business in High Tech Industry
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Certification Project Management
  • Dissertation, 30 credits

TOTAL semester two: 30 credits

TOTAL MSc IB Doing Business in Europe: 90 credits

*All courses marked by an endnote are co-supported by the Jean Monnet chair

Second semester - Raleigh campus

Option - Doing Business in the USA

  • Advanced Strategy, 3 credits
  • Doing Business in the USA, 4 credits
  • North American Business Law, 4 credits
  • Managing Human Resources in the USA, 3 credits
  • Marketing Communication in the USA, 3 credits
  • Skemasim (Cross campus business game), 4 credits
  • Innovation and Sustainable Development in the USA, 4 credits
  • Professional Personal Development, 1 credit
  • IB elective 1, 2 credits
  • IB elective 2, 2 credits

Examples of IB electives:

  • Financial and Banking systems in the USA
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Certification Project Management
  • Dissertation: 30 credits

Total semester two: 30 credits

TOTAL MSc IB Doing Business in the USA: 90 credits

Second semester - Suzhou campus

Option - Doing Business in China

  • Strategic Choices, 3 credits
  • Doing Business in China, 2 credits
  • Doing Business in Europe and China*, 2 credits
  • Human Resources Management in China, 3 credits
  • Chinese Legal System and Regulations, 4 credits
  • Marketing Communication in China, 3 credits
  • European Financial and Banking systems, 2 credits
  • Skemasim ( Cross campus business game), 4 credits
  • Innovation and Sustainable Development in China, 4 credits
  • Introduction to Chinese Language & Culture, 4 credits
  • Professional development, 1 credit
  • Dissertation: 30 credits

TOTAL semester two: 30 credits

TOTAL MSc IB Doing Business in China: 90 credits

Approximate course time not including individual and project work: 400 hours

These details are for information only and may be changed by the school without prior notice.

Requirements for International Business

  • A four-year degree or equivalent (or, in some cases: a three-year degree plus substantial professional experience; or for UK applicants only: a three-year bachelor's degree with honours).
  • A good score in one of the following English language tests: TOEFL (580 institutional testing programme / 237 computer-based test and 92 internet-based test), TOEIC (830), IELTS (6.5) or equivalent.
    Note: no English language test score is required for students who have a degree from an English-speaking university.
  • A GMAT or GRE score will be to the candidates advantage.

Work Experience for International Business

No work experience is required.

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