International Business, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The one-year multi-campus International Business programme at SKEMA Business School 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.


  • Programme taught in English at the Raleigh, Paris, Suzhou and Brazil campuses. January 2017 will have an intake on the Sophia Antipolis campus.
  • September and January intakes on the French and Chinese campuses. August and January intakes on the US campus. September intake on the Brazil 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

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.

Professors for this International Business programme at SKEMA Business School 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.
Career opportunities

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 Structure

First semester (and campus)
  • Globalisation (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh)
  • Globalisation: Risks, Challenges & Opportunities for Latin America (Belo Horizonte)
  • Environment, Sustainability and Development in Latin America (Belo Horizonte)
  • Doing Business in Europe / Multicultural Management (Sophia)
  • Doing Business in Europe / Legal Issues in Europe (Sophia)
  • Doing Business in Asia / Marketing to Chinese Customers (Suzhou)
  • Doing Business in Asia / Cultural Aspects of Business (Suzhou)
  • Research methods (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh)
  • International Project Management (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • International Finance (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • Internationalisation of the Firm (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • Country Risks (Sophia, Suzhou)
  • Professional and Personal Development (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • Chinese, and Advanced Chinese (Suzhou)
  • Portuguese (Belo Horizonte)
Special topics (Raleigh)
  • Cross-Cultural Competencies (with GTI-NCSU) I, II, III or IV X
  • Arts & Design of Negotiation
Two elective courses to be chosen among (Sophia and Suzhou):
  • Strategic Consulting
  • New Business Models: Insights from the Collaborative & Functionality Economy
  • Disruptive Innovation and the Power of Lead Users
  • Sustainable Development and Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice
  • Finance for New Venture Management
  • Open Innovation
  • E-commerce
Second semester - Mandatory courses (and campus)
  • Advanced Strategy (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • Skemasim - business game (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • International Business Law (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh)
  • International Business Operations (Raleigh, Belo Horizonte)
  • International Sourcing Purchasing & Trade (Sophia, Suzhou)
  • Marcom in Europe / Asia (Sophia, Suzhou)
  • International Human Resources Management (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh)
  • Management and Innovation (Belo Horizonte)
  • Organisational Behaviour (Belo Horizonte)
  • Sustainable Finance (Sophia, Suzhou)
  • Doing Business in Europe / China / Business Development issues (Sophia, Suzhou)
  • Chinese, and Advanced Chinese (Suzhou)
  • Portuguese (Belo)
  • Professional and Personal Development (Sophia, Suzhou, Raleigh)
Special topics (Raleigh)
  • Cross-Cultural Competencies (with GTI-NCSU) I, II, III or IV X
  • To be determined
Two elective courses to be chosen among (Sophia Antipolis and Suzhou campuses):
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • CAPM
  • Doing Business in High Tech
  • Launching an Innovative Venture in France/China/Brazil
  • Strategic Management of Innovation
  • Negotiation Practice
  • Developing a Practical Marketing Plan


Both semesters: Students on the Sophia Antipolis campus will have access to courses from other MSc programmes

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Requirements - MSc:
  • 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), ELS (112), IELTS (6.5) or equivalent. MSc Global Luxury Management's calendar info, visa info and language test requirements here. 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 candidate’s advantage.
Requirements - Two-Year MSc:
  • Have a three-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • A score report attesting a sufficient level of English (TOEFL 560, TOEIC 800, IELTS 6, ELS 110 or equivalent)*
    Note: no English language test score is required for students who have a degree from an English-speaking university.
  • GMAT or GRE score will be to the candidate’s advantage

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 16500 International
  • EUR 16500 EU/EEA

  • Two-year MSc (MSc Preparatory Programme + MSc): €24,900


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