Utrecht University

International Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
Interested in driving successful operations in an international context? The Masters programme in International Management at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is a highly international, multidisciplinary management programme that pays attention not just to business issues, but to corporate social responsibility, ethics and human behaviour as well.


Today, the majority of firms operate internationally. Some firms only do some regional exporting, others have extensive sales operations in foreign markets and source their inputs from all over the world. Managing complex international operations well is a core competitive advantage for organisations today. Not only in terms of sales and profits, but also in doing it sustainable and ethical with sensitivity and respect for cultural differences.

International management

Founded firmly in economics and international financial management, this specialised MSc in International Management at Utrecht University is designed for a new generation of managers who understand that the real ‘story behind the numbers’ includes well being for all stakeholders.


The MSc in International Management puts the management of international organisations in the spotlight, covering various key elements of global decision-making. Core to this Master is the management of international operations including entry strategies in foreign markets, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and cross-cultural leadership. Further, senior executives’ main role is to create new opportunities and maximise the impact of firms in society, so there is a strong emphasis in this Master’s programme on global innovation strategies, entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility.

Career perspectives

The MSc in International Management trains you to work in a global corporate environment dealing with issues such as global marketing and finance, supply chain management, cross cultural management, and foreign market entry strategies. The Master’s programme offers occasional contact with business leaders and places academic economic research in the context of managerial decision-making in international firms. Master classes and practical projects with a focus on business analysis and consulting offers you the opportunity to strengthen your professional skills needed for a career in an international setting. As a graduate, you will be well prepared for a range of different (international) career opportunities in consulting, business strategy and development, corporate venture management and start-ups.

Programme objective

This Master’s programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international management. You will actively participate in major research projects, conduct your own research, present your results, and write short essays and a Master’s thesis. By the end of this programme you will be able to:

  • put academic knowledge and skills into practice;
  • conduct independent research which contributes to the field of economics and business;
  • solve problems independently and in a team, while taking social factors into consideration;
  • demonstrate mastery of subject-specific English terminology;
  • manage your own personal and professional development.


  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Period 1
  • Empirical economics (compulsory)
  • Topics in corporate finance (compulsory)
  • Trade and multinational business (compulsory)
Period 2

Strategy and innovation focuses on how the external environment of the firm is organized and how strategies to explore and exploit this environment can be developed and implemented, with special attention for open innovation, innovation ecosystems, and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

  • Multinational corporate finance (compulsory)
  • Research project (compulsory)
Period 3: choose two electives of the list*, but at least one of the following courses
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Multinational firms
* electives period 3
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Multinational firms
  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship
  • Management control systems
  • Financial regulation
  • Investment management
  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Macroeconomic policy
  • Economics of labour markets and institutions
  • Behavioural economics and public policy
  • Tax policy
  • Public policy and competition
Period 3 and 4
  • Thesis (compulsory)
Period 4
  • Business and society (compulsory)
  • Professional skills (compulsory)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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:


    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

  • A Bachelor of a research University in Economics, or Economics and Business Economics preferably with some degree of specialization in International Management.
  • You must have solid and demonstrable knowledge in the following fields: Microeconomics; Econometrics; Mathematics; Corporate Finance; Macroeconomics.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA


Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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