International Institute in Geneva

Develop your skills and accelerate your career in International Management.

The Master of International Management (MIM) is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in international business management. The degree is geared towards recent undergraduates or working professionals with less than two years of experience. The MIM provides a comprehensive introduction to international management:  how do companies market and operate at an international level?
What are the communication and cultural challenges for businesses today? What are the ethical and social responsibilities of the business world?

Ranking Eduniversal 2015-16: Master of International Business (Top 50)


Students have the opportunity to pursue a second degree at Boston University master’s degree program in an abbreviated time frame upon successful completion of the International Institute in Geneva (IIG)’s master’s degree. Students will complete no less than 8 required courses to fulfill the requirements of the Boston University master’s degree.

  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Starting
    September January
  • Courses
    10 Courses

Key Benefits

  • Ranked N°52 in the Western Europe by Eduniversal
  • Switzerland is a dynamic and multicultural learning environment
  • An overview of key business theories and practices
  • Practical communication and negotiation skills for entering the multicultural workplace
  • Insights into the latest global business trends and challenges
  • Optional double degree with Boston University
  • Study tour to Silicon Valley 
  • Teaching on campus and online
Graduation Ceremony 2015

Program Details

In addition to core management courses, the Master of International Management trains students to be skilled in international business practices with a strong cross-cultural focus. The program provides a global perspective on issues such as international marketing, cross cultural negotiation and human resources and aims to link theory to practice.


The Master of International Management is comprised of 14 courses taken over one year in the day.

Course Descriptions

Trimester 1 Credits
  • ECO 610 – Global Economics & Development This course aims to examine the working of a national economy and the critical role that businesses play in it. It provides insights into the workings of economic policy and the issues discussed in current policy debates. It studies business cycles and the impact of policies on short-term fluctuations. It then turns to the longer term by examining economic growth and its drivers. It studies development and the strategies pursued by successful developing countries. It analyses the Sustainable Development Goals and contributes to a better understanding of the need for multilateral and regional economic cooperation and national economic policies for sustainable development. The course provides an understanding of challenges confronting the global economic order, impacts of the trade and investment policies, the role of financial system and the regional market integration. 
  • MGT 657 – Operations & Project Management This course provides a systematic overview of design, control and improvement of operations, projects, logistics and supply chain related management issues. It renders the rationale and practices of optimizing the global supply chain and leveraging it as a value-creating strategy to gain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The project management key success factors will be presented, examined, discussed, and applied by the students on concrete projects. In the meantime, it addresses issues related to sustainability, quality management, and the challenges of establishing trust and collaboration amongst operation partners.
  • MKG 618 – Digital Marketing Strategies Developing, implementing, and managing sales strategies is now very different than it was only a few years ago, when business environments were more stable and simpler. This course will teach students the Strategic Selling Process steps and demonstrate how these steps interact within one another in a logical, seamless flow. Students will understand how Digital Marketing has changed Sales strategies of enterprises. Understand the Psychology of the Client and related Sales strategies, master the Strategic Selling Process steps and will realize that understanding social, ethical, and legal issues helps to build a solid foundation on which to base future business and relationship decisions.
  • FIN 645 – Corporate Finance & Risk Management This course develops students’ understanding of the core financial dimensions of business and its related key issues in modern corporate world such as cost of capital mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, financial markets, and a glimpse into Financial Technology (FinTech) sector as an emerging industry. A range of risk management tools and techniques will be explored, as will the risk capital requirements for banks. Students should be able to understand the different types of financial institutions, the risk associated with their business, measuring, and managing these risks. The theories are presented within a context, which motivate students and equip them with practical tools for financial decision making and valuation; the skills they will require in their future careers.
  • RES 100 A – Introduction to Research This module is designed to provide students a solid understanding of the research process with a foundation in research methods and techniques. It will introduce students to how to identify research questions, develop hypotheses, design research, and collect and analyze data. Students will also be introduced to different research designs, such as qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods approaches.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • MGT 620 – Organizational Design & ESG This course introduces students to organisational design and why, in today’s ever changing macro context, an organisation’s success is dependent on its ability to evolve structures, processes and people in an agile way. Topics include strategy, sustainability, ESG, organisational and individual performance management, leadership and change management.
  • NEG 625 – Negotiation & Communication Skills Effective negotiation and communication are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in strategic partnership development, stakeholder management and effective resolution of business conflict. Students will analyse the process in which two or more actors, with differing views and interests, engage in dialogue using bargaining, trade off and persuasive communication to reach agreement on issues of common concern. The course consists of a series of interactive modules, simulations, and role-play exercises offering a practical insight of the art of negotiation in business arena.
  • FIN 625 – Financial Reporting and Analysis This is an interactive course that provides students with knowledge in financial accounting and enhances practical skills in using financial statements to evaluate value creation of the entity. Combining case discussions of actual companies’ financial statements and rigorous framework (IFRS & US GAAP) this course will enrich students' understanding of accounting tools, skills necessary to critically analyse firms’ actions and expose them to the current business landscape. In a collaborative atmosphere students will not only learn the accounting concepts, how to prepare basic financial statements for incorporated entities and groups of companies but will also discover how to look behind the numbers, gain an understanding of the choices enterprises make in reporting the results of their business activities to be able to analyse financial statements effectively.
  • MGT 630 – Turning Idea to Success Innovation can no longer be viewed as a sideshow. It is the way to do business and a key driver of sustainable growth. This module is designed to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to turn innovative ideas into successful businesses. Students will learn the importance of innovation for businesses, different types of innovation, how to identify and evaluate potential business opportunities, develop effective business plans, understand the importance of customer validation in business planning and execute on those plans to achieve their goals. The module will cover key topics such as innovation, business development, and business plan development, with a focus on practical application.
  • RES 100 B – Research planning and preparation This module is designed to help students to plan and prepare their research projects(Capstone) by developing a clear, concise research proposal with problem statement, key research questions, research methodology, literature review, proposed outcomes. The research proposal forms the ‘gateway’ to the research (Capstone project) itself and the aim is to ensure that students are well planned to implement their Capstone projects.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • MGT 698 – International Management (Capstone Course) International Business is the capstone course to assess the student learning and knowledge acquired in the MIM program. The course will incorporate the functional aspects of Finance, Marketing, Human Recourses, Law, Economics, and Communications in the area of International Business. It will evaluate the knowledge acquired to ascertain the student's responsiveness to successful business within an international context. Understanding of cultural and language differences will be utilized in the context of international business. The course will also contain key international trade theories, international business entry strategies, and foreign exchange markets including how to raise capital in the international marketplace.

Distinguished Speakers

Paul Polman

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer, Unilever Graduation ceremony 2014

The Honourable Mrs. Mary Robinson

The Honourable Mrs. Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Graduation Ceremony 2007


Nationalities of Master Students
  • 1. Europe (62%)
  • 2. Asia (28%)
  • 3. America (7%)
  • 4. Africa (3%)


The faculty at IIG in Switzerland, is international in experience, practical in orientation and focused on their teaching. The faculty members are student-centered and committed to foster a stimulating learning environment.

Study in Switzerland

Study in Switzerland

Geneva belongs to a select group of truly “international” cities of the world, making it an ideal place to study international management.

An International Network

An International Network

The International Institute in Geneva has established a strong network, developing exchange programs with 23 universities worldwide.

Your Career with your MIB

Your Career with your MIB

MIB graduates have gone on to careers in multinationals, family businesses, international organizations and governments.

Career Services

Career Services

The International Institute in Geneva provides for counselling to assist students in their career decisions.

Learning Otcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of functional management issues;
  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective strategic decision making in international management scenarios;
  • Students will be able to demonstrate analytical, synthesis and interpersonal skills in international business scenarios;
  • Students will be able to link ethical management practices and corporate sustainability to long-term business success;

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form (should include your Motivation letter)
  • Official Undergraduate Transcript (certified translation in English) (Minimum GPA recommended 2.7 or above on the scale of 0-4)
  • Official Undergraduate Diploma (certified translation in English)
  • Non-refundable application fee of CHF 150.- or € 140.- or USD 150.-
  • English proficiency test: either TOEFL (min score 80),  IELTS (min score 6.0) or Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE). IIG institutional code number for the TOEFL is 0130;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of reference from an employer or a professor;
  • Copy of valid passport;
  • Two passport size photos.

The following additional requirements apply to MBA program candidates only:

  • A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0
  • At least 2 years of work experience is recommended
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