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 November March May
  • Courses
    14 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 607 – Global Economics This course examines the major principles of economics, economic policymaking and the role of the firm in the economy. It discusses the role of the financial system, (un)employement and international economic flows between the domestic economy and its international environment and provides the theoretical basis for understanding the economic importance of firms, international trade and international capital flows.
  • MKG 612 – Sales Strategies Selling is both an Art and a Science. Selling is a Science because a growing body of knowledge and objective facts describe the process of "selling". Selling is an Art since it takes practice, persuasive skills and creativity to master it. In this module, students will learn both the art and science of Business Selling Process. They will be able to define, develop and use appropriate Business Sales Strategy.
  • MKG 615 – Consumers and Markets Analytics This course offers methods, tools, and techniques for qualitative and quantitative analysis of consumer behaviour and markets, which constitute a key input for product strategies and the introduction of new products and services.
  • MGT 605 – Strategic Supply Chain Management This course is concerned with optimising the global supply chain and leveraging it as a value-creating strategy to gain competitive advantage in the global marketplace. It addresses issues related to sustainability, risk management and the challenges of establishing trust and collaboration amongst supply chain partners.
Trimester 2 Credits
  • NEG 625 – International Negotiations Negotiation skills are among the most valuable and sought-after skills both in crisis management and peaceful resolution of conflict. Students will analyze 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 international relations. Through the analysis of in-depth case studies, students will assess the role and effectiveness of international negotiations in areas such as international trade, regionalism, disarmament or climate change on the local and global levels.
  • FIN 620 – Corporate Finance & FinTech This course is intended to familiarize students with principles of corporate finance and investment decisions. It develops students' understanding of fundamental topics in modern corporate world such as cost of capital, financial valuation, investments, risk-return, mergers and acquisitions and other financial tools. The theory is presented within a context which motivates students and equips them with practical tools for financial decision making and valuation; the skills they will require in their future careers.
  • MGT 645 – Environment, Sustainability & Governance (ESG) This module aims to foster an understanding for the crucial importance of ESG leadership for the sustainability, profitability and social responsibility of public corporations and private businesses. The course aims to enable students to assess the importance of governance by embracing a holistic perspective to include environmental aspects (e.g. climate change), social inequalities (e.g. gender issues) and corporate governance (e.g. the agency problematic).
  • MGT 657 – Project and Quality Management This course introduces students to the practices, concepts and techniques used in operations within manufacturing and service organizations. It teaches the fundamentals of Project Management and covers Quality Management concepts and tools.
Trimester 3 Credits
  • MGT 666 – Managing Start-Ups Students will be exposed to all aspects of the entrepreneurial process, particularly in the digital era. This will include a discussion of what makes an entrepreneur – creativity, ability to distinguish between a business idea and a business opportunity, response to change and certain personality characteristics. Assembling resources, launching the business and harvesting rewards will also be discussed. Several sessions will be devoted towards developing a business concept, assessing and managing risk, and establishing a bankable business plan. Students are encouraged to develop and critically evaluate suitable business ideas in the digital era using entrepreneurship theories, concepts and frameworks.
  • TRA 660 – International Trade Law and Policy The course covers trade related law and policy issues with respect to economic development, growth and regional cooperation. It addresses current challenges to the multilateral trading system, including the ongoing Doha round negotiations as well as the future of the WTO.
  • MKG 667 – International Marketing Students will learn to devise an international marketing plan taking into account the overall international economic situation, the growing interaction of governments, international institutions, the global legal environment, the different cultures, etc. It emphasizes the challenges the international marketer is facing today in dealing with the complexity of globalization, internationalization and the impact of the modern technologies.
  • MGT 610 – Leadership and Influence The cross-disciplinary course is based on the ‘influence-as-leadership’ concept which is highly relevant for successful careers in all types of organizations, whether commercial or governmental. Students will develop a feel for motivating and influencing others and recognize manipulative and other unethical practices. Students study a range of variables that affect leadership in organizations including effective leadership styles, motivation or non-verbal communication. The course incorporates the latest inter-disciplinary research in the field and encourages students to develop their leadership skills, not least by actively contributing to the in-class discussions and exercises.
Trimester 4 Credits
  • MGT 650 – Digital Transformation Digital transformation is a fundamental driver of competitiveness for firms in a variety of industries. Digital transformation is not only about mastering technological change, but it involves and affects all aspects of the organization. Students will learn various methodologies, how to apply them to real cases, how to develop a roadmap to implement digital transformation for creating value, and develop skills as an innovator, entrepreneur or investor in new and dynamic environments.
  • BUS 699 – 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 stating any relevant professional work experience;
  • 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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