MSc International Master in Management

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Join some of the brightest innovators from around the world at Audencia Business School. In our International Master in Management (IMM) programme launched in 2005, you will take courses led by global experts within a highly international campus and curriculum. Prepare for career success:

  • Learn to do business across cultures
  • Tailor your programme to your goals – choose from 6 specialisations
  • Prove your skill with a practical master’s dissertation on a specific business and management area
  • Connect with our large network of corporate partners through events, internship opportunities or a collective consulting mission
  • Choose to start your programme at our campus in Nantes, France, or Shenzhen, China

The IMM programme is accredited by the French accrediting body "Conférence des grandes écoles". Due to the limited number of places available in this competitive programme, we advise applying as soon as possible.

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KEY INFORMATION

About the Programme

  • Degree earned: Master of Science in International Management
  • Language: English
  • MSc tuition fees: €18,000
  • Extended MSc tuition fees: €22,000

Eligibility

  • English proficiency
  • MSc: 4-year degree in business or engineering OR exceptionally a 4-year degree in another field with business experience or academic honours
  • Extended MSc: 3-year or 4-year degree in any field

Duration

  • MSc: Starting on 18 October 2021; 9 months of classes + 4-6 months internship, company mission or research project
  • Extended MSc: Starting on 5 July 2021; 12 months of classes + 4-6 months internship, company mission or research project

Programme

Prepare for your career in any sector of international management at one of the top ranked, triple accredited and most corporately connected business schools in Europe – and in one of the best places to live in France. Complete your core courses, and then determine the focus and format of your education to fit your career goals. Note that some courses may only be available in one format (online or in-person).

If you are a highly qualified student with a four-year degree in business or engineering, this programme lets you run at full throttle to complete an MSc in International Management. This programme is available online or in-person. If you have a degree in another field, or a three-year degree, the Extended MSc is for you.

Period 1 (October to January)

You will gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation. Core courses include:

Financial accountingManagerial finance
Corporate financeInternational strategy
Corporate social responsability & Business ethicsHuman resources management
International marketingManaging across cultures
Managerial coachingResearch methods in business

If you are enrolling from outside of China, you have the option of completing these courses in China at Shenzhen Audencia Business School (SABS).

Audencia has integrated technology to offer students a hybrid learning experience. This means that you can choose to take courses during the first period online or on site, or begin your courses online and then join the on-campus classes whenever you are able.

Period 2 (February to July)

At this point in the programme, you’ll have built a solid foundation in business management. You will then select one of the following six specialisations:  

International MarketingInternational Finance & Managerial AccountingInternational Strategy & Management
Marketing in the Digital AgeAdvanced Corporate FinanceRethinking Business for Society
Services MarketingManagement ControlAgile Approaches in Contemporary Companies
Pricing & Brand ValueFinancial AnalysisInternational Business
B2B Strategies in Sales & MarketingInternational Financial MarketsStrategies in Emerging Markets
International Retailing & InnovationAdvanced Reporting in the International EnvironmentEntrepreneurial Business Plan
Data Processing in MarketingFinancial Modelling for EntrepreneurshipBusiness Simulation
Food & Agribusiness ManagementCognac, Spirits & Wine ManagementFinancial Analysis & Investment Management*
Food Value Chain & PerformanceDigital Management in Distilled SpiritsDerivatives & Alternative Investments
International Food MarketingCognac: From Tradition to InnovationEquities & Fixed Income
Operations & Supply Chain Management in the Food SectorImport/Export in Distilled Spirits ManagementCorporate Finance & Portfolio Management
Administration & Financial Risk Management (Brazil)French Spirits Branding in International MarketsAdvanced Financial Analysis & Reporting
Sustainable & Disruptive Innovation (Brazil)Luxury MarketingFinancial Ethics
Value Chain Management (Brazil)Global Leadership in International Spirits ManagementFinancial Economics

*This specialisation helps you prepare for the CFA exam. Your choice of this specialisation is subject to validation by the head of the specialisation. 

In addition to the Marketing, Finance or Strategy specialisations, you will broaden your managerial knowledge even further by choosing four elective courses.

Examples of elective courses include:

LeadershipBusiness communication
International negotiationDigital transformation strategy
Change managementProject management
Project in Ethics & CSREntrepreneurship & Innovation
Psychology of MoneyConsulting
Operations & Supply chain

Period 3 (July to December)

(Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)

During your final term, you will complete an individual internship, a collective consulting mission for a company, or a research project. 

Internship or Company Mission

You will secure your work experience anywhere in the world with the assistance of our career advisors. This professional mission will be guided by a faculty member, so you will gain both a hands-on practical understanding and an academic one – something that looks good on any resume.

Internships in France are paid; this will vary from country to country, depending on local laws.

Apply your knowledge and skills within your sector, and further strengthen your network and employability.

Research Project

Instead, you may choose to work on a research project with a faculty member, delving into research questions applied to concrete company problems.

During periods 2 & 3 (January to November)

Delve into your real-world international study of a business and management area that will influence the trajectory of your career. This dissertation is both academic and practical, allowing you to showcase what you have learned and how you plan to apply it. 

You will write this dissertation and can defend it either in person in Nantes or from any place in the world via online communication tools.

During period 3 (Mid-July to Late-August)

If during this optional period you would like to further develop your expertise and broaden your horizons with an experience in another country, you may opt for a summer programme offered through our IMM partner universities (tuition varies). See "Study Abroad Opportunities" below for more information.

Note: The credits obtained during the summer term cannot replace or be combined with your programme credits.

While your programme is 100% English-taught, you have the option of adding French to your steadily increasing list of qualifications – for work or for fun! 

You will have the opportunity to take optional French language courses in September 2021 before the programme begins. Audencia offers a four-week French language course with 20 hours of lessons a week for an additional cost of €600. 

You may also learn independently at any time using your exclusive online access to Assimil, a proven intuitive language learning method, provided at no additional cost.

Additionally, you can choose to attend French as a Foreign Language (FLE) evening classes at the University of Nantes’ language department, which is situated just across the road from our main campus. There are a wide range of levels available. Contact the University of Nantes directly by clicking here to register. Register early to secure your place.

If you have a four-year degree in a field other than business or a three-year degree in any field, you will need to successfully complete an additional 30 ECTS from July to October as part of the Extended MSc before starting the core MSc programme courses mid-October.

During this additional 30 ECTS period, you will follow one of two tracks:

The Extended MSc programme will allow you to deepen your business knowledge, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations. 

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You will start online (5 July-15 August) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Starting 18 August, you may join us on campus to study in-person, or continue your classes online.

Mandatory business courses:

Business SimulationContemporary Economics
Working in Multicultural TeamsBusiness English or French as a Foreign Language

Two electives to choose from the following list:

International Business LawEU Commercial Relations
Management of International Trade OperationsGeopolitics in Trade

Once you have completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you will start the MSc courses.

The Extended MSc programme is the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of management, improve your soft skills, learn how to work in multicultural teams and acquire knowledge on the latest business innovations. 

Information technology & Fundamentals in management:

You will start online (5 July-15 August) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Core courses:

Starting 18 August, you may join us on campus or continue your studies online to study seven core business courses to acquire a solid foundation for your future MSc programme. You will explore each subject in depth and test your knowledge through extensive business simulations.

Business SimulationWorking in Multicultural TeamsContemporary Economics
Principles of AccountingPrinciples of FinanceBusiness English or French as a Foreign Language

Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.

20
Nationalities represented in the class of 2020
77%
found a job before graduation

Optional study term abroad

Reach your goals – and see the world!

Within this programme alone, our student body represents 20+ nationalities from top universities around the world, and our faculty represents 15+ nationalities – with loads of international industry experience. We provide you with a highly international experience, even if you opt to stay in Nantes throughout the entire programme.

If you would like to really dig in deep to a particular region, choose to study abroad with one of our top international partners during your summer term. For more information on study abroad opportunities at Audencia, please contact us.

Note: The credits obtained during your study abroad period cannot replace Audencia programme credits.

Summer term in Boston University

Boston University, located in one of the US’s largest and most innovative cities and counted in the top 100 of World University Rankings, welcomes IMM students for their summer term.

Additional tuition fees apply: approximately €4,500 to €5,000 for a six-week session.

Summer term at the University of California, Berkeley

If you like, you can spend your summer in sunny California at the University of California, Berkeley – the no. 1 public university in the US (US News and World Report) and in the world (Shanghai Rankings).

Additional tuition fees apply: approximately €2,500 to €3,000 for a three-week session.

Summer term at LSE

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Join the Summer School! 

Additional tuition fees apply: approximately €2,500 for a three-week session.

Summer term at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon

University Institute of Lisbon ISCTE-IUL - accredited AACSB and AMBA - is a prestigious Portuguese university offering an exceptional variety of programmes, some of which are taught in English.

Additional tuition fees apply: approximately €1,000 for a three-week session.

Career & Alumni

Proven career outcomes for international success

With the increasing globalisation of the world’s economies, corporations need highly trained leaders who can tackle complex and challenging issues – and in innovative and socially responsible ways that emphasise ethics alongside profitability. Gain insights and practical experience from leading global experts and corporations in the IMM.

Discover our Corporate Partners

Once you graduate from the MSc IMM, you will be equipped to work in various sectors, such as:

InsuranceFinancial ServicesProfessional Services
Civil EngineeringChemical IndustryInformation Technology
Textile IndustryMechanical IndustryAgribusiness
Communication & Creative IndustriesConsultingGovernment & Non Profit

The MSc IMM will give you the skills, knowledge and know-how to occupy different positions, such as:

General ManagementImport & Export SalesMarketing
LogisticsFinancial Management & AuditingConsulting

 

Our Career Centre will help you throughout the entire career development process. During your studies, you will have access to CV and interview workshops, individual career coaching, personal development programmes, and many information resources and online tools.

In addition, the Career Centre organises each year Employment Fairs with 120+ companies, shares with Audencia students and Alumni 90,000+ job and internship opportunities, and gives you privileged access to 100+ career events per year.

Audencia graduates interested in pursuing entrepreneurial goals can also benefit from our in-house business incubator!

 

Join more than 27,000 Audencia alumni working in 30 countries. Audencia Alumni includes 31 professional and cultural clubs in France and 40 international chapters. Furthermore, over 2,000 of our alumni have become CEOs.

The alumni association will help you connect with other professionals and provide additional development and networking opportunities to support your career.

22%
work in Marketing & Communications
12%
are Entrepreneurs or Executive Managers
18%
work in Sales
17%
work in Consulting & Auditing

Admissions & finance

Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you will need to make it smoothly through the application process.

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MSc programme: 

  • Proficiency in English
  • 4-year degree in business or engineering, or exceptionally, a 4-year degree in another field with business experience or academic honours

The Extended MSc is strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business.

Extended MSc programme: 

  • Proficiency in English   
  • 3-year or 4-year degree in any field

Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.

At Audencia Business School, Corporate Social Responsibility is at the very heart of our values; in order to ensure equal treatment of applications during the admission process, we grade the application files using a 100-point system, tied to a set of objective criteria:

1. GPA conversion

  • Converted to US system of 0-4.0 (55% of the final score)

2. English proficiency

  • TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS tests (up to 40%)
  • English-taught programme for bachelor’s degree (up to 20%)
  • Native speaker (40%)

3. Professional experience in months (up to 5%)

  • 1-12 months (1%)
  • 13-36 months (3%)
  • Over 36 months (5%)

We also award bonus points for the following criteria:

  • Ranked school (ARWU/QS/THE) or accredited school (AACSB/EQUIS/AMBA/ABET) (5%)
  • Country of origin not represented in the class in the past two years (5%)
  • French B2 language level and above (5%)
  • GMAT above 500 or GRE above 300 (5%)

You may begin your online application any time; you can save it and make changes before submitting. Admissions are open until the programme is full; however, we strongly recommend applying by the early application deadline of 31 January for the September intake.

In addition to the online application you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter in English
  • Copies of diplomas and academic transcripts
  • English test score (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS)*
  • Copy of identity document (e.g. passport)
  • Photo (jpeg, 346 x 366)

*English test scores are not required for native speakers or applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees in English.

Contact us if you have a different English test score or are planning to take a test later in the year.

  1. Submitting your application
    Complete the online application (recommended by 31 January). Upon completion, you will pay the €100 application fee using any major credit card. If you cannot use a credit card, you may contact the Department of International Affairs for alternatives.

    Your application will be evaluated within seven days. If you qualify, step two will also occur within seven days of your application.

  2. Admission interview
    At a prearranged time, you will have a 15-20 minute exchange with an admissions counsellor to assess your level of English and make sure that you are a good fit for the programme.

  3. Admission decision
    Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. You should have a decision immediately following your interview. If your application is borderline and requires further review by the programme director, you will have an admission decision within eight days of your interview. Please do expect some delay during holidays.

  4. Acceptance
    Congratulations! If admitted, you are invited to officially join the programme. You will sign a contract and pay the first instalment of the tuition fees: €1,500 (non-refundable). 

Please contact our admissions office with further questions.

MSc International Master in Management (2021-2022)

  • €18,000

Extended MSc International Master in Management

  • €22,000

Study abroad option

For study abroad and summer terms, additional tuition fees may be applied by partner institutions according to the number of credit hours taken. If additional tuition fees apply, these fees will be paid directly to the partner institutions.

Other costs linked to school fees

  • Application fee: €100
  • Costs such as visa fees, CVEC, supplementary health insurance, transportation, accommodation and meals are to be paid directly by the student. Visit Student Life to learn more.

There are a range of scholarships you may be eligible for. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Scholarship

Amount

Details

Early application

€1,500

 

€1,000

 

€500

For candidates who submit their application before 31 January

For candidates who submit their application before 28 February

For candidates who submit their application before 31 March

Diversity

€4,000

For underrepresented nationalities

Excellence

€5,000

Merit-based scholarship, selection based on academic excellence, test scores and other criteria

*The awarding of scholarships is subject to availability of funds and final decision of the Office of International Relations. The scholarships are awarded in the form of partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted but have not yet started the programme. All scholarships are for international applicants unless otherwise stated.  Scholarships, waivers and awards are not cumulative. If two are awarded to the same student, only the one with the highest amount will be kept unless otherwise stated

In addition to an Audencia scholarship, you may be eligible for funding by other public or private bodies. You will find some examples here