MSc in International Management


Join some of the brightest innovators from around the world at Audencia Business School. In our MSc in International Management (MSc IM - previously known as 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 IM 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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About the Programme

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


  • 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


  • MSc: Starting in October 2022; 10 months of classes + 4-6 months internship, company mission or research project
  • Extended MSc: Starting in July 2022; 13 months of classes + 4-6 months internship, company mission or research project


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 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 four specialisations:  

International MarketingInternational Finance & Managerial Accounting
Marketing in the Digital AgeAdvanced Corporate Finance
Services MarketingManagement Control
Pricing & Brand ValueFinancial Analysis
B2B Strategies in Sales & MarketingInternational Financial Markets
International Retailing & InnovationAdvanced Reporting in the International Environment
Data Processing in MarketingFinancial Modelling for Entrepreneurship
International Strategy & ManagementFood & Agribusiness Management
Rethinking Business for SocietyFood Value Chain & Performance
Agile Approaches in Contemporary CompaniesInternational Food Marketing
International BusinessOperations & Supply Chain Management in the Food Sector
Strategies in Emerging MarketsAdministration & Financial Risk Management (Brazil)
Entrepreneurial Business PlanSustainable & Disruptive Innovation (Brazil)
Business SimulationValue Chain Management (Brazil)

*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 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 (4 July to mid-August) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Starting 1st September, you will join us on campus to study seven core business courses.

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 (4 July to mid-august) with a look at innovation in business through three courses in information technology and fundamentals in management.

Core courses:

Starting 1st September, you may join us on campus 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.

Nationalities represented in the class of 2020
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.

work in Marketing & Communications
are Entrepreneurs or Executive Managers
work in Sales
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.

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.

Minimum score for English tests:

  • TOEFL: 78
  • TOEIC: 605
  • IELTS: 6.0


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.

ScholarshipAmountProgrammeSelection Criteria
Early application€ 1,500All programmesApply before Jan 31st 2022
Solidarity scholarshipUp to 20%All MSc. Programmes & EIBM

Based on academic merit and financial need.

Apply before March 30, 2022

Excellence ScholarshipUp to 50%All postgraduate programmes

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

Apply before May 1st 2022


*Audencia scholarships are for international applicants only, and are subject to availability of funds and final decision from Audencia’s scholarship committee. Applicants are limited to one scholarship in addition to Early Application. The scholarships are awarded in the form of a partial tuition fee waivers to students who are admitted to the Fall intake but who have not yet started the programme. Quality applications are given priority.

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