Join some of the brightest innovators from around the world at Audencia Business School. In our International Master in Management (IMM) programme, you’ll take courses led by global experts within a highly international campus and curriculum. Prepare for career success:
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.
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.
* Some courses may only be available in one format (online or in-person)
If you’re a highly qualified student with a four-year degree in business or engineering, this MSc programme lets you run at full throttle to complete a Master of Science in International Management. If you have a degree in a field other than business or a three-year degree, the Extended programme is for you.
Period 1 (October to January)
You’ll gain a solid understanding of the foundational principles of international management and develop relevant skills in problem solving and innovation. Core courses include:
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’ll then select one of the following six specialisations:
Specialisation in International Marketing
Specialisation in International Finance & Managerial Accounting
Specialisation in International Strategy & Management
Specialisation in Food & Agribusiness Management
Specialisation in Cognac & Spirits Management
Financial Analysis & Investment Management*
*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:
Period 3 (July to December)
(Minimum 4 months, maximum 6 months)
During your final semester, you will complete an individual internship, a collective consulting mission for a company, or a research project.
Internship or Company Mission
You’ll 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’ll 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.
Instead, you may choose to work on a research project with a faculty member, delving into research questions applied to concrete company problems.
Concurrent with 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’ll write this dissertation and can defend it either in person in Nantes or from any place in the world via online communication tools.
Concurrent with period 3 (Mid-July to Late-August)
If during this optional period you’d 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 to register. Register early to secure your place.
If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a business or engineering field, you can skip this stage and dive directly into the MSc programme. Note that the Extended MSc is still strongly recommended for anyone without a degree in business in order to ensure you begin your studies at the same level as your peers.
If you have a four-year bachelor’s degree in a field other than business or a three-year bachelor’s 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:
For those with a three-year bachelor’s degree in the field of business, the Extended MSc 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.
You’ll start online (5 July-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of three courses in information technology.
Starting 18 August, you may join us on campus to study in-person, or continue your classes online.
Mandatory business courses:
Then, you can choose two electives to advance your knowledge:
Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.
For those with a three-year or four-year bachelor’s degree in a non-business field, the Extended MSc 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’ll start online (5 July-10 August) with a look at innovation in business through your choice of three courses in information technology or fundamentals in management.
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.
Once you’ve completed the 30 ECTS from July to October, you're ready to start the MSc courses.
Reach your goals – and see the world
Within this programme alone, our student body represents 25+ 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 programme.
If you’d 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, Lisbon- 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.
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.
Note: Statistics are based on the number of replies to the question. They relate to all classes to date unless otherwise stipulated.
Industries IMM prepares you for:
Functions IMM qualifies you for:
Audencia provides you with personalised career services that address your specific experiences, strengths and weaknesses, and goals. We also cultivate close ties with the business world, which benefit you in the classroom and in your future career.
Audencia also has a business incubator that supports select graduates in their entrepreneurial work.
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.
Join us in Nantes to internationalise your future career! Here is a breakdown of everything you’ll need to make it smoothly through the application process.
The Extended MSc is strongly recommended for applicants without a degree in business.
Extended MSc programme:
Note that you can apply during the last year of your bachelor’s studies.
Admissions are based on a point system tied to a set of objective criteria.
GPA conversion (55%)
English proficiency (40%)
Professional experience in months (5%)
We award bonus points for ranked and accredited schools, diversity and high GMAT or GRE scores.
Recognised school (5%)
GMAT or GRE (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:
*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.
Please contact our admissions office with further questions.
MSc International Master in Management (2021-2022)
Extended MSc International Master in Management
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. Contact us with questions.
Other costs linked to school fees
There are a range of scholarships you may be eligible for. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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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
For underrepresented nationalities
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
WEIMING OF CHINA
B2B Client Relations Management (CRM) Specialist, Huawei Technologies (France)
TAREK OF EGYPT, IMM (2014)
Country Manager at Legos (France)
Nonso Chukwuma of Nigeria (IMM 2013)
Founder of Chooka-France
"Starting with my project, Chooka-France, Audencia created an incubator that helps young companies with bright ideas take off."
“Nantes offers rich history, beautiful greenery and good proximity to the sea. Its diversity is ideal for student life, and its multicultural profile is good for internationals passing through or hoping to start their career… if I were still a tourist, I would call it one of my favorite destinations, but now I call it home!”
Monique Avila of the Philippines (IMM 2010)
Market Manager at Agoda.com
"I chose Audencia because it was more global than the other French business schools. I chose to apply for the IMM programme specifically because it had a diverse student body and faculty. Through the programme, I was able to learn many intercultural skills, and I made many new friends from all around the world. Thanks to the time I spent at Audencia, I was able to land jobs in both France and the Philippines."
Gabrielle Nicot Berenger (IMM 2012)
Digital Marketing Manager at Music Glue
"Audencia’s career service has been a resourceful support to my internship research from the very beginning. The availability and professionalism of the advisers have enabled me to plan my future career with more focus. Thanks to all of this, I was invited to attend a major group’s assessment centre in London. My advice to future IMMs: make the most of the fantastic opportunity the career service represents!"