CEMS Master in International Management

The Program

The ultimate international degree

The CEMS MIM provides multicultural and multilingual students with the skills to thrive in tomorrow’s business environment. It sustains excellence and rigor while preparing the leaders of tomorrow to contribute to an open, sustainable, and more inclusive world.

Stand-out features of the program include:

  • The academic expertise, corporate insight and social responsibility of a global alliance of 32 top business schools and universities, 70 multinational companies and 7 NGOs
  • The uniquely rich and diverse learning experience of studying alongside 12000+ peers from all corners of the globe
  • A unique international network, both during studies and after graduation


Semester 1 | Nova SBE or Partner School | Aug - Dec

Block Seminar

Global Strategy and other CEMS courses

Business Communication Skill Seminars 

Ongoing language training and testing


Semester 2 | Partner School or Nova SBE | Feb - Jun

Responsible Global Leadership Seminar

Global Management Practice and other CEMS courses

Business Project

Skill Seminars

Ongoing language training and testing


Semester 3 | International Internship

Min. eight weeks
At any time during the graduate period of studies

Students must pass CEMS Courses accounting for 45 ECTS. During Semester 1, students have to successfully complete a CEMS Course in the field of Global Strategy. During Semester 2, similarly, students have to successfully complete a CEMS Course in the field of Global Management Practices.

Beside the mandatory courses, students are encouraged to build up their individual course plan of elective, exclusive, and open elective courses.

Mandatory courses are offered exclusively to CEMS students. The courses are a selection of the best courses from the Nova SBE Master’s program portfolio.

Examples of recent CEMS MIM electives at Nova SBE:

  • Banking
  • Brand Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Doing Business in China
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Leadership Insights (CEMS Exclusive)
  • Luxury Marketing and Management
  • Negotiation Strategy (CEMS Exclusive)
  • Positive Organizations
  • Social Impact Investment (CEMS Exclusive)
  • Venture Simulation

* Please note that for the academic year of 2019/2020 this information may be subject to changes.

There are three main types of seminars conducted within the CEMS MIM:

Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is offered at the beginning of the first semester. It is an academically and culturally intensive week. Recent Block Seminar topics at Nova SBE:

  • From Creativity to Innovation
  • High Impact Innovation
  • High Performance Innovation

Skill Seminars

Skill Seminars are training seminars for practical skills (usually one-day-long), brought to students by the school and its partner companies. They are essential in kick-starting a professional career. Recent Skill Seminars at Nova SBE:

  • Case Interviews
  • Body Language and Networking
  • Creative Writing in Business
  • Downstream Challenges in the Energy Sector
  • Google Skill Seminar - From Adwords To Analytics
  • Solving Business Problems
  • Visual Thinking and Creativity
  • Top Skills To Close a Deal
  • Emotional Intelligence: How Can it Help You Land a Job
  • Digital Transformation
  • European Integration and its Future Challenges

Responsible Global Leadership Seminar

The Responsible Global Leadership Seminar (RGL) is a two-day seminar which takes place at the beginning of the second semester. The RGL brings together representatives from Corporate and/or Social Partners, professors and students, for an experiential learning experience.

The CEMS MIM is designed for multilingual, multicultural students seeking to build a career abroad where they will interact with people of different nationalities and from different cultures, so language proficiency has a very important role in the curriculum.

Entry requirements

Candidates must provide one of the following as proof of completing an English certificate upon submission of their application:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score – 100
  • IELTS Academic minimum score – 7.0
  • CPE minimum grade of C
  • CAE minimum grade of B
  • BEC Higher minimum grade of B
  • Have passed one of the CEMS-accredited local English exams
  • A-level GCSE issued in Singapore
  • University degree taught entirely in English and validated by the CEMS Office

Graduation Requirements

They must also be able to prove the following level for their second and third languages respectively:

  • A CEMS-accredited language: mother tongue or B2 oral + B1 written level
  • Any other language: mother tongue or 5-6 ECTS introductory language course at an elementary level

The CEMS languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch / Afrikaans, Farsi / Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi / Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian / Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

For the third language requirement, CEMS students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone.

CEMS uses the Common European Framework of References (CEFR) for comparing proficiency in languages. There are six levels on the CEFR scale, where levels C2 and C1 describe a proficient user, levels B2 and B1 an intermediate user, and levels A2 and A1 a basic user.

Business Projects are a mandatory component of the Curriculum, and each CEMS school offers Business Projects over the CEMS MIM 2nd Year/2nd Semester. They are designed as a real-life learning experience for international teams of students (4 to 6), who solve real business problems, tutored by a company representative and a Professor, in parallel. The Business Projects engage half the students’ workload of the 2nd Semester [From February to May at Nova SBE]. 

Recent examples of CEMS MIM Business Projects at Nova SBE:

  • Banco ActivoBank (Group Millennium bcp) – “A New Approach to Banking” (2018)
  • BNP Paribas – “Tapping Resources with Traditionally Disenfranchised Populations” (2018)
  • EDP – “Optimal Capital Structure and Liquidity Levels” – Awarded best CEMS Alliance Business Project in 2013
  • McKinsey & Company - “Attracting More Female High Potential Graduates for McKinsey & Company” (2013)
  • Transparency International – “Building a Strategy 2020 to Empower Youth” (2015)
  • Unibail-Rodamco – “Unibail-Rodamco Shopping Centers: Looking to the Future” (2018)
  • UNICEF – “How to Re-position the Brand UNICEF in Portugal to Achieve the Envisioned Fundraising Goals & Objectives?” (2018)
  • UNILEVER/Azeite Gallo – “Currency Risk Coverage Strategy of EUR/BRL” (2018)


The amount of time spent on the project within the company may vary depending on its requirements. However, a Business Project will amount to about half of the second semester’s workload.