CEMS Master's in International Management

The Program

The ultimate international business degree to make a major contribution to organizations of all types around the world

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:

  • Students receive a Master’s degree issued by Nova SBE + a CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM) certificate issued by the CEMS Alliance
  • The joint expertise of 33 Business Schools, among the best worldwide to provide the best academic and practical knowledge.
  • Access to the best International Recruiters: the CEMS Alliance incorporates around 70 Corporate Partners (multinational companies) and 8 social partners (NGOs and Social Organizations), among the best international recruiters, who contribute to the program through their deep involvement in curriculum, seminar offerings, project engagement and recruitment.
  • Students join an active network of +1300 students and 19500 alumni of over 108 nationalities, working in +75 countries who currently occupy positions at various management levels in a broad range of industry sectors across the world.
  • High-Quality Teaching: highly ranked professors + Broad offer of CEMS Exclusive Courses and electives, including hard skill courses.
  • Leading-edge program at Nova SBE in terms of Career Coaching and Counselling: one-to-one support to students in Year 1 and Year 2. Customized innovative Coaching program to help each CEMS student achieve his/her professional goals.

Applications Fall intake 2024/25

Applications are closed.

For more information, please contact us by emailing, booking a meeting (here) or calling +351 213 801 699.


Semester 1 | Nova SBE or CEMS Partner University

3 ECTS Block Seminar
28 ECTS Global Strategy and other CEMS courses  

Semester 2| CEMS Partner University or Nova SBE

1 ECTS Global Citizenship Seminar
12 ECTS Global Leadership and other CEMS courses
15 ECTS Business Project

During Semester 1 and 2

5 ECTS In Hard Skills courses
2 ECTS in Skill Seminars

Language courses and evaluations

International Internship
8 weeks minimum

The International internship is a CEMS requirement, that can take place:

1. after the end of the Bachelor's graduation and before starting the Nova SBE Master
2. between CEMS Year 1 and CEMS Year 2 or
3. after CEMS Year 2 (a full-time job contract will be considered for this requirement)

The curriculum combines mandatory and exclusive courses, reserved for CEMS students, and a selection of the best elective courses from the Nova SBE MSc portfolio.

Additionally, during their CEMS Year 2, students must complete 5 ECTS in Hard Skills courses, such as Introduction to Programming, Data Curation, Financial Modeling or Financial Statement Analysis.

Mandatory CEMS courses at Nova SBE:

  • Semester 1, Global Strategy: Global Strategic Management
  • Semester 2, Global Leadership: Wicked Global Leadership

Exclusive courses at Nova SBE in 2023/2024:

  • Applied Sustainable and Responsible Finance
  • Global Talent Management
  • Impact Venture Capital  
  • Negotiation Strategy 
  • Sustainable International Business

Students are encouraged to broaden, personalize, and enrich their academic path by selecting from a diverse list of elective courses.

Elective courses offered recently at Nova SBE:

  • Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Banking
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Brand Management
  • Brands and Marketing in Asia's Emerging Markets
  • Digital Marketing
  • Doing Business in China
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Evidence-based Practices for Wellbeing
  • Family Business
  • Fintech Ventures
  • Geoeconomics and International Relations
  • Impact Investments
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Islamic Finance
  • Leading Social Enterprises with Impact in International Development
  • Luxury and Fashion Marketing
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring
  • Negotiation
  • Performance and Progress
  • Private Equity
  • Product Design and Development
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sovereign Advisory

*Please note that these courses were offered during the Academic Year of 2023/2024 and might suffer some changes.

There are 3 different types of Seminars in the CEMS MIM program:

Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is offered at the beginning of Semester 1 and is designed to be an intense cultural and academic week. At Nova SBE the Block Seminars typically develop around topics such as “Innovation in a World of Change” or “The Sustainability Challenge – Driving Impact at Scale”. Corporate Partners present sustainability and innovation challenges that student teams address.

Global Citizenship Seminar

The Global Citizenship Seminar is offered at the beginning of Semester 2. It is an interactive workshop. Students are immersed for two days and asked to deal with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges provided by the Nova SBE teaching team.

Skill Seminars

Skill Seminars are practical skills training workshops (usually half a day), brought to students by the school and CEMS Corporate Partner Companies. Recent Skill Seminars at Nova SBE include:

  • “Crack the Case” powered by BCG.
  • “P&G Case Challenge – Data-centric Marketing and Sales in FMCG” powered by Procter & Gamble
  • “Designing your Life: Effective Leadership & Communication” powered by Human Better EDU, a non-profit servicing students.
  • “Online Marketing & Google Ads” powered by Google.
  • “Anti-Corruption as a Strategic Drive in Business” by Xavier le Mintier, Judge, and former executive

Entry requirements – Language 1

Candidates must provide one of the following options as proof of proficiency in English (if not mother tongue):

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score – 100
  • IELTS Academic/Indicator minimum score – 7,0
  • CPE minimum grade of C
  • CAE minimum grade of B
  • BEC Higher minimum grade of B
  • Pearson test of English Academic (PTE) minimum score of 68
  • University degree taught 100% in English (from an English-speaking country or a CEMS School or an EQUIS/AACSB Accredited School) – to be validated by the Admissions Team

The CEMS MIM program accepts the following online tests as well:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test: a minimum score of 100 is required on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section.

Please note that CEMS does not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores.

A valid certificate with the necessary minimum score must be submitted by the last day of the application period for the CEMS MIM. In the meantime, candidates can submit their application providing proof of enrollment in one of the exams mentioned above.

Graduation Requirements – Second and Third Languages

Students must be able to prove the following level for their second and third languages:

  • Language 2: mother tongue or B1 proficiency level
  • Language 3: 2nd mother tongue or elementary level language

The 3rd Language requirement can be fulfilled by one of the following options:

  • Exclusive courses for CEMS/IMF/IMM students, in Spanish and Portuguese, organized and funded by Nova SBE (limited slots available)
  • Elementary courses of 60 hours (minimum) in a CEMS school (to be validated by each member school)
  • Elementary courses of 60 hours (minimum) in an accredited Cultural Institute, such as Alliance Française and Goethe Institute.
  • Commercial exams with a B1 result (minimum) from a CEMS school or an accredited Cultural Institute, such as Alliance Française and Goethe Institute.

More information and details on courses, validity and locations of these institutes can be found here.

Business Projects (BPs) are a mandatory component of the CEMS MIM, and each 33 CEMS Schools offers Business Projects over the CEMS MIM second semester. They are designed as a real-life learning experience for international teams of students who solve a real business problem while being tutored by a company representative and a professor. The Business Projects are worth 15 ECTS and engage at least half of the students’ workload in the second semester at Nova SBE (from February to May).

Recent examples of CEMS MIM Business Projects at Nova SBE:

  • Mercedes-Benz – “Future In-Car Entertainment Strategy with Focus on Digital Luxury Experience” (2023)
  • Cartier – “Services of the future: How can Cartier evolve in terms of client services towards younger generations?” (2023)
  • Siemens Healthineers: “Blank Sheet Healthcare System – How could a Healthcare system with minimum carbon footprint look like and what are the implications for our Business Model?’ (2023)
  • BNP Paribas – “Developing a Framework for a More Agile Digital Transformation” (2020)
  • Daimler – “How Might Lab1886 Establish a Holistic and Scalable Best Fit Model Providing Mobility Solutions for Future Smart Cities and their Residents?” (2019) – Selected by Daimler as one of the top BP Team to present to Lab1886 Top Management at “Lab1886 Experience Days" in Stuttgart
  • EDP – “Shareholder Activism during a Takeover Bid” – Finalist (top 5) in the CEMS Alliance Best Business Projects Award in 2019
  • McKinsey & Company - “Perceptual Mapping of the Football Market Worldwide” –Top 3 Finalists of the CEMS Alliance Best Business Project Award (2020)
  • UNICEF – “How to Re-position the Brand UNICEF in Portugal to Achieve the Envisioned Fundraising Goals & Objectives?” (2018)
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