CEMS Master's 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 34 top business schools and universities, 70 multinational companies and NGOs
  • The uniquely rich and diverse learning experience of studying alongside 1200+ peers from all corners of the globe
  • A unique international network, both during studies and after graduation


Mandatory Courses

CEMS courses across all CEMS Schools are carefully designed to mirror the reality of the business world. Each semester has a mandatory course (Global Strategy) in the Fall and another (Global Leadership) in the Spring.

Besides the mandatory courses, students are encouraged to build up their individual course plan with electives. Some courses, such as Negotiation Strategy or Applied Sustainable and Responsible Finance, are offered exclusively to CEMS students. Others are a selection of the best courses from the Nova SBE Master’s program portfolio, from areas of finance, management, economics, etc.

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 this information may be subject to changes in the academic year of 2021/2022.


Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is designed as a residential week around a topic such as “Reimagine the Future of Work.” Corporate Partners present challenges for student teams to explore.

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:

  • “Let's Enter a New Market - In a Sustainable Way” powered by H&M
  • “Crack the Case” powered by BCG
  • “P&G Case Challenge – Data-centric Marketing and Sales in FMCG” powered by Procter & Gamble
  • “Designing your Life: the Power of Communication” powered by the Handel Group, corporate consulting and life coaching company
  • “How to be Remarkable by Helping Others Being Remarkable” powered by Google
  • “Anti-Corruption as a Strategic Drive in Business” by Xavier le Mintier, Judge, and former executive

Global Citizenship Seminar

The Global Citizenship Seminar is an interactive workshop. Students are immersed for two days and asked to deal with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) challenges alongside CEMS Corporate and Social Partners.

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 – Language 1

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 (from a CEMS School or an EQUIS/AACSB Accredited School) and validated by the CEMS Office

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the CEMS MIM program accepts the following online test as well:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test: a minimum score of 100 is required in the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) with a score of at least 20 in each section
  • TOEFL ITP® Plus for China Solution: a minimum score of 627 is required (Listening 64, Structure and Written 64, Reading 63)

Please note that CEMS does not accept TOEFL MyBest Scores. Only results from specific test dates are accepted.


Graduation Requirements

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

  • Language 2: mother tongue or B2 oral + B1 written level
  • Language 3: mother tongue or elementary level language course or exam from the selected language school

Certain combinations of similar languages will not be allowed to fulfill the requirements.

Business Projects (BPs) are a mandatory component of the CEMS MIM, and each CEMS School 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:

  • 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)