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 33 top business schools and universities, 70 multinational companies and 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


Mandatory Courses

Mandatory courses are offered exclusively to CEMS students. 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 Leadership.

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 2020/2021 this information may be subject to changes.


Block Seminar

The Block Seminar is offered at the beginning of the first semester. It is an academically and culturally intensive week. At Nova SBE the Block Seminar focuses on High Performance Innovation.

Skill Seminars

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

  • “Competitive Pricing Simulation Game - Volume or Profit - or Both?” powered by Simon-Kucher
  • “Let's Enter a New Market - In a Sustainable Way” powered by H&M
  • “P&G Case Challenge – Data-centric Marketing and Sales in FMCG” powered by Procter & Gamble
  • “Leading your Life” powered by the Handel Group, corporate consulting and life coaching company
  • “How to be Remarkable by Helping Others Being Remarkable” powered by Google
  • “Exploring Anti-Corruption, Anti-Trust & HSE Code of Conduct” by Xavier le Mintier

Global Citizenship Seminar

The Global Citizenship Seminar is a two-day seminar which takes place at the beginning of the second semester. The Seminar 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 introductory language course or exam from selected language school

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 (BPs) are a mandatory component of the CEMS MIM and each of the 33 Business Schools of the CEMS Alliance offer Business Projects over the CEMS MIM 2nd Semester. They are designed as a real life learning experience for international teams of students, who solve a real business problem, tutored by a company representative and a professor, in parallel. The Business Projects worth 15 ECTS and engage at least half of the students’ workload of the 2nd Semester at Nova SBE (from February to May).

Recent examples of CEMS MIM Business Projects at Nova SBE:

  • BNP Paribas – “Social Participatory Budget and Actions across BNP Paribas Entities in Portugal” (2019)
  • 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
  • Millennium bcp – “Blockchain Technology for Banks – The Use Case of Millennium bcp” (2019)
  • McKinsey & Company - “Speed Up! – How to Reskill and Educate to Keep Up with the Future of Work” (2019)
  • UNICEF – “How to Re-position the Brand UNICEF in Portugal to Achieve the Envisioned Fundraising Goals & Objectives?” (2018)