MSc in International Management

The MSc in International Management complements a foundational education in contemporary management practices with critical perspectives to help students meet today’s economic, social, environmental and public policy challenges. It emphasizes ethical management approaches in order to put people first. Specialized tracks in mission-based management and sustainability systems increase this emphasis on humane, strategic problem-solving.

In order to use management theory in the current global climate, it is necessary to view traditional approaches through a critical lens, one that takes into account today’s increasingly complex world. Rather than recreating a traditional business school environment, the program situates management theory in the interdisciplinary, experiential teaching methods of AUP’s graduate approach. This emphasizes critical inquiry and reflection, bringing depth and personal, professional and global applicability to management topics.

Master of Science in International Management (2 tracks available)

  • Duration 3-6 Semesters
  • Entry time Fall or Spring
  • Cost €51,744
  • Language English
  • Overview

    The core requirements of the MSc in International Management cultivate the critical thinking and professional skills necessary to evaluate management problems in complex contexts. The curriculum is applicable across a wide range of professional fields due to its emphasis on transferable, analytical, strategic skills. Topics covered in the core curriculum include consulting methods, management ethics and theory, organizational behavior and the management of complexity. In-class learning is enriched with immersive field study, bringing students into contact with experts out in the field. 

    Tracks

    The MSc in International Management is a flexible program that adapts to students’ passions and interests. In all cases, it provides an overview of conventional management practices alongside the critical approaches necessary to situate those practices strategically in complex contemporary concepts. While students can pursue the “General Track”, those choosing to specialize further can opt for tailored tracks in sustainability systems or NGO and mission-based management. These topics will also appear throughout the general track, but choosing a focus means more case studies and experiential learning opportunities will focus on the chosen specialization.

    Professor Robert Earhart

    The program is built on three core business approaches: (1) dominant contemporary management theory and practices, (2) sustainability management and (3) mission-based management. As well as track-specific course requirements, both core courses and elective courses across the program offer class material and case studies relevant to these three approaches. If you want to get more specialized, look at the track offerings below.

    Students in the MSIM classroom

    This track prepares students to work in non-governmental organizations and other mission-based organizations such as social enterprises. Alongside core competencies in finance, strategy and operations that are relevant to business and corporations, these organizations require additional leadership and negotiation skills in order to interact with community stakeholders. Resource management and outcome reporting are also valuable. As the walls between the for-profit and non-profit sectors become more permeable, NGOs are adopting conventional management techniques to manage their performance and effectiveness. AUP teaches students how to do this ethically and strategically.

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    Sustainability Systems Track MSIM

    This track asks students to reflect on the need for future managers and leaders to understand the complex interplay of political, economic, environmental and social systems as they strive to build and manage organizations of the future. The track offers specialized coursework on sustainable development theory and practice informed by critical approaches, complexity theory and change management. Students focus on research and literacy skills to better understand and cooperate with the different functional areas that are essential for meaningful sustainable management practices, such as engineering and science, and information technology.

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    Learning Objectives

    The program prepares students to be strategic, ethical management professionals by focusing on the following key learning outcomes. Students on the MSc in International Management will:

    • demonstrate an ability to apply management know-how in practical business situations as evidenced through cross-course projects;
    • understand a broad base of management and business knowledge, effectively deploying concepts, frameworks and critical approaches perceptively and thoughtfully;
    • conduct methodological research while engaging in interdisciplinary analysis, drawing upon a wide variety of empirical and theoretical sources, analytical frameworks and sub-disciplines within management studies;
    • be able to communicate effectively and convincingly on a factual and conceptual basis, in writing and orally; and
    • show a high level of professional reliability, with an ability to work under self-direction and in teams while demonstrating well developed personal ethics.

    Topics covered include:

    • Management ethics: An exploration of the ethical issues that arise when organizations operate in a globalized, interconnected economy. 
    • The management of complexity: Examining how specific cultural and organizational contexts impact management frameworks.
    • Strategic management: An overview of the ongoing issues and challenges facing marketers around the globe and the tools and strategies necessary to mitigate them.
    • Organizational behaviour: An exploration of the individual, group and organizational dimensions of a business or mission-driven organization.
    • Managerial decision-making: An overview of management control and accounting, taking a critical look at how conventional management tools are used in decision-making and which financial, strategic and ethical factors mitigate more ambiguous and nuanced contexts.
    • International financial management: Exploring the international and multinational aspects of corporate finance decision-making in the context of global financial markets and capital formation.
    • Economic analysis: Analytic frameworks to study behavior and decision making, and a critical look at how 21st-century problems such as climate change limit the usefulness of such frameworks.
    • Consulting methods: A critical approach to how theory influences practice and how perceptions of management consultancy evolve over time. 

    Structure

      Fall (1)SpringSummerFall (2)
      3 full courses      
      2 two-credit courses
      3 full courses      
      2 two-credit courses      
      Compulsory Seminar
      1 full course      
      2 two-credit courses
      Internship/Thesis*
      16 credits18 credits8 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

       

      FallSpringSummer
      3 full courses      
      3 two-credit courses
      3 full courses      
      2 two-credit courses      
      Compulsory Seminar
      1 full course      
      1 two-credit courses      
      Internship/Thesis*
      18 credits18 credits12 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

       

      Fall (1)SpringSummerFall (2)Spring (2)
      2 full courses      
      3 two-credit courses
      2 full courses      
      3 two-credit courses      
      Compulsory Seminar
      No courses3 full courses      
      Compulsory Seminar
      Internship/Thesis*
      14 credits14 credits 14 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

       

      Fall (1)Spring (1)Summer (1)Fall (2)Spring (2)Summer (2)
      2 full courses    
      2 two-credit courses
      1 full courses     
      3 two-credit courses
      No courses2 full courses    
      1 two-credit course
      2 full courses    
      Compulsory Seminar
      Internship/Thesis*
      12 credits10 credits 10 credits10 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

      Spring (1)SummerFallSpring (2)
      3 full courses    
      2 two-credit courses
      1 full course    
      2 two-credit courses
      3 full courses     
      2 two-credit courses    
      Compulsory Seminar
      Internship/Thesis*
      16 credits8 credits18 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

      Spring (1)Summer (1)FallSpring (2)Summer (2)
      2 full courses    
      3 two-credit courses
      No courses3 full courses     
      3 two-credit courses
      2 full courses    
      Compulsory Seminar
      Internship/Thesis*
      14 credits 18 credits10 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

      Spring (1)Summer (1)FallSpring (2)Summer (2)Fall (2)
      1 full courses    
      3 two-credit courses
      No courses2 full courses     
      2 two-credit courses
      2 full courses    
      1 two-credit course    
      Compulsory Seminar
      2 full coursesInternship/Thesis*
      10 credits 12 credits12 credits8 credits6 credits

      * The length of the internship or thesis may vary. Many students choose to take additional time for these components.

    Featured Courses

    Paris

    1 semester

    Management Ethics and Theory

    The program is grounded in mission-based issues and sustainability. That’s why one of its core courses encourages students to place ethics at the heart of their professional pathway.

    Students in a management class

    Paris

    1 semester

    Cross-course Consulting

    Students in the International Management program work on a cross-course live client project during their Spring Semester. Each year, the consulting project is an actual project working directly with a client.

    MSIM Students present for their consulting project

    Internships

    Students in the MSc in International Management are encouraged to build on their education and kick-start their career by doing an internship, which allows them to apply the theory and skills acquired to professional contexts. Our internships database provides access to top-level employers at Paris-based international organizations, businesses and NGOs.

    Students at Graduation

    Graduation

    Graduates of the program join the University’s annual Commencement Ceremony in the beautiful Théâtre du Châtelet. The year of graduation is flexible and is based on students’ entry semester and projected program timeline.

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  • Experiential Learning

    The MSc in International Management offers field studies that help students grasp the concrete ways in which they may implement the theory behind ethical management. In addition to providing students with real-life experience in the fields they will integrate upon graduation, field studies also allow students the opportunity to network and learn the ropes of the institutions and organizations they may find themselves working for. Through contact with key professionals, students develop a sense of the breadth of career pathways available to them.

    The Netherlands

    The Netherlands field study offers an in-depth overview of sustainability management by businesses, NGOs, and public policy bodies in the Netherlands to climate change and other human impacts on the environment.

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    Athens, Greece

    In April 2022, students traveled to Athens, Greece, to engage in a capacity building project with the homeless services organization Ithaca Laundry.

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    Student Faculty Publication

    AUP’s graduate programs take advantage of small class sizes to facilitate student–faculty collaboration on projects like the yearly publishing project: an optional activity over the Summer semester in which graduate students work closely with faculty on a book of essays exploring a specific management topic in depth.

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    Biella, Italy

    This graduate field study involves a client-focused project that touches on marketing, finance, sustainability, ethics, fashion management, and themes of environment and complexity. 

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    SCOS 2023

    Opportunities extend beyond travel to taking part in internationally-recognized conferences like the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS) that came to AUP in 2023.

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    The India Practicum

    AUP’s flagship Sustainable Development Practicum pairs an academic understanding of sustainable development with hands-on experience working with NGOs and sustainable enterprises.

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  • Faculty

    The greatest academic strength of AUP’s graduate programs is the vibrant nexus between teaching and research. The typical twenty-student classroom encourages extraordinary intellectual interactivity between faculty and students, an exchange reinforced by our proactive student advising system. In addition to animated exchange between faculty and students in the classroom, professors forge close mentorships with the graduate cohort. This exceptional relationship between faculty and students and its positive impact on teaching received a special commendation from the Middle States Association in their 2010 Accreditation Report.

    The faculty of the International Management Department represent extensive professional experience gained within the worlds of law, business, public policy, finance and academia. Their research and expertise translate into a number of peer-reviewed articles, books and conference appearances annually.
    At the graduate level, our research assistantship program provides an opportunity for young scholars to work closely with their faculty mentors on publication projects in the discipline.

    Albert Cath

    Program Director Albert Cath is an expert in coping with complex issues, and he has turned his attentions to sustainability and climate change

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    Robert Earhart

    From sustainable investments to the AUP campus, Professor Robert Earhart has seen the world of marketing change dramatically throughout his career. 

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    Selected Achievements

    Cath, A. (2017) Post Formalism, Pedagogy Lives: As inspired by Joe L. Kincheloe. Jansen, H. and Letiche, H (Eds.). Switzerland: Peter Lang Publishing

    Earhart, R., and Cath A. (2022), editors. Hypermanagement: Experiencing Complexity, MSIM Publishing

    Einbinder, F. (2016) 'Integrity and Transparency in public-private infrastructure partnerships'. UNECE Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through effective, people-first Public-Private Partnerships, Geneva, March 30 - April 1 2016

    Odonkor, E. (2016) 'The Missing Pieces: Improving Children’s Education in Ghana'. 7th Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Kiebach Center for International Business Studies Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

    Zhang, K. Y. and Rienties, B. (2016). Cultural and academic adjustment of international students in China: A social network perspective, In Jindal-Snape, D. & Rienties, B. (Eds.), Multi-dimensional transitions of international students to higher education. London: Routledge

    My teaching is deeply rooted in my professional background. Teaching is all about real-world issues that should be critically reflected in class – i.e. no theory without practice, no practice without theory. 

    – Professor Albert Cath
  • Careers

    Graduates of the MSc in International Management go on to meaningful careers in diverse fields across the world. They represent contemporary, forward-thinking managers, engaged leaders for sustainable development, and thoughtful professionals making a difference on the international stage.

    They have gone on to work as managers of sustainable business programs, heads of business development and sustainability, marketing and innovation consultants, market research analysts, pricing analysts, marketing associates, CSR executives, and paralegals, for example. They work for international corporations, small or family-owned businesses, NGOS and start-ups, and often go on to become entrepreneurs combining their interests and ideas with their commitment to ethical and sustainable management. 

    International Explorers

    Graduates from our 2017 cohort are now change and management leaders on three continents, in cities such as Los Angeles, Dubai, Chicago, New York, Paris and Rome.

    Natalie Cassedy G'17

    Now an innovation manager in San Francisco, Natalie Cassedy G'17 reflects on the profound ways AUP shaped her career path.

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    Suzette Stephens

    The MSc in International Management and the Paris location were the two major influences on Suzette's decision to apply to AUP.

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    Graduate Career Outcomes

    Our community of over 20,000 graduate and undergraduate alumni continue to offer opportunities to connect and expand horizons no matter where students find themselves after graduation. Across all of AUP’s graduate programs, nine out of ten graduate alumni go on to work or further study within a year of graduation, and more than eight out of ten report an international element to their careers. Other graduates have gone on to enroll in PhD programs at internationally renowned universities, including Yale University, Paris-V, and the London School of Economics.

    Internships

    Our internships database provides access to top-level employers at Paris-based international organizations, businesses and media outlets. 

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    Career Support Services

    AUP’s Center for Academic, Career and Experiential Advising (ACE) supports graduate students in defining, planning and developing their career pathway both during their degree and following graduation. From deciding on an internship to contacting alumni mentors working in relevant fields, students will find AUP’s career support services are a vital tool when thinking about their next steps.

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  • Admissions

    AUP’s graduate programs welcome applications from motivated, high-caliber individuals who feel they will thrive in AUP’s international and dynamic environment. When assessing applications, we take a holistic approach to identifying the next cohort of Graduate Global Explorers, considering education, experience and general fit with AUP values and curriculum. Students can pursue our innovative program in Paris on the MSc in International Management in either Fall or Spring. 

    Applicant Profiles 

    The MSc in International Management program is equally suited to those arriving directly from undergraduate study and those with previous professional experience looking to pivot their careers – whether within or outside of management fields. It is an ideal course for someone who has a strong interest in business ethics, sustainability or social justice who wants to move into a management position. The varied ages, backgrounds and nationalities of applicants lead to the lively sharing of perspectives within intimate classrooms, as students bring their own narratives into the discussions creating a space of rigorous, cross-cultural, multidisciplinary debate.

    Tuition and Scholarships

    Depending on the length of your graduate program, the cost will vary. Find out more about tuition and costs for the MSc in International Management .

    AUP offers need- and merit-based scholarships to graduate students. The majority of our financial awards range from 25 percent to 50 percent of tuition and the average award amounts to about 30 percent. 

    Learn more about financial aid and scholarships

    Application Process

      You can start your application process by creating an account on AUP’s Application Portal. You will be able to return to this page to finish and review your application prior to submission as often as you like. 

      Online Form

      Each graduate program has its own application via the AUP Application Portal. You may only apply to one program. 

      The form will ask you to complete various details including contact details, background information and educational history. Your application will also require several supporting documents which can be uploaded directly in your online application in .pdf or .doc formats.

      Transcripts

      We require official transcripts covering all previous university coursework, including confirmation of an awarded bachelor’s degree or equivalent.  All official documents must be submitted in English or French, or with a certified translation into one of these two languages. We recommend your transcripts demonstrate a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (or equivalent). 

      Personal Statement

      Applicants are required to submit a 500-word personal statement describing their reasons for applying to the program of their choice, drawing on relevant past undergraduate research or professional experience, as well as your career objectives.  

      Program Specific Items

      Standardized tests, such as the GRE or GMAT recommended. Exemptions from this requirement are given to students from non-American universities and institutions, applicants with an M.A. degree, and mid-career applicants with a minimum of five years of professional experience following graduation.

      Essay: In 500-words or less, describe your personal and professional objectives and how you anticipate that the International Management program at AUP will help you to achieve these objectives.

      Writing Sample: Submit a short assignment or professional writing sample of 500-words or less that shows work that you are particularly proud of or that speaks to your beliefs or values in some way.
       

      CV / Resume

      Applicants should submit a C.V. or resumé including university and/or employment history; community involvement; professional, and/or university extracurricular activities; and recognitions and achievements. 

      Letters of Recommendation

      We require two letters of recommendation from individuals well-qualified to provide us with first-hand knowledge about your potential for graduate study, with at least one letter from a university professor if you graduated in the last five years. 

      Veteran & Military Applicants: One of your letters of recommendation should ideally come from a Commanding Officer.

      When you have entered the contact details for your recommenders to your application, AUP will approach them for their recommendation.  

      English

      Students must demonstrate sufficient fluency in English. If English is not your first language, we require you to submit results less than two years old from one of the following tests: 

      • TOEFL - Internet Based Test (ibT) minimum score: 101. To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
      • Cambridge English - Advanced, or Proficiency level, minimum score: 185.
      • TOEIC - Listening and Reading, minimum score 910. To have your results sent directly to The American University of Paris, use our institutional code 0866.
      • IELTS - Academic Option, minimum score 7.0.  

      The English language test requirement is waived if you meet one of the following criteria: 

      • You have been living in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States for at least two consecutive years and have recently studied in an all-English curriculum.
      • You have studied for at least four years in an all-English curriculum in any other country, although we continue to reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.

      We reserve the right to request English test results from any applicant.

      When you have completed your application, you will be asked to review the application and confirm that you are satisfied with the application before final submission. There is a non-refundable €75 processing fee to be paid at this point. 

      When AUP has received all of the documents (including responses from your recommenders), the Admissions Committee will review your application. In some cases the committee may come back to you for additional information. A review takes approximately four weeks from when the final documents are received.

      When the Admissions Committee has reached its decision, an email will be sent to the address provided asking you to log-on to the Application Portal to view the decision. 

    Deadlines

    We review completed applications in rounds throughout the year. We encourage you to apply early: priority for admission and financial aid is given to those who apply in the earlier rounds. 

    Fall Admission

    Review RoundsApplication Round Deadline
    Priority Admissionby February 1st
    Regular Admissionby March 31st
    Late or International Regular admissionafter April 1st (based on available spaces)

     

    Spring Admission

    Review RoundsApplication Round Deadline
    Priority Admissionby September 15th
    Regular Admissionafter September 15th (based on available spaces)
  • Requirements: MSc in International Management (48 Credits)

    Requirements and credit counts differ for the various Master’s programs at AUP. Please note that all requirements from previous years can be found in our archive catalogs.

    Graduate students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00. Students with a GPA of less than 3.00 will be placed on probation. Only two grades of C (or C+) may be counted towards an M.Sc. degree. Students do not earn credit for grades below C.

    All courses carry four (4) credits unless otherwise noted.

     

    Track Requirements

     

    Core Courses (24 Credits)

    Course CodeCourse Name
    BA5001Accounting and Management Control
    BA5012Management Ethics and Theory
    BA5021Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
    BA5035International Financial Management
    BA5041Marketing Strategy (2 credits)
    BA5062Management of Complexity (4 credits)
    EC5063Economic Analysis for Management (2 credits)
    BA5071Strategic Management (2 credits)

     

    Plus (2 credits)

    Course CodeCourse Name
     
    or
     
    Consulting Methods
     
    or
     
    Thesis Methodology Seminar

     

    Electives (16 Credits)

    Course CodeCourse Name
     Chosen from the graduate course offerings. No more than eight cross-disciplinary credits may be taken as electives.

    ** GR5005 QUANTITATIVE PLATFORM FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES (2 credits) may be required pending placement test results 

     

    Internship or Thesis (6 Credits)

    End-level completions are either a thesis or internship

    Course CodeCourse Name
     
    or
     
    Thesis (requires BA5099)
     
    or

    Internship (requires BA5019)

     

     

     

    * The length of the internship or thesis may vary, however—many students choose to take additional time for these components. 

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