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Program Description

The curriculum of the MSc Program in International Business is designed as direct response to the need we have seen for a new breed of managers and business professionals. People who see the world as their home. Through the combination of topics covered in the program, you will acquire a deep understanding of how international firms and other organizations function, how to navigate them to achieve results, and, last but not least, how to improve them and the things they do. Applicants to this program will have to fulfil both SSE and CEMS admission requirements. You can read more about this under Application & Admission.

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2


  • International Internship

The first year of the program is completed at SSE, where you will mix classes in global management, led by some of the most competent professors in the field, with corporate finance, international projects and immersion trips, project assignments with corporate partners and an International Business research thesis.

The first year encompasses eight Core courses (60 ECTS), including the Field Trip, a Live Project Study and the Research Thesis.

Year 2

Semester 3 and 4
CEMS year or another Exchange Program (one semester abroad and one semester at SSE)

During the second year of the program, students do their CEMS year or participate in another exchange program. Students who decide not to do CEMS can apply to another exchange program and spend the fall semester abroad at one of our partner schools. The CEMS students attend a one-week intensive block seminar to kick-off the fall and take a CEMS core course in global strategy. They spend either the fall or the spring semester at one of the CEMS partner schools. All MIB students take global management practices, and choose from a selection of elective courses. Students also conduct a Business Project in spring, which combined with the MIB Research Thesis during the first year meets the Master thesis requirement.

The elective courses allow you to tailor part of the program to fit your own aspirations and interests. Four elective courses totaling 30 ECTS are required, including language courses if needed to meet language requirements. If you would like, you can study an additional two courses (15 ECTS). To deepen your existing knowledge in a specific area, you can select advanced courses in economics, accounting, finance or marketing including courses offered as part of the data analytics track.

Electives enable you to complement your knowledge in topics that you have not studied extensively in your B.Sc. degree or alternatively go deeper into specific aspects of International Business and International Economics.

If you choose not to pursue the CEMS program, you have the possibility to study abroad at one of our partner universities or apply to the Wallenberg International Fellows Program

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