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Application & Admission

Candidates submit a joint application for Master in International Business and CEMS Master in International Management.


October 1 - application opens

November 15 - early application deadline. You may apply by this deadline if you have all the complete documents and test results ready by that date. We will start reviewing the applications and if your candidacy is selected you will receive the invitation for the assessment center from us by the end of December.

January 15 - application deadline at midnight GMT+1. Your complete application should be submitted by this date. 

February 13-14 and 17 - assessment center

March 16 - notification regarding the results of the selection.


1. Bachelor's degree
with at least 90 ECTS in Social Sciences or Humanities (including but not limited to Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Political Science, Psychology and/or Sociology), with a minimum of 30 ECTS in Business Administration.

Students in their last year of the Bachelor program are welcome to apply and must upload a document in the application with the remaining courses in their degree.

2. GMAT or GRE test result
- GMAT (total score) of 600 or more.
- GRE score (quantitative) of 155 or more.

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science degree from a Swedish university are not required to submit GMAT/GRE test scores.

3. Proof of proficiency in English
We accept the following options as proof of your proficiency in English:

- IELTS Academic score at least 7
- TOEFL iBT total score at least 100
- CAE at least grade B
- BEC at least grade B
- CPE at least grade C
- SSE course 108/109 at least grade C/Good
- A-level GCSE issued in Singapore
- English as native language
- Bachelor's degree from a program conducted completely in English in an English-speaking country, or in a CEMS or an EQUIS/AACSB accredited institution

4. Proficiency in another language
You should list all the languages that you know, this will be taken into consideration during the assessment.

5. Motivation & supporting attachments

  • Letter of motivation answering a question why you are interested in the program and why you are a suitable candidate.
  • Brief CV with your recent achievements
  • Ranking of the ten CEMS schools you prefer for your semester abroad
  • Photo
  • Relevant work experience and extracurricular activities may be considered.
  • References are not required, but we give a possibility to submit them. Only contact details of your referees are needed from your side.

In reviewing applications, assessors take into account all international and transcultural experience including knowledge of languages, work or studies abroad, international or multilingual family experience and relevant extracurricular activities.

Please note that some elements of the CEMS curriculum carry an additional fee (ex. the Block Seminar can cost up to 250€ and central administrative expenses cost 100€). Those fees are not related to the SSE degree and are not levied for educational resources​ or activities.


Step 1: Take the tests and meet the entry requirements
Check here which tests we accept and how to send the results to us.

Step 2: Get in touch with us if you have questions
The admissions team is available via email, phone, Skype, meetings on campus, fairs and info sessions. Check our calendar!

Step 3: Fill in the online application and upload documents
The application to SSE is only submitted via our website and is free of charge. If you want to apply for more than one program, you must submit an application for each of them. Make sure the list of your preferred programs is consequent in each application - we need to know which program you prefer if you apply for several of them. You can save your application anytime and come back to it when you have the required information. Submit your application only when you feel that you have provided all the required information (including the documents that must be uploaded), no changes can be made after you submitted your application. Make sure to make it before the deadline, late applications are not accepted.

Step 4: Possible interview
Applicants who pass the first screening are invited to an assessment center, an event that takes place in Stockholm for half a day.

For applicants who submit their complete applications before November 15, the invitation to the assessment center will be sent before Christmas. The invitees will be able to leave a request for a preferable date to attend the event.

Applicants who submit their applications after November 15 will receive an invitation to the assessment center approximately 2 weeks prior to the event, and no change of the assigned date is possible.

Please note that you can participate in the assessment center only once, i.e. in case you haven't been selected for the program this year, you are welcome to apply next time, but you will not participate in the event again.

Step 5: Acceptance, conditional acceptance or rejection
We do an overall assessment of all the complete applications that we receive. We look at your Bachelor university, the courses you have taken and the grades, GMAT/GRE scores, your English language skills, CV and motivation. Please note that even though you fulfil all the application requirements, it does not mean that you are automatically admitted to the MSc program, as the number of places is limited and the competition is therefore intense.

The results of the selection will be available in mid-March and all the applicants will be notified via e-mail.

Accepted students on their last year of the Bachelor program will receive a conditional acceptance - they must be done with the Bachelor degree by the start of the MSc program (send all the completing documents by August 20).

Due to the confidentiality of Admissions Committee deliberations, we regret that feedback on rejected applications is not given.

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