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Master program in International Business

Lead, collaborate, inspire and be inspired. Master the challenges of management, innovation and strategy in global organizations through in-depth courses, live projects and on an exchange term at another top university. Upon acceptance to the MSc program in International Business candidates are pre-approved to begin the CEMS Master in International Management in their second year and therefore eligible for a double degree.

You will work on an advanced level with topics focused on running and developing global organizations. Throughout the program, you will use strategy and marketing tools to put the firm in context and explore how firms influence their competitive environments. You will also learn how to make firms grow and prosper from the inside, through innovations and management practices that build operational excellence.

The MSc program in International Business takes part in the FT Masters in Management ranking. The latest ranking placed us 19th out of 100 participating top international business schools.

Leadership and teamwork in multi-cultural contexts is studied as well as practiced through live projects and group work, and reflected upon through interaction with executives. Ethics and CSR are integrated in several courses to mirror the integrated role it should have in everyday decision-making. Language and skills training provides the essential management communication tools needed for your future work. You will work with real "live" projects together with corporate partners of CEMS and of SSE.

Through the combination of topics covered in the program, you will acquire a deep and integrated 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.

The curriculum of the Master of Science in International Business is designed to facilitate the successful completion of the CEMS Master in International Management. Upon fulfilling the graduation requirements of SSE and of CEMS, you will be awarded both a Master of Science degree from SSE and a Master's degree from CEMS, the prestigious global alliance of management education.​

The program has an advisory board with members from leading positions in various industries. The board acts as a discussion partner and provides expert advice to the program from an employer perspective.

Meet the Program Director

👉🏽 This is Dr. Ciara Sutton - Program Director for the MSc program in International Business and Academic Director for the CEMS Master in International Management.

After graduation

We are proud of our graduates and the choices they make with the opportunities afforded them. A degree from SSE opens doors to a wide range of careers and advanced studies. Out of all MSc alumni who graduated in 2023 and told us that they went straight to work, 96 percent found employment within three months of completing their studies. Meet our graduates here.

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Class composition | Intake 2023

  • 58 students enrolled
  • 43% female students
  • GMAT range*: 660 - 740
  • GMAT median*: 700
  • GRE range: 157 - 169
  • GRE median: 160
  • Swedish students: 18
  • International students: 40
  • Average age: 23

Nationalities: Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, China, Italy, France, Slovakia, Denmark, Belgium, Singapore, Austria, Spain, Latvia, Estonia, the Netherlands and Portugal.

* Please note that the GMAT scores are only linked to the GMAT Exam, not to the GMAT Focus Edition.

Career opportunities

The program will prepare you for an international career in many different sectors. Positions that our graduates have entered include:

  • Management Consultant

  • Global Operations & Strategy Manager

  • Market Expansion Analyst

  • Digital Strategic Account Manager

  • Operations Manager

  • International Engagement Manager

  • International Marketing Manager

  • Head of Sustainable Business

During the two-year program you will get to know and work with global corporations through various projects and seminars providing you with a great network for your future career.