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Program structure

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 application requirements. You can read more about this under application & admission.

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

Choose two out of three courses:


  • CEMS 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, an international immersion internship, project assignments with corporate partners, an international business research thesis and a CEMS international internship in the summer.

MIB Professional Pathfinder

The MIB Professional Pathfinder course aims to empower you in your personal and professional development during your time at SSE. The course consists of two parts - the outer path and the inner path - and is offered in the first year of the program. Read more about the course!

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 during the spring term, which combined with the MIB research thesis during the first year meets the Master thesis requirement.

The elective courses allow you to tailor parts 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 the language requirements. If you like, you may 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 or follow a track in sustainability or data analytics.

Electives enable you to complement your knowledge in topics that you have not studied extensively in your BSc 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