Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

Program Description
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Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management

University of St.Gallen (HSG), School of Management, Economics, Law, Social Sciences and International Affairs

The mission of the Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM) is to provide students with the advanced knowledge of general management necessary for a successful career as respected and responsible managers, entrepreneurs or business consultants. The programme offers an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, because only an approach of this nature is capable of conveying the ability to cope with the complex management challenges of our time. The aspiration to act independently of all interests and the commitment to upholding high ethical and academic standards serve as the basis of the SIM.

This approach earned the SIM 1st place in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015!


The SIM curriculum combines the research-based, academic rigour of a Master of Arts with the interactive nature and practice-oriented approach found in leading MBA programmes. Students are thus offered the best of two academic worlds.

SIM Advanced Management Courses (compulsory courses)

In these courses our students explore advanced theories and concepts in the functional areas of management while examining managerial practice and engaging in scientific discussion. The Advanced Management Courses are Strategic Management, International Management, Strategic Leadership, Financial Management, and Research in Management.

SIM Integratives (core electives)

The Advanced Management Courses are complemented by so-called SIM Integratives, which focus on subjects of widespread and current interest in the field of management. Multidisciplinary perspectives are needed in order to be able to embrace these subjects and explore ways to successfully cope with the major management challenges of our time. The course lecturers are practising researchers in their respective fields and bring both their practical and subject-related experience into the classroom.

SIM International Project

Each student is required to engage in a challenging and international project which has to be independently defined, planned, initiated, successfully completed and reflected upon.

The SIMagination Challenge

Students embark on a compulsory international social project which aims to create enriching and meaningful learning experiences for the managerial profession, providing networking opportunities and enhancing career prospects. It encourages our students to be responsible global corporate citizens, not just competent managers. The SIMagination Challenge helps students develop entrepreneurial, interpersonal, team and leadership skills as well as cross-cultural competencies.

In addition, the SIM curriculum consists of the independent electives, the Master’s thesis and Contextual Studies.

Corporate partnerships

The SIM programme has close ties to leading international corporations that act as corporate sponsors to the SIM programme. This cooperation includes interactive workshops, lectures, invitations to visit their sites as well as attractive international internships.

International exchange programmes

In addition to students being offered an internationally oriented curriculum, they are also enabled to experience foreign cultures and perspectives first hand:

• Key partnerships with two prestigious MBA programmes offer SIM students the unique opportunity of gaining a double degree with either INCAE Business School in Costa Rica or Nanyang Business School in Singapore. Within two years, students earn both the SIM-HSG Master’s degree and a prestigious MBA degree.

• CEMS Master’s in International Management

• Double degree programmes with ESADE, Barcelona, Spain; HEC, Paris, France; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and FGV-EAESP, Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil

• Exchange programmes with 190 partner universities worldwide

Career perspectives

By fostering academic excellence, intercultural and language skills, as well as an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach, the SIM programme optimally equips students for top positions in key business arenas such as international management, business consulting or entrepreneurship. Most SIM students sign professional contracts before completing their studies. They receive challenging and attractive job offers from highly respected companies in various business sectors throughout the world. Subject to a student’s grades, this Master’s degree also enables SIM graduates to pursue a promising academic career as it provides access to Ph.D. programmes.

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Last updated June 23, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 18, 2017
18 months
Full time
3,326 CHF
Apr. 30, 2017
Start date Sept. 18, 2017
Switzerland St.Gallen
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
End date Request Info
Duration 18 months
Price 3,326 CHF
Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426