Gain a Solid Grounding in International Business
Do you want to enhance your career prospects and connect with a global community? The UCT GSB CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management (MIM) will set you on your way.
This internationally recognised full-time one-year Master’s programme will enable you to engage with academic and corporate specialists from the field of international business and management, and prepare you for international research and professional employment.
The programme comprises international management courses, business skills seminars, an international internship and a business immersion project at a multinational organisation. It also includes a credit-bearing study term abroad at one of the CEMS partner universities – which include top global business schools in 33 countries.
Preparing Aspiring Global Business Leaders
Study in Cape Town, South Africa’s most beautiful city, at a globally ranked business school with a world-class reputation. The UCT GSB is one of fewer than 100 business schools in the world to be triple-crown accredited and the only South African institution to offer the CEMS MIM programme.
The programme offers an intensive cross-cultural experience designed to prepare aspiring global business leaders to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world.
This is a pre-experience Master’s programme, best suited for candidates at the beginning of their careers who have not worked for more than 24 months.
Study at the Top Business School in Africa
“Our global reach is evident in our international exchange programmes, multi-university collaborations and study tours that attract visitors from around the world and give our students first-hand experience to see how we measure up to the world’s most prestigious business schools.”
More about CEMS
CEMS is exclusive global cooperation between top business schools, multinationals and NGOs that promotes global citizenship through the following values:
The pursuit of excellence with high standards of performance and ethical conduct
Understanding and drawing upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy
Professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society as a whole
QS Masters in Management Rankings 2020: 16th
Financial Times Ranking 2019: 13th
The Economist Ranking 2019: 8th
A global strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies:
Includes 34 CEMS Member Schools across all continents, 69 Corporate Partners (multinational companies) and 7 social partners (NGOs). 1 294 MIM students of 83 nationalities.
A global alumni network:
15,625 alumni of over 108 nationalities working in +75 countries
The MIM Programme consists of three terms: two academic terms (Term 1 & Term 2) and the internship term (Term 3). The two academic terms are consecutive (August–July), while the internship (Term 3) can take place at any time during the graduate period of studies, but not overlapping with Term 1 and Term 2. Students will spend one out of the two academic terms at the UCT GSB as their home school.
Block Seminar (8 credits)
Global Strategy (15 credits)
Research Methods (10 credits)
Business Communication Skills Seminar (4 credits)
Global Citizenship Seminar (3 credits)
Global Leadership (12 credits)
Business Project (35 credits)
Minor Dissertation (60 credits)
International Internship (DP, 0 credits)
Skills Seminars (3 credits)
Language Requirements (DP, 0 credits)
Students are required to go on exchange in either Term 1 or 2 and will transfer credits obtained for the equivalent course load (i.e. equivalent number of credits at the UCT GSB) at the exchange school back to the UCT GSB. To account for the credits earned on an exchange, students will be registered for a course that carries the equivalent weighting of that semester’s credits. They will be awarded a grade based on the results they obtained at their exchange university.
The UCT GSB has 33 CEMS partner Business Schools to choose from for the exchange. These schools are among the most highly rated in the world.
While we strive to place students in their preferred/chosen exchange schools, allocations are done at the discretion of host schools and are subject to positions available.
InternationalismGraduates are knowledgeable international business practitioners who are able to execute effective business decision-making and change management in diverse contexts.
Business embeddednessGraduates apply advanced management and leadership competencies developed through the systematic experience of, and engagement with, the corporate world.
Responsible citizenshipGraduates champion a holistic vision of responsible business decision-making, leadership and citizenship – informed by ethical reasoning, personal integrity and respect for social diversity.
Reflective critical thinkingGraduates are confident, agile and reflective decision-makers and problem-solvers, who are able to formulate and apply innovative solutions to complex business challenges.
Comprehensive leadershipGraduates are fully aware of their personal responsibility and accountability and of the ethical and cultural frameworks in which leadership is exerted.
Please note: This is a pre-experience Master’s, so students may not have worked for more than 2 years.
Prospective candidates need to:
Have no more than 2 years of work experience.
Have a degree that allows the student to enter a Master's-level study in the country it was obtained from, which in South Africa is an NQF Level 8 qualification. All equivalent qualifications are subject to approval by the South African Qualifications Authority.
Proof of academic preparation: Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in management or economics or a related field; or will have successfully passed 120 credits/60 ECTS of studies in business education at the postgraduate level in any of these areas. This could be from one-year honours or PGDip in economics/management or business following any other Bachelor’s degree.
Show proof of proficiency in English (if not mother tongue) through any of the following (minimum level):
TOEFL iBT 100; IELTS 7.0; CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) B; CPE C; BEC Higher B;
A Bachelor’s diploma entirely taught in English in an English-speaking country or in a CEMS or EQUIS/AACSB-accredited institution;
A pass in one of the CEMS-accredited locally accepted English exams;
A-level GCSE issued in Singapore.
Take the GMAT. All MIM applicants are required to write the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and obtain a GMAT score of 600.
Complete mother tongue declaration form: all candidates are required to declare their mother tongue upon applying to the programme.
Possess a second language other than English at intermediate proficiency, and provide evidence of this.
All CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management students graduate with competence in three languages, one of which must be English.
Language 1: English (home language or proficiency)
Language 2: Any language (home language or B2 oral/ B1 written level)
Language 3: Any language (home language or elementary level)Note: Students who have proficiency in two languages will be expected to gain a third during the programme. Similar languages, for example, Dutch and Afrikaans, do not count as separate languages.
Students will be evaluated for their intellectual potential and knowledge, their attitude and soft skills, as well as their international orientation. Candidates should exhibit:
High academic standards and professional skills;
Ability to perform in a fast-changing environment;
Empathy with different values and cultures;
Willingness to take responsibility within society.