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- 2016!


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

Advanced Management Courses

The compulsory courses advance students’ knowledge of the functional areas of management. Students explore advanced theories and concepts, examine managerial practice, and engage in scientific discussion.

Core electives

The core electives consist of another Advanced Management Course, in SIM Integratives and in SIM in Practice:

SIM Integratives

SIM Integratives focus on subjects of widespread and current interest in the field of management. Multidisciplinary perspectives are needed in order to embrace these subjects and explore ways to cope successfully with the major management challenges of our time.

SIM in Practice

Apart from attending these courses, a SIM student is required to find, plan, execute, and reflect on projects as part of SIM in Practice, which is made up of two innovative courses that are important components of the SIM programme: the SIM International Project and The SIMagination Challenge.

    SIM students have to initiate and complete an international internship, called SIM International Project (SIM-IP). The purpose of the SIM-IP is for students to engage in challenging and practice-oriented work outside the classroom, yet topically related to their studies.
      The SIMagination Challenge requires students to embark on a compulsory international social project which aims to create enriching and meaningful learning experiences for the managerial profession, to provide networking opportunities and to enhance career prospects. It encourages our students to be responsible global corporate citizens, not just competent managers. This course helps students develop entrepreneurial, interpersonal, team and leadership skills as well as cross-cultural competencies.

      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

      Key partnerships with two prestigious MBA programmes offer SIM students the 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.

      Apart from these select MBA double degree opportunities within the SIM, the University itself offers opportunities for exchange semesters and double degrees. By spending an exchange semester at a CEMS partner university, students have the possibility of obtaining the CEMS MIM. SIM students also have the opportunity to apply for a double degree programme with ESADE, Barcelona; HEC, Paris; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, or to apply for an exchange programme with one of our approx. 200 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.

      Admission to the SIM programme:

      Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.

      This school offers programs in:
      • English

      Last updated July 20, 2017
      Duration & Price
      This course is Campus based
      Start Date
      Start date
      Sept. 17, 2018
      18 months
      Full time
      3,326 CHF
      Apr. 30, 2018
      Switzerland - St.Gallen
      Start date: Sept. 17, 2018
      Application deadline Apr. 30, 2018
      End date Request Info
      Sept. 17, 2018
      Switzerland - St.Gallen
      Application deadline Apr. 30, 2018
      End date Request Info
      Fee for Swiss students: CHF 1426