Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management


Program Description

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. The SIM 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.
This approach earned the SIM 1st place in the Financial Times Global Masters in Management Ranking 2011- 2019!
The SIM curriculum combines the research-based, academic rigor of a Master of Arts with the interactive nature and practice-oriented approach present in leading MBA programs. 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 Advanced Management Courses, Integratives and 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
  • SIM students have to initiate and complete an international internship,
    called SIM International Project (SIMIP). 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 an international social initiative which aims to create enriching and meaningful learning experiences for them.
Corporate partnerships
The SIM program has close ties to leading international corporations that act as corporate sponsors to the SIM program. This cooperation includes interactive workshops, lectures, invitations to visit their sites as well as attractive international internships.
International exchange programs
Key partnerships with two prestigious MBA programs 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 program with ESADE, Barcelona; HEC, Paris; RSM Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, or to apply for an exchange program 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 program 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. programs.
Admission to the SIM program:
Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.
Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

With success: the University of St.Gallen has constantly been ranked among the top business schools in Europe. The Master's Programme in Strategy and International Management is ranked 1st worldwide i ... Read More

With success: the University of St.Gallen has constantly been ranked among the top business schools in Europe. The Master's Programme in Strategy and International Management is ranked 1st worldwide in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking. The Master in Banking and Finance is ranked 6th in the FT Masters in Finance Ranking. International accreditations by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA underline our commitment to a holistic curriculum that meets the highest academic standards. We aim to develop students both in professional and personal terms by providing them with an education along humanist lines. Read less