A one-year cohort-based program that prepares you to lead with confidence
This program is designed to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges that business and society faces right now. We attract a wide range of talent from around the world, both students and faculty. We are accredited in both the US and Switzerland. Our curriculum and leadership program was developed after extensive research on the skills today’s managers say are most valuable to their employees. We emphasize leadership to guide you in identifying your individual strengths and give you practice using them.
You will participate in a series of shared experiences that develop practical and cross-cultural skills that you will take forward into your career and your life. We extend management education to include courses that prepare you to effectively employ digital strategies in your organization. We emphasize e-Business in the fashion industry due to our strategic location and partnerships. You gain the benefits of high-quality education in Switzerland combined with Franklin's pragmatic approach that focuses on applying skills while learning in an international business context.
The Director of Graduate Studies is committed to creating a collaborative relationship among faculty, students, and industry experts. Throughout the masters in international management program, you engage directly with experienced professionals both in the classroom and in real work situations, learning current best practices and putting them to use. You also benefit from Academic Travel, visiting organizations that you study in international locations, and Practical Experience, bridging the gap between coursework and career.
Graduate Student Profile
Our Master of Science in International Management is designed for people:
from many different educational and professional backgrounds who have a commitment to being responsible, strategic, entrepreneurial and innovative leaders and want a small cohort program with strong leadership development and mentoring component.
with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline who want to acquire management skills and business acumen to excel in the information economy and gain experience in a multicultural, interdisciplinary learning environment.
who want a progressive approach to management education in a short-term intensive program.
Our one-year MSIM course of study is taught using a cohort model: each cohort progresses through the entire one-year program together. This model facilitates collaborative learning and encourages the class to act as a team, similar to the dynamic you find in the workplace.
The program is conducted over two semesters and in the summer. Each semester is 16 weeks, divided into two core sessions of seven weeks, with a mid-term period of two weeks.
The fall mid-term session is dedicated to seminar courses on current topics and the spring mid-term is when the cohort goes on Academic Travel. You begin with a professional week that introduces you to the program, the cohort, the faculty, and the university while getting a pulse on the backgrounds and skills that you bring to the cohort.
The second week focuses on leadership development skills. We follow a semester system with a one-month break from mid-December to mid-January.
The Leadership Program and preparation for your Practical Experience run over the entire year. Over the summer, you conduct the Practical Experience.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for the Master of Science in International Management is paid in Swiss Francs only.
As a graduate student you should expect the following average direct and indirect annual costs:
Tuition: CHF 29,500
Housing (if living on campus): CHF 11,020
Health Insurance: CHF 1,590**
Meal plan (optional): CHF 3,200
Other expenses (travel, books, meals out, entertainment, personal items - estimate): CHF 7,500
**CHF1,930 if born on or before 31.12.1990. Rates for non-Swiss citizens. Different rates apply for Swiss citizens (including dual nationality).
Scholarships & Financial Aid
At Franklin, we see financing your education as an investment and partnership among you, your family, and the University. About 70 percent of Franklin students receive financial aid in a variety of forms, such as need- and merit-based scholarships, government, and private aid and engagement incentives.
Franklin offers scholarships, financial aid, and other initiatives, and various external programs are available based on citizenship and need assessment. Together we will create your financial aid package and carefully guide you through your financing options.
Visit Franklin University Switzerland and see why so many students feel at home on our campus and in the Lugano community.
We welcome you and your friends and family to experience what it means to live and learn in our safe, international environment.
Franklin University Switzerland is accredited in both the United States and Switzerland.
That means that your degree is truly international, with automatic validity in two countries, and that you have an advantage to pursuing an international career or furthering your study in the US or Switzerland. The doors opened by a Franklin education go far beyond these two countries, though, and most countries in the world will grant equivalence to a Franklin degree if you have your sights set elsewhere.
Franklin maintains this recognition through periodic quality assurance reviews by authorities from the US and Switzerland.
Where Our Graduates Go
Employers look for candidates with a reliable skill set, and Franklin students have it! Within a year of graduation, 95% of our students obtain full-time employment in a wide variety of sectors, as shown in the graphic. At Franklin, you’ll get the education you need and acquire the skills employers want.
Since we began in 1970, there are now over 7,000 alumni already making a difference in their home towns, and in new, exciting locations around the globe. Let FUS help you get where you want to go.
Just listen to what our alumni have to say.