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. 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 Rankings 2011–2017.
The SIM curriculum combines the Research-based, 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.
The core electives consist of another Advanced Management Course, in SIM Integratives and in SIM in Practice:
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.
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. The SIM Master’s degree also provides access to Ph.D. programmes.
The SIM is taught in English.
Gain a broad understanding in all areas of international business and launch a global career. Prepare yourself for a whole new experience and become able to lead in the international business environment.
The AGSB graduate program is designed for the successful undergraduate with some significant work experience so that the successful participant will gain the necessary skills and experience to successfully contribute to any business organization in a mid-level general management position.
Year 1: Preparing student to lead the next generation
In the master degree, you will integrate an innovative and complete approach to the activities of your organization.
You will acquire new skills in the use of new management tools.
You will benefit from a personalized follow-up with experts and get engaged in a practical and pragmatic high-level training with a highly qualified teaching team in line with the needs of companies and organizations.
Year 2: Combine theory and practice
In the second year of the master program, you will continue to study the same subject at a more advanced level.
In the second term, you will have the opportunity to put your knowledge to practice in a real-world work environment. You will complete a three-month administrative or managerial internship in a function such as marketing, finance, human resources or events management. This hands-on work experience will provide you with the necessary basis for your final project.
As the business of football becomes ever more professional, the need for executives with the right knowledge and skill set becomes ever greater. Therefore, The Football Business Academy sat down with industry experts and created a unique and comprehensive program that will prepare students for success in the dynamic, global future of the football industry. The FBA offers a Professional Master in Football Business which is the first of its kind; it’s a hybrid program which takes all the advantages of online and physical courses and combining them into one unique program. This program steps away from traditional course structures and educational models to create a more innovative and complete curriculum which caters to the needs and realities of the football industry as well as 21st-century students.
The FBA concept focuses on three pillars: Knowledge, Network and Experience. Throughout the four modules of the 12-month programme, students will be engaged through online courses, guest lectures, active participation at business events, a provided internship, on-campus courses and workshops, insightful field trips, and a Student Business Project. Having the combination of these different elements and in a structured way is essential in order to understand the intricacies of such a dynamic and fast-paced industry, and we care about making sure our students can easily find a job after their graduation while being fully capable to add real value and help transform it. Raquel Madruga (FBA 2018 Candidate): “I always wanted to work in football and I wanted to expand and know more about the football industry – The FBA program is amazing because it’s very practical and hands-on.”
The program’s academic strength is drawn from the FBA’s international faculty of highly experienced industry professionals, who have a passion for teaching. Our students will be inspired and mentored by the likes of Alfonso Roberes (former Head of International Sponsorship at Real Madrid), Mayi Cruz Blanco (former Head of Women’s Football Development, FIFA), Dennis Thom (Head of Marketing, Borussia Dortmund), Giuliano Giorgetti (Media Content Director, Inter Milan), Jérôme Champagne (former FIFA presidential candidate), and many others, giving our students the ability to develop an unparalleled understanding of the global football industry, work on real practical cases, and expand their network even further.
In this day and age, it is exceedingly important to gain professional experience and create a network of industry contactswhile studying, as more often than not these two factors will shape an alumni’s career development. Most programs do not insist (enough) on these aspects which is why graduates encounter difficulties starting their career in football. In this regard, The FBA’s strength lies in our strategic partnerships with Soccerex and ESSMA: two industry heavyweights who will give FBA students exclusive access to a treasure of specialized knowledge, invaluable networking opportunities and skills, as well as attractive internship opportunities. Since all of this happens during the FBA program, our graduates will be more prepared than any to successfully (re-)launch their career in the football industry.
We seek to attract those diamonds in the rough that, through their personality, attitude, and moral values, will develop into shining leaders capable of handling the challenges and opportunities which the football industry presents them with. The FBA encourages any talent who has a bachelor degree (or equivalent), a decent level of English, and a strong interest in football business to apply to our course.
Ben Cronshaw (FBA 2018 Candidate): “I’ve been in the football industry from a coaching perspective for quite a while, but now I’m looking to move more into the business side of things. The FBA was a fantastic opportunity to do that, it offered things that no other course out there was doing.”
• Online & On-Campus courses • Guaranteed internship in a football club, federation or football related company • World-class faculty: continuous contact with industry professionals • International-focused and independent structure • Business events powered by Soccerex, the global leader for football business events • Field trips powered by ESSMA, the leading platform for stadium professionals • Continuous education and networking: Free lifetime access to courses, community platform and career platform