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.
At the intersection between data science, statistics and management, Business Analytics consists of using data to inform strategic decision making under uncertainty and to optimise business processes. In the digital economy with the proliferation of data, businesses have understood the tactical and strategic importance of analytics - the learning from data - as a critical field to detect and monitor client behaviours and expectations, or even future market trends.
Business Analytics tries to answer the following questions: "What has happened?" (descriptive analytics), "Why did it happen?" (explanatory or diagnostic analytics), "What will happen?" (predictive analytics) and "What should be done?" (prescriptive analytics). As such, Business Analytics is about bringing the business questions to the data.
Investing in Business Analytics can lead to a substantial competitive advantage, which, in certain sectors, ensures prosperity or even survival. Analytics is also one of the most promising approaches for public authorities who, in terms of transport, energy or public health, are required to manage and leverage the explosion of data to generate greater value for both businesses and society.
Given the increasing importance of "big data" in the economy, GSEM offers a new master program in Business Analytics that provides a wide range of career opportunities. This program responds to the growing need of medium to large organisations to leverage the use of data and to transform data assets into better management decisions.
With the proliferation of data and the present lack of analytical talent, students of the Master in Business Analytics will have excellent career opportunities across the globe. The McKinsey Global Institute estimated in 2016 a demand of 2 to 4 million “business translators” that serve as the link between analytical talent and practical business applications in the US economy by 2026. In 2017, the Business Higher Education Forum and PricewaterhouseCoopers projected data science and analytics-related job postings in the US alone to grow from 2.35 million in 2015 to 2.72 million by 2020.
The application procedure opens every year at the beginning of January.
Applications close on 28 February for all students.
There is only one Master intake in September every year. Attendance is mandatory for admitted students from day one.