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M.A. HSG in Strategy and International Management

Course Description

The mission of the Master’s Programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM) is to provide students with the advanced knowledge in management necessary for successful careers as respected and responsible managers. We believe that it is only through an integrative and interdisciplinary approach that we are capable of coping with the complex management challenges of our time. We act independently of all interests and are committed to upholding high ethical and academic standards.
This approach earned the SIM programme 1st place in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015!


The SIM programme consists of 90 ECTS credits and lasts for three semesters. Graduates are awarded a Master of Arts HSG (M.A. HSG) in Strategy and International Management.

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 academic worlds.

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.
• Strategic Management
• International Management
• Strategic Leadership
• Financial Management
• Research in Management

Core electives
The core electives consist in 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 successfully cope with the major management challenges of our time.
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.

Master’s thesis
In order to complete a Master’s degree, students must write a thesis. The topic of the Master’s thesis may derive from any constituent of the SIM Master’s degree courses.

The Master´s Programme in Strategy and International Management (SIM) has been continuously renewing its structure and curriculum to meet the changing needs in today's academic and business worlds. For the updated programme content, please refer to the programme's website: http://www.sim.unisg.ch

International exchange programmes

In addition to offering students an internationally oriented curriculum, the SIM programme also enables them to experience foreign cultures and perspectives first hand.
Key partnerships with two prestigious MBA programmes offer SIM students the unique 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 190 partner universities worldwide.

Career perspectives

The rigorous curriculum, which fosters academic excellence, intercultural and linguistic skills, as well as an interdisciplinary problem solving approach, optimally equips SIM students for top international management positions. The SIM programme enables graduates to pursue a professional career in one of three key business arenas: general management, business consulting or entrepreneurship.
Subject to a student’s grades, this Master’s degree will also enable him/her to pursue a promising academic career as it provides access to doctoral and Ph.D. programmes.


The SIM is taught in English.

Visit the M.A. HSG in Strategy and International Management page on the University of St Gallen website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Stephanie Sparber

2117.jpg “I chose the SIM programme due to its rich curriculum and international orientation. The programme offers a wide range of fascinating subjects taught by a supportive and high-calibre faculty at one of Europe’s leading business universities. I especially appreciate the existence of a SIM community, which allows for valuable interaction with fellow students and alumni.”


University of St.Gallen Loan and Scholarship Fund - 20+ Awards

Please visit our website for detailed Information concerning the loan and scholarship fund.

Value of Scholarship(s)

The value depends on the financial situation of each applicant.


To be eligible for either a loan or a scholarship, applicants must be enrolled for a minimum of one semester. Further information can be found under http://www.studyfunding.unisg.ch

Application Procedure

Please read our "Awarding principles and power of attorney" where you can find the qualification criteria.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

See university website: View Website

Course Fees

CHF 3326 for matriculated foreign students in a regular semester

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