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MSC in Business Administration, Specialization International Management

Nijmegen School of Management

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MSC in Business Administration,
Specialization International Management


International Management (hereafter IM) is a unique multi-disciplinary master specialization within Business Administration.

Although the International Management as a field of study is in a constant flux, the basic tasks of cross-border management are understanding one’s host country environment, being sensitive to cross-cultural differences and being able to manage operations separated by the barriers of distance, language, time and culture. The IM programme takes the development of the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) in a globalizing environment as its core focus. The framework for the Master’s in International Management is based on a strategic approach to analyse managerial aspects of MNEs in their global environment (Corporate Strategy). This also means that the content of the programme not only focus the international business environment of MNEs, such as macro-economical changes and the development of supranational institutions (Organization & Society, Global Marketing) but also the processes inside the MNE (International Human Resource Management and Global Corporate Communication) which change dramatically as a result of the cross national scale on which these processes are operating.

In the programme, international management problems are analyzed as complex dilemmas that ask from managers and professionals the development of cross-cultural competencies to cope with these adverse situations. The study of cross-cultural dilemmas is particularly important in corporate global communication as well as in global marketing and international human resources management. The tension between global integration and local adaptation is also an important theme in corporate strategy. From a corporate social responsibilities point of view, the conflict between ethical imperialism and relativism is a societal issue. Comparative management research, intercultural interaction research, and research from a multiple cultures perspective are three cross-cultural research streams, which need to be studied and taken into account.

The IM programme also reflects the Business Administration profile of “social and ethical based business management” mirroring one of the University’s values that encompass dialogues between people of diverse backgrounds. The programme aims at contributing to the development of a fair and equal society where multicultural diversity is stimulated and supported. For the IM programme this means that the ethical side of internationalization and globalization and the division and concentration of power within society forms a critical part of the programme.

The IM programme aims at developing a critical attitude amongst students to help them to “objectively” analyze the external and internal processes of MNEs. In the vision of the International Management staff group it is not only important to offer the students the knowledge connected to these internationalizing processes but also to offer the opportunity to experience the cultural, language and geographical distance problem themselves in the programme.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The IM programme prepares students for a function as an International Manager or an International Professional in the International Business field. The manager or professional is able to make use of a scientific methodological framework to analyze developments in the international external and internal environment of MNEs looking at management processes from a cross-cultural point of view.

The overall aim of the IM Master specialization is to provide students with the knowledge and the skills to independently use the scientific method to do research in an international management context or to solve complex problems relevant to managers in an international environment.

The International Master’s programmes at the Nijmegen School of Management are demanding programmes, set up to help you develop a critical attitude and a comparative view of the current academic debate on organizational theory, research on organizational behaviour and change. In order for you to be successful at completing the study programme, the Nijmegen School of Management has set some requirements to make sure you have a background to successfully complete our programmes.

We set these requirements to make sure that you are well-informed about the nature of the programme, and so that you know which topics are addressed during the programme.

For admission to all the specializations of the business Administration programme, you need to fulfill a number of requirements. These are:

  • Completed Bachelor degree in Business studies or a related area
  • English Level requirements
  • Background in research methodology

A completed Bachelor degree in business studies or a related area

As the Master's programme seeks to provide advanced knowledge and skills in the area of international management, design and development management, strategy or marketing, a fundamental requirement for students is a Bachelor's degree in a management discipline.

Because the MSc programmes in Radboud University are programmes that build onto a Bachelor (BSc) programme, the level of education is high. To make sure you are able to follow the programme without difficulties, we require a background in business studies or related. That way, it is assured that you have enough background in the area of business and management studies.

When you send us your documents, your diploma will be assessed by our experts on international diplomas. Based on this advise, the board will determine if you are able to start in the Master’s programme directly, or if you need to follow a pre-master programme first.

For the Master's programmes, professional experience is not required. Anyone with an appropriate study-background is free to apply for admission. Students with a Dutch education have to apply via Studielink. Students with a foreign education have to apply via the university.

We cannot give you a final answer on whether you are admitted or not until you send us either your application via Studielink (for those coming from a Dutch programme) or the university application forms with the necessary documents attached (for those coming from a foreign programme).

English level

In order to take part in the programme, you need to have a sufficient level of English. This requirement has been satisfied when the student meets one of the following conditions:

  • has a pre-university diploma (VWO diploma), or
  • has a diploma obtained by completing a secundary education at an institution in the Netherlands or abroad where the language of instruction is English, or
  • has a diploma from Higher Professional Education (HBO), or
  • is admitted by the Examining Board based on passing GMAT test score, or
  • has successfully completed a 3-year Bachelor programme in a Ducht university.

Students who do not meet one of the above conditions must satisfy at least the following: This can be shown by providing us with one of these documents:

  • TOEFL score of  >575 (paper based) or >232 (computer based) or >90 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >6.5
  • a Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of at least C.

Please include a copy of the diploma or certificate. 

[bw] Background in Research Methodology

All our programmes in Business Administration are based on research, because we are an academic university, involved in many international research projects. This means that the courses mainly involve different management, marketing or strategic theories, how to use them and how to compare them, but also how to test them. To make sure you have enough background to start the programme, please check the list of topics below.

The main methodological concepts used during the programme are:

  • research designs (when to use which research design)
  • constructing questionnaires
  • basic statistical concepts (one and two-tailed tests, type I and Type II errors, effect sizes, statistical power, validity, reliability)
  • descriptive statistics (means, variance, standard deviation, frequency distributions)
  • correlation analysis, analysis of variance, analysis of correspondence, factor analysis
  • (multiple) regression analysis (including models with dummies and testing fro the assumptions)
  • work with SPSS.


The learning strategy used in the International Management programme is action-based. This means that the programme makes use of experiential learning, bringing students in situations where they experience the problems associated with managerial complexities. This will be done by making use of case studies and research projects. Besides, students work in intercultural teams during most classroom sessions.

The Master specialization International Management consists in two semesters of 2 blocks each (Semester 1 from September to January, Semester 2 from February to July). The second block of the second semester is reserved for the final master thesis. As a whole, the programme is made up of 60 ECTS with 18 ECTS allocated for the master thesis. Students can only join the programme in September of each academic year. The design of the programme is modular. It will be taught in English. Guest lectures and practice oriented thesis topics will support the programme in efforts to establish the link between business practice and academic theory.



Name Course



Corporate Strategy

Organizations & Society




Brand Management

Elective course (from Business Administration)



1 + 2

Methodology (to choose from Strategy, Marketing, Organization, or HRM)



Global Corporate Communication

International HRM




Master Thesis


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) Between € 1,350 and € 2,700
Titles No title
Required language skills English
State / Province Gelderland
Country Netherlands
Completion Diploma