Understanding the real 'story behind the numbers'

Today, many firms operate internationally, whether that entails limited regional exporting or extensive sales or supply chain operations in foreign markets. Is the ability to navigate international market opportunities and manage complex cross-border operations, core to your ambitions and interests? Then the Master’s programme in International Management at Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) is for you.

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Research expertise at Utrecht

Based on Utrecht University’s research expertise, this multidisciplinary Master gives you a deep theoretical understanding of the complex interactions at play in international business. While this programme is very practically oriented it teaches you to draw on a firm basis in international economics and business theories in order to deliver excellent results for an organisation.

Content of the programme

In the Master in International Management you will focus on:

  • Effective and ethical management and leadership in a complex international environment;
  • The interaction between economic policy, financial markets and institutions in an international business context;
  • Strategy, corporate social responsibility, ethics and human behaviour, as key aspects of international management;
  • The role culture and incentives play in the behaviour of managers, firms and governments in cross-border interactions;
  • Developing the ability to effectively adapt and operate in any international working environment in many different fields and organisations.

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"This Master will teach you how to make decisions and lead an organisation in global, uncertain and complex environments.'

Programme objectives

The MSc in International Management provides you with:

  • the knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for a professional career in international management;
  • a broad training in international economics and management;
  • a deep understanding of the interaction between policy actions and firm decisions from an international business perspective;
  • a clear understanding of the role institutions, culture and incentives play in the behaviour of economic agents and policy makers;
  • excellent analytical, social and communication skills;
  • a sustainable vision of management and leadership in which all stakeholders’ needs are recognised and taken into account;
  • a qualification that is highly sought-after in today’s globalised world of business and management.

Career prospects

Upon completion of the MSc in International Management you will be thoroughly prepared to work in a global corporate environment in which you manage complex problems such as global marketing and finance, global value chain management, cross cultural management, and foreign market entry strategies. Your economic research skills, experience in business analysis and professional skills will strengthen your profile further. Upon graduation you will be well prepared for a range of different (international) career opportunities in consulting, business strategy and development, corporate venture management and start-ups. Read more about possible career prospects.


Do you want to know if you are eligible for this Master? Check the entry requirements.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: International Economics and Business
  • Programme: International Management
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance