Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (MS SMIB)



A Word from the Academic Director

Being SMIB is not only a label that you get when joining the academic programme. It is a real mindset, attitude and way of living that will stick to you all along the years. I can assert this, not only as the appointed Academic Director of the programme, but also as a former SMIB myself.

This website is a perfect summary of this SMIB-spirit: business-oriented, open-minded, bold and authentic. Being open-minded is not an advertising catch phrase for the SMIB programme. We really live diversity in our daily life: when on campus, through the various nationalities represented in the programme; when on business trips; when at work, through the many chosen expatriation paths that SMIBs are in…

So how do we do it? Simply because our focus is on excellence, in whatever we do. And to be excellent, one needs emotional, cultural, theoretical and practical intelligence. So if you are not fully convinced, read on!

Anne-Flore Maman Larraufie (PhD)
Academic Director of the MS SMIB

Why should I do the MS SMIB?

Get ready to join the global job market with this internationally focused programme, which includes:

  • core courses taught 100% in English
  • a choice of specialised track
    • offered at all corners of the globe with 3 leading partner universities
    • each with a specific career goal in mind
  • an international field trip
  • the possibility to learn French and Mandarin as a foreign language
  • an in-company project to be carried out anywhere in the world
  • the chance to mix with a very diverse student class and teaching faculty

General Structure of the Programme




Term 1

Courses & seminars
Core track


Term 2

Specialized courses and/or international exchange

Term 3

Professional project & dissertation
You must have successfully defended the dissertation before the 31st December of the next year


Term 4

Academic Requirements

Core courses

Whatever track you decide to follow, rest assured that you will not be thrown in at the deep-end but first be able to gain all the necessary knowledge and skills via the fundamental and core courses.

You will start the year with team building and cover the following topics taught in professional and dynamic formats including interactive seminars, simulation games and workshops:

  • Geopolitics
  • Microeconomics
  • Strategic Management
  • Negotiation
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • International Business Law

These are just a few examples of classes you will have in the first term. For a comprehensive list of courses, download the brochure.

Specialised tracks



Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Choose your track

Global Strategy

Core track & seminars in France

Global Corporate Strategy track, ESSEC historic campus - France

Company field project and thesis

Global Strategic Consulting track, ESSEC historic campus - France

Asian Strategy

Core track & seminars in Singapore

Asian Corporate Strategy track, ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus - Singapore

Asian Strategic Consulting track, ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus - Singapore

International Project Management

Core track & seminars in France or in Singapore

Exchange with Queen's University - Canada


Core track & seminars in France or in Singapore

Exchange with EGADE Business School - Mexico

Doing Business in Russia

Core track & seminars in France or in Singapore

Exchange with Higher School of Economics NRO - Russia

Doing Business in Africa

Core track & seminars in France or in Singapore

ESSEC Africa-Atlantic Ocean Campus - Morocco

Examples of specialized courses in Term 2:

Global Corporate Strategy track:

  • Strategic Global Sourcing
  • Marketing B2B & KAM

Global Strategic Consulting track:

  • Consultancy Soft Skills
  • Consultancy (case-cracking)

Asian Corporate Strategy track:

  • Negotiate Business Deals in China
  • Managing International Business in Asia

Asian Strategic Consulting track:

  • Asian Strategy Challenge
  • Consulting Soft Skilss

International Project Management track:

  • Financial Modelling of Multinational Corporations
  • Critical Perspectives on Business

Entrepreneurship track:

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership & Managing People in Organisations

Doing Business in Russia track:

  • Leadership in Russia
  • Russian as a Foreign Language

Doing Business in Africa track:

  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Development in Africa
  • Culture & African Societies – Impact on Doing Business

These are just a few examples to give you an idea of what you can study in the second term. For a comprehensive list of courses per track, download the brochure.

Study trips

A one-week study trip is included in the programme and is the perfect opportunity for you to meet with local based companies and professionals. Depending on the destination - which changes each year -  you will be able to discover a wide range of sectors and delve into local issues.

In the past few years, students have visited Geneva, San Francisco, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Milan, Ho Chi Minh, Miami, London and Shanghai.

Professional Requirements

You will be able to apply the theories and skills you have picked up and built on during the academic part of the programme in your field project, which is also where 45% of graduates end up getting their first permanent contract. Another 26% go straight into full time employment at the end of the academic time instead of embarking on an internship.

The field project, worth a total 30 ECTS credits, involves:

- A company project

The company field project is designed to facilitate students’ professional integration. It enables them to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to hands-on experience as interns in an organization. The company field project can take place anywhere in the world. 55% of students found their company field project through the ESSEC Business School network.

Examples of companies hiring last year’s SMIB interns and graduates:

  • Christian Dior Couture, Tag Heuer
  • Orange
  • Sodexo Asia Pacific
  • SAP
  • Veolia Japan
  • Airbus
  • Natixis, Société Générale
  • Sanofi, Ipsen, GE Medical Systems
  • Roland Berger
  • KPMG

- A professional dissertation

For the professional dissertation, you will be asked to tackle a specific business issue related to your field project. This will then be defended in front of a panel (viva voce).

Examples of last years’ dissertations include

  • CSR & Financial Reporting in Solar Cell Manufacturing
  • B2B2C Model: Identifying Key Capabilities in the Case of Automotive Insurance The Critical Success Factors of Chinese Manufactures in Global Solar Energy Industry
  • What Can Make a Startup Successful? A Comparison of Three Asian Models with the Sillicon Valley Model.
  • Wealth Management in China - How Could International Private Banks Adapt to Local Specificities?


SMIB for Smiles

SMIB for Smiles is a humanitarian club created and ran by the SMIB students with 2 major aims:
• implement concrete actions to improve disadvantaged children’s educational conditions
• increase interest and involvement in sustainable development efforts via social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility

Its mission supports the school’s approach in preparing future managers to “reconcile personal interests with collective responsibility, giving consideration to the common good in their decision-making, and weighing economic challenges against the social costs”.

You can take part in this association on both ESSEC campuses, Cergy (Paris) and Singapore.
For more information, check out the association on Facebook

Check out the SMIB for Smiles' Newsletter for May 2018 here


The SMIB Mag is an ESSEC magazine focusing on the life of the SMIB community, alumni, students, participants and friends. You will have the chance to contribute to producing and editing this magazine with a different focus each year depending on current trends.

This magazine allows us all to stay connected and keep in touch.

You can leaf through the latest edition here.

Career Day “What is my job?”

Numerous sector professionals are invited to come and present their career path and what their current position involves. This is the opportunity to learn about the large variety of careers that are open to you as a SMIB, ask any questions and mingle afterwards. 

Christmas party

This is the chance to get the whole class together before breaking off into the different tracks in a more informal context at this festive time of the year.


Conferences on both fundamental and trending topics are regularly organised together with the Advanced Master SMIB Executive (Part Time). These can take part at whatever ESSEC campuses in Cergy, La Défense, or Singapore.

Digital Week Competition

The Digital Week Competition ‘DWC’ is open to students of 7 Advanced Master programmes at ESSEC including the MS SMIB. 36 mixed student teams, or “digital consulting agencies”, will work on real case studies set by 12 companies on current issues. These companies will cover 1 of 4 themes linked to digital transformation: communication, marketing, strategy and corporate organisation, and smart life.

To give you an idea, some of the companies involved in last year’s DWC include Novartis, BFM TV, Christian Dior, Henkel, Servier, Club Med, L’Oréal… and many more.

This is a unique experience which you can really highlight on your CV as you will experience what it is to be in real-life professional situation, managing a team, sharing knowledge, working to strict deadlines, etc. You will also make both written and oral presentations as well as work with the latest tools and methods including design thinking and innovative social media.

The next edition with take place the first week of January on both the Cergy and La Défense campuses.


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