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 4 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

What? When? Credits

Courses and seminars

  • core track
  • specialised track


  • 1st term (September - December 2015)
  • 2nd term (dates depend on partner university but first trimester 2016)
Professional project & dissertation
  • 3rd & 4th terms
* You must have successfully defended the dissertation before the 31st December 2016

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 and cross-cultural issues
  • micro and macroeconomics
  • strategy (building, marketing & management)
  • corporate finance (reporting, analysis & strategy)
  • competitive intelligence
  • 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

Global Strategy Track Terms 1 & 2 at ESSEC Cergy Campus (France) This is for you if you are looking for a career in strategy either in a company or as a consultant. Corporate Strategy sub-track:
  • Strategic Key Account Management
  • Strategic Global Sourcing
  • B2B Strategic Marketing
Strategic Consulting sub-track:
  • Consultancy Soft Skills
  • Case Cracking
  • Consultancy Commercial Services
International Project Management Track Term 1 at ESSEC Cergy Campus (France)

Term 2 at Queen’s University (Canada)
This is for you if you want to have a career in international project management in any geographical context.
  • Financial Modelling of Multinational Corporations
  • Global Sales Management
  • Critical Perspectives on Business
Entrepreneurship Track Term 1 at ESSEC Cergy Campus (France)

Term 2 at EGADE Business School (Mexico)
This is for you if you want to be an entrepreneur, an intrapreneur or in international business development.
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Leadership & Managing People in Organisations
Doing Business in Russia Track Term 1 at ESSEC Cergy Campus (France)

Term 2 at the Higher School of Economics NRU (Russia)
This is for you if you are looking to work in emerging markets or with Eastern European business partners.
  • Company Consulting Project
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Change Management
Doing Business in Asia Track Terms 1 & 2 at ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus (Singapore)
 - OR -
Term 1 at ESSEC Cergy Campus (France) & Term 2 at ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus (Singapore)
This is for you if you are wanting to work in an Asian context, based over there or working with Asian business partners.
  • Negotiating Business Deals in China
  • E-Strategy in an Asian Context
  • Managing International Business in Asia
  • Asian Economies

 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, 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:

  • GDF Suez
  • Mazars
  • BNP Paribas
  • Meetic
  • Sanofi
  • P&G
  • AXA
  • Cartier
  • Hermès
  • Total
  • Airbus

- 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:

  • The Impacts of the Destabilisation of Luxury in China on Singapore's Brands' Results
  • How to Bring Back Technological Innovation with Adjacent Business Ideas to Mature Companies in the B2B Industry within the Life Science Sector?
  • What Can Make a Startup Successful? A Comparison of Three Asian Models with the Silicon Valley Model.
  • Financing Renewable Energy Projects: Which Business Model is Sustainable?


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.



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 the ESSEC France campuses in Cergy and La Défense. 

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.

Talk to our advisor

Discuss your professional & individual goals and find out if this program is right for you.

Upcoming events

  • Nov 30
    QS Grad School Tour - Dubai

    ESSEC Representative Monique Merizio will be there to answer all your questions on the ESSEC Masters programs and studying at our France and Singapore campuses.

    14:30 | Dubai Sign up

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