MSIM students present their work

MSIM students present their work

Academic programs: Master of Science in International Management

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"Our students are poised to be responsible and innovative global leaders who understand that creating sustainability in business is an essential part of being successful."
Corinne Young, Ph.D.
Professor of International Management
Director of Graduate Studies

The Franklin MSIM program offers a personal, practical, and hands-on program in a dynamic setting in the heart of Europe.

Through our intimate, rigorous, one-year full-time program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • gain the knowledge and skills to be an in-demand, adaptable professional
  • apply what you have learned to real projects
  • network and gain valuable insight by visiting some of the most innovative and international organizations in Europe
  • learn strategies to lead an organization toward social change

Taught by professionals working in international organizations, all students are provided with one-on-one professional development assistance to reposition themselves for new careers. 

Core Curriculum

International in scope, and focused on sustainable practices, the core courses give you the foundation for transformation and growth as a dynamic and adaptable leader. Each course you take in the core curriculum can be configured to your interests and industries. Projects start fall semester, and continue through the academic year.



Our home in the Canton of Ticino in Switzerland has been called the “fashion valley”, as some of the biggest brands in fashion, luxury goods, and apparel are now located here. Students work on projects involving the radical digital transformation of the fashion industry, and learn why Switzerland is considered one of the most innovative countries in the world. Being in close proximity to Milan gives students additional opportunities to network and learn from a major fashion mecca.

Elective Courses

Management of Social Impact Enterprises and NGOs

Switzerland is home to many of the world’s leading international organizations, including various agencies of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Red Cross, the International Olympic Committee, Médecins Sans Frontières, and a plethora of NGOs and foundations with a global orientation. 

The country’s positioning has also driven the creation of many innovative non-profit and social impact enterprises. Managerial challenges for these organizations are different from those in the private sector. Their leaders need to address the requirements of multiple stakeholders while balancing core values with effective delivery of activities. In order to achieve their goals, these organizations need to collaborate with private firms, NGOs and government agencies. MSIM students have the opportunity to visit, network, intern or conduct a research project in this growing sector.

Elective Courses


Students wanting to take advantage of the Franklin MSIM core curriculum, but who have an interest in another area supported by the Franklin faculty, may elect to design their own concentration in a variety of areas, or combine areas for a completely custom program. Consult with Director of Graduate Studies to find out if your plan can be supported.


The Franklin MSIM program is a full-time, one-year program. Students study full-time fall and spring semesters then complete an internship or consulting project during the summer.

Academic Travel

MSIM students participate in Franklin's signature program, Academic Travel, and have the opportunity to travel to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain as part of the regular Master’s degree curriculum during the spring semester. In Spain they will learn about design thinking, team building, and social innovation, and will attend interactive workshops around key themes including impact investing, microfinance, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability. They also explore the social, economic, and political context of Spain to better understand the landscape of where they live and work.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to visit and network a number of organizations and cultural sites.

Cultural Sites:

Academic Travel takes place in the middle of the spring semester for 10 days, including travel.

Graduate Faculty

  • Eleonora Cattaneo

  • Patrick Coggi

  • Rakhi Mehra

  • Stephen A. Stumpf

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Recent Internships and Final Projects

In addition to providing students with the knowledge necessary to excel in their future careers, the program also gives students the opportunity to apply what they learned, gain hands-on experience, and get networking opportunities through internships, an entrepreneurial development project, or a research project. Students typically complete the practical experience during the summer over a period of eight-weeks, but they can extend over a year in some cases. Many internships have led to full-time jobs for our students.

Internships and final projects are coordinated through the Taylor Institute.


  • The North Face, Lugano, CH - Finance and marketing
  • United Nations Joint Inspection Unit, Geneva CH - Process management, IT support, human resources and training
  • Fighissimo, Lugano, CH – Business-to-business marketing and communication
  • ETA Fashion, Quita Ecuador - Marketing
  • International Bridges to Justice, Geneva CH - Grant writing and strategic development
  • Conservation Global, George, S. Africa - Fund Raising, partnership planning, financial & risk planning         
  • Swissnex, San Francisco US - Science-Art-Innovation for Swiss start-ups in North America 

Final Projects

  • Alcon Health Care, Geneva CH – Development of European Price Harmonization System     
  • Alona Boutique Hotel, Warsaw, Poland - Business Plan development
  • Qimmah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Organizational relaunch
  • Modzi, Lugano CH, Boston MA, Zambia Africa - Expansion Plan, and social media development      
  • StensrudInvest AS, Oslo, Norway Spanto, Romania – Real estate planning and development


Living Accommodations

Graduate students at Franklin are provided quiet, off-campus, apartment-style housing on their own floor at the Alba Residence. With panoramic views of Monte Bre and the historic center of Lugano, this building is a 10-minute walk from campus, and directly across the street from the Lugano Central Train Station. It is close to the main shopping district, and many cultural attractions.

Life in Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano provides an interesting, safe, and diverse setting for graduate students to learn and thrive. Italian in culture, but influenced by Swiss efficiency and quality, Lugano is an important Swiss city for finance, tourism and consumer goods. Switzerland is rated one of the highest in terms of quality of life thanks to its stable political scene, sustainable social system, and strong economy. It is often rated as one of the most innovative nations in the world. With one of the highest GDP per capita, Switzerland also has one of the lowest crime levels anywhere. Moreover the quality of food, as well as goods and services are very high quality, and Switzerland offers a wide range of opportunities for free time, leisure, culture and sport.


In addition to scheduled Academic Travel through the MSIM program, graduate students have the ability to quickly and easily travel to multiple locations throughout Europe. By train, Milan is only an hour away, and Zurich takes two hours. Most other major European cities are accessible via air travel, either from the Lugano airport, or Milano Malpensa.


Sheila Fakurnejad, MSIM ‘14

Directly after graduating from the MSIM program, I began interning with swissnex San Francisco, an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco, which connects Switzerland and the West Coast of the United States in the areas of art, science, higher education, and innovation. After four months of my 1-year internship, I was offered a full time position at swissnex as a Project Manager in Interdisciplinary Programs. In this role I manage mandates with Swiss universities, produce exhibitions in our gallery space, and meet with experts across industries.

The program not only helped me to position myself to get noticed by an international organization, it also enabled me to build connections and expand my knowledge of Switzerland, which is immensely useful in my current role. Pairing my background in the life sciences with the international management, leadership, and intercultural skills gained by completing the MSIM program has opened up new opportunities, in new interesting areas not possible just a few years ago.

Jordan Ricker, MSIM ‘17

I interned with Tastemakers Africa (TSTMKRS) as part of my Practical Experience in the MSIM program for six months and, upon completion of my internship, was offered a job as Experiences Lead for the company. This organization is similar to Airbnb in that we connect people with a local, but instead of providing just overnight stays, we instead offer cultural experiences provided by locals that travelers can choose from in different African cities.

My role at Tastemakers Africa is to find, train, and provide quality assurance for locals who curate these experiences and support the executive team when we rollout in a new city. I have spent the last half a year on the ground in Accra, Ghana and Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa to bring these experiences and the hosts who provide them (we call them "curators") to life. The experiences range from a cocktail making course, to visiting an artist's studio, to going on a sushi crawl with a food blogger. We currently offer over 40 such experiences that I have been responsible for creating.

The knowledge I gained in the MSIM program of how to work with different cultures in professional settings has been extremely important for my job. The program helped me understand and appreciate how working in different countries requires very different approaches. Additionally, I learned how to apply strategic management theory to manage a start-up in the real world and in different cultural contexts.

Monique Valle, MSIM ‘17

During my practical experience after the MSIM program at Franklin University Switzerland, I managed an IT project within the United Nations system in Geneva. My next move was accepting a four-month research contract on urban development and office administration with UN-Habitat in Luanda, Angola.

I now live in Mexico City, having recently moved there from South Florida. My aim is to become a travel-based, capacity building, HR professional for multi-national companies, and I am currently working as a consultant in food services to further develop my skills. Working in any type of senior-level business management position or high-end consultancy requires multi-tasking ability, innovative productivity, and high emotional intelligence. Learning to be adaptable to new situations and becoming fluent in other languages are also very valuable personal assets.

The MSIM program gave me the opportunity to use real-world situations in a boardroom-style learning environment with other students from around the globe. We had an urban development study with the World Bank, covered negotiation tactics with multi-entity international trade scenarios, competed in a social innovation start-up challenge with Croatian students in Zagreb, and practiced pitch presentations geared for business investors, to name a few. The curriculum engaged me in the facets of managing a sustainable business, and the different coaches and professionals encouraged me to continually motivate myself for well-rounded success inside and outside of the classroom. 

Alumni Employment

Other recent graduates of the MSIM program have been hired to fill the following roles:

  • Project Manager & Social Media Coordinator at Swisscom, Zurich CH
  • Financial Analyst at ONCE Capital Management, Lugano, CH
  • Design Workflow Manager at SEPHORA, San Francisco, USA
  • Product Marketing Manager, IBM Watson Health, Chicago, IL
  • Senior Manager/Country Manager at Monster, Weston, MA


Tuition for the Master of Science in International Management is paid in Swiss Francs.

2018 - 2019 Tuition CHF 22,500
Academic Travel CHF 2,300

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