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DISCOVER MSIMMaster of Science in International Management

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Developed in partnership with future employers.

Prepare yourself to be the business leader of tomorrow. From day one, you will be immersed in a simulated working environment where your learning journey is at the center. You will learn on campus, online, peer-to-peer, in teams, through personal coaching and mentoring, and finally on the job, all in one internationally-focused Master's degree program. Work side-by-side with executives from top global organizations and obtain certificates for specific skills in your concentration.

MSIM students can choose from three emphases that will focus their study on an important contemporary topic: Responsible Management and Climate Action, Digital Transformation, or Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems.



Franklin's MSIM leverages the best practices of in-class, online and on-site learning. Courses taught on the Franklin campus address contemporary managerial topics, are taught seminar-style in small groups, involve diverse international students from a variety of backgrounds and are delivered by experts with years of managerial experience. The online courses cover the latest, most relevant and most-applicable topics students can study and are designed and taught by industry leaders who work at organizations such as Google, the United Nations, Amazon and many others. The practical experiences give students the opportunity to work and network in an international organization. Working on actual projects, students get the knowledge, experience and credentials to launch into the next phase of their careers.

The Master is made of 3 main blocks:

  1. Leadership and Management (Fall – September to December, Lugano)

  2. Knowledge and Skills for Employment (Spring – January to May, Lugano)

  3. Experiential In-Organization Learning (Summer – May to July, Geneva)

Fall (Aug–Dec)

Engage in 21st century leadership and management: a total immersion

Seminars, in-class learning, and executive workshops

Spring (Jan–May)

Build your learning portfolio with your tutor: in-depth knowledge and skills for employment

Hybrid learning platforms (online and in-class), company visits, conferences, career workshops, guest lectures and seminars

Summer (May–Jul)

Apply what you learned through consulting projects: a practical experience

Climate Action: Working with a UN Agency team on a solution for a climate issue important to you

Digital Transformation: Working with global consulting firm and Lugano Living Lab, Digital Bootcamp in South Korea

Sustainable Food Systems: Food systems project internship choosing from Food Tech startups, global corporations or NGOs.

Professional and Personal Coaching

Course structure for Franklin University Switzerland MSIM Program


This participative and collaborative curriculum is designed to provide students with an intensive path of study that gives you a strong background in leadership, creates situations that build experience in collaboration and project management, and launches the next phase of your career through internships working on real ongoing projects. Each of the courses and workshops in the program is a facet of a complete perspective that will help you to be an effective agent of innovation.

MSIM Courses

Leadership Development through Action Learning

International Management

Digital Transformation Strategies

Innovation and Project Management

Challenges in the New Global Marketplace

Global Issues and Responsible Leadership

International Business Economics

Managerial Finance

Innovation and Design Thinking

The Future of Work

Organization Evolution and Design

Career Strategies

Capstone Learning ePortfolio

Capstone Learning ePortfolio Part II

Responsible Management and Climate Action

UNITAR Responsible Management and Climate Action

Practical Experience::Climate Action

Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation Practices

Practical Experience-Digital Transformation

Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Future Food Institute Boot Camp

Practical Experience-Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

Emphasis in Responsible Management and Climate Action

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The experience you gain in this interdisciplinary Master's program conceived in partnership with the United Nations will enable you to develop ways to bridge the gaps between the goals of NGOs and the challenges of industry and government.

The Master of Science in International Management with an emphasis in Responsible Management and Climate Action will prepare you to work with organizations worldwide that are engaged in dealing with the realities of addressing climate change. Individuals who can find solutions to NGO issues from a business perspective that spans many sectors are in high demand. You will become part of and help to build a virtuous circle that leverages educational, social and business innovation for the benefit of humanity.

This international, cross-cultural and inter-generational program will give you the opportunity to collaborate directly with people from multiple backgrounds, work directly at the UN through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and apply systemic thinking to business and organizational solutions. You will experience transforming environmental goals into functional solutions through practical projects and strategies. When you complete your Master’s, you will be prepared to apply new skills and perspectives to any organizational context, and you will be primed to influence the hearts and minds of new generations toward a green economy.

Emphasis in Digital Transformation

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Discover the complex world of digital transformation and correct the trajectory of business in line with principles of sustainability and responsible leadership.

The Master of Science in International Management with an emphasis in Digital Transformation is your next step toward understanding the ethical questions and technological potential of the 21st century. Big Data analysis, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Marketing and Digital Communication are just a few of the future-dominant practices that are advancing in our society. You will have access to the latest resources and certifications to improve your skills and knowledge, and you will co-create real solutions with impactful thought leaders and executives from global organizations.

This international, cross-cultural and inter-generational program will give you the opportunity to collaborate directly with people from multiple backgrounds, apply systemic thinking to business and organizational solutions, and travel for one week to South Korea to visit international tech giants like LG Electronics, Samsung and Hyundai.

Practical Experience and Employability

Emphasis in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems

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Created in partnership with the Future Food Institute [FFI] and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO], this MSc in International Management in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems is designed to provide both a practical and theoretical preparation for change-makers, climate shapers and future leaders in the food innovation ecosystem. Through a rigorous curriculum and multicultural experience, the program strives towards preparing leaders for today’s global food environment.

The program is designed as an applied-learning pathway, including live classroom seminars, online course work and a hands-on, dynamic, experiential learning opportunity. It offers a series of masterclasses, a four-week dynamic bootcamp, open conversations, company visits, hackathons and other valuable experiences to provide cutting-edge practice. Students will gain the knowledge necessary for collaborating with multiple stakeholders to ensure sustainable food systems. Main touchpoints are research, trends, patterns and innovation in sustainability, ecosystems and food value chain complexity, while developing entrepreneurial mindset and leveraging opportunities for networking and career development. Experience turning systemic challenges into functional solutions, through practical projects and strategies, applicable to any corporation, global NGO or innovative startup.

Students will actively be engaged in the individual design and execution of the program, through Franklin’s tailor-made and customizable study-path, developing professional skills and international relationships along the way to support future impact and drive the transition toward a greener professional ecosystem and society.

Additionally, students will earn a Certificate Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems from Future Food Institute in conjunction with the Franklin Master of Science degree

Practical Experience and Employability

Our Experts

These skilled learning facilitators are experts and innovators that offer you multiple lenses through which to view and solve problems. Each individual on this list will be an important influence as you construct your path toward new ideas and career opportunities.


Franklin University Switzerland was founded on the idea that where you learn is as important as what you learn.  It makes a difference to study paths to global solutions in a variety of cultural crossroads such as Franklin campus, where students come from nearly 50 different countries; Switzerland, where multiple languages and cultures find common ground; or the United Nations, where countries work together to resolve issues that go beyond national borders.  Take advantage of these learning environments that are not only a learning opportunity in themselves, but that are also perfectly positioned for expanding your perspectives through European travel.


Our Master of Science in International Management (MSIM) includes several courses developed and facilitated by UN staff. Students enrolled in this Master will work with UN professionals at the Geneva headquarters in Switzerland. UNITAR is known worldwide for training the best professionals in their careers with NGOs, government and business organizations. More about UNITAR.

The Emphasis in Leadership for Sustainable Food Systems was created in collaboration with the Future Food Institute. The Future Food Institute is an Italian-based non-profit with global horizons that aims to build a more equitable world through enlightening a world-class breed of innovators, boosting entrepreneurial potential and improving agri-food expertise and tradition. MSIM students can gain practical experience at one of their international field school opportunities. More about FFI.

Franklin's partnership with Coursera gives you access to unlimited online certificate education for up to 6 months after graduation to upgrade your skills and improve your hirability. More about Coursera.

Tuition and Scholarships

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

2020 - 2021 Tuition CHF 25,000

See additional estimates for direct and indirect expenses for Master's students

A merit scholarship is available for qualifying students admitted to the Master of Science in International Management program. See Responsible Leadership Scholarship for details.