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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:
Leadership and Management (Fall – September to December, Lugano)
During this term students will learn leadership and management in a participative and collaborative setting. The pace of this term is intense, and the experience provides the foundation for transformation. At the end of the term students will begin to be empowered as change agents. Faculty and instructors, many who are pioneers in their spheres of competence, share their expertise with students.
Knowledge and Skills for Employment (Spring – January to May, Lugano)
In the spring term, students will deepen their expertise in collaboration, project management and self-management. This term is built in collaboration with partner institutions and will allow students to develop the skills necessary to be competitive in their fields. Students will join live conferences and network with experts and professionals from international organizations.
Experiential In-Organization Learning (Summer – May to July, Geneva)
Students will join project teams at partner institutions and gain hands-on experience in their chosen field of emphasis. Students will be challenged and trained to work on real ongoing projects sponsored by international organizations and businesses.
Engage in 21st century leadership and management: a total immersion
Build your learning portfolio with your tutor: in-depth knowledge and skills for employment
Apply what you learned through consulting projects: a practical experience
|Seminars, in-class learning, and executive workshops||Hybrid learning platforms (online and in-class), company visits, conferences, career workshops, guest lectures and seminars||
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|
Tuition for the Master of Science in International Management is paid in Swiss Francs.
|2021 - 2022 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.
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.
UNITAR and Climate Action
Students will work with a coach and a professor on a self-directed program of study that combines online study with a practical field experience with one of the UN agencies. The online part introduces students to key pieces of the UNITAR agenda, including modules on climate change and how it relates to development, cities, human health, the environment, and global warming. Other course modules include the 2030 Agenda, the UN system, the green economy and leadership. While learning online, students will also visit the UN in Geneva once a month to join global conferences and learn under the supervision of a UN coach.
Working with UN Project Teams - Geneva, Switzerland
Students will work on an applied project/internship mandated by an existing agency team at the UN that includes working between Lugano and Geneva for a period of approximately 6 weeks. Students will be asked to write up a final report on the field study and practical experience that discusses how the UNITAR course work informs their final project and how the experience functions as a capstone to the entire MSIM experience.
Graduates from this program will have a practical experience with the United Nations on their CVs. While you are a student in this Master's program, not only will you have the chance to work with leading professionals and entrepreneurs, but after completing the UNITAR component, you will also join a project team working on Climate Change Action directly at the UN in Geneva. You will live in culturally diverse environments and will learn multi-stakeholder collaboration at an international level. You will be challenged to find practical, sustainable solutions to real problems facing industry, government and NGOs in the area of Climate Change.
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.
Digital Transformation Practices
Students will work with a Coach and an Academic Coordinator on a self-directed course that combines online study with learning expeditions to global companies active in the digital transformation space. Students will be able to choose a specialization in either Digital Marketing, Big Data Analysis or Artificial Intelligence as their focus for Digital Transformation Practices. Through a partnership with Coursera and under the guidance of their Academic Coordinator, students will enroll in special topic online classes to supplement their chosen specialization. Students will also have opportunities to engage with executives from companies such as Google and a ‘Big Four’ global consulting firm to gain additional skills for employability.
Digital Bootcamp - Seoul, South Korea
Students will spend one week in Seoul, South Korea learning about the most advanced technologies and visiting world-famous global Korean companies Samsung, LG Electronics and Hyundai. They will visit Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies (aSSIST) and learn more about digital transformation from faculty experts.
Working with Global Consulting Firm & Lugano Living Lab
Under the supervision of an in-company Project Leader, students will work on a six-week project and deliver their results to their project clients. Students will be asked to write up a final reflective report on the practical experience.
Graduates from this program will have a practical experience with one of the top four consulting firms in the world working with the Lugano Living Lab, an ecosystem of innovation. While you are a student in this Master's program, not only will you have the chance to work with leading professionals and entrepreneurs, but you will also gain the knowledge, skills and competencies to work in the digital transformation space. You will furthermore have a hands-on working experience in Digital Marketing, Big Data Analysis or Artificial Intelligence.
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
Future Food Institute and Sustainable Food Systems
Students will work with coaches and professors on a self-directed program of study, combining online study with practical field experience in Food Tech startups, global corporations or NGOs, focusing on production and consumption patterns, value chains and specific food system challenges. The learning portfolio includes selected sessions and classes, experiential learning through travel and project-based work, consisting in five modules touching topics such as leadership, ecosystems, and food complexity, with a collection of case studies and success stories. A one-month dynamic boot camp, field trips and company visit are also part of the agenda, enabling students to meet international experts, participate in self-paced masterclasses and mentoring sessions. Further to the standard program curriculum, the Future Food Institute [FFI] offers a selection of international Field Schools during the Summer semester to cultivate firsthand experience on extraordinary best practices, startups, and innovative projects from the global sustainable development system.
The program is a valuable opportunity to nurture and grow leadership talent and practical experience in the food economy innovation and development worldwide. Students will gain new perspectives and develop systemic thinking to deal with the complexity and unintended consequences of our global food supply chain. Future professional career contexts could range from public and corporate organizations in the food industry to green entrepreneurs and change makers.
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.
Dean of Innovation and Impact, Franklin University Switzerland
Dean of Executive Education and Global Outreach, Franklin University Switzerland
President and Founder, Global Development
Member of the Executive Board, Banca del Ceresio SA
Teaching & Research Assistant, USI
Marco Dal Lago
CEO, CLARA Swiss Tech SAGL
Project Leader, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Executive Management Consultant, ICS Maugeri
Coach Expert in Enterprise Processes Digitalization, Arcs-en-Ciel
Head of Innovation Labs, Deloitte Switzerland
Founding Partner, mHS CITY LAB
Assistant Professor of Marketing, Franklin University Switzerland
Co-Founder and Chair, Reboot the Future Foundation
Senior Visiting Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Entrepreneurial Catalyst of the Sustainable Business Case
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.