“We have to find climate-friendly ways of encouraging economic growth. The good news is we think they exist” - Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, 2013

“We have to find climate-friendly ways of encouraging economic growth. The good news is we think they exist” - Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, 2013

M.S. in International ManagementResponsible Management and Climate Action

Meet Us

Lead the way to bridging the gap between the goals of NGOs and the challenges of industry and government, starting with the experience you gain in this interdisciplinary Master's program conceived in partnership with the United Nations.

Organizations worldwide are engaged in dealing with the realities of addressing climate change, and individuals are needed who can find solutions to NGO issues from a business perspective that spans many sectors. 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 turning environmental goals into functional solutions through practical projects and strategies. When you complete your Master, 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.



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)

Leadership and Management
Fall (Aug–Dec)

Executive Workshops and in class Learning

Winter Break
Knowledge and Skills for Employment
Online and Coaching
Spring (Jan–May)

Company visits, Career workshops, Student Competitions

Experiential In-Organization Learning
Consulting Project and Internship
Summer (May–Jul)

Course structure for Franklin University Switzerland Master's programs


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 UN 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.

Practical Experience and Employability

Graduates from this program will have a practical experience with the UN 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 Action.

These are the kinds of credentials that employers are looking for in professionals working on climate issues.

Faculty and Instructors

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.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition for the Master of Science in International Management with an emphasis in Responsible Management and Climate Action 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.