CEMS is about opportunities: the opportunity for you to benefit from an international education and to experience cultural diversity, the opportunity for companies to take part in the development of  management education and to have privileged access to a recruitment pool of highly motivated young managers, and the opportunity for leading management schools to build on their strengths through cooperation. The success of CEMS rests on its ability to unite these opportunities into one partnership.

CEMS has created the CEMS Master’s in International Management Programme, which acts as a flagship to give its graduates international recognition. It sets a common standard in management education, which embraces and builds upon the individual strengths of the educational programme of each school. Its main ingredients are excellence in management education, experience abroad, an emphasis on team work, and competency in three languages.

Over the past years, the Financial Times has constantly ranked the CEMS MIM top class among the top 10 European Master’s of Science programmes in Management. However, CEMS is more than an excellent academic programme; it allows you to network with other future global managers providing the basis for a more closely-knit global business community in the future.

It is by joining the CEMS partnership that companies show their commitment to management education. CEMS enables companies to contribute to a programme which develops the type of human resources they need, that are individuals of proven mobility and quality.

Today CEMS is a global league of 33 world-class academic institutions and over 70 international companies as well as 8 NGOs. It is this partnership that will enable the young managers with a CEMS Master’s degree to make an important contribution to the future course of the international business world.CEMS MIM offers a select group of the best international students coming from CEMS member institutions the expertise needed to succeed in the international business environment. Designed by both academic and business leaders, the CEMS MIM programme builds a bridge between university education and practical management, thus offering profound insight into leadership best practices.

What is CEMS and what is the CEMS MIM?

CEMS – The Global Alliance in Management Education

CEMS is a strategic alliance of leading business schools and multinational companies. Its first mission is to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master's in management. Founded in 1988 in Europe, the network has grown steadily, largely due to the success and popularity of the CEMS Master's in International Management: the MIM programme. Today, CEMS is the global league of leaders on the pre-experience Master's market and it cannot be equalled in terms of reputation of its members: 33 world-class academic institutions collaborate with over corporate partners and 8 NGOs to offer international postgraduate students a unique blend of high quality education and professional experience.

While the academic institutions provide the highest standards of teaching and research excellence, the CEMS Corporate Partners contribute the practical and business-oriented skills and experience necessary to achieve the greatest level of success. CEMS Alumni are the perfect embodiment of highly qualified young professionals eager to comprehend and appreciate the diversity of cultures all over the world. Today, over 18'000 alumni of over 100 nationalities live and work in over 75 countries.

CEMS MIM – A top ranked Master’s in Management degree programme

The CEMS Master's in International Management (CEMS MIM) is a top-level postgraduate degree open to multilingual students enrolled in a Master's in Management programme at one of the CEMS member schools.

Constantly ranked among the best in the world by the Financial Times, the CEMS MIM is the ultimate academic-corporate bridge programme. Multinational companies and international calibre professors from top business schools and universities combine to design and deliver theoretical knowledge and practical know-how.

This exposure to top-class teaching and the operational expertise of worldrenowned companies gives CEMS students a golden opportunity to consolidate previous knowledge and apply newly acquired skills. This balance of theoretical and experiential learning is achieved via a multifaceted, carefully designed 12-month programme.

CEMS Mission Statement

CEMS is a global alliance of academic and corporate institutions dedicated to educating and preparing future generations of international business leaders. The CEMS academic and corporate members work collectively to develop knowledge and provide education that is essential in the multilingual, multicultural and interconnected business world.

The joint CEMS Master's in International Management is the main vehicle for achieving this goal.

Common to all activities is the aim of promoting global citizenship, with particular emphasis placed upon the following values:

  • The pursuit of excellence with high standards of performance and ethical conduct
  • Understanding and drawing upon cultural diversity with respect and empathy
  • Professional responsibility and accountability in relation to society as a whole

Integration of the CEMS Curriculum into the HSG study structure
Scenario 1: Start of HSG Master programme in the autumn semester

Application for CEMS programme in the autumn semester preceding the start of your Master programme (for HSG Bachelor students only)


Application for CEMS programme in the first autumn semester of your Master programme.

Scenario 2: Start of HSG Master programme in the spring semester

Application for CEMS programme in the autumn semester preceding the start of your Master programme or in the first autumn semester of your Master programme.



Credit transfer of CEMS requirements towards the HSG Master's degree

Some of the CEMS requirements will be credited towards the HSG Master's degree. Details can be found in the 'CEMS credit transfer rules and guidelines' which can be downloaded on studentweb.

Career Forum /CEMS online job market

The CEMS Career Forum, an exclusive CEMS recruitment and professional networking event, is a highlight event of the year and is held in mid-November.
Students can participate in the Career Forum and in the interviews several times during their CEMS studies. Students are pre-selected for interviews with Corporate Partners prior to the event and upon submission of a formal application. Students are offered the chance to participate in accredited Skill Seminars during the Career Forum. Furthermore, CEMS has an online job market and an online CV database of CEMS students and alumni. These are exclusive for CEMS students, alumni and Corporate Partners and give a unique opportunity for networking, job and internship search.


The graduation ceremony takes place during the CEMS Annual Events which are organised by one of the CEMS institutions each year at the end of November/ beginning of December. To graduate, CEMS students must have successfully completed all mandatory components of the CEMS MIM curriculum including  her/his home degree by 30 September of each year at the latest. The graduation must take place maximum 1.5 years after graduation from the home degree. Exceeding the limit of 1.5 years between graduation from the home degree and fulfilment of all CEMS MIM requirements will need to be approved. Also a  maximum of 5 years may have passed between the end of the MIM year and graduation from the home degree.
The CEMS MIM certificate will show grades according to the ECTS grading scale “A–F” for Block Seminars, CEMS courses and the Business Project. Language proficiency will be indicated according to the Common European Framework Agreement language levels.