Our master programs

The IfB is responsible for two master programs of the HSG: Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM) and Master in Business Management (MBM). Both master programs occupy the best places in different rankings. In the current Financial Times ranking, the SIM program ranks first worldwide. In addition, our “Management” master program (MBM-HSG) was included in a ranking for the first time. In the QS Business Schools Rankings 2018, it was ranked first in the “Masters in Management” category in the German-speaking countries and reached the excellent 10th place worldwide.

Strategy and International Management (SIM)

International Master’s degree programs in Strategy of the University of St. Gallen

Master in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM)

The Master’s program in Business Management at the University of St.Gallen.

Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM)

SIM Master is a degree program of the University of St. Gallen, a combination of mission-critical managerial knowledge and outstanding practice to prepare students for the demanding business world.

Master program’s base

Core courses in strategic, international and financial management are the base of the Master program in Strategy and International Management. The core courses are supplemented by advanced management courses and so-called “SIM Integratives” like Entrepreneurship, Digitization and Network Strategy. In addition, as part of the “SIM in Practice”, our students develop global initiatives aimed at creating social added value for society. An international mandatory internship is also completed until the end of the studies. This gives students a holistic approach to solve complex challenges in all areas of management.

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Combination of different subjects

SIM provides an integrative and interdisciplinary approach that enables our students to meet complex management challenges of our time. Its base is the pursuit of independent action and orientation towards high ethical and academic standards.

International environment

SIM Master is a three-semester program (18 months). The students have to complete a total of 90 ECTS. Taking the international environment into consideration, the language of teaching and exams is English. Our students graduate with the “Master of Arts of the HSG in Strategy and International Management”. This research-based program starts for successful candidates once a year in September.

Sponsoring SIM Master program

The success of the SIM Master program is based on the contribution of entrepreneurial sponsors that can enhance the program development efforts.

For this reason, contacts with progressive companies interested in the variety of sponsorship opportunities are constantly being looked for the SIM Master program. The SIM management has proven that it has the know-how to create mutually beneficial sponsor partnerships.

Your personal consulting

If you have any questions about the Master in Strategy and International Management, I look forward to hearing from you.

Omid Aschari

Prof. Dr.
Titularprofessor und Ständiger Dozent für Strategisches Management

Master in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM)

The Master in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM) has a clear goal: students should be trained in the most important management skills that are crucial for coping with the diverse challenges facing companies.

Master program’s base

Note: The Master in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM) is a reformed Master’s program, which replaces our Master’s program in Business Management (MUG), which was founded in 2012. The reform will take effect from the autumn semester 2022. A key feature of the reformed course is its hybrid language model. This means that at least 1/3 of the courses must be completed in German and at least 1/3 of the courses in English. The reformed program therefore has two names: “Master in General Management” and “Master in Unternehmensführung” – both abbreviated to MGM.

With the master’s program in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM), the HSG builds on its traditional positioning in the German-speaking area. The entire program is characterized by a strongly entrepreneurial mindset and prepares students for responsible activities in management, staff units, management consultancies and other management functions – regardless of whether in a large corporation, medium-sized company or start-up.

Our master’s program focuses on current and future challenges in sustainable corporate management. The conceptual approach is based on three levels that build on each other:

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Level 1: Lay the foundation stone.

In order to impart uniform knowledge of the core disciplines of corporate management, our students attend nine courses on the topics of strategy, entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, leadership, business & data analytics and personality development.

Level 2: Broadening the perspective.

Based on this strong foundation, students can apply and deepen their skills by taking “Advanced General Management Courses”, electives from their own study program or other master’s programs at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), as well as courses from contextual studies, the subject areas outside of economics cover.

Level 3: Producing results.

The last level focuses on the practical application of the knowledge acquired. Specifically, it is about mastering a real operational challenge as part of a one-year “Managerial Impact Project”, dealing with at least one “Grand Challenge of Business & Society” and developing an innovative master’s thesis.

Your personal consulting

If you have any questions about the Master in Unternehmensführung/General Management (MGM), I look forward to hearing from you.

Dora Maric

M.Sc.
PhD student, Research Associate, Program Coordinator MUG