By Thomas Graf
The Master of Science in Management (also called MIM, MSc in Management or MSc of Management) should help university graduates without work experience find a management job fast and easily. At least that is the goal of Business Schools who offer MiM programs. However, what is special about this degree and what's the difference to an MBA program?
Europe as precursor for the MIM
The 9 to 36 month long programs, MIM programs want to prepare their students for leading positions in business companies. The MiM is mainly offered in Europe and also in Asia, Australia, and Canada. In the USA the MSc in Management is rather unusual because there it is common to first undertake work experience immediately after the Bachelor degree and then add an MBA.
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How to identify a MIM program?
Not all Business Schools use the name "MSc in Management". Because of different University traditions, marketing strategies or different curriculum and course designs there are many different names. Even in the Financial Times Ranking for MiM programs, names such as MSc in International Business or Business and Economics" appear. Other variations are "MSc of Management", "MSc in General Management", "MSc in International Management", or "MMS Masters of Managem. studies". Here are some characteristics of this type of program:
The curriculum: general Management overview instead of in-depth knowledge
MIM programs are postgraduate programs in General Management. They are not the same as the MSc in Marketing, Project Management, Human Resources Management, IT Management, or Innovation Management programs. Instead, a MiM course portfolio covers a broad range of business topics including some of the aforementioned. Similar to the MBA it operates on the assumption that a manager can carry out his or her function better, if he or she has an eye for the overall picture and can at least participate in conversations about relevant management topics. Therefore, the best way to find out if a program really is the required Management degree program, is to go through the selected program with a fine-tooth comb.
Master in Management: Diversity increases your learning effect
MIM programs usually are internationally oriented. MiM students cover many nationalities and the taught language is English in more than 85 percent of the cases. You can use our Search Engine Filter to search for MiM programs regarding the languages in which they are taught.
Learning how to lead such that your team follows you
MIM programs should help develop leadership skills. At least many business schools aim to do that and you can find MiM curriculums containing personal development and leadership courses or seminars. Cases studies and teamwork are also ways how business schools try to increase your leadership skills: Case studies put you into the place of a person in a leadership position and force you to solve Management problems, while teamwork, especially in various teams, challenges your interpersonal skills.
A MSc in Management should qualify you for working as a manager. Besides the knowledge, the leadership skills, and the international experience you should have the opportunity to apply in a real-world business environment what you have learnt - for example through internships or in-company projects that are included in the program and the feedback you get from experienced managers and professors.
Screen the curriculum carefully
If you just look at the name of Management Masters it is not possible to outline which curriculum it contains. It can be a Master of Science in Management, or a Master of Arts - it can be a Master in Management, a Master in International Management, Business, or Management Studies. The safest way, eventually, is to explore the curriculum and the structure of the program thoroughly. By this you can see whether it is a program in general management or whether it has a certain focus. And you can also see how practice oriented the program is, for instance by embedded internships.
What's the typical Master of Science in Management student?
Most Master of Management students are between 19 and 28 years old and do not have much work experience, if they have it at all. The primary entry requirements are a bachelor degree, proof of language skills, GMAT or comparable tests, and the academic achievements during the undergraduate degree. About two thirds of the MiM programs worldwide accept graduates from all types of undergraduate programs whereas one third requires a business or economics degree.
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- Advisory aid in finding the right Management program
- How to find the right university or business school for MIM programs?
- The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- Financial Times Rankings for MiM, Masters in Finance, European Business Schools, MBA, Executive MBA
- Example: WHU Otto Beisheim School Master Program
- Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia - Article on the Master of Management Admissions, Program Structure, Course Topics, the MIM in Europe, Canada, and other countries
- Wikipedia article on MBA
- Wikipedia article on business schools
- Financial Times Rankings
Master of Science in Management Programs
- EBS Business School MSc in Management
- IE Business School Master in Management
- KLU University MSc in Management
- Manchester Business School MSc in Management
- University of Trento MIM - Master in International Management
- Warwick Business School Master of Science in Management
- WHU University MSc in Management