International Lens for Your Master’s Degree

One-of-a-Kind Program. Two Graduate Credentials.

Deepening your knowledge of international business is a smart career move, whether you want to work for (or lead) a multinational organization, serve with (or start) a nongovernmental organization, or boost your cultural competency.

If you’ve been searching for an MBA in international business or a similar globally-focused graduate business degree, this immersive opportunity from the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management might be right for you. In partnership with CEMS, a global alliance of top business schools, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations, you can earn a Master of Professional Studies in Applied Economics and Management (MPS) and a CEMS Master of International Management (MIM) credential.

Cornell University is the only institution in the United States to offer this prestigious international program, which offers an enriching curriculum, real-world learning experiences, and a semester abroad at another top-ranked international business school.

The CEMS MIM Advantage: MIM vs. MBA Programs

With so many degree options available today, how do you determine which international business master’s degree program is right for you?

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of two degrees that sound similar but are quite distinct. When comparing programs, it’s important to keep your ultimate career goals in mind.

Two students standing at the bottom of the stairs with backpacks.MIM – Master in International Management

At the Dyson School, you earn the MIM in tandem with an MPS in Applied Economics and Management. In this pre-professional degree, you’ll encounter a broad range of coursework, participate in experiential learning, and interact with faculty experts in multiple fields.

Offered in partnership with CEMS, your semester abroad immerses you in international business and helps you begin building your own global network. In the job market, the MIM is starting to rival an MBA. Employers and HR departments recognize the impact employees with MIM degrees can make.

Explore More about the CEMS MIM

picture of student outside with a building behind himMBA – Master of Business Administration

An MBA program typically requires prior academic and professional business experience.

With a broad curriculum, an MBA encompasses nearly every area of business from accounting to talent development.

After graduation, many students move up within their existing companies or explore roles in general management in myriad industries.

Explore the MBA Program

The MPS/MIM degree combination includes characteristics you’d find in a Master of International Business (MIB) and international MBA programs, but it offers opportunities found only at a few schools around the world.


MIM vs. MSc: International Business Options Explained

How does the MIM compare to another rapidly growing graduate degree option—the Master of Science (MSc)? The MSc is a specialized, often tech-focused graduate degree offered in engineering, information technology, and computer science. You can also earn an MSc in international management or finance.

A STEM-focused graduate business degree spans topics such as analytics, business intelligence, database programming, and software tools. With its forward-thinking, globe-spanning curriculum, the CEMS MIM program offers these same characteristics.

Experience Multiple International Business Colleges through MIM

As an MPS and MIM degree student, you’ll experience two thriving academic communities: Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and the international campus of your choice during your semester abroad.

Through the CEMS exchange, you will study abroad at one of the 30 prestigious CEMS alliance institutions, regarded as the best international business schools in the world. This globe-trekking experience is among the top highlights for our students.

Headshot of Flaminia Granati

“I wanted to apply to the program mainly because of its international character. The best business schools come together and offer this program for students who are interested in international management.” —Flaminia Granati MPS/CEMS MIM ’24

Headshot of Miné Okoloko

“I think CEMS has a lot of different possibilities. It really gives you a global perspective in business, and that’s not something you can get anywhere else.”  —Miné Okoloko MPS/CEMS MIM ’24

Post-Program Benefits: The Value of an International Business Master’s

When you pursue a versatile, globally focused degree program like the MPS with MIM credential, you open up a world of opportunity and expand your earning potential. Here’s just a peek at what CEMS alumni are up to within six months of graduation:


Are employed or continuing their studies


Have worked outside their home country


Work for multinational corporations

What Can You Do with an International Business Degree?

The possibilities are nearly endless when pursuing top-level leadership positions and specialized roles at multinational companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and businesses of all shapes and sizes. CEMS graduates from around the world take the lead in an array of sectors and business functions.

Top Sectors
ConsultingTechnologyFinancial ServicesConsumer Packaged GoodsHealthcareOther
Top Business Functions
ConsultingTechnologyFinancial ServicesConsumer Packaged GoodsHealthcareOther
Source: CEMS graduate profile, 2023


Grow Your International Business Network: Connect with Corporate and Social Partners

CEMS partners with more than 80 multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. This opens doors to internships, employment, and mentoring opportunities with big brands doing big things around the world.

Join the Only Program of Its Kind in the United States

Ready to master international business concepts, learn alongside peers from around the world, and take your career to a new level? Learn more about the application process for our dual MPS and MIM program, offered in conjunction with CEMS.

To get started, register or log in to the Cornell Graduate Admissions website.