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The Master in International Business, promoted by the Faculty of Economics in Milan, aims to prepare talented participants for the challenges of a steadily evolving, multicultural business world.   The training provides enhanced technical, operational, conceptual and managerial skills and leads to positions at international firms and in a wide range of capacities, including business development, product development, sales management, purchasing, customer services, logistics and operations, consulting, market analysis, digital business and emerging markets.

The Master in International Business has forged links with an impressive network of firms both to design the courses and to provide the students with first-hand access to the international business world. Several practical work activities are offered with the main objective to turn academic experience and theoretical knowledge into a professional, multi-cultural experience. Topics and contents of the activities are jointly drafted with the hosting/coordinating companies, and the participant is thereby directly involved and plays an active role in the host company’s internationalization process.

The Executives’ Class of the MIB programme will start on October 3rd 2016.

It will be structured in 12 courses, combined with practical work activities, conferences held by Business executives, group works and business simulations. Final part of the Master programme will consist on the Project Work designed as a transition between the MIB programme and the next step in participants’ life. It is an opportunity for them to put into practice the management and leadership   skills acquired   throughout   the   programme   and   to   enjoy   direct interaction with leading companies. Each project is supervised by a professor.



The   Master   participants   may   have various   backgrounds   (in   Agriculture,   Biotechnology,   Industrial Chemistry, Information Technology, Economics and Management, Engineering, Foreign Languages, Law, Literature and   Philosophy, Physics, Statistics, Mathematics,   Political Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics). A common good command of the English language (both oral and written) is essential.

Good knowledge of a second language (beyond mother tongue) among Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Urdu is considered as a preferential admission criterion.

The potential candidates are older than colleagues of the regular MIB Class and could leverage on a few years work experience, they should be interested in international career developments, have an inclination to interpersonal relationships and Team Work, sensibility for international cultures. Furthermore, the potential candidates should be market-oriented and goal-oriented, capable to cope with situations and problems in an international business environment.

The Executives’ Class of the Master in International Business offers in addition to the core business courses, taught through an e-learning platform, conferences and a dedicated mentorship to support Learning Labs.

The MIB Executives’ Class trains young professionals to be future international business managers with advanced seminars scheduled over three full immersion periods.

All admitted participants will take part to a part-time programme composed of three teaching periods.

It delivers up to 70 CFU and a Master universitario di I livello in International Business” diploma (level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework – EQF).


  • Kick-off Week 1 (40 hours – Oct. 3-7, 2016)

one-week full immersion to get introduced to the programme, build the participants group, start developing your general management knowledge and gaining global experience.


  • October-December 2016: Lectures (8 weekend in presence + e-learning modules)
  • Final Exams: within September 2017Winter vacations: from Dec. 19, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017.


    • Intermediate Week (40 hours – Jan. 16-20, 2017)

    a second one-week full immersion to check on the acquired knowledge, design the MIB Executives’ Class PROJECT WORK and review the first part of the MIB EXECUTIVES PATHWAYS.

    • January-March 2017: Lectures (8 weekend in presence + e-learning modules)
    • Final Week (40 hours – Apr. 3-7, 2017)


    participants   take   the   final   electives,   complete   the   evaluation   process   and   define   the   MIB Executives’ Class PROJECT WORK.



A series of compressed courses available online on a virtual learning environment and course management system   developed   by   Blackboard   Inc.   will   allow   students   to   review   their   knowledge   on   the   main management topics and build deep knowledge in specific business topics. These online concentrated courses give students flexibility in scheduling and to pursue career development and other interests.

  • Industrial Economics
  • International Economics
  • International Finance
  • International Banking
  • International Business Strategy and International Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing
  • International Brand Management
  • Economic and Financial Analysis
  • International People Management
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Legal system and International Contractual Law
  • Social Skills and negotiation techniques


In addition to core courses, MIB Executives’ Class provides pathways to participants who are interested in building expertise at the edge of innovation in management and business topics, in emerging areas and evolving industries. A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. You have the flexibility to pursue any number of pathways and go as deep as you’d like into each one. Pathways are not noted on transcripts.

  • Brand Management
  • Global Finance
  • Global Marketing Strategy
  • International Operations
  • Performance & International Accounting
  • Procurement & Purchasing
  • Quantitative Research & Methodologies
  • Negotiation
  • Intellectual Property And International Business Law
  • Counterfeiting And Illicit Business
  • Corporate Strategy For International Business
  • Country Risk Analysis
  • Business Ethics
  • Strategic Leadership

Project work

The project work represents an opportunity for participants to put into practice the management and leadership skills acquired throughout the programme and to enjoy direct interaction with leading companies. Each project is supervised by a professor.

Participants are free to tailor their project to meet their future professional needs. The choice of project type may include:


Consulting project is an excellent opportunity to put into practice the range of skills and knowledge you have acquired throughout the programme. It also provide an invaluable opportunity to extend your consulting experience and to collaborate directly with both national and international organisations. The focus of the consulting project should be on performance improvement and involve strategic management issues and/or organisational changes, preferably with an international approach.

  • Launching a new product on international markets
  • Developing an existing product in new markets on an international scale
  • Conducting a global survey on gender diversity with recommendations
  • Re-positioning a start-up, revising of the business plan, identifying access to capital
  • Developing a comprehensive mobile offering for B2B clients worldwide
  • Exploring alternatives to current organizational structure in investment banking


If you want to deepen your knowledge in one particular field, you can opt for a research-based project, leading to a MIB thesis. The subject should be in line with your career objectives and can focus on any technical or fundamental topic in business, management, leadership or finance. You work under the supervision of a UCSC Professor.


The MIB Executives’ Class boosts entrepreneurial spirit and assists participants interested in setting up their own business. This project allows you to confront your passions and ideas with the business world. The aim of entrepreneurial projects, such as drawing up a business plan, start-up or buyout, must be to evaluate the economic feasibility of a new business idea. It can be worked on individually or within a team.

Career prospects

The aim of the programme is to offer MIB students a diverse career, providing the opportunity to work in varied roles and geographies. The occupational opportunities provided for students graduated in International Business could be listed among:

  • Large Multinational Enterprises. Students being able to work efficiently in multicultural teams may find placement in a large number of functional areas by practicing management skills in the international arena.
  • Consulting Company. A large number of consulting projects are oriented to support the multinationals in the management phase of their international positioning and efficient integration of their network of subsidiaries worldwide. The Master in International Business prepares students for projects related to cross border management.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Graduates in International Business will be able to fill the role of Business   Development   Manager   and/or   Export   Manager.   They   will   be   able   to   identify   and   select international market opportunities by understanding and capturing the added value through export strategies or other entry modes.
  • Government agencies and NGOs: the Master in International Business also focuses on the applied economics and on the economic policies. The practical study of the role played in global business by governments and supranational institutions help International Business students to become preferential candidates for covering positions in government agencies and NGOs operating on international scale.

Main job profiles would be: Business Manager, Supply Manager, Financial Manager, Business Analyst, Logistics Manager, Managing Consultant, Import-Export Specialist, Entrepreneur.


A prominent faculty of over 20 teachers and researchers working across the campus deliver the Master’s. They are the pillars of our academic excellence. They shape and direct students’ learning so that the business and management expertise offered is state of the art. A distinctive aspect of our faculty is its multicultural composition. It helps students explore and understand issues from insightful angles and different perspectives. In addition to the permanent faculty members, there are visiting professors during the academic year. Our faculty’s cutting-edge insights into business issues and management practices are enriched by their involvement with business people and organizations through consulting and executive education activities. This benefits the Master’s classroom as well. Business executives are regular guests, thus ensuring the relevance and practicality of our management education.


Prof. Alessandro Baroncelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Board of Directors

Prof. Alessandro Baroncelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Lorenzo Caprio, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Federico Rajola, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Marco Lossani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Luigi Serio, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Scientific Council

Prof. Alessandro Baroncelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Marco Lossani, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Luigi Serio, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Dr. Luca Bianchi, CEO Keiron

Atty. Sara Dethridge, Senior Lawyer and Lecturer in Law at MIB Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Prof. Sikander Khan, Fudan University School of Management, Shanghai



One of the salient features of the Master in International Business, is the tight cooperation established with more than one hundred partner firms. This network intends to help businesses and organizations improve their competitiveness and capability to infiltrate international markets by effectively exploiting knowledge   and   skills   that   reside within the know-how and expertise offered by the MIB partner universities.

3M, Accenture, Altran, Aran Cucine, Atlantyca Entertainment, Auchan, Bain & Company, Baker & McKenzie, Brembo, Chiquita Fruit Bar, Cinecittà, CNA, Continuum Innovation, Dolce & Gabbana, Eataly, EON Energia, Fratelli La Bufala, Halldis., Innocenti Depositi,, IBM, LVMH, Moleskine, NCR, Neticon, NH Hotels, Osram, Peroni, Poliform, PSA Peugeot Citroën, R.C. Media, Rintal, Sky, UCIMU, Unicredit, UPS