About the Programme
The International Business and Trade Programme seeks to develop capabilities for sustainable and competitive managerial decision making. Continuous globalization processes of domestic economies have led to a situation where firms must face and comprehend the impact from global production and trade networks. Consequently, there is a growing need for firms and managers to respond to the increased opportunities and complexities of the greater and more relaxed movement of capital, people, services, products and knowledge as they are subject to and must understand stakeholders at the national and supranational levels.
The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach, synthesizing methods of international business environment analysis with theories concerning internationalization and strategic management of multinational corporations. This also includes an understanding of the legal framework affecting international trade and foreign direct investment. It has its foundation in both international business studies as well as economic geography, making the program unique in the area of international management.
The International Business and Trade programme gives you a distinctive combination of training and knowledge about the functioning of multinational companies in the global economy. This is viewed from a business perspective and supported by a profound legal understanding concerning international trade. During the programme, deep insights are accumulated concerning different industries and countries through courses that enhance the individual analysis capability and give valuable skills and understanding concerning project team work. Furthermore, the programme provides opportunities for field work in an international environment and studies at designated universities abroad.
The teaching is carried out with a strong emphasis on real world examples and case studies from global manufacturing and service companies that are found in both Western and emerging market contexts. Many of the case studies and project assignments are implemented in close cooperation with established multinational corporations as well as internationalizing small and medium sized firms. The programme is especially designed for students who plan a future career in international companies, e.g., in marketing, purchasing, exports and strategic management. The programme is also aimed at students who wish to specialize in trade policy and/or trade promotion in international organizations, or national government institutions.
The programme consists of 60 credits core courses, 30 credits elective courses from other Master’s programmes at Graduate School and a 30 credits Master Degree project. The elective courses can for example be within management, marketing, innovation and logistics. The elective courses may vary from year to year.
After graduating from the International Business and Trade programme you can enter a variety of professions. You can work as a brand manager, purchasing buyer, management consultant, sales and business developer or account manager. A career at international organizations is also usual for our graduates.
Within six months of graduation from the International Business and Trade programme, 80% of our students had employment or had continued with further studies.
See more at www.handels.gu.se/master
Requirements and Selection
REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from an internationally recognized university and be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized test, e. g. TOEFL, IELTS. The level of English must be equivalent to English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School. The applicant’s university education must also include a minimum of 60 credits in one of the following subject areas: Business Administration, Economics, Economic Geography or Economic History. In addition the education must include a minimum of 15 credits in Statistics, or 7.5 credits in Statistics and 7.5 credits in quantitative methods and/or Mathematics. For more information about the requirements visit www.handels.gu.se/master.
SELECTION: Selection for event
The selection of students is based on two groups. Priority is given to students in Group 1.
Group 1: Students with GMAT or GRE General Test result. Students need a GMAT test result of 350 or higher. Students with a GMAT test result lower than 350 will be placed in selection group 2. (GRE General Test results are translated to an equivalent GMAT score.)
Group 2: number of credits (maximum 225 credits). For further information and important instructions please see www.handels.gu.se/master
SELECTION: Selection for event
The selection of students is based on three groups. Group 1 and 2 are prioritized.
Group 1: Students with GMAT or GRE General Test result. Students need a GMAT test result of 350 or higher. Students with a GMAT test result lower than 350 will be placed in selection group 3. (GRE General Test results are translated to an equivalent GMAT score.)
Group 2: Students registered on Handelshögskolans Ekonomprogram, Logistikprogram or Samhällsvetenskapligt miljövetarprogram (inriktning uthålligt företagande eller miljöekonomi), that are guaranteed a place on one of the nine MSc programmes, offered by the Graduate School. The students are not guaranteed their first choice of programme. See information on how the selection is made.
Group 3: Number of credits (maximum 225 credits). If there are places left when the selection has been made in group 1 and 2, eligible students in group 3 will be selected.
Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 161 952 SEK
First payment: 40 488 SEK
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