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Masters in Management

A Masters in Management, also known as a MiM, is an alternative to an MBA for those who lack working experience, as applicants for MBA programs are required to have at least 3 years working experience or more in order to be considered for admission. Traditionally, an MBA is the more common and the better recognized diploma out of these two, but MiMs are becoming more popular, among applicants and employers alike. The structure of the typical MiM program is very similar to that of a typical MBA program and provides students with a general knowledge in management, making it easier and faster for graduates of the programs to find a management job right after graduation.

These days, most MiM programs are internationally oriented and taught in English, although there are some exceptions to this rule. More practice-oriented MiMs have embedded internships but most MiMs are significantly more theoretical in comparison to MBAs.

Although MiMs are popular among fresh graduates, they are also becoming more popular among mid-career professionals who want to take on management responsibilities in the future or switch to a more management oriented role.

Usage of various names

Not all MiM programs are called Masters in Management programs. Instead, terms such as Masters in International Business, Masters in General Management and Masters in Business and Economics are often used for these programs, just to name a few examples. The reason is that different countries and schools have different traditions for naming their programs, and the curriculum and marketing of the program often plays a part as well. Masters in Management is becoming a more popular name for these types of programs, however, worldwide.

Different types of programs

Just as with MBAs, not all MiMs are structured in the same way. Instead, the programs available can roughly be divided into the following types:

  • Distance learning
  • Part time
  • Full time
  • Accelerated
  • Executive

Admissions to MiM programs

What the schools are looking for when reviewing applications for their MiM programs is really not that different to what schools look for in applicants for MBA programs, with one important exception: the work experience.

While MiMs are often marketed as degrees where no working experience is necessary, it is definitely a plus to have some work experience at least. Therefore, applicants should always make sure to describe any work experience they have in detail when applying, even if the work experience in question is an internship.

GMAT scores are required for MiM admissions, just like for MBA admissions. A high GMAT score increases the applicant’s chances of admissions, but in most cases, the GMAT scores, even for the top MiM schools are not required to be as high as for most top MBA programs. Applicants should strive for a score of 680 or higher, in order to have reasonable chances of admission to the top MiM programs.

Applicants with a different background are favored as most schools offering MiM programs are looking for diversity. The different background can consist of elements such as nationality, academic background, extracurricular activities, family background and more. The more the applicant stands out from the crowd, the better!

A high CGPA definitely helps applicants, but schools will also keep in mind that getting high grades is significantly more difficult in some schools than in others, something that may console applicants with less than perfect grades in some cases.

Applicants are furthermore generally required to provide both essays and letters of recommendation along with their application.

Top Schools for Masters in Management Degrees

Financial Times, 2018

School Name


1 University of St. Gallen Switzerland
2 HEC Paris France
3 London Business School UK
4 Essec Business School France
5 ESCP Europe France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy
6 Università Bocconi Italy
7 University College Dublin: Smurfit Ireland
8 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Netherlands
9 Cems
10 IE Business School Spain
11 Esade Business School Spain
12 Stockholm School of Economics Sweden
13 WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Austria
14 Mannheim Business School  Germany
15 Imperial College Business School UK
16 WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management Germany
17 Edhec Business School France
18 Shanghai Jiao Tong University: Antai China
19 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad India
20 Kozminski University Poland
21 Warwick Business School UK
22 University of Economics, Prague Czech Republic
23 Indian Institute of Management Calcutta India
24 St Petersburg University GSOM Russia
25 Skema Business School France / US / China / Brazil