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University of St Gallen SIM - Strategy and International Management

About University of St Gallen SIM - Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM)

Aimed at young graduate students who are looking to study in a collaborative environment and enhance their leadership style, this Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM) programme from the prestigious University of St Gallen SIM, Switzerland (HSG) is the perfect entry into the fields for management, consulting, financial services or entrepreneurship.

The Master in Strategy and International Management (SIM) programme has been consistently ranked as the number 1 Master in Management programme by Financial Times for nine consecutive years from 2011 to 2019. The SIM programme places a high emphasis on practical as well as international experience. Students can pursue an international internship, an international social project as well as exchange at 190+ universities. There is also an additional opportunity to pursue a double degree with Nanyang Business School in Singapore, INCAE Business School in Costa Rica, HEC Paris, ESADE Barcelona, RSM Rotterdam or FGV-EAESP, Brazil  .

Eligibility Criteria

1)     Recognized degree:

  • University Bachelor's degree in Economic Sciences
  •  A Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from a recognised university of applied sciences
  •  Consecutive university Master's degree in another discipline
  •  Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes must have been completed in the same discipline

2)     English Language Requirements

  Student must be able to demonstrate a sufficient command of the language of instruction English. Additional TOEFL or IELTS is not required.
3)     Additional Information

  • GMAT or GRE Scores not older than five years
  • Average grade during undergraduate studies
  • Curriculum vitae (CV) with emphasis on extracurricular activities, internships and work experience. Proof of all activities and experience is required.
  • References - one academic and one personal reference
  • Original Essay on a given topic, that is assessed for strength of the argumentation, evidence of critical and creative thinking, communication skills and a structured reasoning.
  • Video interview

Fees & Expenses

Swiss nationals: CHF 1,426. per semester
Foreign nationals: CHF 3,326. per semester
Living Expenses: It is recommended to plan a budget of approximately CHF 2200 and CHF 2600 per month during your stay.


Class Profile

Class size: 46
Average age: 23
Nationalities represented: 23
Female/Male ratio: 50% / 50%



Ample job opportunities are available to students across Consulting, Financial services and Technology. Consulting firms such as Accenture, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Mckinsey & Company, EY and L.E.K consulting are major recruiters along with Financial firms such as Credit Suisse and JP Morgan. Large corporates such as Unilever, P&G and Adidas as well as Technology giants such as Google and Amazon also hire from SIM.