For the past eight years the IUM MBA has featured in The Economist’s Top 100 MBA Programs Worldwide. It is also highly ranked by CNN Expansion, and by SMBG.
Why an MBA at the International University of Monaco?
The International University of Monaco has provided high quality business education
to its students for over 25 years. Our MBA degree has always been noted for its truly international character, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approach to business studies
Our Master in Business Administration is an AMBA-accredited graduate business program
. For years our business administration course has been present in the best MBA rankings
. IUM business school graduates are highly appreciated and sought after by employers – our MBA program has a very high job placement rate.
Earning an MBA
from the International University of Monaco is a unique academic, professional and cultural experience. Our community brings together people with diverse cultural, academic and professional backgrounds who share the goal of acquiring hands-on business training, managerial insights and leadership skills. The program comprises MBA courses with leading professionals from the industries of finance, luxury and entrepreneurship & innovation management
. This unique structure enables students to work with real life cases from various fields.
Thus, the IUM MBA program prepares its participants for the challenges of leading positions in major companies around the world
Our success can help build yours.
Alexis Chapman, Canadian, Monaco MBA Class of 2006
My experience in the IUM MBA was, in a word, fantastic. I chose the program mainly for the 'Luxury Goods Brand Management' specialty as well as the international aspect of the curriculum, faculty, and fellow students.
Upon completing my Monaco MBA I took a role in London, UK at The Walpole, which represents 100 British luxury brands including Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Links of London, and Rolls Royce. The Walpole was impressed with IUM's program curriculum and luxury issue coverage. As a result, I was able to step into the role as Senior Membership and Events Executive with confidence and skills from my IUM experience.
The Full-time MBA Program at IUM is unique in many ways:
- Accredited MBA program featured in international business rankings:
- Our MBA is accredited by the Association of MBA (AMBA) and is recognized by other international institutions.
- For the past five years our MBA Program has been featured in The Economist's Top 100 MBA Programs Worldwide.
- High quality business education in unique multicultural environment:
- This MBA degree provides its participants with unique international experience in one of the most culturally diverse student communities.
- With 4600 companies on its territory and professionals from all over the world, Monaco offers MBA course students a unique international environment.
- Personal attention during business training
- The high teacher-student ratio in our business school ensures individual and ongoing attention, support, mentoring and feedback.
- Academic staff at our business school work full-time and is available for personal consultations.
- Unique MBA Curriculum and Teaching Philosophy
- 90% of professors at IUM hold a PhD degree and come from around the world, their background contributes to the international and challenging spirit of our business school.
- The innovative, practical and multidisciplinary curriculum in our MBA courses enables students to get a deep understanding of management theory and practice.
- The MBA’s focus on practice is enhanced through tight collaboration with local and international companies in Monaco.
- Our MBA program offers unique optional specialization courses in Applied Finance, Luxury Management, and Innovation Management —activities that are characteristic of the Monegasque economy.
- Professional Development and Career Services
- The Management Assessment Center, together with ongoing courses in Managerial Expertise, enable students to better understand their professional objectives and facilitate the job search process.
- A personalized coaching approach coordinated by Career Services, leadership coaches, and relevant faculty is developed to help MBA program students unleash their full potential.
- This Full-time MBA program has an exceptionally high placement rate upon graduation.
- Unique MBA Education: Inside and Outside the Classroom
- Numerous conferences and networking events are organized throughout the year for MBA program participants.
- Students visit companies in other European cities noted for their expertise and talent in the areas of finance, innovation, and luxury.
- The unique IUM MBA Mentorship Program links you to top executives, leaders and entrepreneurs in the disciplines and industries that interest you.
MBA Program Description
The Master of Business Administration
at the International University of Monaco is a 10 month, 69 credit Program comprised of Common Core courses, Specialized Electives, and Career & Personal Development Seminars
The Common Core: 42 credits
All MBA students complete the Common Core.
The Common Core enables MBA students to master the critical theories of management and practice while also enhancing students' critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills. Common core courses are built on a mix of lectures, case studies and practical research in order to ensure that students understand the fundamental managerial disciplines and tenets of modern business.
The Specialization Elective Courses: 18 credits
Beginning in the Winter Term, once students have acquired the skills and knowledge of general management theory and practice, and continuing into the Spring Term, students may choose amongst electives in Applied Finance, Luxury Management or Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
The career & personal development seminars: 9 credits
The Office of Career Services offers free access to a sophisticated and highly recognized self-assessment inventory – as Career Leader Online Assessment tests and MBTI
- and suggests additional self-assessment tools for individual needs and specific requests.
The web-based self-assessment is followed by a series of formal interviews with a career counselor, scheduled throughout the academic year.
Caroline Behne, German, Monaco MBA 2010
My experience at IUM was extraordinary. The MBA pathway in luxury goods and services exposed me to many new business concepts, greatly enhancing my previously gained professional experience in Dubai. Throughout my MBA I had the opportunity to immerse myself into the business dynamics of major international companies in various industries. It was a year combined with hard work which truly pushed me to my limits and gave me confidence in my abilities. Even more importantly, I developed lifelong friendships and business relationships. It was a great challenge and experience that I would not exchange for anything in the world. Upon completing my MBA I had the opportunity to work with teNeues Publishing (Senior Marketing Associate) in New York City, where I am presently representing the Digital Media Group based in Berlin, focusing on digital luxury and lifestyle publications.
MBA Program Outcomes
The Master of Business Administration graduates have:
- the solid managerial skill set which allows them to quickly become productive and confident managers.
- acquired the ability to collaborate in a truly international setting
- learned to work and lead in a dynamic and unpredictable environment, with people from different regions, cultures and backgrounds
- assimilated not only the hard skills, but also the soft skills so fundamental to management success today and tomorrow.
- a general knowledge of management theory and practice, as well as specialized industry knowledge of finance, luxury and international management
- had a life-changing learning experience: creating new perspectives, a world-wide network, and ongoing opportunities for professional growth and development.
40% of our MBA Alumni are working out of their native country
An average gross salary of K€105 within the 3 years after graduation
27% of our MBA Alumni are working or doing business in Monaco
25% of our MBA Alumni are entrepreneurs
Every MBA Class represent between 18 and 25 different nationalities
Paulo Henrique de Almeida Santos, Brazilian, Monaco MBA Class of 2008
My time at IUM was a very fruitful experience. The staff of the university was really well organized and willing to make us feel comfortable and welcome, so we could prioritize and really focus our energies on our studies.
As the university is not a big one, talking with professors and developing a good professional relationship with them is quite easy. The professors are very well prepared; they know how to make us develop our full potential.
The social life in Monaco is a dream...I do not know any place in the world where you can network with so many powerful and interesting people as easily as you can in Monaco.
Overall my experience was very good! I miss so many people and I always will remember my life in the Principality.
Some of the Core Courses offered in the MBA Program
The aim of the Corporate Projects
is to expose students to the realities of working in selected teams on actual issues, challenges, problematics or growth opportunities confronting companies today. We intentionally invite a wide selection of
companies from all sectors and of all sizes to participate in this program. Students, working closely with the point of contact
within the company, will have to analyze the situation, embark on relevant research, assess pros and cons, and present and substantiate their recommendations to the company. Groups will be graded by faculty, the MBA program director, and
senior management of the company.
Examples include market entry and development strategies for different regions, growth and M&A alternatives, global supply chain and logistics decisions
This course introduces the fundamentals and workings of financial products and financial markets
; the mathematics of the markets; and the vocabulary, participants, and technologies that make these markets work.
Case study discussions are an integral part of the course.
Students will learn to develop an awareness and understanding of current market conditions; interconnections between the stock,
bond, derivatives, and foreign exchange markets; and the impact and relevance of current economic and geopolitical events.
Organizational Behavior and Cross-Cultural Management
This course focuses on the variables that affect behavior at the individual level and then goes on to a thorough examination
of the foundations of group dynamics – all within the organizational context
Students will learn how leadership, power, politics, conflicts, and culture can affect behavior and their implications for
performance and satisfaction. They will also develop the ability to recognize the influence of these factors on organizational
This course examines the role of finance
in supporting the functional areas of a firm and fosters an understanding of how financial decisions themselves can create value.
Topics covered include basic analytical skills and principles of corporate finance
; functions of modern capital markets and financial institutions; and standard techniques of analysis, including capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation, and risk analysis.
Students will learn methods for reviewing the range of issues confronting a corporation as it determines the role of financing in the enterprise such as financial analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, and cost of capital
Budgeting and Cost Analysis
The course initially examines accounting for manufacturing operations with the computation of manufacturing and
production costs. This leads to a discussion of the cost accounting and process cost systems
Students will develop the analytical – and other – skills necessary for the controller’s function, and will learn to generate, analyze, and implement financial information for efficient managerial decisions.
This course provides an overview of all the fundamental marketing management
concepts and provides students with the opportunity to integrate them.
Students will learn how to scan the environment, perform market studies, evaluate buyer and consumer behavior, launch new
products, and choose a coherent marketing mix strategy (product and branding, price, distribution, and communication strategies).
They will also learn to analyze and formulate a marketing strategy
, and select an implementation process by preparing and presenting a marketing plan for a product or service.
Through this process students will develop an understanding of the ways in which the customer is the focus of all marketing actions, and the role marketing plays within a company and in the general economy.
E-Business – Customer Relationship Management
This course aims to provide a basic understanding of e-marketing
concepts and how relationship management (RM) is critical to an organization’s success.
The course approaches RM from the perspective of the general management tasks that must be performed to develop RM within
an organization. The course examines why RM represents a strategic alternative to the traditional 4 P’s marketing paradigm
long-term customer orientation; and the crucial concepts of satisfaction, trust, and commitment, and their role in the
formation and maintenance of relationships.
The course also discusses ways in which RM can be brought to life in the organizational arena thanks to customer relation
management (CRM) through strategy, structure, and systems.
Students will learn how the Internet has broadened CRM’s opportunities and efficiency, and ways to develop and implement
an effective CRM strategy
This course focuses on the environment in which global strategy
is developed at the corporate, business, and
operational levels. Particular attention is paid to the processes, competencies, and vision of top management; competitive
positioning; understanding comparative costs; and addressing issues such as cannibalization, network externalities, and
Students will hone their skills for formulating strategy by developing an understanding of a firm’s operative environment.
They will master a range of analytical tools and then demonstrate the ability to take an integrative point of view in using these tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries and competitors.
Financial Accounting, Reporting, and Control
This course provides a general overview of how accounting contributes to an organization, especially since it is the primary
channel for communicating information about the economics of a business
Students will learn the concepts and language of accounting; the ways it can be used as an effective tool for communication,
monitoring, and resource allocation; and the terminology and jargon of financial statements and accounting reports
This course covers the basics of classical statistics
including summary measures of data, graphical presentation of data,
random variables and probability distributions, expected values, estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.
Students will become familiar with the classical material as well as the advanced quantitative methods applied to managerial
decision making problems such as regression, analysis of variance, and time series analysis.
Logistics, Operations, and Supply Chain Management
This course focuses on what operations managers do, how operations management involves a range of business functions,
and the tools that operations managers use.
Students will develop the skills and concepts needed to ensure the ongoing contribution of a firm’s operations to its
competitive position, as well as an understanding of the complex processes underlying the development and manufacture of products, and the creation and delivery of services.
This course employs an intuitive, non-calculus-based treatment of economic theory and concentrates on micro-economic topics of particular importance to assist students in understanding and improving the managerial decision-making process. The firm is treated as a unified whole rather than a series of discrete, unrelated parts.
Students will gain a solid foundation of economic understanding and the "economic way of thinking"
for use in strategic and managerial decision making, and an understanding of the basic forces of supply and demand and how they interact to determine the quantity of goods traded in a market – and the price paid for those goods.
They will learn to analyze market structure, examine the pricing practices needed for successful management, discuss ways in which real markets depart from perfect competition, and describe the role of government in a market economy.
This course is divided into two parts.
Part 1 examines the role of finance in supporting the functional areas of a firm and fosters an understanding of how
financial decisions themselves can create value.
Topics covered include basic analytical skills and principles of corporate finance
; functions of modern capital markets and
financial institutions; and standard techniques of analysis, including capital budgeting, discounted cash flow valuation,
and risk analysis.
Part 2 builds on the foundation developed in part 1, focusing on a number of managerial decisions
: how to
evaluate complex investments, how to set and execute financial policies within a firm, and how to integrate the many
financial decisions faced by firms.
Students will learn methods for reviewing the range of issues confronting a corporation as it determines the role of financing
in the enterprise such as financial analysis, capital budgeting, capital structure, and cost of capital. They will also learn
valuation techniques, ways to manage working capital, how NPV and valuation techniques are related, and methods for
managing debt and equity financing.
This course introduces the fundamentals and workings of financial products and financial markets
; the mathematics of the
markets; and the vocabulary, participants, and technologies that make these markets work.
Case study discussions and activities that simulate financial markets in all their components (from corporations to
investment banks to fund management firms to clearing houses) are an integral part of the course.
Students will learn to develop an awareness and understanding of current market conditions; interconnections between
the stock, bond, derivatives, and foreign exchange markets; and the impact and relevance of current economic and
Governance and Business Law
This course presents the principal legal mechanisms used in the world of international business, and explores the ethical
and legal foundations of business activities in an international setting.
Students will master the relevant legal topics of international transactions, and learn how to analyze the problems and
methods of international business law
and comparative law.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and subject to change
Some of the Specializations offered in the MBA Program
Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance
This course is designed to familiarize students with the issues and practices surrounding private equity investments
, in particular venture capital, bootstrap finance, mezzanine investing, and turnarounds
This involves learning about the dimensions of risks and expected returns in a context which is characterized by
incomplete information and lack of liquidity while gaining practical insights into the interaction and relationship
between the investor and management: What are their respective interests and strategies? How do they come to a
deal? What is the process? How do they create value?
The course integrates various managerial disciplines and covers the venture capital environment, financial modeling
, business plan analysis, investment criteria, delivering pitches and teasers, understanding and negotiating terms and conditions, and preparing for due diligence and closing.
Real Estate Investing
This course seeks to impart an understanding of commercial real estate
as an income producing investment. It explains real estate syndications as an ownership form, financing alternatives, and the use of financial leverage.
Students will learn the techniques used to valuate commercial properties, how to prepare an investment analysis, and how to
identify the risks of development projects. They will develop an indepth understanding of the mortgage market
with its several sources of financing.
Hedge Fund and Fund of Funds Management
This course is designed to expose students to various characteristics of hedge funds
– their classification in terms of the strategies employed and risk-adjusted performance evaluation, and their organizational structure as well as their objectives, risks, and disclosure practices.
The course introduces legal issues concerning the formation of a hedge fund and their business practices such as
management and incentive fees structure. The "hedge fund universe"
, its historical and current evolution, and its ethical issues is presented from a variety of perspectives, from managers to private and institutional investors. Several classes in this course are taught by market professionals.
Katalin Radvanyi, Hungarian, Monaco MBA 2010
My experience at IUM was a 10-months long dynamic, challenging, yet self-rewarding program at the same time. I chose the program of MBA in Applied Finance to further enhance my knowledge and skills set in a truly international environment, so as to be able to thoroughly understand and apply financial instruments, effective managerial conduct and strategic thinking. In the process I learned a lot about myself, and how to be a better team player as well as a better leader. I was impressed by the well structured program, the highly knowledgable professors, their level of preparation and unique teaching philosophy. I received the right foundation for my future career by being able to go beyond the theories, skills and data taught in the classrooms and apply them in real world situations. I'm now Director of a Financial Service in London.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
Webdesign and Ergonomics
In this course, students will learn how to minimize user frustrations while using a product or software and why it is mandatory for websites and products to implement a user-centered design approach. Several techniques for rapidly prototyping and evaluating multiple interface alternatives will be taught -- and why rapid prototyping and comparative evaluations are essential to excellent interaction design. You’ll learn by concrete examples how to conduct field studies with real end-users that will help you get design ideas. Making paper prototypes and low-fidelity mock-ups that are interactive will enable you to use these designs to get feedback from all project stakeholders such as your teammates, clients, and users. You’ll learn principles of visual design to effectively organize and present information with your interfaces. You’ll learn principles of perception and cognition that inform effective interaction design.
In many cases, we’ll use Web design as the anchoring domain and many examples will come from the Web.
Mobile Marketing Strategy
The objective of the mobile marketing strategy course is to provide students with tools and methods that will help future decision-makers with their strategic choices concerning mobile marketing. Students will be able to analyze situations and offer tailor-made solutions to their future clients or inside their own company. The first part will be descriptive: we will analyze the mobile market and its specific aspects such as suppliers, clients and their evolution over the past four years. The second part will be a team effort. In small groups, we will analyze real situations and offer relevant value propositions. The last part will focus on applied project methodology by creating mobile solutions such as small applications and webapps, QR codes, and NFC which could revolutionize the mobile market in the coming years.
Global Policy and Sustainability
This course provides students with insight into the rapidly changing world of global environmental policy and sustainable development
Students will be exposed to the challenges of managing the environment and securing sustainable development from an
Deepa Radhakrishnan, American, Monaco MBA Class of 2010
I guess the best words to describe my experience at IUM are……worth it. Being in the cosmetics industry in the US, most of my experience was working for American cosmetic brands. I chose the Luxury Goods Brand Management focus within the MBA program. I now work primarily with prestige beauty clients such as Estee Lauder Group, Sephora and brands such as MAC and Trish McEvoy, which have major international distribution, leading me to be faced with daily decision making on a global scale. Having a curriculum which was focused on global business and being in a setting of international students for 10 months, really provided me with the exposure to global markets, their branding and methods of distribution, specifically in the luxury sector....all of which have proved beneficial. IUM provided me with the education and more importantly the opportunity to be in an international business environment to enhance my future goals. And of course, being in the glamour of Monaco for a year is something a girl can get used to!
Luxury Consumer Behavior
This course investigates the dynamics of human behavior
and how it relates to decision making in the luxury sector
through an in-depth view of the many factors that influence the consumer’s decision making process.
Topics include individual motivation, personality traits, selfconcept, values, lifestyles, and psychological processes; and
group membership, social classes, and (sub)-cultures.
Students will learn to utilize course material to develop consistent marketing strategies in the luxury sector through
lectures, cases, business and academic articles, and field study.
This course is designed to introduce students to the new technologies
that are influencing the luxury industry. The course
focuses on new technologies used in marketing, communication, research, and product development in the luxury industry
. These include the Internet, the World Wide Web, and e-tailing.
The course seeks to answer the question: How can the luxury enterprise sell its goods and services online?
Students will learn how to cultivate and manage an online image, and how technology can impact global luxury markets.
They will develop an understanding of the Internet’s power as a marketing and communication tool, and demonstrate an
appreciation of ways in which consumer expectations are molded by the advent of interactive technologies.
Managing Luxury Brands
This course provides an overview of the ways in which luxury brands
are conceived, developed, launched, nurtured, and
protected. Topics include devaluation of luxury, the mass market, "super-luxury" or "uber-premium" brands
, using brands to create new market segments, and account management.
Students will learn how to assess luxury product markets, manage international distribution as part of the branding
process, and manage brand assets and equity by controlling a brand and communicating its advantages.
Personal Development Program –PDP
MBA students will also participate in an innovative Talent & Career Development Program, inspired from corporate best practices in talent management and high flyer development programs.
It aims to help students to create and implement an individual development plan, scheduled throughout the year with short and medium term objectives, which are monitored by professional coaches and career counselors.
This program enables MBA students to acquire the transferable skills that are sought-after by companies, and to target jobs that fit their skills and interests. The T&CD Program combines the tools of Assessment & Development Centers with interactive «self selling» workshops; business role-play games and simulations. It is completed by a Mentorship Program which recommends to all eligible students their own business executive working in the targeted job area.
Corporate Relations Activities –CRA
As important as the academic MBA curriculum, is our commitment to ensuring that MBA students have ongoing opportunities to meet and network with members of the business and entrepreneurial community
for which Monaco is so well known. We do this through a series of conferences; through our Mentorship Program, which pairs MBA students with business leaders both in Monaco and abroad; ; and through our Corporate Consulting Projects
, in which students work closely together with company executives on actual projects. Organizations such as Puma, Fairmont Hotel, Faconnable, the Monaco Venture Capital Association, Bottega Veneta, and Easy Group
are amongst those which have been involved in such projects.
The aim of the Corporate Projects
is to expose students to the realities of working in selected teams on actual issues, challenges, problematics or growth opportunities confronting companies today. We intentionally invite a wide selection of companies from all sectors and of all sizes to participate in this program. Students, working closely with the point of contact within the company, will have to analyze the situation, embark on relevant research, assess pros and cons, and present and substantiate their recommendations to the company. Groups will be graded by faculty, the MBA program director, and
senior management of the company. Examples include market entry and development strategies for different regions, growth and M&A alternatives, global supply chain and logistics decisions
IUM MBA Mentorship Program
For the last eight years, the International University of Monaco has been offering a unique Mentorship Program for its MBA students. This Mentorship Program creates direct links between Monaco’s dynamic business and entrepreneurial community, and the MBA’s internationally diverse and professionally experienced student body.
Thanks to this program, students have the exceptional experience of benefitting from the
guidance, insight and knowledge of CEOs, top executives, and successful entrepreneurs from a variety of sectors and countries.
Every year this program involves more than 80 mentors and has been an outstanding contribution to student`s overall experience here, and the achievement of their professional goals.
Through this opportunity to develop ongoing relationships with successful professionals, students gain a unique appreciation of the industry or practice which most interests them. This is not only beneficial for their studies, but also assists in their career aspirations.
Andreas Buelow, German, Monaco MBA Class of 2006
The experience at IUM has been a profound one for me, in particular in terms of personal development. Beyond the glitz and glam, Monaco is a micro-cosmos of successful global business people. IUM reflects this cross-cultural mix in its student body, providing intense inter-cultural "training on the job".
The university's Mentorship program does an excellent job in bringing students together with local business people to help them understand how business actually works. And finally, IUM combines these soft skills with hard academia – often with the help of respectable professionals in the respective field. Monaco and IUM are a challenge, and a worthwhile one, too!