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Leaders in management education

  • No. 1 in Australia

    The Economist, Financial Times and QS World University Rankings have all ranked our Master of Management number 1 in Australia.

  • No. 4 in the world

    We are ranked first in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.

Overview

If you are fluent in a second language, the Master of Management (CEMS) will open doors for you internationally. We are the only university in Australia to offer this prestigious program, which enables you to complete the CEMS Master's in International Management program as part of your degree. You will spend at least one semester overseas at a top university belonging to the exclusive CEMS network.

If you've just finished your first degree, the Master of Management (CEMS) could be what you need to set you apart from the crowd. A renowned alliance of business and higher education leaders, CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education, offers the top-ranking Master’s in International Management program.

The University of Sydney is the only university in Australia to offer this program, and we are the only business school in Australia and the first non-European institution to be admitted as a member of CEMS. Upon completion of this program students will graduate with two degrees:

  • Master of Management (CEMS) from the University of Sydney
  • CEMS Master’s in International Management from CEMS

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

Your funding and scholarships

Explore your options.

Discover our Business School International Scholarships for exceptional students.

How to apply

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, check the scholarships website for details. Separate CSP closing dates apply, see above.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

Apply online or for more information visit our how to apply page.

Closing dates

Semester 1 – 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 – 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply, check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Master of Management (CEMS) is a 72 credit point degree (three semesters of full time study) pre-experience program.

The Master of Management (CEMS) has been specifically designed to make it possible for students to complete the prestigious CEMS Master’s in International Management program as part of their degree.

A renowned alliance of business and higher education leaders, CEMS – the Global Alliance in Management Education, offers the top-ranking Master’s in International Management program. The University of Sydney is the only university in Australia to offer this program, and we are the only business school in Australia and the first non-European institution to be admitted as a member of CEMS.

You will spend at least one semester at a CEMS network University where you will gain valuable cross cultural experience whilst undertaking study and business experience. In turn, CEMS graduates are eagerly sought by leading multination corporations.

Upon completion of this program students will graduate with two degrees:

  • Master of Management (CEMS) from the University of Sydney
  • CEMS Master’s in International Management from CEMS

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The Master of Management (CEMS) requires the completion of 72 credit points comprising:

  • 12 credit point business project
  • 60 credit points in units of study (including a maximum of 36 credit points in CEMS exchange units of study completed at international CEMS partner institutions).

Units of study

You complete ten units from:

  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Business Tools for Management
  • Chinese for Business
  • Chinese Institutions and Business
  • Digital Transformations
  • Ethical International Business Decisions
  • Gadgets, Gods and Godzilla
  • Global Management Practice
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Poverty Alleviation and Profitability
  • Special Topic in Management

In addition to the units listed above students can select up to six CEMS exchange units as additional units.

The CEMS exchange units are completed at a CEMS partner institution. Students enrolled in the Master of Management (CEMS) will meet with the Academic Program Director to agree on a recommended path of study that takes into account prior learning and the requirements of the CEMS MIM.

For progression guides for this degree, please refer to the Business School Handbook.

CEMS Business Project

The capstone experience in the Master of Management (CEMS) is the CEMS6011 CEMS Business Projectwhich comprises two units of study designed to provide students with a real-life learning experience and to provide assurance of learning for the program as a whole. Students will work in small groups of four or five and partner with a real organisation over a six week period to provide solutions to a real business problem identified in consultation with the partner organisations. Projects will range from social entrepreneurship programs, where students work with community groups and NGOs, through to consultancy projects for large multinational corporations.

Admission criteria

To be considered for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification, or 
  • Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with less than a credit average (minimum 50 percent required) or equivalent qualification, and satisfactory performance in the GMAT (for guidance, the class average score is 630) or equivalent Business School approved admissions test. 

Applicants must also fulfil the following four criteria:

  1. Complete a selection interview.
  2. Provide a statement of motivation (outlining what will be achieved professionally and personally by completing the course).
  3. Provide a recent CV.
  4. Demonstrate a high level of proficiency in a minimum of two languages, one of which can be English.

Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney guide to grades.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and admission criteria are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

For a guide to common international qualifications and equivalent admission criteria, please download the Business School Admission Criteria (pdf, 81.2KB).

CEMS Master’s in International Management

Students undertake the CEMS Master in International Management (CEMS MIM) in the second and third semester of the Master of Management (CEMS) program.

Exchange allocation

Prior to commencing their MMGT (CEMS) program, students will be required to indicate their preference for all 28 CEMS universities. Students are then allocated on the basis of their admission ranking and their preferences. The admission ranking will be based on the following:

  • Intellectual potential and knowledge (formal education, ability to analyse, learn/reflect, prior knowledge in the business field).
  • Attitude and soft skills (desire to achieve, interpersonal competences, integrity, critical thinking, motivation for the MIM program).
  • International orientation (curiosity for differences, sensitivity and adaptability, the spirit of facing challenges, international openness)

Places at CEMS Universities are limited to generally one slot per year (although extra slots are occasionally available for the most popular exchange Universities).

Learning and teaching at all CEMS Universities will be delivered in English. The languages you declare as CEMS languages have no bearing on your final allocation.

You will be advised of your CEMS Universities allocation by the third week of your first semester in the Master of Management (CEMS) program. All CEMS Universities allocations are final and non-negotiable.

Additional requirements for the CEMS MIM

Students must complete the following additional requirements in order to graduate from the CEMS MIM:

  • Block seminar prior to their first semester of the CEMS MIM.
  • 4 days of skills seminars (including the Business Communications and Responsible Global Leadership).
  • A 10-week international internship. Students are required to arrange their own internship.
CEMS MIM Language requirements

Students must be fluent in a minimum of two languages, one of which can be English. If a student's mother tongue is not English then they will not be required to undertake language testing, unless they wish to. If a student's mother tongue is English then they will be required to undertake language testing in their second language. CEMS language testing takes place in April and September every year and is made up of both a written and oral component.

As part of the program, students will be required to undertake a third language to an elementary level. Please note that the CEMS Language requirement is an exit requirement and must be completed prior to graduation.

For more information on the CEMS language requirements please contact the program manager Lance Graham: lance.graham@sydney.edu.au.
 

Course opportunities

You will spend at least one semester at a CEMS network University where you will gain valuable cross-cultural experience whilst undertaking study and business experience. In turn, CEMS graduates are eagerly sought by leading multi-national corporations.

Business experience

We understand the importance of gaining real-world experience during your degree. That's why our program connects students with leading firms to work on current projects and help solve real business and management problems.

Our corporate partners

Strategic links with the corporate world play a crucial role in all our teaching, research and engagement activities, and we are actively connected to our industry partners.

A wide variety of host organisations have partnered with the Business School and engaged in our projects to date, including:

  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Deloitte
  • KPMG
  • PwC
  • EY
  • HILTI
  • Nab
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Westpac
  • CISCO
  • Oroton
  • Landor
  • THE ICONIC
  • Rocket
  • Reckon
  • Vision Critical
  • Fresenius Medical Care

Our multi-national corporate partners include Electrolux, Thomson Reuters, SAP, Symantec and L'Oreal. Our other national corporate partners are Bluestar, DC Strategy and Futurestep.

We have also partnered with not for profit organisations such as Future Direction Network, The Smith Family and Fitted for Work.

CEMS Club Sydney

Students enrolled in the Master of Management (CEMS) degree and CEMS students on an exchange are encouraged to join the CEMS Club Sydney.

The club aims to enhance the career prospects of all members and support sustainable careers by developing lifelong global networks between current students, alumni and corporate partners. The club also acts as a part of the international CEMS club network, liaising with other CEMS clubs and contributing to overall CEMS initiatives.

Visit the Sydney CEMS Club website for information on how to get involved and to view upcoming events. 

Professional accreditation

The University of Sydney Business School is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. Relevant and focused on today's business world, we are the only Australian business school to hold the coveted triple crown accreditation from AACSBAMBA and EQUIS, in addition to achieving membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education.

Career pathways

The Sydney Master of Management (CEMS) degree supplements your existing degree to help you to work at the top level in your chosen field and actually use your knowledge to be successful. Combining your undergraduate area of expertise with management knowledge and skills will dramatically increase your employment prospects in your chosen field. In addition, the opportunity to study and complete a business project at a top overseas CEMS partner university will open doors for you worldwide.

Future study

A postgraduate degree can open doors to further study, whether you are interested in pursuing a research degree, or expanding your postgraduate qualifications and skillset by embarking on a management degree, MBA or specialised business masters.

The Business School offers two research degrees, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil), which may be studied full-time or part-time. Embarking on a PhD or masters by research is an opportunity to join a community of recognised leaders in scholarship and make a significant contribution to your area of study. We are home to many leading researchers and attract generous funding in support of our research projects, and the University of Sydney is consistently ranked among the best research universities in the world.

If you are interested in pursuing further postgraduate study, our postgraduate coursework business degrees cater to students from any background and career stage, with pre- and post-experience options available, to help you achieve the future you’ve imagined. Combine your interests and develop specialised skills to be well positioned in an increasingly competitive business environment.

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International students

Jacky Kiswanto

Jacky Kiswanto
Master of Management (CEMS) | Strategy and Internationalisation Analyst, solarisBank AG

 
“I wanted an international career and degree that would boost my competitive advantage. The Master of Management (CEMS) at the University of Sydney Business School offered this. I have also been able to find my niche in strategy and internationalisation.”

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