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Master of Management (CEMS)

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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

For upcoming events and information sessions relating to this degree and the University of Sydney Business School visit: sydney.edu.au/business/events.

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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:

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

Additional units of study 
You complete ten units from:

  • Accounting and Financial Management
  •  Advanced Management Applications
  • Advanced Strategy
  • Business Tools for Management
  • Chinese for Business
  • Chinese Institutions and Business
  • Global Management Practice
  • Global Marketing Management
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Poverty Alleviation and Profitability
  • The Future of Business.

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

Capstone (compulsory project)

The capstone experience in the Master of Management (CEMS) is the CEMS6011 CEMS Business Project, which 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:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree or higher in a related discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or 
  • an 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 fulfill 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;  and
  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 grading system.

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 download the University of Sydney Business School admission criteria guide (81.2KB).

CEMS Master’s in International Management (CEMS MIM)

Students undertake the CEMS Master’s in International Management 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 & Knowledge (formal education, ability to analyse, learn/reflect, prior knowledge in the business field)
  • Attitude & Soft Skills (Desire to achieve, Interpersonal competences, Integrity, Critical Thinking, Motivation for the MIM Programme)
  • International orientation (curiosity for differences, sensitivity & adaptability, 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:

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

We have also 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 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 achieve membership to CEMS - the Global Alliance in Management Education in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS.

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.

Further 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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

“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.”

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

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