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Master in Management – MIM



Degree: Masters  

Duration: years 

Academic credits: 120 ECTS

Language of instruction:  English

Exchange semester: Optional for all students. Required for Double degree programs

Double degree programs: CEMS, LUT-Lappeenranta, HEC-Paris  


Master in Management is the flagship program of the Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg University, which has existed since 1999. MiM is the only master's program in Russia included in the international ranking of Financial Times.

During the training, students of the program acquire universal management skills for various departments of Russian and international companies, including development, marketing, logistics and analytics. These skills allow you to work quickly and effectively anywhere in the world and make informed decisions based on modern knowledge and global vision.







Program structure






Benefits of the program


Exchange semester

One of the advantages of the program is the possibility of passing the exchange studies in the partner schools of GSOM SPbU. After the first semester, students participate in a competitive selection, choosing foreign business schools. The number of partner universities with which GSOM SPBU implements bilateral exchange programs is growing every year. Today, it exceeds more than 82 schools, which are the world and national leaders in business education. The geography of GSOM SPBU partner schools is also extensive and covers almost all time zones and continents. 

Learn more about exchange program>>>


Double degree programs

Students can pass an additional competition and enroll in a double degree program with the Finnish University LUT-Lappeenranta (with a scholarship) or HEC-Paris (with additional tuition fee at HEC-Paris). During the program, students will spend the second year of their studies at the partner University and will receive a second diploma based on the results of their studies. 

Learn more about the double degree programs >>>


Partnership with the CEMS Alliance

The global Alliance for management education CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) provides an opportunity for students to obtain an additional diploma, which is highly valued by European employers. GSOM SPBU is the only Russian representative in the Alliance. Master's students can pass additional selection and get access to a unique set of disciplines, conferences and seminars with representatives of foreign universities and companies. Moreover, they are guaranteed to spend one of the semesters at a partner University of CEMS. CEMS students can also pass a summer internship abroad.  

Learn more about the CEMS MiM program>>>


Program structure


The program includes a wide range of basic management disciplines, and is suitable for students with a bachelor's degree that is not directly related to management. The program can help those who was not familiar with management before to retrain and strengthen managerial knowledge and skills.

The curriculum of the first year is based on the study of general management disciplines, after which students are given an opportunity to form their own schedule from elective courses, which are divided into three areas: international business, marketing or international logistics.

The program is aimed at the diverse development of students - both in terms of professional business skills, and in terms of developing communication and leadership skills. Training is conducted in English.



Managerial Economics 

Consideration of economic principles in terms of effective business management. You will learn how to analyze the market, optimally allocate resources and determine the best alternative to business development.


Corporate Finance

Financial efficiency and profit are main indicators of business success. You will understand how a budget is formed, learn how to analyze financial flows and investments, redistribute funds to achieve optimal growth of a company.


Contemporary Strategic Analysis 

Analysis of a market, competitors and consumers, necessary for the launch and development of a company or a product. You will learn to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a business compared to other players, determine the most effective ways and strategies for product development, and managing various areas of companies.


Quantitative Methods of Business Research 

Making management decisions is often directly related to the results of market research. You will learn to determine the necessary areas of research, to collect and analyze quantitative data using special programs and frameworks.



The program includes a wide range of courses in different areas, including international business, innovation management, marketing, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, innovation, research methods, etc.

The most popular elective courses are: 

  • Doing Business in Russia, 
  • Business Analytics and Big Data, 
  • Design Thinking, 
  • Marketing of Innovative Products, 
  • International Summer School, 
  • Consumer Behavior, 
  • Strategies for Sustainable Business,
  • Technology Innovation, 
  • Managing Government Information Technologies, 
  • Knowledge Management, 
  • Managing Intellectual Capital for Business Value Creation, 
  • Project Management, 
  • Digital Business, 
  • Digital Marketing Management.



Practical seminars and trainings on the development of soft skills help to expand the horizons and skills of students. Curriculum includes training in creating presentations, teamwork, conducting business negotiations, as well as in developing communication and social skills. In addition to developing soft competencies, the program provides training on working with special software. All trainings involve active involvement of representatives of Russian and international companies  corporate partners of GSOM SPbU. 



Students are given an opportunity to learn a second foreign language to gain an additional competitive advantage. Therefore, a second foreign language, in addition to English, is part of the curriculum and a mandatory requirement for all students. Each student is offered one of the following languages — French, German, and Spanish for three semesters (foreign students are also given an opportunity to learn Russian as a foreign language).



Consulting project

One of the mandatory elements of the curriculum in the second year of study is the development of a consulting project. Students, united in teams of 5-6 people with the obligatory involvement of exchange students, carry out a project to solve a real-time managerial problem formulated by a corporate partner of GSOM SPBU (each group is working on its own project). The work is supervised simultaneously by a representative of the partner company and a teacher of GSOM SPBU.


Summer internship

After the first year of study, each student passes a mandatory internship in one of the partner companies of GSOM SPBU. This part of the program is designed to help students learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in a real business environment. The internship lasts at least 6 weeks and usually takes place in the largest Russian or international companies. 



You can see the general structure of program in the table below.loop


Each student works on their master thesis under the guidance of a research supervisor, who is selected based on the student's professional interests stated in the research seminar. Work on the master's thesis begins in the first semester and continues until the defense at the final stage of training. Every semester, students submit a report on the progress of work on their thesis, a mandatory part of which is to conduct independent research.




The teaching staff of the MiM program combines business practitioners with highly qualified teachers who have experience in both research activities and work in financial, analytical and consulting international and Russian companies.

Ioannis Christodoulou

PhD, Professor, University of Westminster, UK

Contemporary Strategic Analysis, Behavioral Economics and Decision Making


Sabhazis Ray

PhD, Professor, Xavier University, India

Sustainability and Stakeholder Marketing


George Tovstiga

PhD, Professor, Henley Business School, UK

Strategy in Practice


Stuart Max Lawson

EY, Senior advisor, Russia and CIS

Global Management Practices


Career prospects


The program is aimed at training specialists who are able to participate in making informed decisions in various functional areas of management based on a system of modern management knowledge and global vision.

Students have internships at leading Russian and international companies: Russian Railways, Rosneft, Sberbank, Adidas Group, Citibank, Colliers International, Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel, Maersk Line, Nokian Tyres, DHL, Ernst & Young, KPMG, L'oreal, Philip Morris, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Unilever and many others.

Possible career paths for graduates of the Management program include the following:

  • Management of Russian and international companies;
  • Successful career in international business, innovation management, marketing, supply chain management, IT companies, oil and gas industry;
  • Management consulting;
  • Creating and developing own business;
  • Further of academic activities.



The Career Center helps students and graduates with the search for internships and work. Students receive newsletters of current vacancies in partner companies, and are advised on the preparation and updating of CV's, they get recommendations on exhibitions and employment events. More information about the Career Center can be found here >>>. 



GSOM SPBU closely monitors the career development of graduates, regularly collects data about the companies where they work, and interviews them. To view graduate success storiesclick here >>>