Entry requirements

Is MSc International Management right for me?

Our MSc International Management is an intensive and demanding programme for students with an excellent undergraduate degree who wish to accelerate a career in business, such as strategy consulting and finance.

We are looking for recent graduates who can demonstrate strong quantitative skills and excellent commercial awareness through an undergraduate degree in a business discipline and/or highly relevant internship experience.

Students should have a global mindset and excellent communication, problem solving and leadership skills, to become part of a diverse, dynamic and high-calibre cohort.

Admission to the MSc International Management programme is very competitive and the selection committee will pay close attention to all aspects of your application.

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The entry requirements for MSc International Management are as follows:

Academic requirement – undergraduate degree at First or 2:1 Honours (or international equivalent)

To apply for MSc International Management, you should preferably have a First Class Honours degree or an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a recognised university or the international equivalent

We accept applications from all degree backgrounds, but you will be expected to demonstrate strong quantitative skills and excellent commercial awareness in your academic and professional experience.

You should use the ‘Quantitative Experience Statement’ on the application form to list the most advanced quantitative courses that you have taken in your academic career to date and to provide brief examples of the relevant topics covered by the programme.


You are expected to have a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application for MSc International Management. A minimum GMAT score is not required but we recommend a minimum of 600.

We accept the online versions of both the GMAT and the GRE.

You should upload a copy of your results within your application and request your score to be released to Imperial College Business School. This will enable us to verify your results online, so you should not send a hard copy unless we request it. Our GMAT code is S22-7S-53 and our GRE code is 0121.

Candidates for MSc International Management with exceptional academic backgrounds may be considered for a GMAT/GRE waiver.

To apply for a waiver you should have achieved or be on track to achieve a UK First Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a quantitative subject from one of the top 100 institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

Requests should be sent to icbs.mim@imperial.ac.uk before you submit your MSc application and will be reviewed on a case by case basis within seven days.

If you do not qualify for a waiver, you are required to submit a valid GMAT or GRE score as part of your application and you are asked not to apply before you are able to do so. Failure to provide a complete application will result in a delay and your application could be withdrawn.

Career planning questions

You have the opportunity to demonstrate your career plan through the Career Planning Questions on the application form, and this is an extremely important aspect of your application.

All candidates are expected to provide evidence of your research into the professional areas, roles and potential employers that you are considering pursuing after you graduate – as well as the challenges you may face in your career and the skills you possess to help you succeed.

Internships and work experience

MSc International Management is designed for recent graduates with no more than two years’ work experience.

Prospective students are strongly recommended to undertake relevant internships and work placements and list them in the professional experience section of the application form and your CV, as this will add weight to your application. Whichever sector you see yourself working in, we expect to see evidence of how you’ve been building your professional experience, skills and knowledge throughout your undergraduate degree.

Career planning questions

In the career planning questions you will need to show you have thought about the type of employer you want to work for immediately after graduating and have researched your target organisation(s) and role. You will also need to demonstrate you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in your chosen role. If planning to set up your own business, you will need to outline what expertise or product your business will deliver and that you have researched the market. Whilst we want our students to hit the ground running, we understand that you will also be looking to develop gaps in your skillset to prepare for your chosen career and you will need to address this in the career planning questions.

English language requirement

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MSc and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

Candidates who are required to take an English test to meet the language requirement are strongly encouraged to take this before applying and supply their scores as part of the online application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

The most common ways that applicants meet the requirements are:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements. The IELTS indicator test will be accepted for admissions to the 2020/21 academic year.

  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements. The ETS at Home test will be accepted for admission to the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Duolingo English Test: 125 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score

  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND English language assessed to be proficient via Kira Talent video interview.


  • IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.

  • TOEFL: You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.

  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies. Holders of degrees from any other countries would not be considered for an interview.

Being able to learn from world-class faculty as well as the internationality of Imperial College Business School motivated me to study the MSc International Management. I have always enjoyed collaborating with students from different cultural backgrounds as well as learning about their different life experiences and worldviews. Additionally, the programme is highly practical and equips us students very well for a career in consulting or finance.
MSc International Management 2020
Stephan Zeman, MSc International Management 2019-20, student at Imperial College Business School