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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Master in International Management/CEMS (MIM/CEMS)

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The Master in International Management/CEMS (MIM/CEMS) is a one-year pre-experience master program that builds on previous knowledge acquired by students in their Bachelor’s degree studies. The MIM year is composed of three main terms, whereby students are required to spend one term at AUC, one term at any of the other CEMS member schools around the globe, and one international internship of at least 8 weeks outside the country at which the student applied and was accepted. Students command of at least three (3) languages, including mother tongue, are mandatory to graduate. Upon graduation, the MIM students become alumni of both AUC and CEMS.

The (MIM/CEMS) is the most international pre-experience master program in the world as it combines solid academic education with relevant business practice. The curriculum includes components of the (MIM/CEMS) common curriculum (i.e. offered in all schools member of the CEMS alliance) as well courses and seminars tailored to the specific local and regional context. The curriculum as well as the courses’ content are designed, regularly updated, and delivered in collaboration with corporate and social partners to ensure the curriculum is practical and relevant to the local, regional, and global business environment. It represents hence a perfect preparation for the students targeting an international career in business.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted in the AUC- MIM/CEMS applicants shall fulfill the following requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, accounting
  • For students holding a bachelor degree in a non-business bachelor degree a minimum of 30 credit hours of business courses is required (60 ECTS)
  • High academic records (For example a GPA not less than 3.4 or an equivalent from other systems)
  • Provide proof of proficiency in English (if not mother tongue) (Check English Proficiency requirements below)
  • A maximum of two years from the graduation date (undergraduate degree) and the date of the start of the MIM program
  • Two (2) letters of references from instructors or employers advocating the student’s readiness to the AUC- MIM/CEMS program and including multi-cultural aptitude with emphasis on academic rigor
  • One-page letter of motivation. (Check components of letter of motivation below)
  • Applicant’s updated Curriculum Vitae
  • Command of a second language other than English (this may include Arabic, French, German or any CEMS approved language[RS1])
  • Filled mother tongue declaration form  https://cems.box.com/s/xox7sjjcegabkcgms06zbdyo6npnrlri signed by the applicant to be submitted with the rest of the documents
  • Good international exposure, relevant extra-curricular activities and/or community service
  • Selected applicants will go through a rigorous personal interview

English Proficiency requirements

Students applying to Master in International Management / CEMS ( MIM/CEMS) need to provide a proof of English proficiency through any of the following Methods:

  • IELTS: minimum IELTS Band score: 7.0, minimum IELTS Writing score: 7.0;
  • iBT TOEFL: minimum overall iBT TOEFL score: 100, minimum iBT Writing score: 27;
  • CPE Grade C(*): An overall score of 200 or above with a writing score of 200 or above.
  • CAE Grade B(*): An overall score of 193 or above with a writing score of 193 or above.

(*): No letter grades will be taken into account for the English Language results, only numerical scores.

Exemption from the English language examinations is only allowed for applicants who received a degree solely taught in English from an EQUIS and/or AACSB accredited institution.

Additional Notes

  • While the validity of any of these English language examinations is 2 years from the day of the exam, the results will not be considered for graduate admission if the expiry date is before the first day of registered classes at AUC.
  • The American University in Cairo reserves the right to request English proficiency test results from any applicant as deemed necessary.

Components of letter of motivation

At AUC MIM/CEMS program, we seek a strong sense of international spirit in the candidate’s motivation. We also seek strong, convincing written motivation for the program, in the first instance. The letter of motivation should therefore address some of the following topics

  • Why do you apply for MIM CEMS at AUC?
  • Why do you want to study in Egypt?
  • Why do you think you are the right person for this program?
  • In which way will you contribute to the MIM CEMS program?
  • What knowledge and skills gathered in your previous education/experience will be useful?
  • How do you estimate your own personality? Do you think you are a good leader? Are you somebody who can make a difference? What makes you think so? (Emphasize your strong points, but be realistic)

Program Details

The MIM program requires a total of (35 Credits) including required courses, exclusive courses, elective courses, seminars and culminates with a business project and international internship.  The program also requires all MIM/CEMS students to graduate with competence in three languages, one of which must be English.

AUC adopts the credit hours system while the (CEMS) adopts the ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Below is the definition of each of these two systems

  • Credit Hour: Coursework is counted in credit hours. In general, a credit hour represents a one-hour class period and at least two hours of individual study each week for one semester. Hence 3 credit hour course represents 3 hours of class work and 6 hours of individual study per week.
  • ECTS:  workload ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 hours for an academic year, which means that one credit corresponds to 25 to 30 hours of work.

According to the above definitions, the credit conversion of the European ECTS and the credit units at AUC (2 ECTS = 1 credit).

CEMS Required Courses

CEMS 000/5201 - Global Strategy (3 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5202 - Global Leadership (3 cr.)  

CEMS Exclusive courses

TERM 1 (September-December)

CEMS 000/5203 - Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) Marketing (3 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5204 - Advanced Financial Management: Cases from the Middle East (3 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5205 - Global Supply Chain Management (3 cr.)  

TERM 2 (February- May)

CEMS 000/5206 - Economics of Cultural Heritage (3 cr.)  

Elective Courses (2 required)

The course offering will depend on the scheduling of each department offering the course, and their capacity to accept additional students.

ECON 511/5252 - Economic Development in Middle East Countries (3 cr.)  

PPAD 502/5231 - Economics for Public Policy Analysis (3 cr.)  

ARIC 575/5222 - Special Studies in Islamic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)  

EGPT 533/5330 - Coptic Art and Architecture (3 cr.)  

EGPT 445/5160 - Selected Topics in Coptic Studies (3 cr.)  


The CEMS- MIM program includes a set of seminars in both terms. These seminars grading is based on a pass/fail grade. The number of credit hours for these seminars are distributed according to the following:

TERM 1 (September-December)

CEMS 000/5200 - Block Seminar (1.5 cr.)   5-day seminar delivered before the start of term 1

CEMS 000/5210 - Business Communication Skills Seminar (0.5 cr.)   1-day seminar

TERM 2 (February- May)

CEMS 000/5220 - Global Citizenship Seminar (1 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5221 - Skill Seminar (0.5 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5250 - Business Project (7.5 cr.)  

CEMS 000/5355 - International Internship (0 cr.)  

Language requirements

All MIM/CEMS students graduate with competence in three languages, one of which must be English (at an advanced level) and another which must be a CEMS language.

The current CEMS Languages are: Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Afrikaans, Farsi/Tajik, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Indonesian/Malay, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbo-Croat (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin), Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

The third language can be a CEMS language or any other language.

It is the students’ responsibility to meet these language requirements. The school will be guiding the students to language teaching/testing certified locations.

The minimum language requirements are the following:

Language 1 English
Mother Tongue or Proficiency ( Fulfilled through entry requirements of the MIM program
Language 2 A CEMS official language
Mother tongue or B2/oral B1/written
Language 3 Any Language
Mother Tongue or Elementary Level.


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