Prospective candidates must:

  • Have no more than two years’ work experience
  • Hold a qualification that allows the student to enter into a Master's-level study in the country where it was obtained, which in South Africa is an NQF Level 8 qualification. All equivalent qualifications are subject to approval by the South African Qualifications Authority.
  • Provide proof of academic preparation: 
    • Have completed a bachelor’s degree in management or economics or a related field; or have successfully passed 120 credits/60 ECTS of studies in business education at the postgraduate level in any of these areas. This could be from a one-year honours or PGDip in economics/management or business following any other Bachelor’s degree. 
    • Take the GMAT. All MIM applicants are required to write the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and obtain a GMAT score of 600 or an equivalent GRE result. Where evidence exists of an extraordinary academic track record, this may be wavered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.


Students will have to show proficiency in at least two languages, one of which is English (one language must be at mother tongue-level, i.e. able to speak, read, write at a business level and be able to fluently communicate with a native speaker). This can be the mother tongue or another language. 

Proficiency in English (if not mother tongue*) must be proven through any of the following accreditations as a minimum level: 

  • TOEFL iBT100 
  • IELTS(Academic)/IELTS Indicator 7.0 
  • CPE C; CAE B
  • BEC Higher B 

Students with Bachelor’s diplomas must ensure that the diplomas have been taught entirely in English from an English speaking country or in a CEMS or EQUIS/ AACSB-accredited institution as well as one of the CEMS-accredited locally accepted English exams; A-level MnGCSE issued in Singapore. 

The additional language can be at intermediate proficiency level but the speaker must be fluent. Students will have to show proof of their language proficiency. If a student does not have proficiency in a third language, they will be required to learn a new language during the programme. Language skills are crucial for operating in multicultural and multilingual contexts. The programme offers a diverse learning experience and proficiency in several languages enables students to obtain greater knowledge for international contexts, especially when preparing to work in other countries and regions.

All CEMS Master of Management specialising in International Management students graduate with competence in three languages, one of which must be English.

  • Language 1: English (home language or proficiency)
  • Language 2: Any language (home language or B1 oral/ B1 written level)
  • Language 3: Any language (home language or elementary level

NOTE: Students who have proficiency in two languages will be expected to gain a third during the programme. Similar languages, for example Dutch and Afrikaans, do not count as separate languages.


Students will be evaluated for their intellectual potential and knowledge, their attitude and soft skills, as well as their international orientation. Candidates should exhibit:

  • High academic standards and professionalism
  • Ability to perform in a fast-changing environment
  • Empathy with different values and cultures
  • Willingness to take responsibility within society