MSc International Business development

The MSc in International Business Development welcomes recent graduates from any academic background or professionals willing to improve their core global business skills and gain cutting-edge practical knowledge in the technical field of International Trade. This specialized program is designed for students who wish to add international business skills to their engineering, scientific or general business background. The ICD faculty share first-hand experience from working and living around the world.

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A Unique MSc in International Business Development

  • Focus on strong technical skills in international trade
  • A simultaneous focus on soft skills and intercultural aspects for enhanced business development abilities
  • Learn global strategies and focus on specific cases : Europe, China, India, etc.
  • The ICD atmosphere: experiential learning in smallsized groups, considerable art and cultural awareness



Business immersion week

The Business Immersion Week is a unique opportunity to increase your knowledge on international business markets and enhance your soft skills such as networking, negotiation, cultural sensitivity and leadership. Students will go on company visits, talk with business experts and gain an overview of how business is done in these international companies.

  • Company Visits
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Conferences
  • Meet entrepreneurs
  • Networking opportunities

Business game & corporate strategy

The Business Game simulates a real business environment and allows students to run their own virtual businesses and compete against each others in order to gain market share. Students are able to practice their business and decision-making skills, improve their understanding and knowledge of the complexity of global business operations in a dynamic and competitive environment.

Professional Development Support

Our Corporate Relations and Career department helps students develop professional soft skills and allows students and alumni to plan, manage and achieve their professional goals in partnerships with companies that seek out top talent.

  • Proactive corporate relation services
  • Career Coaching workshops
  • Enterprise Career Day
  • Alumni network

and placement

The MSc in International Business Development leads to careers in a wide range of fields such as business development, export area management, international retailing, purchasing, strategic business development in consulting agencies and international business unit management. Typical functions include: international business development manager, export manager, import manager, international sales manager. According to our last placement survey:

  • 63% of Master’s students found employment before completing their program
  • 92% found employment within 6 months of completing their program


Mastering fundamental and advanced skills in international trade
  • International Marketing Strategies
  • Export Techniques
  • International Product Launch
  • Managing Risks in an Unstable World
Adapting to the constraints of multicultural contexts
  • Globalisation and Emerging Markets
  • Intercultural Management
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Negotiation Techniques
Building strategies to develop new business
  • Innovation Process
  • A Business-Plan for Launching Products
  • Blue Ocean Strategy Simulation (BOSS)
  • Change Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Start-Up)
Dealing with administrative and legal constraints in international exchanges
  • Challenges in Intellectual Property Rights
  • Contract Law (B2B and B2C)
  • Custom Duties and Trade Barriers to Internationalisation
Mastering the tools to ensure success of international organizations
  • International Corporate Finance
  • International Global Supply Chain
  • International HR Management
  • International Corporate Taxes
  • Management of Information System
  • Global Business in Practice (Georgetown University)
Soft skills and communication development programme
  • Advanced Business English
  • Soft Skills Development Programme
Conducting research activities and enhancing writing skills
  • Research Methodology Workshops
  • Dissertation Individual Supervision
MSc dissertation & internship : presenting results in writing and in oral defense
  • Masters Dissertation : presenting results in writing and defense


Submit the application file in English

  • For french students : you must apply directly to ICD by contacting ICD Admissions Teams in Paris 
  • For international students : you must follow the "etudes en France" process with Campus France and apply directly to the ICD Admission Team to attend the admissions test. Our International team will help you to follow the process. 

Mandatory documents :

  • Completed application form
  • CV
  • Scanned copy of your passport / visa
  • Highest degree certification and certificate of current studies
  • Transcript of your current studies
  • English language certificate (IELTS ≥ 6.5 / TOEFL ≥ 550 or equivalent)


  • As soon as your application file is registered, you will receive an email from ICD in order to schedule an interview

Final decision

It takes up to 2 weeks following the interview for a decision to be made. An admission letter will be sent by email from ICD once the candidate is admitted. Applicants will be judged on their application file and their interview.

For applications, please contact us.

  • Duration: 3 semesters (2 semesters at school and a 1-semester internship)
  • Location: Paris, Toulouse
  • Degree level: Master of Science
  • Credits: 90 ECTS
  • Language: English
  • Format: Full Time
  • Courses begin : November in Paris
  • Tuition fees - academic year 2023/2024 : 10 500€

The programs’ high level of expertise in each field under the supervision of ICD International Scholars

An experiential learning approach combining strong academic content and immersion in real-life projects (immersion weeks, projects, business games, hackathons, etc.)

Individual coaching and supporting students in their career projects as well as identifiying internship opportunities.

A multicutural environment in the classroom, on campus and in French business and cultural life

The time spent at ICD Paris is always joyful and passionate. As a foreign student, I was well integrated within the rich French campus culture and surrounded by talented and experienced professors and diverse and creative students. What I learned from the program is not just stereotypical knowledge, but more about the ability to communicate in the international business environment and skills to build a solid career path in the competitive business world.

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