International Business School Alliance (IBSA)

One programme, two masters degrees*, two countries, one year
*MBA, MSc or MS

Launch your Career in International Business from the IBSA Platform.

Semester 1: Core Modules

  • Paris, France
    Intensive training in the fundamentals of marketing, finance and strategy at Novancia Business School.*

* Novancia’s specialization – MSc in IBD&C

Students wishing to pursue Novancia’s specialization in International Business Development and Consulting (IBD&C) take the semester 1 core modules at any of the other member schools. Click here for details on the Novancia IBD&C specialization.

Programme Overview

The International IBSA partners provide not only the academic challenge of high level study but also applied skills required in modern day Business.

Critical reasoning, strategic analysis of entrepreneurial companies, design & implementation of effective internationalisation processes all contribute to the Development of our competitively-edged graduates.

Novancia’s well-connected links to business & industry in the Paris area provide an extensive network of professionals & entrepreneurs - a potential “clientele” for responsible but innovative Consulting.



Robert Sheldon – Academic Director, MSc in IBD&C


Dominique Loizance-Lemoine – Programme Coordinator, MSc in IBD&C


Badr NhairyI have done my specialization in International Business Development and Consulting at Novancia. During the semester, I have met classmates from five different continents. Our professors also came from different countries. Some courses combined both a theoretical and a practical approach. I enjoyed the fact that we had to visit companies and learn about their business. Furthermore, we had the chance for two days to receive a training about the business consulting career from a former BCG consultant and we had to solve case studies. We have also consulted real-life firms, including some successful and established ones.

This programme also equips students with financial tools necessary to launch start-ups. Personally, I had both an entrepreneurial and advisory aspiration, which is why I chose this programme. The workload is nonetheless relatively demanding as the Dual-Degree programme along with the writing of the Master´s thesis is taking place within a year. At the end, I managed to find a new job as consultant at KPMG before the end of my studies.

Badr Nhairy
Consultant KPMG
(MSc 2016)


Make a difference…

…as an International Business Developer or a Consultant capable not only of thinking locally and acting globally, but also of thinking globally and acting locally.

Broaden your horizons…

…by contributing to and learning from the cultural diversity provided by teaching staff & course materials, business professionals as well as your fellow students.

Fulfil your potential…

…through the development of real business acumen and pertinent inter-cultural experience. Gain a competitive edge in the pursuit of your career objectives.

Expand your network…

…share in and contribute to a network of experts and entrepreneurs in a variety of professional fields. Benefit from the expertise and know-how of business leaders & academic specialists.


Badr NhairyNovancia Business School provides an international business environment by being located in the heart of Paris. The state of the art building and classrooms allow for an enhanced learning experience. The mix of students in the program enables students to expand their cultural awareness and promotes international thought leadership.

My company helps clients expand to the American market from European markets, or vice versa. I analyze the business issue, develop a strategy to solve the problem, create deliverables, and implement the strategy to achieve the desired results.
I apply the international business development and consulting concepts that I learned in order to meet client needs on a weekly basis.

Jordan Barrett
Consulting Analyst
Gershon Consulting

(MSc 2014)


Social network…

  • Join IBSA (International Business School Alliance) on Facebook


Two institutions + two countries =
a dual Master’s Degree in one year

First semester:

The first semester (October to January) is spent either at Novancia or at one of the partner institutions where five subjects + one elective are studied.

Second semester either abroad:

For the second semester (February to June), if the first semester has been spent at Novancia, a different partner institution is then chosen to undertake the specialisation either in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management, or International Finance and Investments, or Human Resource Management, or International Marketing or Management in Emerging Economies, or Global and Islamic Finance. 

Or second semester at Novancia:

If a partner Institution was chosen for study in the first semester, the second semester can be taken at Novancia where the specialisation is International Business Development & Consulting. 

Third semester:

The programme will be concluded with a Master’s thesis in the third semester (June to September), taken normally at the institution in which the specialisation was chosen.

Dual Master’s Degree

At the end of their studies graduates will receive a dual master’s degree (90 ECTS) from the two different partner universities/business schools attended.

Jassibe GutierrezJoining the IBSA MSc program at Novancia Business School was the best decision I made for my professional and personal development. This program offers you not only the possibility to live and study in Paris, one of the world’s greatest and most beautiful cities, but also the experience is coupled with the ability to study in two countries and obtain two masters in one year.

Living and adapting to two cultures is both rewarding & satisfying and can say with assurance that it positively impacts all aspects of both your professional and personal life. You will meet people from all continents expanding your network and creating life long friendships. The possibilities for employment after the program are limitless thanks to the unique experience it grants you and which is highly valuable for global corporations anywhere in the world.

Jassibe Gutierrez
Global Logistics Improvements Specialist
ASML (Netherlands)

(MSc 2015)


IBSA partner universities in the world

  • Hochschule Bremen: MBA
  • Universitat de Valencia Estudi General: International MBA
  • Institute of Business Studies, Moscow: MA
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington: MBA
  • University of Hertfordshire: MSc
  • Universiti Tun Abdul Razak: MBA
  • Novancia Business School Paris: MSc

Piruzan RustomfranWith 4 years of industry experience the core semester subjects equipped me with better decision making techniques for managers and project owners.
The practical approach to projects provided by Novancia’s close interaction with industry was an excellent experience to learn and apply the concepts of International Business.
I am confident the network and skills acquired here will go a long way in shaping my career.

Piruzan Rustomfran
(MSc 2013)


An MSc accredited by the Conférence des Grandes Écoles

CGE stamp of approval

In 2008, Novancia was admitted to the select inner circle of the top French Schools of Management, the ‘Chapitre des Écoles de Management de la Conférence des Grandes Écoles’. A prestigious recognition (only 35 Management schools out of 230 are accredited by the CGE in France).

Laura HodgeChoosing to participate in this program has been one of the best decisions of my life. The experience of living and working in the cosmopolitan environment of Paris has been amazing.

I have made what I’m sure will be life-long friends, both in and out of the classroom. While I’m sad that this chapter of my life is now closing, it is because of this chapter that I’m excited to see what the future has in store.

Laura Hodge
(MSc 2012)