MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development

Practical information

Program duration
One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (12 months)

Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English

Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits)

Full program fees
€ 19,450

Teaching location
Grenoble Campus


This program provides students with a deep understanding of how HR strategy fits into overall corporate strategy, giving them the tools to work anywhere in the world, in any company.

Our mission: to train managers who will be able to contribute to corporate performance through the effective management of the company’s most valuable asset – its workforce – by focusing on HR and organizational issues on an international scale.


  • Improve corporate performance by acquiring fundamental HR skills to recruit, manage and enhance talent.
  • Become a global leader by learning how to handle International Human Resource Management operations in a dynamic international environment.
  • Gain the edge in the professional world by learning about organizational development, HR’s newest challenge.
  • Follow an intensive and stimulating academic and practical program in a multicultural environment.
  • Earn a certificate in serious game applied to HR.
  • Earn your degree from a triple-accredited institution.


  • Highly international student cohort and teaching faculty
  • Learn how to design HR strategies to optimize corporate performance
  • Up-to-date program content covering latest trends in IHRM
  • Innovative and interactive pedagogy, including serious games.
  • Graduate with the skills, knowledge and network to work in HR anywhere in the world

Learn more about what our students loved about this program.

A Word from the Program Director

The MSc in International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development combines theoretical knowledge with a strong technical and practical orientation to enable students to master key operational know-how and soft skills. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to decision-making in HR and organizational development within different geographical contexts. The program has an international focus, as an ever-increasing globalization of business impacts HRM.

Program delivery relies on a mixture of pedagogical methods and techniques from traditional to interactive lectures, e-learning activities, readings, exercises, case studies, presentations, simulations, experimentations, individual and multicultural team-based work.

Students will also experiment a course based on a new pedagogy: serious games.

The Final Management Project - a supervised research paper of 15,000 words - allows students to become experts in an HR-related topic of their choice covering not only technical concepts, but also professional practices and implications.
Sabine Lauria

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Sabine Lauria, Program Director, on Campus Channel


The program explores how HR strategy fits into overall corporate strategy, the key differences between International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and domestic HRM, and the skills required to recruit, manage and enhance talent. It is designed for graduates who wish to pursue management careers at national and international levels.

Participants will develop the know-how and competencies to identify and understand the HR issues facing business today and develop appropriate strategies to ensure that effective people management strategies create competitive advantage and sources of value.

This program also emphasizes organizational development, as it is one of the new challenges in HR.

Introduction Week

  • Introduction to the Program
  • Study Skills and Techniques (Case Study Methodology, Academic and Professional Writing, Presentation Skills etc.)
  • Team Building and integration activities
  • Moodle e-learning platform user training
  • Introduction to the Library and Computing Services at GEM
  • Student Administrative Issues
  • Alumni Association information

The five main components of the program*

Business Environment

  • Strategic Management
  • International Labor Economics
  • Accounting

Fundamentals of HRM

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • HR Reporting
  • Information Systems for HR Managers
  • Staffing
    • Recruitment Process and e-Recruitment
    • Personality Tests and Interview Techniques

International HR Management and Contemporary Issues

  • Strategic IHRM
  • HR as a Business Partner
  • HR Innovations (Serious Game)

  • Managing an HR Department (Experimentation)
  • Legal Context
    • Employee Relations, Grievances and Representation
    • Comparative Legal Contexts of International HRM
  • People Development
    • Talent Development and Performance Management
    • International Career Path and Expatriation
  • Social Management
    • Creating and Managing a Well-Balanced Workplace
    • Managing Diversity and Ethics

International Organizational Development

  • International Team Behavior
    • Leadership, Group and Team Dynamics
    • Intercultural Management
  • Organizational Development
    • Managing Corporate Culture
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Change and Lean Management
    • International Organization Structure and Design


In addition to the core courses, students can attend personal and professional development workshops. These workshops cover current topics of interest, recent trends in management and career development. They serve as a complement to the core modules.

*The content of the program may be adapted from year to year to take into account the needs of industry. Class attendance is compulsory.


Final management project

The second year of the program is dedicated to the Final Management Project, a written work of approximately 15,000 words, conducted under the supervision of a tutor from GEM. Students will choose an aspect of International HR Management and are encouraged to link the chosen subject matter to their future career. This is an applied or theoritical research project that can be completed in parallel with full-time employment or an internship based in France or abroad.


In addition to the core courses, students can attend personal and professional development workshops. These workshops cover current topics of interest, recent trends in management and career development. They serve as a complement to the core modules.


You will be encouraged to develop your professional skills through a series of innovative learning activities. By taking part in real-life professional experimentations and in GEM’s renowned “serious games”, you will be encouraged to develop your soft skills (teamwork, presentation, negotiation, leadership). You will work and manage virtual companies, challenging yourself to make strategic decisions under tight deadlines.


A research techniques module has been created to provide the skills required to effectively work on the Final Management Projects and on future professional projects.


Operating in an international environment requires foreign language fluency and therefore a foreign language module is an option on the program for all students.

Non-French speakers may study French (beginner to advanced level). This option is highly advised for those who are looking to become professionals in France. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at beginner level.


Employment Statistics

Employment within 2 months (2016) : 75%
Jobs with international projects: 88%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: ≤50k€: 75% | >50k€: 25%

This MSc program is especially designed for those who wish to work in organizations employing an international and diversified workforce, with the responsibility of developing local and global HR systems. Graduates will be qualified for positions in both multinational corporations and local companies experiencing rapid expansion in international markets. Graduates will also be qualified to enter the consulting field in the areas of HR and organizational development. This program fits also to students who want to be expert in managing people.

Student Testimonial

After having worked 8 years for a national insurance company in HR related positions, I decided to deepen my HR expertise at a top business school ranked by Financial Times, namely Grenoble Ecole de Management. The MSc IHRM & OD program offered a great combination of HR fundamentals and specialized courses which met the expectations of both newcomers to the field and experienced professionals.

A small class enabled the professors to cater to each student's needs. A key highlight was the class diversity which empowered me to learn what cultural competency really means in practice and also equipped me with the skills to successfully work in a multicultural team. This cultural exposure prepared me perfectly for a career in a multinational environment.

In particular courses such as self-development, organizational development, leadership, change management, the organized outdoor team activities, and also the career service center, all supported me in securing my current job for one of the biggest consultancies worldwide, Accenture Consulting

Working now as a Senior Management Consultant in Change Management and HR Transformation, I can state retrospectively that this program had a major impact on my professional career development.

Besides professional and personal growth, the intensive working groups helped established an interpersonal connection amongst the fellow students that remains strong even today.


More testimonials from MSc IHRM


This postgraduate MSc program is open to both young and mature graduates from any field and with no or limited work experience. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal skills, good oral and communication written skills and a strong motivation for international relations and business.


Apply here

Please note that applications for September 2018 intake will be open from September 15th 2017.

To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.

  • Official copy of latest degree or diploma or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date
  • University transcripts: front/back with grading scale
  • CV/Resume
  • 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
  • 2 references (professional and/or academic). Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
  • Scan of passport
  • Internationally recognized passport picture
  • Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
    • TOEFL: Computer-based: 240 / Internet-based (IBT): 94 (minimum score of 22 in Reading and Speaking; minimum score of 21 in Listening and Writing). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all areas (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE): A,B,C
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A): 63 (minimum score of 59 in each section)
    • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: First (FCE)

Please note English test scores must be communicated to GEM/GGSB by the beginning of July for September programs.

Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.

To ensure GEM/GGSB is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult rolling admissions deadlines.


All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM/GGSB, are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in another country after their GEM/GGSB program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. Before starting a GEM/GGSB program, students who know that they want to work or study in another country or university are advised to verify whether their intended GEM degree will be recognized.


Fees to be paid by student 19,450 Euros for 2 years (Grenoble campus)*

*Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement.

An administrative fee of 250€ is charged for student services in Year 1 and a further 250€ for Student Card renewal in Year 2.

Fees cover tuition, project supervision, and access to all GEM facilities. They do not cover accommodation, meals, or students' personal expenses.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.


  • MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development students are not eligible for CROUS scholarships.
  • Only students attending a program on the Grenoble campus are eligible for U.S. loans.
  • Eligible students may use their education benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs for this program.