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MSc International Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

Program duration
2 years: 7 months on campus + 4-6 months internship (year 1), 4 months on campus + 4-6 months internship (year 2)
Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English
Full program fees
€12,500 per year/ Sept 2022 intake

Become an International HR Manager

This program provides students with a deep understanding of global HR management and an insight into the impact and challenges of digital transformation on HR today.

Our mission: To equip managers with the tools and knowledge to work in HR anywhere in the world, in any company. These managers will have the skills to boost corporate performance through the effective management of the company’s workforce and the ability to adapt their organization for the future, both on a human and on a digital level.


Skills Acquired:

    • Design and manage diverse teams within a global environment.
    • Demonstrate a high-level of critical analysis of organizational, economic and geopolitical challenges with an ability express your ideas in a clear and coherent manner.
    • Fully assess the ethical, environmental impact of decisions and actions of your organization.
    • Understand the key challenges and functions of different departments and services within your organization and interact with them in an efficient and constructive manner.
    • Generate innovative and adaptable ideas and solutions to overcome the changing environment of your organization.
    • Work efficiency in a technology focused environment thus demonstrating robust digital proficiency.
    • Demonstrate an in-depth comprehension of the key present and future challenges within the context of your chosen specialization.

Our Strenghts

    • Follow a pioneering program:
      Our program covers the fundamentals of IHRM with a unique focus on the developments and challenges of new ways of working linked to digital transformation
    • Prepare to work internationally:
      Become a global leader by learning how to handle HR operations in a dynamic international environment.
    • Develop both hard and soft skills needed for your career:
      Progress on both a professional and a personal level within an intensive and stimulating program in a multicultural environment.
    • Serious Games:
      Learn with innovative methods and develop your creativity.
    • Real-life experience:
      Participate in a Live Business Case with a real company, putting learning into practice
    • Study Trip:
      Participate in a Study Trip to visit different kinds of organisations and network with professionals

A Word from the Program Director

  • The MSc IHRM combines theoretical knowledge with a strong technical and practical orientation to enable students to master key operational concepts while developing their soft skills. The program has an international focus, as the ever-increasing globalization of business impacts HRM and provides an insight into the impact and challenges of digital transformation on HR today. Students are encouraged to interact with local and international companies in the form of seminars, conferences, on-campus recruitment events and of course through the Live Business Cases. - Sabine Lauria
Interview with Sabine Lauria, Program Director, on Campus Channel - October, 2020

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.

Because the human element remains fundamental in HRM, rather than focus on the digitalization of HR, this program provides a unique analysis of digital transformation - its impact and challenges.

Program Content*

*The program may be subject to change.

Year 1: Core Courses

  • Essential Business Skills

    Strategic Management
    Project Management
    Business Research Techniques
    Corporate Finance
    Foreign language


    Fundamentals of HR Management
    Personality Test & Talent Acquisition
    Live Business Case 1

  • Professional Development Skills

    International Negotiation
    Sustainability Transition
    Reflexivity & Professional Development
    Foreign language


    Live Business Case 2
    Gamification & Creation of a Serious Games for HR
    CSR & Diversity (Study Trip)

    Individual Tracks

    Students choose one of the following:
    Professional track: Four to six months internship or full-time employment, anywhere in the world
    Professional Certificate Track: Students choose from a number of professional online certificates

    Total : 225 hours

Year 2: Specialisation

  • HR as a Coach
    Compensation Practices & Policies
    New organizations & Well-being at Work
    Digital Transformation for HR Professionals
    HRBP at the Heart of Transformation
    Talent Management
    Managing Knowledge to Develop Core Competencies
    HR analytics & Data Practice
    Foreign Language

  • Specialised Academic Dissertation
    Responsible Leadership & Future Organisations

    Students choose one of the following.

    Professional track

    Three to six months internship or full-time employment, anywhere in the world.

    Research Track

    Research Project

    Academic Track

    Coursera online course

    Total : 210 hours


A full two-year program with more than 400 hours of taught classes including the latest managerial theory, real-world case examples and practical experience. Students typically have 12-15 hours class time per week supplemented by around 30 hours group work and private study. The MSc offers up to 12 months’ work experience and 4 distinct international study / work opportunities. This includes a study trip and one-semester exchange option and two internship possibilities. An academic dissertation enables deep and insightful analysis of one of key issues or challenges faced by organizations today. The strong diversity of faculty and students reinforces the international dimension of the program.


The validation of skills and competences is acquired through continuous assessment, assignments, exams, and professional experience. Both written and oral communication skills are fully assessed throughout the program. In addition, to graduate, students will have to complete a 4-6 month international experience during their studies.

MSc Academic Dissertation

The specialized academic dissertation is one of the core components of the second year of the program. Students begin in September and will complete it by the end of the academic year.

The academic dissertation asks students to understand and analyze a key business or managerial issue. Students first undertake an extensive review of our current knowledge of the issue through an in-depth literature review. Working with their tutor, students then identify an area that requires further exploration (Research Gap) and a methodology for filling that knowledge gap (Research Design). Students will undertake original research (Data Collection) to fill the pre-defined gap before writing up their findings and considering their personal contribution to the chosen research domain. This includes an analysis of the academic and practical / managerial implications of their research.

With 100 active permanent researchers, eight research teams, more than 200 doctoral students, Grenoble EM is one of the leaders in management research in Europe. Students will thus be assigned a specialised academic tutor with considerable experience of this type of research as well as knowledge of the field or domain to be studied. Students may also adopt a wide range of different research methodologies to reinforce the intellectual skills that will be required by their future employer. Certain research by previous students has been published.

Semester exchange in accredited GEM partner

The international exchange option is one of the four international opportunities offered to Grenoble EM MSc students during the two-year program. With nearly 40 years of international development experience, Grenoble EM is able to offer exchange options from its prestigious network of partner institutions.

The full one semester exchange is situated during the autumn semester of year two of the program. Students who successfully complete year one will be eligible to apply for this exchange. Applications are completed in the early Spring of year 1. Confirmation of the exchange offer will be made later that same semester.

Students complete a full credit semester on program than has been pre-validated by Grenoble EM. Chosen courses are designed to strengthen the specialization that they have chosen. Credits from this tailored-made semester will then be transferred back to the Grenoble EM MSc and thus count for the final degree award.

Additional travel costs / accommodation etc. are be met by the students.

Foreign Languages

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.

Study Trip

Students on the program will participate in a 2-day HR study trip, to visit differents kinds of organizations. Previously students met with P&G (Procter & Gamble), ILO (International Labour Organization), UNICEF and WTO (World Trade Organization).

Live Business Case

The Live Business Case (LBC) gives the students the opportunity to apply their learning directly to a real HR issue offered by a participating company. Students will work in teams and develop their LBC over several months in parallel to the taught part of the program. They will meet with their assigned company and LBC coach regularly to define and review the objectives of their project and the expected deliverables. The objective of the LBC is for MSC IHRM students to help real companies find innovative solutions to address their HR issues and enable them to improve their HR process.

Live Business Case Testimonial

"At Visioglobe, we received GEM students for a Live Business Case in HR Management. This experience was really great. Since the beginning, I was impressed by the organization, process, tutoring and by the students themselves. The work done in a very professional way, they delivered us a perfect proposal, very well presented, structured and very easy to implement. Our target was far exceeded. Of the 14 recommendations received, all are very relevant and we’ve already started to implement some of them with success. So I can definitively recommend this experience." - Eric Bernard, Visioglobe, CEO

Personal and Professional Development Workshops

In addition to the core courses, students have the opportunity to attend personal and professional development workshops led by professionals, industry and subject matter experts. These will strengthen the employability profiles of graduates to help them achieve their career goals. Students will also have access to individual counselling sessions, interaction with corporate partners and online resources with jobs and internship opportunities as well as access to specific in house sectorial career focused communities.

Innovative Learning for Career Progression

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). 

Serious Game Designer Certificate*

Students have the additional option of obtaining the serious game designer certificate at no additional fee. This certificate program is designed to boost your ability to solve managerial challenges and develop creativity. *conditions apply


Classes are taught by GEM faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty is engaged in applied research. Their teaching links theory to practice through authentic business cases. Their diverse cultural and international background gives a strong international dimension to the program.
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“I chose GEM because it is a top business school not just in France but in Europe as well. The International HR Management program helped me find the path to take in my career, and most importantly, the program equipped me with the knowledge and experience necessary for having insightful and confident conversations with HR professionals and leaders alike. This confidence played a critical role in getting a job in the HR Strategy & Planning team of a large corporation and later in Management Consulting.” - Denes Gyorog, IHRM, 2019 Graduate, Management Consultant in Talent & Organization at Accenture

More testimonials from MSc IHRM graduates

Employment Statistics*

Employment within 2 months: 70%
Work internationally: 50%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <40k€: 75% | >40k€: 25%

*Based on 2020 graduates

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.

    • Aldes Aeraulique
    • Alstom Management
    • Roche
    • Auchan France
    • BCG
    • Copers Executive Search
    • Diesel France
    • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility
    • Kelly Services
    • Mecaplast
    • IOTA S.A.
    • Randstad
    • Renault Trucks
    • Essilor
    • Transatel
    • Saint-Gobain Interservices
    • VMware France
    • Kurt Salmon
    • Schneider Electric
    • Amadeus
    • Rexel
    • Hays
    • Spartoo

This program is suitable for graduates from a wide range of disciplines. Prospective students should have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the motivation to pursue an international career. Work experience is not compulsory, but an internship in HR before starting the program is recommended.

Experienced managers already working in HR positions will also benefit from this program by acquiring a formal qualification and training in the theory and concepts needed to advance their HR careers.

The GMAT is not required for this program.

Please note that it is possible to submit your application prior to providing us with your test results and/or your final transcripts/ degree certificate.

​If the rest of your application meets our standards we can then make you a conditional offer of a place on the program. These conditions will be lifted once you have obtained and sent us the required documentation.

We recognize that COVID-19 has likely created difficulties in completing the admissions requirements. Our team is available to assist with these logistical uncertainties. Please contact us with any questions.

Apply here

To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application form 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.

Application Submission Requirements

  • Official copy of undergraduate degree equivalent to minimum 180 ECTS 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 academic references. 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 IBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in all bands). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
    • IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all bands)
    • Cambridge English (Proficiency/Advanced/Business Higher) level C1: Grade A,B or C
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) Online/Offline: 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
    • Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
    • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL
    • English test waiver may be granted if Bachelor’s degree was fully taught through the medium of English (official proof required)

Please note: English test scores must be communicated to GEM 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 Grenoble Ecole de Management 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.

Student Program Fees

MSc International Human Resource Management in the Digital Age
Grenoble campus: €25,000 for full 2-year program*

*Fees include an annual €250 student service and administrative fee calculated for the 2-year program. Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement. 

Program fees include:

  • Tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities
  • Travel and accommodation for the Study Trip**. Please note that students are responsible for the payment and arrangement of a visa if necessary.

Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, and personal expenses.

Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.

Financial Aid / Scholarships

GEM offers a dedicated online platform - The Funding Place - to help you find financing solutions, simulate a student loan and understand everything about student loans.

We advise students to research financial aid opportunities as early as possible. Please note that it is necessary to submit your application and secure a place on a program first, before applying for scholarships and visas.

Scholarship descriptions and application guidelines.


All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM, 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 specific country after their GEM program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority. 

Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in France. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process.

For more information, please download our International Student Guide

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Updated on 15 October 2021 at 9h39 am