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MSc International Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

Program duration
One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (can be completed remotely while working)
Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English
Full program fees
€19,950 / Sept 2021 intake

Important dates

September, 06 2021 – Grenoble Intake

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.


  • Follow a pioneering program in its field, covering the fundamentals of IHRM with a unique focus on the developments and challenges of new ways of working linked to digital transformation.
  • Become a global leader by learning how to handle HR operations in a dynamic international environment.
  • Develop on both a professional and a personal level within an intensive and stimulating program in a multicultural environment.
  • Earn your degree from a triple-accredited institution with worldwide recognition.

Program Highlights

  • Innovative and interactive pedagogy, including serious games
  • Live Business Cases with real companies, putting learning into practice
  • HR Study Trip** to visit different kind of organizations 
  • Up-to-date program content covering latest trends in IHRM

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*

Year 1 - Campus Year

  • Introduction session

    Core HRM Skills

    • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
      Personality Test & Talent Acquisition
      Talent Management 
      Project Management
      Compensation Practices & Policies
      Leadership, Groups and Team Dynamics
      HR Reporting & Budgeting
      Research Methods for Managers

    International Business Environment

    • Strategic Management
      International Legal Context
      Employee & Labor Relations

    HR Challenges in the Digital Age

    • Digital Transformation for HR professionals
      CSR & Diversity
      People Analytics
    • HR as a Coach
    • Managing Knowledge to Develop Core Competencies
      Gamification & Creation of a Serious Game for HR
      HRBP at Heart of Transformation
      New Organizations & Well-being at Work
    • Live Business Case

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

Year 2 - Final Management Project

At the end of the one-academic-year full-time part of the program, each student will be required to complete a Final Management Project of approximately 15,000 words in length, under the guidance of a tutor. This is an applied or theoretical research project that can be completed at a distance and in parallel with full-time employment or an approved internship. To successfully complete the Final Management Project, students are required to address a particular research question or knowledge gap in their chosen field of their study. This will be business oriented and coherent with the program's objectives. A student may choose to write their project on a topic grounded in their internship experience.

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).

** Study Trip is contingent on global conditions and travel restrictions

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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Employment Statistics*

Employment within 4 months: 80%
Jobs with international projects: 70%
Annual salary with bonus after graduation: <40k€: 50% | 40k€ - 50k€:  25% | >50k€: 25%

*Based on 2019 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


“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

How students describe the IHRM program

This postgraduate MSc program is open to both young and mature graduates from any field. A minimum of one year’s work/internship experience is recommended (in HR or not), but not mandatory depending on profile.

Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject with a good grade average.
  • Work experience is recommended, but not compulsory.
  • The GMAT is not required for this program.
  • Fluency in English - see test requirements below.

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.

    • 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 references (professional and/or academic). Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
    • Scan of passport
    • Internationally recognized passport picture
    • Proof of fluency in English:
      • 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): 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
      • Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
      • English test waiver may be granted if Bachelor’s degree was fully taught through the medium of English (official proof required)
      • Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL
      • 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 GEM 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 our rolling admissions deadlines.

Student Program Fees

MSc International Human Resource Management in the Digital Age
Grenoble campus: €19,950 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


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 07 July 2021 at 9h20 am