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MSc International Human Resource Management in the Digital Age

Program duration
One academic year (on campus) + Final Management Project (12 months)
Degree level
Master (120 ECTS credits)
Entry requirements
Bachelor-level undergraduate degree in any subject. Fluency in English
Full program fees
€ 19,450
Teaching location
12 rue Pierre Sémard 38000 Grenoble

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 gloabal leader by learning how to handle IHR 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

Learn more about what our students loved about this program.

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

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 specializes in the analysis of the impact and challenges of digital transformation on HR today.

Program content*

Year 1

Introduction session

Core HRM Skills

  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Personality test & talent acquisition
  • Talent management 
  • Compensation Practices & Policies
  • Leadership, Groups and Team Dynamics
  • HR as a Coach
  • 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
  • Project Management
  • People analytics
  • 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

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 theoretical research project that can be completed in parallel with full-time employment or an internship based in France or abroad.

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 with digital tools.

Personal And Professional Development Workshops

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.

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). You will work and manage virtual companies, challenging yourself to make strategic decisions under tight deadlines.

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.

Employment Statistics

Employment within 2 months: 100%
Jobs with international projects: 81%

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.

Top Employers of our MSc IHRM Graduates:

  • 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


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 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.

Christin Wicher

More testimonials from MSc IHRM graduates

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, but not mandatory depending on profile.

Apply here

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.

Total Program Fees: 2018-19

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.


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