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MASTER OF SCIENCEProject and Programme Management & Business Development





Become a project leader driving impactful change for business, social, and environmental success​ ​


This MSc is the only one in a French business school accredited by the PMI's Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

Campus: Lille, Paris, Belo Horizonte​​
Intakes: September and January
Language: English​

Please note, for enrollment in January at the Belo Horizonte campus:

  • Application deadline: Monday, 6 November 2023

  • Enrollment deadline (contract signing and deposit payment): Wednesday, 15 November 2023​

Each campus has specific project management strengths and offers a unique, local feel to the programme. You can choose campuses in Europe and Latin America. ​

The programme is full-time and taught in English at the Lille, Paris, and Belo Horizonte campuses - there are intakes in September (August for Belo), and January.​

Programme outline 

This MSc programme is designed with a comprehensive competency-skills framework, highly sought after by employers in traditional and agile project environments. Students receive training focused on IPMA ICB internationally recognised competencies which include:

  • People competencies, e.g. conflict and crisis, teamwork and, resourcefulness

  • Perspective competencies, e.g. strategy, power & influence, and culture & values

  • Project competencies, e.g. project design, finance, plan & control, and risk & opportunity

These are combined with four power skills:
  1. Communication

  2. Problem-solving

  3. Strategic thinking, and

  4. Collaborative leadership

Students are further able to customise their course of study by choosing campus-specific courses, with three possible destinations:
  • Lille: Strong in global and digital project management, offering diverse European market access, affordability, and a focus on technology, healthcare, logistics, and services. Emphasizes cross-cultural project management skills.

  • Paris: International business hub with a focus on finance, fashion, and luxury. Rich cultural heritage and diverse student body.

  • Belo Horizonte: Thriving business scene, emerging innovation, and entrepreneurship ecosystem. Strong commitment to sustainability and dynamic project opportunities.

This programme supports students who wish to develop their business ideas through SKEMA Venture Factory. 

Professional certifi​​cations for project management experts

In the fall semester, we offer foundation level AgilePM® and SCRUM Master certification and in the spring semester, we offer the PMI’s CAPM® (or PMP®) and GPM’s Green Project Management® certification. All students receive access to the Belbin industry-recognised personal team and leadership development tool, one-year PMI membership, and introductory media to prepare for entry to the programme.​

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Why choose this project management progr​amme 

  • An international programme, accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC), taught by practising professionals and researchers.

  • Designed around innovative learning experiences, including simulations, case studies, and real project management practice.

  • You can immediately apply the knowledge and competencies gained on the job – employers appreciate this.

  • You will be trained to succeed in modern project environments shaped by uncertainty and complexity.

  • You will gain internationally recognised certifications.

  • You will learn new skills, tools and mindsets designed for the future trends of work: agile, adaptable, digital, sustainable, social and personal.

In-company projects and assign​ments

During your internship, you will develop your knowledge and project management competencies by working on in-company projects, assisting project, programme or portfolio managers, develop specific new tools and techniques, market new products, solve problems or do research on project management best practices. SKEMA will provide you with help to find an internship or jobs through a global network of industry partnerships, alumni and collaborators.

Companies regularly visit and contribute to courses (Bouygues Telecom, Projexion, Team Square, Elis, CGI) providing a strong sense of professional realism and insight into their project, programme, PMO and consulting roles. Students are encouraged every year to participate in company challenges, such as the “Airbus Project Management Masters Challenge”, “How to win new business?” with a director from Bouygues Telecom or solving a consulting case study with CGI Business Consulting.


Vision and mission of the programme 

  • VisionTo empower students to be the change agents of tomorrow, contributing to the creation of a thriving and sustainable social, business and environmental ecosystem.

  • Mission: To provide our students with innovative, engaging and effective learning experiences, and to enable them to realise critical project management and business development competencies that will give them the confidence to serve as the leaders of tomorrow in an uncertain world characterised by complex projects.

Training course scholarships 

Scholarships in the form of high quality online accredited training courses in sought-after project management areas are available at no cost to selected students. These scholarships are provided by our learning partner Training Byte Size in subjects such as agile, PRINCE2, business analysis, business benefits, project planning and control. Get more info about these training course scholarships here

About the degree

By joining an MSc, students obtain a master of science degree and the "Diploma of Specialised Studies in International Management" (DESMI), a degree approved by France's Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (master's level. More info - text in French). 

Programme director
Paul Gardiner​

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