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Double Degree Option

A double degree option enables you to earn your Master of International Business and a second master’s degree from one of our global double degree partners. While double degree programs have been in existence for many years in Europe, Smith School of Business is among the first in North America to offer them.

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BI Norwegian Business School
BI Norwegian Business School

Oslo, Norway

Accreditations EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in Business (BI) with an opportunity to specialize
  • Smith's Master of International Business
Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Lisbon, Portugal

Accreditations AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned Smith's Master of International Business & Católica Lisbon International MSC in Management
Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business School

Copenhagen, Denmark

Accreditations AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in Business, Language & Culture, concentration in Diversity and Change Management (DCM) (CBS)
  • Smith's Master of International Business
ESADE Business School
ESADE Business School

Barcelona, Spain

Accreditations AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in Marketing Management (ESADE)
  • Smith's Master of International Business
ESSEC Business School
ESSEC Business School

Cergy, France

Accreditations EQUIS, AACSB
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned Smith’s Master of International Business and ESSEC MSc in Management
Maastricht University
Maastricht University

Maastricht, Netherlands

Accreditations AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 1.5 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in International Business (Maastricht)
  • Smith's Master of International Business
Mannheim University
Mannheim University

Mannheim, Germany

Accreditations AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in Management (Mannheim)
  • Smith's Master of International Business
The University of Queensland
The University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Accreditations AACSB, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned Smith’s Master of International Business & Queensland Master of Global Management
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Milan, Italy

Accreditations EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master of Science in Marketing Management (Bocconi)
  • Smith's Master of International Business
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Vienna University of Economics and Business

Vienna, Austria

Accreditations AMBA, EQUIS
Program Duration 2 years
Language English
Degrees Earned
  • Master in Strategy, Innovation and Management control (WU Wien)
  • Smith's Master of International Business

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a double degree program?

Our unique and vast list of available double degree opportunities have been selected to enable enrolled students to earn not only 1, but 2 master’s degrees. While our focus at Smith is to provide a solid foundational understanding of international business for our students, the double degrees offer another level of specialization for students who wish to further build their expertise in a specific functional area or geography.

How do you decide which universities to collaborate with on a double degree program?

Each of our double degree partners is one of the best business schools in its respective countries based on such metrics as: accreditations, rankings, reputation, and the degree to which the university engages in international initiatives. When exploring a potential double degree program with a partner university, we look for high-calibre, innovative programs that will provide a unique value proposition for our students.

I know that business schools’ pride themselves on their accreditations, but why is it important to me as a student?

An accreditation can be thought of as formal recognition of a business school’s quality – a “stamp of approval”. Students who receive master’s degrees from two accredited, high-quality institutions – such as Smith School of Business and any one of our double degree partner universities – will be able to highlight this fact when meeting with corporate recruiters anywhere in the world. Accreditations are an indication that Smith School of Business continues to meet the required high standards every year.

I speak only English. Will I be expected to speak another language to be eligible for the double degree options?

The language of instruction in all our double degree options is English. That said, you will be expected to acquire additional languages as part of the degree requirements for both the Smith-Bocconi double degree option and the Smith-Copenhagen Business School double degree option. Please consult the specific pages for each of these double degree options for precise details.

For those double degree options in which I will be required to acquire one or more additional languages, will I be fluent by the end of the program?

True fluency can take many years of constant practice. As such, the goal of these double degree options is not total fluency; rather, you will be expected to meet pre-determined levels of functionality in your new language(s). Specific information on these linguistic expectations will be provided to you upon applying to the program.

I noticed that several of the double degree options have an internship, thesis, or in-company project as part of the degree requirements - will I be expected to speak the local language to be eligible to meet these requirements?

Every effort will be made to place you with an organization in which English is its principal language, or with an English-speaking branch of a multi-national organization. That said, some level of functionality in the local language will be considered an asset.

Will I have any input into which organization I work with during my internship?

Some but not all of our double degree options feature internships; in each instance, it is a requirement to earn the partner university’s degree, not the Queen’s University degree. As such, it is up to you to negotiate the terms of your internship with a representative from the host university.

I noticed that I will be required to complete a thesis as part of the degree requirements for several of the double degree options. How will I find a thesis advisor?

While representatives from our partner universities will provide you with some guidance in selecting an appropriate thesis advisor, you are strongly encouraged to pro-actively seek faculty members at the partner university with whom you would like to work. In most cases, schools post instructors’ CV’s on their website so that you can research their particular area of research ahead of time.

Are any of these double degree options offered in a part-time format?

No. At this point in time, there are no plans to do so.

Do I really earn two degrees at the end of the program, or is it a joint degree between Smith School of Business and one of your double degree partner universities?

The short answer is: two degrees. At the end of your double degree program, you will be invited to attend separate graduation ceremonies at both institutions, where you will receive a Master of International Business degree from Queen’s University, as well as the corresponding master’s degree from the double degree partner university.

When will I receive each degree?

Neither degree will be awarded until you have successfully met the degree requirements of both universities.

I understand that Smith School of Business employs learning teams. How do you decide what team to put me on?

We assemble our teams based on diversity and the review of several factors. You will find that your team profile will feature a healthy representation of disparate age, gender, thinking-style preferences, and cultural backgrounds.

Why am I not permitted to switch teams during the program?

In a workplace setting, you rarely can choose who you will work with; as the Program strives to emulate the look and feel of a corporate environment, we have also adopted this rationale.

What if I cannot get along with one of my teammates?

At the outset of the program, you will gain valuable team-building skills to help you overcome any challenges that you face along the way.

Are students required to have a laptop?

Yes. Students will be expected to have a laptop prior to the beginning of the program.

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