International Masters Program for Managers

No Qual (PGT)

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Part time 18 Months


Top reasons to study with us

  • Five 10-day modules delivered at five leading business schools around the world.

  • Co-founded by Henry Mintzberg.

  • Option to top up to a PhD in Theory and Practice of Management upon completion.

Five leading global business schools. 18 months. Five 10-day modules. The International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) programme breaks the mould to create leaders who can develop people and shape business in a complex and changing global context.

Today’s senior managers must be negotiators, problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and more. Iconic management thinker Henry Mintzberg co-founded this course 20 years ago to teach these qualities. His ethos is shared by the 75 international faculty members who bring their research and academic concepts to this programme.

You will study organisations, self, relationships, change and context at McGill University (Canada), Lancaster University (UK), Yokohama National University (Japan), FGV EBAPE (Brazil), and the Institute of Management Bangalore (India)

Traditional learning approaches are complemented by cultural experiences such as a yoga class in India or a Zen monastery in Japan, which are designed to help you unlearn behaviours, break down silo mentality and develop new mindsets.

You will focus on how to combine your significant functional experience with the ability to pause and reflect, turning that experience into new knowledge. You will also become comfortable with the uncertainty and complexity that accompanies senior positions.

Contributions are made on an equal basis between faculty and students. You are not passive receivers but co-creators. You are also encouraged to share your learning with a project team of up to ten colleagues in your own organisation. After graduation, you can return for two to three days on modules to build another layer of learning.

Participants come from a wide range of industry backgrounds such as engineering, media, telecoms, IT and transport.

Entry Requirements


Minimum of 10 years work experience including extensive managerial experience.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

For information about the fees, please visit the IMPM website

For those who wish to complete the requirements of the Master's Degree at Lancaster, there will be an additional fee of $9,000 USD

Scholarships and Bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

The benefits

The true value of the IMPM programme is best described by members of our extensive alumni network of over 500 members who, since completing the programme, have applied their knowledge within their own organisations and discovered a new perspective on their approaches to life and work.

Why choose the IMPM?

IMPM graduate Damiano explains his motivation for choosing the International Masters Program for Managers, and what he enjoyed most about his studies.

Growing successful enterprise to achieve proven results

Lili Hall is the founder, president and CEO of KNOCK Inc., a brand design creative agency based in Minneapolis, and a graduate of the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM). Thanks to her IMPM experience, Lili was able to put a new lens on how to run her business and since graduation, she has grown KNOCK Inc. by 78% in revenue and has increased employees by 44%. She has also inspired two of her managers to enrol on the programme.

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Lili Hall
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Transformative learning in context at Lufthansa

Lufthansa has been collaborating with the International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM) for over 20 years. Martin Schamberg, Senior Director at Lufthansa Technik and IMPM alumnus, reflects on his experience on the program and how this changed his practice of managing "from stewardship to authentic leadership" and created impact at Lufthansa.

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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