I have completed my first semester in France and now back in U.S.A for my second semester at NC State.

I am writing this blog to help other students who are planning to study with this program, as it was not easy for me to get the right information. I decided to help the future MGIM’ers or those who would be inspired from this post, my experience, and decide to study this program.


  • Program : MGIM (Masters in Global Innovation Management ).
  • Length : 2 Semester
  • Semester 1 : IAE (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • Semester 2: North Carolina State University
  • Admission : Only in Fall Semester.
  • NCSU Tuition Fees :
    • Instate Fees: $10,800 per semester
    • Out of State Fees : $17,800 per semester

Masters in Global Innovation Management : Introduction

MGIM is an intensive, interesting and unique program where we get to study in two countries, the Fall semester in France at IAE Graduate School of Management, and the Spring semester at North Carolina State University ( NCSU ) in Raleigh.

mgim program structure

If you live in or near NCSU, you can attend the information session where you meet with the Director and the Assistant Director of the program. They can explain more in-depth information with you, and give you a chance to meet some of the current students.

Another highlight is that MGIM program does not require a GRE score. If you have one, it’s good but it’s not mandatory to apply for the program. They might ask for your TOEFL if you are not from an English speaking country or English is not your first language.

Once you get admitted into this program you have to pack your bags and travel to France for your Fall semester. That’s when I realized there’s lot of information that wasn’t available in a place.

I had to contact a former MGIM’er who I met at the information session and find answers to so many questions ( what kind of dress to buy to grocery store shopping).

She was in China for an internship, which is an optional component to this program. But she  was kind enough to answer all my questions in a timely fashion. After getting my questions answered, I decided to write a blog about my experience to help students interested in going abroad, so they could find answers to questions they may have, all in one location.

Application to MGIM

Depending on where you are located, you will submit application to NCSU or IAE.

  • Students residing in North and South America (except Brazil) and China will submit application to through NC State University.
  • Students applying from other countries will apply through IAE.

What happens After Admission

I was pretty confident about my chances of getting admission at MGIM program. I knew it tough on my family when I have to travel to France for 4 months, but benefits of this MGIM program and studying abroad was something I’m not going get anywhere else.

Next step to application in In Person Interview with Admission Director.

I was also debating if I had to apply for Global Luxury Management program ( 2 semester program with first semester in NCSU and second semester in France).

I had started the online application process, but haven’t submitted the application. So, during the interview for MGIM, program director for Global Luxury Management was present to find my interests in the program.

After the interview, I was convinced that MGIM was my preferred choice and Luxury Management will be going into complete new field where I had ZERO background.

Interview was about my interests, what I plan to do with my career, how MIGM will help me reach my goals, etc.

After receiving admission from NCSU, I got an admission letter from NCSU.

Then, IAE will send an admission letter as well. Admission offer letter from IAE is required to apply for France Student Visa.

Once your admitted into this program you have to apply for your France Student visa.

Getting France visa can take about 3 weeks to a month. So, you should start working on it as soon as you get your acceptance letter from IAE Graduate School.

Here’s something you have to think about as an international student before applying for this program :

Students will come to USA on J-1 Visa ( not on F-1 Student Visa for MGIM).

If you plan on working in U.S.A after MGIM program, it may not be as straight forward as F-1 Visa, since J-1 doesn’t have OPT and there could be 2 years residency requirements on your J-1 visa which could prevent your from working in U.S.A.

Let me know if you have any questions about this program.

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  1. Alyssa on June 19, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Thank you for your blog article here. I am considering to study MGIM program too, but I am not quite sure about whether can I learn practical management skills in the program? because i’ve never heard about this master degree before. I am looking forward your reply. thxxx

    • Raghuram Sukumar on August 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

      Sorry, we missed your comment. Did you join MGIM program?

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