MSc in Management - Applying with an International Degree



Do I have the profile that fits?

  • Have you obtained or are currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, of which at least three years were completed outside of France*?
  • do you have little or no graduate work experience?

* To be eligible to apply, your degree must have been awarded from a non-French institution and at least 3 years of the programme must have been completed outside of France. Candidates must be under 32 years old when applying.

The application deadlines


Online application

Shortlist results

Final admission

Round 1

October 14th, 2016

November 4th, 2016

December 5th, 2016

Round 2

December 22nd, 2016

January 24th, 2017

February 23rd, 2017

Round 3

February 24th, 2017

March 17th, 2017

April 6th, 2017

Round 4

April 7th, 2017

May 5th, 2017

June 7th, 2017

STEP 1: Prepare the tests

As part of the application file, you will need to provide:

  • a management aptitude test: GMAT or GRE (validity 5 years), Tage-Mage (validity 2 years) or CAT (validity 1 year)
  • an English proficiency test: TOEIC Listening & Reading (minimum score of 850), IELTS (6.5), TOEFL iBT (90), Cambridge 175 (validity 2 years)

These can take several months to prepare and to register for an exam slot, so keep this in mind before starting your application as without these test scores, it will be incomplete.

Our institution codes are:

  • GRE: 0839
  • GMAT: select “ESSEC Business School - Graduate School of Management - MSc in Management”
  • TOEFL: 0520

* The English test is not required if you are a native English speaker or have spent the last 3 years in an English speaking university.

STEP 2: Start your online application

The application form is to be filled in online. Create your account and then you will receive an email with your login and pin number. These are required each time you sign in so don’t lose them! You can fill in the application form at your ease and come back to it at any point.

STEP 3: Gather together the required supporting documents

Together with the online application form, you will need to provide official or authenticated copies of the following:

  • your CV
  • your motivation letter (1 page max.)
  • Authenticated copies of all degrees obtained or a certificate of attendance if you have not yet graduated
  • All official or authenticated copies of transcripts/grade sheets obtained at each of the colleges or universities attended, including exchange programmes (simple copies will not be accepted)
  • 2 x recommendation letters which should be sent directly to the admissions team or provided in sealed envelopes (we recommend you provide 1 academic and 1 professional reference)
  • Photocopy of your official English test score, if required
  • Photocopy of your official management aptitude test
  • A copy of your passport or national identity card
  • 1 recent photograph glued to your printed out application form

All documents must be provided in English or French. Official translations will also have to be provided for documents in other languages.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

STEP 4: Submit & send your application

Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application.

Please keep in mind that there are 4 rounds of admissions.

Please note that you will have to pay a nonrefundable application fee of €95.

Once you have submitted your application online, you will then need to print the PDF and send this together with the supporting documents by registered post to:

ESSEC Business School
MSc in Management International Admissions
3, avenue Bernard Hirsch
95021 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex

Deadline to send your file (as attested by postmark):

  • Round 1: October 15th, 2016
  • Round 2: December 23rd, 2016
  • Round 3: February 25th, 2017
  • Round 4: April 8th, 2017

STEP 5: Check if you've been shortlisted

Your application will be fully studied by the admission committee. Each part of your application is taken into account. The result will then be published online and you can access this via your application summary.

Check your results

STEP 6: Sit your interview

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to organise an interview either in person on the Cergy and Singapore campuses, at one of our regional offices when possible or via videoconference.

The interview* will last 45 minutes in front of a panel composed of at least two members. It is a classic motivational interview. The aim is for you to be able to demonstrate your motivation to join the program and the school and also get across your personality.

* Interview dates to be confirmed

STEP 7: Get your results

The jury will then deliberate on your overall application and decisions will be submitted to the Programme Director and ESSEC Admissions Committee. Results will be published online in your application summary.

Check your results

If you have been successful, you will then be contacted by a member of the admissions team who will tell you how to go about confirming your place in the programme. This will include paying a non-refundable deposit of €4,000 which will then be deducted from your tuition fees.

During this time, you will have access to the successful applicant portal providing you with all the necessary information to prepare your arrival and studies as well as have the opportunity to meet fellow students, past and future.

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