MSc in Management - Applying with an International Degree



A word from our Dean

The ESSEC Master in Management combines the best of a prestigious French "Grande Ecole" programme with a unique exposure to international experiences. With two world class campuses in both Paris and Singapore, with a body of more than hundred permanent faculty trained in the best universities worldwide, ESSEC provides its students with the rare opportunity to learn the fundamentals of management, to apply them through various pedagogical and professional experiences and to become leaders able to succeed across sectors and continents.

The ESSEC Master in Management epitomises the "pioneer spirit" that is at the core of ESSEC's DNA. Encouraging its students to innovate, to launch new ventures, to explore new frontiers, to interact both in and outside the classroom, etc, the ESSEC Master in Management programme prepares French and international students for a successful path, using their business skills to make the world a better place.

So if you are ready to live up to the challenge and embrace ESSEC's values and tradition of academic excellence, we'll be thrilled to welcome you into our Master in Management programme!

Looking forward to welcoming you on one of our campuses,

Felix Papier
Dean of Masters Programmes

What the program looks like


Start in Singapore

Start in France


Refresher courses
Junior consultant experience

Refresher courses


Choose your track
(in Singapore)

Personalize your program
(in France or worldwide)

Corporate Finance

Business Management in Asia

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Academic & professional experience

2nd year and later

Personalize your program
(in France, Singapore, Morocco or worldwide)

Academic & professional experience all over the world
Enjoy all ESSEC has to offer

If you are enrolled in the MSc in Management program, you can choose between starting your first year at the ESSEC France Campus or at the ESSEC Asia Pacific Campus. Depending on your choice, the curriculum of the first year changes.

At the ESSEC France Campus:

The year starts with refresher courses geared at bringing your current knowledge to required levels. This way, you will be able to truly participate in the more challenging courses that will follow. After that, from trimester 2 onwards, you will personalize your curriculum: next to following core courses you choose from the many electives (more than 200!) that you find interesting.

Don't want to stay in France?

In that case, you can also choose to do courses or pursue a double degree at one of our 94 partner universities. You decide when to do what, so this could also be the period in which you don't have class, but instead do an internship, apprenticeship, volunteer or accrue other professional experience.

At the ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus:

Exclusively in Singapore, refresher courses are integrated with hands-on business consultancy experience with respectable firms operating in Asia (Club Med, Sodexo, etc.). From the challenges of social business to entrepreneurial initiative, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice. Watch the video to discover the Junior Consulting Experience.

Trimester 2 and 3 in Singapore are different, in the sense that you choose a track after your refresher courses. There are three tracks:

  • The Corporate Finance track allows you to specialize during your foundation year in a program dedicated to Finance with courses such as Firm Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Financial Statement Analysis. You will reap the benefits of a strong professional network, in an Asian environment devoted to Finance, right from the start.
  • The Business Management in Asia track aims at providing you with a solid foundation for a steep and successful career in Asia: home to a few of the fastest growing and most promising economies in the world.
  • The Entrepreneurship & Innovation track will let you become part of the Silicon Valley of Asia and bring business ideas to life: ESSEC’s partnership with the Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Singapore and its close proximity to Launchpad@JTC provide a conducive environment for budding entrepreneurs.

As said, starting in Singapore provides the benefit of guaranteed access to these tracks.

Choosing and keeping your options open

Study across the globe with the MiM

Regardless of your choice, after your first year, all your options remain open and are the same for all students. If you started in France, you still have the option to spend your second year in Singapore and pursue any and every program offered (a selection process is applied here). Was Singapore your start choice, you'd be welcome to continue your second year in Singapore, with 7 specialized tracks available, or come to the ESSEC France campus. And - as of September 2017 - you will also have the option to do a track at the ESSEC Africa-Atlantic campus in Rabat, Morocco during your second year. You design your curriculum, but your options remain open! 

Click here to learn more about all the tracks and see example courses.

A program with unprecedented freedom

You will get all the basics you need through the 9 compulsory core modules and then you can study what you like, choose to specialise or not, by taking a minimum 16 elective courses.

The Core Track’s 9 mandatory courses can be taken on either ESSEC campus:

  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Management Control
  • Business Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Law or Operations
  • Organizational Theory & Behaviour
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategy & Management
  • Information Systems/Technology (IS/IT) for Managers

You also have to study a foreign language during your time at the school. If you are a non-native French speaker, you will study French. You are also free to study additional languages: German, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

With the remainder 70% of course requirements, you are free to choose to continue your studies in France, go to the Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore, or study in an international exchange.

I chose the MSc in Management program because it offers an incredible range of opportunities and experiences that enrich both my professional and personal profile by the day of my graduation. We enjoy an incomparable flexibility on how to structure their own path, relying on first class-choices for anything we aim to.

Filippo Pastore

  Filippo Pastore
  Current MSc in Management student

200+ elective courses offered in English and French

Choose a generalized path and take classes from any and all of the 8 teaching departments at the school:

  • Accounting & Management Control
  • Public & Private Policy
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems, Decision Sciences & Statistics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Or choose to specialise in one particular job or field via the specialised tracks and chairs (see below sections). At this point, It is entirely up to you to decide what you study, depending on where your interests lie and what best fits your future career plans.

20 specialised tracks

MiM-students studying on campus

To give an example of a few tracks on both campuses offered 100% in English:

  • Financial Markets
  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • B2B Relationship Management
  • Operation Management
  • Information Systems
  • Agri-food
  • Global Manager in Europe (summer module)
  • PhD

Please note that some tracks on the Cergy campus are taught entirely or partially in French and so a grasp of the French language for international students is necessary. All tracks at the Singapore campus are taught entirely in English. Some tracks are offered on both campuses; others on one campus only.

For a comprehensive list of all on offer, download the Course Catalogue.

Building professional experience

ESSEC MSc in Management - work experience

To really be competitive on the job market as a young graduate, you will already be up-and-running and ready-to-go having had a minimum 18 months of work experience. 

Whatever your career aspirations regarding the field you want to work in, the type of job you take on, the length of your contracts, or even the location, you will have the flexibility to choose from or mix and match several options:

  • Internships - the classic route where depending on the company and type of job role, you will spend 1 longer period of time in 1 company as an intern or a trainee manager or if you prefer you can look to spend several shorter stints in various companies.
  • Work contracts - you may be lucky enough to go straight into paid employment, part time or full time, on a fixed term (CDD) or even a permanent (CDI) contract or graduate scheme.
  • Creating your own company - if you have the idea and an entrepreneurial flair, you have the possibility of joining one of two on-campus incubators, “Ventures” & “Antropia” who will accompany you on your startup adventure.
  • VIE-VIA - this is an international volunteer program only available to EU citizens under the age of 28. The positions are more like real jobs and can be based in embassies and cultural centers or in overseas branches of large companies in a wide range of sectors.

ESSEC provides career support and guidance to students and alumni alike. If you have relevant work experience prior to joining the program, you have the option to use this as credit.

International exposure and exchanges

International exposure in the MiM program

It is not enough today to be a good leader; you have to be able to work in and understand multicultural and multi-linguistic teams, which this minimum 9 months of international exposure, whether it be through your studies and/or work experience, will bring you.

These 9 months of international exposure should be outside of your country of origin (nationality/residence) and this can be done through work (see “professional”) or study.

  • bi-campus - study at one or both of our ESSEC campuses in France and Singapore to get a taste of management training in European and Asian contexts and build up professional networks on both continents (see “academic”)
  • exchange programme - spend a semester or two at one of our 90 partner universities worldwide and not only have the time of your life and open yourself up personally but know what it is like to study in another prestigious institution with a different way of doing and seeing things.
  • double degree programme - become fully immersed in another culture and country, acquire two sets of competencies and experience two ways of learning through one of 12 double degree programmes:

Australia: UQ Business School, University of Queensland; Canada: Queen's School of Business; China: Guanghua School of Management, Beijing University; France: ESM de St Cyr-Coëtquidan; Germany: University of Mannheim; India: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad; Italy: Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi of Milan; Japan: Keio Business School; Mexico: EGADE, Tec de Monterrey; Singapore: Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University; South Korea: Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University; South Korea: KDI School of Public Policy and Management (GLIMPSE Double Degree*); South Korea: Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (GLIMPSE Double Degree*)


*With the support of the European Union in the context of Bilateral Cooperation with Industrialised Countries

If you have relevant international experience prior to joining the programme, you have the option to use this towards credit.


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