Advanced Master Strategy & Management of International Business (MS SMIB)



Do I have the profile that fits?

  • Are you a young graduate wanting to work on an international scale?
  • Are you looking for top-level teaching with a tough and intense learning curriculum?
  • Are you wanting to start a career in consulting, global management, global project management, etc.?
  • Do you aim to work with Asian Partners or in Asia and are willing to learn Mandarin?
  • Do you want to challenge yourself in a multicultural environment?
  • Have you ever thought about engaging yourself in entrepreneurship or intrapreneurship?
  • Do you want to discover Paris, Toronto, Mexico, Singapore or Moscow?
  • Are you ready to boost or reposition your career?

Entry Requirements


Have graduated or will soon graduate with a postgraduate degree (Master’s level) or in exceptional cases a strong undergraduate degree:
- minimum 4-year Bachelor or equivalent*
- minimum 3-year Bachelor with 3 years of professional work experience*

* maximum 30% of total places available.


No prior professional experience is required but 3-6 months is a plus.

The application deadlines


Online application
closing date

Deadline to send your file*

Shortlist & direct
admission results

Final admission

Round 1

October 23rd, 2017

October 24th, 2017

November 15th, 2017

November 28th, 2017

Round 2

January 4th, 2018

January 5th, 2018

January 25th, 2018

February 23rd, 2018

Round 3

February 26th, 2018

February 27th, 2018

March 19th,

April 10th,

Round 4

April 10th,

April 11th,

May 14th,

June 7th,

Round 5

May 29th,

May 30th,

June 15th,

June 29th,

Round 6

June 25th, 2018

June 26th, 2018

July 6th, 2018

* As attested by your post mark

STEP 1: Prepare the tests

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

  • A management aptitude test: TAGE-MAGE (validity 2 years), GMAT*, GRE (validity 5 years), CAT (validity 1 year)
  • An English proficiency test**: TOEIC (minimum score of 850), IELTS (6.5), TOEFL (90), Cambridge English Advanced (175). For the International Project Management track, scores must be: TOEFL>100 or TOEIC>900 or IELTS>7.5 

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.

*For International Project Management Track, a minimum GMAT score of 600 is compulsory. Tage-Mage is not accepted for this track.
**The English test is not required if the candidate has spent at least 3 years in a 100% English speaking university or has lived or worked at least 3 years in an English speaking country, unless applying to the International Project Management track (minimum required TOEFL>100, TOEIC>900 and IELTS>7.5). Note that for the Entrepreneurship track, fluency in Spanish is required. For the Doing Business in Africa track, fluency in French is required. The Admissions Committee may decide to schedule an interview with the applicant.

STEP 2: Start your online application

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

Apply online here

STEP 3: Gather together supporting documents

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

  • your academic transcripts of each year of university
  • your CV
  • a 1 page handwritten cover letter
  • your passport or ID card
  • 1 recent photograph glued to your printed out application form
  • your English test score
  • your management aptitude test score
  • the €115 application fee, payable online & non-refundable
  • 2 recommendation letters, 1 of which is a professional reference. The online format of recommendation letter is an important tool to evaluate your application. Therefore, it cannot be substituted by standard format. However, if you already have a standard letter prepared, you may add it in addition to our format. 
  • your degree certificate or an attendance certificate if you are still studying

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

STEP 4: Submit & send your application

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

ESSEC Business School
MS-Direction des Admissions
3 avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 Cergy
95021 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex France

Please keep in mind that there are 5 rounds of admissions. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table above.

STEP 5: Your admission is studied

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.

STEP 6: Get your results

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

Check your results here

There are two possibilities:

  • You have been successful and directly admitted: 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 program.
  • You are shortlisted: you will be contacted to organize an interview either in person or via video conference.

Dates for the interviews:
Round 1: -
Round 2: February 7th and 8th, 2018 (schedule the date online)
Round 3: -
Round 4: May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 28th, 2018 (schedule the date online)
Round 5: June 22, 2018

The interview will last 45 minutes in front of a panel composed of three 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.The final admission results will then be announced (see the table above) and published in your application summary.

Please note that once your registration is confirmed, you will not be able to change tracks anymore. You may use the time frame between admittance and registration confirmation to discuss your track choice directly with our Academic Director, to help you make your choice if necessary. 

STEP 7: Secure your seat

Confirm your place by paying the 2.000 EUR, non-refundable deposit fee before the following deadlines:

Round 1:
Admission 1: November 27th, 2017 (or March 30th, 2018 for candidates to the Eiffel scholarship) / Admission 2: December 12th, 2017

Round 2:
Admission 1: February 7th, 2018 / Admission 2: March 6th, 2018

Round 3:
Admission 1: March 29th, 2018 / Admission 2: April 23rd, 2018

Round 4:
Admission 1:  May 24th, 2018 / Admission 2: June 18th, 2018

Round 5:
Admission 1: June 30th, 2018 / Admission 2: July 10th, 2018

Round 6:
Admission: July 11, 2018 

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