Do I have the profile that fits?

The Global MBA is designed for high-­potential professionals looking to make a career leap.­

  • Are you motivated to fast-­track your career on an international scale by gaining relevant skills and networks?
  • Are you looking to advance to the next level of management, to start your own business or enhance your existing business skills?
  • Do you have quality post­-graduate work experience?
  • Do you have a competitive GMAT score and an advanced level of English?

Admission rounds


Online application
closing date

Forms Due

Shortlisted results

Final admission

Round 1

November 15th, 2016

November 21st, 2016

November 29th, 2016

December 13th, 2016

Round 2

January 15th, 2017

January 21st, 2017

January 30th, 2017

February 13th, 2017

Round 3

March 15th, 2017

March 21st, 2017

March 29th, 2017

April 12th, 2017

Round 4

May 15th, 2017

May 21st, 2017

May 29th, 2017

June 12th, 2017

French Language Requirements

You are not required to speak French. However, for students attending the ESSEC France Campus, we do encourage international participants to learn French in order to have a truly rich experience while in France or if they wish to find a job in France afterwards. ESSEC's Language Department offers a number of languages to choose from as elective course, which are included in the tuition fee.

Major Requirements

You are not required to have a professional background in any specific specialization. Our students come from a variety of professional backgrounds and are able to realize their professional ambitions in the industry of their choice. However, before applying for the MBA you must decide which campus you want to join and in which of the six majos you want to graduate. This is because the two campuses have different offerings.

Step 1: Prepare the tests

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

  • A management aptitude test: GMAT / GRE (validity 5 years) 
  • An English proficiency test: TOEIC (minimum score of 800) or IELTS (minimum score of 7) or TOEFL (minimum score 100) (validity 2 years)

These can take several months to prepare for. Keep this in mind when registering for the exams as your application will be incomplete without these scores. ESSEC also advises that you take sufficient time to prepare to ensure you attain the highest score possible.

To send your scores to us, please use the following institution codes:

  • GMAT: X6RFV57 
  • GRE: 0839 
  • TOEFL: 0520

The English test is not required if you are a native English speaker, have spent the last 3 years in an English speaking university or have lived for a period of time in an English speaking country.

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 convenience, pause it and come back to it at any point.

Step 3: Upload supporting documents

  • A professional résumé (1-2 pages maximum)
  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Official transcripts of grades from all prior academic establishments, plus a copy of all relevant degrees
  • A copy of your baccalauréat if you are a French candidate
  • Original GMAT or GRE score
  • Original TOEFL or IELTS or TOEIC score
  • An ID photo (medium to high resolution digital image)
  • Three professional references done online
  • One common essay for all majors, and one to three specific questions, corresponding to your major

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 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 admission. The upcoming admission rounds will be listed in the table at the top of this page, when the deadlines are confirmed. ­Please note that earlier applicants will receive first consideration for scholarships.

Please note that you will have to pay a non-refundable application fee of 130€.

Step 5: Find out if you have been shortlisted

Your application will be fully studied by the Admissions Panel. Each part of your application is taken into account. If your application is successful, you will be contacted by ESSEC within two weeks.

Step 6: Sit your interview

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to organize an interview for about 40 minutes with a jury, consisting of faculty members and sometimes professionals/recruiters from the industry, either in person or over video-conference. The aim of the interview is for you to be able to demonstrate your motivation for doing an MBA, coming to ESSEC specifically, and what you hope to achieve afterwards.

Step 7: Get your results

The  Admissions Panel will then deliberate on your overall application and decisions will be submitted. You will be notified within two weeks if you have been offered a place in the ESSEC Global MBA program along with supporting documentation for students who have to obtain visas.

Please note that all decisions by the Admissions  Panel are final and cannot be appealed. Decision letters are generally sent promptly after the interview, and your response is required in a timely fashion. Please be aware that the Early Bird scholarship is only valid within three weeks from the date of your decision letter.

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