About our Majors

In either France or Singapore you can deepen your expertise in one of six majors. Unique to ESSEC, these Majors are anchored in various company Chairs, research Centers, and Centers of Excellence, providing the most conductive environment and opportunity for intensive exposure and learning. You will be further exposed to unparalleled flexibility through the availability of a wide range of elective courses.

Luxury Brand Management

Under the aegis of the ESSEC Center for Luxury, Art, and Culture, the goal of this major is to help you develop and enhance your managerial abilities in order to successfully manage a luxury brand or product.

In the mid 1990’s, ESSEC Business School along with LVMH and L’Oréal recognized the growing demand for specialized individuals able to develop the luxury business in emerging markets and beyond. With this highly specialized focus, the international luxury brand management MBA became the first of its kind ever to be launched globally. Through this major, you will be able to take advantage of the years spent building the prestige of the luxury expertise and reputation of ESSEC, as well as strong industry partnerships.

By opening the door to a high-level specialization in Luxury Brand Management, you gain direct professional interaction with the luxury industry. This major is modeled on highly demanding leadership training programs and targets those who are ready to fully engage in an intensive and hands-on educational experience.

Depending on your professional ambitions, you will be encouraged to further specialize in fashion and accessories, fragrances and cosmetics, watches and jewellery, wine and spirits, luxury cars.

This major includes courses such as:

  • Design management;
  • Luxury retail management;
  • Understanding the Italian fashion market;
  • Understanding the Swiss watch market;
  • Digital marketing;
  • Consumer behavior/semiotics;
  • … and many more.

If you wish to know a bit more about our MBA talents of 2016, please have a look at our CV Book! The CV Book is designed to give you a glimpse of the diverse personal and professional backgrounds we have on campus, collecting the curricula of all the students registered in our program.

Hospitality Management

Originally named Institut de Management Hôtelier International (IMHI), this major originates from a joint venture between Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and ESSEC Business School, which lasted for 25 years. ESSEC’s expertise in hospitality management is renowned worldwide.

You will have the opportunity to tap into ESSEC’s wide networks in the hospitality field thanks to partnerships with industry leaders built over the past 34 years and our alumni working for international hospitality organizations. Demanding and thorough, this intensive major will add a new dimension to your career. You will benefit from the networking events, debates, organized by the ESSEC Center of Excellence in Smart Life, a unique opportunity to meet industry leaders, and recruitment teams from hospitality companies. Moving beyond the Cergy campus, within 20 minutes, you will have access to the bustling commercial center of La Defense where our Executive Education campus is also located, teaming with companies from a multitude of industries. 

Hospitality has evolved into a highly competitive, complex and global business that offers exciting career opportunities. Our graduates work at senior management and corporate level in a diverse range of sectors including international hotel chains, independent hotels, restaurants, contract catering and food services, consultancies, online travel distribution, theme parks, convention and meeting planning, financial institutions and hospitality real estate consulting.

This major includes courses such as:

  • Principles of Hospitality real estate;
  • Hospitality luxury hotels;
  • Revenue management;
  • Hospitality asset management;
  • Hospitality brand management;
  • Hospitality consulting in the restaurant business;
  • … and many more.

Strategy and Management

Since its inception, ESSEC has been at the frontier of management training drawing on a deep base of expertise from award-winning faculty. Armed with the resources and networks based in our world-class 17 Teaching and Research Chairs, 8 Centers of Excellence, and 6 Research Centers, this specialization provides a powerful professional impetus to enhance your managerial skills. Providing international exposure, both inside and outside the classroom, this specialization responds to companies’ need for managers with a global vision and cross-cultural competencies. If you want to learn to strategically navigate in a fast-paced international environment, empower yourself with this major! By the way this major is now available in Cergy and in Singapore.

You will tackle the many different, multi-faceted problems that business leaders face: sustainable development has to be part of business decisions in all industries today; internationalization strategies are vital to the future of most industries; and above all, digitalization is changing the way that companies think, produce and sell today.

You will have the opportunity to choose your electives from ESSEC’s complete (over 200) course catalog customizing your learning to your professional goals and objectives and gain a deeper expertise in a concentration like Strategy, Consulting, Marketing, Logistics, International Management, General Management, to name a few. This Major is offered at both of our campuses in ESSEC France (Cergy) and in ESSEC Asia Pacific (Singapore).

This major includes courses such as:

  • Digital marketing;
  • Supply chain tools and logistics;
  • Consumer behaviour;
  • Advanced Excel;
  • VBA programming;
  • Sustainability/Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • ... and many more.


ESSEC has been offering for a long time a cutting-edge training in Finance with more than 20 specific courses in its MSc in Management and most of its programs are partners of the CFA. Furthermore, ESSEC has always been ranked in the top-7 schools worldwide in the ranking of the Financial Times for the Masters in Finance. This international recognition is underpinned by research in very diversified areas of finance as Market Finance, Risk Management, Markets Microstructure, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Energy and Commodities, Private Equity, Real Estate, and so on. The Center of Excellence in Capital Markets and Regulation, the Finance chair, and the Amundi Chair contribute to activate a network of academics and practitioners who are eager to be at the forefront of innovation in all these fields of finance.

The finance professional of today is also expected to drive tangible business outcomes above and beyond the conventional paradigm of operational excellence and Control & Compliance.  This demands an understanding and appreciation of the business reality of today which exists in the realm of cross-functional interdependencies, collaboration across time zones and dynamics resource allocation. The finance professional needs to not only redefine his capabilities and experiences in the pursuit of value protection and creation, but also ground it in a multi-disciplinary perspective.

This is a highly intensive and demanding major for those with a keen interest and passion for all matters financial, and a demonstrable commitment to develop the skills to succeed in this area.

This major includes courses such as:

  • Financial policy;
  • Corporate Financial Management;
  • Firm valuation;
  • Mergers & Acquisitions;
  • Financial Markets;
  • Options and applications;
  • …and many more.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This major is the perfect fit if you seek to develop your entrepreneurship and innovation skills and knowledge, wish to start your own business, or want to be more entrepreneurial within your current organization. Anchored in the Center of Excellence for Impact Entrepreneurship, this specialization exposes you to a solid foundation in the fundamentals of strategic entrepreneurship and innovation. It is designed to provide you a challenging – yet safe and motivating – environment to test your creativity and evolve your abilities to lead and inspire your team and others to innovate in a variety of environments ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations and family businesses looking to grow their business.

Courses focus on instilling and understanding how to create value and make an impact on business and society through new venture design, business model innovation, new product development, and commercialization strategies.

Located in the heart of Singapore’s One-North Area, ESSEC’s Asia-Pacific campus is strategically embedded in the rapidly-growing entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region. One-North is an innovation cluster of clusters comprising Biopolis (a biomedical R&D cluster including Procter & Gamble; Glaxo, Smith & Kline; and Danone Nutrition), Fusionopolis (an information technology R&D cluster including A*STAR, Apple, and LucasFilm), Mediapolis (a cluster of media organizations including Discovery, Infinite Studios, and Mediacorp), and LaunchPad (a cluster of 500+ startups). With this strategic location, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation major offers you the unique opportunity to build your professional network through the variety of networking, start-up, and innovation-related events that provides access to a global community of entrepreneurs, and benefit from the mentoring, coaching and funding opportunities through the collaboration partnerships that ESSEC has built through the Action Community for Entrepreneurship @ LaunchPad, the CIO Academy Asia, and the PwC Global Financial Services Innovation Center.

This major includes courses such as:

  • Business model innovation;
  • New venture creation;
  • Social entrepreneurship and innovation;
  • Managing international business in Asia;
  • New product development;
  • Commercialization strategies;
  • ...and many more.

Digital Business

In response to the global growing demand for analysis and insightful representation of Big Data, ESSEC offers its own Digital Business major. If you choose to specialize with this major, you will have access to all the faculty experts, networks, and resources housed in our Center of Excellence in Digital Business.

This major truly prepares you for the demands of the digital age by helping to identify and quantify organizational strategic capabilities. Organizations routinely collect vast amounts of data regarding its employees, customers, technology, and so on, to make informed and smart decisions. Before beginning the process of designing and implementing organizational systems, managers and leaders need to be able to make sense of these data.

You will be equipped with the necessary data management and analytics tools for identifying, understanding, and analyzing data regarding a variety of organizational issues for problem solving and critical decision making, with a strategic approach to help improve organizational performance.

This specialization includes courses such as:

  • Statistical Analysis for Managers;
  • Business Models;
  • Big Data Analytics;
  • Managerial Communication;
  • ...and many more.

Get in touch with a student

Poornima , Victoria and Daisy current students, will be more than happy to answer your questions
Contact them

Talk to our advisor

If you have any questions, please contact our expert for this program

Contact us

Upcoming events

  • Jan 21
    Come visit our OPEN DAY PARIS!

    Saturday January 21st, 2017, we are organising an Open Day on our Cergy Campus! Click the sign up button to register and discover first-hand what our campus life ...

    10:00 | Cergy Sign up

This website uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site, we will assume that you consent to the use of cookies. Find out more about cookies.

Help Me Choose a program