Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics - ESSEC & CentraleSupélec



A word from our Academic Directors

An intelligent use of data nowadays forms the core of business decisions constitutes the driving force of the societal and economic evolution of the years to come. It is probably one of the most important topics of our days. Analysts estimate that data-related businesses generated about 10 billion dollars in recent years, and will probably generate more than 30 billion dollars in the years to come.

The growth in job opportunities is tremendous: companies and organizations will need a couple of hundred thousand data scientists and business analytics leaders in the next few years. Moreover, the exponential growth in content-generation will bring about a huge need for highly qualified individuals with an in-depth knowledge and a global understanding of the technological and business challenges underlying the digital revolution era.

Recent business studies converge to an estimated need of educating several million data scientists and leaders within the decade to come. This is why two prestigious French Grandes Ecoles ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec have partnered to propose this very innovative and complete program. We believe that truly innovative leaders must be both business savvy and erudite in data sciences. Hence we propose a unique program where students learn and combine the key skills in innovation and wealth creation that companies will increasingly require"


Academic Co-Director
Professor of Econometrics & Statistics, ESSEC Business School


Academic Co-Director
Professor of Applied Mathematics & Computer Science, CentraleSupélec

Yan LI

Academic Co-director
Professor of Information Systems, Decision Sciences and Statistics, ESSEC Business School

What will you do?

The Master combines faculty resources of a Business School and an Engineering School, in Paris and Singapore, to provide a unique one-year intensive program –or two years program, depending on your previous degree and professional experience- for students with educational backgrounds in economics, management, mathematics or sciences.

The structure of the program


For holders of a Master degree, a 4-year Bachelor degree or a 3-year Bachelor degree with one year minimim of relevant professional experience.


In France
Refreshers & Core courses
ESSEC France Campus and CentraleSupélec Campus


In France

Major in Data Sciences
CentraleSupélec Campus

In France

In Singapore

Major in Business Analytics
ESSEC France Campus

Major in Digital Strategy
ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus

International Field Trip & Digital Workshop


Internship or Professional Experience & Thesis

To match students’ needs and goals and to ensure scientific expertise and data savviness, the program is hybrid between Data Sciences, Business Analytics & Digital Strategy. Electives are tailored to students’ specific career goals while being highly specialized in content and address recent trends and challenges. Students get access to corporate Chairs (Analytics consulting, Therapeutical innovation) or programs (Financial analytics, Entrepreneurship…) as well as Masterclasses in advanced topics, training by partner companies and a field trip. Upon completion of the coursework, students are required to write a professional or academic thesis, a unique piece of research where they mobilize the skills acquired over the year.

The first period in France. Regardless of your major choice later on, you would always start the program in France. During the first period that runs from September to December, you will take refreshers and core courses as Big Data Algorithms, Techniques and Platforms, Predictive Analytics, Foundations of Optimization and Machine Learning, and more

Choose your Major(s). During period 2 you will choose among our three Majors to specialize in; there is no upper limit to number of elective courses and double majors are possible. Depending on your choice, you will continue your program on one or more of our three campuses, and will have the opportunity to take courses or minors from the other directions, giving you a well-rounded and balanced set of skills. P2 ends with an International Field Trip, and the length of this period varies depending on your choices.

 See below an example class of our course in Machine Learning by Chloé-Agathe Azencott.


For holders of a 3-year Bachelor's degree without professional experience.



In France

CentraleSupélec Campus

In France

Core courses
ESSEC France Campus

Joint the one-year program

During the first year, you will take foundations and core courses on Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Management; some examples are: Algorithms, Optimization, Econometrics, Strategy. During your second year, you will follow the same structure of the one-year program

What makes this program unique

For a global understanding of the challenges underlying the digital era and to master the science of data and the techniques of business analytics, the program has a strong scientific focus and aims to provide students with a comprehensive view of these complimentary and intrinsically linked fields, enabling them to develop as fully-operational professionals.

Unique Hybrid Program  
Joint fully hybrid program from most prestigious Engineering & Business institutions in Europe.

Worldwide Recognition  
Awarded in QS ranking #4 as best program worldwide.

Official Diploma 
Master degree accredited by French Ministry of Education.

Data Sciences, Business Analytics, Digital Strategy.

Hands-on Experience 
Professional experience, internship, thesis, digital workshop, field trip, Capstone Industrial Project, entrepreneurship modules, master classes.

International & Top-Notch Faculty 
Faculty with a national and international recognition; 100% of involved faculty holds a Ph.D.

Industry & Companies connections 
Company visits e.g. international field trip (i.e Berlin, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, with visits to Google, IBM, etc.), seminars, fairs, career services from both institutions.

Centers of Excellence & Research 
Digital Vision Center (computer vision, machine learning & optimization, biomedical image analysis), Therapeutical Innovation Corporate Chair, Capstone Project, modules (Financial analytics, Advanced FinTech, Entrepreneurship…) 


 It’s one of the few programs out there where you can learn the theory behind truly state of the art Machine Learning/Data Science techniques, and at the same time apply them to real world problems in the business domain. The program has also given me the chance to work with many other talented students from a variety of backgrounds. As an undergraduate, I studied mathematics and computer science, but I’ve been able to work with and learn from colleagues with backgrounds in business, finance, and engineering, just to name a few."

Gregory Islas, current student from the US

Gregory Islas
Current student from the US

Put your new skills to the test

The Data Sciences & Business Analytics program is built on the premise of learning by doing. That is to say, we don't want you to just theorize about your chosen field of expertise, but to experience it and to delve into the complexities of business life in the real world. That is why, all students will go on an international field trip, do an internship and write a final thesis.

Your Internship or Professional Experience, with a duration of 4 to 6 months, can take place anywhere in the worlds and is designed to facilitate your professional integration. Through the developed network of ESSEC and of CentraleSupélec's partnering firms, institutions, and alumni, you are sure to easily find an internship that suits your career ambitions.

The Thesis is an individual research that you carry out on a cutting-edge topic related to data sciences and/or business analytics. It will be a great way for you to combine your built-up expertise with an inquisitive mindset and real-world data. The objective for you is to experience a first complete and original applied theoretical research experience. 

Finally, the International Field Trip is a one-week trip to meet local professionals and business leaders all over the world. You may travel to Hong-Kong, Silicon Valley, etc.


The ESSEC-CentraleSupélec Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics program is authorised by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to award a recognised BAC+5 degree, Master’s Grade, to its students. 

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