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ESSEC Master in Finance - admission process

The Master in Finance is a selective program designed for high-potential candidates holding (or currently pursuing) a Master’s degree or 4-year Bachelor in engineering, science, mathematics, business or economics.

Candidates are expected to have an excellent academic record, be open-minded, internationally oriented and exhibit leadership potential. 

Holders of a 3-year Bachelor degree are also eligible to apply. They will have to complete an additional first year which includes a first term of 6 courses followed by a 6-month internship.

The application deadlines


Online application
closing date

Final admission

Round 1

October 23rd, 2017

November 30th, 2017

Round 2

January 4th, 2018

February 13th, 2018

Round 3

February 19th, 2018

April 12th, 2018

Round 4

April 12th, 2018

June 7th, 2018

STEP 1: Prepare the tests

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

  • A management aptitude test: GRE or GMAT (validity 5 years), TAGE-MAGE (validity 2 years), CAT (validity 1 year).
  • an English proficiency test*: TOEIC (minimum score of 850), IELTS (6.5), TOEFL (90), Cambridge English Advanced (175)

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.

*The English test is not required if the candidate is a native English speaker or has spent the last 3 years in a 100% English speaking university.

STEP 2: Start your online application

The application form is to be filled in online. Create your account and you will receive an e-mail with your login and pin number. These are required each time you sign in, so keep them safe! You can fill in the application form at our own pace and come back to it at any point.

For those who wish to graduate from Mastère Spécialisé Techniques FInancières as well as from Master in Finance, you must let us know of your decision in your online application.

STEP 3: Upload your supporting documents

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

  • your academic transcripts of each year of university
  • your degree certificate or an attendance certificate if you are still studying
  • your CV
  • a motivation letter (1 page max)
  • your passport or ID card
  • a recent ID photo
  • your English test score if applicable: TOEIC,  TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge English Advanced
  • your management aptitude test score: GMAT, GRE, Tage Mage or CAT
  • the €75 application fee, payable online & non-refundable
  • recommendation letters* which should be sent directly to the admissions team by your references ( before the session deadline.

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

*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.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be studied. All the documents required must be provided on time (before the AOL deadline).


STEP 4: Submit 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 admissions. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table above.

STEP 5: Get your results

Your application will then be fully studied by the Directors of the programme and the admissions committee. Results will be published online in your application summary.

Results will be announced on the results dates as states in the table above.

If you have been successful, you will be contacted by a member of the admissions team, who will tell you how to confirm your place in the programme.

STEP 6: Secure your seat

Confirm your place in France or in Singapore by paying the 2,000 EUR or 3,690 SGD (including GST) non-refundable administrative fee before the following deadlines:

Round 1: 
December 11th, 2017 (or March 30th, 2018 for candidates to the Eiffel scholarship) 

Round 2: 
February 23rd, 2018

Round 3:
April 23rd, 2018

Round 4:
June 18th, 2018

This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee later. 


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