Master in Management (MIM) - Applying with an International Degree



A word from our Dean

The ESSEC Grande Ecole program is one of the oldest and most prestigious Master-in-Management programs in the world. Its objective is to educate the next generation of responsible top leaders.

Throughout your studies, you will be able to design your own learning path, become an entrepreneur of your own learning journey, tapping into any of the program’s 47 specialization tracks, offered on our campuses in Paris, Singapore, and Morocco.

You will be exposed to ESSEC’s unique pioneering spirit. Our students are restless innovators, putting their ideas into practice with the help of our global network of corporate and institutional partners and launching new ventures with our incubators ESSEC Ventures and Antropia.

You will also certainly become inspired by ESSEC’s management style, based on responsible leadership and respect for others. You benefit from the expertise of our Center of Excellence in Management & Society and you can volunteer for the dozens of student associations and alumni clubs dedicated to making the world a better place.

Finally, you will be part of ESSEC’s powerful alumni network, which comprises more than 55.000 members who occupy leadership positions in nearly any sector, function, and country in the world.

If you are ready to live up to the challenge and embrace ESSEC's values, we are thrilled to welcome you into our Master in Management program!

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Felix Papier
Dean of Masters Programmes
PhD in Operations Research, University of Cologne, Germany
MSc in Information Systems, University of Muenster, Germany

What does the MIM program look like?

If you are enrolled in the Master in Management program, you can choose between starting your first year at the ESSEC France Campus or at the ESSEC Asia Pacific Campus. Depending on your choice, the curriculum of the first year changes.






Refresher courses
Junior Consulting Experience

Refresher courses

Personalize your program
(in Singapore)

Personalize your program
(in France or worldwide)

Business Management
in Asia

Innovation Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Corporate Finance

Academic or Professional Experience



Personalize your program
(in France, Singapore, Morocco or worldwide)

Academic & professional experience all over the world
Enjoy all ESSEC has to offer

Flexibility is at the heart of MIM program

Starting your program at ESSEC France Campus

At the ESSEC France Campus:

The year starts with refresher courses geared at bringing your current knowledge to required levels. This way, you will be able to truly participate in the more challenging courses that will follow. After that, from trimester 2 onwards, you will personalize your curriculum: next to following core courses you choose from the many electives (more than 200!) that you find interesting.

Don't want to stay in France?

In that case, you can also choose to do courses or pursue a double degree at one of our 105 partner universities. You decide when to do what, so this could also be the period in which you don't have class, but instead do an internship, apprenticeship, volunteer or accrue other professional experience.

Starting at ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus

At ESSEC Singapore Campus:

Exclusively in Singapore, refresher courses are integrated with hands-on business consultancy experience with respectable firms operating in Asia (Club Med, Sodexo, etc.). From the challenges of social business to entrepreneurial initiative, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice. Watch the video to discover Junior Consulting Experience:


Choose a Track in Trimester 2 & 3 after your refresher courses from the following:

- Corporate Finance - Allows you to specialize during your foundation year in a dedicated track where you study major financial concepts, measure time value of money, structuring linear derivatives, etc.

- Business Management in Asia - provides you a solid foundation for a steep and successful career in Asia: home to a few of the fastest growing and most promising economies in the world.

- Innovation Entrepreneurship & Sustainability - lets you become a part of the Silicon Valley of Asia and bring business ideas to life: ESSEC's partnership with the Action Community of Entrepreneurship (ACE) Singapore and it's close proximity to LaunchPad@JTC provide a condusive environment for budding entrepreneurs.  

As said, starting in Singapore provides the benefit of guaranteed access to these tracks.

Another innovative pedagogical component of Grande Ecole program is the Asian Strategy Consulting Project (ASCP) in partnership with Capgemini Invent in Year 2. Created seven years ago, this project was implemented with the view to provide digital transformation strategy, revamping business models to address challenges faced by companies in the Asian region. Check out the video below:


Unprecedented freedom with program flexibility

Get the foundation you need

You validate 10 compulsory core modules which can be taken on either ESSEC campus:

  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Management Control
  • Business Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Operations Management or Public & Private Policy
  • People & Organizations
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategy & Management
  • Managing IT in Digital Age
  • SPOC "Management & Society"

I chose the Master in Management program because it offers an incredible range of opportunities and experiences that enrich both my professional and personal profile by the day of my graduation. We enjoy an incomparable flexibility on how to structure their own path, relying on first class-choices for anything we aim to.

Filippo Pastore

  Filippo Pastore
  Master in Management student


Build your academic curriculum

200+ elective courses offered in English & in French

With the remainder 70% of course requirements, you are free to choose to continue your studies in France or Asia-Pacific campus in Singapore, or study in an international exchange.

Choose a generalized path or specialise in one particular job or field via the specializations offered. At this point, It is entirely up to you to decide what you study, depending on where your interests lie and what best fits your future career plans. Please note that some specializations on the Cergy campus are taught entirely or partially in French and so a grasp of the French language for international students is necessary. All tracks at the Singapore campus are taught entirely in English. Some tracks are offered on both campuses; others on one campus only.

For a comprehensive list of all on offer, refer to our course catalogue. 

Click here to download the Course Catalogue


MANAGING LUXURY BRANDS, ART & CULTURE ¤ LVMH Chair in Luxury Brand Management
¤ Managing a Beauty Brand
¤ Chaire Management des Savoir-Faire d'Exception

¤ Research Chair ESSEC Amundi
¤ Corporate Finance in Asia Track
¤ Economics Track
¤ Financial Markets in Asia Track
¤ Risk & Actuarial Track (to qualify as an 'Actuary' of Institut des Actuaires)
¤ Shaping the future of Finance Chair in partnership with AXA IM Alts

¤ Filière Finance (Partenariat avec le CFA)
¤ Filière Economie

ENTREPRENEURSHIP & INNOVATION ¤ Innovation Entrepreneurship & Sustainability in Asia Track

¤ Chaire (de recherche) Innovation Managériale et Excellence Organisationnelle
¤ Chaire (de recherche) Armand Peugeot
¤ Entreprendre en Afrique Track
¤ Filière Entrepreneuriat


¤ Accenture Strategic Business Analytics Chair
¤ Digital Disruption Chair

¤ Chaire Media & Digital

¤ Food Business Challenges
¤ ESSEC Chair of Therapeutic Innovation

¤ Chaire ESSEC Santé

¤ Business Analytics Methods Track
¤ Information Systems Track
¤ Operations Management in Asia Track
¤ Information Strategy & Governance Chair

¤ Filière Management des Opérations


¤ Chaire de Grande Consommation


¤ Global Manager in Africa Track
¤ Asian Strategy Consulting Project (Track)
¤ Global Manager in Asia Track
¤ Business Management in Asia Track

¤ Chaire (de recherche) ESSEC du Changement
¤ Filière Conseil en Stratégie

PUBLIC & PRIVATE POLICY  ¤ Workplace Management Chair

¤ Chaire d'Economie Urbaine
¤ Chaire Immobilier et Développement Durable
¤ Filière Droit
¤ Filière Immobilier-RICS
¤ Filière Négociation et Gouvernance Internationale

ACCOUNTING & MANAGEMENT CONTROL ¤ Certified Institute of Management Accounting® CIMA Track

¤ Cursus Expertise Comptable
¤ Filière Conseil, Organisation, Finance – CFO

 MANAGEMENT & SOCIETY  ¤ Management & Society
 ¤ Management & Philosophy

¤ Leadership and Diversity Chair

 ¤ Chaire Entrepreneuriat Social

¤ Chaire (de recherche) Philanthropie


You also have to study a foreign language during your time at the school. If you are a non-native French speaker, you will study French. You are also free to study additional languages: German, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian.

Building professional experience

To really be competitive on the job market as a young graduate, you will already be up-and-running and ready-to-go having had a minimum 12 months of work experience. 

ESSEC provides career support and guidance to students and alumni alike. If you have relevant work experience prior to joining the program, you have the option to use this as credit.

Whatever your career aspirations regarding the field you want to work in, the type of job you take on, the length of your contracts, or even the location, you will have the flexibility to choose from or mix and match several options:

  • Apprenticeship - In 1993, ESSEC Business School was the first business school in France to offer apprenticeship programs to its students as an opportunity for them to gain valuable professional experience. Apprenticeship contracts at ESSEC Business School are accepted on the condition that the content of the assignment and the financial stipulations with the company have been validated by ESSEC Business School prior to the start date of the contract. 
    An apprenticeship is a special way for students to acquire professional experience within the program, where you alternate study at ESSEC and work at a company at the same time. Different 'rhythms' of alternating are possible. Some students do it on a weekly basis: they work for 3 days and study at ESSEC for 2 days per week. Others have a quarterly basis, where they work for 3 months, followed by 3 months of studying, etc. 
    Another advantage of apprenticeship is that you follow the course free of tuition fee for the whole duration of the program. Other tuition charges may apply (ESSEC Alumni, etc.). The company also pays you a salary each month. Under the French law, non-EU citizens require permit (carte de séjour) which is given after you have spent one year in France before signing the Apprenticeship contract.
  • Internships - the classic route where depending on the company and type of job role, you will spend 1 longer period of time in 1 company as an intern or a trainee manager or if you prefer you can look to spend several shorter stints in various companies.
  • Work contracts - you may be lucky enough to go straight into paid employment on a fixed term (CDD) or even a permanent (CDI) contract or graduate scheme.
  • Creating your own company - if you have the idea and an entrepreneurial flair, you have the possibility of joining one of two on-campus incubators, “Ventures” & “Antropia” who will accompany you on your startup adventure.
  • VIE-VIA - this is an international volunteer program only available to EU citizens under the age of 28. The positions are more like real jobs and can be based in embassies and cultural centers or in overseas branches of large companies in a wide range of sectors.
International exposure and exchanges

In today's job market, you have to be able to work in and understand multicultural and multi-linguistic teams, which this minimum 6 months of international exposure, whether it be through your studies and/or work experience, will bring you.

These 6 months of international exposure should be outside of your country of origin (nationality/residence) and this can be done through work (see “professional”) or study.

  • multi-campus - study at one or all of our ESSEC campuses in France, Singapore and Morocco to get a taste of management training in European, Asian and African contexts and build up professional networks on both continents (see “academic”)
  • exchange programme - spend a semester or two at one of our 105 partner universities worldwide and not only have the time of your life and open yourself up personally but know what it is like to study in another prestigious institution with a different way of doing and seeing things.
  • double degree programme - become fully immersed in another culture and country, acquire two sets of competencies and experience two ways of learning through one of 11 double degree programs.

Check out the double-degree programs below:

Australia: UQ Business School, University of Queensland; Canada: Queen's School of Business; China: Guanghua School of Management, Peking University; Germany: University of Mannheim; India: Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad; Italy: Università commerciale Luigi Bocconi of Milan; Japan: Keio Business School; Mexico: EGADE Business School; Singapore: Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University; South Korea: Graduate School of Business, Seoul National University; Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University (GLIMPSE Double Degree*)


*With the support of the European Union in the context of Bilateral Cooperation with Industrialised Countries

If you have relevant international experience prior to joining the programme, you have the option to use this towards credit.



Master Degree

The ESSEC Grande Ecole/Master in Management 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. Authorisation was delivered following assessment by the national Management Programmes Assessment Commission (Commission d’Evaluation des Formations de Gestion - for a renewable period. This Commission undertakes assessment for all programs, with or without the Master’s Grade, delivered by business schools that are recognised by the French State to guarantee the quality of teaching delivered and the value of their degree.

This is valid whether you start your program from France campus or from Singapore campus.

'Welcome to France' - 'Bienvenue en France'


ESSEC Business School has been recognized by Campus France and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the quality of its international students’ welcome. The school received the highest level that can be obtained from the "Bienvenue en France" certification, which is the third level. This certification recognizes the quality of ESSEC's reception in all the criteria provided:
  • The quality and accessibility of information
  • The welcoming of new international students
  • The academic offer
  • Accommodations
  • Campus life
  • The quality of post-graduate follow-up

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