ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA - European Track

  • Language


  • Duration

    18 months, 1 week every 6 weeks

  • Next intake

    October 22, 2024

  • Location(s)

    Paris, France - Mannheim, Germany

  • Minimum work experience

    8 years

With the inception of the ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA in 2004, two of Europe's leading business schools — ESSEC Business School and Mannheim Business School — joined forces to create a program that is European in tradition but international in outlook. 

The program is ranked #15 wordwide (FT EMBA Rankings 2023), #3 in Diversity (QS EMBA Rankings 2023) and #6 in Career Outcomes (QS EMBA Rankings 2023).

Benefit from an executive-friendly format, designed to minimize out-of office time. The program takes place once every 6 weeks, for a duration of 6 days on average, with a total of 66 days of coursework and 43 calendar weekdays.

Develop a 360-degree view of business and expertise in all corporate functions, and prepare for the future by incorporating trending topics such as ESG, AI and Innovation.

Gain a cross-cultural business perspective through courses in Europe (France and Germany), international residencies in the United States and Asia, and through culturally diverse classes with more than 15 different nationalities represented.

Join a combined alumni networks of excellence, which include more than 75,000 former students from both ESSEC and Mannheim Business Schools

Gain exposure to world-class faculty and visiting experts who combine real business know-how with cutting-edge insights from research and case studies

Reap the benefits of a unique and strong collaborative approach through:

  • The Multi-Competency Teams (MCTs): a well-balanced assigned group that brings together high-achieving professionals from diverse industries, nationalities, backgrounds and functional areas, thus creating a rich learning environment 
  • The Strategic Project to directly apply learned skills to a real business or entrepreneurial challenge
  • The Social Class Project conducted with the entire cohort to work on a social or societal cause

Boost your career through a Leadership & Career Development Track. Enhance soft skills, strengthen leadership abilities and help achieve individual career goals through team building exercises, individual and group coaching, leadership workshops, networking and career events


The Program at a Glance
  • MBA degree from ESSEC Business School

  • Recognized Bac+5 degree (“Grade Master”) from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation*

  • MBA degree from Mannheim Business School


The Diploma "Stratégie et Dirigeants ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA" is a certified Grade de master and registered by the French Ministry of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue code(s) NSF 310p, professional certification Level 1 (FR) and Level 7 (EU), registered in the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP: 36814) by Decree on 6/07 2015 and published on 27/08/2015.


  • 60%
  • 40%

Average age

  • 45%
    36 - 40
  • 41%
    41 or older
  • 14%
    35 or younger


  • 73%
  • 11%
  • 9%
  • 5%
    Middle East
  • 2%
    North America

Educational Background

  • 30%
    Engineering and Technology
  • 27%
    Life Sciences and Physics
  • 27%
    Business and Economics
  • 11%
    Social Sciences and Law
  • 5%
    Humanities and Arts
Rukayyat Kolawole EMBARukayyat Kolawole EMBA

“I chose the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA program because of the reputation of both business schools. ESSEC was particularly appealing due to the strong entrepreneurial background of its alumni.”


Founder & CEO at PACEUPinvest® GmbH // Alumna 2020

Arnaud Mignucci EMBAArnaud Mignucci EMBA

“My background is in telecom engineering, which is very technical. I wanted to broaden my field of expertise, to go into more business and operational subjects, to have a better knowledge of company management.”

Arnaud Mignucci

CEO and Founder at LIVANGE // Alumnus 2016

Raluca Rasu EMBARaluca Rasu EMBA

“I wanted new learning experiences and I specifically wanted an international Executive program to help me get out of my comfort zone, and to mix with people from other cultures. The ESSEC and Mannheim Executive MBA made a virtue out of the international element of its MBA.”

Raluca Rusu

CEO of R Systems Europe // Alumna 2016

Sandeep Saini EMBASandeep Saini EMBA

“The joint ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA has great international clout and the partnership between the two highly-reputed institutions means a doubly valuable curriculum, especially when it comes to management, leadership and entrepreneurship.”

Sandeep Saini

Vice President at HCL Technologies // Alumnus 2022

Marie Hernigou EMBAMarie Hernigou EMBA

“I chose the program based on a recommendation from a colleague who’d recently completed it and also for its social and entrepreneurial spirit. I was excited to develop my business skills and to really immerse myself in an international context.”

Marie Hernigou

Head of B2B Services Delivery Bouygues Telecom // Alumna 2021

Helene Souillard EMBAHelene Souillard EMBA

“Beyond the excellence of an academic program with a holistic view across business, you may take the chance of becoming a better version of yourself and being more impactful in society.”

Helene Souillard

Business Lawyer at HSY Law Firm // Alumna 2020

Indra Rudava EMBAIndra Rudava EMBA

“As a marketing specialist, I really wanted to gain good general knowledge in all fields of business administration. I recognized that an EMBA program was the best way forward. I wanted to understand finance and HR management, and acquire deep knowledge about strategy and leadership.”

Indra Rudava

Marketing Director at Conventya // Alumna 2020

Nathalie Gourevitch EMBANathalie Gourevitch EMBA

“I wanted to earn my executive master’s from ESSEC, a strong business school. It turned out to be the best decision. It not only deepened my academic knowledge and supported me with practical tools as an entrepreneur, but I also became a member of two powerful alumni groups.”

Nathalie Gourevitch

Future Entrepreneur // Alumna 2021

Alexander Wiefett EMBAAlexander Wiefett EMBA

"The diversified program with a very international focus helped me a lot to prepare for the next career step in an international environment."

Alexander Wiefett

Managing Director at WirelessMobility Automotive GmbH

1 Core Essence: Strategic Leadership

Our ESSEC & Mannheim participants are equipped with the acumen to successfully lead their teams and organizations. Strategic thinking becomes ingrained, enabling participants to make informed decisions that align with organizational goals and industry trends.

3 Key Pillars: Sustainability, Intra- and Entrepreneurship, and Digitalization

The program stands out for its three pillars: sustainability, intra- and entrepreneurship, and digitalization. Through this program, participants are equipped with essential tools to navigate the evolving business landscape, integrating responsible business practices into their decision-making processes while fostering innovation.

3 Guiding Principles: Insights, Immersion & Impact
  • Insights through industry expertise, cutting-edge research, and peer-to-peer learning, enriching participants' understanding of global business practices. 

  • Immersion through hands-on projects and experiences such as international residencies, the Strategic Project, the Social Class project, placing participants in real-life situations and broadening their perspectives. 

  • Impact through incorporating key trending topics, empowering participants to implement meaningful change, drive innovation, growth, and positive societal outcomes.


Our curriculum is structured around core modules designed to equip participants with essentials skills and knowledge across key business domains. These core courses encompass essential topics such as leadership, finance, marketing, and strategic management. Each core module comprises two or three core courses.


Examples of core courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Business Ethics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Leadership



Participants are able to personalize their Executive MBA experience by selecting from a number of Advanced Immersion Modules (AIMS), electives designed around cutting-edge business topics.


Examples of AIMS include:

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking

  • DNA of German Industry 

  • Leading with Data-Driven Strategies and Analytics

  • Innovation Management

  • Organizational Change & Transformation

  • Advanced Finance & M&A



A core component of our Executive MBA program, the international study trips in North America and Asia provide participants with cross-cultural business perspectivesglobal networking opportunities and real-world business insights. Composed of company visits, speaker sessions, networking events and cultural visits, the residencies offer a unique blend of academic rigor, cultural immersion, and practical experience that prepares participants to excel in the global business arena.


The ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA includes international residencies in the following locations:

  • Washington DC, USA: Georgetown University | Strategy & Geopolitics 
  • Singapore: ESSEC APAC | Doing Business in Asia



Combining Leadership in Theory and Leadership in Practice, our ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA aims to provide participants with a greater understanding of themselves, their values and their skill set in order to become a more effective leader.


The program offers a framework and time for self-reflection, and allow you to progressively develop these skills through team building exercises, group coaching and experiential training sessions. By the end of the track, you will have gained a greater understanding of yourself, your values and your skill sets with the end goal of becoming a more effective leader.


Leadership-specific courses include:

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Talent Management & Inclusive Leadershi


The Leadership Seminar

The 3-day Leadership Seminar is the opportunity for participants to put into practice their team-leadership skills, through a series of miltary-led group exercises and challenges.


A Leadership Certificate

On top of the Executive MBA degree, participants have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate based on several in-program criteria. 



Participants directly apply the knowledge they have acquired during the program to a Strategic Project, a value-creating group response to a real business issue faced by a company today.


The project lasts a total of 15 months and includes workshops and seminars on financing, communication and business planning. The end goal is the implementation of the project by the chosen company or the creation of a company based on the suggested business plan.



The Social Class Project (SCP) is a key feature of the ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA that aims to incorporate Social Responsibility directly into the curriculum. It is designed to contribute to the betterment of society, to foster teamwork and to strengthen class spirit. The SCP delivers a strong ethical framework for addressing the complex challenges of today's world, ultimately preparing participants to be conscientious, socially responsible leaders who can drive positive change in their organizations and society at large.


A unique feature of our EMBA programs, the Multi Competency Teams (MCTs) are groups formed of individuals from a diverse range of industries, nationalities, backgrounds and functions. Participants are assigned a group at the start of the program and conduct most group projects, case studies and assignements with this same group during the 18 months of the program. This unique learning experience is enhanced by team coaching sessions with professional coaches.



Professional coaches engage with you throughout the 18-month program to develop an action plan, address new challenges, reflect on your current position and increase your impact as a leader.

  • 10+ hours of individual coaching
  • 4 group coaching sessions
  • 3 flash sessions with experts



Academic Director of the ESSEC & Mannheim EMBA // Leadership and Diversity Chair

Junko Takagi

"The program emphasizes the importance of sustainable management by taking an ethical, social and environmental approach to current and future challenges.

By the end of the program, participants gain a greater understanding of themselves, their values and skill sets and how they can combine these elements to become a more effective leader.

Participants also benefit from personal development support, which includes individual coaching sessions, career advancement workshops and networking events."

Sandeep Saini EMBASandeep Saini EMBA

As participants, we are offered one-on-one sessions with amazing coaches who help us track our progress throughout the journey and I’m so grateful for these deep and meaningful discussions.

Sandeep Saini

Vice President at HCL Technologies // Alumnus 2022

Marie Hernigou EMBAMarie Hernigou EMBA

The Strategic project was a great memory with various pivots over the course of several months. We worked with a start-up which implemented our product and released the product we defined

Marie Hernigou

Head of B2B Services Delivery Bouygues Telecom // Alumna 2021

Indra Rudava EMBAIndra Rudava EMBA

One of the best was the high-level leadership. The key takeaways from these three days: We’re stronger in a team; responsibilities within a team must be clearly defined; team leaders need objectivity, perspective, and the full picture before making decisions.

Indra Rudava

Marketing Director at Conventya // Alumna 2020


The EMBA has been much more than an educational experience. I think the entire program is very well-designed and challenges you continuously to reflect on your management practice.  It has a top faculty, combining in a very international environment the entrepreneurial strength of ESSEC Business School with the academic rigor of Mannheim University.  It has been a phenomenal development experience.

Diogo Hoppen

Associate Director at Mutares // Alumnus 2022

of graduates have expanded their professional responsibilities
of graduates attribute their career growth to skills acquired in the program
of graduates have jobs with global exposure

You benefit from a tailored career offering until the end of your program

Aligned with the ethos of ESSEC Executive MBA programs centered on collaborative learning, participants engage in three group coaching sessions over the 18-month program. These sessions aim to provide leadership skills, facilitate understanding through peer interaction, nurture a cohesive bond among participants, and collectively navigate challenges by tapping into diverse perspectives and expertise.

  • Kick-off coaching session to take stock of your professionnel project and define an action plan

  • Coaching sessions to guide you in your professional transition and repositioning, the construction of your project or your leadership posture

  • Experts counselling sessions to be advised on specific themes such as LinkedIn, salary negotiation or strategic relooking


  • Build your professional project: assessment, collective thinking, action plan
  • Look for a job: search strategy, CV, interview…
  • Expend your network: personal branding, LinkedIn, corporate political strategy… 
  • Develop your talents: leadership, conflict management, crisis communication...


  • Exchange at inter-promos evenings
  • Network with alumni 
  • Participate in thematic conferences



“Before the program, I think I saw the world from quite a narrow angle. But I now see things from a much wider perspective, to the extent that some of my work colleagues have actually mentioned it. I am much more open to dealing with, and developing solutions, for change and most of that is down to meeting – and working with – such a variety of international people.”

Motasem Al Amour

Head of technology, mobility solutions, Cloud, AI and Security at Aruba // Alumnus 2020

Raluca Rasu EMBARaluca Rasu EMBA

“It made me much more willing to tackle change. I am now much less wary about trying something new. The course gave me more confidence to try things and not to be afraid of failure. That was a great learning experience.”

Raluca Rusu

CEO of R Systems Europe // Alumna 2016 

The ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • A 4-year Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree*

  • At least eight years of work experience, including 5 years of management experience

  • Experience in an international work environment

  • Advanced English level (English test or proof of academic degree obtained in an English-speaking country required) 

  • Two reference letters (please use the following template)

  • Significant international exposure, excellent work performance and strong leadership potential


*For candidates holding a 3-year Bachelor's degree, a specific process of VAP (Validation of Acquired Professional and Personal knowledge) will apply

Contact our EMBA International Recruitment Manager for a one-to-one discussion about your career plans.



Complete your online application for the Executive MBA here.


The following supporting documents must be included in your application. Please attach them via the online application system.


A complete file includes the following documents

Application Fee

A fee of 150 euros must be paid online. Please note that this application fee is non-refundable. 

Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae (CV) can be in any  format. 

Scanned copies of your transcripts and diplomas

Official and authenticated copies from all colleges and universities attended. 

Reference Letters

Two professional recommendation letters are required, providing information about your leadership and management potential.
Please us the following template. If you have additional reference letters in another format, you may include them in addition to the templated letters.

Identity Card

A copy of any of the following:

  • Valid Passport
  • National Identity Card


One copy of your most recent ID photo

*Please make sure that all supporting documents are in English.
Official translations must be provided for documents in other languages. 



Shortlisted candidates are invited to attend an official jury in Paris, at the La Défense Campus or via video conference, during which candidates will have the chance to present themselves in person, and go deeper into their motivations for attending the program.



Candidates will be notified of the outcome within one week after the interview. Accepted candidates will have three weeks to confirm before the offer of acceptance is withdrawn.


  • Early Bird Offer: 15th July 2024
    Requirements: the early bird offer is applicable for fully submitted applications (filled application required documents) before or on the day of the deadline. All applications to the ESSEC & Mannheim Executive MBA delivered before or at this date will benefit from a €5,000 discount on the total program fee.

  • Scholarship Deadline: 1 week following your Admissions Interview

  • Intake: 22nd October 2024


The recruitment team will guide you through the different financing options available based on your personal and professional situation.


Participants can finance their program through different ways :

  • Personal funding

  • Partnerships with Banks and Loan providers: LCL, Société Générale, BRED, Prodigy, etc.

  • Company financing

  • French public financing options for executive programs (CPF, Fongecif, etc.)

  • Scholarships

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ESSEC provides a diverse array of scholarships aimed at facilitating the career advancement of executives, managers, and leaders

Description: This scholarship is awarded to candidates who have been involved in an entrepreneurial project/start-up or plan to create one.

Criteria: The candidate's ability to demonstrate the potential or desire to develop a successful business.



Description: This scholarship is awarded to women who are driven to pursue positions of leadership in the future.   

Criteria: The leadership potential of the candidate will be assessed through her responsibilities, her involvement in clubs and organizations, her general visibility and her career progression.



Description: This scholarship rewards a candidate who has demonstrated exceptional career advancement, in any function or sector.

Criteria: The ability of a candidate to demonstrate success in their career and who shows potential to evolve rapidly in a company or public organization.



Description: This scholarship rewards candidates who have worked in an international environment, in several countries, have a deep understanding of intercultural business environments and can speak several languages.

Criteria: The ability of a candidate to understand international challenges, the nature and number of projects led abroad, the number of languages mastered and the ability to demonstrate how these have uplifted their career.



Description: This scholarship is awarded to candidates from an emerging or developing country, who is able to demonstrate their positive impact on the local economy of that country.

Criteria: The nationality of the candidate and for French candidates, the country of residence.



Description and criteria: This scholarship is awarded to candidates who have shown their contribution in the below listed sectors aligned with ESSEC’s values and strategic challenges:

  • Digital Transformation

  • Sustainability

  • Entrepreneurship & intrapreneurship



Description: This scholarship is awarded to candidates working in a small company which contributes to the French economy.

Criteria: Confirmed work experience in a small French company




The candidate must be in the process of applying, or be admitted to a post-experience/executive program at ESSEC Business School.


The candidate must write a cover letter indicating their choice of scholarship(s) and illustrate using concrete examples


The Admissions Team informs the candidate of the commission’s decision: acceptance (along with the amount of scholarship) or refusal.

The admissions team will guide you through the various financing options available based on your personal and professional situation, as well as the chosen program:

This program is eligible for the Personal Training Account (CPF).

At ESSEC Executive Education, we understand that financing a program can be a significant investment. That's why we have partnered with banking institutions to offer you the opportunity to secure a loan at an attractive rate to further your education. These partnerships enable you to benefit from favorable terms to finance all or part of your training expenses. Our advisors are available to provide you with more information on the available financing options and to guide you through the process of obtaining a loan.

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