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ESSEC Hybrid Executive MBA

  • Language


  • Duration

    18 months

  • Next intake

    June 16th 2025

  • Format

    12 online modules and 4 in-person modules

  • Location

    Online with 4 residencies in Paris, Cape Town and Hong Kong

Achieve your personal and professional goals with our Hybrid EMBA program. Our program blends online learning with in-person international modules to help you expand your management knowledge, gain international experience, understand entrepreneurship, and develop your leadership skills, all while enjoying heightened flexibility

The ESSEC Hybrid EMBA is designed for:

  • Busy Executives - to help you elevate your career withou compromising your busy schedule
  • Global Professionals - to allow you to embrace a truly international perspective and learn from anywhere in the world
  • Digitally-savvy Leaders - to give you the tools to stay ahead in the interconnected world of business
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners - to enable you to navigate the demands of running a successful business and earning an Executive MBA degree

A highly flexible format tailored to your professional needs
The Hybrid EMBA seamlessly combines the advantages of traditional in person learning with the flexibility of an online format, offering you an optimal learning experience. During the course of the program, benefit from valuable face-to-face interactions and networking opportunities, while minimizing time spent out of the office and learning at your own pace.

An innovative ecosystem
Experience our Augmented Digital Campus and its virtual classroom, the Deck, an innovative and connected solution to distance learning that encourages interaction and sharing, for a rich online learning experience. Embodying the pioneering spirit offered at ESSEC, this virtual classroom connects participants virtually from every corner of the globe and is the first of its kind in France.

A multicultural perspective on business
Doing business in a globalized world demands agility, cultural acumen, resilience and a deep understanding of global markets. Through our program’s 3 international locations, spanning 3 continents, and the rich network of peers from a diverse range of countries, our participants acquire a robust skillset tailored to excel in a multicultural environment.

A responsible approach to leadership
True to ESSEC’s core beliefs, our Hybrid EMBA aims to inspire new forms of leadership that provide meaning and direction and have a positive impact on the world. With this in mind, ESG considerations are covered through core and specialized courses, while participants actively refine and enhance their leadership abilities through teamwork, the Social Class Project and our 3-day Leadership Seminar.

A network of excellence
The connections built with EMBA peers, faculty, industry experts and alumni become an invaluable asset in participants’ professional journeys. Spanning diverse industries, functions and regions and offering a breadth of perspectives and experiences, this network of excellence extends far beyond the end of the EMBA experience.

  • MBA degree from ESSEC Business School

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


*The ESSEC Executive MBA program awards a recognized BAC+5 degree (“Grade Master”). Authorisation was delivered following assessment by the national Management Programs Assessment Commission (CEDFG) for a renewable period. This Commission undertakes assessment for all programs, delivered by business schools that are recognised by the French State, to guarantee the quality of teaching delivered and the value of their degree. (RNCP: 36814)

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“One doesn't choose an EMBA solely for the diploma or the school's reputation. The relationships forged developed gradually over the 18 months. This allowed us to build a real community of lifelong friends. Whether they are in France or on the other side of the world, we remain truly bonded. Our cohort is often the core group. Then, of course, come the other EMBA cohorts from ESSEC with whom we also have a strong friendship through events or joint dinners that we organize.”

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"As the world evolves, so do the needs of professionals and the demands of the global business environment. In a world characterized by digital transformation, where remote work and global collaboration have become integral to our lives, our goal is to provide you with a flexible, accessible and modern approach to executive education."

- Steven Seggie, Academic Director, ESSEC Hybrid EMBA

The Hybrid EMBA learning journey is centered around key topics like ESG, innovation, entrepreneurship and AI. These pillars constitute the foundation of modern business practices, reflecting the challenging landscape of today’s global economy, preparing our EMBA participants to take on leadership roles in an evolving context.

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


Core courses include*:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Negociation
  • Entrepreneurial & Intrapreneurial Thinking
  • Advanced finance
  • Innovation Management
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Team Building
  • Strategy and Leadership


*This list is subject to change


The ESSEC Hybrid EMBA integrates international residencies, providing participants with firsthand exposure to diverse business cultures and global leadership practices. These immersive experiences equip graduates to navigate the complexities of the global business landscape.


The ESSEC Hybrid EMBA includes international residencies in the following locations:

  • Paris, France: ESSEC Business School | Leadership & Strategy
  • Cape Town, South Africa: UCT Graduate School of Business | Sustainability & Social Innovation
  • Hong Kong: HKUST Business School | Doing Business in Asia



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 Hybrid 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.



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




Immerse yourself in a collaborative and interactive learning experience, with synchronous and asynchronous course content converging to offer a dynamic and flexible learning experience. At the heart of our Augmented Digital Campus lies the Deck, our state-of the-art virtual classroom inaugurated in 2019. This innovative platform facilitates interaction among participants, bridging the geographical gap.








Academic Director of the ESSEC Executive MBA

"By combining online and in person modules, our program allows you to learn from anywhere in the world. Our state-of-the-art Digital Campus ensures that you no longer have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. All the experiences that you would typically find in an in-person EMBA – group work, networking, engaging discussions with professors and cohort mates, even coffee breaks – are made possible through collaborative tools. The Hybrid program goes a step further, enabling you to connect with peers who live and work across the globe, enriching your learning experience, helping you to build a truly international network and providing diverse global perspectives.

This program promises to take you on a journey of exploration, personal growth and professional transformation. Join the Hybrid EMBA journey, and together we will not only navigate the complexities of today’s business landscape but also shape the future of global leadership."

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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



"The Talent Center organizes lots of events on different topics. I attended one about corporate strategy and, although I have worked on strategy and business development in my job for the last 10 years, I still learnt to think and analyze differently in different situations during the workshop. I also had the occasion to meet people from different cohorts and different programs,so it was a really great experience."

Kammy Brun

EMBA Class of 2023

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • A 4-year Bachelor's degree or a Master's degree*
  • 7 years of professional experience, including 3 years of managerial experience
  • Advanced English level (TOEIC minimum score: 830)
  • Significant international exposure, excellent work performance and strong leadership potential

*For candidates with less than a 4-year Bachelor's degree, a specific process of VAPP (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 Deadline: 31st August 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 Hybrid Executive MBA delivered before or at this date will benefit from a 5,000€ discount on the total fees of the program.
  • Scholarship Deadline: 1 week following your Admissions Interview
  • Intake: June 2025


Next interview dates: please contact your EMBA program advisor to find out more.

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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