Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics (DSBA) - ESSEC & CentraleSupélec

  • Language


  • Duration

    1 or 2 years depending on your degree

  • Next intake

    M2: August 26, 2024 / M1: September 5, 2024

  • Ranking

    #3 Best Master in Business Analytics Worldwide QS ranking 2023

  • Locations

    France (Cergy), Singapore

This hybrid program combines faculty resources of ESSEC Business School & CentraleSupélec, in Paris and Singapore, to provide a unique and innovative 2-year program (M1+M2) or 1-year program (M2 only), depending on your previous degree and background.

Our promise to future students is that you will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of scientific models and methods.

  • Boost your imagination, creativity and critical thinking.

  • Lead changes in business practices, technologies and tools

  • Succeed in managing complex projects.

Program Presentation by Academic Co-Director Guillaume CHEVILLON
Hold degrees in Economics, Business and Finance
Hold degrees in Engineering and Sciences
Hold degrees in Languages and Social Sciences
Average age
International students

Mathieu DSBAMathieu DSBA

"If I had to describe the program in three words, I would say it's challenging, motivational and rewarding".



The ESSEC/ CentraleSupélec Master in Data Sciences and Business Analytics program is authorized by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to award a recognised BAC+5 degree, Master’s Grade, to its students. Authorisation is 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 do your program at France campus or at Singapore campus.



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




The academic excellence of ESSEC’s programs is recognized through its international standards in management training, and it holds the prestigious ”Triple Crown'' of accreditations: EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. 





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 complementary and intrinsically linked fields, enabling them to develop as fully-operational professionals.


Academic Experience:

The duration of the Master in DSBA is 2 years (Master 1+Master 2) or 1 year (Master 2 only), depending on your background and latest degree


International Experience:

Students get a chance to participate in an International Study Trip in Europe

Professional Experience:

M2 students should complete an internship of 4-6 months.

It can take place anywhere in the world and is designed to facilitate students’ professional integration. For M1 the internship is optional


Master 2 (M2)
A year to master the science of data and the techniques of business analytics, and tailor the program to your specific career goals

P1 Foundations

Refreshers & Core Courses

P2 Choose at least a Major (4 courses) and a Minor (2 courses)

Major/Minor in Data Sciences

ESSEC France Campus
Major/Minor in Business Analytics

ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus Major/Minor in AI & Digital Strategy

Academics + Corporate Research Project + International Field Trip + Hackathon

P3 Hands-on field experience

Internship or Professional Experience

At ESSEC France and at CentraleSupélec 

Depending on your background and latest degree, you will start the program in M1 and the total duration of the program is 2 years (M1+M2).

To build up your strength and help you build your foundations, you will begin the program with a first period of foundations in Management, Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at CentraleSupélec campus.


Examples of courses include:

  • Analysis

  • Probability

  • Statistics 

  • Optimization

  • Introduction to Finance & Accounting

  • Introduction to Economics


During the second period, you will follow core courses on the same fields at ESSEC France campus, and a hackathon organized by Ekimetrics and Artefact. Through this first year, you will be able to discover your professional interest, to help you decide on which major to choose in Year 2 (M2).


Examples of courses include:

  • Advanced Coding

  • Algebra

  • Statistical Inference

  • Managing IT in the Digital Age

  • Strategy Marketing Analytics


 You can do a 3 months internship at the end of M1.



At ESSEC France, CentraleSupelec France, and ESSEC Asia-Pacific (Singapore)

This year (M2) is divided into two academic periods to master the science of data, and the techniques of business analytics and digital strategy. Courses are tailor to your specific career goals while being highly specialized in content and addressing recent trends and challenges.


Period 1: Build your Foundations

At ESSEC and at Centrale Supélec 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.

Examples of courses include:

  • Big Data Algorithms, Techniques and Platforms

  • Predictive Analytics

  • Foundations of Optimization

  • Foundations of Machine Learning


Period 2: Choose your Major/Minor

At ESSEC in France, at ESSEC in Singapore, at CentraleSupélec

During period 2 you will choose among our 3 majors to specialize in. You are required to follow at least one major (4 courses) and a minor (2 courses). 


  • Data Sciences

  • Business Analytics

  • AI & Digital Strategy



  • Data Sciences

  • Business Analytics


To ensure a complete curriculum, you are required to follow courses in both Data Sciences and Business Analytics.

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. There is no upper limit to the number of elective courses and double majors are possible.



in France (Paris Area)

Examples of courses include:


  • Big Data Algorithms, Techniques and Platforms
  • Machine Learning
  • Advanced Deep Learning
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Network Science Analytics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Distributed Optimization and Computing

in France (Paris Area)

Examples of courses include:


  • Forecasting & Predictive Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • People Analytics
  • Decision Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship for Data Driven Initiatives
  • Trading, Digital Transformation of Markets, and Fintech

At ESSEC Asia-Pacific (Singapore)

Examples of courses include:

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Project Management for Digital Initiative
  • Decision Analysis
  • Strategy & Management



The Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics 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 complexity of business life in the real world.



Each year (M1 & M2),  you will complete and validate a Hackathon - a project spread over a few days organized and monitored together with a partner company- requiring innovative ideas for analyzing and visualizing data. Some partner companies are Ekimetrics and Artefact.


Corporate Research Project

The Corporate Research Project spans January-June of M2. Students work in teams to solve key strategic questions posed by partner companies using their proprietary data, enabling students to gain valuable insights and become directly operational. This project boosts their career prospects.



Masterclases will take place throughout the year at M2. Some examples are: Strategic Business Analytics, Data Security, Data Ethics Regulation, Data Driven Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, AI in HR Management, Digital Economics



Master 1: 3 months Internship (Optional)

This optional internship takes place at the end of Year 1 (M1) and allows you to put the knowledge and skills you have learned to practice in a real-life context.


Master 2: 4 to 6 months Internship (or Professional Experience)

Your internship can take place anywhere in the world and is designed to boost 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 International Field Trip is a one-week trip in M2 to meet key actors, local professionals and business leaders all over the world, and confront your knowledge of best practices and emerging applications of analytics developing in other countries. Recent travel destinations include Berlin, Tallinn, Stockholm, Barcelona etc.  

Fragkiskos MALLIAROSFragkiskos MALLIAROS
Fragkiskos MALLIAROS

Academic Co-Director,
PhD in Computer Science,
École Polytechnique (France)


Academic Co-Director,
D.Phil. in Economics,
University of Oxford (UK)


Academic Co-Director,
PhD in Computer Science,
École Polytechnique (France)

Roberto RENORoberto RENO
Roberto RENO

Academic Co-Director,
PhD in Financial Mathematics,
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy)

Abdelmounaim DERRAZAbdelmounaim DERRAZ
Abdelmounaim DERRAZ

Executive Director
Master in Modeling,Finance & Data Science,
Telecom Paris (France)

ESSEC I CentraleSupelec and Columbia University dual degree is a two-year program where students study one year at ESSEC I CentraleSupelec and one year at Columbia University.  

Upon completion, students will be awarded two degrees: the Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics from ESSEC I CentraleSupelec and the MS degree in Business Analytics from Columbia.

After studying the first period at ESSEC | CentraleSupelec, students who wish to participate in the dual degree must submit an application in February and will go through a pre-selection process run by ESSEC I CentraleSupelec. The final selection will be made by Columbia University.

Students will pay tuition and fees each academic year to the Institution where they are enrolled.


Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics's students can apply to go on an exchange for approximately two months at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) during the Term 3. There are limited available seats. 



This partnership with University of California, Berkeley will permit DSBA students with a scientific background to complete the 1-year Master of Engineering program from UC Berkeley (August to June) after the completion of the Master in Data Sciences and Business Analytics program.



Over the years, successive classes of students at ESSEC Business School have founded and managed more than 100 clubs and organizations, with a wide variety of themes: sports, cultural, humanitarian, international or civic, there is something for everyone!

These organizations, often founded and managed by the students themselves, aim to foster student life, promote the school's values, develop students' professional skills, and contribute to the social and cultural life of the campus.


Data Oriented Thinking ESSEC-CentraleSupélec

Data Oriented Thinking (DOT) ESSEC-CentraleSupélec is a student-led association between ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec – Unversité Paris Saclay. This is the first association of its kind to bridge the two schools. The objective of DOT is to allow students from all backgrounds at ESSEC and CentraleSupélec to gain a thorough understanding of the domain of data and its different applications.

As our world revolves increasingly around data collection, mining, predictions, and interpretations, it is essential for leaders of tomorrow to fully grasp data-oriented thinking. Indeed, outside the context of specific teachings such as the Data Sciences & Business Analytics program, we have seen that this theme is often viewed as a distant subject and reserved for certain fields of study.

ESSEC Paris-Cergy Campus

ESSEC's historic campus is located in the city of Cergy, about 30 km northwest of Paris. The campus covers more than seven hectares and offers modern and spacious facilities. It includes several buildings, a library, a gymnasium inaugurated in 2023, as well as areas for relaxing between classes. 

Find out more about ESSEC's Paris-Cergy Campus

ESSEC Asia-Pacific Campus

ESSEC's Asia-Pacific Campus, which was inaugurated in 2015, is located in Singapore, Asia, a dynamic city-state known for its thriving business environment and multicultural population. The campus is located in the heart of the city, close to major business centers and commercial areas.

Find out more about ESSEC's Asia-Pacific Campus

A Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics dedicated campus is available for the DSBA students in Paris. Located at the crossroads of the 14th, 15th and 6th Arrondissement, it will host the first term for M1 students, and the majority of the courses for M2 students. This campus presents an opportunity for DSBA students to have their own locale, and a place where the cohort can work, participate and organize events. 

In September 2017, CentraleSupélec opened the doors to its brand new Saclay campus, in Gif-sur-Yvette: 105,000m2 of excellence and innovation comprising 4 buildings, of which two are completely new. Located 25 km south of Paris, it will attract more than 30,000 people, of which 8,000 students and scientific equipment employees from both public and private sectors. 

On this campus, we organize cultural, social and even technological activities, such as Gala, Central Business Forum, Centrale 7, etc. for ove 2,000 students from 60 countries. Doing sports and relaxing is also essential for many Centralers’: our campus houses gyms, restaurants, collaborative work spaces, sports rooms and many other facilities. 

Cynthia DSBACynthia DSBA

"The program has the right mix of two aspects between Data Sciences and Busniess Analytics".

Cynthia EL-HAYEK


Accenture, Adore me, Agoda, Airbnb, Allianz Real Estate Gmbh, Amazon, Artefact, Asana Rebel, Atos, Aura, AXA Investment Managers, Balderton Capital, Bling, Boston Consulting Group, Canal+ International, Carrefour,, China Development Institute, Criteo, Dassault Systemes, Dejbox, Deliveroo, Deloitte, Droidhang, Électricité de France, Elsevier, Entropica Labs, Epigene Labs,  EY, EyeEm, Flaconi GmbH, Flink, Gebel Group, Goldman Sachs, Google, Harvest, IBM, Incepto, Jus Mundi, Kaiko, Kobi, Lalamove, Ledger, Meta, Morgan Stanley, NODEL, Opensee, orfus, Pelico, Perfumist Big Data Solutions, Pivot & Co, Polyconseil, PwC, Quinten, Razer, Saipem, Shift Technology, Shine, Société Générale, SolvencyAnalytics AG, TikTok, TOTEM, Uber, Veepee, Visable GmbH, Vortexa Ltd, Wavestone, Weekendr, Wiwynn, Wolters Kluwer,...

Throughout your time at ESSEC, the Career Services will accompany you in defining your career plan and facilitating your entry into the professional world.


Career guidance and advice

Throughout your time at ESSEC Business School, the Career Services will accompany you in defining your career plan and facilitating your entry into the professional world.

Through the support of the Career Services team, you will be able to:

  • Learn more about yourself and enhance your experiences.
  • Explore career opportunities, reflect and develop your personal and professional project.
  • Define your internship/job search strategy and prepare yourself for numerous recruitment events through coaching with specialists
  • Prepare your CV, LinkedIn profile and cover letter in an impactful manner, and develop your network efficiently.
  • Prepare for different types of job interviews through role-playing exercises (pitching) and learn to position yourself well during salary negotiations.
Each year, there are:
  • 17 000 exclusive job postings : internships, apprenticeships and jobs.
  • 430+ meetings with recruiters based in France and all around the world : job fairs, company presentations and case studies.
  • 4 000+ individual appointments with career consultants.
  • Access to 5 learning platforms and 40+ articles, training and self-teaching modules
  • 164 career related workshops.

When you join ESSEC Business School, you join a community and will discover the power of the ESSEC network.


ESSEC Alumni already has 71,000 graduates with diverse profiles dispersed in all corners of the world. With unique personalities, they share a common goal: to achieve their career objectives. As you enter ESSEC, you become a member of ESSEC Alumni and you remain one forever. This is the lifetime membership, that ESSEC has been the first French Business School with a global reach to put in place.


ESSEC Alumni is by your side at every stage of your career:


When you are a student, to guide you in finding professional opportunities through the network, exchanging with graduates, benefiting from various services to launch your start-up, and staying up to date with the latest news from the ESSEC community.

When you are a graduate, to support you throughout your professional life, help you develop your network and exchange with your peers, guide you in benefiting from services for your start-up, and allow you to rediscover the atmosphere of your ESSEC years.



CentraleSupelec Alumni is a community of more than 55 000 graduates, spread over more than 80 countries. It stands alongside students and graduates throughout their life and offers them:


  • Various events: conferences, workshops and networking events to get together and share the best of the CentraleSupélec network

  • Advices on career choices and career paths

  • Publications to keep the CentraleSupélec community up-to-date with the news

  • Personalized support packages: professional project workshops, graduate-student mentoring during the course of their studies


Since its creation, ESSEC has always cultivated a spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation, which lies at the very core of its educational approach, research, and managerial practices.


  • ESSEC Ventures is a structure that supports ESSEC students with business projects. It consists of an incubator, a talent incubator, and a seed fund. It also organizes numerous events bringing together entrepreneurs and investors.


  • ESSEC Antropia is a structure that supports ESSEC students with social enterprise projects so that social, environmental, and economic considerations can come together to create a better world.



During this recruitment fair you will establish exceptional contacts with financial institutions such as: Ardian, AXA, BNP Paribas, Bpifrance, Candriam, Centerview Partners, Crédit Agricole CIB, Hines, Moody’s, ODDO BHF, Qonto, Rothschild & co, Société Générale, UBS, etc.


During this recruitment fair you will establish exceptional contacts with consulting firms such as: Accenture, Accuracy, Bain & Company, BearingPoint, BCG, Capgemini Invent, KPMG, Mazars, McKinsey & Company, Roland Berger, Wavestone, etc.


This recruitment fair brings together around hundred companies. You will establish contacts with companies from all sectors of activity, such as: Air Liquide, Amazon, Bouygues, Carrefour, Ekimetrics, Groupe Casino, Henkel, L’Oréal, LVMH, Metro, Orange, Saint-Gobain, Le Groupe TF1, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Unilever, Vinci, etc.


This fair brings together start-ups for a pitch and speed recruiting day. 


You will need to provide:
- 1 Management test score - mandatory
- 1 English test score - mandatory. The English test is not required if the applicant has spent at least 3 years in a higher education program completely taught in English.





Management Test

GMAT, GMAT Online, or GMAT Focus Edition

5 years

Select "ESSEC Business School-Master in Finance"

GRE or GRE Test at Home (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing)

5 years

Institution Code: 0839


2 years


English Test

TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Special at Home Edition

  The English tests must not be older than 2 years at the application deadline (application round you choose to apply in)

Minimum score 95 Institution Code: 0520

IELTS Academic

Minimum score 6.5

Cambridge B2 First Minimum

Minimum score 175

TOEIC Listening and Reading

Minimum score 850


It can take several months to prepare and register for an exam slot for these tests. Keep this in mind before starting your application as without these test scores uploaded in your application file, it will be incomplete.

Click here to take the GMAT Quiz and get an estimate of your scorePlease note that you cannot apply with a GMAT Quiz score. 



Create your candidate account. You can fill in the online application at your own pace and come back to it at any point.

You can only apply once per program each academic year. Once validated, your campus choice is final.


A complete application file includes the following items. Incomplete application will not be processed. 

All documents must be provided in English or French (except the CV). Official translations must be provided for documents in other languages by a certified translator.



Curriculum Vitae

1 page maximum - in English 

Degree(s) obtained

Authenticated copies of accredited degrees since high school (school leaving). 
While applying, if you do not have your final diploma that makes you eligible for the program, you can apply with an Enrolment Certificate, with an expected graduation date.  

Important: By mid-December of your starting year at ESSEC, you will have to provide a copy of your diploma (or a certificate of completion).  

Transcripts/Grade Sheets

Official or authenticated transcript copies of all academic terms attended since high school, including exchange programs (simple copies will not be accepted).

Grading Scale details must be provided.

2 x References

One academic and one professional reference is highly recommended.

It is the applicant's responsibility to enter details of both the referees as soon as possible to allow them to send the online recommendation on time. Once you enter their details and save, a link is sent to them immediately to fill out the recommendation online.

1 Management Test

Copy of official score (test taker version)

1 English Test

1 Identity Card


or National Identity Card (only for EU citizens)

1 Photograph

A recent ID photo

Application Fee

€100 non-refundable and payable online only
Click to see if you are exempted



Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application. Once you have submitted your application online, you cannot make changes to your application. 

Please keep in mind that there are several rounds of admissions. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table above.


Your application will be assessed by the Academic Directors and an admissions committee. You will be notified about the results by email (refer to the above mentioned calendar). 


If you have been successful, you will then be contacted by the Admissions Office to inform you how to confirm your place in the program.


If you applied for one-year program, please note that if the commission board finds that your experience or background is strong but not complete enough in some required aspects, you may be asked to join the two-year program instead in order to build up your strength and ensure your success.


Following your admission, make sure to secure your seat in the program by paying the non-refundable deposit within 2 weeks. This amount will be deducted from your tuition fee.


References are very important. The admissions committee is used to looking at these and the ones that make the difference outline concrete examples of how the student lives up to the praise/recommendations given. You should therefore select references who know you best and have experience of working with you either academically or professionally. It is much better to have a reference from someone who knows you than from someone you have selected due to their position.


The GMAT is a very important part of your application. It is mandatory and we encourage you to get ready for the GMAT exam in advance. You should aim for as high a GMAT score as you can possibly achieve.


No, the program is taught in English and all of the staff members speak English. You have the chance to learn French during your program.
However, we strongly recommend you try and learn French when you are here. Acquiring the language does help you during your time at ESSEC and in France. If you want to remain in France for your internship or job in the future, learning French is fundamental.


Every application is thoroughly reviewed by the admissions board which is composed of both academic and professional staff, with consideration given to all elements including hard and soft skills.



Valid for 2024 Intake


EU citizens

NON-EU Citizens

Total Tuition




The non-refundable deposit is payable within two weeks from the day of admission and is deducted from the total tuition fee




The remaining tuition fee is payable before August 31st of the academic year



Service Fee

The service fee is payable once in addition to the total tuition fee before joining ESSEC (irrespective of the duration of the program)




Valid for 2024 Intake for France and Singapore Campuses


Master 1 (M1)

Master 2 (M2)


EU Citizens

NON-EU Citizens

EU Citizens

NON-EU Citizens

Total Tuition






The non-refundable deposit is payable within two weeks from the day of admission and is deducted from the total tuition fee





Remaining Tuition Fee

The remaining tuition fee is payable before August 31st of each academic year





Service Fee

The service fee is payable once in addition to the total tuition fee before joining ESSEC (irrespective of the duration of the program)







Description: To sustain the academic excellence of the program and enhance the education and experience of our students, ESSEC Business School offers the Academic Excellence scholarship to outstanding candidates and the Diversity Scholarship to students with varied cultural perspectives and backgrounds.

Eligibility: Open to all applicants and awarded on the basis of the overall quality of their application i.e. academic excellence demonstrated in the file: outstanding Management test scores, strong motivation, etc.;
Diversity Scholarship - Demonstrate academic excellence and bring diversity in terms of citizenship, prior education or background.

Amount: Can cover up to 50% of total tuition fees.

Procedure: Scholarship decisions are made during the application procedure. There is no additional application to fill out or request to make. Selected students will be notified upon being offered a place on the program. 


Dataiku Scholarship

Description: Dataiku is committed to shaping the future of data & AI in a way which is fair and diverse, for people and the planet. As part of this commitment to diversity and inclusion, the company believes it has a responsibility to provide education and mentoring for the future female data science leaders of the world.

From 2020 onwards, ESSEC's partnership with Dataiku will allow international female students admitted to the Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics to receive a scholarship.

Eligibility: All female students with a citizenship of a country in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe (excluding France), who have obtained or are currently pursuing a non-French degree.

Amount: Up to 50% of total tuition fees.

Procedure: ESSEC will submit applications to Dataiku on behalf of the admitted female students from the program. Shortlisted scholarship candidates will be contacted for an interview with Dataiku.



Description: Since 2012, ESSEC has a special partnership with Ardian Foundation which grants 5 to 6 fellowships for exceptional international candidates.

Eligibility: Open to all international applicants of the Singapore Track and awarded on the basis of the overall quality of their application i.e. academic excellence demonstrated in the file.

Amount: Can cover up to 30% of total tuition fees.

Procedure: Scholarship decisions are made during the application procedure. There is no additional application to fill out or request to make. Selected students will be notified upon being offered a place on the programme. 


Description: A platform to channel the influence of Lebanese finance executives worldwide in order to establish stronger bonds, nurture the next generation and promote Lebanon. 

Eligibility: Candidate must be Lebanese or of Lebanese descent, achieve and maintain academic excellence, demonstrate interest in pursuing a career in Finance and must be in financial need.

Amount: Up to 12 000 USD per year for the duration of the academic program.

Procedure: ESSEC submits applications for LIFE scholarships on your behalf.


DESCRIPTION: The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs funds EIFFEL scholarship.

ELIGIBILITY: Reserved for non-French candidates, double nationality included, no older than 30 years old at the time the selection committee will meet (around mid-March).

AMOUNT: A monthly allowance of €1,181 and covered costs of one international return journey and social security cover.

PROCEDURE: ESSEC submits applications for EIFFEL scholarships on your behalf. Your application should be completed and submitted therefore in the first round of applications.



Student Loans

As an ESSEC student, you can take out a preferential rate bank loan, which covers full tuition and is repaid starting at the end of your first year of work.

Loan applicants are required to have a guarantor living in France. According to the banks, the guarantor must earn enough to cover the monthly loan payments but also either be a French citizen, a close family member and/or both. Additional fees and expenses will be the responsibility of the student.


International Students from 150 different nationalities admitted to the Master in Finance may now apply to Prodigy Finance loans. Contrary to the banks in France, Prodigy does not require a collateral or co-signer. These loans are granted on the student's future earning potential and do not take into account credit history.  Students may apply online on the Prodigy website. There is no hidden fee or early repayment fee. Interest rates may vary depending on individual profiles. Funds are directly disbursed to the school in euro (€) so no exchange rates are borne by the student. Disbursement starts from September and loan application processing time may go up to a month and a half. The sooner you apply, the better. We advise you to carefully read the Prodigy website to check your eligibility before applying. 


Many US citizens or permanent residents opt to take out the US Federal Stafford and private Sallie Mae loans. These loans can cover up to the full cost of attendance and all applicants having a co-signer in the US are eligible for these loan programmes. ESSEC is listed as “ESSEC Business School", and has a code number of G30959.

More information on Sallie MAE  

More information on US Federal loans


ESSEC employs its students in a wide variety of functions which can help towards everyday living costs. These are part time short-term contracts for example assisting teachers, carrying out market research, helping out at conferences and events, contributing to social media, etc.


Stay tuned!

Exciting new events will be announced soon. Check back regularly so you don't miss out.