MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI)

  • Language


  • Duration

    2 years

  • Next Intake

    August 27th 2024

  • Location

    France (ESSEC Cergy campus)

  • Rythm

    Apprenticeship or Internship

Founded in 1981, the MSc in Hospitality Management program (IMHI) is acknowledged as Europe's top hospitality management program. It feactures renowned faculty and industry pioneers fostering responsible leadership. The program offers an innovative, industry-engaged curriculum, adapted to global hospitality trends and emphasizes international, strategic insight for a resilient industry. It offers a distinctive blend of core and elective courses, shaping impactful, responsible leaders to current and future challenges 

Program Presentation by the Academic and Executive Directors
23 years
average age
2 years
average work experience
of international students

"The apprenticeship path has helped me to deep dive into my career plan, by combining learnings at school and professional skills. Thanks to this program, I’ve been able to get more responsibilities at work and become more knowledgeable about the job market."


IMHI 2022, Manager In Training (MIT), Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris


“What makes the internship rhythm so great, in my opinion, is the possibility to focus both on studies and work experience without compromising on either of the aspects and also the flexibility of exploring a new career field before making the final choice post completion of the master’s.”

Utkarsh PHOOLI

IMHI 2023

Mark Saint-JulienMark Saint-Julien

“I really wanted to become a hotel general manager and I believed that I needed to improve my strategic planning and financial management skills. Indeed, I needed a prestigious and demanding Master’s program like the ESSEC IMHI to achieve my goals. “


IMHI 2014, Founder & Managing Director, Mindset Legacy

Stephane KleinStephane Klein

“IMHI has given me a fantastic opportunity to add a true international dimension to my career. Without IMHI, I would never have had the same chances which led me to work for great international food brands such as Häagen-Dazs, Starbucks and Pret a Manger today. IMHI remains a world-class program for students who want to work and to perform in this sector.”

Stéphane KLEIN

IMHI 1985, Managing Director France, Pret A Manger



Academic Excellence

Design your own journey by choosing from among 6 concentrations: Digital Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Hospitality, Real Estate Management, Luxury Experiences Management and Beyond Food & Beverage. 



Professional Experience

Select your own hands-on and paid professional experience in the form of an Internship or an Apprenticeship. 

Work on a real-life Capstone Project. 



International Exposure

Through our unique collaboration with Boston University School of Hospitality Administration (BU SHA), students enrolled through our IMHI program have the opportunity to earn part of their Master's degree abroad. 

Course format




















Internship Format



Boston University Exchange Program (optionnal)

Courses at ESSEC

Courses and Internship at BU



Apprenticeship rhythm

Courses and Apprenticeship (2 days/ week)

Apprenticeship full-time


Course format




















Internship Format

Courses and Capstone Project



Courses and Capstone Project

Apprenticeship rhythm

Courses and Apprenticeship (2 days/ week)

Courses and Capstone Project Apprenticeship (2 days/ week)

Apprenticeship (full-time)

In the ever-evolving landscape of hospitality and tourism, Digital Leadership is the compass guiding businesses through digital transformation. You will learn about the strategic use of a company's digital assets to achieve business goals like online distribution, sales and CRM. 



The evolving financial landscape of the hospitality industry and the rising significance of asset management in corporate strategies present fresh and formidable challenges in the real estate sector. To position yourself for success in these dynamic roles, it is crucial to augment your understanding of sustainable real estate finance and associated concerns, thereby contributing to lasting and meaningful impact.



Shaping an entrepreneurial mindset extends beyond creating new ventures; it's about preparing the next generation of leaders. Through a hands-on approach, students will develop the qualities required to innovate, navigate challenges, and envision solutions to drive change in an ever-evolving world.



This concentration deep dives into the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to excel in the luxury hospitality sector. It combines the fundamentals of hospitality management with a focus on the branding trends, high standards, and unique demands of luxury establishments. 



Understanding the context and tools of sustainable hospitality management, you will learn and practice how you can integrate the environmental and social aspects of any business decisions to drive an organization’s value in the long term. 


Gain a comprehensive 360° perspective and emerge as a visionary leader, poised to reshape the F&B industry. Navigate the complex terrain from supply chain dynamics to franchise development, all while appraising multiple business models in a swiftly evolving landscape of digital and sustainable transformation.



A 6-month full-time internship between years 1 and 2 of the program, anywhere in the world. 


  • Apply your knowledge from the classroom in a real work environment

  • Gain a valuable and continuous 6-month experience to smoothly transition into employment

  • Explore the different aspects of a business to make a more informed career choice

  • Acquire international experience by choosing to do an internship abroad (option of attending Boston University for 2 terms)

  • Choose optional and ESSEC Master in Management (MIM) - Grande Ecole courses, and get more involved in IMHI student life

  • Develop a professional network in the relevant sector



3 days of courses and 2 days of work, which alternates with full-time work at the end of each academic year (6 months in year 1 and 2 plus months in year 2). Only in France. 


  • Get 2 years of sustained professional experience within one company

  • Grow your responsibilities and skills over time 

  • Bolster theoretical knowledge with professional practice

  • Finance your studies

  • Possibility to continue on a permanent contract in the company

  • Develop a professional network in the relevant sector


Johanna WagnerJohanna Wagner

Johanna Wagner is a guest lecturer and hospitality professional with a background in hotel operations and asset management.

Leonard JacksonLeonard Jackson

Leonard Jackson is an award-winning professor with more than 20 years of corporate and academic experience in the areas of business development, financial management and control, accounting, auditing, feasibility analysis, real estate finance, asset management and operations management.

Pauline BilettePauline Bilette

Pauline Bilette is a strong revenue management expert with a career spanning more than 15 years. As a guest lecturer for the ESSEC MSc in Hospitality Management’s Final Capstone Project, she provides students with a consulting report format, structure, and methodology, coaching them throughout the trimester to succeed in producing a professional report for the client.

Alex GibsonAlex Gibson

Alex Gibson is the Assistant Head of School of Marketing, Technological University Dublin. In his course at ESSEC, Alex gives students the opportunity to work on a live case study with a hospitality organization on strategic branding projects.

Paulo SalvadorPaulo Salvador

Professor Paulo Salvador teaches Managerial Innovation at IMHI with a very practical approach.

Participants have the option of earning part of their Master's degree abroad through BU SHA or on campus, in Cergy, France. Students experience two different cultures and forms of learning through a variety of teaching methods.


Participants interested in completing an internship in Boston benefit from an extensive network of partner requirements for their degree. hotels and restaurants, providing students with numerous opportunities to satisfy work experience.



Successful completion of this portion of the program earns students a Graduate certificate from Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration and a Master of Science in Hospitality Management.





For over 40 years, ESSEC Business School has been building relationships with industry leaders. With many alumni moving on to work for these international hospitality organizations, the partnerships have grown stronger over time. 

ESSEC regularly hosts events where industry leaders from these organizations come to debate and discuss current issues and trends in the hospitality business. These events are followed by a networking event where students have the unique opportunity to discuss their careers with these individuals and also with the recruitment teams of the companies.

The partners and contributors participate in the program in various ways:

  • Participation in selection juries

  • Apprenticeships 

  • Mentor program

  • Internships

  • CEO conferences

  • HR and executive search firm conferences

  • Company visits

  • Field projects and case studies

  • Placements


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.


Junior IMHI

The Junior IMHI association works as a consultancy group to solve problems for all kinds of structures within the hospitality industry: owners, groups & independent hotels.

IMHI Traiteur

IMHI Traiteur is a student association dedicated to catering and cooking. It provides 100% homemade food for students for events at the ESSEC campus and in Paris. The goal of this association is to cook and ensure guest satisfaction! The profit generated is used to finance the student graduation ceremony.


For any student at the Cergy Campus looking for a delicious lunch, the LAB is a great option. IMHI students, with cooking skills, run and manage the pasta box stall on campus during lunch hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during their break. 


The IMHI BDE (Bureau des Élèves) is the student association of ESSEC. It plays a key role in the dynamic and fast-paced student life on campus and serves as a bridge between the administration and other clubs. The BDE organizes many of the social events which make the students’ time at ESSEC Business School so memorable.

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.

of students find a job prior to graduation
of students find a job within four months of graduation
of students find a job within six months of graduation
of students find a job find their first position outside France

In which functions do our alumni work?

  • 33%
    Operations (accounting, revenue management...)
  • 25%
  • 14%
    Business development
  • 14%
    Revenue management / E-commerce
  • 9%
    Marketing / Sales
  • 5%
    General management

In which sectors do our alumni work?

  • 45%
    Hotel Chains
  • 23%
    Finance / Real Estate
  • 19%
    Restaurants / Food Service
  • 9%
    Other hospitality
  • 4%

Accor, Amadeus, BNP Paribas Real Estate, Compass Group, Disneyland Paris, Expedia, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Groupebertrand, Hilton Worldwide, Honotel Development, HVS, InterContinental Hotels Group, Indian Hotels Company Limited, Hyatt, JLL, Kempinski, Louvre Hotels Group, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Le Meurice Paris, Pierre & Vacances CenterParcs, Raffles, Fairmont, Swissotel, Restalliance, Sodexo, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Steigenberger Hotel Group, SwissLife, The Ascott Limited

As part of their courses, students participate in industry-led conferences from October to March, allowing them to broaden their knowledge about the industry and network with leading professionals in the field related to their concentration.


Towards the end of the program, students will have an opportunity to meet several recruiters from trending companies in the industry: a great occasion to build a network and find a full-time position.


IMHI collaborates with different partners like: Fabrique du Tourisme: A think tank initiated by Extendam, Bpifrance, MKG Consulting, which aims to identify the challenges and trends of the industry. HSMAI Europe Student Council: aims to support hospitality undergraduates’ and graduates’ professional growth, harness entrepreneurial skills and directly connect them with peer groups and hospitality brands across the UK and Europe.


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.



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.



Serving more than 1,700 alumni from over 45 nationalities spanning 60 countries, the Alumni Association of the ESSEC Hospitality Management IMHI (AAIMHI) works to ensure that the values of ESSEC Business School and relationships created during their studies continue to enrich the professional and personal lives of IMHI graduates.


AAIMHI Values and Objectives

Serving our members with generosity, mutual help, sincere friendship, and active communication, in line with the core of service excellence experienced in the hospitality industry. Promoting our school and its reputation; seizing all opportunities in our network to connect industry leaders and key decision makers to our school. Actively participating in the evolution of academic content to ensure the program keeps ahead of hospitality trends.



  • Monthly meetups in Paris during which current students can meet alumni and AAIMHI board members.
  • International meetups in Dubai, London, Geneva, and New Delhi are organized in cooperation with ESSEC Alumni. With over 70 alumni chapters located worldwide, ESSEC Alumni offers a wide range of services, organizes special events all over the world in all business sectors, and gives career advice to its 71,000 graduates.
  • Participation at the annual Graduation Ceremony to address and welcome the new graduates into the hospitality industry.
  • Cross-participation with ESSEC Alumni Clubs such as ESSEC Travel.
  • Regular Meetings with the program and school administration.


Monika MoserMonika Moser

"The board of the Alumni Association AAIMHI is a highly motivated and very active group, striving to bring back to the hospitality community in all possible ways. We strongly believe that it is our responsibility towards the program and our alumni, as we are only stronger together."

Monika Moser

IMHI 2010 - AAIMHI President - Chief Operating Officer - Campbell House

The MSc in Hospitality Management IMHI is designed for high-­potential young professionals or mid-career leaders looking to make a career leap in the hospitality industry. ­Are you a future leader in the hospitality industry?

  • You are a young graduate working in the hospitality industry with a bachelor's degree or French BTS Hôtelier

  • You have at least 1 year of professional experience (including internships)

  • You are motivated to challenge yourself and to fast-­track your career in the hospitality industry

  • You have an advanced level of English


Le programme est enregistré au Répertoire National des Certifications Professionelles (RNCP) - Fiche RNCP 37433 - Niveau 7. Les participants ayant été admis après le 24/05/2023 obtiendront le Titre de "Manager dans le secteur hôtelier international". 


La Validation des Acquis et de l'Expérience (VAE) est un dispositif permettant la prise en compte de l’expérience professionnelle et/ou extra-professionnelle pour l’obtention de tout ou partie d’un diplôme ou titre à finalité professionnelle ou d’un certificat de qualification. Elle est ouverte à toute personne quels que soient son âge, sa nationalité, son statut et son niveau de formation, justifiant d’au moins un an d’expérience en rapport direct avec la certification visée.


You will need to provide:


- 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. 



- 1 Management test (TAGE MAGE, GMAT or GRE) is optional but can add value to your application.



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.




Additional information

TOEIC Listening and Reading

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

Minimum score 850

IELTS Academic

Minimum score 6.5


TOEFL iBT Special at Home Edition

Minimum score 95 - Institution Code: 0520

Cambridge B2 First Minimum 

Minimum score 175



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.




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

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




Curriculum Vitae (CV)

One page maximum

High school diploma or equivalent

Authenticated copy of the diploma or transcripts

Degree(s) obtained


Authenticated copies of official 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 Enrollment Certificate with an expected date of graduation.
Important: By mid-December of your starting year at ESSEC, you will have to provide a copy of your final diploma (or a certificate of completion/attendance). 

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 Recommendations

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

1 English Test

Copy of official score (test taker version)

Professional Experience

Copy of work and internship certificates

French Language Requirements

Students are not required to speak French. However, we do encourage international participants to learn French in order to have a truly rich experience while in France or if they wish to find a job in France afterwards. ESSEC's Language Department offers a number of languages to choose from as elective courses which are included in the cost of tuition.

1 Identity Card

Passport or
National Identity card, only for EU students (double-sided)

1 Photograph

A recent ID photo

Application Fee

100 euros non-refundable and payable online only



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 applications. The deadlines to submit your application are listed in the table above.


  • Each part of your application will be thoroughly studied.
  • You will be notified via email.
  • Then you can access the result via the application portal



Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview via videoconference.

The objective of this interview is:

  • To understand you better: your personality and your values
  • To evaluate your professional and personal project and its coherence with the program



The jury will then deliberate on your overall application and decisions will be submitted to the Program Director and ESSEC Admissions Committee.

You will be notified about the admission result by email (refer to the above-mentioned timetable). 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.



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. Visit the "Financing" tab for more information. 



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



Remaining Tuition (1)

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



Remaining Tuition (2)

The remaining tuition payable before August 31st of the second 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)



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Students can access one or more of the following options to finance their studies or cover their living expenses.

Every year, hospitality companies with business units and/or head offices based in France offer the possibility to some ESSEC IMHI students to obtain their MSc through the apprenticeship program. Over two years, students spend some of their time in class and some working for a company.



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.

ESSEC has developed a partnership with major French bank branches located in Cergy (LCL, BNP Paribas and Société Générale) to give you special terms and conditions. 

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 MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI) may now apply for Prodigy Finance loans.

Contrary to French banks, 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 euros (€) so no exchange rates are borne by the student. The loan application processing time may be up to a month and a half. The sooner you apply, the better.

We advise you to carefully read the Prodigy Finance website to check your eligibility before applying.








To sustain the academic excellence of the program

All international candidates demonstrating high-quality academic profile: outstanding GMAT score (depending on the program), strong motivation, etc.

Can cover up to 40% of total tuition fees.

Awarded with the admission decision at each session of admission. No additional application or request.


To sustain the diversity of the student body

Be a citizen of all countries (except France)

Up to 25% of total tuition fees.

Awarded with the admission decision at each session of admission. No additional application or request



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