MSc in Hospitality Management (IMHI)



Do I have the profile that fits?

The MSc in Hospitality Managment 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 of the hospitality industry?

For the 2-year track:

  • Are you a young graduate working in the hospitality industry with a bachelor degree or French BTS Hôtelier?
  • Do you have at least 1 year of professional experience (including internships)?
  • Are you motivated to challenge yourself and to fast-­track your career in the hospitality industry?
  • Do you have a competitive GMAT score and advanced level of English?**

For the 1-year track:

  • Are you a an accomplished professional, leader or entrepreneur with a bachelor degree ?
  • Do you have 4 to 5 years of work experience?
  • Are you motivated to advancing your career, expanding your network and acquiring a deep knowledge of the Hospitality Industry?
  • Do you have a competitive GMAT score and advanced level of English?

Admission deadlines


Online application closing date

Jury date

Round 1

6th Mars 2023

Week of March 20, 2023

Round 2

10th April 2023

Week of April 24, 2023

Round 3

15th May 2023

Week of May 29, 2023

Round 4

19th June 2023

Week of July 3, 2023

Application process

If you have any doubts related to the application process, you may contact our advisors.

A Step-by-Step Application process

Follow the step-by-step application process - this process is applicable for both the tracks.

Step 1: Prepare the tests

As part of the application file, you will need to provide: 

- A management aptitude test: GMAT or GRE (validity 5 years)**: ESSEC does not publish a minimum score as the management aptitude test is just one of the elements taken into consideration in evaluating your application, along with your prior education and experience, your reference letters and your performance in the interviews.  In exceptional circumstances you may request an interview without your final test score (i.e. while waiting for the next available test date).  In such cases if you receive an acceptance offer, it will be conditional and subject to you subsequently attaining a satisfactory score in the management aptitude test.

** GMAT will be available Online Mid-April

- An English proficiency test*: TOEFL (around 100, validity 2 years), TOEIC (around 800), or IELTS (around 7).

Note that these can take several months to prepare. Keep this in mind when registering for the exams as your application will be incomplete without these scores. ESSEC also advises that you take sufficient time to prepare to ensure that you attain the highest score possible.

To send your scores to us, please use the following institution codes: ­

  • GRE: 0839
  • GMAT: X6R-QX-28
  • TOEFL: 0520

* The English test is not required if you are a native English speaker or have completed an English degree.

Step 2: Start your online application

The application form is to be filled in online. Create your account and then you will receive an email with your login and pin number. These are required each time you sign in so don’t lose them! You can fill in the application form at your ease and come back to it at any point.

Step 3: Upload supporting documents
  • A professional résumé (1 to ­2 pages maximum)
  • Official transcripts of grades from all prior academic establishments, plus a copy of all relevant degrees 
  • A copy of your baccalauréat if you are a French candidate
  • Copy of work and internship certificates
  • Copy of passport or ID card
  • Original GMAT or GRE scores
  • Original TOEFL score
  • An ID photo (medium to high resolution digital image)
  • Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation (here is the French and English version of the form)*

All documents must be provided in English or French. Official translations will also have to be provided for documents in other languages.
*The online format of recommendation letter is an important tool to evaluate your application. Therefore, it cannot be substituted by standard format. However, if you already have a standard letter prepared, you may add it in addition to our format.

Step 4: Submit & send your application

Once you have completed your online application and have attached all the supporting documents, the final step is to submit your online application.

The application fee is 75€ (non-refundable).

Step 5: Find out if you have been shortlisted

Your application will be fully studied by the admission committee. Each part of your application is taken into account. After receiving your application and supporting documents, you will be contacted by ESSEC within 2 weeks.

Step 6: Sit your interview

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to organize an interview either in person on the Cergy campus or via video-conference.

The interview will last 45 minutes in front of a panel that inclused the Academic Director, a professor and an alumni or a staff member. The aim of the interview is for you to be able to:

  • Demonstrate your motivation for completing the MSc in Hospitality Management IMHI
  • Show why you wish to study at ESSEC specifically
  • Explain what you hope to achieve afterwards
Step 7: Get your results

The jury will then deliberate on your overall application and decisions will be submitted. You will be notified within two weeks if you have been offered a place in the MSc in Hospitality Management IMHI program along with support documentation for students who have to obtain visas.

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 course which are included in the cost of tuition.

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Get in touch with our students

Utkarsh, Maxime, Margot and Coline, current students, will be more than happy to answer your questions.
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Upcoming events

  • Oct 15
    STUDYRAMA | Formations Tourisme, Hôtellerie et Restauration

    Meet the IMHI team in Lyon at the EUREXPO - HALL 7. More information is available in the registration link

    09:00 | Lyon Sign up
  • Nov 19
    STUDYRAMA | Formations du Luxe

    Discover our programs specialized in luxury, in Paris at the Paris Event Center, Hall B. More information is available in the registration link.

    09:30 | Paris Sign up
  • Jan 07
    STUDYRAMA | Alternance et de Apprentissage

    Meet the IMHI team in Strasbourg at the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès. More information is available in the registration link

    10:00 | Starsbourg Sign up
  • Jan 21
    STUDYRAMA | Formations en Tourisme, Hôtellerie et Restauration

    Meet the IMHI team in Paris at the Espace Champerret. More information is available in the registration link

    10:00 | Paris, France Sign up
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