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



A word from our Academic Directors

An intelligent use of data nowadays forms the core of business decisions constitutes the driving force of the societal and economic evolution of the years to come. It is probably one of the most important topics of our days. Analysts estimate that data-related businesses generated about 10 billion dollars in recent years, and will probably generate more than 30 billion dollars in the years to come.

The growth in job opportunities is tremendous: companies and organizations will need a couple of hundred thousand data scientists and business analytics leaders in the next few years. Moreover, the exponential growth in content-generation will bring about a huge need for highly qualified individuals with an in-depth knowledge and a global understanding of the technological and business challenges underlying the AI and digital revolution era.

Recent business studies converge to an estimated need of educating several million data scientists and leaders within the decade to come. This is why two prestigious French Grandes Ecoles ESSEC Business School and CentraleSupélec have partnered to propose this very innovative and complete program. We believe that truly innovative leaders must be both business savvy and erudite in data sciences. Hence we propose a unique program where students learn and combine the key skills in innovation and wealth creation that companies will increasingly require.

This master is for students who are committed to a deep understanding of data sciences and the methods of business analytics, who aim to develop strong skills in mathematical modeling and computer science as well as management savviness.

Guillaume Chevillon, Academic Co-Director


Nikos Paragios, Academic Co-Director


Laurent Alfandari, Academic Co-Director


DSBA Co-Director


The Master in DSBA Experience

This hybrid program combines faculty resources of a Top Business School and a Top Engineering School, 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.


What Makes this Program Unique?

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.

Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics Strengths


What Does the Master in DSBA Look Like?

The duration of the Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics is 2 years (Master 1+Master 2) or 1 year (Master 2 only), depending on your background and latest degree:
If you have or are currently pursuing:
- A 3-year Bachelor or a Licence 3 at the minimum:You will complete the program in 2 years (M1+M2).
- A 4-year Bachelor or a Master 1 at the minimum:You will complete the program in 1 year (M2).
If the commission board finds that your background is strong but not complete enough in some required aspects, we may ask you to join the two-year program (M1+M2) instead in order to build up your strength and ensure your success.


Master 1 (M1)
A year to grasp the prerequisites of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, and Management


IN FRANCE - CentraleSupélec

ore Courses


Academics + Hackathon + Internship

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


ESSEC & CentraleSupélec
Refreshers & Core Courses

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 Digital Strategy

Academics + Corporate Research Project + International Field Trip + Hackathon

Hands-on field experience

Internship or Professional Experience

An Innovative and Hybrid Program

Benefit from a unique hybrid curriculum

Anchored in the theory, methodology, uses and applications of Data Sciences & Business Analytics, the pedagogy presents students with technological and business challenges underlying the AI and digital revolution era. The Faculty blends academic and professional perspectives for teaching excellence, with the majority of lecturers holding a Ph.D., thus being experts in their field with international recognition. 

YEAR 1 (Master 1 ; M1)

At ESSEC France and at CentraleSupélec France

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 4-6 months internship at the end of M1


YEAR 2 (Master 2 ; M2)

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

Depending on your background and latest degree, you will start the program in M2 and the total duration of the program is 1 year (M2), or you will continue with the second year of the program (M2) if you started in M1.

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 Centrale Supélec

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


  • Data Sciences
  • Business Analytics
  • 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.
eriod 2 comprises an International Field Trip where students explore a specific industrial hub and connect with companies.

At CentraleSupélec 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

At ESSEC in France (Paris Area)

Examples of courses includes:

  • 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 includes:

  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Project Management for Digital Initiative
  • Decision Analysis
  • Strategy & Management 
Hands-on field experience

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 - 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

A Corporate Research Project spans October-March 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

International Field Trip 

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 to best practices and emerging applications of analytics developing in other countries. You may travel to Hong-Kong, Silicon Valley, etc.


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.

Apply what you’ve learned throughout the program

YEAR 1 (Master 1 ; M1)

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).

4 to 6 months Internship

This optional 4 to 6 months internship takes place at the end of Year 1 (M1). This integrated professional experience allows you to put the knowledge and skills you have learned to practice in a real-life context.

YEAR 2 (Master 2 ; M2)

Depending on your background and latest degree, you will start the program in M2 and the total duration of the program is 1 year (M2), or you will continue with the second year of the program (M2) if you started in M1.

4 to 6 months Internship (or Professional Experience)

Your internship with a duration of 4 to 6 months, 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 ESSEC-CentraleSupélec Master in Data Sciences & Business Analytics program is authorised by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to award a recognised BAC+5 degree, Master’s Grade, to its students. 

Welcome to France - Campus France

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


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